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    Quote Originally Posted by Celestromel View Post
    So I'm not the only one who is breaking the bank! I live in the Hills district right beside the M7 so you can imagine my light pollution from those **!!## orange sodium lights. Am trying to get Argo Navis up and going with my 12" Meade Lightbridge, and also a Skywatcher SynGuider for my 8" GSO astrograph. Always lack of time, clouds and rain seem to get in the way.
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    I know exactly what you mean, I live in the Hills District too...I cop it mainly from Parramatta
    When the weather is good I go up to Linden in the blue mountains to get darker skies..but the weather has been so ordinary lately I haven't done much of that this year

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    Hi Gus,
    I hope to be able to tell you after this coming weekend. The Astonomical Society of New South Wales is holding a New Moon viewing session at our dark sky site (3 hours' drive from Sydney) at which I hope to get some hand-holding.
    One thing I have learned is that the manual suggesting (I think from memory) 6-14V power is quite wrong. Online I have come across a number of reports of expensive circuit-board burning smells when SynGuiders have been powered from 12V lead-acid batteries.
    I made up a 12V to 9V convertor and so far my experiments have been expensive smells free. Another thing I was told today is that 'perfect' focus is not necessary (which is what I've been striving for). So I'll report back to you once Ive been sorted out.
    Cheers,
    Mel

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    G'day All,

    I been a member of the forum for about 2 weeks now and thought i would Introduce myself.

    My name is Robert and i live in Melbourne, I have been interested in the stars since Star Wars but never had a telescope until this year. My wife has now provided me two beautiful gifts since we have been married.. the first was my 4 year old Daughter and the second it my 6" inch Skywatcher Reflecter. I have give it a addition ,a motor drive.

    My main attaeaction in the Skies is the Deep Space objects. I am very keen in Astrophotography so i have gotten few extras to help set that up.

    Just joined the Astronomical Society of Victoria, and cant wait to pick the brains of those that know what they are doing.

    Look forward to all the advice and experiences you all share.

    Robert

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    Welcome Mel and Robert! thanks for introducing yourselves in the Aussie forums

    Mel, any news on your new moon viewings?

    Robert that is wonderful to get a 6" inch Skywatcher Reflector - very nice of her - when did you get the motor?
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    Hi Gus,

    I got the motor drive the day i bought the Scope but the problem has been, and this will probably need to be in a different thread, but i can polar align. i cant find it no matter how hard i try. But the good news is i have just got my Dads Binoculars and for the first time tonight have found Octans and it looks like the next time i take the scope out I will have more luck. i have also got an illuminated 12.5 eyepiece so now i can probably do the drift alignment much easier.

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    That South pole area is very empty isn't it?
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    yeah I have no idea why the rest of the south sky is so vibrant and full of stars!
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    I recken,
    I read about all the things people are seeing and its all in the NH i really want to see the Andromeda galaxy but it not around at the times i want to see it. And i live in the city so you can imagine the light pollution.

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    Andromeda from Australia is a difficult one - from Sydney almost impossible as it is very low in the sky
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    Thank you form the heads up.

    So with my setup i know that i cant get Galaxies from the light poluted Burbs of Melbourne. What would you sugest i look at with a 6" Newt on a motor driven EQ3 mount.

    Something i can get some good shots with?

    Robert

 

 
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