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  1. Thank you Alan for the info. I think i will get one and try it out. Using 2 of the powered ports on the hub is fine as there is a third powered usb port for the guide cam.
  2. Yes exactly what i was thinking. With this dummy battery it says "USB Power Input: 5V, 2A-4A (at Least 2A Current,Up to 4A if needed)" So im guessing this is 2A per usb plugged in.
  3. Hi All, Thanks for all your replies. I spent alot of time watching and reading some more reviews (mainly for the Zenithstart 71 as that seems to be more common). I got an email the other week from FLO saying they finally had some stock of the ZS81 and in the end i decided to bite the bullet and ordered one. Im really happy with is so far, the build quality is great and i just love the design. The size also really surprised me, its tiny!! (Compared to what im use to with the Skywatcher 200pds) Still early days and have not had a chance to get outside with it yet so i will keep you posted on how it performs.
  4. Hi all, Came across this thread when looking into power/data setup for my cameras. I have a Canon 70D as my main imagining camera and a ASI120mm Mini guide cam. Im looking to get a powered USB hub to power both cams and transmit all the data with a single cable running to the PC. I was looking at getting the following hub and usb power supply for my DSLR- Anker 10 Port 60W Data Hub with 7 USB 3.0 Ports and 3 PowerIQ Charging Ports: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00VE4UJD4/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=A2PGPJL0BBLHLX&psc=1 DR-E6 DC Coupler Dummy Battery ACK-E6 Dual USB Power Kit AC Adapter: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07Q51DZPZ?pf_rd_r=19WETYCDH0ZJKHV44E4C&pf_rd_p=6e878984-68d5-4fd2-b7b3-7bc79d9c8b60&pd_rd_r=544a5108-41f0-4172-96ba-73f05a43c213&pd_rd_w=FvmwT&pd_rd_wg=NLtGx&ref_=pd_gw_unk I am very clueless when it comes to working out what power amps/volts... ect is needed to make sure everything is powered correctly. I also plan to get a Lynx EQDIR USB adapter cable to plug in from the mount to this hub so i can also control the guiding/goto from my PC. This is the first time im trying to set up this rig as a complete astrophotography setup. I have done bits and pieces in the past and just had multiple cables hanging about. Hoping that this power for my DSLR will mean one less thing to have to plug in directly to the mains. Thanks, Matt
  5. Im not put off by WO. I have heard lots of good things about them and the build quality of their scopes look really good. Actully the current designs of the scopes they currently have are one of the main things that drew me in to thinking about getting one. I like the little things like the handle bar mount for finder/guider scope and built in Bahtinov mask i think a great little details.
  6. Intresting! What sort of "aftersale service" were you seeking? What would you recommend instead then?
  7. Hi everyone, I'm looking to buy my first refractor scope for imaging. My current scope setup is the Skywatcher 200pds with HEQ5 pro mount and Canon 70d dslr. I have been fairly happy with the results of this set up and I have recently started doing more guided imaging with a recent purchase of a ZWO mini guide cam which I plug into the finder scope. My only nagging annoyance with this set up is the size! So I'm looking at getting a slightly more portable setup. After lots of research into refractors I have narrowed down to Willam Optics and mostly leaning towards getting a Zenithstar 81 APO. However I have not found many reviews or youtube video reviews about this particular scope. So my question to you all is can anyone point me in the direction of any good reviews or can anyone who owns one give us a their opinion on it? I have seen a fair amount online about the Zenithstar 73 especially from Trevor Jones on Astrobackyard as he has used it on a number of videos. I also seen a fair bit about the RedCat however I don't really want to go this widefield hence why I am leaning towards the Zenithstar 81. Anyway please let me know your thoughts and if anyone has the 81 let me know how you find it! Thanks, Matt
  8. Ah ok, well for now all I want it for is to power the mount so I can start playing with it. I'm still a beginner and learning how to set everything up for astrophotography so iam happy to take it slow. Just want to power the motors and the go-to for now. As I said I will eventually get a bigger power supply to power it all for when I start taking the setup to darker sites for proper imaging sessions once I have a better understanding of it all. Thanks
  9. Ok cool yea I'll check that. I might be ok. Will also be plugging it into an extension lead with surge protector built into it. Out of curiosity why do you say to go for 12v 8amp power cable? Reading around most people say 12v 5amp is enough?
  10. That's great! All I really needed to know for now. I will eventually will need a portable power solution for when the nights are longer and I want to take my scope to more dark site. If anyone has any other suggestions feel free to post!
