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About gajjer

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  1. I've just moved to a new location and I'm using a new setup until I can get a pier sorted. I'm using a EQ£-2 with a LYNX ASTRO USB EQ DIRECT cable, Skywatcher 150PD, Canon 60D camera, Skywatcher Finder with a QHY5-II guider. Now all of this setup is new to me. My new location does not have a clear view of North, so I'm running blind on that. I set it roughly using a compass and also judging the shadow at 1:00pm. Crude I know. The first time I ran it I managed to get calibration but could see that Dec was drifting off. So adjusted the mount until it reduced and got under control. That was using PHD, which I have been using with no problem on my NEQ6 mount. Never bothered to go to PHD2. I got some reasonable results. The following night was a different story. I had shifted the scope round to make it easier to see the red doot finder. So there may have been a balance change. When it came to running PHD it did not seem to overcome Dec backlash for several steps, then it continued to calibrate North. The star did not appear to move, I could hear the motors doing something but could see no movement as there had been with W/E. It then started to report small movements but still no visible star movement. It got up to something like 50 step and then aborted. Then the star jumped quite significantly. It did this on several attempts. Swapped to using PHD2, that I have virtually no experience with, and it did pretty much the same. I don't meddle with stuff if its working, so I haven't messed with PHD or PHD2 much. They just worked straight off. Ohhh the shame of it!! Any thoughts, suggestions would be gratefully received. cheers gaj
  2. Thanks guys I thought she was a goner! Before I part with $75 can someone confirm that it is the Maier Photonics 656 ITF band pass filter. Thanks Gaj
  3. Thank you all for your responses. That has been most informative. Are there any instructions for fitting the replacement? Do you think I will be able to get a replacement in the current environment? Cheers Gaj
  4. Hi all. We moved to Bidford on Avon just before Christmas. I posted times for the ISS visible passes on the local Facebook forum. It got quite a lot of response. So many people said they took their kids out to see it. Plant the seeds I say. The community spirit here is really lovely. Cheers Gaj
  5. Hi all, not sure if this is the right place but here goes. Had a go at solar imaging earlier with my Colorado PST. I couldn't see the Sun as clearly as I had previously so started taking it apart. The eyepiece section seems to be fabricated in two parts. The part that actually takes the eyepiece or camera, that houses a red filter approx 5mm diameter. The other part that screws into the body of the telescope has a larger filter around 10 mm diameter. It is this larger filter I have concerns about. The outward face of the filter appears silver - fine. However the inward face looks a milky red; I would cal it a greenish bloom over a red base. It seems to be reducing the transmission of light significantly. Any thoughts? Cheers gaj
  6. I am communicating with R Brown about his focusser and it's that that I am having trouble with. He told me to use 1.8.8 or 1.8.9 arduino IDE. Also what was said earlier about 'old bootloader' in Tools Processor. Then AVRISP MkIi which Dr ju ju suggested earlier. None of that worked and I am now left with loading the bootloader. I'm not at home for a couple of days so haven't tried it yet. Funny thing is that it seems to take code ok from Xloader. Ps I don't want to loose my electronics either, even if I am able to knit! Gaj
  7. This looks remarkably like a problem I am having with a NANO using the CH340 chip. Sorry but I'm a bit thick when it comes to this stuff but I have been advised to try 'burning the bootloader'. Sorry haven't had time to read all the previous and my tea is getting cold. Gaj
  8. Makes think of B52s. A better image perhaps would be the queen bee popping them out! Gaj
  9. LEO. So presumably messages bounce off the nearest passing satellite and a several satellites may be involved with any one message. Hmm. Interesting. My question would then be, how do you deploy that many satellites. Do they pop them out the back of a single rocket? Sounds like an awful lot of rockets and pollution. Certainly could mess up my pictures - if the clouds would ever clear for me to take some. If its worth doing I suspect that China will be up for it and you can sign all the petitions you like but you wont stop them. Ah well. It was fun while it lasted. Well frustrating more than fun. Perhaps that will be the new challenge. How to get a frame that doesn't have a streak on it. Or software that has 'streak removal' capability. Sighhhh. gaj
  10. Forgive my stupidity, but if they are telecoms satellites wont they be geostationary? If so, wont they just be extra pin points of light. Sounds a lot but the sky is very big. Sorry, just a bit skeptical. cheers gaj
  11. A couple of weeks ago I was down the garden setting up. It was pretty dark by then. Then suddenly I heard a rattling sound, as if someone or something had tripped over a metal bucket. "Hello" I said. No response. I stood still waiting for the sounds of more movement. Nothing. Being I my own I was a little concerned but I carried on and suddenly there it was again. I went in the house for a proper torch. I do get cats frequently and there are foxes around here. I saw nothing. Strange. It happened every five minutes or so and as the night went on I became less concerned. A mystery. The following day I was down the garden again and saw my neighbour down their. "I'm moving my coldframe." she said. "The conkers from that tree keep falling on it and the glass will get broken the way it;'s going" Ha. Conkers! cheers Gaj
  12. If you set the telescope mount to look at a fixed point in the sky, the earths rotation means that the object will have moved out of view in a very short time. Cheers Gaj
  13. Thanks Dave. That sounds spot on. Thanks. Must read the manual! cheers gaj
  14. Hi all, it's the first time this has happened to me but it looks like last night the camera started to frost up. Odd shaped areas apeared on the capture when running at -25C. They went as I allowed the camera to warm up. I just set a temperature of -25C and let it cool down. Should I slowly schedule the cooling or is there some other solution. Going to try again tonight and reduce temperature in small steps. Any advice would be appreciated. cheers gaj
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