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Having an enthusiasm for astronomy since young I joined this club at the end of 2012 where I soon purchased my first telescope. Also at the club I was introduced to many different astronomical subjects, particularly astrophotography, which has grabbed my interest ever since. In my pursuit of astrophotography I have made a point of researching the relevant and best hardware to attain my ambitions and goals in this area. Currently I am using a Celestron C8 Edge HD telescope together with an AVX mount. Why I chose this is because of its versatility; at a standard f10 this makes it a good telescope for solar system observation and photography. it’s also can be fitted with a reducer making the telescope an f7 and even has the means to fit a Hyperstar on the correction plate, making it an f2.1 (excellent for deep space photography) Of course one of the permanent drawbacks is living so close to one of Europe’s light pollution hot-stops. To counter this I regularly use CLS CCD clear sky clip filter with my Canon eos 450D which has produced some good results. However I do also really like going away a couple of times a year to designated UK dark sites, such as most recently the Kielder Forest in Northumberland.