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  2. Lol, well I have been imaging for 9 years and 2 weeks ago did the same thing. Doh!!!! You'd think I'd have learnt by now. Carole
  3. There is an option to move the primary mirror further into the tube. You have to replace two sets of bolts (6 in total), and probably get three longer springs, but if you don't mind taking your primary mirror out (simply done with 3 screws), then it isn't difficult. I've done it to a SW 1145P small newtonian (that needed quite long , and to my SW150PDS when I fitted a baader cliklock (only an extra 10mm needed for that one). Ady - this advice is based on you having a newt. Rereading the thread, I may have got that bit wrong
  4. Was reading a thread on CN recently on this very subject. Yes Meade make SCTs that are about as good as the Celestron but the Celestron are simply more popular among imagers. Think it’s down to the perception that Celestron SCTs are better for imaging rather than any real advantage although the Meade are a bit heavier and tend to be sold more as complete setups on fork mounts rather than seperate OTAs. However was also reading comments by a seller of used SCTs in the US that said 9 out of 10 Meades needed repairs before they could be sold on wheras with the Celestrons it was the other way round with 9 out of 10 just needing a cleanup and no repairs.
  5. Will try, but my sense is that it is vibrating between the mount point and the focusser: ie the flex tube struts. Ive adjusted this distance to a minimum - ie the clamp position along the dovetail rail.
  6. Hi. Oh dear. Too many variables? Suggestion: Lose the rpi for now and throw some decent resources at it. Get indi-ekos-kstars all on the same box; e.g. a laptop running ubuntu 18.04. Once you're familiar with it, then may be a better time to delegate parts of it -e.g. the indi server only on the rpi- to lower resource. +1
  7. I took a look at Siril, it looks a bit too much like Iris where you need a mathematical mind in order to get it to work. But I will mention it to the person i have been teaching as he is certainly more technical than me. Carole
  8. Now sold - mods please archive thanks
  9. I need more inward travel
  10. If I understand the requirements of EEA you don’t really need an EQ mount at all as the exposures are so short- an alt az mount is adequate I believe - so something like the AZgti or the Ioptron cube may suffice. Obviously if you wish to progress to AP in the near future then future proofing your purchase by going the EQ route may be the best bet, an EQ5 is more than adequate for a 80mm refractor. The rest is a camera, leads, software and possibly a laptop to capture the data and stack your subs. I would think if you go the second hand route this is very doable for under £1000. The key to EEA is shortish focal length to maximise the smallish sensor you will have. I may have missed some points but as I understand EEA that would be my route to take. Good luck and if you have any more questions feel free, SGL are a great bunch of people. HTH
  11. I have one of these and use it with my ES 24mm 82. I don’t find any draw back tbh. At that price it’s a steal. I’d be biting the sellers had off if I didn’t have one already steve
  12. I never found anything about the Bresser maksutov and collimating it, but I read about another make where one screw is a locking screw and the other is an adjusting screw and that would make sense with the Bresser. In practice I've never needed to adjust the collimation so I've not tried.
  13. The transparency here last night was good to excellent, so I had another try with my 180 Mak. With the scope and mount in a spot shielded by trees from a distant streetlight and the neighbour's outside light, NGC 5353 itself was fairly obvious with direct vision, as well as NGC 5350. The previous times I'd looked, NGC 5353 was only visible with averted vision. The SN was easily visible as a bright twinkling point at the S end of the galaxy at the point shown in published images, easiest at x100; higher mags made it too faint with DV, although it was still visible with AV - a consequence of the small aperture compared with John's report above I imagine where he found higher mags helped. Interesting that the long axis of the galaxy appeared to be visibly mottled - genuine or an optical artefact I wonder? Compared with a nearby 13.1 mag star GSC 3030-1046 (SkySafari). the SN seemed to me quite a bit fainter, up to nearly a factor of two. As Jupiter had risen above the murk by then (1:00 am), I popped my 102mm f13 frac on the SkyTee and had a quick look; lots of belt detail for the first time this year, but no interesting transitions or GRS. Chris
  14. Plenty of SH lenova lappies on Fleabay, been using one for the past 3 years still going strong, cost me £150, i5 SSd drive plenty of Ram and win7.
