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Erwin Kats

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  1. The fsq is the best scope i owned till so far, from all the apo's from william optics to sterllarvue and stuff in between, this is the best.

    all the money that went to stuff from william optics was lost money, problems with the optics, with the mechanics etc.

    but this is it, its alot of money, but if i calculate it back to the other apo stuff, its ''some money''

    and yes Olly, i get alot of focus shift during the sessions ( still waiting for the robofocus o noooooo :( )

  2. Earl, let me say, TAK EU is a joke, it is the worst thing i ever contacted, on the phone they did not speak english,and they did not reply to any e-mail.( also contact to them through resellers did not work )

    Thanks to the uncensored tak group on Yahoo, with Arth Chiampi from TAK USA, i got alot of details, and the full discription on all the adapters and spacers i needed for my setup.

    * Be aware !! the USA spacers and EU spacers are not the same part numbers *

    My adapter for the QSI was shipped from the USA to holland, and its fits perfect.

    I know with the first fsq 106 ED there where tilt problems in the focuser/ rotator unit.

    I do not know if this also counts for the fsq 85.

    Kind Regards, Erwin Kats.

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  3. Thanks to everyone for the nice comments !!

    Martin-Devon: I like the pictures partly, to bad i can not expose in LRGB due so much light pollution, only with colors i can be a happy person ;)

    @Neil, sorry, can not do that ! , all money is going to the saving mode :grin:

    @ Olly, the pixel binning was indeed used for the signal, as soon as i get everything perfect ( robofocus.... still waiting ), then ill go back to 1x1 and exposing for hours more than just 2 hours ;)

  4. After some nights without clouds, i captured some light.

    Due the testing of my mount, i try to catch several objects for a short time.

    All images are 8x900 seconds ( 2x2 bin ) with QSI 583 WS and Baader 7nm Ha filter.

    telescope used was takahashi FSQ 106 EDX III.

    Elephant trunk:

    Big: http://www.astro-lan...-2uur-groot.jpg


    IC5070, Pelican nebula

    Big: http://www.astro-lan...uur-1-groot.jpg


    Eastern part of the veil nebula

    Big: 4MB (1x1bin) http://www.astro-lan...-2uur-groot.jpg


    NGC 6888, Crescent nebula.

    Big: http://www.astro-lan...-2uur-groot.jpg


    Hope you like them, Kind Regards, Erwin Kats.

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  5. I'm afraid the one that came here was the victim of a damaged external cable (fortunately not one of mine!!!). I don't know much about what happened to it afterwards. Irwin, I presume the ASA software has a Dec correction model built in? And you are now happy with the mount?

    Will you be calling in this year? You'd be most welcome.


    Olly the ddm is working perfect now, and yes after making a pointingfile it will correct the mount its dec and ra axis through the software.( around 1200 seconds without autoguiding )

    I have no planning to go to south france soon, my interest now is setting up a remote observatory.

    On topic, a friend of my has his gm2000 hps for 1 month know, maybe he wants to post some experiences.

  6. Hello,

    After almost 1 year without any imaging because of my school, and work.

    This week with almost 6 clear skies already i made some shot during the short nights.

    all 3 are 8x 900 seconds with qsi 583 WS and baader 7nm Ha filter.

    telescope used is the tak FSQ 106 EDX, and asa ddm 85 as mount.

    Some stars look fat due the fast response of the FSQ to temperature change, also a home made adapter is used to connect the QSI to the FSQ, too bad there are telescope dealers, and import companies who make things impossible.

    In the mean while i have imported it myself, and waiting for arrival !

    big (4.2mb ! ): http://www.astro-land.net/wp-content/gallery/astrophotography/ngc7000-fsq-2uur-groot.jpg


    bigger: http://www.astro-land.net/wp-content/gallery/astrophotography/prop-nebula-fsq-middel.jpg


    bigger: http://www.astro-land.net/wp-content/gallery/astrophotography/butterfly-fsq-2uur-middel.jpg


    Kind Regards, Erwin Kats.

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  7. I have ordered a AAG cloudwatcher.

    At the end i want to have my setup working remotely, but for now i want to use it to detect clouds and rain.

    My setup is already working remotely, everything is in the back garden, i get the scope cover of the setup, sync the sky x and then i am off.

    all the controls are done from inside my home, so the AAG cloudwatcher is the only thing i need yet to keep an eye out.

  8. Why would operating as a tracking mount be bad for it? It's sole purpose is to turn and track. There were issues with the original mounts according to the web pages around..

    @vdb - refraction also means you'd need some dec alignment too unless the object is tracking in a path perpendicular to the sphere of the planet (i.e. tracking perfectly through zenith). So this means the vector differences will have dec component too rather than just using RA tracking.

    Like i sayed, (speculation).

    hps is a function you can enable, during 20 degrees a second slewing it might be overheated. This is what was told at the att 10 micron and baader booth.

    I know baader and 10 micron have a good relation but i do not beleive baader.

    But as i sayed, i can not confirm this, i stay at my asa mount for sure.

    The persons that want to work with a mount like the 10 micron and plate solving, need to calculate money for additional software like pinpoint astrometry etc.

    I think a good review with a long focal length telescope should give a good answer about the capibility of this mount.

  9. I have also heard about this mount its unguided capability.

    But the unguided pictures i saw were all with a 600mm focal length telescope, in astronomy terms, that is just a bug in the sky.

    At the germn ATT astronomy show, i also heard that turning on the HPS tracking all night will not be good for the mount.( just speculation, i can not confirm this )

    I think the price is still skyhigh for this sort of mount.

  10. Malcolm,

    for me it is easy to get 20 minutes unguided. ( one of my results Erwin Kats Photography Between IC 5070 and NGC 7000 with Vixen r200SS and QSI 583 WS on ASA DDM 85 )

    be aware, my telescope has triangle star shapes after a accident when the telescop fell to the ground in france.

    The repair of the mount was free of charge, even the shipping, so thats a good service in my thoughts

    i am working with the setup remotely in the back garden ( practicing for a remote setup ) so i hope that it will work while i sleep.

    but there is something causing small errors in the system, ( so the engine shuts down and stops tracking ), in the old software this will not be restored automaticly so all your frames will be trailed from the moment it happens.

    but the moment is everytime different.

    I heard from an other ddm user who has updated the software to the latest beta version that it is working much and much better, but i can not make that conclusion yet due the fact i am still waiting for my new telescope.

  11. don't read the review...o too late :).

    as a owner of this mount i have to admit that its pretty mount. ( i bought mine when the mount was released, but i think people will have to wait another 1 or 2 years before its perfect. )

    i got mine for 2 years ( 2 months the mount was gone for repairs lol )

    i am making a sum up PDF file at the moment with my opinion.

    The review on CN is also based on MLPT, wich i do not like at all.

    The fact that ASA sayed unguided exposures from at least 10 minuts can not be done by lots of people.

    (ok i archive 20 minutes without autoguiding but that is on 800mm focal length )

    ill post my PDF soon

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