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About Merlin66

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    Spectroscopy, Solar observing,- and my wife!
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  1. Just confirm that you're correctly installing the EQMod under CdC. After selecting HEQ5/6 Eqmod then click properties - should bring up the EQmod screen as shown....... Is this what you see?
  2. Very nice result. I built a similar (but different) Octodome back in the early 80's. Worked well and met my needs at the time.
  3. Tom, The center bolt is an M12 x 1.75.
  4. I've fitted a SW electronic motor, belt driven the the 10:1 focus knob on all my solar scopes. You can extend the cord to whatever length you need... I have the scopes mounted outside the office on the patio and the focuser and handcontroller sitting on my desk next to the monitor. Works well for me -no issues, no drama.
  5. All sky plate solver (free) does plate solve and GOTO....
  6. AstroArt I think, is like Maxim or PixInsight etc., primarily an image processing package. I know it does filter and exposure control, plate solve and can control guiding . John has developed his Observation Manager software for AstroArt to handle the scripts necessary for full observatory control. https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/AA5ObsMgr/info?showJoinPopup=true
  7. Fieldsy, I think you're getting confused about PHD2 - which is only a program to assist in guiding - after you have centred the telescope on the target object. No more, no less. You need another program to control the mount and direct the scope to the target. I use CdC with the EQMod interface. This (after having PA the mount and putting it in the Park position) allows you to click on a target and then click to get the mount to GOTO the target....once you are ready then you interface with PHD2 for sustained guiding. HTH
  8. +1 for AstroArt. I use it to control all my cameras, preprocessing (darks flats etc) and stacking as well as post processing. Highly underated - punches well above it's weight.
  9. Could be you're seeing the secondary offset.... I know you think the Cheshire is correct, but I'd trust the camera. What do the images look like through the telescope??
  10. John, There are no exemptions for Astro clubs etc. down here in Victoria.
  11. You need a Synscan handcontroller..... Alternative is to install EQMod on a PC and use that to control the mount.
  12. Just to add.... Here in Victoria, Australia you need a police permit to have and use a laser pointer. It cost me $ 180 to renew for three years. As you know, they can be dangerous, take care.
  13. Just a question..... will Musk be considering reusing the modules, to further reduce costs.
  14. Alex, Looks like Newton Rings.... These are caused by interference between the CCD chip and the coverplate. The narrowband Ha wavelength makes them more obvious. Usual answer is to slightly tilt the camera. I use a ZWO T2 tilter with my ASI 174.
  15. Coronado don’t seem to sell the SMIII external etalon as a separate part.....
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