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piprees

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    Astrophotography, opera, skiing, my guzzi. Not any more, sold the Guzzi to get the Zwo 1600.
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    witney oxon

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  1. Hi, I'm having a problem connecting my focus cube. Power is fine as are all laptop connections. What happens is when I plug in the power cable the red light blinks twice quickly and then nothing at all. That's about it, very strange and very frustrating. It's been working fine ever since I bought it which was a couple of years ago, in fact working fine on the previous 2 nights. Any help or advise will be gratefully received.Kind regards,P
  2. The Mk11 has windows10 home, the gemini only says windows so I guess it's home. Apparently Team Viewer can be used without the pro version of windows and it's free for non commercial use.
  3. Droix has the M11, 4/128 ram/rom, for £104.95, Bangood has the gemini, 4/64, for £114.58 minus a new user coupon of £14.88. Postage is £3.99 from Droix and £9.25 from Bangood. I keep saying to myself....too good to be true!!!
  4. Hi, I've been toying with the idea of a remote mini pc for some time, purely for capture which would then be transferred after a session to a laptop for processing, and running SGpro with the plate solving libraries, PHD2, Pegasus autofocus, EQmod for the mount and all of the drivers plus of course Team Viewer for control from indoors. Just wondering if anyone has any experience of either the Beelink Gemini M J4125 or Beelink MII-V Intel NUC Mini PC as they seem to have a pretty good spec, 4/64 or 4/128 storage plus lots of usb3 sockets. Both of these minis are just over £100 and seem to
  5. Spookily just finished mine. I'll take a photo of it later and try and explain everything then. How strange...... Phil
  6. Hi, I'm trying to tidy up the mains cables on my set up. Has anyone got any experience with a 175-265V to DC 12V 20A 240W IP53 Outdoor Transformer Power SupplyDriver or similar. What I'm aiming for is 1 mains cable to a small transformer with 3x12v outlets for camera, mount and autoguider. Apparently they're popular in the USA but I've not heard much about them being used in the UK. Hope somebody can help, Kind regards, Phil
  7. Hi, I’m interested in using wi fi connections for my equipment using SGpro and my laptop. May be a daft question but, do the systems work with SGpro??? I was thinking of the StellarMate system or if that is too complex maybe starting with the Sky-Watcher SynScan Wi-Fi Adapter or SkyFi III Wireless Telescope Control System. Any info will be gratefully received. Kind regards, Phil
  8. Thanks John, in the words of Windsor Davies, what a pity, never mind.
  9. Hi, I have a Baader diamond steeltrack NT fitted to my Skywatcher 200p and I wonder if this focuser will fit, with an adaptor, to a refractor. Seems like something simple but has anyone ever tried it. Kind regards, P.
  10. Yes, all as directed on the quick start leaflet. Very curious. P.
  11. Hi, I have a Zwo asi 120mc s which I have connected up through the usb3 port as suggested by Zwo however it only registers as usb2. Has anyone come across this problem and if so how is it sorted so that it registers as being connected through usb3. Hope someone can help, Kind regards, Phli
  12. Thanks Wim, I did actually try it that way but the focuser is a tiny bit nearer to the scope and I couldn't lower the focuscube any more. I did think about raising the focuser by making up a spacer between the focuser and the base plate but turning it 90 degrees turned out to be a little easier. Interesting though, even deeper lateral thinking. Kind regards, Phil
  13. The guys from Pegasus are great. Lateral thinking, I turned the Baader focuser 90 degrees. Sorted. Actually it was a bit of a Homer Simpson "Doh" moment. Just hope this helps anybody else scratching their head. P.
  14. Hi, I've gone and bought a Pegasus Focuscube for my Baader Diamond Steeltrack, mainly because Baader have been rather slow in their development of their steeldrive system and Pegasus have had very good revues. However.....I've got it on a Skywatcher 200p Newtonian. Now maybe I missed something but I couldn't find anything on the Pegasus site to say that the Focuscube isn't compatible with Newtonian scopes, in fact it has a "universal" bracket which allows it to fit just fine, but.... the temperature socket ends up flush against the side of the scope. Again, I ask, have I missed something? To b
  15. Hi, I'm still deliberating about the Pegasus autofocus system but can't quite understand why there are 2 types of motor, the DC servo and the unipolar stepper. Which would be the best for imaging with a Newtonian Skywatcher 200p. Any help is gratefully received, Regards, P.
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