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Everything posted by zicklurky

  1. Doh, was about to pull the trigger on this and it's gone
  2. zicklurky

    Lunt 50

    Thanks! Oh interesting, I was using the powermate after the diagonal. Is it better to position it before the diagonal?
  3. zicklurky

    Lunt 50

    Nice images! Pete, what capture settings do you use when using the powermate? What exposure length do you aim for? I can't find any info into whether it's better to lower the exposure time and increase gain, or increase exposure time and decrease gain. Chris
  4. Great, thanks for the replies. Good to know that's just how it works and I need to get better at tuning!
  5. Hiya, I recently bought a second-hand Lunt LS50THa B600PT to image with an ASI178MM, and I'm struggling getting the whole disc to show detail at the same time. I've not used a pressure tuner before, so I'm not sure if this is normal or not. I made a couple videos to show what I mean. In the first video I centered the sun in the frame and tune from all the way out to all the way in, and back out again (sorry for the shake!). In the second video I tuned for the sun in the center of the frame and then move the sun around the frame. Would you mind having a look? First video: Second video: https://youtu.be/DqUZrfFHNuI Thanks
  6. Few bits for sale, all only used a couple of times and pretty much mint condition: - Skywatcher 116mm tube rings (white) - £16 - Skywatcher 140mm tube rings (black) - £16 - Geoptik EOS adaptor - £70 - ADM vixen dovetail (11 inch) - £40
  7. Ello! It's been a while since I posted. I haven't been out much lately as I moved in to a flat. Not sure what's going on with the brightness though. The exported image looks brighter when exported than it does in PixInsight, so had to give a few tweeks so it looks ok when exported. Anyway, haven't imaged the Soul by itself before, so thought I'd give it a go. 2 panels, roughly 5 hours each.
  8. Same as daz, I've used the mono GP with my Atik One for the last 3 years and it hasn't let me down.
  9. I don't quite understand those posts on CN. The Horizon is in beta, and some people are complaining some features aren't working properly. That's the whole point of a beta, to get the product tested and fix any issues before going into production. And they were made aware it was a beta product when they bought it. I do feel the pricing is a bit high though. But I guess we'll have to see when it launches if there's any features which make the extra cost worth it. The ASI and QHY sometimes get microlens reflections on very bright stars, and Atik said this is not present on the Horizon, so that's one thing. Maybe they somehow got the read noise even lower?
  10. Not sure how long your spacers are at the front, but if you can maybe try move 20mm spacers to between the filter wheel and OAG. That should make the focal points similar I think.
  11. Make sure you get an SSD. With a traditional hard-drive my laptop couldn't write the data to disk quick enough (over USB3) which killed the frame rate. An upgrade to an SSD fixed this.
  12. When I used that lens I used a 77mm-> 52mm step down ring which brought it to f/3.85. I'm been thinking of going back to that to that lens, it's cracking!
  13. Yeah looks like the Canon version accepts 1.25" and 2" filters, but the Nikon version only accepts 1.25"
  14. Bought this from Ian King a few months ago. I wanted to try narrowband bicolor, but I haven't taken to it. The filter has been sitting in my filter wheel from new. Looking for £420 £400, includes postage within UK.
  15. Dropped the price. Any takers?
  16. The Pentax M* 67 ED IF has a good reputation. Marco Lorenzi used one quite a bit: http://www.glitteringlights.com/Images/Nebulae/i-zrf9nWL/A
  17. zicklurky


    Hi Andy, welcome to SGL!
  18. Hiya, I was planning on keeping this as a travel scope as it's served me well. But I'm getting married in a few months and funds need to be raised. Looking for £680 £590 ONO. Comes with the soft carry bag. I can also throw in the Lakeside motor focuser bracket and coupler for £20 extra if needed. I'm in Hitchin, Herts, willing to drive a bit to meet up if need be. Cheers, Chris
  19. I would really recommend the book "Making Every Photon Count" to anyone thinking about taking up astrophotography. It covers a lot of useful topics including kit suggestions, and concepts involved in this hobby. This book definitely helped me out when I started. Link to book: https://www.firstlightoptics.com/books/making-every-photon-count-steve-richards.html
  20. Got the green light from the missus, I'm coming along Looking forward to it!! Heading to the Uk astro show on the way, woop!
  21. APM + Riccardi reducer
  22. I really like this target, so with the good weather last week I couldn't resist! 2 panels, 4 hours each in 15 min subs.
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