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Spikey last won the day on June 12 2012

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  1. Spikey

    EQMOD heq5 question

    I'm not sure there was any accuracy gain purely down to that sort of computerisation. Although at least via CdC I could see on the screen where it thought it was pointing ! Ease of use was the top advantage, there loads of stuff you can bolt on of course but having a repeatable, accurate PA routine and then a platesolve saved me a LOT of time.
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    EQMOD heq5 question

    Best thing I ever did with my HEQ5 was introduce it to enhanced computer control via EQMOD. From an astrophotographer point of view I gained the ability to have a lot of assistance in several areas. Namely, polar alignment, auto guiding, enhanced goto functions and platesolving.
  3. Get a NAS and RAID 1 a pair of 4TB drives.
  4. Spikey

    TeleVue Barlows

    3x TV Barlow now SOLD only the 2x left.
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    Mount advice needed

    No for imaging on lightweight gear so it's more portable. I think I could share a skywatcher tripod with it and a skytee
  6. Spikey

    Mount advice needed

    I'm thinking of going down the star adventurer route @Stu ; my home location LP has seen an end to anything worthwhile so I'll just be a casual observer. Brighter DSOs , clusters, maybe a few of the easier nebula.
  7. Spikey

    Mount advice needed

    After many years as a dedicated Astro Imager I'm going to be doing a bit of observing whilst I decide where to go next in imaging. I have a 127 Mak on a Goto AZ mount, still got my imaging ED80 with steeltrack and a 200p with a decent revelation focuser on it. Ideally I'd like to get something Alt/Az that will take all of those scopes individually or maybe two at once - something like a Sky Tee perhaps? On the other hand, I think the 200p is causing me the most issues to do its size and weight - should I get rid of this and go for something like a 150p on a smaller mount?
  8. Spikey

    Beginner tips please

    Not in my experience. Polar alignment being accurate, mount setup, balance and position of target helped me achieve 2 -3 minutes sometimes.
  9. Spikey

    Not what you’d expect at Telescope House

    It's a neigh from me.
  10. Wow what a reminder, Thank you for putting these pictures up. I'm very emotionally attached to this comet. At the time it was very clear in the sky and I was quite a young man who had just been told his father's illness was terminal. My Dad was only in his mid 50s. I can still clearly remember going outside from Wythenshawe hospital for a break that evening and looking up at Halle Bopp. Something I did quite often for a lot of long nights. In a way it reminds me of him.
  11. Spikey

    BST the meaning of.

    At first glance I though that said Barsteward !
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    If I leave my Mak out it might have cooled down by then
  13. Spikey

    BST the meaning of.

    Moved to the eyepieces section as I'm guessing you aren't talking about mounts
  14. Spikey

    TeleVue Barlows

    Only the Televue barlows left now.
  15. Spikey

    Disconnecting problem

    What sort of distance are you trying to connect at?

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