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  2. Well, me implying that someone else plays up saturation or contrast for dramatic effect would DEFINITELY be a case of stones thrown from glass houses. By a black pot, at a kettle. Etc., etc.. I like 'em dramatic and while I might blush at my own shamelessness from time to time, I make no apologies. If an image pleases you, it's doing what it's supposed to do, IMHO.
  3. Hi. Not sure what 'tilt moves', means... Are the stars are elongated in a different place in the frame when you rotate the camera? The position of the bad stars depends upon the camera rotation? JTOL. Cheers.
  4. I have told you before I am far from being expert, I know nothing. The good thing is I've got you thinking with much great Guide knowledge, lets hope between us we can get something sorted and working. On the bright side as it would appear I did absolutely nothing in relation to PPEC other than pass time, the mount performed very well indeed, so well I am sure some would ask why bother, Olly said to get down to 0.5sec in both RA and Dec is about as good as one can hope for, I was a bit better than this alot of the time. As for the flashes I would say I was getting intermittent two flashes. I will try this again, don't cost anything does it. Please let me know how you fair, looks li9ke weather is poor again here. Alan.
  5. Alan Just noticed that I've still shown 3 x 5K ohm resistors; I've corrected to show 1K ohm. Thanks, Peter
  6. Is it a newly purchased AZMP? Mine has grinding noise and squeaks when slewing in just one direction. Could only find operating manuals on ioptron website and opening it up will likely void the 2 year warranty. I've contacted the retailer, have you tried this or Ioptron support?
  7. +1 for some Radio astronomy workshop / talks from me as well. I'd also like some Pixinsight workshops - pretty please
  8. Mint as BNIB only used twice!.. fabulous EP. Every accept one edge of the box is perfect!. Looking for £115 which will include Royal Mail Special Recorded Delivery Reason for sale : Thought I could get away without selling, but need funds.
  9. When I started the other night with the reducer it wasnt this bad. I switched to the Hotech to see if it was any better but it looks worse. I'm thinking the SCA section isn't compatible with my scopes. They both have 2.5 inch drawtube but the 2" adapter isn't very deep. I had to arrange the rubber bands on the SCA to the centre, ie 3 together just so they seat within the adapter. I'm thinking this could be a reason. The focuser cant be this much out. More testing tonight I think.
  10. I took Jupiter and Saturn between 2-3am on morn 21/5. Edge HD SCT 9.25”. ZWO ASI290MM mini with RGB filter. Sharp cap. 2min runs (600 frames per) alternating RGB filters. 3 rounds. Approx 5fps. Gain 140 for memory. Williams Bahtinov mask for focus on nearby star. Histogram 70%. 1st real time for having ironed out the bugs. Autostaker, then Registax and then Winjupos. Seeing could have been better, beautiful clear night hear on Sunshine Coast in Qld, Australia that night. I am no expert in planetary photography but the frame rate was unflattering and gain 390 . I understand a high gain given you a higher frame rate but doesn’t it come at the cost of more grainy image? https://astrob.in/406998/0/ https://astrob.in/407000/0/
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  12. I think most interesting is the way Chinese brands (not only Synta/Sky-Watcher) are moving upmarket. Their manufacturing ability and QC has been improving year on year and they now produce some genuinely innovative products. The quality gap between them and other brands from Japan and the West is narrowing. In the astronomy products market the continental plates are shifting. I think that's as much as I can say on a forum that doesn't allow politics... Steve
  13. Hugh Thanks, I'll put it back. Peter
  14. Harder it is to set-up/put away, the less you’ll use it. Building mine a Dob trolley so that I can just wheel and view, revolutionised my observing. Most of us are very lazy indeed.... Paul
  15. Wot no picture ? Dave
  16. Yes. Home position is with the counterweight bar facing downwards. The position of the other axis is irrelevant. Remember, polar alignment is only making the RA axis parallel to the earth's axis. You can align the mount with no telescope on it at all.
  17. Think I'll leave it alone for now until I work out of I have a problem that needs solving.
  18. The sky the day BEFORE the new scope arrives. Hoping for more of the same tomorrow.
  19. CQ350, very very interesting. I'm guessing it will sit somewhere in between the CEM60 and EQ8 price range considering it's capacity.
  20. That all sounds very strange, all I do is scroll to zero position on the handset, press and it wanders off in RA / Dec to where it thinks zero is and stops, only goes in one direction, no returning, I then use the hand control to get the spirit level level and loosen the clutches and rotate manually to zero position, weights down, scope up north and that's it then star align. First star alignment is off in mine as well but usually just on the edge of the FOV of a 26mm eyepiece with 110 f/7 refractor. Dave
  21. That's bad. Alot worse than mine in fact. Mine I could just live with mine but using a OSC camera makes them appear worse due to colour smudging
  22. So I've been stargazing for a few years and bought Astromaster 130eq a couple of years ago, though I've started seriously using it only for a few months. I've been enjoying it for a while but the finderscope makes it really hard to point the telescope at fainter objects. I've been wanting to upgrade it but the finderscope mount seems to be different than the ones I like require AND I DO NOT WANT TO DRILL HOLES IN THE TUBE. I checked the support page of celestron, they seem to suggest getting an optical finderscope with a base slightly curved so as to fit on the optical tube and attaching it using both sided tapes. I really like this one: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Meade-White-6x30mm-Crosshair-Telescope-Viewfinder-w-Tall-Bracket-New-Old-Stock-/332930951379 I will be glad if anybody tells me if the above mentioned strategy will work and also if the finderscope is good. Note that I live in a quite light polluted area. Also I'm new to the forum. Hope I'll be able to learn loads from you guys and contribute to the community Clear skies
  23. Bits & pieces. Baader T2 prism body (I allready had the nosepoece and focusing eyepiece holder) USB cable amd cigarette plug USB adapter to power the Quark. Bolts for the Skymax 180 rings and dovetail so that everything now fits properly
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