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chrismills

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  1. From a more empirical point of view, I tried a 3.3v BT module and couldn't get it to work. Worked like a dream with a 5v module. Chris
  2. Thanks for the interest. I appreciate that you still need some power supply to the scope which means running at least one cable, plus I'm still running a USB to control my camera and guiding setup. Still working on that! In terms of connections, the setup I have plugs straight into the connector on the side of the telescope and replaces the handset. One of the pins from the scope supplies +12v DC which I have regulated down to +5v to supply the BlueTooth unit. I can't exactly remember the pins off the top of my head so I'll post some more details later. Chris
  3. I use a 9x50 finderscope with a webcam and the modern astronomy adapter as a guidescope. Seems to work reasonably well now but focussing was a big headache. After a lot of effort and a broken webcam through overtightening I found that removing the locking ring on the finderscope allowed me to position the lens for proper focus. Unfocussing a little does seem to help PHD. Chris
  4. Hi all. I've managed to build a bluetooth adapter for wireless control of my Skywatcher NEQ6. It is simply a cable replacement for the long USB lead and HiTecAstro USB EQDirect interface I was using before. Seems to work really well with Carte du Ciel and EQMOD ASCOM software. Jury rigged on breadboard so no photos at the moment. It looks like a pile of spaghetti. If anyone is interested I could supply instructions or probably build a batch of several. I think should come to about £20 each. Chris
  5. 2 pieces of cotton. Neat trick. I'll give it a try. I guess using 3 should work like a Y-mask for focusing.
  6. Here's a couple of images from the processing. The first is the output from DSS. The second is after a couple of iterations of levels and curves.
  7. Thanks for your reply. I had a bit of a feeling that this looked a bit over processed and the spikes weren't helping. You've confirmed that for me. Cheesy is a good description. Partly I was playing around with PhotoShop to see what I could achieve. I'm not sure if the yellowness of the stars is due to the Reduce LP action. The main problem I had was when stretching the histogram using curves and levels. The image was becoming more and more orange each time. I have assumed this was light pollution - we have quite a bit where I live - but I may be wrong. Hence I tried using the LP filter. I used Deep Sky Stacker with default settings to stack 20 x 2min exposures (ISO800 f5.6) and 8 dark frames (same settings with lens cap on) I will post the DSS output image (converted to JPEG and shrunk for uploading) and some more photoshop when I get home. Cheers, Chris
  8. Here's my first half decent widefield image. Any comments would be most welcome. Taken a couple of nights ago from the back garden. 50mm lens on my 1000D. 20*2min image frames with 8*2min darks. This is my first real go using my home made barndoor mount and I'm pretty pleased with the tracking although I think I need to tune the speed a little. Original image had loads of light pollution but a bit of help from Noel's Actions seem to have sorted that out. Diffraction spikes are added in PhotoShop too. Chris
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    Good day all...

    Welcome. I'm pretty new here myself but I've received loads of great advice from the forum.It's a very friendly and encouraging place to hang out. Chris
  10. chrismills

    new member

    Welcome. I'm pretty new here myself but I've received loads of great advice from the forum.It's a very friendly and encouraging place to hang out. Chris
  11. Welcome. I'm pretty new here myself but I've received loads of great advice from the forum.It's a very friendly and encouraging place to hang out. Chris
  12. Welcome. I'm pretty new here myself but I've received loads of great advice from the forum.It's a very friendly and encouraging place to hang out. Chris
  13. Welcome. I'm pretty new here myself but I've received loads of great advice from the forum.It's a very friendly and encouraging place to hang out. Chris
  14. Welcome. I'm pretty new here myself but I've received loads of great advice from the forum.It's a very friendly and encouraging place to hang out. Chris
  15. chrismills

    newbie

    Welcome. I'm pretty new here myself but I've received loads of great advice from the forum.It's a very friendly and encouraging place to hang out. Chris
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