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  1. Just to wrap this up, I pulled the trigger on the 178m today. Couldn’t justify the extra expense and didn’t want the larger pixels. Thanks for the help all, will post some images when the penance is done
  2. Until recently I had a CPC800 and that's how I took my recent planetary images (as with the avatar) - had to go though due to physical constraints where I live now (carrying it a long way from storage to patio along an uneven cottage path). Dave - the 178c I have now gets the full disk in perfectly; it's just a waste of pixels using the colour matrix.I had some great results with the 5P-11m once I got Mr Newton sorted! - shame it's borked.
  3. I’m looking at the 174 as a mate has one and swears by it. The pixel size is an issue for the 50mm Lunt though (the only solar I intend to use). This tends to lean me towards the 178m and back around the circle I come. Not too happy with the fact that the 5P-11m has apparently decided to retire early plus there are some possibilities with the 174 and certain DSOs which add to the party a bit. thanks for the continuing input chaps Keith
  4. Thanks for that, I'll check them out. The reason is that the QHY5P-11m has decided to cease most functionality. It records light passing over it but cannot sustain more that about 0.1 FPS - no idea why so I'm trying to investigate the causes (it used to work fine but has been dormant for 2 years or so before trying again recently) with a new laptop. It is also usb2 which compared with the 178c is just way too slow. The 178c is a good camera and has given some pretty good results on Jupiter but for solar in particular and in mono mode, it is not sensitive enough. Colour on the sun is a waste of pixels imo. So, all in all it's time to move on and hence my question. Thanks for the comments
  5. Guys - time to choose a new camera. I have been using QHY cameras for some time but have decided to think again. What is the view on alternatives for lunar, solar and planetary? The only constraints will be USB3 obviously and price as I don’t want to spend a fortune (circa 500). The solar is Ha through a Lunt 50 and I’m partial to full disk images. Scopes can be seen below with the exception of my Swift 77mm refractor which has been very good on the moon. Thanks in advance Keith
  6. Thanks Cotak - that is what is so excellent about these forums. Your info has nailed the problem. The board that I pulled out is V1420 (obviously an old-ish one) and the one the retailer sent me to include the balance option is V1441. No plus, so that's the issue. So easy to think it's something you've done or not done yourself. Thanks for your help - sanity saved. Keith
  7. Yep, I checked it wasn’t the same as the one I pulled out. Do you happen to know what the number should be?
  8. Quick update - I re-did the entire operation by the book - no difference, still no RA balance option. So, my money is now on either the wrong RA board or a duff RA board. I'll post back when I know more Keith
  9. Hi Francis - yes I updated the lot. The handset FW is exactly the same as the version that was on it when I got it, but I went through and updated them all. The only issue could be that I did the R.A. and Dec first. I might try again in the order they recommend, though I was under the impression you could just do the upgrades singly.
  10. I have the 20170505 RA firmware, which is the latest version I gather. I updated all the firmware even though they were all current. When I fitted the new R.A. board it changed the firmware to an old version, hence the update. Am I missing a step out somewhere?
  11. Whoops, that doesn’t sound too good! I’ve read posts on another forum suggesting it works well. Have to see if I can get it working and find out. Thanks for the input Keith
  12. Has anyone upgraded their iEQ45 Pro with the required replacement R.A. board to provide electronic balance on the R.A. axis? I bought and fitted one and I’ve done all the necessary firmware updates using the latest releases, but no option to balance the R.A. appears in the menu. I think there are two possibilities; either the new board is wrong (or defective) or there is a different R.A. board firmware update required. Any suggestions? thanks in advance
  13. Radec

    Lunt 50

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  14. Radec

    Lunt 50

    I have this too - works fine and I get good results. I swapped out the helical focuser for a moonlight and couldn't get focus visually or on my QHY5. In the end and working with the guys at Moonlight, we determined that the replacement focuser was the wrong dimension. Lunt saiid they hadn't changed anything and Moonlight said they had had no previous problems; we never got to understand the reason. They manufactured a different dimension focuser which works perfectly and as I understand it, you can select which one you want on their website.
  15. Thanks Mike - already done that though after the misery last Friday. It was a bit better, but not 'as it should be'. However, things have moved on tonight. I downloaded the Polemaster programme for my MacBook and used that this evening. ABSOLUTELY PERFECT! Now, with W10, even suffering the jerky imaging and finally getting a polar alignment, after doing a 3 star alignment the mount couldn't find a barn door on the barn in front of it. With the MacBook in charge, a two star alignment got the mount plucking just about everything into a 24mm ep followed by a 14mm ep after an alignment tweak. So, in my opinion, W10 + drivers or graphics or whatever problem is causing the issue......suffer in silence or use a MacBook if you can. Keith
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