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Allan the plumber

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About Allan the plumber

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  1. Kelling Heath April 2017

    Hi I'm a regular Autumn star party person Blue field, will be takening possession of a nice new motorhome next month. So no more tents ! With this in mind looking to do more Star parties and was wondering how hard it would be to get a pitch for next years Kelling Spring star party guess I need to be booking now!
  2. QHY PoleMaster

    Thanks Jeff I've gone back to my original way on the left
  3. QHY PoleMaster

    Quick question if i compare what was in Jeffs video and the QHY website if im facing the mount with the weights point to my feet which way is the usb plug in meant to be As i face the mount my left or right have been doing the last few nights on my left is this right
  4. QHY PoleMaster

    Like the video thanks for posting think I've been fitting my camera the opposite side to you will see if make a difference!! hope the yard has dried out now šŸ˜€
  5. QHY PoleMaster

    Sorry to ask has anyone had problems with the drivers I cant get both laptops to find equipments drivers and yes I have download them is there any fix I can add to my drivers to see the camera Don't know how turned off firewall and it worked turning back oin now
  6. QHY PoleMaster

    Thanks Steve, Stuart and Peter. Think the only problem I'm going to have is running two laptops. I did think about this as I'll have to go back to main laptop ( set up in summerhouse) to move mount with ascom and use polemaster on small net book ive got Will give it a go and again thanks for the assistance, if you here a scream Steve ( as you're in Nottingham) it'll be me lol
  7. QHY PoleMaster

    Okay without jinxing tonight, I'm going to attempt to use my Polemaster tonight. As Doug's and Jeff's second part QHYCCD tutorial isn't due out to next week does anyone have a definitive set up for a first use set up and subsequence polar aligning work through I've read both the QHY website (forum etc) as well as Ross' guide but I'm getting a little confused ( not too hard for me) plus the wording and bad translation on the QHY download isn't helping. Can anyone help with a step by step guide Thanks Allan
  8. QHY PoleMaster

    Have mine now just need a clear night to get head round software have tried to get the guy on YouTube to realise the tutorial sooner
  9. The sky at night

    They said after the Christmas special that sky at night would be taking a break for a month as Stargazing live was on
  10. Welcome to the new SGL!

    Like the new look also gave me an excuse to update my profile etc looks great
  11. PHD2 dither with SW Adventurer

    Thanks for that going to try tonight skies allowing! Going to use my main mount tonight using a combination of BYO, Neb3 and PHD2 and see what I get I'm going to try the SW Adventurer tomorrow and the dither option after I've had chance to read up on setting up PHD in RA only and see what happens there If I don't get the dither results tonight with main mount then I may go back to my ccd and just hope we get more nights with clear skies Allan
  12. PHD2 dither with SW Adventurer

    Hi thanks for the reply Davey-T try this link
  13. PHD2 dither with SW Adventurer

    Thanks for feed back guys and sorry about the confusion over DEC and RA as mentioned I did edit it as was trying to not look the fool Concerning guiding and wide field imaging. All I'm trying to do is incorporate dither into the subs. Most exposures taken in LP skies with a DSLR suffer from "Colour Mottle" this is due to the Bayer Matrix of the chip making noise as each image is stacked with the same corresponding colour of that chips matrix. Ie you end up with a red pixel over a red pixel sub after sub etc If you can randomise this by introducing dither when your stacking software should look at each sub and removes this colour mottle problem and in theory producing a much cleaner image. I found a tutorial by Tony Hallas on YouTube https://youtu.be/PZoCJBLAYEs, Itseems to work I'm still waiting for clear skies to get the dither subs. (Will use my main mount for this) its looking like the SW Adventurer won't offer me dither. yes I know its a grab and go but since it has the ST4 port and will except most guide scopes (according to SW), I thought I'd as asked to see if anyone had tried to guide/ dither Thanks again Allan Thanks again Allan
  14. PHD2 dither with SW Adventurer

    Thank you Louise, have been reading some of your threads concerning the SW Adventurer and have read about the large Periodic errors but you seem to have sorted it. Am sure the QHYII can be set to 8 bit as I'm sure software that came with the camera had a capture suite that enable the change will dig it out and take a look Sorry to hear your mounts broken nothing that cant be fixed I hope Thanks again Allan
  15. PHD2 dither with SW Adventurer

    Thanks my bad doh