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Everything posted by Rob63

  1. Hawke are a well respected make in the birding world, I have a pair of Hawke Endurance ED Bins (from FLO) and they are excellent value for the price. No experience of the Blackwatch model though. Rob.
  2. Same thing for Win7 - you need Pro or Enterprise. I have just made the switch to W10 Pro in the last few months and have to say it's a lot better than I was expecting. You do have spend a while changing the settings to maximise your privacy (plenty guides out there) Most importantly for those with W10 Pro (or enterprise) - set active hours so the system doesn't apply updates and reboot itself in the middle of a session ! You can set up to 18 hours as your "Do not reboot time" R.
  3. You need Windows 10 Pro (or enterprise) to get RDP, well worth it as it's much better than Teamviewer. Rob.
  4. 1.8.6 is working fine for me on Win10 Pro. Did you uninstall the previous version and reboot before installing 1.8.6 ? p.s. Pretty sure Pi doesn't use java which I don't have /don't want on any of my boxes!
  5. Chris Shillito's videos are the best starting place for all EQMOD users. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBB117AE85EB6BF04
  6. LOL, you just couldn't resist it Olly, could you.
  7. My ST80 is bolted down hard (not using guide rings) and pretty accurately aligned with the main scope so sharpcap PA is fine. I adjust until it claims < 10" in both Az and Dec. This results in PHD2 logs saying PA error is anywhere from 0" to 35" which will happily guide out.
  8. My figures for my EQ6-R are an average of the last few months, guiding with an ST80 + ASI120MM at 1.93" and imaging with an ED120 + 0.85x reducer (1.025"). This is from a Bortle 6 back garden and I set up & tear down every session (sharpcap pro to polar align) I have seen it as low as 0.48" for brief periods but I think it's more realistic and informative for potential purchasers to give the average RMS over a decent period not a best ever "score". Rob.
  9. Having used an EQ6R for a year now I can say that in terms of bang for buck its a pretty good mount. The QC from skywatcher must have improved a lot because the mount was immaculate, well adjusted belts with little backlash no black gunk to be seen and no swarf inside the casing. Carrying handle makes it easy to move outside if you are on non-permanent base. Guiding averages 0.7” RMS (on tripod ST80 guide scope) and on a night with good seeing (rare) I have guided over an evening at under 0.6" RMS My PEC curve (5 full rotations of the worm) was ±6.5” I have no doubt with a hypertune it could get to 0.5" RMS You are covering a pretty wide price range so it really comes down to how much you want to spend, EQ6R is good for the price, an EQ8 (too big to lug around) or a CEM60EC would be fantastic (but then again so would a Mesu ?)
  10. I only tried calibrating near the target after being clouded out in the south but having the east (target area) clear, it resulted in some of the best guiding stats I have ever had with my EQ6-R (under 0.6"). Rob
  11. Chris Shillito's videos are the best starting place for all EQMOD users. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBB117AE85EB6BF04 Rob.
  12. 2 panel mosaic from 10th October 2018. Due to the lousy weather It's only about 3.5 hours in total but it's still a striking image. ED120 DS Pro, EQ6-R pro, 0.85x reducer, ASI1600MM, Astronomik 6nm Ha filter. it's a wide image so Click to view at higher resolution.
  13. Make sure to get Windows 10 pro rather than "home"- this allows you to set times when the system can update i.e. no reboots during your precious imaging time! You can also defer updates for several weeks to help avoid buggy updates.
  14. If you are not on a permanent mount then you don't really need perfect PA. I'm using sharpcap pro (guide scope ST80 + ASI120MM) , I adjust until under 10" on both axis and then get on with it! Done in under 5min, add another min if I do it twice (little benefit In my experience) If I feel the need to check it, a PHD drift and PHD guiding assistant and log viewer usually say my PA error is around 15" - 30" and the mount (EQ6-R) will happily guide that out. Rob.
  15. Very good information on the ASI1600MM at Jon Rista's site https://jonrista.com/the-astrophotographers-guide/the-zwo-asi1600-guide/ I have had mine for a couple of months (latest pro version) and am very happy with it. Amp glow is not an issue unless you start going over 5min exposures - and if you want to do longer exposures then CMOS is not really for you.
  16. I am guessing that you are talking pixels for your RMS as I used to own an AVX and there was no way I could get anything like 0.6" (arc sec). Its always best to use arc seconds as other people can accurately compare to their setup. Anyway, I am an EQ6-R owner and my average guiding is 0.67" (0.35 pixels) the best I have had up around the zenith was 0.47". I image with an ED120 at 1" per pixel. I struggled at first using the same sort of setting I used on the AVX, however, after getting some help from sky-watcher via FLO I was advised to go with lower aggression and have settled on the following as a starting point: RA aggression 42, Hysteresis 12 Dec aggression 90, min move is 0.16. I use 3 sec exposures in PHD2 (depending on the seeing I am using 2-4sec). Hope this helps, the EQ6-R is a very good mount and I am sure you will get there. Rob.
  17. Would a difference (5nm - 3nm) between those two give you a pseudo NII filter? could be an interesting one to try.
  18. You can take some credit for it Steve, "Making every photon count" was purchased along with my first "real" telescope a few years ago ?
  19. Thanks. I had heard that. about OIII, would a 3nm astrodon/chroma filter make a difference in moonlight ? (hope not I really cant justify the price tag to my wife) . Rob.
  20. Thanks Steve, just sticking with unity gain just now, 139 / 21 offset. I don't have a filter wheel yet but the camera comes with a 1.25" screw in filter adapter which works very nicely. giving minimal vignetting
  21. Thanks, really just testing the new camera but I am very happy with the results from a not ideal night. ?
  22. EQ6-R Pro, ASI1600MM, ED120 + 0.85x reducer, Astronomik 6nm Ha filter. 2 hours integration (30x240s) 50 darks, flats and dark-flats. Windy night, near full moon Captured via SGP, Guiding PHD2, Processed in photoshop. This is why I wanted to get into narrowband imaging, Taken on Sunday night from south Edinburgh (Bortle class 6) with a nearly full moon in the sky (95%) and I can still make the most of the limited opportunities we get here. OIII filter is next on the list.
  23. The one difference between the ATIK and ZWO which made me buy the ZWO is the fact that you can use 1.25" filters with minimal vignetting.
  24. Check out the new section of Jon Rista's site - also make sure to look at the CN threads he lists. https://jonrista.com/the-astrophotographers-guide/the-zwo-asi1600-guide/ Some very useful info on this thread particularly Vlaiv's explanations on
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