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  1. pc387

    Daystar Quark

    Beat me to it. Pc387
  2. pc387

    Daystar Quark

    I used to get newsletters from Kieran (R.I.P) at SCS astro, and I believe he was one of the first UK retailers to import and sell DayStar Quark units; and also the first to stop dealing with Daystar due to Q.C issues ( reading between the lines he was probably sick and tired of sending defective units back to the States, and dealing with frustrated customers). He issued a damning report in one of his latter newsletters regarding his decision for stopping selling the units, (not long before retirement). Hopefully Q.C issues have now been resolved; although I've noticed one or two of the previous UK stockists have DayStar products in less prominent places on their websites. I'm sure that having the backing of a major UK astro retailer like FLO, would bring peace of mind to prospective buyers. pc387
  3. I'm in a similar position; torn between an EDGE HD and refractor. One's easy to sneak past the missus; for the other i'd have to wait until she's away on business and get the purchase/ and delivery times coordinated. pc387
  4. "Perhaps the main challenge you'll face is guiding at such a long focal length". I've used an Orion 50mm mini guiding scope (with celestron reducer) for guiding my C8 XLT (I don't think i've suffered from Mirror shift, which apparently plagues this class of non -Edge scope). I think the resulting images are OK'ish i.e no star trailing, with ideal weather conditions and with a capable mount+ and good PA (I started off using a OSC camera using 5 min exposures, however my productivity has fallen recently when i switched to a Mono+FW combo simply due to a lack of consistent clear skies). I'm too "Chicken" to try imaging at F10, especially due to UK skies, even though my current mount will support long exposures. The only thing I don't like about the resulting images are are what I perceive as bloated stars (even though focus is spot on; so may be switch to an EDGE; RC or Long FL refractor?). It's a great all round scope for both planetary and DSO imaging, with appropriate cameras for each application. PC387
  5. I was looking to buy a long FL imaging scope for galaxy season, and the 8" Edge + reducer was on my wish list list. However the new price combo goes into half decent refractor territory, which is where i think i'll put my money. pc387
  6. pc387

    Guiding - best camera

    +1 for the original QHY5. After the QHY5 died I tried to upgrade to the QHYLII mono (similar/same chip as the Lodestar) but it wasn't recognised by the SKYX pro (I don't think the QHY5LII drivers play ball, with Paramounts). Managed to get the old camera working again by gluing the circuit board back to the rear of the casing, and it's been fine ever since. pc387
  7. I use a set up very similar to this, ordered from Ian King a while back (Losmandy bottom fitting, so it slides into a paramount versa plate, and a ADM Losmandy to Vixen saddle to accommodate the Esprit dovetail). It takes both 50mm and 60mm guidescopes. It's a bit expensive, but I use this set up with other OTA's and camera lenses. pc387
  8. Hi Is your version Win10 pro? I was under the impression that if you removed the update from home editions, then the security update would re-install itself at some point in time; unless updates are disabled (only available in win10 pro). I followed the procedure to change the DCOM settings to "call" to fix issues with my Ascom/Atik driver connectivity. This seemed to fix issues on a 'dry' run but I've not tested it in anger yet. Hopefully since Microsoft are aware of the havoc they've created with a rushed roll-out, a fix will be in place soon? pc387
  9. Certainly the latter suggestion looks like a cheap and cheerful option, I'll look into. Many Thanks pc387
  10. Thanks James, I actually started off imaging with one of these with Nikon lenses+ my OSC camera. However when I switched to mono, i found I couldn't use these with the 460 +Nikon lenses and a EFW2 in the train to get focus. I'ts still a great bit of kit and well engineered. pc387
  11. Hi, I've been imaging with an atik 460; EFW2 with both 300mm and 180mm lenses. These both have lens collars, so can attach to a dovetail fairly easily (EFW2 in upright position). I now want to try imaging with lenses ranging from 50mm to 100mm, and was wondering how people attach similar configurations to their mounts? I've tried scope rings, but found them fiddly to use. I notice ZWO produce a collar for some of their cameras (79mm diameter), and was wondering if something similar exists to fit an Atik (60mm diameter). Would a Borg 60mm clam shell fit, and hold the camera? I would appreciate any help or advice. Thanks pc387
  12. pc387

    QHY5 Foam

    Hi Carole, I believe it provides some cushioning between the electronics board and the front of the camera. My QHY5 electronics board had become loose making the camera disconnect intermittently, so i had to glue it back in place and carefully re-positioned the foam. All working OK now. pc387
  13. pc387

    Farewell to Green Witch

    Sorry to see them go too. I used to love to drool over all the goodies when they were located in Dry Drayton and it was heaven to have an astro store on my doorstep. I made all of my major purchases from Neil (Celestron C8; SW ED80 Esprit; stand alone autoguider) when he operated from home. He was a true gent and allowed me to sort out a blocked bank card (expensive purchase) from his home telephone, which took over half an hour to sort. Wish them all the best, and a happy retirement PC387
  14. +1 for the set of videos above. Got me going on my NEQ6 in no time. pc387
  15. pc387

    Paramount MYT question.

    Hi I've attached a blog by Paramount's Richard Wright regarding guiding using 'Direct Guide'. I believe he uses a Lodestar for guiding too. Some of the guiding interface has changed in recent updates of the software, but many of the settings hold true. Maybe of help? pc387 Guiding Best Practices.docx

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