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About A40farinagolf

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  1. I've managed to instruct Stellarium to index my CEM25P mount to selected items via a StarFi wifi link and touch wood it seems to work very well. The quandary I have is how does Stellarium know where it's pointing if I don't tell it the origin of it's travels. Does it assume it's initially pointing to Polaris or do I have to give it a datum / starting point ?
  2. Tagged onto this old thread as it partly help me to achieve what I wanted. Whilst cosy and warm in the dining room I've managed to instruct Stellarium to index my CEM25P mount to selected items via a StarFi wifi link and touch woods it seems to work very well. The quandary I have is that Stellarium did not know where the actual scope was pointing, however it still showed a telescope circle label on the night sky display. The software then issued commands based on a starting position in the sky that it believed my scope was actually pointing at. How do I align Stellarium to the actual starting position? or am I missing a trick?
  3. Hi, How are you getting on with your CEM25P? I ask because I have just purchased a 2nd hand one and hopefully it will arrive soon. Any hints and tips would be gratefully received. Cheers, M
  4. Hi Adrian, Does it have the 2" tripod? Thanks, M
  5. Any news on dates for this year please as I'd like to reserve them asap - would be great to have 2 parties this year - spring and autumn
  6. I appreciate the feedback and it sounds like what I'm looking for doesn't exist as I'd prefer one intuitive software package that would allow me to capture and process a range of images, I'm not looking to achieve Sky at Night quality images, just something that is pretty good (whatever that means) -
  7. Thanks for the feedback so far. Is there one piece of software that does the lot?
  8. Apologies if this has been asked before. I have loads of kit - cameras, mounts (EQ and AZ), scopes etc and have dabbled a little at AP after receiving advice from this forum but I've never really achieved anything of significance mainly because of time limitations and a lack of IT skills. I've never taken flats or bias frame or anything else like that either. What I'm looking for is a software package that would capture the image and then perform simple processing step to achieve an image that is subjectively good. It needs to be intuitive and easy to remember so that I can pick it up again quickly if there's a long period between uses. I am willing to buy a license if it's not freeware. Ideally it would manage moon + planetary ZWO camera videos, DSLR stills and also DSO. Please let me have your suggestions.
  9. Is this the list that you're looking for?
  10. Many thanks and I already have one that came with a WO110 mm triplet. So for each camera do I have to use trial and error to find the best setting for the flattest FOV? Does it adjust the focus in any way?
  11. Being honest too many - please don't tell my wife: Fujinon 7 x 50 FMT - SX Hawke 8 x 56 ED Endurance Celestron Granite 9 x 33 Celestron Granite 12 x 50 Pentax 10 x 50 S series WP Lunt Engineering 16 x 70 Lunt Engineering 100 x 45 deg angled with interchangeable eyepieces Several fieldscopes but that's another story and they don't count!
  12. Hi, Can someone explain please how the flattener below is designed to be used. (hopefully not too daft a question) https://www.firstlightoptics.com/william-optics-brand/william-optics-afr-iv-08x-reducer-flattener-iv.html I know that my Canon DSLR connects directly onto one end via a T2 ring and that the other 2" end goes straight into the telescope. I know that the internal lenses move towards and away from the sensor as the barrel is rotated. What does 66 to 88mm mean? What should I set it to or my Canon 600D? What should I set it to for a ZWO ASI 174 camera?
  13. Not exactly what your looking for but I've a 174M colour cooled version if you're interested
  14. Thanks - an interesting article that I'll read in detail and will then consider my options.
  15. I have a pair of Lunt Engineering 100mm 45 degree APO binoculars and I'm struggling to get the 2 images to merge together. I tried them on Saturn tonight with a variety of good quality eyepieces at different magnifications with and without my reading glasses but no joy. Varying the inter pupillary distance also made no difference. Is it a job that's do-able from home with the right kit or do I need to send them away - if yes who to please? Thanks in advance, M
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