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  1. My Obsy is wood and has ventilation so not too bad. The only thing that seems to have been killed by damp over the past few years in my Obsy was a PC, and that was because I shut it down & left it for a year or so. The motherboard had pretty bad corrosion, lasted a few years when left on tho. I have a dehumidifier but don't use it all the time. It's automatically switched on/off when the obsy closes/opens. Runs on a timer, can set humidity etc.. I usually have it set to run for a couple of hours after close unless the humidity is particularly high and the kits very wet. Got it from these guys.. https://www.dry-it-out.com/dry/observatories.html
  2. This is lovely.. colours are really nice. I prefer this over the deeper saturated hubble palette. I remember a few years ago when richer colours were more fashionable I had some comments about "make it less muddy" on one of mine which put me off for a bit.. when in fact I find muddy (not in a bad way) and smokey invoke a moodiness I really like. Bit more Turner.. and less Pollock/Warhole ? (I'm no art critic) Focusmax sorts my focussing for each filter so wouldn't worry me I guess. Is it odd that they are not par focal ?.. I'm thinking of trying Chroma when I eventually need to move on to bigger filters than my 1.25" Astrodons.
  3. All a matter of taste. So, I like both but.. I guess it's like toast. Now on one hand you can have your toast fully laden and in some cases completely masked.. you could be munching on a coaster!. On the other.. well dry toast is an acquired taste.. Me?.. I go for just the right balance of flavour and crunchy consistency.. so reduced stars on a nice nebulas canvas it is. Unless it's marmite.. ah now.. do you really want peanut butter with that... hmmmm...
  4. Yup bino's are the way to go if you're imaging as well.. no fussing about. Before I built my automated obsy ... Back when I used to actually go out dragging all that gear about.. Bino's were brilliant for just looking about without distracting from the imaging kit. Still are.. very handy for looking out of the window at the clear skies in middle of night on those err.. increasingly frequent visits to the.. bathroom
  5. Yes I'm finding it a bit strong if not careful and easily feeds my tendency to overcook. It doesn't work on everything and I'm not sure I needed it on this one really as TGV was probably enough on it anyway. Same with the Sharpen AI but I think they are handy in the toolkit. I haven't used PS for some time.. so I use them standalone at moment. I've got Affinity Photo but as with everything not enough time to process with what I know let alone learn new stuff these days. If I hadn't automated the obsy I wouldn't even be getting time to get the subs.
  6. Now you mention it Martin, it's so obvious!.. I'd never noticed before
  7. In some ways I think these type of areas look better in monochrome.. At this rate I'll not be satisfied with the amount of Ha yet so it'll be OIII next year at the earliest and SII the year after if I'm lucky so might be a while yet to find out
  8. Never shot this one before and this is a tricky one to get from my obsy now. It's a bit low and the trees to the south west have grown so much in the past few years that I'm only getting around an hours window to shoot between the branches just after dark now. So this is the best 3.5 hrs of Ha out of the 5 I've managed through cloud and branches . Not expecting to get enough OIII & SII this year! Esprit150 with the new 0.77x Reducer, QSI683, 14 x 900 Ha Astrodon 5nm. Processed in Pixinsight with a final pass through Topaz Denoise I'm currently trying out.
  9. Hmm now you mention it I can't remember ever actually looking through mine.. I take it you got it for imaging primarily?.. get a camera on it you'll love it.
  10. Nice one.. I like this! Yeah.. Weathers been absolutely awful... teasing us with some clear days & soon as its dark clouds roll in!!
  11. Mine arrived today.. (Thank you @FLO prompt service as always )... along with more rain.. let alone clouds! That's over a month now with no let up.. no idea when I'll get a chance to test it.. if this year! Meantime.. here's some pics & initial thoughts. If you are someone that judges value by weight then you certainly won't be disappointed. It has a very solid and well built "attitude" about it. Smooth, clean feeling threads, very happy Pics show the adapter taken apart to reveal the 2" filter thread.. I've fitted one to show it clearer. Also, less bits are needed with this to attach it to the scope. It fits straight onto the tube rather than needing the extra reducer that the standard flattener uses. One observation I think is an error on @FLO's website. The adapter presents as M48 which is correct in the description but the list of Features and Specs talks about a T2 adapter? As with the standard flattener you'll need an M48 to T2 adapter if going to a T2 thread as I am with my QSI that's going on this. Other than that, I'm at the mercy of the weather until I can get some photons through it to see how it performs.
  12. I'd like to hear experiences too. This must be a fairly common thing but I've only gone to Ron direct once, my experience once on the uk side to get it delivered to me put me off a bit. I was in the same dilemma a few years ago when I wanted to convert my focuser/rotator from SCT to RC. If I remember right, when I originally bought it Ron used USPS which was handled here by Parcelforce. Think they gave me a bill of just under £300 for customs etc. to release it when I originally bought it at around $1350. The exchange rate was much better then too. In the end I decided not to send it for the mods & just buy another Moonlite from FLO at £350 as chances are if I got clobbered again its not much more! I'd hope the process is much easier now. Even though my email & phone details were on it Parcelforce only contacted me by letter adding an extra week to the wait time and they didn't even deliver it! I had to go into their depot, a round trip of some 40 odd miles, with ID etc to pay for it and collect it.
