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  1. Thanks Robin. This is the option I chose. Just seemed to btight even with the settings right down. Something that I have thought though. The QHY5 is a mono camera and I know colour was set to 255 and the saturation was up a bit. I didnt event think to turn these off/down being so used to using an SPC900. Could this of been the cause?
  2. Hi all, Firstly, I love Sharpcap so a massive thanks for continuing to update it Im after a bit of help. I finally got round to upgrading to V2.1 the other day and had my first chance to try it out with my QHY5 last night after reading it is now better supported. Firstly I get 2 options when connecting to the camera either "QHY5" or "CMOS QHY5" One gives me lots of options to tweak similar to when using my SPC900 and this is the one I was using but I could not get the exposure down enough. I had Jupiter on the screen but I could only achieve a white ball or a very bright ball with visible moons. I wondering if this is something im doing wrong because apart from this it all seemed to work so well. Gratefull for any help you can give
  3. Hi allI can remember seeing this thread back when it started its great to see it is still alive and being added too. Im now in a position to be able to do this mod to my own HEQ5. Im just wondering if anyone has looked at or tried the mod kits from Rowan Astronomy? These kits keep the 9:47 ratio which really apeals to me as I want to still be able to use the handset. Available for HEQ5 and NEQ6 http://rowanastronomy.com/products.htm
  4. Yeh. Spending £330 have just shelled out £520 is a bit too much of a stretch. Don't think the motors and board are available on there own. Cheers though. I have made enquiries about returning the standard mount and purchasing a syntrek instead. I can then purchase the EQMOD unit for it at some point.
  5. Cheers guys. As I thought then. Posibly should have spent the extra £150 on the syntrek
  6. Santa bought me a shiney new mount!! Im curious if the Standard HEQ5 can be used with an EQMOD unit such as this one http://www.rotherval...-mod_d4579.html ? I think im going to be out of luck and have to upgrade it with the goto kit as I dont think the standard motors will be up to it but the item on RVO mentions only HEQ5 no mention of pro or syntrek versions just threw me a bit so thought id ask the question here
  7. Badgers are you using a 150P? Are you using the supplied with 2" ep holder to insert the t adapter into? LukeSkywatcher if your using a frac it is probably all different anyway. Have a 1.25" adapter which will take the filters but it adds to much length to the light path so I don't have enough inwards focus travel
  8. After a bit of help. Recently aquired a 450D which although is going to be a family camera (had to justify it to the wife somehow) it will also be used for AP. If I remove the 1.25" eyepiece holder from the focusing tube of my 150P I can screw my T ring onto the focussing tubes thread and attatch the camera directly. This works a treat and achieves focus without any issues but I can not attatch filters with this configuration. I have the stock 2x barlow which came with the scope and that doubles up as a T addapter when the lens is removed from it. In theory I could use the thread on the end of this tube to attatch 1.25" filters but with the addition of the 1.25" ep holder and the t addapter/barlow tube I can not achieve focus (not enough inward travel). I can screw the lens back into the barlow tube which allows me to reach focus but then I have no thread for the filters I have started to look a low profile 2" T addapters such as this one http://www.modernastronomy.com/accessories.html as I have some 2" filters that id like to use but I will need to use the 2" ep holder that came with the scope and im concearned that the addition of this will still stop me from reaching focus. Does anyone have any experiance with this?
  9. Hi Yidoboy, you have practically the same set up as me is yours the 150P or the PL? (looks like you may be just down the road from me too). Thats actually not a bad pic at all. Just out of curiosity are you using an ir cut filter on your SPC? Photoshop is great for tweaking images but if you dont have it you could try GIMP which is free and although does not have all the features of PS is still a good piece of software. Feel free to take a look at my Flikr page to see what I have managed with the 150P so far
  10. Cheers guys. Coma! That's it. Was trying to remember what it was called.
  11. M13 taken with a Canon 450D on a Skywatcher 150P and tracking EQ3-2. A total of 7x30sec. Stacked in DSS with darks and bias frames and processed and cropped in CS3. Happy with my first attempt, the full image shows some distortion towards the outer edges has given me the urge to try other objects.
