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  1. 8472

    Imaging with a Star Adventurer

    No APOD (only 30 minutes total integration time), but a curtailed first light with my 1000mm MTO gave me a nice first peek of NGC891.
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    Imaging with a Star Adventurer

    That price range wont get you much worthwhile new. An ST80 may be an option, but the CA will be horrible. If it's purely for imaging purposes, depending on whatever focal length you're after and you don't mind used, you're probably better off with an old prime lens like a Takumar or the like. One of my favourite images so far with this mount was with a 250mm vintage lens I picked up for a whopping £15. There are still bargains to be had. Regards
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    Imaging with a Star Adventurer

    Wow. How are you managing to get 5 minute subs guided with such a large scope? Are you using a Polemaster too? On a similar note, anyone with this mount played with PHD2's new polar alignment routines? I'd love to know how practical the Polar Drift and Static Polar alignment procedures are.
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    Imaging with a Star Adventurer

    That's impressive. What are your skies like on the Bortle scale?
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    Star Adventurer wedge modification

    Hmm, interesting. Good to see someone addressing the flimsiest link of the SWSA chain. I'd be surprised if it's in the same price bracket as the Sky-Watcher offering, but who knows.
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    Star Adventurer wedge modification

    I did the very same mod a good while ago and it does make a difference. Now its just the sloppy backlash of the altitude adjustment that needs looking at. Kev
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    Star Adventurer Tuning

    I'd lower your expectations. I have the same kit, and the only way to achieve that and longer subs is to guide. It was designed primarily for wide camera lenses. Balance is also critical with this tiny mount.
  8. I've heard it's not as forgiving as a 200p or 300p of low quality eyepieces. Never owned one though, so happy to be corrected.
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    PoleMaster for Star Adventurer

    I've tried the QHY5L-ii conversion, which for all intents and purposes is very similar, if not the same thing. I couldnt get on with manually locking and unlocking the clutch (which is a requirement) without upsetting PA, so ultimately, more bother than it was worth. I'm far happier using mine for guiding, and using a right-angled 2x magnifying viewfinder over the polarscope instead. No doubt real Polemaster owner's will be along to give you their opinion. YMMV
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    Imaging with a Star Adventurer

    If cash is tight, a vintage prime lens would make a reasonable compromise for the Samyang.
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    I thought a read the 7Dmk2 was the best Canon had to offer for astro use? Even besting the 6D, but obviously in crop guise only.
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    M51 and M33

    What fl are you imaging your M51 shot with? Did you crop at all?
  13. Guiding certainly makes a difference with the SWSA, particularly with longer FL. I discard far fewer subs. But the mount has it's limits. Some of my guided subs are now long enough to exhibit star bloat, so as a result, i now need shorter subs. Oh, the irony.
  14. Yes I did. Unless I'm mistaken, I couldn't see anything out of the ordinary jumping out at me. After speaking with the software developer, I'm abandoning FC, as he himself only does planetary with it (It's intended purpose). I guess for DSO work, its "your on your own" territory. I'm guessing APT is ASCOM only in my case?
  15. Typical. The very first run pointing to the sky outside and it's up to it's old tricks again. I quick try of EZ Planetary outdoors, in LX mode sees no such issues, but for the life of me I can't find where it stores the capture files! On to APT then, I guess...

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