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  2. Has somebody cut a brassiere in half ??
  3. I hope you enjoy Mark. If you find collimation is off try rotating the focuser slightly. I could never get it set up correctly so the rotator could be used.
  4. Just don't cover both eyes at the same time!
  5. Does anyone know the correct mounting points for a motor focuser on an Esprit 150? Looking at the bottom of the focuser there are four slotted screwheads that seem to be set in concrete. Are these the best place? Also how do you get the focuser knobs off. The x10 knob comes off easily by undoing a screw, but there are no obvious screws for the large knobs. Again they appear to be set in concrete if you pull them. The focuser is a Pegasus cube on an L bracket.
  6. Very interesting. I'll give that a try. Thanks Ole. Olly
  7. I've heard from a very trustworthy source that the 72ED makes a terrific visual grab and go scope.
  8. All ok but where in phd2 do i adjust gain please
  9. Hi all, Does anyone have any recommendations for good sites for AP around Brecon or the Elan Valley.... or anywhere within about an hour from Hereford? Finally happy that I can run my rig reliably from a leisure battery and also power my laptop so want to go to a dark site . Rgds Aidan
  10. Hi, just got one of these for imaging, cant say about observing but have found it V good with a TS FR/ FF. for imaging with a ZWO 1600 pro. Nice little scope.
  11. Well if it is one of the corner stars on the box i will find it.
  12. Easy to find, difficult to splt being both close (1.3 arc seconds currently I think) and the componant stars being uneven in brightness. A real test of observer, seeing conditions and scope optics:
  13. Ahoy thar fellow astronomers! Nah all thin's 'ave t' be fancy 'n expensive. These ones prolly 'ave some o' th' best performance t' price ratio thar be.
  14. is this because these targets aren't in the SGPro database? If yes, then you could try other planetarium software that has telescope control - I use SkyMap Pro, but there are other capable programs such as Cartes du Ciel. I use Pinpoint Lite to plate solve (within MaxImDL) and this just does plate solving, no target selection/go-to, for this you go-to the target beforehand (I use MaxIm or SMP as detailed previously). For info, plate solving does fail sometimes, even PS2. In these rare cases I try to get a deeper image with a larger pixel resolution (just bin the image) - this seems to help. HTH, Andy
  15. Well the objective diameter is just the aperture of your scope, and the limiting magnitude will be the faintest star you can see on a clear night. If you look at Ursa Minor, the faintest star is just under mag 5 so if you can see all seven then you NELM is about 5.
  16. I dont have a frying pan big enough
  17. Hi @Brian28 I usually use the internal database within MaxImDL to go-to targets and then use PlateSolve2 if (when) PinPoint Lite fails to solve. Otherwise I use SkyMap Pro to find more difficult targets such as comets and then solve within MaxIm/PS2. As it turned out, I didn't go for the Ring as the Owl seemed a better target as I haven't imaged it before and it was much higher altitude. Thanks for the suggestion And then when setting up I remembered that I had started a long term project for when the Moon is around, Sharpless 174 in Cepheus. This is a tough target for me, needing 15 min exposures in Ha to get any signal that is significantly above the background. Why SkyMap Pro calls it a "bright nebula" I'll never know lol! So last night, this morning I moved on the Owl with the intention of creating a HOO image at some point. Here's 2 hours of Ha from earlier today. I'll aim to grab some more tonight.
  18. I'm not too concerned about selling the fork mount. In fact, I'd probably prefer to keep it in case I ever decided to switch OTA, then I could refork and sell as a complete package. As far as mounts go, I'd prefer to move away from fork mount. Having the flexibility to use different OTA's on a mount is appealing (whether I do so or not) and my imaging train is rather long, I'd probably have to jump up to the larger LX200's to avoid issues and that's quite a cost/weight issue.
  19. Balance is fixed. Now thew scope sits way up in the saddle after i added a heavy Vixen weight to the saddle. Now i can reach my SLO- MO controls.
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  21. The polar alignment routine in PhD2 is junk in my humble opinion. Just use the polar scope. If you want more accurate after that then the only thing that works for me in phd2 is drift alignment. But seriously just use the polar scope for now your doing 60second max exposures with guiding it's really not that critical. You have bigger fish to fry at the moment.
  22. Hi knobby It's a synscan goto using laptop and eqdir so cord and lat time come from that dont they.as for star alignment cant find that anywhere on phd2 or apt.
  23. Yea i got that i just dont know how to find the objective diameter and the limiting mag Thanks Kronos
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