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piprees

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  1. 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


  2. 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 be honest I don't really think that the temp. probe would be completely necessary if I go for a focus check every 30 minutes or so it's just a bit of a bummer not to know (or realise!!) beforehand. Has anyone else done this, I won't laugh, honest.

    Sympathetic comments will help,

    Kind regards,

    Phil


  3. Hi, I’m not sure if this is the correct forum but maybe someone can help. I’m using a Zwo 1600 mm cool with a skywatcher 200p. When I open my images in pixinsight, the size of my lights and darks are 2328 x 1760 while my flats and bias are 4656 x 3520. Because of this I cannot calibrate them, (geometry problem). I’ll try the Pixinsight forum as well but I’m guessing they’ll say, “it’s a SGpro problem”!!!
    If anyone else has experienced this, any help would be wonderful.
    Kind regards,
    Phil


  4. Hi, I'm interested in getting a Baader steeltrack with steeldrive motorised system for my Skywatcher 200p but is it true that the setup is only suitable for refractors and SCT. If so, how come it won't fit a Newt? And if it can, would I really need a hand controller as I'd only need it for imaging?

    If there are any other owners of the 200p that have auto focus, what setup do you have?

    All help is greatly appreciated.

    Phil


  5. Hi, I would like to sort out an autofocus set up for my skywatcher 200p. It's a bit of a toss up between the Pegasus system and the Lakeside. My query is whether the bog standard Crayford focuser on the 200p can work well with either the Pegasus or Lakeside or would I need to change the focuser for something better. If this is the case then a moonlite would be wonderful although rather expensive but then, there are other focusers out there.

    Hope someone can help,

    Kind regards,

    Phil


  6. Hi, just to let anyone know, I must congratulate ZWO. I've got a 1600 mm cool and also have a skywatcher coma corrector. The back focus needed with the camera and filter wheel fitted is then an extra 29.5mm. Guess what, I had 2 spacer rings that came with the camera and fitted together they are.... 29.5mm wide. Not sure if these 2 rings come in the box but thanks ZWO all the same. On the down side, unfortunately I was advised that I had to get a Baader Varilock which I duly did and then, while trying to fit it all together, thought, "hang on, they look the same"!!! Hmmm, a bit p****** off because of that. Anyway, if you feel you need a coma corrector and have a 1600 that came without those rings, see if ZWO can supply them aftermarket.

    Clear skies,

    P.


  7. Well, I've been hooked for a few years now and over those years I've sorted guiding, processing has progressed to pixinsight and I'm just about getting the hang of CCD with LRGB and narrowband filters together with SGpro. Now, what's come along is Moonlite and/or Lakeside autofocus. It seems on the face of it to be an amazing addition, resulting in pinpoint stars etc. However, at £300-£400 a hit is it really that good. Comments from those that have either will be most welcome. My fear is that, without any experience, it could turn out to be a lot of dosh for possibly very little improvement. How have you guys found it and have you any regrets?

    Kind regards,

    P.


  8. I realise this thread is pretty old but I'm just getting into greater details after getting a ZWO 1600mm cool.

    So my question is, if I do 16x300 luminance exposures should I then apply 2x binning with 8x300 or 16x150 for the RGB filters?

    Kind regards,

    P.


  9. Venturing into imaging nebulae and here's the paradox. Taking images of the horsehead nebula with an Zwo asi 1600. What gain setting would be used? Alnitak is so bright it drowns out the finer detail of the nebula so should I reduce the gain, but then there's no info on the nebula. How does anyone get round this or have I missed something? I'll be getting PixInsight for processing.

    Hope you can help,

    P.


  10. Been faffing about with the asi 1600 for about 6 months now and, yes, the files are huge. Not sure about usb2 and 3 being much the same: what I have found though is connecting with firecapture, APT or sharpcap. It's taken quite some time but I think that once the program does find the camera, it may loose it's way now and again but generally links up quite well. Gotta stick at it. Also, you could get a Seagate expansion box. I have, and dump everything into it, freeing up as much space as poss on the laptop.

    Phil  

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