  15. Observed last night in an eight inch dob, 2 fov hops down in the finder from Zeta Ophiuchus. Could not see it in the 9x50 finder, but it was clear and quite bright in the ep at 24mm. Really makes you take your hat off to those early astronomers who discovered these things. The diligence, commitment and attention to detail to work out that- 'hang on- that dot has moved!' is really quite something.
  16. Hi, sorry for yet another post question, I am also looking to move into a dedicated imaging, planetary scope. I was hoping to find out some information regaring the Saxon Cielo HD 1.25" ED Eyepieces I am looking at the Sky Rover ULT 115 ED Glass Triplet 115mm APO Refractor Telescope The current eyepieces that i have are: Tele Vue Delos 10mm Baader Hyperion 5mm Wide angle eyepiece What i am hoping to find out is, how do my two eye pieces compare the the Saxon eyepieces in this telescope. I realise this might be a broad question, but i am trying to find out if i go with this telescope, am i better of with my eye pieces or will it perform better with the Saxon eyepieces. Any advice or information would be appreciated. Thanks.
  17. A lot of good information here. I realise they are a big unit and anything near Zenith is going to require something to stand on. Moving them in and out isn't a issue as i have a trolley system already setup complete with feet to get it level, so don't have to lift it anywhere. I might have to keep an eye out in the for sale sections for a bit to see what comes up. Haven't really seen much here in Australia apart from Skywatcher brands, but mainly going to be used for nebulae and deep sky viewing. Good information to think about though. Appreciated.
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  19. Concrete pier unboxed, there were some airpockets under the top plate, doesn’t really matter but i will fill them.
  20. My, my... who’d have thought this day would come...? Paul imaging!! The force from the dark side is hard to resist. Congratulations on your first session! A lifetime of frustration and elation awaits. Enjoy the journey. I look forward to seeing your first image post.
  21. Personally I found startools quite easy to get a result from but where I struggled at first was because my data wasn’t very good in the first place , so Astrophotography was all new to me my data was poor , my processing skills was a challenge , I found photoshop cumbersome and to much faffing about , what did help after using startools and reading watching various tutorials was using better Data files to practice on from https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/dslr_astro_image_processing/info that made learning easier and now I’m guiding and dithering and getting flats my data is improving and startools can give me a good result I’m happy with in a fairly short time .So thanks @jager945
  22. So star wand ,Shining a laser into the sky Or am I missing something
  23. Any indication of how much the "interchangeable" filters would be for the 80mm model? Thanks.
  24. It’s one of those items that you see and think I have to get one of those. After a day or two I will calm down and go back to saving for a laser collimator, more important I think.
  25. Hi Martin, Thanks for posting your shot. I tend to lose some of the faint smudges as I tweak the settings to remove noise. Lately I have been noting at what point it does not seem worth stacking anymore subs. It seems to me that beyond 20 there is little improvement? As you say now that the moon had got out of the way the skies are cloudy, frequently triggered by the ever increasing aircraft con-trails. No astro dark now until early August. I like your description of tectonic plates sliding under each other - a new class description for galaxies???? Mike
  26. Only ever having taken a snap shot of Jupiter so know little, every one mentions C9.25 C 11 etc, surely Meade make just as good scopes 8-14 inch and these seem to fairly well priced and plenty of them, well the smaller ones anyway. I was even considering using my 12 inch on a AZEQ 6 to do a bit of planetary as cameras are much cheaper to start with, I would have thought one could start out with a decent camera for less than 600 quid. Alan
  27. Hi Paul, after a lot of searching for a mount, the Giaz was the one that most interested me. Not a lot of reviews on the internet, but decided to take the plunge & get it from Zoltan, who I have got to say was great. 1st impressions are good. Sturdy tripod & mount seams to be really fluid. I have a heritage 130p & recently purchased a Mak127, as new to the hobby at the start of the year. I have ordered tube rings from Orion in US as I want to mount the Mak on the righthand side & want to eventually purchase a 150pds to mount on left side. I am also having a counter weight made so I can use a single OTA on the mount. I will post some pics & impressions of the mount as all comes together. Thanks Andy.
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