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  1. Nope, Can't seem to get this camera to work through the PI 4 with stellar mate, so it's being pushed into an All Sky camera on top of my workshop and I've bought a ZWO 120mm-S. Hopefully this should be good with this setup. Thanks for the help and advice. Campbell
  2. If I flash the camera with the arm7 driver I’m assuming it might not work on windows anymore?
  3. Yep, using windows. Do all the 120mm/mc cameras have this problem such as the new mini version ? I want to stick with ekos as it’s miles better that flicking between several programs on windows and my hope is to reduce the set up time using the stellarmate. What other ASI cameras are more robust with indi? Or switch to the QHYL II
  4. Thanks for the link, there doesn't seem to be a way of flashing the software. I can see the usbtool file but it won't launch on windows it just tries to find software that can open the file. ZWO also don't have the tool on their website anymore.
  5. Thanks for the feedback, I've heard that there is a problem with the usb 2 version and the new usb 3 version is fine with Ekos and Linux but the original one works no problem if plugged directly into the laptop. It's just when using the PI4 with stellar mate, it can see the camera and connects but won't allow image capture. How do I go about flashing the camera, I've got a new driver that might work?
  6. Morning folks, I recently switched to Ekos on the laptop for full control and it works brilliantly so after hovering between the ASIAIR Pro and Stellarmate in PI4 I felt the Stellarmate with a Pegasus PBA would be best......then came all the issues. I haven't bought the PPBA yet just use a powered usb hub; I've set up all the software on the Mac and iPhone indifferent configurations to ensure sure it would connect outside and it worked well but when it comes to capturing the ASI120mm usb 2 will not capture anything and plate solving with with the ASI or DSLR just won't happen either just keep getting messages that the Plate solve was aborted. The ASI120mm usb 2 works perfectly when connected direct top the laptop and shows connection on the mobile app but just won't work. Has anyone got any tips or experience with this setup, I felt that the stellar mate would just work but no so. Thanks Campbell
  7. I’ve just bought stellar mate but haven’t had it outside yet, can anyone tell me if there is a polar alignment function on the mobile app. I can see there’s one update in the forthcoming version about an improved alignment but before I bought it the online info seems to suggest it’s part of it and not just on the desktop version which I already use.
  8. Thanks for the feed back, it was a great help. Decided to go the stellarmate route as I think having the separate power unit is more dependable and I like options with ekos.
  9. The Pegasus would take care of the focuser power wouldn’t it? The AAP should be able to power the focuser also.
  10. Thanks, The classic zwo120mm seems to be working fine at the moment running ekos on Pop os, I understand you need the new version as a minimum on the asi. The asiair pro is 4gb ram so was planning on the 8gb option if going the stellarmate route. I use the dummy battery route at the moment with a plug in adapter but need to get away from the hanging plugs and long cables. On Flo site it says that the asiair has a “lightweight” power distributor so wanted to know if the Pegasus would be better as I want to run the heq5 through it. some people do it with the asi but if it’s lightweight will that be reliable.
  11. Hi, Thinking of getting the Asiair pro whenever they come back into stock but wondered about the voltage output for dslr, it states that it’s12v but would that not need to be stepped down to 7.5v for dslr. im wondering if the Pegasus power box micro with Stellarmate might be a better option as the dedicated power box is controllable. I tried Ekos a couple of years back and had nothing but problems but tried again last night and was amazed at how slick it was, best guiding and first time plate-solvingwas effortless. I have the original zwo 120mm so reluctant to get a new one unless I have too. Has anybody been using the new advanced or micro power boxes either stellarmate? Thanks Campbell
  12. Great imaging, fantastic amount of detail.
  13. Great image, I'm on the cusp of buying a 6" or 8" RC and it's great to see what they're capable of especially the 6".
  14. You know I hanker after the Samyang 135mm but actually for the moment I think this is quite a capable lens with maybe just a bit of pinching in the far corner. I balance it easily with a long plate adapter and can do 120s subs, not tried any longer yet.
  15. So here's a process of the California Nebula taken with Star Adventurer Mini which I just love, it really is great for a travel grab and go mount for timelapse and widefield. The was taken a few weeks back but just got around to processing it in APP and PS. Star Adventurer Mini, 500D with Sigma 105mm f2.8 lights 59 x 60s Flats 59 Darks 59 Bias 59
  16. That's a great image, a widefield that I wouldn't have thought of. Great amount of detail. Campbell
  17. Here's my recent attempt at The Rosette nebula and trying Astro Pixel Prosessor for the first time which compared to Nebulosity is just a complete revelation. The Software is just so easy to use and just works, I'm able to process almost all the way through with just a bit of finishing off In Photoshop. Still got a bit of learning as there's still a fair bit of noise. Campbell !30PDS HEQ5 Modded Canon 500D 19 x 300s 25 x Flats 25 x Darks 45 x Bias
  18. Absolutely spot on, the dust lanes have great detail, even as you move outwards you can just see fainter lanes.
  19. Not sure if you've sorted this yet but I recently upgraded mine to the new ridicule and use it in combination with skywatcher app, it works a treat. Much more accurate the before, I use it in my heq5 and star adventurer mini. Campbell
  20. Thanks for the feedback Roland, I suspected that the Newtonian Dual set up might be a pain to balance as most dual rigs I've seen are all refractor based like Carole 's above. I already used the Sky adventurer mini with a Sigma 105mm 2.8 lens at the same time and it works great for getting the most of an evening even if it's on a totally different scale. I think I'll focus on getting the obsy up and running and work on the auto focusing so it can have longer unattended and just need to close the roof. Cheers
  21. Hi Carole, Funny enough I was looking at your blog this morning on my way to work. I'm using two DSLR's but do plan on a mono at some point in the future. The current setup weighs 6kg and I don't imaging the 72 ed would increase it much. Also I use APP for my processing which would handle it ok I think.
  22. Morning folks, I'm planning a bit of a change in my imaging setup and after much thought I need some input from others if you can. I want to upgrade my setup, currently a SW 130pds HEQ5 with a 60mm guide scope imaging with a modded 500D. I often find my imaging time limited but am planning the build of a mini obsy to make longer sessions more practical. Would mounting a SW72 ed on top of the 130pds be over kill to get an dual imaging system going and increase the data volume, both with a canon 500d and a simple finder guider, the mount should be ok with this. Or just keep the status quo and add an auto focuser for longer single scope sessions that can be more automated in keeping good focus with the lighter setup. The dual version I believe would end up having wider field images as I would probably have to add the higher resolution from the longer FL to the shorter FL images. Any 2p's worth would be appreciated I just want to achieve more productive sessions. Thanks Campbell
  23. Hi, I made one with a similar paper thin light panel to these. https://m.alibaba.com/product/60034600805/ultra-bright-el-light- I then stuck it to some white translucent acrylic sheet, Its light and can be mounted to the end of the scope with plastic bolts used for the focus mask. I photograph it later for you. Campbell
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