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Looeewoo

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  1. Looeewoo

    Southern Stars SkyFi, Y/N?

    I bought some ruby leith, but found it too thin and brittle to be much use. The Grabbit might be worth a punt though at £24.
  2. Looeewoo

    Southern Stars SkyFi, Y/N?

    Thanks, I've ordered now, balked at the carriage and wait with great anticipation...
  3. I've been looking at Mac and iPad control solutions for my new HEQ5 Pro mount, and the combination of SkySafari and SS SkyFi controller sounds like a good package. Looking at their downloads page, they haven't posted any firmware updates since 2012, which makes me a bit wary. Anyone have any experience of the product?
  4. Looeewoo

    SW 127 Mak AZ with GOTO?

    Agreed- I soon replaced mine with a red dot finder. Really should be right-angled to match the diagonal setup though.
  5. Looeewoo

    SW 127 Mak AZ with GOTO?

    If you have Live View on then the mirror is up, so that'll remove any vibration you'd get from mirror bounce. I also use one of these releases. I always give the scope a few seconds for any vibrations to die down before firing the shutter. It's a good idea not to move around in that period; if you're on hard ground/slabs then that can cause vibration too.
  6. Looeewoo

    SW 127 Mak AZ with GOTO?

    The scope barrel is slightly forward of it's normal centre of gravity. As the camera body is now closer to the normal fulcrum as it's not sitting on top of the diagonal and eyepiece, then the effect of it's leverage is alo reduced (yes, I do have an 'O' level in Mechanics!)
  7. Looeewoo

    SW 127 Mak AZ with GOTO?

    Yeah, I got that, it was just a case of doing a quick setup to check everything worked. I also counted 6 turns anticlockwise to roughly focus back to an eyepiece in the diagonal after switching back from the direct camera mount. Happily the two eyepieces that come with the scope, and the 15 and 40mm additional pieces I have are all roughly parfocal.
  8. Looeewoo

    SW 127 Mak AZ with GOTO?

    OK, I've tightened up that bolt (never would have occurred to me to do that - most grateful) and the whole thing is rock-solid. I attached the Nikon directly to the back of the scope as you suggested and that all works well too. The picture shows that setup with the camera's live feed going to the monitor (bottom). The scope is focused on a distant street light. The monitor isn't particularly sharp, and is probably only useful for letting others see what you're viewing. A combination of a Bahtimov mask and the camera's own screen should take care of focusing. The iPad setup I mentioned before has a live view display too, although I suspect it'll be too laggy to be directly usable for focusing.
  9. Looeewoo

    SW 127 Mak AZ with GOTO?

    OK, I've tightened up that bolt (never would have occurred to me to do that - most grateful) and the whole thing is rock-solid. I attached the Nikon directly to the back of the scope as you suggested and that all works well too. The picture shows that setup with the camera's live feed going to the monitor (bottom). The scope is focused on a distant street light. The monitor isn't particularly sharp, and is probably only useful for letting others see what you're viewing. A combination of a Bahtimov mask and the camera's own screen should take care of focusing. The iPad setup I mentioned before has a live view display too, although I suspect it'll be too laggy to be directly usable for focusing.
  10. Looeewoo

    SW 127 Mak AZ with GOTO?

    I bought a USB-Serial Adapter from Amazon UK http://www.amazon.co...0?ie=UTF8&psc=1 - this uses the Prolific chip that most people seem to recommend. My 2003 Sony laptop is running Win XP Pro and the latest version of Stellarium. Two main points I'd like to bring to the party; the serial port baud rate for the port should be set to 115200 in the Hardware/Device Manager/Ports/Prolific etc./Port Settings page. This permits firmware upgrade within about a minute, vs. the 'slow' mode described in the firmware ReadMe. I don't know how much effect it has on PC control of the scope, but it can't hurt. The second is that I assumed that for Stellarium to drive the scope I would have to set the SynScan to 'PC Connection', but this isn't the case. The mount will slew under Stellarium control on any setting BUT this one!
  11. Looeewoo

    SW 127 Mak AZ with GOTO?

    I also have an iPad app by OnOne (sadly discontinued) that will allow me to remotely control the camera shutter speed, interval, etc. Camera USB goes into the laptop (same one that's running Stellarium) which is set up as a wireless router for the iPad.
  12. Looeewoo

    SW 127 Mak AZ with GOTO?

    I can take a live video feed from the camera to the 7" screen on the portable DVD player, which (may) make focussing more accurate than using the LiveView on the back of the camera, or through the eyepiece. I've just manganged to dig out the neccessary cables for that, so will be trying that tonight too.
  13. Looeewoo

    SW 127 Mak AZ with GOTO?

    Yes, I'm going to check that nut out tonight... I'd looked at that before, but never really experimented with it because of the whole slippage issue. However, if I tighten up that nut successfully, I've found an old car DVD player that can take a live video feed from the Nikon, which I should be able to use for focussing more accurately. I'll let you know how it works out.
  14. Looeewoo

    SW 127 Mak AZ with GOTO?

    How do you get on with hanging the Canon off the MK127? I've tried some shots with my D5000, but it's very difficult to mount the camera without the scope slipping, even after I've altered the centre of gravity on the dovetail bar. Also, are you connecting the Canon using the supplied Barlow?
  15. Looeewoo

    SW 127 Mak AZ with GOTO?

    Sorry, PAE data. As you say, if the scope's been moved then the PAE is of no further use.
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