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  1. Not exactly "deep" but this is my first image
  2. Great Feedback from me. Well packaged item, quick free 1st class delivery and excellent communication. I'd buy from here again!
  3. Just a little update: The EQ5 has been serviced and is now smooth as silk. I picked up a Meade 8x50 Finder today as I couldn't live without a finder, so now I have a dedicated finder and finder-guider. The problem I had with the Nat geo scope was that it was just to wobbly, so now everything is rock solid. I'm just waiting for the winds to settle and I'll be on it again with long exposures Here's some recent pics of the project:
  4. I had exactly the same problem when i bought mine! I couldn'd find the right size O ring but a nice selection of rubber bands fixed it for me.
  5. You'll need £300 for the goto kit for starters. I can't you give you anymore advice apart from that as it put me off straight away LOL! You can still connect the EQ5 dual motor handcontroller to the laptop with modifications but the slewing speed (max x8) is just not enough for goto capability and Stellarium. Although, with the modded EQ5 hand controller modded setup (which i have now) it's perfect for guiding through PHD
  6. Hehe no probs! It's under a tonne, so it's not all bad. Just think of it as almost 70% cheaper than the synscan goto kit
  7. I'm sure i'll get some brownie points for my link here: First Light Optics - Dual-Axis D.C. Motor Drive for EQ5 This is exactly what I have. I have further modified my handcontroller so I can now guide with it also. Thanks to Shoestring astronomy
  8. It can be done though, with good results Back on to topic though, i think it's worth getting both motors. If your gonna spend £70ish quid on a single and it's only £90ish for dual.....
  9. I'm the same, part of the fun is finding stuff yourself! I have the Dual Motor kit on my EQ5 and it works a treat. Once polar aligned and turned on it will track for you, so as above you shouldn't need to keep pressing the buttons every minute but rather every 10-20 mins at worst if using high magnification, if your alignment is out. Although, if you have deep pockets, get the HEQ6!! (i wish i could) lol
  10. Huff and puff.... Oh wait, that only works to blow houses down! Welcome to the forum!
  11. Update: PHD is fantastic! My SPC900 arrived today so was itching to get out and try it. Hit a problem as i didn't have the adaptor to fit in inside the finder yet. but comprimised and taped it in there to just test it. focus was ok and locked on to betelgeuse as a tester. Took a series of pics from 2-5 minutes but due to the wind it kept knocking the guiding out slightly. Maybe i still need to figure out the PHD and SPC settings a little. Good points so far: The Parallel port works PHD is working good for me Bad points: EQ5 needs a good service Figuring out SPC/PHD settings Wind needs to s
  12. Installed fine with me, i think it will be much better with an i-pad as the screen is really small and it's easy to get lost. Really cool app though! Going to try Starwalk now
  13. I did not realise it was available for the iphone!!! It's like xmas has come early, thanks! I'm downloading it now and will report back if i have any troubles.
  14. Tonight's update: Managed to install PHD and get it to calibrate. Although, as i was not familar with the software, it wasn't sending guiding commands to the handcontroller. I believe i missed a step in the setup process and failed to press "connect to scope" button..... The clouds have now come over so fingers crossed my guiding days will be ever closer!...
  15. Same as me, i had help from a friend who's more clued up. I'll ask him if there were any online instructions for you next time we talk. For now, all i can provide is a pic of the box and circuit he made:
  16. I'm not sure about the Eq3-2 but i just hard wired the parallel port into my hand controller to save some pennies, it's easily done with parts from maplins. You'll need the following parts: Phototransistor Opto Couplers : Optocouplers : Maplin Electronics 25-Way D-Sub Hood with Thumbscrews : D-Sub Connectors : Maplin Electronics And 4 1k resistors, Small box, some wire, (sorry i don't have the links) I'm yet to get proper guiding but the interface works. I just need to get myself a decent cam Or you could just spend the money on the gpint-pt to save the hassle lol
  17. Thanks Wayne, i think i'm going to try and copy your idea for this, at least it will beat all this trial and error! Guidedog really didn't like my webcam (vx3000), so i'm going to have a crack again tonight (if it's clear) with PHD. I have a SPC 900 on route so the project is still in process.
  18. Managed to get it in focus tonight just using the front focuser just need to work out how to stop guide dog over doing compensations...
  19. I've recently done the mod and trying to get some guiding for myself here: http://stargazerslounge.com/discussions-mounts/165526-eq5-dual-motor-guiding-tips-please.html It's really quite simple and works a treat! So far i've spent £36 on guiding and hopefully getting some results as soon as the skies clear up. Looking at the links i'm not sure how they would be able to get x16 slew speeds but the 0.5 would really help i think. On the standard handset the minimum is x2 so maybe a little too much but i think it still works ok with guidedog.
  20. Right then, last night was the first clear-ish night in a long time. So i set up and gave it a go. It's my first time doin this, so it took a while to set up and i soon realised that getting the finderscope into any kind of focus would be a real pain. So out came the electrical tape to temporary fix the issue so i could at least test some settings in guidedog. It was windy and seeing conditions wasn't great at all. I had problems with the guide star being too big with the focus issue, so it was over compensating all the time. So the solution i've come up with now is to ditch the finder as a g
  21. Just an update - I've got all the bits back now and due to the rain in London I couldn't get out to see the stars. So I tracked a pic through the webcam of a pic I took of orion neb using guidedog and moving the pic across the screen... All good so far and managed to familiarise myself with the software. Hopefully, I've also worked out how to use the finder scope for finding and use it as a guiding tool too! Just a few more mods to the webcam chassis and i'm all set. I'll let you know how it goes. For now, here's a pic of my modded hand controller
  22. Luckily, my astro Laptop still has a parallel port, so a friend is making me one of these: http://www.store.shoestringastronomy.com/images/gpint_pt.jpg cost = £5 He is also modding the EQ5 hand controller so i'll have an ST-4 port. so another few quid on parts for that. I plan to use guide dog but if there is another program what will work better, i'm open to suggestions Now the only thing I need to work out is how to get my Webcam to pick up a guide star through either a finderscope or small refractor. I'm hoping that turning the exposure up very high will do the trick.
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