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  2. First Clear Night in a week, EEVA all night with NGC7000 in the northeast by 4am. So ready for this ;-) 

  3. This evening I discovered that it's possible to get right angle connectors for the LED lighting strips, so I can make a single run for the warm room in a U shape. That sounds ideal, so I've just hit the buy button on another 5m LED strip, the aluminium section and connectors. I shan't bother with wifi operation for this one. I can't see the need at the moment. James
  4. My ZWO ASI 120MM occasionally has "Split Frames" when I use it in SharpCap to take 30 second exposure sequences (frame is split vertically with left and right halves swapped) Typically starts okay, then after a while I get a series of Split frames, then it corrects. Never had it in PHD2, I'm not using the ASCOM driver. Michael
  5. That is a beautiful dob i must add, i hope it finds a new lover.
  6. As a deep sky photographer I have hardly photographed the moon, and I have no idea what is a considered a good image so I would appreciate some insight on my image. I have a link because SGL kills the detail for some reason https://www.astrobin.com/full/401852/0/?nc=user
  7. I'm interested in plosssl kit and sent you a PM. Thanks
  8. Are you sure? Sometimes it happens not to use the equipment properly, but this can be just temporary.
  9. I may have over processed these but I’m quite happy with my new found method of stitching images together. Last night and just now, same method, canon 1100d and 2 x Barlow through Skywatcher 150p. 2 x 1 minute video clips for each, run through PIPP, stacked in Registax, stitched in ICE, back into Registax for wavelets and tweaking. Any advice welcomed.
  10. Same here. I used the st pocket star atlas, but have been using a tablet + stellarium or sky safari for a while now. So easy to use and powerful too.
  11. Good set Steve, big area of surface activity around AR2738 almost joins the little one behind it, fingers crossed for more activity. Dave
  12. So how did you go about guiding then? Another cam? Different software?
  13. 60mm Lunt D/S Chameleon cam click for full res Double Stack Single Stack same processing as above another d/s a couple of hours later
  14. I had the same flipping problem, after trying everything I could think of I stopped using it. Nothing I tried worked.
  15. Can someone just tow it away for the next four clear nights please.
  16. Ok, so this is a really annoying bug / problem that I have with my setup: From time to time, in non regular intervals the image my guiding cam (ZWO ASI120) send seems to get flipped / mirrored or looks like it's from a completely different patch of sky. When I'm paying attention to the guide images I can clearly see that the image seems to be flipped in some way. It only happens for 1 frame PHD send a warning ( No star found / Star lost Mass changed) and after that everything is fine again. My gear is all connected to a single USB3 Hub which then runs via powered USB3 cable to my Pc. I'm not binning and have the noise reduction off (though PHD might got hickups while processing) but it still happens. Sometimes there are minutes between two events sometimes it happens 5 times in a row. It also seems like it's only happening during guiding, I haven't seen it happen during calibration yet... I'm completely clueless what's happening or how to get rid of it, any help / idea is greatly appreciated.
  17. Hopefully when JTW has finished work on their new mount, they might have time to focus on building his telescope brand. I think the biggest problems with JTW is that they appear to be having an identity crisis. They don't seem to be sure what type of business they are. Are they an engineering company that makes astro gear on the side or a Telescope company that does engineering on the side ? But either way, I would like to see them start producing some finely crafted scopes for the general pub!ic. Who knows they could be the next TEC of Europe and speaking to mark he seems passionate about astronomy, so hopefully we'll start to see some of his scopes in the wild in the near future.
  18. Today
  19. Could be many reasons so please let's not jump to any conclusions. If the OP posts up some pictures then I'm sure a good estimate can be found.
  20. Hi all. Has anyone tried the heater pad around the circumference of the tube to any great degree of success. I too am getting hit with dew on the XX14G so would be interested in success stories. I ordered the Kendrick Split heater but that is a few weeks away. I will post the results once it arrives. I did try a 12v hair dryer, but it barely heats up and was only good for the eyepieces..
  21. You’ve probably checked this already but if the laser isn’t well collimated this can throw out the collimation of the scope, I speak from personal experience so I mention it just in case it’s factor for you. Hope you get it sorted. Steve
  22. Last month I bought an Anteres Versascope 10 x 60 and a ZWO ASI120MM Mini to step in to the work of guiding... Que several weeks of cloud. Tonight was the first clear night where I've had chance to set up so given the full moon I thought I'd give it go because I wouldn't be imaging anything. Anyway, installed PHP2 and SharpCap but I don't seem to be able to get anything out of the camera except shades of grey through white and for the life of me I can't work out what I doing wrong. So my question is, can someone talk me through a setup and how best to test this please?
  23. I chose the EEVA because I like simple things, so I use alignment to a one star close to the object I'm going to visit and center this allign star with a 50/205 mm finder + an illuminated eyepiece of 26 mm. I also do not like the 6-bolt fastening system because the finder moves too easily. I've tried and rejected all laser finders because the red dot shines too much for most alignment stars
  24. Actually these galaxies are very interesting. But at the moment I continue with my particular marathon of objects of equal or less than 12 magnitude and until I finish it I can not start a new one. If the Mediterranean sky behaves moderately well I hope to finish it this year. Between all we are going to obtain a quite complete collection of celestial objects...
  25. Sorry that you have decided to sell this amazing scope. It only seems like only a short time since I remember reading on this forum about you buying it and the excitement you were feeling about owning such a quality instrument. I dream of owning a scope like this one day. Good luck with the sale and I hope you enjoyed the views while you had them. Steve
  26. CAD drawings of the heatsinks etc. and with the air duct added (shown in transparent blue). In the second drawing the air will be blown into the bottom left and emerge on the right where it will be diverted up to the dome. Condensate will be removed through the hole in the bottom of the air duct.
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