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DaveS

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  1. My TG cover is open at the bottom, and I keep a 12V pet warmer on whenever the weather is cold enough for dew. Because it isn't tightly sealed up the air can circulate enough to keep condensation at bay.
  2. You might like to update the thread title. I was expecting a monster new Canon lens, 50 inch f/1.4 .
  3. Can't argue with that. A very nice SHO Heart nebula.
  4. I don't have a fork, but my DDMs are very sensitive to balance , to the point that they have to be balanced around all three axes, I think your lx200 might need the same .
  5. Interesting, this which I've just seen. When I specc'd my current (Old) tower I had two cards, as I was running DaVinci Resolve, which needed (Possibly still does, haven't checked) two cards, one for the display (I used a Quadro 600) and one for the heavy video stuff, (A GeForce 570, I think). Wondering of Star Tools (Or any other package) has caught up with Blackmagic yet.
  6. You'll also need to match your Dark frame temperature to the light frame temp.
  7. Are you taking separate Darks for each sub length? With both 30 sec and 60 sec subs you will need to stack each separately with their own Darks and combine them later. Also, I've found that using Bias and Dark together with CMOS can stuff up the calibration. Calibrate with Flats, Dark Flats and Darks for lights, but no Bias.
  8. Ran your image (JPEG thumbnail) through AstroArt for gradient removal Genuine flats would be a lot better.
  9. Written by geeks for geeks. Same as always.
  10. OK, I solved the problem by reading closely the PDF that came with the driver, only really possible when I had it on the big screen of the office computer, instead of the laptop I was using in the obsy for RDP. Turned out I had downloaded 64 bit drivers, while Maxim needed 32 bit ones. Given I had Win10 64 bit, a natural mistake to make. But why the bloody hell couldn't it have said something like "Oops, the drivers are 64 bit but I need 32 bit"? Instead of ininteligible gobbledegook. I could have fixed it in 5 mins instead of pulling my hair out and nearly taking a sledgehammer to the whole shebang.
  11. With gobbledegook I suppose this means something to geeks, but is meaningless gobbledegook to me. All I know is that I had the camera working and would connect to Maxim when I bought the bloody thing but now this. I've downloaded the bloody drivers and installed them, so I don't know anymore. Might sell up and be done with it.
  12. +1 for AstroArt, it's very underrated and unfairly overlooked in the rush to the latest "flavour of the month" software. As @Merlin66 says above, it's more than just a post processing package, and can handle all your camera control, guiding, and platesolving needs. I also use GIMP (Which is very powerful now) and Affinity Photo.
  13. The ones on my DDM85 are Renishaw (I think) absolute encoders running at 0.02" per "tick".
  14. Woefully underpowered for any serious processing. Start thinking quad core, then add as many as you can afford, similarly with RAM, start at 16 GB and add as much more as funds will allow. Nothing below i7 / Ryzen 9 if you can possibly afford it. Don't skimp on the monitor either, look for wide gamut that can be calibrated else your images will have wonky colour casts.
  15. M33 very clear in the 10x50s, even though it's barely 30 deg up and still in the Weymouth / Dorchester LP. Will have to try again when it's higher, may even be on the edge of naked eye visibility.
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