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AweSIM

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  1. Hi, A few years back, I acquired an NEQ6 Pro mount. Recently, during moving from one place to another, I managed to lose the power adapter that comes with NEQ6. If some of you guys own an NEQ6, can you please post close-up pictures of the adapter and its specifications so I can order it online? Also, if someone can post a link of the power adapter itself available from any online site, I would be very grateful. Asim
  2. Hi Patrick, I managed to have the scope shipped to Oslo to a friend who was coming back. The OTA got confiscated in the customs and I had to go visit the airport authorities every day for a month to get it released after paying almost 33% duty. I had to show them images of the scope on the internet and of beautiful DSOs to make them believe that it wasn't an RPG or sniper or something like that =P For the mount, a friend of mine had gone to Amsterdam for company work with a colleague of his. I had the mount shipped to them. They were shocked of its size and weight when it got delivered to their hotel. They stripped off all packaging and stuffed the mount head and tripod in their suitcases (which got ripped by the time they landed in PK). They ran out of space in their suitcases and handcarried the counterweights in their backpacks. Poor folks. They put on a calm face while trying to carry the counter weights to keep the airport authorities from inspecting their hand carry for weight limit breaches. =P I had to treat them out when they finally landed. They told me they felt like drug smugglers or spies. =P I have been using the scope for almost 6 years now. Though there have been stretches of months when I haven't been able to use the scope due to work/family commitments. But every 3 or 6 months, I jump right back into this hobby. It's been more than 20 years since I fell in love with this hobby at the age of 10. =)
  3. AweSIM

    Eyepieces.. :(

    Hi, I was just visiting this thread again and I just felt compelled to thank all you guys again. You guys have been awesome! I actually love you guys for being so awesome! Thank you so much for having taken time out to guide me. =)
  4. AweSIM

    Autoguiders..

