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  1. Gad you liked it. I'm now looking forward to the Lunar in September. - Neil
  2. In May last year I managed to break my ankle and was in plaster for a while and then in a 'boot' to support it while recovering. Having a mobile setup made it impossible for me to setup everything as my ankle couldn't take the weight. The pain didn't go away and in late July I had an MRI scan which showed damage to 2 of the 3 ligaments and intense physiotherapy was started. This made it better but not perfect but at least I could setup now and start observing again. In January surgery was decided upon which wouldn't take place until after Easter. Great !!! The eclipse was in March so ever
  3. I wanted to get it working first and then try some tweaking. I had already tried increasing the calibration step and gave up on that track when I reached 5000. I was going to start reducing the guiding rate a bit at a time thinking smaller steps has got to be better when I ran into another problem. I moved to a different part of the sky around M57 to find some dimmer stars, my test had been on a bright one to start with, ran Astrotortilla to get the positioning spot on but after it had solved it sat there not moving the mount to recenter although it said it was and appeared to lock up. I ki
  4. James - Wow! How did you do that so quickly. This is where I think part of my problem exists. I'm now getting there on capturing the data, the only problem is apart from the stacking I don't have much of a clue on how to process things. Photo editing is a black art to me. I only wish there was a decent and up to date tutorial somewhere that would at least start people off in the right direction. - Neil
  5. I've decided to 'have a go' at guiding for the first time tonight from the back garden. I'm using my modded SPC900 on my finder and I've been having the same problem. Star not moving enough error. I read through Ian's thread and picked up on setting the guiding rate in EQMOD. He suggested to put it at 1x rate. It will only go up to .9 but it calibrated without any problems. I'm just testing at the moment but it's happily guiding away at the moment. - Neil
  6. I haven't done any processing to that one apart from the stacking. I could do another one without the Custom Rectangle and the drizzle. - Neil
  7. The SPC 900 one was my first attempt at a DSO and at that time I hadn't perfected polar alignment and it was done with my old EQ5 not the NEQ6. The DLSR was done without any guiding but I do try to make sure my mount is perfectly level and take some time to get my polar alignment spot on. That was 25, 60 second exposures at ISO 800. Should I be taking more / longer ? To get it that size I had to use a small Custom Rectangle and 3x drizzle. May I ask how many exposures did you use to get it and what settings on the camera. - Neil
  8. Thanks everybody for the replies. I've been doing a bit of playing about with DSS tonight and stacked some images using the custom rectangle mode and 3x drizzle. It's made me realise that I have a few issues to overcome before I get anywhere near where I want to be; guiding, focusing (which is now sorted) etc and possibly getting my 1100D modded as there's not a lot of red in my image. I ended up with this https://www.dropbox....1ur/m57 Big.TIF I did this https://www.dropbox.... Nebula PS1.tif with my SPC900 back in June and at the moment I'm honestly not sure which is the best one. Of cour
  9. Hi All, I've started to use my 1100D for imaging but in some respects I'm a bit dissapointed. I've been revisting some of the objects that I've imaged with my trusty SPC900. The only problem is that they are tiny. How can I make them bigger. I'm using the 1100D with a 2" T ring adaptor and my 200P . - Neil
  10. When my mate and I go out we always set up our tripods with no mount on them first to get them level and facing the right direction ready for polar aligning . If we put a compass on one of the tripods and then on the other one some 20 ft away and follow the 'needle' we end up with the tripods pointing to different 'Norths'. How strange is that - Neil
  11. Thanks for all that. It's working now. I removed everything to do with it from both machines and even deleted the downloads of the driver and software. I downloaded both the driver and the software, installed the Ascom driver, restarted, installed the software, restarted, plugged it in, waited, ran the software and now it connects. I've got a feeling that there may have been some sort of corruption when I downloaded the driver / software the first time. - Neil
  12. Even though the Hand controller uses a 9v battery it only ever delivers 7.65v to the motor, from my understanding and research the reason that the DC Focus unit comes with the cigar lighter plug is that it is able to deliver the full 12v to the motor, this is supposed to be selectable in the software. I've tried a different cable thinking that could be the problem, I swapped it with one on one of my printers and the printer still works fine and I've tried it with the one off my scanner as well just to be sure !!! I've emailed HItec Astro which is a follow up to filling in their contact form o
  13. It does work manually, well sort of, I've measured the voltage coming out of it and it's been set to just under 2 volts, so not enough to actually turn the motor. I guess that what it was left at when it left the factory and as I can't access it I can't turn up the voltage using the software. When I first plugged it on both machines it went through the usual installing device procedure but it doesn't show up in Device Manager as a COM port it shows with two entries under Human Interface Devices, one is a HID-compliant device and the other is a USB Input Device. I've just seen your other post
  14. Hi All, I bought a Hitec Astro DC Focus last week, a little birthday present to myself, but I'm having problems getting it to work and I'm wondering if anybody has had the same problem. I installed the software, downloaded from Hitec Astro's web site, on my Windows 8 laptop. The software installed without problem and when I plugged in the unit Windows went through the usual installing device procedure and all seemed fine. I fired up the Hitec Focus software which ran fine but when I clicked on the Connect button I got a message box saying NO HITEC FOCUS UNIT DETECTED. At this point I though
  15. It arrived today. As a test I plugged it in, plugged my 5m extension into it, plugged my 10 port powered usb hub into that and had no problems reading and writing a usb stick. - Neil
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