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  1. Is there a guide telling you what spacers and thickness and spacer locations on the NEQ6 Pro mount should they ever become mixed up during a revamp?
  2. Spooky - reloaded the EQMOD, and ASCOM Platform and it seems to have sorted itself now. Thanks for the advice anyway
  3. Since I updated to the latest EQMOD I'm getting a problem. When I run up Maxim it connects to EQMOD and runs up fine. Whenever I try and connect another piece of software like cartes Du Ciel, PHD 2 or whatever, it tries to load up another instance of EQMOD again. Of course, there is already an EQMOD running so the new one fals with a connection error message and I cant use any other software. Prior to the update (v128) I could connect multiple items all using the same instance of EQMOD. Any ideas?
  4. Have shared to all my mates on FaceBook - am I on commission? LOL
  5. I took one when I first started imaging and it is still by far one of the poorest pics Ive yaken, but still one of my ultimate favourites. Alberio Rocks!
  6. Thanks guys - an expensive overtightening exercise here. Thing is, unless you get it tight, the filter wheel can possibly swing loose on the thread as the scope moves.
  7. EEEK! Whilst tightening up my Artemis 285 to the filter wheel, I heard a ...."crack"....... Yup, I've sshattered the protective clear glass at the front of the camera, seems the Tru Tek filter wheel I have has a screw thread thats quite long in comparison to the Art 285. Does anyone know where I may be able to obtain a simple clear circular replacement glass? I measured the broken one at 50mm diameter. Any help please gratefully received....
  8. I purchased the HiTecAstro Mount Hub - lovely bit of kit. I want to use the auto focus on it. What sort of Stepper Motor would I need to use if I build my own unit?
  9. Thanks Themos, I thought I'd screwed it all up for a moment there... I've actually got the Polar scope aligned so that the star now stays central, so ( if we stay clear ) I'll have a go as you mentioned and se eif it neatly drops in place on the "o"
  10. Was getting bad drift on my images so decided to re align from scratch. Unfortunately, whilst adjusting the polar reticule on my EQ6 it came loose and had to be put back in. Does it matter about the reticule orientation to the scope axis? For example, if the scope is in the HOME position ( weights facing down etc ) should the polar reticule also be facing with the circle at the bottom? If not, what do you align the reticule to?
  11. This is handy: Welcome to CCDWare - CCDNavigator CCD Navigator Deciding what to image is always a chore, theres just so much. Nebulas, Galaxies etc... All depends on your equipment, filters, camera etc.. If you are new, try some bright things first M42 Orion Nebula, The Andromeda Galaxy, M101 in Ursa Major things like that will usually give you some kind of results. Dont expect Hubble style images though straight away....it is though, quite acceptable to get some very good images and detail with time and patience. Go for the Moon, planets or bright deep sky objects first, get used to the software and the equipment and above all, soldier on and have fun. When you stack up an image after 3 hours and see it all come together and look at it and say " I did that, that was me" then its a very satisfying experience. Clear skies buddy!
  12. Definitely not a hot pixel, I've tried several different areas and manually selected stars
  13. OK - Update. Disconnected the EQMOD and put the Handset back onto the mount. Run the mount up and selected a star ( no point aligning as I only wanted to test the Autoguider ) Autoguide, expose and ran calibration again. Same problem. Same values, Star moved < 5 pixels error message. At least that has ruled out the EQMOD. I'll see if I can get the StarShoot Swapped tomorrow for another camera.
  14. Well I tried all that. Pin checked the cable, thats fine. Tried again with Maxim and on the first Cal it did draw a small red line, then went back to the same problem again. Tried again and again, nothing. Tried PHD, Was still calibrating West and up to 58, was taking ages. Increased the value as suggested to 1000, still the same. I even uninstalled and reinstalled Maxim but to no effect. Is there a place where the configs/settings are stored? I want to physically delete them all and restart. The only other thing I havent done yet is to uninstall and reinstall the EQMOD Software...... Here's a pic showing the failed Calibration as I was going to image M63 tonight...
  15. Well PHD didnt work too well for me, looks like a clear night tonight so I will retry again. I'll also see if I have a spare cable and swap that over. I do tend to select a bright star manually rather than let Maxim select the guide star for me, but this still didnt work. I dunno what was up with PHD, it locked onto a star and was calibrating but after 30 mins it was still calibrating. My setup is possessed! lol
  16. It was working last week OK, switched on this week and nothing....!!!!
  17. I have an Orion Starshoot Autoguider mounted on a WO 70 as my guider. All connected via Maxim DL Pro (latest Version ) No matter what I do, I cannot get it to guide at all. I get the Guide cam pic up but when I try to calibrate I get the " Star has moved <5 Pixels in X " message. I can see the frame is moving each time as the stars are moving with each frame taken. I get no RED L and despite the frames showing the scope is being moved about, the X and Y positions/values that are displayed always remain the same values. I've tried turning up the settings from 10 all the way through the range to 60 for the X and Y cal axis settings. Dont know what the problem could be. Any help at all? I cant do any imaging till this is solved...
  18. Lovely pic. Whenever I see these pics, Eagle nebula, Skull nebula, Laughing monkey nebula, wizard, I can never get the orientation right to see the image people are seeing. Now, I can see a face here looking to the left...then someone says "laying back", am I seeing the wrong thing? Is there a thread explaining some of these images?
  19. Beleive it or not, this was taken with an Artemis 285 throughh a WO 70.. First time I have moved away from imaging with the 92mm TMB. I was suprised at how big an image it took. This was taken with 2hrs Lum in 300s subs Then 30 mins of 300s subs in R, G & B Stacked in Maxim , Processed and combined A few slight tweaks with Photoshop Have added the LUM file as well for you to have a peep at.
  20. Turns out it was the adapter. Two of the wires were round the wrong way. Snip, snip and re join and its working like a chocolate covered peanut ....a treat!
  21. It's not cold. its doing this whether its in the warm or cold.
  22. I'm having similar problems. I purchased a motorised serial controlled Tru Tek 8 way filter wheel and had it sent back to Nick H to have it looked at as it wouldnt accept the filters properly. Thats not the problem though. I too have connected the serial connector to a USB to Dual Serial adapter , got the right drivers and everything installed. Up pops COM 4 and COM 5, all OK so far. Run up the TruTek Software off the trueTek site and NOTHING. Nothing when you press HOME or QUERY. Diddly squit! Have tried to access it through MAXIM and all I get when I try to connect is an error message: Error opening filter wheel Unable to initialise Filter Wheel Any ideas?
  23. Exceptionally inspiring image Peter. What technique did you use to get the star spikes so nice?
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