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  1. If you have a canon or Nikon DSLR with live view,, you could try this,, http://www.cam-fi.com/en/index.html
  2. shirva

    EAA and live streaming

    Know how you feel,, most times I've went on ,, it's dead as a door nail,, only seen a few uninteresting tests during daylight hours. VAF had tried to get broadcasting via a third party in a joint venture,, but two years in,, it just wasn't going to happen,, which was unfortunate. I still believe the way forward is with Joe's nsn,, but it would need a few UK guy's to jump start it this side of the pond, to make it more UK friendly. Nsn CA is still going strong but more oriented towards mallincam users but still allow non mallincam users to broadcast I'm shure.
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    Advice before my trip

    Hi Ben, I got the focal reducer/flatner for the reason s you state,, getting a better corrected flatter image, give me a slightly wider fov and gives a slightly faster scope as well,, ideal for wide field video astronom. I was using the high-tech astronomy usb focuser on my stock focuser but removed it for a while,, was putting it back on and had a seized shaft in the bearing,, I gave it a few taps with plastic hammer after soaking in wd40 oil, but it damaged the bearing and still didn't release,, the bearing isn't a full bearing,, only three balls,, not ideal. I replaced it with the ovl upgrade focuser and couldn't be happier,, like night and day comparison to stock focuser,, but had it not been damaged I probably wouldn't have changed it,, I never expected it to be so good.. Been a bit wary of fitting the hitecastro dc focuser as I haven't seen any posts of the skywatcher electric focuser being fitted to one so far. The hitecastro dc focuser is brilliant operated from the laptop, does a great job
  4. shirva

    Advice before my trip

    Fair bit of kit to take for a weeks stargazing, best advice I can give is test drive equipment before you travel,, I have the heq5 pro and skywatcher wifi adapter and it's a nice bit of kit, hitecastro eqcable as back up, I recently changed the stock focuser on my skywatcher evostar ed80 to the ovl one and it put in a curve ball getting adapter for fitting the skywatcher 0.85 matched focal reducer,, I took for granted all would be roughly unchanged,, wrong . Have a great trip
  5. shirva

    Combined visual/EAA setup - thoughts?

    The az gti can be used in eq mod and using the wedge,, it becomes a better option than the adventurer due to goto ect,, but portability the adventurer just pips it at the post and for simplicity,, not that the az gti is hard to use,,
  6. shirva

    Combined visual/EAA setup - thoughts?

    Hi Robert, I recently changed the focuser on the skywatcher ed80 with the ovl one,, fantastic ,,great upgrade and recommended,, I use the skywatcher matching 0.85 focal reducer,flatner,, it was a direct screw fit on the skywatcher draw tube but you have to buy the push in adapter from FLO. Was a bit worried about this at first, but was unfounded,, solid fit. Still feel pushing the limits of the az gti with the ed80 but it performs ok. I'm waiting on the sw ed72 arriving and will buy that as a grab n go scope,, If skywatcher ever land them on our shore's again. You would think they were hand crafted the amount of time they are taking with them, Full moon time again so going to break the kit back out and hopefully get some testing done between the az gti and adventurer
  7. shirva

    Combined visual/EAA setup - thoughts?

    I'm on this path myself,, using slightly different equipment,, think the modern astronomer has a lot of good options equipment wise these days and can't see why we should stick strictly to one style, visual, astrophotography, video astronomy or EAA,, why shouldn't we give it all a bash i thought, I'm going more portable these days and have invested in the sw az gti and it's a good mount,, yip a lot has been said how unstable and flimsy the tripod is but, It is a portable rig,, if they put in a heavy duty tripod, well some would moan it's to heavy and not very portable. I like it and stick my ed80 on it,, would recommend it,, I have read the software has been updated and you can do eq if you add on the wedge from the sw adventurer,,, Cheers sw, I went out and bought the full sw adventurer kit just before update,, So I now have the sw az gti and sw star adventurer,, and they both are great grab n go.
  8. shirva

    A quick midsummer session

    Well done on creating a new piece of software,, hope it all goes to plan, sounds good and like your forward planning approach.
  9. Never used dslr,, was a fudji bridge camera on a mount,, when I first started,, to fidgety for my liking at the time,,but this type of kit has got better and the camera's on smartphones are fantastic,, well worth a go I'm my opinion,,
  10. shirva

    Camera Lens warmer/dew preventer for Grab/Go

    Cheers mate,,try my best to help out when I can
  11. shirva

    Camera Lens warmer/dew preventer for Grab/Go

  12. Plane's will crash into the house,, the level the clouds are at here,.. Packing in astronomy for a month or so till the light nights start fading,, only get chance one day at weekend and it's bad weather,, aargh
  13. Open day of a local bowling club,, no stay away from the bowling too much drinking involved going by what the guys I work with lol
  14. Erm,,, I'm a bass and tenor drummer,, I just shake the slate's off the roofs as I go by,,,
  15. Been a good programme for the lodestar and it was given away for free, Paul done a great job on it I hear,, but he may not have the time to carry in doing it for the hobby,, but folk come and go in the hobby,, been a lot of folk not seen for a while,,

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