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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Hi Did you take apart the objective lens? I think the inside lens looks symmetrical buts it's not, if it's the wrong way round the convex surface of the inside lens can just about touch the concave surface of the outer lens and this can produce funny effects. Just a thought. My ST80 is a bit like yours with an upgraded GSO Crayford. I have a flip mirror as well. Thanks Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  12. Hi Personally I think the prices are reasonable. Don't forget that Atik etc are very small companies with tiny volumes. They make niche products for a very small market. Yes I suspect the bill of materials to RRP ratio is high but that's no different from other niche consumer products. Luxury watches are really bad, the companies make them for nothing (10s of €s) and sell them for hundreds or thousands. People have to make a living and I bet if went to the Atik factory the car park wouldn't be full of expensive cars.... I don't feel ripped off when I buy Atik products and I will continue to b
  13. I used to go to HK on a regular basis. Fantastic city with fantastic people but I must admit it wouldn't be my first choice location for housing a scope like this. The pollution, both light and smog is quite significant at times. Hong Kong Island and Kowloon are particularly bad for light pollution. It might be better in parts of the New Territories but then the smog rolls in from Shenzhen..... Stuart Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  14. Hi I have ADM Mini guider which is similar but a bit smaller. It's ok but not fantastic. I bought it thinking it would be a step up from the Skywatcher guide unit but it's not. I have to say that in my view the Skywatcher unit is better. I have made some minor mods to my Skywatcher unit and I'm very happy with it. I use it in preference to the ADM unit. The ADM unit feels robust and looks well made but actually it seems to have play in it even when locked down. The tolerances on some of the machined parts seem a bit poor (particularly on the up/down) so it can move a bit even when locked. The
  15. Hi Yes it's the F7 one, I like it. Altair triplets (i.e. GSO) seem good, The Sky at Night magazine liked it about a year ago. To be honest it's not that new!! Too many distractions for me with work and a young family. This season I will find more time. One day I will buy a Tak as well. Thanks Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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