    Hi, I was just revisiting this post and wanted to thank you guys for your valuable advice and suggestions. Thank you so much. =)
  5. I was visiting this thread again and I'd like to thank all the ppl who replied to me here. I am immensely grateful to you guys for your guidance and advice. I am now a proud owner of the kit linked in my signature, thanks to you guys. And oh, @banner001's post made me laugh once again. =)
  6. I'd just like to pop in and thank all the wonderful ppl who replied to this thread to help me get started. I was just reading all the posts I started and had that nostalgic feeling. Thank you for your valuable advice. I am since a few years a proud owner of the kit you can see in my signature. =)
  7. Hi again. So I checked both Altair and QHY5L-IIM on TS. A couple of questions about these cameras that you can help me with. :-) 1. Altair (https://www.teleskop-express.de/shop/product_info.php/info/p8916_Altair-GPCAM2-IMX224-Colour-Guide-Imaging-Camera--1-2-Megapixels---Basic-Set.html) is actually less extensive (eur 223) than QHY5L (https://www.teleskop-express.de/shop/product_info.php/info/p5990_ALccd5L-IIm---high-speed-lunar-planetary-camera--max--200-pfs---monochrome-version.html) (eur 249). And both are color cameras. I was under the impression that mono cameras are better suited for guiding. Can you share your experience? 2. Altair says the Camera has an autoguider port too. How does it work? Does it mean that I wont need to interface it with a spftware like phd via a laptop? Does it autoguide well? Can you explain a bit more about the entire process and your experience?
  8. Hi @ronin. Thanks for your advice. Yes I was trying to get everything I might possibly need in one go. You're right that I should get items as I need them along the way. I think I'll drop LPS from my list. Regarding the power supply, I don't think I'll be comfortable making my own power supply. Hence I need help in deciding between the various power supply options available on TS. :-)
  9. Thank you for your responses, guys. It was illuminating. #1. COMA CORRECTOR: As advised, I'll keep the priority of Coma Corrector low and talk to TS to find out if they have the SkyWatcher Coma Corrector or not. If they do, I might just order it if it comes within my total budget. #2. LPS: Again, as advised, I'll keep the priority of LPS low. I won't be able to mod my NIKON as it is the only camera I have and gifted to me by my dad (who expects that I don't "break" it anytime soon =P). But I will try to prioritize getting a CANNON (second-hand) that I can solely use for astro-photography only. That way, I will be able to try to mod it. #3. T2 RING: I guess I'll order the 1.25" Prime Focus adapter. #4. GUIDE SCPPE: Thanks for confirming that a 50mm guide scope should be sufficient. I'll look around on TS and post the links of what I find. With your further input, I should soon be in a position to order one. =) #5. CCD: Thank you for sharing your suggestions. I'll look into ASI120MM and Altair GPCAM2 IMX224 as advised. @kens, I will look up the rest of the cameras your signature mentions. Hopefully, I should be able to compare them knowing they're being used by serious people. I will post the links of what I shortlist soon for your further input. #6. POWER: My laptop can easily last for up to 8 hours on a single charge, so I don't think I'll need to have it powered. On the other hand, I **NEED** to have my NEQ6 and CCD powered. So I was looking for suggestions towards a decent power supply. Do you guys have any advice on this? I have the choice between standalone battery/charger and complete power tanks. Personally, I am more biased towards power tanks. But I still need to choose between these items (both cost EUR 200): https://www.teleskop-express.de/shop/product_info.php/info/p3490_TS-Optics-PowerTank-17Ah---with-LED-Spotlight-and-radio---2x-12V-DC-output.html https://www.teleskop-express.de/shop/product_info.php/info/p9075_Celestron-Powertank-Lithium-LiFePO4---12V-3A---only-1-kg-weight.html #7. MISC: Thank you for sharing the software you guys are using. I've just started familiarizing myself with BackyardNIKON for imaging. I used to use IRIS for post processing but didn't get much out of it as it is too complicated without a proper guide which doesn't exist. I'll try Star Tools and report back how it goes. I remember trying out DSS and REGISTAX as well briefly (without any amazing results, but that can be down to the fact that my images weren't many or high quality either). I will post links of the shortlisted products soon for your further input soon. Thank you guys for the time you took out in answering and guiding me. Yes, astrophotography is a rewarding hobby. =) Asim
  10. Hi, I have a SkyWatcher PDS200 OTA and an NEQ6 Pro mount to go along with it. I am based in Pakistan where only a few sites (including TS, www.telekop-express.de) will ship to. Hence, I need to choose products from the said website only. I'm looking forward to upgrading my visual observation setup to an imaging rig. I have a NIKON D90 DSLR camera as well. I believe I will need to acquire the following items to accomplish this: 1. Field flattener 2. LPS filter 3. Camera adapter ring 4. A suitable guidescope 5. A suitable guide camera 6. A suitable portable power tank to power my NEQ6 pro in the field Now the questions: #1. Do I REALLY need a field flattener? I have noticed coma whilst observing visually, though I'm not sure if it's actually coma or bad collimation. If a field flattener is recommended for astro-photography, can someone suggest or recommend a suitable product that I can order from www.teleskop-express.de? #2. I live in the city where light pollution is a