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  1. Yes! a cluster indeed!....in fact a series of mistakes is also a cluster .... I think you can imagine what I mean! Well, how the particles got inside the scope is a mystery to a degree, meaning that to fit the larger gear wheel onto the focus shaft I first drilled out the hole in the gear wheel and filed an interference fit. I thought I was very careful to blow out any metal dust from this wheel each time before offering it up to the shaft. Maybe not! So the repeated offering up maybe a not perfectly debris clear gear wheel is a possibility. As for the finder idea, when I first
  2. I have always thought of my self as a careful chap. Around my telescopes? ...even more than careful.....fastidiously safe even! Imagine my horror at being caught out by crass stupidity while fastening bits and bobs to my scope! Lets have some detail. In my quest for as full automation of my observing experience as possible the final fence was focusing my scope from my front room while wiggling my toes in front of the double log burner while enjoying a scotch and seeing the results of my frozen telescopes efforts on my TV screen. In this day and age this is not a too hard a goa
  3. Hi everybody, I am looking for a little help again! It regards connecting my Celestron Astrofi to the internet via my BT router. To fill out a little more info, I am using CPWI software to control my Astrofi 125mm scmitt/cass. There are a few ways of doing this, the first being a built in WIFI hot spot generated within the mount and you connect to this with your laptop. This works very well as long as you are within about 20 to30 feet of the scope. Another method is to connect the mount to your network via your home router. The big advantage of this is you can then control the s
  4. Thanks Adrian and HTH, I will now make a light box. I will use a flat illuminated panel from Amazon as the are nice and cheap! I will post results as soon as I take some AVI's and processed them.
  5. Hi, I have just bought a 'dip your toe' CMOS camera and I am wondering, should I take flats and darks or is this only done with CCD cameras? Thanks in advance Mike
  6. michael8554 thanks, I will check there.
  7. I like it also, just frustrating till I get it working properly. It displays time as UTC which is a hour behind current UK. I could not find a way to change this.
  8. Well, that was a little disappointing to say the least! I down loaded Celestrons new CPWI the other day and on the surface thought it looked very good. This evening was the first opportunity I've had to give it a test run. Basically alignment failed badly. Has anybody else had a similar experience, if so, how did you resolve it? Now at this point it's best to give you an idea of my experience. I am not a newbie, I have had plenty of experience with a Meade scope, an LX90 10" on a CGEM. Long story short I had to sell due to ill health. I ran that scope for 5 years.
  9. Thanks Merlin66, That was the info I needed! I have been out of the hobby for a few years , due to a dodgey back I had to sell my Meade10". I now have a little 125mm Scmitt/Cass from Celestron so it is very light on a single fork arm. in light of this I thought I would make a wooden wedge. Thanks again! Clear skies!
  10. I am about to make a small wedge for my Celestron 125mm cat. my latitude is 52 degrees. I was told that I need to convert this to an angle ( in degrees) above the horizon. Being a savage I was surprised to hear this! The problem is I can not remember the calculation. Can anybody remind me or point me to an on-line calculator please?
  11. Now for the 'portable' bit. Although I have a garden, it's very restricted in field of view, (nothing to the south, houses to the north) it is useable, just, for a quick astro fix! This means that I have to be most definitely 'portable'. I cast around the shed and found my old foam packaging where my CGEM used to live. I thought that with a little 'chopping and changing' I could make things work. An un-used suitcase also proved to be just the right size to contain the whole lot. Result! The result is more 'practical than pretty' but it means I can put it in the Jee
  12. Well, that's number one off the list! My previous telescope was a Meade 10" Scmitt/Cass mounted on a CGEM. It did not seem to matter much how high the pier was as the eyepiece was always in the most god awful positions! The current scope is a Celestron Astrofi 125 Scmitt/Cass on a single fork arm. It's worth noting that I had little success with the WIFI part of this scope and soon put my Starsense camera and hand control on it. I first removed the plate adapter for the CGEM, then removed the top plate. I had to drill three small holes in the top plate to accommodate three
  13. Due to the current crisis I have found myself will a vastly reduced working day. I have turned my thoughts to 'Astro' projects. Here is a little list of things I shall do to help me fill some of the time. 1. Extend the height of my pier as I have down sized my scope. 2. Make my new set up as portable as possible. 3. Make my battery power supply portable. Photos will be posted as progress happens! Clear sky tonight forecast here in Cambridge Kind regards Mike
  14. Thanks for the detailed information vlaiv, I shall add a reducer to the list of things need. As soon as I am set up I will post results! Thanks again! Kind regards Mike
  15. I have always been fascinated by EEVA and am now in a position to have a go, to dip my toe in the waters to see if it is really for me. As a 'toe dipper' I am thinking of this camera Altair GPCAM3 385C USB3 Colour Guide Imaging EAA Camera I would be mounting it on my pier mounted 125mm Celestron Astrofi (using Starsense) SCT Any advice and user reports would really help me in making a camera choice. Thanks in advance Mike
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