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  1. I read something on the SGPro forum about Moravian cameras and the way they change filters when SGPro requires them too!

    From what I read, Moravian software is a bit odd in that they will only rotate the filter wheel upon the start of acquasition as apposed to "prior to acquasition"!!

    It's not an issue apparently but can be confusing it seems and caused someone to question the software!

    I only raise this as a point of conversation since I have no knowledge of them being a QSI user!

    If you plan to use SGpro it may be worth investigating!

    Actually I am considering a new CCD myself for my reflector, this thread has interest to me since I was looking to buy another QSI but I may now look at Moravian!

    Ray

  2. All good suggestions above, the first thing is to load ver:2.50 you can run the Dev versions as well, I personally run Dev 9.

    http://openphdguiding.org/development-snapshots/

    The Dev ver:5 is the minimum you should run if you plan on using SGpro.

    Other than that, the USB is most likely the reason for crashing, I run a USB hub and a 20 MTR cable with a repeater, if I see a crash its usually the connection into the hub; the contacts do squash and wear out eventually!

    Mine are due for replacement but I just use an elastic band at the moment to hold the connection firm, it works but I do know its a temporary fix.

    Ray

  3. Hi Neil, I've owned mine for about 18 months now, am I happy? Yes I am...having said that; I have struggled to understand it and get to know it.

    Make no mistake..it ain't perfect but it has been very reliable, I've suffered very few of the common issues save one....the eccentricity in the Dec axis and I have now been able to reduce my backlash to a point where I don't see issues when guiding at the zenith.

    Typically, it will guide in a range depending on atmospherics of 0.45 to 1.0 RMS, on a good night with good seeing I can guide all night below half a sec RMS with very round stars I.e. both Dec and RA in good control.,..not as good as say a mensu but close enough for me!

    It's heavy....I use the tripod as a fixed unit and purchased a Berlbach planet for portable use!

    What I really like about the eq8 is its interface with eqmod......I plonk the head onto my fixed tripod run the home tool and never bother to go outside again...sit in my kitchen and it just runs great.

    In addition to that, I find it great for mounting my hub, my dew heater control and my focus controller.... All neat N tidy!

    I just plug in my power supply and my camera..job done!

    Some of the other issues I refer to are the Dec encoder failing, the possible water contaminated Dec axis, loose screws, rusty components. These are some of the issues I have come across on various forums.

    Ray

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