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  1. hi i have a 6 in f6 reflecter thats 35 years old and is still useable,its spent most of its time in a dry place with caps on but still gets dusty inside.2003 is 10 years ago so tech has moves on with sysnscan,ascom,eqmod etc.an alt/azimouth mount is ok for a beginner and cheap with its synscan or like goto handset.i have a skywatcher slt130 reflector.on the original tripod it wobbled.i use the scope for imaging still with my qhy8l.it has electric focus and sits on my heq5 pro or eq3-2 and gives good pictures.if you start with a skywatcher goto you can see if u like it,like standing in the cold and frost.if its a refractor you can use it terrestially as well.an alt/azimouth is easier to use than an equitorial to star and you dont have to stand on your head to get to the eyepiece and get as many milimeters lens as you can.long focal lenghts make objects not so bright or easy to see and wobble more.so get a setup and try it and have fun.
  2. Edit: post returned. in reply to catanonias comments.has he ever owned/used one.ive not seen any comments like his on forum pages.his condemnation to say forget it full stop,it sucks its useless seem if i may seem over reactive.if its based on my pictures then ime not the best for taking/editing pictures so to condem the camera is maybe not correct.its unreliable and has usb problems.well mine runs on a 12 meter usb repeated which it shares with my qhy5.with my atik ic16 colour i sometimes do get usb errors i conclude are caused by power line spikes so i have fitter an in line mains filter which has reduced this.its useless,well i did have problems trying to run phd and nebulosity on the same screen but this was overcome by minimising phd when not needed.i did get some banding on the qhy5 caused by using 1 usb port.there was no banding on the opticstar.there was amp glow on the 5 minit pictures which dark frames will correct.the opticstar worked perfectly taking frames with lots of stars of 5 minit duration.if there grainy its my fault for miss using it .not everyone is a nik szymanek.he has excellent kit and skill in knowing how to use it and get the best from it.hopefully the reply is seen as a reasonable adult comment to a camera . i look forwards to his reply to my observations
  3. Edit: Message returned dear rik,thank you for the comments.the light patch is from a refliction from the shiny end of the focusing tube because its is so far so its not a camera fault.on the telescope i had to move the mirror forwards by 1 inch 2 get a dslr to focus so the tube is further is.i will paint it black.as for the dark frames i didnt take any as this was just a first test.as for the gain i think the default is 63 % as thats what appears on switch on.ime finding that i can take 5 or maybe 30 minit exposures with no problems or lots of small ones.in the end 10 x 5 minits is 50 minits plus darks then more for flats etc so a long time is spend doing nothing/something else.i have a sw eq3-2 which is pillar mounted as well so i may run them both at once as i have a few spare pc,s and enough cameras. ime not an expert with processing frames,i use dss,because i dont understand what thy do/why or how.if anything they show the cameras potential with a good imager/processer which ime not.would you use on?.many thanks from richard
  4. Edit: Message reinstated. dear janos and all.please find my first pictures using my opticstar ds-336c xl camera.they were taken last nite using a celestron sl130 scope on wooden pilar mounted heq5pro .pictures with nebulosity 2,camera at 75% gain 5 minits or maybe more,checked out in deep sky stacker with basic tweeks but no drizzle etc,guide with sw st80/qhy5/phd.nebulosity v2 was used as one panel at a time ie with phd minimised otherwise it/i got confused. my only rocket science is light the blue touchpaper so more expereince imager will bet more from the pictures.comments welcomed please.from richard
  5. Edit: post returned. thanks for the reply mike.at fordinbridge the camp agreed to paint the top of the globes black down to half way and they got a certificate for it:headbang:.bbbbbbut onto my update concerning the qhy5 and nebulosity 2.it appears at 50%gain on the camera and even 0.001 sec exposure the program cant handle it so the scrren goes black.now and ive done this twice with the gain at 3%,set in advanced,setup, and 0.01sec,and using my sw 66mm f5 pro apo i can now get a picture of distant trees:hello2: so my suspision of some activity on my vista machine was correct.ive been checking out my opticstar 336c-xl and this gives a picture also with 3% gain and 0.01s or less .i cant see why except its a function of nebulosity.also i superglued my sc1 camera:eek: to my old tasco 50mm f10 telescope with a view to autoguiding with phd.a touch of auto gave a picture straight away and ive fixed it to a small dovetail so its ready to checkout.please if u get a spare minit maybe you can checkout the qhy5 on nebulosity with my settings.many thanks from richard in cloudy brandon suffolk
  6. thanks for that mike,ive joined the stark labs group as you suggested and posted a question so maybe something will come up.ps do you live near fordingbridge ,i used to go camping and fishing there and the sandy balls place had painted out some of its globe lites at the request of the local astronomy club.you could see them from the moon!!.ppss if any thing comes up i will post it if thats ok.many thanks from richard
  7. Edit: message returned to original. dear jabi.i now have an opticstar ds-336c xl and am wiating 4 the weather to clear to try it out.do u still have yours
  8. thanks 4 the email martin.my qhy5 is connected by ascom at the bottom of the camera options list,either early or late will do.it shows the qhy5 bottom left and the correct number of pixels.please try this and let me know how you get on,many thanks from richard
  9. ps,how do you find the heq5 pro mount.mine is fixed to a wooden tube concreted into the ground.the 1st time i used it on this it 3 star aligned 1st attempt and put the star/galaxy,etc on the chip in my atik ic16c every time,also use skywatcher st80/qhy5 to guide which works on phd every time.
  10. thanks 4 the email mike,and as suggested i will contact star labs..the skies supposed to clear but no sign of it yet.many thanks from richard:)
  11. dear mike thank you for your reply.i set things up as you suggested but on a mouse mat to block out the lite.with it blocked off the display slides are both 2 the left.if you lay the camera on its side the w slide goes from 664 to 65535 but with no trace and the screen is still black but did flick once.i tried in a dark room from 0.001 to 1 second but get same ,b/w move but no trace or picture.camera is ok with phd.hope this helps
  12. help needed with this problem please.ive been trying to run my qhy5 on nebulosity v2 etc.it will see the camera via ascom and show this on the screen with the number of pixels but when set to preview or frame and focus it only gives a blank screen for any exposure length.am i missing something or will it just not work.many thanks from old geezer
  13. please find my todays pictures in my album taken with a qhy5 and sw 80mm f5 guided with a atik ic16 and 6in newtonian at f3 and the whole lot on a sw eq3-2 well above its maximum carrying weight.pictures processed with dss and posted as jpegs.outside temp was -5dc.these are first attempts with this guide camera and any opinions would be appreciated:icon_confused:
  14. m31 taken with a qhy5 b/w at 15 minits with sw 80mm f4 on eq3-2 guided with phd and atic ic16 at f3 air temo -5c 05/12/2010.first attempt
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