Another UK newbie saying Hi!
Posted 16 February 2004 - 06:41 PM
Just thought I'd say hello to you all, after lurking for a while.
After looking everywhere possible for wisdom on what to get (including lots of great advice I read here), I've just upgraded my ETX-105 to a Vixen VC200L on a Losmandy GM-8 :-)
Now I just need some clear skies!
Posted 16 February 2004 - 08:05 PM
Posted 17 February 2004 - 04:05 AM
welcome to Cloudy Nights (literally if you've just upgraded your scope!) I've been surfing your website, it's been a great help to me because I've just got a Powerbook and was wondering what astro software I needed to get for it. You've helped me stop wondering - always a good thing.
Posted 17 February 2004 - 06:39 AM
Welcome to Cloudy Nights.
Looking at your site and your scope your definately not a newbie
very nice site, and scope.
Posted 17 February 2004 - 07:09 AM
Posted 17 February 2004 - 02:36 PM
Thanks for the kind words.
I'm definitely what is classed as a newbie. I've only been doing this since last summer. I just learned real quick because I had the ETX goto helping. Now I've got the GM-8 without a Gemini, I'm going to have to do it the proper way :-)
Posted 17 February 2004 - 03:31 PM
In all honesty I much prefer starhopping, just for the sense of acheivement when you have found your quarry, and for all the gems's that you can find on the way, but a motorised scope is essential in any sort of astroimaging, unless your a true hardnut .
For the bespoke systems from Meade and Celestron it's more cost effective to buy the Goto scopes, than just the motorised versions.
I really do like the Goto scopes, yeah they can be a crutch if you want, but they can also be a powerful learning tool too.
It's a lot like a car with a manual gerabox versus one with an automatic gearbox, the auto might be easier to drive, but you still need to know how to drive
Posted 18 February 2004 - 08:20 AM