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  1. The EQ3 DSO Challenge

    No worries!
  2. The EQ3 DSO Challenge

    Hi All the references I can find say the eq3 synscan pro runs off 11-15V, 2A?? e.g. this one Louise
  3. QHY10 with Purple Frame...

    It's worth reading through the manual Louise
  4. Mount

    I figure it would be heavier than my star adventurer with counterweight but not as heavy as the avx/heq5 without counterweight. My SA just isn't good enough even at short focal lengths. I just need to be able to carry it (unloaded) down two flights of stairs (and back up again!)... Louise
  5. Mount

    Ah, sounds like you mean periodic error rather than PA. There are lots of impressive images on the eq3 dso challenge thread so I can't imagine severe tracking problems are inherent to the mount, though obviously it's not an heq5! I wonder how much the eq3 pro can be improved? Pics I've seen of the worm gear look like the one in the Star Adventurer - not sure if they are actually the same. Maybe you can get a replacement worm? I'm currently trying to convince myself I should get an eq3 pro... - For reasonable portability that would let me get outside. Louise
  6. Mount

    Not sure what you mean by 'inherent PA' errors? Surely you can adjust PA to be acceptable for the focal length you're using? Louiss
  7. Mount

    Oh ok - you not guiding? I imagine there are various tweaks/tuning you could do anyway?
  8. Mount

    "not as accurate"? In what way? Louise
  9. Would Infra Red mess up my imaging ??

    Yeah, so long as it's pointing down-ish and from behind the scope, it shouldn't be a problem at all. The camera says it has a range of 20m which is really for illuminating/looking down a garden or something. Maybe get a less powerful one? You could just do a test with a lamp or torch illuminating the scene? Louise
  10. Ello ello what's all this then?? Ha ha. So far, I've never actually been out but I do have an ambition to. I don't think I'd worry about the police even if they did check me out. I think I'd be more concerned about being a lady out on my own in the dark... Louise
  11. Would Infra Red mess up my imaging ??

    Hi Probably not! Your scopes and cameras should be light tight apart from where they're supposed to let light in, of course. Because I image from indoors I often have a fair bit of ambient light in the same room as the scope and it doesn't cause a problem. Screens are on and I might open the door and put the light on in the hall or kitchen - no problemo! Light is an anathema to observers but imagers can get away with being fairly relaxed about it (just my personal opinion!). Low level infra red light shouldn't pose any particular difficulties. Louise
  12. The EQ3 DSO Challenge

    Thanks Wim - lovely images! I'm jealous of your dark site! I'm in a red zone with dreadful skyglow and no escape . However, I do have some parks nearby and with the possibility of at least pointing away from the city lights if I could get outside. Otherwise I'm limited to about 3 minute subs in broadband and obviously need guiding for narrowband on my avx. I live in a 2nd floor flat so no outdoors mains unfortunately. I guess the adjustments can't be all that much worse than what I did on my avx or heq5 (put a belt mod on that ). Louise
  13. The EQ3 DSO Challenge

    Thanks! Sounds promising, though you have to bear in mind I'm a little old lady! I'm not very strong... But I'm desperate to get outside to do some imaging instead of having to put up with the indoor limitations. It only has to run for a couple of hours (after that I'd probably need to get back in! Haha). I wonder what it's unguided performance might be like? If I could run it unguided (no laptop) with a 200mm or possibly a 300mm lens, that would be good. I guess you run it with eqmod (like I do my heq5)? Louise
  14. The EQ3 DSO Challenge

    Thanks! It would likely only be for a camera+lens or maybe a small frac, nothing more. I suppose I want something better than a Star Adventurer that I can setup quickly and that doesn't need a heavy battery. I can run my AVX from one of those small, blue 12V lithium batteries. If I could do the same with an eq3 that would be good Louise
  15. The EQ3 DSO Challenge

    Hi eq3 users I'm tempted to get an eq3-pro - might be better than messing about with a Star Adventurer... I'm wondering how portable the eq3 pro synscan is, how much power it needs, and computer interface (I assume via the handset?). At the end of the day I just want something I can carry down two flights of stairs without breaking anything! Thanks for any info! Louise