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    Nice capture of the moon.
    I wish that I could hold my camera that still at arms length.
    Well done.
    Clear skies
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    Default Re: My Very First AP Photograph

    Quote Originally Posted by BABOafrica View Post
    Wow, that was fast. One picture of the moon and you're "in"...

    Has anybody told you about the "rabbit hole" ???

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    Hi Joe,
    Yes it's just one pic, and that's why I said in my first post that I wasn't sure if it belonged here in the AP section?
    But what I have noticed is that this forum gives as much support to those starting out as it does to the well established guys.
    It is about promoting astronomy and helping users to get the best out what equipment they do have I guess?
    Up until the 1608 telescope revolution our ancestors did a pretty amazing job to figure out what they did without any equipment at all !
    This is a superb form of Inclusiveness not seen in all hobbies and sports. Pity this foum was not around in my earlier years.

    My interest was originally inspired 45 years ago by Moon Base Alpha in the TV show Moon. And finally killed off single handedly my by Tasco 20 yrs ago, when a £200 investment in a 114mm reflector left me seeing NOTHING.
    Losing my job a year ago forced me into early retirement and at a loose end. Then my daughter who is an Partical Physicist secured a job on a 4 year Astronomical research project, without having ever looked through a scope. So while researching what equipment I might need to buy her, I discovered this forum. The vast knowledge and assistance available here simply got me hooked back into the subject again.

    Nobody has told me about the Rabbit Hole , but I have googled the equipment that the "Big Boys" on here use. I realise that a half decent setup of a NEQ6 Pro with a C11 on it, is going to cost £3,500 without any accessories, and that the real enthusiast will spend more on a mount than they will on a car. If this becomes my one and only hobby I will probably fit into the latter category. But Dave (aka"Testgear") gave me an awesome link www.astrobin.com and I became so impressed at what you could achieve with lesser gear (without spending those tens of thousands of pounds/dollars). So I decided that I am going to treat it like a journey and have fun extracting what I can from a smaller budget and build up gradually to spending big bucks.

    I have learned from you guys that a setup can be a very personal thing because everyone's lifestyles, preferences, interests, mental and physical abilities all vary. So what is right for one probably is not be for another. By treating it as a slow journey instead of choosing a level and jumping in with 2 feet, I am hoping I to have made all my mistakes on less expensive equipment and know exactly what I want by the time I make those monster purchases.
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    "I have learned from you guys that a setup can be a very personal thing because everyone's lifestyles, preferences, interests, mental and physical abilities all vary. So what is right for one probably is not be for another. By treating it as a slow journey instead of choosing a level and jumping in with 2 feet, I am hoping I to have made all my mistakes on less expensive equipment and know exactly what I want by the time I make those monster purchases." Zippie



    I think you have your head around this very well Zippie.
    And yes this is a wonderful, safe place to begin and grow.
    No one will smash you for your effort in learning.
    That has been my experience here,

    The Rabbit hole is sort of a running Joke... :-)
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