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About Stu_2011

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  1. Not quite ready to mount the scope yet (still waiting for some bits) but it looks lovely. The glass and / or the Fluorite crystal looks great. Looking forward to next season.
  2. Well it arrived at work today Steve, all looked to be in one piece! Will check it out properly at the weekend. Thanks
  3. Thanks Steve, Should go well with my recently purchased Berlebach Uni-18 tripod and AOKswiss mount, not a bad mix of quality kit I think. stuart
  4. Hi Steve, Due to many many reasons I’ve not been able to do much astronomy recently but I’ve just bought this amazing scope and looking forward to next season. Always wanted a Takahashi!! Don’t be too long taking pictures..... Stuart
  5. Hi Just ordered a QHY PoleMaster for my HEQ5, Modern Astronomy has sold out so they are proving popular I think. Should get mine towards the end of the month according to Bernard. Thanks Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  6. Hi Does the Atik Infinity software work with other cameras such as the Titan or 414ex? I researched this a bit and thought it didn't. Would be great if it did. Thanks Stuart Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  7. Hi I use the adapter plate from FLO and it works well. I use 4 bolts to attach this plate to the dovetail and its rock solid. It's a good little unit., I bought the ADM mini guider thinking it would be a step up from the SW unit and its not, if anything it's a step down. The ADM unit is really well made but has some design issues. I now use the SW one all the time. Thanks Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  8. Looks really good. ST80s are great. Just out of interest how do you find the 2 cell variable polarisers at high mag? I have the Celestron ones and they produce horrible astigmatism at high magnification. I assume that the single axis polarisers are based on some form of aligned polymers chains and this produces the astigmatism?? Thanks Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  9. Hi I think the Civil Aviation Authority also have laws about using any lasers within a certain distance of an airfield. I live very close to a army base that run regular Chinook manoeuvres right above my house. Using a laser would be a bad idea I think..... Thanks Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  10. HiBoth great pictures, the top one is the Sony I guess, lots more detail to my old eyes. Also the diffraction spikes in the lower image gives a bit of a clue.... Thanks Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  11. Hi Not tempted by the 414 instead of the 314, it's not much more money but the new sensor seems great with increased sensitivity over the 314. Thanks Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  12. Hi I had something similar on my Titan and it was the USB cable, the image was grainy and noisy and also had bands. I changed the cable and it was fine. Try using it during the day and focus on a tree or something in the distant, you need to turn the exposure right down to its minimum but you can see things. It's much easier to see things in the day. Thanks Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  13. I'm wondering the same, my 414 / Titan downloads it's data pretty quickly so it wouldn't take long for a real time stacked image to build up. I hope Atik don't restrict the new software to just the New Infinity...... Stuart Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  14. Hi I have an old True Technology filter wheel that takes various filter carousels including an 8 way 1.25" and 5 way 2". The one I have can be operated via a PC or via a standalone hand controller. Not everyone liked the True Tech wheels, they were quite expensive and had some quality issues but mine has always worked fine. One nice feature is that the unit is hinged so you can change carousels without taking the filter unit off the telescope. You can't buy them anymore (I think) but one might come up second hand. Thanks Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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