huge problem. I understand that an LPS is not a magic bullet but I've read that it can make a big difference too. On the TS site, I noticed there were clip-in LPS filters for CANNON, but I could find none for NIKON. In that case, can someone recommend a suitable LPS filter that I can order from www.teleskop-express.de? Also, how would I add the filter between my scope and camera? Will I need another adapter or something? I shortlisted the following filters. https://www.teleskop-express.de/shop/product_info.php/info/p9261_Hutech-IDAS-LPS-V4---Light-Pollution-Suppression-Filter-for-Astrophotography--52-mm.html https://www.teleskop-express.de/shop/product_info.php/info/p7072_Hutech-IDAS-P2-Light-Pollution-Suspression-Filter---mounted-in-2--Cell.html https://www.teleskop-express.de/shop/product_info.php/info/p4112_New-Hutech-2--nebula-filter-LPS-V4-for-Deep-Sky-photography.html https://www.teleskop-express.de/shop/product_info.php/info/p2580_Hutech-IDAS-2--LPS-D1-Light-Pollution-Suppression-Filter-for-Astrophotography.html #3. When I ordered my kit earlier, I ordered an camera adapter as well, not knowing much about them at the time. It turned out that the adapter (M48 I think) did not fit my camera and scope. Which adapter should I order from www.teleskop-express.de this time? I have shortlisted the following adapters. https://www.teleskop-express.de/shop/product_info.php/info/p7080_TS-Optics-Optics-1-25--Prime-Focus-Adapter-for-NIKON-DSLR.html https://www.teleskop-express.de/shop/product_info.php/info/p195_TS-Optics-Optics-T2-Adaptor-for-NIKON-Cameras.html #4 and #5. Can someone suggest a decent guidescope and CCD? I have no idea what aperture would be suitable for use with an 8" OTA. Maybe a 50mm refractor can be used. Any suggestions are welcome. As for the CCD, I am completely clueless. I have a budget of $500 in mind but I can stretch that to $1000 if need be. #6. I would love to have enough power to last around 5 or 6 hours while powering my NEQ6 pro and CCD. Should I go for a power tank or a standalone battery and charger? I've read on this forum that an NEQ6 Pro can draw up to 4 amps peak so the power tank or battery should be chosen to keep this in mind. Can any NEQ6 Pro owner confirm this? I have lost the original charger that comes along with NEQ6 so I don't know the power rating of the stock adapter. I have shortlisted the following power options. https://www.teleskop-express.de/shop/product_info.php/info/p3821_Automatic-wall-charger-for-lead-gel-batteries.html https://www.teleskop-express.de/shop/product_info.php/info/p3573_12V-lead-gel-battery---40-Ah---rechargeable.html https://www.teleskop-express.de/shop/product_info.php/info/p3577_Charger-for-12-V-lead-batteries--3-Amp--max.html https://www.teleskop-express.de/shop/product_info.php/info/p5805_TS-Optics-Powerset---12V-7Ah-battery--charger-and-adapter-in-a-useful-shoulder-bag.html https://www.teleskop-express.de/shop/product_info.php/info/p3490_TS-Optics-PowerTank-17Ah---with-LED-Spotlight-and-radio---2x-12V-DC-output.html https://www.teleskop-express.de/shop/product_info.php/info/p2521_TS-Optics-7Ah-rechargeable-power-tank-with-integrated-red-white-light.html https://www.teleskop-express.de/shop/product_info.php/info/p9075_Celestron-Powertank-Lithium-LiFePO4---12V-3A---only-1-kg-weight.html If I've missed anything critical in this list, please feel free to expand this list. Also, if anyone of you guys is using a PDS200 and NEQ6 for imaging, I would love to hear about your kit. It would help me make my mind up as well. I would be immensely grateful if you guys could help me finalize a list of items that I should purchase. My constraint is that I have to order from www.teleskop-express.de, which is about the only site I know that ships to Pakistan. Thank you so much for your help, Asim Sohail
  11. Hi, A year back, I purchased an NEQ6. A while back, I managed to lose its power supply. Now I'm thinking about ordering a replacement power supply from TS. Can someone recommend me a suitable power supply unit from TS? I'm looking for both a mains power supply and a rechargeable one. Thanks, Asim
  12. Thanks for the link HTH. I'll try ordering from there. With luck, I'll have my kit complete again. Thanks a lot. However, could you help me in deciding they version I should purchase? US, UK, EU, AU. I live in Pakistan where the mains is 240V 50Hz.
  13. Thanks Derek. Since last night, I've stopped using my PSU completely. The last thing I want is my mount becoming a puppet of junk.
  14. Hi Mike. I'll try doing that. The last time I tried that, FLO didn't deliver to Pakistan. I had to order the stuff to Norway and Germany where sound off my friends were coming back from and those guys brought back the scope and mount in their luggage.
  15. Thank you both of you guys. It's been so long since I last operated my mount that I don't recall seeing the LED anything but blinking. I hope you're right since it means that the mount is fine for now. But now I need to hunt for the original adapter. The adapter I'm currently using is a local universal adapter of variable voltage. Or was quite expensive but would never be a substitute fit the original thing. Inscription on the adapter just says 210V 21W. So I believe that it draws 0.1A from the mains. Since it has a transformer within converting the 210V to 12V, I believe that max current it can supply the mount is about 1.75A. But since local universal adapters are hardly accurate or of high quality, I believe that these values would be off by a huge margin. Unfortunately, I live in Pakistan where I can't order a replacement adapter nor get a good substitute, I think I'm in a bad spot.
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