Old 14-09-2020, 02:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Em3xus View Post
Hi everyone,

Just registered today to ask some questions on beginners gear to buy for my wife.

She's wanted a telescope for years now and we finally have our own home and a good few places to put it. She also had a Canon 5D Mark 3 camera and would like a DSLR compatible telescope to take deep space pictures.

I'm finding a lot of different kits online but unfortunately many are out of my price range. Wondering if anyone can point me in the direction of something relatively cheap (2-3k maximum for everything minus the camera) that can take deep space pictures and has a mount for a DSLR?


Great budget, if it was me I'd go for an heq5pro and skywatcher ed80 package from andrewscom.com.au for 2700. Get a t-ring for the camera and perhaps a cheap guidescope and camera in a couple of months and there is nothing stopping her from taking sensational pics, even of some larger galaxies, and certainly of many wonderful nebula!
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Old 17-09-2020, 02:59 PM
Em3xus (Michael)
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Originally Posted by jahnpahwa View Post
Great budget, if it was me I'd go for an heq5pro and skywatcher ed80 package from andrewscom.com.au for 2700. Get a t-ring for the camera and perhaps a cheap guidescope and camera in a couple of months and there is nothing stopping her from taking sensational pics, even of some larger galaxies, and certainly of many wonderful nebula!
That looks perfect coming in the one package Thanks jahnpahwa!
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Old 26-09-2020, 01:28 PM
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Gday Everyone

How we doing just purchased my first skywatcher 10inch from gummy.

As new ones weren't available missed out on my first 8inch from gummy but a nice guy introduced me to this forum and what a excellent forum I have realised and spewing I didn't find it earlier.

So far just been observing the stars and a few planets (Jupiter with its 4 moons/Saturn/mars and of course our own moon.

Anyway happy for use to accept me.

Cheers Tuz

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Old 30-09-2020, 07:53 AM
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New Adventurer

Hey Guys, I am new to astronomy. Just bought Celestron 4Se (didn't do much research before buying though). I have been watching Jupiter, Saturn, Mars and our own moon. I'll be happy to know other experiences with what it is capable of and what modifications I could do to enhance output. Thanks all.
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Old 30-09-2020, 09:01 AM
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New to the forum, kind of.

Hi, long time lurker here. What a great forum this is!
I have been interested in astronomy as a hobby my whole life.
In my childhood my father would allow me to use his spotting scope in the back yard to check out the various celestial objects.
As a young teenager when my pocket money allowed I purchased a 70 mm refractor from Australian Geographic and got a lot of use out of it.
Then when I was at uni I upgraded to a Meade LXD 55 10' schmidt newtonian.
This did me for a lot of years and at one point I even started to dable in astrophotography. Sadly in the last few years it has not been touched, mostly because I now have young kids and that kind of scope does not work so well for us.
I have been looking around for a new scope for a little while now and after reading a lot of reviews I am thinking maybe the Celestron Nexstar is the scope to go with, either of the 4, 5 or 6 inch. I am also wondering if the Meade EXT might be a good option.
Anyway my criteria are:
- goto star finder is a must
- quick set up is a must ~15 minutes
- portable as possible, we are planing a 9 month trip around Aus and it will be coming with us
- robust as possible as it will spend a decent amount of time in the back of a car
- ability to use a Cannon 60D with it is a nice to have
- budget <$2000

It would be great to hear from anyone in a similar situation that has purchased or used these scopes. Also I welcome any other scopes that would fit the bill that I have overlooked.
Thanks in advance for any assistance!
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Old 21-10-2020, 09:54 PM
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Hello, IceInSpace community!

Just wanted to say Hi! Iím starting on this forum but I hope I can learn and expand my knowledge related to astronomy and astrophotography. This summer I started astrophotography with my first CCD camera.

During the day a software architect Ė by night amateur astronomer.

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Old 31-10-2020, 09:40 PM
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Beginner looking at setup ideas


Only a beginner in astronomy as recently bought an 8" Dob. and very much enjoying searching the sky's. I have found this to be a great site with so much information so decided to join up.

I'm enjoying it so much that I have decided to look at building an observatory at my place so I can house an astrophotography scope. Possibly looking at a HEQ5 or 6 mount with a Skywatcher 200/1000 ATO tube and Evostar 72ED guide scope with ZWO tracking camera, etc???? Still researching what might best suit a beginner and would like to use my Nikon DSLR for the photos with the recently purchased T-ring adapter. Any input would be greatly appreciated as I may need other stuff that I haven't even thought of or, my idea might not even work. Every time I look at photos in this forum they have what looks like hundreds of cables running around the scopes so I'm sure there will be more but maybe the extras are for later once I get the hang of it.

Also hoping to get some help with ideas, etc. for an observatory. Have googled lots and so many different types but most are in northern hemisphere so don't know exactly what I should be looking for here at Singleton NSW including build location/orientation. It might be very similar to other countries but would like to know for sure before I start. I'm assuming uninterrupted views of SCP would be a good start. I have looked at the Skyshed plans and don't mind this design but any help from years of experience would be greatly appreciated. Even the telescope pier, concrete or steel? pros and cons? There are so many options and questions for everything. Head spinning.Thanks in advance.

I will place these questions under the appropriate forum locations as well.


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Old 01-11-2020, 05:57 PM
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Heya everyone,

Just an introduction. I'm not to astronomy though interested for ages. I have lots of questions I'll ask in the appropriate forums as its all quite challenging.

I'm in Perth and just purchased a Skywatcher 400 Dob. I'm trying to work out the correct optical pathway for planetary viewing and eventually DSO.

I'm starting optically but will aim to move to a Mirrorless Camera at some point in the future.

I am also aiming to make both a equatorial platform and GOTO system for the SKyWatcher but that is a long term plan.
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Old 20-11-2020, 10:44 AM
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Hi people,
Iíve been into Astro photography for roughly 16 years now. Slowly getting better and spending more. I have a SkyRover 115mm apo triplet and a celestron 9.25edge HD. I have a iOptron cem60ec mount and a few different Astro cameras, CCDs and CMOS. Would love one day to have a roll off roof observatory but I still have a permanent set up I just cover at the moment.
Cheers for now.
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Old 23-11-2020, 02:52 PM
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Hi all, I took the plunge into deep sky astrophotography back in July and have been slowly learning and building up my kit. I have always had a passing interest in astronomy ever since I was little. Looking forward to learning and sharing with everyone here!
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Old 29-11-2020, 04:00 PM
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Hi All,
I have just gotten into astrophotography in the last few months - started out with a DSLR and a Star Adventurer, and having loved that, decided to step up to a William Optics ZS81 and HEQ5 PRO. Still very new to it all but loving learning all the technical aspects! Hope to share some images in the beginners section soon.
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