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RobertC

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  1. Well it's been some time since i last posted images regarding my observatory and lots has changed. I ordered a pier extension to reach that further bit over the walls and also to help with polar alignment/checking. Finished up routing the cables to the mount, layed a new floor and furnished my warm room to make it that little bit easier to bare in the cold. The roof is slightly rolled off in the image so i could see a little better in the fading light. Have had quite a nice time imaging from the observatory, here are a few images from the past 3 months. https://www.flickr.com/photos/robchad/13906002072/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/robchad/13906131821/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/robchad/12937094295/ They are not the best but getting better. -Rob
  2. Yeah i did notice that i did need an M48 but wasn't sure what mine was when i put the order in so ordered it anyhow as t-rings are fairly cheap to buy. Thankyou !
  3. Hey there, i bought the SW coma corrector well over a month and haven't got round to sorting out my problem with it until now. It is a simple problem with quite an easy answer i assume, the coma corrector thread section is larger in diameter and will currently not fit onto my t-ring. Can anyone point me in the right direction for the correct t-ring that will allow me to attach the coma correcter to before i buy the wrong one. I think it is the M48 version as currently i think mine is a M42. -Rob
  4. Well it's a bit hit and miss the weather report for tonight so i may be able to get out for a while tonight. May go down to 2 min exposures and up the ISO to 1200 and then stack some tonight. Been a long struggle to get it working but i too am glad i'm getting somewhere now Thanks for the support over the months ! -Rob
  5. Thankyou, i've done a few modifcations to my eq5 such as cutting away some parts and using thicker bolts to prevent any movement overtime. Can't see it having any effect on it's tracking abilities though The 200 second exposures where just test shots, 200 was the first number in my head. -Rob
  6. Guiding is on my next thing to get on with, i know my polar alignment isn't perfect as i had to do a rough alignment yesterday when i dismantled half of my mount I do own a coma correcter just the thread on it will not reach the threads on my t-ring so im going to make a sleeve for it. -Rob
  7. Just got to work now on the polar alignment as star trails are creeping in, some images taken tonight to check it was coping fine. Single 200 second exposures, no stacked images. -Rob
  8. Yes i was just mentioning my polar alignment is only out by a few small amount now also. At least it's now fixed -Rob
  9. I bring good news ! My polar alignment is only out by a very minuscule amount.. Oh and i almost forget, the mount slews perfectly now. I did 6 manual alignments via the EQMOD into its database and it slewed perfectly to the star and centralised on the cross hairs on my PC screen.. Only for me to once finish, the damned clouds arrived -Rob
  10. Well the next clear night is in around 90 mins, so i will be out AGAIN hoping this has fixed the issue -Rob
  11. Well.. Just checked on my motors and now i feel stupid. The DEC motor gear was meshing with the larger side instead of the smaller section of the gear which explains why the scope has been overshooting . The RA motor was fine which fits in with what i was experiencing last night with only being out along one axis. -Rob
  12. There was no assembly, it was two motors and 2 spur gears of the same size. I did watch that video when my issue first raised itself. -Rob
  13. Sorry the video isn't great but it still shows the problem, do excuse the battery hanging down -Rob
  14. I run the cable that comes stock with the EQ5 to a serial adapter so i can plug it into the USB if that is what you mean. -Rob
  15. I've not spoke to the shop i bought the mount from as i've had endless issues with motors being faulty and they will be starting to think i'm taking the ****. The motors i payed extra for as the dual axis ones burnt up without me even touching the hand controller ! (plugged the batteries in and went up in smoke). The synscan upgrade i fitted myself, i did notice last night that the mount was only out along one axis, i either had to go n/w or s/e to align to the star. I'm trying to get the video up now, i had to record with my GoPro so the detail isn't that great but the information that was in putted i have listed above. I may have to ask someone like to said who is willing to come take a look and hopefully resolve this problematic mount once and for all. -Rob
  16. Went out and re-tried everything to no avail. I took a video from the starting input of the handset to slewing to sirius and you can see it point well below the horizon. I'll upload the video in a little while. Also retried with the EQMOD alingment, took over 12 and it got a little closer to the selected star but wasn't perfect. -Rob
  17. I mean when i was using vega as a star to align to, i'm not using Vega at the moment. I use apps yes. -Rob
  18. Vega is usually around 30 degrees above the horizon, often the first star the handset shows to align to. I'll be giving it a go tonight again as its clear from 6 onwards, i'll go through the full alingment in EQMOD using the 'Append on Sync' method. -Rob
  19. Ah yes i do like to watch Dion and his videos Well i've had this issue now for well over 4 months. When i took it upto the club it was just the mount setup with handset just coords where changed. No computers, it sort of went to the correct place but i really had my doubts about it. -Rob
  20. Bolton is pretty much a 10 minute drive away so i shall post a thread if tonights efforts are no further than the other days, shame the club i joined is so far away i can barely ever make the journey to get some more help in person. Well this is the weird bit, say if i am starting from the standard home park of the scope pointing to the NCP and i give it the command to slew to Vega on the first star alignment it is nearish, then the second star it will go all the way to pointing to the ground, well well below the horizon. -Rob
  21. Yeah, ill give it a go. Wednesday 12am-2am is clear so looks like i may be able to try it then. -Rob
  22. All they entered differently was the coordinates, i setup the mount. Well i've just done a full factory reset of the handset and reset EQMOD an re-entered all my data just to start a fresh. Just got to wait on a clear night now to try and hope it brings good news. -Rob
  23. I have it set to 'No' at the moment. Yes it's very annoying as i have done everything to my knowledge correctly and it refuses to want to behave -Rob
  24. It's really been driving me to the point of just giving up all together, i took it to the club i joined and surprise surprise it worked for them up there. It says at the top what format it wants me to input it in, American format is the way. Tried it both ways just in case, i did make this mistake when i first got the synscan I have it entered as 002, i cant enter a negative. This is how it is telling me, i know it shows -2 and 2 but other sites have listed the -2 for both. This is how i have it entered in the handset - 002 at the start. The time zone gives me either +/- but i leave it as + as theoretically i don't see an issue with it being a - or + if it is GMT I really haven't noticed if the software is in alt/az mode but it seems to do the exact same as the mount when it isn't connected to the pc. -Rob I have the image above of my handset with the coordinates in putted - Rob
  25. The coordinates are like such in the handset and the software, i've taken some images of the motors when i tried to get some help last time and people said they where correct. I'm getting to my wits end really with the issue. I'm out of idea's to the cause. -Rob
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