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Everything posted by Merlin66

  1. I haven't had the need, but I know a few observers who regularly use the x0.5 with a Quark.....
  2. What about using a x0.5 reducer on the camera?
  3. Merlin66

    LDN 1622

    Screen shot showing the ldn catalogue installation.
  4. Which one? The 2" version of the Powermate can be a x2 or x4 ???????
  5. Merlin66

    LDN 1622

    Definitely NO. Adding a catalogue to the CdC database has no impact on the settings, operation or interfaces etc. of the program. You're safe to go. (I would recommend you upgrade to the latest version of CdC V4.1.1 if you haven't done so already. Again, this update preserves all your settings.)
  6. Merlin66

    LDN 1622

    Basically yes, just make sure the LDN folder in in the CdC Cat folder and you've selected it " green button" showing. (It also includes the Barnard objects)
  7. Merlin66

    LDN 1622

    Just checked the catalogue folder for you..... I think you can manage this one, it's only 160Kb installed....
  8. Merlin66

    LDN 1622

    You can download the LDN catalogue ( and many others) from the Cartes du Ciel site, add them to the Cat folder and then select the visibility. https://www.ap-i.net/skychart/en/download (bottom of page) As long as the Catalogue has an Index file in it's folder you can search from CdC.
  9. 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
  10. Hmmmmm, the x4 Powermate is a 2” fitting....the x5 is 1.25”.
  11. 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.....
  12. 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
  13. 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/
  14. 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
  15. 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.
  16. 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
  17. 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.
  18. 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)
  19. 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???
  20. It's covered in the manual, downloaded with EQMod (the the EQmod folder). Pier flip option, p47
  21. 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........
  22. What you see is typical tracking marks from the roller bearings in the Crayford. Nothing to worry about, all Crayford show similar marks......
  23. It made the front cover of the popular Japanese astronomy magazine....
  24. Thanks! Yes, it was one I designed and built....worked very well......
  25. Back in the 80's I built an Octodome on a 3 x 3 mtr , 1.5mtr high wall base. Plenty of roof height (2.7mtr) and space to move.... The sliding top also used those industrial sliding door rails (excellent!) and it has a couple of doors on one face to view low objects without sliding the roof back. I also "acquired" a couple of reject double gazed windows from the high speed train and added them. This housed my 12" f5 used for visual SN search. Worked 110%.
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