  12. Sorry Bottletopburly and cantab, for some reason I didnt get an email about your reply. The transit happened on friday 3rd at 23:25. I have had mixed success with the Stellarium satellite plug in. One of my PC's which has the most recent version showed the ISS being way off and another which has the previous version was spot on as far as I could tell they were set up the same in terms of location, When the ISS transits the moon or sun it is a very narrow corridor from the center line that it will be visible from. For example in Worthing I was around 4Km south of the central line but I know there was no transit visible in guildford 40 miles away. For my predictions I use www.calsky.org which is great for all astro related events Here is a pic that I managed to just capture the ISS in. Visible top left. The scope was aimed a little too low and it was very windy. Its not a great pic but Im just pleased that the prediction was right esspecially as I talked several other people into coming along. What made this harder was that the ISS was in the earths shadow so we couldnt even see it approaching the moon. You will need to click the pic to enlarge it. I have also made a short vid of the transit to show just how quick it passed
  13. Yeh, is a little daunting to start but once you get your head around what your trying to achieve it does get easier. Different opinions arise probably because evryone finds there own way of doing it which is slightly different to the next person. Practrice is the key and not being afraid of it
  14. Cheers guys. No, no DSLR available. I've done my homework and am pretty confident I know roughly the line it will take across the moon but realise there is going to be an element of luck involved. And of course predictions aren't always spot on. Cheers again. If I get anything worth sharing ill post it up
  15. Hi all. I have a predicted lunar transit of the ISS tomorrow night and wondered if any one has had any experience of imaging this rare event. I will be using my spc900 and was wondering what settings I should be aiming for? Mainly frame rate (slow or fast) exposure, moon filter or no moon filter etc etc. Any tips would be appreciated
  16. If you have polar aligned correctly you will find it hard to view polaris through the scope, you certainly won't be able to centre it in the fov. If your RDF is pointing above polaris then this sounds about right to me. Don't forget polar aligning is to align your mount not your scope!
  17. SCS astro sell an iphone digiscoping bracket. Its a little over priced imo at £50 for what it is but might be what your after http://www.scsastro.co.uk/catalogue/orion-steadypix-telescope-afocal-adapter-for-iphone-5303.htm
  18. Friend of mine uses the Baader hyperion zoom 8-24mm. Very impressed with the views it gives through his 6SE. Its a set of EP's all rolled into one which might be good for travelling
  19. Lol and very nice it is too.
  20. I've really started enjoying the astronomy content on itunes. All free so far. I'm currently working through astronomy 161 which is a series of 40 odd lectures by Richard Pogge of Ohio state university and covers an introduction to the solar system. By and large very informative but some goes a little over my head. Ill next be moving onto astronomy 162 which moves onto the universe. If you go to the website I think you can still get the course notes. There are also various OU courses on there obviously you get no official qualification but might be fun to have a go at sometime
  21. Same as BrantUK. I upgraded my 6x30 for a 9x50 RACI finder (straight through finders are a nightmare for looking straight up) and I use mine along side my Telrad. Usually ill use the Telrad first to align. This will always land the object in the fov of my finder. I then rely on the finder to centre the object in the ep. I also quite like the view through my finder especially some of the larger open clusters.
  22. In some scopes using a cheshire you can't see all 3 clips. Try using a cap. Don't get too hung up on collimation Paulus17. Its easy to get a bit obsessed with it. You'll end up spending all your time tinkering trying to achieve perfection and you'll get no observing time. Get things as close as you can and see how things look
  23. As Tinker says. You just need to work through the tutorial from beginning to end. Astro baby mentions about putting card into your tube to block the reflection of your primary, I found this incredibly handy as it removed the confusing relfection and just allowed me to concentrate on centering the secondary under the focusing tube. You just need to jump in and start playing. You will soon start to see what turning the adjustment screws is doing. With your scope it may be easier to enlist someone to help you due to its size.
  24. I was in the same boat as you a year ago. I was pointed towards this colli guide http://www.propermotion.com/jwreed/ATM/Collimate/Chesire.htm which shows using its diagrams what is happening to the light path as you adjust the mirrors which I found really helped get my head around it. Using this guide along with astro baby's really cleared things up for me. It is a daunting process when just starting out but a year down the line you will look back and wonder what all the fuss was about
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