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  1. That's what I'd do - I wouldn't take a Dremel to it under any circumstances! Shocking design - good ol' Meade!!
  2. Too kind, Ian but thanks!
  3. I have never had a moment's issue with the AAG CloudWatcher system itself and the support from Lunatico when there was an incompatibility problem with the latest version of CCD Commander was exemplary, however, I do get daily digests from the support forum and most of the issues I have seen appear to be related to the 'Solo' unit but I have no personal experience of this unit. You do have to change the parameters to allow for the seasons but this would apply to any system that depends of cloud IR temperature for its analysis.
  4. Hi Gary, The specific part of LesveDome that applies to you is here as, of course, you will not require the dome rotation parts at all. The control circuit electronics are shown on the LesveDome website although for a project of my own (since superseded) I used my own circuit shown below. Although my automation project is dome based, you might get some ideas from it by reading this link - have a bottle of wine or a coffee pot nearby to keep you going ....... You will be pleased to note that I too have a Mesu mount and parking works fine for me so shouldn't be an issue for you either.
  5. The easiest way of doing this automation if you can work out the drive mechanism (but I can give you some guidance on this if you get stuck) is to buy the LesveDome control software as this will give you an ASCOM driver to simply switch a drive motor to open and close the roll off roof. This driver can be actioned by SG Pro to automate the roof as part of a sequence or on the detection of bad weather.
  6. It certainly is!
  7. You are in for such a treat - as you say, such a simple design, no frills just a pure engineering project and good engineering at that! As Olly says, exciting times ahead.
  8. UPDATE 24/06/17 The project is in full swing and here we are two weeks in! The subtle colour changes that this technique relies on is clearly visible already - it's not all about resolution!
  9. Looking at the two images (3nm v 5nm), I like both but for me, the star size of the 3nm wins out and I can't (currently) decide on the contrast aspect although a quick play in PS to get the two contrasts to a close match emphasizes the star size difference! Interesting test images though, Steve.
  10. I have to say that I am amazed that dual (or more) cameras is not supported in the main systems (MaxIm, SG Pro etc.) as there are so many of us either doing it or proposing to do it and I can't see what the difficulty is - at the end of the day, it is a synchronisation effort with perhaps a simple programmable time offset (maybe 15 seconds or so) to allow one camera to download before the other to avoid noise on the USB download then off to the next dither and so on. Or am I missing something?
  11. Simplification is always the key to success in getting started in imaging but the realisation that you need to autoguide for deep sky is good news so let that be part of the initial setup. The biggest potential issue heading your way is that USB hub! With only two USB ports, you may indeed have to tread this path as you will require a port for:- 1. the 8300c 2. the QHY5L If you are going to use EQMod to control your mount, that will require a 3rd USB port and sadly, the inclusion of a USB hub. My advice would be to get the system running with the PC outside first to make sure that everything is working correctly before you consider the remote operation from inside as that will take two potential issues out of the equation, the USB Hub and the USB Extension cable. Once you have a proven system, add the hub and see if all remains well, if it does continue to work OK you can then tackle the extension cable but be aware that an active USB cable is in effect another USB Hub so there could be a conflict here. In addition, some devices do not like active cables at all so it really is a case of try it and see what happens. One step at a time and you will nail this! I refuse to use a USB hub but hopefully someone will come along with some recommendations for a suitable one for you.
  12. This is very nice indeed, Pieter, very delicately processed, fine detail and unobtrusive stars - what's not to like!
  13. The extreme velocity stellar winds from these W-R stars are amazing, almost hard to imagine the intensity and the effect is shown here in the OIII generation. As for changing the image entirely, I agree and I hope that the two mono images show this well - the Ha version is how I normally visualise this object but the OIII displays a very different beast and a somewhat extended shape.
  14. Well that worked then! Well done on getting this up and running, Steve. Having run a dual rig system myself, I know only too well how complicated it can be but this image shows that you have it all looking good.
  15. Thanks for your comments, folks - it is always very useful to get some feedback and I appreciate you taking the time.