  11. Hey everyone, So I have just purchased a skywatcher HEQ5 pro mount and been a bit lost with what I need to safely power it from mains. I have been reading different forum post and gotten a bit lost. People are saying you need to regulate it to make sure that too much power doesn't get drawn? Would this just be a normal surge protection plug adapter? I will be using my scope at home for the moment so just want to hook it up to the mains. I was looking at buying one of these -https://www.amazon.co.uk/JOYLIT-100-240V-Switching-Adapter-Flexible-12V-5A/dp/B01LYBUO16/ref=mp_s_a_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1533215373&sr=8-4&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_FMwebp_QL65&keywords=12v+5a+power+supply&dpPl=1&dpID=51BeVSM6HKL&ref=plSrch Is this ok? Alot of forum recommendations point to Maplins products however since they arw nowclosed I'm not sure what other places to look for power supplies. Any guidance on this would be much appreciated. Thanks, Matt
  12. Noo! I'm stuck in London. No chance to get out and see this over the weekend
  13. I am also think about doing the same. I have had the EQ3-2 for a few years now and started to feel like it's holding me back with my AP. I can get round 30-60sec frames but any slight wind in the air or if the scope is slightly over weighted with scope and DSLR then it adds a blur/drag to pictures. I think I will go for the HEQ5 as it will give me lots of room to move forwards and learn more with guiding ect. As well as a lot more stability for AP.
  14. Hey, Im also looking to upgrade my mount soon. I'm looking at getting Heq5 as I'm planning to ramp up my AP skills. What is different between the Heq5 and Neq6. Apart from the price of course
  15. AS its low in the sky the light from venus is passing through a lot of the earths atmosphere which is what makes it twinkle.
  16. Hey guys, It was great meeting up with you two, had a good night. Nice set of photos you got from that night Ben, good work. Will have to meet up again soon. Matt
  17. Thats amazing, great photo and great story. If it was my photo i would make a print of it and put it on my wall. Good Work
  18. Hey, I have a 150p with EQ3-2 mount and Duel Motors, i agree that for getting into imaging (which is what i want to do) a more solid mount is better but for me at the moment i think the EQ3-2 is fine, gives me time to learn things. I manage to get 60-90sec exposures with my dslr and maybe more if i was not in a light polluted area and with little or no wind. I got my scope about a month ago and plan to stick with it, i will upgrade the mount in a year or so to an EQ5 or HEQ5, at the moment im still learning how to process images and what is in the sky. Here is an example of what you could do with my set up: Andromeda Galaxy (M31) | Flickr - Photo Sharing! This was my first image taken with about 20 odd 30-60 sec subs and stacked in Deep Sky Stacker. Was taken in my back garden which is heavily light polluted so i don't think its too bad. Still a lot of room for improvement. Hope this helps Matt
  19. Check this webpage out will tell you where all our planets are at any time: http://www.dynamicdiagrams.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/orrery_2011_bce.swf Matt
  20. Great stuff, can't wait to get an SPC and start making these for myself. Matt
  21. Hi, Thought i would make a thread where we can all post our darksite locations. To start off here is a great light pollution map we can use for refrence: http://www.avex-asso.org/dossiers/pl/uk/index.html I have used a dark site near Tunstall in suffolk its about 30-40min away from Ipswich and as far as i can tell there wasn't much light pollution at all. Here is its location via google maps: Tunstall Hall, Snape Rd, Tunstall, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 2JL, UK to Unknown road - Google Maps Point A is Tunstall and point B is a carpark in Tustall forest which is my darksite. Yes there are trees but they have cut an area down so there is still some nice big skies here. Matt
  22. You can also download it as a screen saver from there homepage : Dynamic Diagrams | dD Orrery Hope you like
  23. Hey all, I found a useful web page which has a sort of solar system calendar diagram. You can set the year and then scroll through the months and see where all the planets/moon are. Been looking for something like this for ages: http://www.dynamicdiagrams.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/orrery_2011_bce.swf Matt
  24. I got myself the 150p a little while back and its great. For getting into astrophotography its good to learn the basics with because it has the equatorial and if you get some motors on it you can do some ok long exposures. Everyone on here seems to be a bit negative about first time buyers and astrophotography but i think getting a 150p is great to start playing around with astrophotography and also for learning the sky. Planets are a good view as well and yes the tripod is meant to be wobbly but i haven't anything to compare it to and i think it will do for now, for learning, and i can upgrade it in a year or so. I always got the impression that dobs are a bit harder to get longer exposure photos unless you get all the high tech expensive stuff. Oh yea and stuff like polar aligning isn't as hard as some make it to be, takes a few minuets to set everything up but then your away. Hope this helps Matt
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