Quote:Thanks for clicking the on the thread!So, I am planning on purchasing equipment that will replace my low-end alt az mount and achromat, with an EQ mount and an APO. My use will be mainly visual, but I want to be able to use my DSLR to take some pictures. Both as a piggyback and some through my scope. I also want to buy the ability to try some more proper APíng down the road. Since its costly to get things shipped from the states, I´m trying to cover many of my needs in one purchase. There is an option which may reduce your shipping costs: Create an account with MyUS.com, get everybody to ship to that address and then have MyUS.com ship the stuff to you. Their shipping rates are the best I have seen so far. That's how I do it This is what I was thinking of:- Orion Sirius EQ-G mount- Stellarvue SV105- Feather Touch 3" focuser- Stellarvue's 2" diagonal- And to connect my DSLR and T-ring to the focuser, I was thinking of SV's Large chip flattener because from what I can see, it is both a flattener and a T-adapter (?) (http://www.stellarvue.com/Accessories/Astro-photography/Fieldflatteners/fieldflatteners.html - at the bottom of the page) Choice of above items is excellent. Nothing more to say on that! - The battery for it all I will have to get in Norway, where I live, because it would be silly to pay for the shipping of something that heavy thats not overpriced like other scope-equipment!- Piggy back camera mounting plates, stellarvue's T-ring for my DSLR- Regarding eyepieces, I have not decieded exactly what I need, but I am thinking of buying 3 different lengths, 5-ish, 15-ish, 28-ish and a 2X barlow or TV powermate <- not sure whats "best" of these? They are used like a barlow, but can be altered to fit a DSLR to it aswell? If so, does that change the "zoom/FOV of the camera" or just so that I don't need to change back to the T-adapter? A powermate is a better corrected barlow. I am copying from another thread: http://www.cloudynights.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php/Number/4927158 . Read it for more information, especially the reply by David Knisely. Choose a 2" Barlow or Powermate. It's more expensive than a 1.25", but you will be able to accommodate both 1.25" and 2" eyepieces, saving yourself some money down the line if you change your eyepiece line. Regarding eyepieces: I am biased as my signature states towards Televue eyepieces. But to cut a long story short, I would recommend wide angle eyepieces but in a different sequence, as a 28 ish eyepiece with a 2x barlow = 14 ish eyepiece (close to the 15mm you state thus duplicating the second eyepiece). I would recommend going for a combo like 5mm, 8mm and 30mm and a 2x barlow, yielding the equivalent of 30mm, 15mm, 8mm, 5mm, 4mm and 2.5mm. Magnifications would be 24.5x, 49x, 91.87x 147x, 183.75x and 294x. The point being here that you should try to buy 2 - 3 eyepieces that when you barlow, they give you a useful magnification and not the same as with another dedicated eyepiece. I will not recommend eyepieces as I do not know your budget. Suffice to say that my eyepiece bag has more value than the rest of my equipment. You can play around and just use the easy way below to think about what eyepiece combo you would be most comfortable with:1. focal length / focal length = magnification 2. Apparent field of view of eyepiece / magnification = True Field of ViewAlso do note that if you are into visual, you would do yourself a service to get at least one nebula filter (O-III preferably, second most useful UHC). You don't mention anything about what equipment you have so I am shooting in the dark here!!! I still go crazy every time I see the entire Veil Nebula with my SV102ED, Nagler 31mm and OIII filter, so think long and hard regarding eyepieces and other litte bits and bobs like a good Nebula filter.Some people swear by their Orthos. I agree with them that contrast and light transmission is excellent and for top notch Orthos it's identical to top notch wide-field eyepieces, but the True Field of View is VERY NARROW. Check http://www.telescope-simulator.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=arti... and change the info to match the specifications of the SV105 (105mm aperture, 735MM focal length and then slide the Apparent Field of View tab to get an idea of what I am talking about. I would recommend going no less that 68-70 degrees Apparent Field of View. Consider buying used from CN as an option to get more bang for your bucks. You will find that most people who sell, are OCD about keeping their equipment in excellent condition (Well, I belong to the same club as well!! ). Any comments would be very, very much appreciated! Oh, and is there something missing from my list? ..would be sad to unpack everything just to realize that I forgot to buy this little thing that everything else is dependent on! I am planning on ordering both from Stellarvue and OPTCORP. I understand optcorp is a good place to shop. And regarding spacing required for my setup, does anyone know it I need more distance from the flattener to my camera? Or is that something only Stellarvue knows/product specs? You can email Vic or Shelly at Stellarvue and they will advise you on what you need. OPT can do the same as well. Got my SV from OPT and I just love these guys. Service is impeccable! You are going to hate me now for introducing another variable. With you being in Norway, maybe you are better off buying from within the EU. You could take a look at http://www.teleskop-express.de/shop/index.php?cat=c4_Instrumente.html . Teleskop Service for all your needs as well if the option of buying from across the pond is causing you sleepless nights (excluding the ones when you are out observing). - KristoferNorway
12" Dob, 4" Mak, 3" APO, PST, bunch of green eyepieces & an understanding wife.
Quote:Create an account with MyUS.com, get everybody to ship to that address and then have MyUS.com ship the stuff to you. Their shipping rates are the best I have seen so far.
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Quote:Phil,Question: do you still need this if it's a mechanical shutter (photography not my thing so asking out of curiosity) ?
Quote:... I intend to get my mother in the states to purchase the items for me with her card, otherwise I would have to wire the specific amounts to each "salesplace". So with that solution I guess it will be WITH tax..hmm, maybe not the most economic way to to it..