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Everything posted by Sp@ce_d

  1. Gosh, when I think back to watching Apollo as a kid this is amazingly clear coverage & in colour
  2. Thinking about it. If you also have flats, darks etc. You’ll have to manually load them as such by selecting the relevant file type as PI would normally try & read this in the fits header if it were a .fit file. The .xisf is default file type output for PI now. But can be changed to what you want. Ie I still save mine as .fits.
  3. I’ve not used PI with dslr raws but that naming convention means it’s a light frame binned at 1 ie no binning. Kind of what I would expect as my ccd files are the same. If they were darks it would say dark, bias flat etc. Have you tried running the batch process to see if it works?
  4. and it's off the launchpad...
  5. Well I found it informative.. didn't realise it was the last one launched from the west coast either.. thanks..
  6. Yours does sounds as if its tighter than usual then. I havn't been at the point of extreme force to adjust my NEQ6 or HEQ5 & I wouldn't force them either. The other reason we have "put up" with them is the fact there wasn't anything else available at this price point that does the job as well as they do.. certainly not for AP. Next one up is the EQ8 which is fine in this regard.. after that its 5k Plus really.
  7. It is sad to see yet another thread on this age old bendy bolts issue. I refrained from changing out to harder bolts on any of my mounts as I’ve seen too many stripped thread & even cracked mount “Threads” on here. As said before if you want to adjust fully loaded then loosen off both bolts and grab the shaft & scope & ease to general position. Then adjusting both bolts at same time tweak gently. It is a good idea to loosen the bolts right off, grab the unloaded head & move up & down to make sure it feels smooth & you have no binding elsewhere first of all. At my altitude the lower bolt is up against the polar scope so a right finger jamming pain. Also the top bolt can jam against the counter weight lock screws if they are in the centre & not checked for clearance as the arm swings past!
  8. The too close or too far away example half way down in this post is always a good reference..
  9. Its still a buzz to watch.. not as grand as the Saturn V when I was a kid but I never get tired of thinking what went behind it for those few minutes into space.. enjoyed that.. thx..
  10. Haha.. the wife just came in & said.. "oh got my wrong specs on.. just pause it"....
  11. .. 3rd Hendricks & Tonic here..
  12. See if they get past T minus 4 this time
  13. I've been tweaking a new Camera/scope setup. I've got CCDI but found the Pixinsight abberation inspector / spotter scripts useful. You probably need a more dense star field to be sure but they look pretty good. Id get a few images going... when the clouds head off AA70Q_Atik_1_corners_AbberationInspector.fit AA70Q_Atik_1_corners_AbberationSpotter.fit
  14. Yeah its all coming back to me now.. I read through Steve's version of the manual when I first got mine. Section 5. Calculate the rotation centre might be worth checking. https://www.firstlightoptics.com/user/manuals/polemaster_user_manual_english_UK_northern_hemisphere.pdf
  15. You're not missing anything... scrubbed for 24 hrs..
  16. Ah cool...thanks. Looks like its set for 16:59 pst (00:59) now.. That app only seems to show up as available on the phone. Don't show up as available on ipad in store
  17. Lovely.. partial to these longer FL targets myself. Must keep saving up for some Spanish Skies..
  18. Ooh is it left... haha.. I used mine for first time in ages at w/end to set up a grab n go & couldn't remember so pointed it down.. seemed to work well enough
  19. Kaliska is this on all stars across the sensor?. I just got a new camera (ZWO1600) I'm checking out with one of my Esprit 80's I've not used for a while. I saw the same diffraction pattern on bright stars towards the corner whilst tweaking the distance to flattener. Not sure I kept the subs as cant find them right now. So is it possible its a spacing/tilt issue? I think mine have gone away after adding just 1mm, although not had good enough skies to confirm yet.
  20. Cheers... I don't normally do much RGB as a bit too near the capital sky glow but I'm finding longer FL a bit easier with gradients. Having lived down in the Borders years ago I know what I'm missing too! Thanks Olly, I do find them appealing to seek out. There's probably more in the data but my processing skills have a long way to go yet. I crave more resolution & would have had the QSI on this if it hadn't been out of action (hopefully that'll be getting sorted soon thanks to Sara's (swag72) helpful advice). Meantime.. I've a ZWO1600MM Pro sitting in front of me I'm just setting up to have a play with
  21. Yes so much easier to deal with.. after using one & going back to separate spacing issues with camera-FW-OAG you really appreciate it. Incidentally, I know I'm going OT but as I mentioned it as part of my previous post.. My 1600 arrived today. Coupling up to an Atik EFW2 I think I'm measuring less than 13mm from AR window surface to Filter. Thats less than the backfocus of the Horizon on its own... jus sayin..
  22. and so the journey down that long slippery slope begins... with AP there's the "black hole" to eat up your finances to contend with as well... I've 3 mounts so far. If you can afford to it's best to keep AP & visual separate. A lot of the time if I'm actually outside imaging (I'm normally indoors, remotely imaging from my Obsy these days) I'll just use a pair of Binoculars to have a good look around, its a great way to find your way about & learn star hoping etc if you've never tried.
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