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TheDaveWalker

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  1. In case you have any doubts if this part fits your new HEQ5-Pro :- http://www.teleskop-...EQ6-Mounts.html It does: http://flic.kr/p/fj597P
  2. PS: this fits the NEW white HEQ5-Pro a treat:- http://www.teleskop-express.de/shop/product_info.php/language/en/info/p5646_Counterweight-Bar-Extension-for-EQ6-Mounts.html
  3. I took two images of the Sun every day from 30 August until 11 September 2012. Each image is made up of a dozen or so 1/100 second photos at ISO 800 taken with a Canon 600D and a Lunt35THaDX. Cropped and centred with AstroPIPP, stacked in Registax 5.1, stretched with PhotoMatix, processed with PaintShop Pro X14, and video created with Sony Vegas.
  4. One June 1st, Venus looked like this:- http://www.flickr.co...ker/7321085358/ It was right next to Mercury:- http://www.flickr.co...ker/7319806934/ This is the kit I used:- http://www.flickr.co...ker/7317346250/
  5. ...now that is interesting. For me, it's all about weight - how heavy is the EQ-1 ?
  6. Love those colours Rik! Here it was on March 27th ( Click on the "View in World Wide Telescope" under the 'astrometry.net' link below ):- Comet Garradd | Flickr - Photo Sharing! This video shows how much it moved in just 10 minutes! Click on boxes as they appear for more info:- I wonder what that little moving dot was in the bottom right of the video?
  7. Here it was on March 27th ( Click on the "View in World Wide Telescope" under the 'astrometry.net' link below ):- Comet Garradd | Flickr - Photo Sharing! This video shows how much it moved in just 10 minutes! Click on boxes as they appear for more info:- I wonder what that little moving dot was in the bottom right of the video? Oops - think I've posted this in the wrong place - done it in Imaging now
  8. This, basically, is how I do my stargazing:- The Raving Stargazer | Flickr - Photo Sharing! 678 photos taken over 9 hours. Spiced things up a bit by using StarMax to create the star trails:- .
  9. Here it was on March 27th ( Click on the "View in World Wide Telescope" under the 'astrometry.net' link below ):- Comet Garradd | Flickr - Photo Sharing! This video shows how much it moved in just 10 minutes! Click on boxes as they appear for more info:- I wonder what that little moving dot was in the bottom right of the video?
  10. Would it have killed them to add an Autoguider port of some sorts for the money? The USB port only serves to provide power it seems. Or am I asking too much?
  11. I posted this elsewhere but thought it might be worth re-posting here:- I worked out how to control my Canon 350D with APT on Windows 7 64-bit, thus:- On the Canon 350D, set:- Bulb Custom Function 7: Mirror Lockup - Enable Auto Power Off: Off Communication: PC connection (not the usual Print/PTP) On the Windows XP Mode - Windows Virtual PC Select USB drop-down, - select Canon Digital Camera - Attach - cancel the "Device Connected" dialog, unless you want to download images Select Tools drop-down, - select Settings Change COM2 to Physical serial port to match that used by the USB->RS232 Camera Shutter control cable. I usually have to meddle with Windows 7's Device Manager to bring this in-line. Start APT, set Long Exp. Control to COM2, set Bulb Seconds, press Shoot. APT then usually crashes first time for me, but I just re-start it and we're off! Press shoot, and a few moments after the shutter closes I see the picture on the screen. Notes:- On the XP Virtual Machine, I installed the Canon WIA drivers from the CD labelled Canon DIGITAL EOS Solution Disk v1 1.1, "CEL-SF40A2M0" "EIG" I use Windows 7 Professional, which comes with a licensed copy of Windows XP to run as a Virtual Machine. If you run Home Premium, you'll have to source a copy of XP from elsewhere. You might then be able to run it under Virtual Box for less outlay.
  12. I worked out how to control my Canon 350D with APT on Windows 7 64-bit, thus:- On the Canon 350D, set:- Bulb Custom Function 7: Mirror Lockup - Enable Auto Power Off: Off Communication: PC connection (not the usual Print/PTP) On the Windows XP Mode - Windows Virtual PC Select USB drop-down, - select Canon Digital Camera - Attach - cancel the "Device Connected" dialog, unless you want to download images Select Tools drop-down, - select Settings Change COM2 to Physical serial port to match that used by the USB->RS232 Camera Shutter control cable. I usually have to meddle with Windows 7's Device Manager to bring this in-line. Start APT, set Long Exp. Control to COM2, set Bulb Seconds, press Shoot. APT then usually crashes first time for me, but I just re-start it and we're off! Press shoot, and a few moments after the shutter closes I see the picture on the screen. Notes:- On the XP Virtual Machine, I installed the Canon WIA drivers from the CD labelled Canon DIGITAL EOS Solution Disk v1 1.1, "CEL-SF40A2M0" "EIG" I use Windows 7 Professional, which comes with a licensed copy of Windows XP to run as a Virtual Machine. If you run Home Premium, you'll have to source a copy of XP from elsewhere. You might then be able to run it under Virtual Box for less outlay.
  13. Might seem daft, but would it have killed them to make the USB port capable of autoguiding the thing? A missed opportunity given the Astrotrac has an ST4 port for similar money...
  14. The Astrotrac is winning on my wish list as it has an ST4 port, tho the Polarie looks lovely and small...
  15. I'm gonna get me one of these, but it's 'vital statistics' seem hard to get hold of - for example, how long is it? ...and how much does it weigh? Pretty please? Taa
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