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Neil McRae

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  1. I have the 200P and EQ5 GOTO mount and would suggest that if you wish to try astrophotography then go for the HEQ5 as a minimum as the EQ5 is at "its limits" weight wise. Neil
  2. Kev I agree with what Chris says above with the exception of on my set up I use Ctrl + F1 to slew (GOTO) and Ctrl + F3 to Sync Neil
  3. Hi Eastridge Do you mean you cannot get sharp focus AFTER your husband has focussed the object ? If that is the case you will have to adjust the focus on the scope yourself. Hope that helps Neil
  4. Rich I dont know if you have a small engineering firm near you but internet search will show any. I had a similar problem and found a firm who made me a longer stainless steel counterweight bar for £35 and only took 3 days to do it. Neil
  5. Thanks Tinker and 1981 suede I will give this a go if the clouds clear tonight. Neil
  6. I wonder if anyone can help me with a focus problem I am having. I bought a skywatcher ST80 as a guide scope. When I attach it to my web camera (Philips SPC900NC) and use PHD for tracking the only way I can achieve focus is by having the diagonal fitted and a 2X barlow then the webcam. Tracking is ok BUT by having to use the Barlow I am cutting down my field of view. Has anyone else come across this "problem" or is there a way to cut out the Barlow ? Neil
  7. Quatermass Fantastic images. I have the same set up and was getting star trailing at times but believe my balance was fine in RA and dec but had not considered rotating the tube to get balance better with camera attached. Will try again and hope for better results. I was going to answer original question with " Go for a HEQ5 or NEQ6 " but you have shown it can be done. Thanks Neil
  8. When you say it is about an inch off target could this be equal to 15 degrees ? If it is it could be that you are using summer time as 1 hour off is equivalent to 15 degrees. Just a thought. Neil
  9. Agree with Tim. I got the Logitech and it works perfectly. Neil
  10. With my 200P and a camera fitted on an EQ5 Synscan it is at its maximum and I believe on an HEQ5 also resulting in star trailing on long exposures so definitely the NEQ6 Neil
  11. Thank you for the reply Tribal-Wolf and nightfisher Neil
  12. This may sound a stupid question but I am confused. I want to receive private messages. In Control Panel under Settings and Options I chose Edit Options In Messaging and Notifications under Private Messaging I have ticked the box "Enable Private Messages" but the message above it starts "If you do not want........ Have I done the set up correctly by ticking this box ? Neil
  13. if it is any help to you I bought a Keyspan USB to Serial adapter and it works on my Vista and Windows 7 machines. Neil
  14. I do not know the nexstar 6se but I would not think that stellarium would control via the auto guide socket. I use Stellarium Scope, Stellarium, EQMOD then via the USB adapter to the synscan socket. Dont know if this helps sorry. Neil
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