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Thalestris24

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  1. I could see it's brightness last night but that was through the murk - hence no stars visible at the time. I don't really have anything to properly image planets. I await some clear nights for the stars to appear... Louise
  2. I can't see any stars but can see Mars! Louise
  3. Well, the original stainless steel legs, with the inner legs and feet, weighed 4.1 kg. So a total saving of 4.1 - 1.5 = 2.6kg - which is quite significant. Of course, if I ever try it out outside I'll need level ground or some way of levelling the mount. If needed I could put something under one leg - I'm sure there's a way round it! I'm a little old lady so the weights of mounts and tripods ++ have stopped me from taking kit outside as I have to navigate two flights of stairs. I have a Star adventurer but I never got it to work properly (must have had a duff one) and a guided EQ3 pro on the Al tube legs seems a much better way forward. Louise
  4. Put the new 16 gauge legs on earlier today. Looks the same, ha ha but it must be ~1.5kg lighter than with the 10 gauge legs . No sign of any clear skies. July has been awful here. I've seen glimpses of Mars rising in the East a few times. - it certainly stands out, even through the murk. At least it's getting darker earlier. Winter's coming! Louise
  5. Thanks. I don't think vibration will be a problem. I'll only be using it with the 300mm lens pictured above Louise
  6. I've done it and replaced the original legs with aluminium ones ok (see above). I'm not using the inner leg, unless I find I have to. Louise
  7. The 16-guage tubes arrived today . Much lighter, but seem like they will still be fine. Since I fitted the 10-gauge ones I've had nothing but cloud so they haven't even been tried. There's a faint possibility of some clear spells tonight but I won't hold my breath. Will try and fit the new, lightweight legs tomorrow. Louise
  8. I would suggest using a magnifying glass (head mounted ones are good) and a air blower (as used to clean dslr sensors). If necessary, you could use a small artists' paint brush to dislodge anything. You may have been lucky and not got any dust on the sensor. However, if it was in my living room, for example, then no such luck! Louise
  9. Hi Assuming that you have one of these and it looks like this: The reddish appearance is just a glass window to protect the sensor. If you have a colour version I think it will also be a UV filter. You really don't want to remove the glass and get dust on the sensor! Hth Louise
  10. Hi You have to have the camera in a scope to get an image. Leave the glass window alone! You use the scope to focus but the focal point of the scope has to be on the sensor. Louise
  11. I was just talking about the mount, not the scope Louise
  12. By the way, I take it the mount is pointing close to North when you calibrate (always have DEC Compensation checked too) Louise
  13. Might there be any nearby members that could give you a hand / fresh pair of eyes? Louise
  14. Hi Knobby You shouldn't need to nudge a belt driven mount in order to calibrate - that probably indicates a likely balance or setup problem. You should be able to get a perfect L-shape calibration, especially with an oag (the RA and DEC axes can be assumed to be orthogonal and obviously should be with an oag). Louise
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