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wuthton last won the day on July 29 2014

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  1. I use a Zotac Zbox CI320 which has been fabulous. Regarding data transfer if you use save your images to a Onedrive file it will upload to Onedrive on the remote computer at it's leisure without impacting the image download time locally.
  2. I use mains electric but the same applies, these boxes are good for convenient waterproofing: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Masterplug-IP54-Weatherproof-Electric-Box-Grey/dp/B00B0X8CYC I have my dew heaters on their own supply but everything else that is 12v I run from a single 10amp power supply with the use of splitters. It saves several cables running to the floor as you only have one power cable upto the mount, it massively improved my guiding from the reduced cable drag. https://www.amazon.co.uk/2-1mm-Female-Splitter-Length-Camera-Black/dp/B06WD5RTST/ref=sr_1_5?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1505456045&sr=1-5&keywords=2+way+12v+splitter https://www.amazon.co.uk/TRIXES-Power-Supply-Splitter-Accessories/dp/B00GHPK2GO/ref=sr_1_9?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1505456004&sr=1-9&keywords=12v+splitter
  3. I have an 8" RC and like it very much but my 80mm refractor is my scope of choice except during February and March. I wouldn't recommend an RC for a first foray into guiding, don't underestimate the difficulties and frustrations that can arise. There's a whole host of fabulous targets for your camera combined with a fast 80mm refractor..... come back to the small stuff later.
  4. Gina, awesome picture. Would you say that you have a slight lightness gradient running bottom to top?
  5. For astrophotography I'd take the Star 71 over a 10" newt any day of the week as you can just plug your camera in and you're good to go. The newt would be trickier to balance and at f3.9 collimation is not going to be fun. It's also big enough for the guiding graph to register an owl breaking wind and the longer focal length is no friend to your DSLR. Regarding the EQ wedge, I have one and can certainly recommend it for northerners but if the budget is getting out of hand you can just extend the north leg of the tripod to tilt the mount backwards which gives the altitude bolts better purchase. There's a general belief that the tripod needs to be level to polar align, it doesn't. If you are relying on the polar scope (you shouldn't) then being somewhat level East/West helps but North/South matters not a jot.
  6. It's not just a matter of weight, your 200p is a big scope so more prone to being jostled by any breeze. It's defiantly EQ6 territory. The differences in the models. The EQ6 and NEQ6 are essentially the same, the NEQ6 has a dual Vixen/Losmandy puck. EQ6/NEQ6 Pro comes with a handset. EQ6/NEQ6 Syntrek is the same mount but without a handset included. This saves a few pounds if you're planning use a PC with Eqmod and a EqDir cable to control the mount. The Az-EQ6 is the newest incarnation. Besides the obvious AZ capability it also has an improved arrangement for altitude adjustment. But........ You could pick up a second hand Heq5 and a fast refractor (ebay or Astrobuysell) for well under a grand and keep the 200p dob for what it's best at, this would be my choice.
  7. This is what I do. If a dust bunny appears then I take a new set.
  8. If you're planning on doing mosaics it is utterly fantastic and worth every penny. I should add that you must have plate solving set up for it to work.
  9. I have Windows 10 Pro on the mount pc and use the built in Windows remote desktop to log in from the house. Windows rdp is far, far superior to TeamViewer, Google remote desktop etc as it is operates over the LAN, no Internet middle man is required. It's literally like sitting at the remote computer, no latency at all.
  10. I don't think many would argue that about the most popular imaging rig is an 80mm, f5/6 refractor with the KAF 8300 chip (the ASI 1600mm Cool is the new kid on the block though and mighty tempting) Why? Because there is about a bazzilion targets that fit beautifully on the chip and it just works, short focal length so easy on the guiding, no collimation... no messing about. I've had mine for two years and I've only scratched the surface of what's possible.
  11. Much like Gnomus I went though several USB hubs that all caused various and intermittent problems such as camera dropouts, mount connection problems, eqmod com port problems etc, etc, etc. I finally found one that was reliable and used it for several months until my trusty old laptop died. I loaded all the required software onto my work laptop but my guidecam wouldn't connect..... I went through the rigmarole of uninstalling drivers, swapping USB ports (we all know the drill) but still nothing. The following day I took the camera inside and it worked fine but after putting it back on the mount it didn't work again..... USB hub grrrrr. My hub worked with one laptop but not the other, both running the same version of Windows. I could recommend the hub I used but only if you're running an old Dell laptop with Windows Vista.
  12. I'm a little late to this thread but in my years of AP nothing has caused me more grief than USB hubs, expensive or cheap. My solution was to mount a nano-pc on the mount that had plenty of USB ports and use remote desktop for control. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Zotac-CI521-0-8GHz-5Y10c-BGA1234/dp/B00Y7912X4/ref=sr_1_17?ie=UTF8&qid=1475020421&sr=8-17&keywords=zotac+zbox An added bonus is that it reduces the number of cables to the floor and visibly improved guiding.
  13. The slight wrinkle here is that much like when using eyepieces if you want to change your field of view (magnification) you need to use a different camera and/or telescope.
  14. Yes and no. You'd cut your resolution by two thirds because, by example Ha would only be registered by the red pixels.
  15. I certainly wouldn't recommend that for a first scope. I'm with happy cat, have a look at the dobsonians. I had a huge Meade SCT for a while which I regretted buying almost from day one. It can quickly get tiresome lugging out a big, heavy mount then struggling to mount and balance a big, heavy scope only for it to cloud over.
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