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Spikey

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  1. I've used a 15 metre active USB lead on a QHY5 in the past. Used to keep the computer inside the house and run the 1 lead into it. Everything else was kept in a plastic box by the mount. Didn't even bother powering the hubs, it all worked fine.
  2. Look no further for the winner is right here ! Note the subtle use of various advanced processing techniques of my own creation. These have enabled me to extract, nay 'tease' the last bits of finer detail that have alluded so many lesser skilled exponents. Now I don't want to be deluged with request so I'm disabling my PMs for a few days until the furore blows over. Ladies and Gentlemen feast your eyes on the most detailed picture of the 2015 solar eclipse to date. I will of course be marketing signed copies via FLO with various meet & greet opportunities at astronomical events throughout the year. I shall await the sponsorship deal with Lunt and Samsung and hope to collaborate on may more rare jewels such as this in the near future.
  3. HEQ5 carries nearly double the AP load as the EQ5 Pro. The result is a far more stable platform for AP. It's not something you want to be working at the margins on. Personally, as a previous owner of one I'd go for the HEQ5 as a minimum or even a NEQ6 to future proof myself. In AP the mount is king.
  4. I'd be more inclined to believe WD40's facts on the urban myths around WD40. Clearly not everything on the internet should be recounted as factual ! http://wd40.com/cool-stuff/myths-legends-fun-facts
  5. No going back now Looks very nice Stuart, well done !
  6. As far as I know Artemis only allows control of Atik filter wheels.
  7. Pseudoscience nonsense straying into religion. I'm afraid neither have any place on SGL.
  8. The Fan topic is now here, let me know if it has any posts missing I've moved over what I could see and tidied things up a bit.
  9. Welcome Warren. I'm regularly around the Moelfre and Menai straits area so know your neck of the woods very well. Enjoy your time here.
  10. What terribly sad news. I used to enjoy perfrej's post, he was a very enthusiastic & talented individual. My sincere condolences to his family.
  11. There's a free tea and coffee making station provided 24hrs right next to the Welcome tent !
  12. This is a very good tutorial from someone on the forum; http://www.lightvortexastronomy.com/tutorial-setting-up-and-using-astrotortilla-for-plate-solving.html
  13. Yes it's fine offline. It's only for downloading the indexes that you need an internet connection - unless you just whack them all in the system It solves faster if you get the correct indexes for your image scale.
  14. I've got Astro tortilla working well on my kit. It does benefit from having a good internet connection when setting up as I tend to use astrometry.net to solve the first ever sub so I know what indexes to download & bung on the drive. After that its works pretty quickly if using the same camera, once I've polar aligned I just set it off on a target and it does the rest, centres it in the FOV and then I can start whatever plan I've made to image. It's so good you'll be kicking yourself as to why you didn't use it earlier. SGP is very good as well - unbeatable for the price !