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  1. Have downloaded 'Open Camera' and taken a few more phone pics. Open Camera lets you operate the shutter with just a noise, which is handy. However, images are still unsharp and I've come to the conclusion it's because of thermals. Nothing I can do about that. A short focal length would help. My F4 300mm Pentax lens would probably work quite well but I'd need an EP (T2-1.25") adapter for it. I could make one Louise
  2. I'll have to try that 'Vantage' just to see if it's of any real use. I installed my old/new Green Cell battery earlier but it was dead, Jim . My fault. Surprising that the original battery still works albeit only lasts about an hour now. I've ordered a new 4400mAh one. I'll install it straightaway this time! Louise
  3. Oh never mind - it's the thought that counts! My win 10 home won't let me use the remote desktop feature but the Project/Connect lets me do the same thing over my LAN so all's good. Mind you, not tried it in anger yet. I need to sort out all these blessed cables. I would probably benefit from having some very short male to female usb cables, if I can get such things. I can use a usb hub for some things, I suppose. The laptop only has 3 usb connectors - not enough for some things. Louise
  4. Yeah, mine just has a couple of spring-loaded latches - out with the old, in with the new! Fingers crossed! Louise
  5. The adapter actually came today! I had a quick daytime go on the frac - the adapter seemed ok, generally. The only trouble is my phone has a soft case and I don't really want to have to remove it. Still, I was able to get it in position. I had to set it up to use remotely via a desktop. Of course, any small vibration would be disastrous! Even so, I think there may still have been some vibration as the image wasn't as sharp as I'd hoped. It may have been just that I took the image through window glass else it might have been to do with the autofocus. On first switching on the camera there was
  6. Well it's actually Li-ion though I don't know if there is any real difference in charging characteristics etc.? Thinking about it, I've never tried running the laptop without a battery i.e. just plugged in the mains. Not sure if that would work or if something terrible might happen! I've been 'sitting' on the new battery for several years for fear of something going wrong if I removed the original battery! Not rational of me, I know, but it's actually my first laptop so no experience of them. It sounds like it might (probably has!) have age deteriorated, as you say. In which case - my bad. It
  7. Oh great, thanks for that, Peter! I've always been thrown by the laptop warning about it being fully charged with the charger still plugged in. But not leaving it at 100% charge when not in use makes sense! I think! Cheers Louise
  8. ... ever so slightly remote! In my quest to get rid of as many cables off my deathtrap floor , I came up with the bright idea of going wireless. The idea being that I could have my (albeit now ageing) laptop located at the particular mount/telescope I want to use with short usb cables just between the laptop and the mount. Then monitor and control everything from my remote desktop. 'Remote' being around 2-4 metres away My first thought was to achieve this using Windows Remote Desktop but then I found my Windows 10 Home doesn't support it . No matter, I thought, there are other options and,
  9. Well, at least it wasn't a complete waste - I'll have to try it on some dso's, if I get the chance. Louise
  10. Had a good view of the Moon with the aspheric on my 115mm/f6.95 frac and 2x Barlow Shame I don't have my phone adapter yet! Should come next week, hopefully. Louise
  11. That's different from driver. The beta driver was the one I said you had to select manually. Hope all goes well now! Louise
  12. That must have been the beta driver?
  13. It may be just the microscope use. I've put it a 115mm frac so will have a look through in daytime, and night time - if we ever get a clear night! Thanks Louise
  14. Just a quick update. I received the aspheric EP today but it wasn't any good - wasted my money I think, after all that, I'll just get another couple of the 25mm EDs. Thanks all for the suggestions and data Louise
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