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  1. Thanks. As I note on the page, I decided to stop at $15k - the Paramount ME II is just at that limit, but also at 100kg payload capacity (the ME II is 109kg). I just had to stop somewhere (to avoid comparing the completely incomparable) and it so happened the ME II fell right outside. I mean now that you mentioned it, maybe I will include it if I update again, since it is quite popular in its category...
  2. I haven't seen a report of someone using it with that kind of load, but I remember reports of the previous version being used near max load (although it did require good balance), so I assume the MKII specs are not exaggerated either. It is a very minimalist design in general, which helps a lot with weight.
  3. Some mounts are more tolerant than others to length too. Payload definitely does not tell the whole story, even if we had an unbiased 3rd party decide on maximum payloads, never mind each manufacturer having their own ideas... But I like charts and the payload/weight, price/payload seemed like the most interesting without being too controversial... PS. I feel a bit bad I had to list the EQ6-R with the "photo" payload, as there is no official "visual" figure and I thought I shouldn't just make one up. But since it takes more photo weight than the NEQ6 it will take more visually, so it should be considered the new payload/£ champ.
  4. Don't know if you have seen these before, but I recently updated the comparison tables and graphs that I keep. I had first done them for myself, because a UK shop that had nice aggregate tables (forgot its name now) shut down. There are separate sets for the low-end mass market mounts, and the mid-high end mounts. I did try to assemble things like PE values from various CN threads etc, but they are too anecdotal to chart. However I did chart price & head weight per payload (even though payload numbers are obviously not directly comparable), which gives an interesting at-a-glance view of the current market. For example here are the payload/mount head charts (the rest in the linked blog posts):posts):
  5. No, I was talking about the in-app help of the app Polar Scope Align specifically. I get questions from people confused even after reading it, and the rotation of the Skywatcher reticle is one of the most common questions, so I have tried to clarify the instructions a few times, but I am still not making it clear it seems It's not that easy to describe it, and Skywatcher could fix that aspect so easily, other manufacturers manage it fine. You are right about the SW manual though, my app users read my instructions AND the SW manual and that probably does more harm than good.
  6. I really don't understand why SkyWatcher doesn't just install it "upright" in factory, like other manufacturers do, since they seem to align it anyway. I have edited those instructions on Polar Scope Align quite a few times, but I still get questions from confused people
  7. BTW the previous version of PS Align Pro required the device to be pretty level on the horizontal axis to get an accurate compass reading. Version 5.0 released recently lets you mount it at any angle, as long as the top of the phone points to the celestial pole.
  8. I think you are confusing Cassiopeia with Octans, which is used for the south hemisphere. I mean, you are talking about this reticle, right? So, Octans is irrelevant, in fact in my app (I am the developer of Polar Scope Align) when you are in the N. Hemisphere it doesn't even show you Octans, it just zooms in the center. I could allow a rotated view for people who can't rotate the scope enough, but Jiggy 67 is right, in the end you just need a vertical reference, you can just put 6 on top instead and imagine it is 0.
  9. Yeah, the 7Timer service was not getting updates due to NOAA changes. It was fixed sometime yesterday. If you see any problem in the future, PM me so that I am aware and I can fix it if it is a Xasteria issue, or notify 7Timer if it is from that side.
  10. Nice. The darkness view shows fine on a newer phone (Mi Mix 2), but it took me a bit to realise what it was doing without any description on the axes. And how about that portrait view now
  11. In case you want more feedback, you really shouldn't drizzle with a DSLR, except perhaps if you are undersampling and at the same time stacking more than 100 exposures, which is not a common thing. A quick run through Star Tools (typically takes me 10 minutes, similar to the process I describe here) gave me this: It actually took me a few extra minutes as the colour module didn't do as well as it does automatically, because the stars seemed to have a lot CA around them (doesn't look like an APO) which threw it a bit. But overall I think it is nice enough for a quick 10-15 mins of processing.
  12. If you used the image to calibrate your own color information, i.e. find the appropriate curves for each color channel, then I'd say it is fair game. But this image contains data that is not yours. Nobody will mind, but I'd personally say "in this image, Luminosity is my own data".
  13. The main developer, Quan-Zhi Ye is quite responsive usually - with just the timezone mandated turnaround as he is in California and I am in Greece right now - and he already added some wording to make it more obvious what you are supposed to do. I don't use the website since I have the app, but if something is wrong with the site I will forward the report.
  14. I passed it on, the API instructions are already fixed.
  15. Hi. If you click on the map the link to the ASTRO page comes up and it takes you to http://www.7timer.info/index.php?product=astro . As for the API, that's actually a very old link, not sure how it got its way into the current documentation, I'll inform the 7Timer developer. The actual url is "http://7timer.info/bin/astro.php".
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