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  1. Hi guys, Thanks for the suggestions. Sorry, I'm a bit of a noob with this stuff. So ideally we shouldn't be powering scopes with a 12v plug from the mains? Strange that it always worked before giving bother. Also that Skywatcher supplies these scopes without the nessecary equipment to power them. I think mine came with a cigarette lighter lead but that was it. I had an external battery pack bought but it won't charge now. Problems, problems! I'll see about getting another power source and hopefully that will work.
  2. Hi Thanks for the reply. In work at the moment so sorry if i missed any of ur questions or hvent answered clearly enough Yeah i have made sure to stringently go through the settings and ensure they are correct, even following youtube videos of people in relatively the same location as myself set theirs up. I usually or rather, used to just use 2 star alignment. The problem seems to be motor related as it attempts to move but then stops and it wont let me slew at all using the handset. Could it be the motors are damaged or the lead is wrecked? Also, i am using a small 12v adapter that came
  3. Hi Folks, I sort of lurk around here from time to time, less so these days as my hobby has been crushed with nothing but problems since I have started. I got a Skywatcher Skymax pro with an EQ5 mount a few years back (2012) from WEX. Since day one I had problems with it cutting out and needing switched off and on. Sometimes it would stop tracking, sometimes it would try to find stuff beyond the horizon despite the handset controls being entered correctly and the star being above me. Lately it has decided not to slew at all. I am sure all my handset settings are correct (correct month to da
  4. Loving the avatar 'brown dwarf'!
  5. I haven't looked but I have a Canon 60D so I am not sure what the quickest shutter speed i can get with that but probably not what you suggested. thanks for the tips though!
  6. I haven't looked but I have a Canon 60D so I am not sure what the quickest shutter speed i can get with that but probably not what you suggested. thanks for the tips though!
  7. I am guessing my SW180 pro has too strong magnification to get a shot like this? I'm assuming because i can't even get a full moon in it and obviously the moon and sun are the same size with regards to perception. But if i got solar film I should be able to get shots similar to this?
  8. What equipment did you use for this shot? I am super jealous!
  9. I always understood Macs to be the choice of the creative and technologically minded person, so I must admit I found it a tad strange to find such an aversion to Mac with most stacking or imaging software I have seen. Although I PC is Windows 7 and as it pains me to say, it is the best WIndows OS ever, by a country mile.
  10. I'm not sure if you are allowed to swear on this forum (new comer) but HOLY SHINGLES! That was my response on seeing that picture with maybe a slight alteration to the second word.
  11. This is one of my single shot pictures of Jupiter and the transit of Io with just my Skywatcher Skymax 180 pro and Canon 60D
  12. Cheers guys, Eh lets see, my process was just take a low res video on my canon 60D then convert the file to AVI. Then i centred the pictures of the video with castrator. Then into autostakkert to stack and finally registax to alter a few things and bring out detail. Literally my first time ever and this was my first result. I'm hoping for a clear night soon then I'll be going hell for leather to get the best I can, i understand my SW180 should do some good stuff when i get it sorted. I took one minute of footage so it came out to be about 1800 frames and then selected I think the best 3
  13. Now that is an idea.. would be nice to sit in my warm study which is adjacent to my observing site anyway. I also have to get my big slow PC up and running because i only use Macs and from what I've seen there isn't a lot software wise for the mac to do astrophotography etc. Not a big problem though
  14. Cheers guys (and girls), you certainly know how to make a guy feel welcome round here
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