  13. yeah LiFePO4's the one.. l got a couple of Tracer Batteries from FLO years ago and they are still going strong. My 24Ah - 288Wh one is amazing.. goes all night!.. unlike me these days.. and still shows hardly any drain.. in fact I never used it from Jan 2018 until July this year when I went out with the portable rig to get some comet shots.. still showed full charge.. and just checked it now as not used since.. all lights are up.. storage life is amazing. My lead acid batteries died in less than a year & that's before I had an obsy!
  14. Hmm.. ok so short answer..this stuff used to keep me awake at night too... {no pun intended!} yes of course you need to rebuild it.. its electrically changed & uncooled.. it's a nightmare to calibrate... BUT... I used to get really stressed about this, however (ok having not used my "self modified" DSLR for.. well.. literally years...) Olly has a point, his experience is well worth taking into serious contemplation. It's not as if we're not short of clouded out and moonlight skies to do [removed word] all else right now is it? How do your latest "non darked" processed images compare to the "darked" ones anyway? no seriously, I am interested, uncooled DSLR imaging is a challenge.. I took the easier route to cooled ccd.. I don't even bother with darks.. sleep much better now..
  15. Oh yes.. my trusty PST has given me some amazing insight into our nearest star.. Eclipse & Mercury transit included.. amazing!
  16. Interesting... I haven’t updated mine in years “if it ain’t broke “. So, just back to USB for a sec. The quality of usb Components seems to vary considerably. I went through a few hubs & cable setups before I got things settled. Also using active and powered. I’m not sure powered are all equal and actively disconnect the feed from the computer port rather than just boost it. I know mine isolates it so I can remotely switch the 12v supply to the hub to simulate an unplug/plug of the usb. Works a treat. I think the Altair Pegasus powerbox can do this at a port level too. Be interesting to know if this SX update fixes your issue. For any remote setup the ability to simulate a plug/unplug is a must really otherwise you end up having to reboot/restart everything & bite nails hoping it comes back online!
  17. I had this randomly a few years ago with mine. I installed startech industrial usb hubs in the obsy and configured them to supply power to the usb bus rather than use the supply from the computer USB port. Computer ports can vary in their ability to supply enough power to all attached devices.
  18. It does feel like it gets harder and harder every year. I realised a while ago that the only way for me was to automate the obsy. Not cheap but it’s the only way to grab a few subs here and there. In the uk with our constantly changing weather it’s surprising how many gaps there can be between going to bed with thick cloud and waking up to thick clouds.
  19. Hi Been a while since I posted an image here. Life's had a few spanners thrown in the works last few years but now I'm (hopefully) committed to this imaging season. Feels like it's been so long, trying to remember how to process. This is a quick preprocess in Pixinsight.. lights, flats.. no bias/darks, a play in Startools and a quick finish back in PI. RC8, 314L+, Astrodon 5nm Ha
  20. Yup, customer care is the key factor. I’ll exhaust all avenues & make compromises to be able to deal with my trusted retailers. It’s a symbiotic relationship after all in these niche markets. Always pays to do a bit of research and ultimately you should be prepared for worst case scenario of writing it off if you still want to go down the unknown retailer/new kit route! The old “Workman and his tools” saying is so true.. some who seem they could produce an APOD out of just about anything! Not me for sure... I seem to need more investment in my processing skills than my equipment. So, back to the scope in question. I’ve not found many images taken with it. Only really by one person in Canada’s link on CN to Astrobin & I tracked down their flicker Account for some more. They all look good (his other photography is well worth checking) but it’s only the one scope so no chance to compare consistency. Anyway, I may have tracked down an Esprit this side of Xmas fingers crossed
  21. Just when I thought I'd give my 8"RC a rest from it's 5 year tour of duty & go for an Esprit 150 they go and do this!.. That 10" looks sooo tempting! I've been very pleased (well its been on the mount on auto for 5 years!) with my 8" carbon Altair version. My only concern would be the focusser. Hard to tell from the pics, but they do have the same look. Hopefully these ones are all metal. Mine (Altair) wasn't very good at holding a FW OAG and a 314L+.. it eventually split as the bottom piece was partly plastic. The nice folk at FLO got me a Moonlite & motor which I totally recommend. Looks like the size needs updating for the 10" as its saying 2" at the top 3.25" at bottom.. another typo there FLO. Any option to have these bench check'd & tested?
  22. ... nooo.. this brings back memories.. I practically wasted a whole season trying to use mine for imaging years ago. I could never get it in.. I tried all sorts.. bobs knobs.. even got an advanced CT laser.. CCD inspector. Anyway gave up & got the RC.. around the time you did the Vids for yours!.. night & day!. So, I left it for a year or 2 & one night spur of the moment decided to do some observing to show friends.. well I amazed my self.. must have been well under 10 mins on a star with an eyepiece!
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