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  1. Problem Graduation banding

    I'm confused by this, I'm using SGP with my Atik 460EX and I don't see any gradient. I'm using the Atik Ascom driver, maybe this is the difference. I'd be disappointed by Atik's response if it were me. SGP is used by thousands of people now and of there is a problem then Atik should be working with the SGP devs to get it fixed, they're quick to get problems fixed. I wouldn't move away from SGP, and if he'd said that to me I'd take it as him saying "If you want to remotely image then buy a different camera brand"!
  2. SGL Mini Spring Star Party

    I really wish I could make it to this event, I've loved this site when I've stayed on it in the past. I'll be looking forward to reports and photos. Have a cracking time guys, clear skies! Ian
  3. 12v Power Connectors

    Anderson PowerPole all the way, you can't reverse the polarity, they're rated to 30 amps, they come with strain relief boots and they're just reliable.
  4. Bolting pier to concrete base help.

    I used a similar kit to this one; https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F182235490751 Be sure to blow out as much of the dust from the hole as you can though, you can buy a cheap manual pump with a long tube to do this and it's worth getting one.
  5. I've seen this in the past in various canon cameras, IMO it's temperature related, try checking the internal camera temp in the EXIF data for subs where it's better and where it's worse. The more you stretch the data the more the banding shows, so for the shorter exposures it may look worse because you're having to stretch it harder. I ended up cooling my 450D and at EXIF temps below 9 or 10C the banding completely disappeared. Cheers Ian
  6. EQASCOM PHD2 & SGP Problem

    Maybe PHD2 has a different profile for the new ascom connection and your SGP sequence is pointed at the old PHD profile. Try opening SGP, open your sequence, open control panel, Auto Guide and settings and then select the correct PHD2 profile. Save the sequence and test again, if it works then save the sequence as an equipment profile so your future sequences use this setting. You can update any old sequences by opening them and choosing File, Apply Profile to Sequence. HTH Ian
  7. AZEQ6 GT

    The little screws don't tighten the eyepiece, don't tighten these or you'll crack the glass recticle. Mine arrived like this and was useless as a polarscope, it rocked about half a degree on the threads. I fixed it by fully unscrewing the eyepiece, I wrapped a few turns off plumbers PTFE tape around the threads and screwed it back on. This fixes the rocking but now you need to re-align the polarscope - Google for a guide to help you here. Cheers Ian
  8. obsy /pier Part 1 (the pier)

    Personally I'd only ever use power connectors where there's no chance of reversing the polarity and killing an expensive camera or mount. My brain and fingers both get numb in the the cold and I know it would be a matter of when not if! These are Anderson PowerPole connectors btw, you'll find them available in lots of places, they're a very robust solution.
  9. Thanks a lot for your reply, great info, I'll try it out when clouds allow.
  10. Thanks for the answer, I hadn't even thought about using the main camera. I guess I could set a large search area and use subframe download to speed it up on that profile, I'd have thought bin x4 would lead to inaccuracies due to the huge pixels, but what do I know šŸ˜
  11. Great developments keep up the good work. Can I use SPA with an OAG at 1200mm FL and a Lodestar? Will the FOV be sufficient to allow a solve? Even with the OAG I always see a good few stars. Cheers, Ian
  12. All Sky Plate Solver

    Hi Mark, Do give SGP a go, I know it's something else to learn and I was very much against that myself, IMHO the learning is worth it in this case. It took me a fair bit of reading beforehand, but most of the setup can be done during daylight hours, and most stuff worked as I'd initially set it up from the manual etc. This is a good document to get you started. Don't bother with PinPoint for solving PS2 is amazingly quick if you give it the right hints, and the blind failover is very quick for an all sky solver. Go for the most recent stable version for your trial - v2.6.0.23. They release frequent beta versions as they add new features and these can take a while to stabilise. The forum is a wealth of information and if you do have a problem then posting up your log will usually get a fast response telling you what went wrong or what setting you have wrong. Cheers, Ian
  13. All Sky Plate Solver

    Hi Mark, Have you looked at Sequence Generator Pro, it manages multi night imaging exceptionally well, as well as a host of other things. It's changed imaging for me, I'm currently 40 hours, over about 15 nights, into a project. I start it, connect all my equipment, select and start my sequence, it slews, solves, focuses, starts the guiding and starts taking subs. Cheers Ian
  14. SGL 2017 SP Bookings Now Open

    Thank you Grant.
  15. SGL 2017 SP Bookings Now Open

    Hi @Grant, I didn't book food when I originally booked our pitch, how do I book some meals now? Cheers, Ian