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About Merlin66

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    Spectroscopy, Solar observing,- and my wife!
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  1. Merlin66

    Planetary on a QHY8

    James, Sorry mate, I use an ASI 1600 and ASI 174 to collect AVI/ SER files for solar imaging... I don't do AP, but for long exposure spectroscopy I use an AtiK 314L
  2. Merlin66

    Planetary on a QHY8

    Hmmmmm, the x4 Powermate is a 2” fitting....the x5 is 1.25”.
  3. Yes, that's the way to start.... Practise, practise, practise....... I will get a bit easier when we get out of this solar minima and there's some surface detail to view.....
  4. Baader seems to have every possible style and type of adaptor..... https://www.teleskop-express.de/shop/product_info.php/info/p9828_Baader-Adapter-from-M68x1-thread-to-T2---short.html
  5. Merlin66

    Lunt LS80THa and eyepieces/accesories

    Good to get started! Practise, practise, practise.....The more you look, the more you see. Always check out GONG before starting, it will give you details of what's visible - AR and filaments as well as the proms and their position. http://halpha.nso.edu/
  6. Merlin66

    Manipulating darks

    Robin, Download the demo copy of AstroArt - it's fully functional and the manual has various tutorial sections to give guidance and get you started. http://www.msb-astroart.com/down_en.htm
  7. Merlin66

    Daystar Solar Scout 60mm

    Hmmmm I feel the Quark is a good solution to H alpha observing, narrow fields of view compared with Lunt or Coronado offerings. Both have their place in the hobby.
  8. Merlin66

    EQMOD meridian flip?

    Hmm, on the windows version of the App (V1.13.0) it does seem to control meridian "flipping" Equatorial Mount Settings Guiding Rate: Configure the guiding rate of the autoguider interface on the mount. Flipping: Configure the meridian-flipping mode (for GOTO) of an equatorial mount. Defaulted to “Auto” mode after each GOTO
  9. Merlin66

    EQMOD meridian flip?

    Hmmm I think this mount is "sold" as an easy "wireless" controlled Alt-Az mount..... Mounting it on a wedge - how does the mount perform? I'd think without guiding the RA/ Dec motions may be compromised??? Interesting...... [Edit] Just found the Synscan Pro App. The "advanced version" seems to handle EQ configurations????? Android App: SynScan Pro App, Version 1.14.0 This is the Android version of the SynScan Pro app and it is recommended for experienced users. It supports not only alt-az mounts for visual observing, but also equatorial mounts for astrophotography. The mount should be equipped with a build-in Wi-Fi module or an external SynScan Wi-Fi adapter. This app supports ASCOM platform and SkySafari Plus/Pro.
  10. Merlin66

    EQMOD meridian flip?

    Did you get a Synscan hand controller with the mount? I think this or a EQDir cable may allow connection to the mount....don't know however if the motors/ motherboard are compatible with the SW EQ mounts (which use EQMod)
  11. Merlin66

    EQMOD meridian flip?

    Looking at the manual for the mini AZ-GT mount I'm not sure it is compatible with EQMod........ Have anyone had experience with this new mount???
  12. Merlin66

    EQMOD meridian flip?

    It's covered in the manual, downloaded with EQMod (the the EQmod folder). Pier flip option, p47
  13. Merlin66

    Lunt LS80THa and eyepieces/accesories

    Hmmm I'd expect there may be minor marking from "factory testing" The only new Crayford I bought was on a TS102 scope - a Baader steeltrack design....I've just checked it, it's about 5 years old - the track marks are visible but do not break through the anodising - just a faint visible mark..... [edit] Tried to photo the faint tracks but they are too faint to show........
  14. Merlin66

    Lunt LS80THa and eyepieces/accesories

    What you see is typical tracking marks from the roller bearings in the Crayford. Nothing to worry about, all Crayford show similar marks......
  15. Merlin66

    Contemplating Obsy.....

    It made the front cover of the popular Japanese astronomy magazine....

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