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    Hello Everyone

    I Currently live in Sedgefield, South Africa and literally have no one to talk to about astronomy or to enjoy the hobby with. Would be nice to if i knew a few people close by So basically this post is to see who is near Sedgefield! If you don't know where that is :P It is near George. Hope to hear from someone!

    My recent experience upset me that a person well known in Astronomy here in South Africa would treat me and my equipment like it was worthless and means nothing... I try the best I can with what I have. Now i get told I shouldn't waste my time and because what I have and my idea's wont work... I have a 130 slt with a computerized AZ mount. I am modding it by moving the mirror forward etc. I was met wit criticism that I wont be able to balance the scope. i wont be able to make it track properly with the DSLR. I don't have allot of money and I have managed allot of success and amazing photos (in my opinion) It was just sad that someone I looked up to treated me this way...

    I don't know if I'm wrong to feel this way and sorry in venting here But I really needed to get that off my chest! I feel better now lol

    Well hope to hear from South Africans and clear skies to all!
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    Default Re: South African Astronomers

    Gary,
    There is an astronomy myth that you can't do astrophotography with an azimuth mount. This was true with film but not with digital. True, you are limited to very short exposures of around 30 seconds or so but with a fast telescope and a modern DSLR the list of objects in deep space that you can image is long. Hang in there. Don't let ignorance and snoots discourage you. Look forward to hearing how your modification works out.
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    Even if it was true, that person has no right putting you down like that. I have a lot more respect for people who manage to make the most of the equipment they've got, than for someone who can just buy "Formula 1" gear and get going. That being said doesn't mean I don't like photos taken with expensive gear. Not at all. I'm just full of respect for people who make the most of what they have, DIY solutions etc.

    Post some of your photos here, I'd like to see them.

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    Default Re: South African Astronomers

    I agree with Sxinias!

    Go for it and make it work for you!
    I am sure that any images you get from your modifications will be just right!
    So pursue your mods and prove your critics wrong!

    I look forward to your very first images.

    Onward and upward!

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    Hi Gary, good to meet you. I hail from East London so even though we are in the same province, I'm a bit far to get together with you. It would be great to chat online, and AF is a good place to do that though. I have a similar problem to you here in East London, as it seems there are no other amateur astronomers at all in EL which means I don't get to share my hobby with anyone. I even emailed the secretary of the ASSA and asked them to see if they had any members that were in EL bit got no response to the list-server message that the secretary sent out. I can't believe that there are no others in my area that also enjoy amateur astronomy. When I lived in Durban I was a member of the Durban Amateur Astronomy Society and we regularly had up to 35 members at the meetings.

    I know where Sedgefield is and have passed through it several times in my life. Not for a long time though. My father used to live in George and traveled a lot for work so I used to get to travel with him when I was on holiday visiting him. You must have some great skies out that way because from what I remember the skies are very dark out there in that part of the world. Lucky you!

    I'm saddened to hear about your experiences with having your equipment put down by an experienced amateur astronomer. That's not on as far as I am concerned. It doesn't matter how humble your equipment may be, its getting out there and viewing the sky that counts at the end of the day. In my opinion he should have known better! I don't believe you are wrong to feel the way you do, and I would simply ignore him, or if the mood strikes you refer him to the great historical astronomers, some of whom used 1" refractors to build some of the catalogs of objects we still use today!

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    Default Re: South African Astronomers

    According to the Astronomical Society of SA website, their is a "Centre" (not sure how it differs from a Club) with meetings right there in Sedgefield.
    Have a squiz here:

    Garden Route Centre | ASSA

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    Hi Gary. Search for LucAstronomy on Facebook. The chap stays in George and a seems pleasant. You can also look for Chris Vermeulen. Also from George and seriously into astrophotography.

    I like to fiddle with things and do not deal well with over critical people....

    Happy ­čîč gazing...

 

 

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