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A40farinagolf

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About A40farinagolf

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    astronomy obviously
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    Mid Cheshire
  1. A40farinagolf

    Televue 55mm Plossl

    Hi Stu, hadn't spotted that you're looking for one as it's mine on UKABAS. We've met at SGL star parties and we once did a deal on some Helios binos. Let me know if you're still looking and we can do a deal if no one else shows interest as I'm selling a few bits to fund some big APM binos. Cheers, Mark
  2. A40farinagolf

    APM120mm binos on iOptron AZ Pro

    Hi Malcolm, Looks like a great bit of kit and apologies for my slow response as I've been snowed under recently, will study the photos in detail to help me decide the way forward. Thanks again M
  3. How are getting along with the Skyguider Pro as Father Christmas might be asked to bring me one, I had a Star Adventurer and found the engineering to be a bit flimsy. I have 2 other iOptron mounts and like them both so a 3rd might be on the way.
  4. A40farinagolf

    APM120mm binos on iOptron AZ Pro

    Looks like a great set up and thanks for sharing, don't suppose they're for sale - only joking. You're right to question the strength of the std L bracket and I've had the same concern. Would you be willing to share the design of your custom bracket so that I could get one made somewhere? Thanks, M
  5. A40farinagolf

    APM120mm binos on iOptron AZ Pro

    My hesitations are reducing and I'm in the process of deciding what items of astro kit I need to sell. I'm lucky to have some great kit and to be honest I don't want to sell anything but needs must.
  6. A40farinagolf

    Beginner DSLR for about $700

    Whatever you buy I'd definitely recommend one with a pivoting rear screen, makes life much simpler and more comfortable to use - I have a modified Canon 600D. Second hand in the UK it's worth about US $350
  7. A40farinagolf

    APM120mm binos on iOptron AZ Pro

    Many thanks, it might be me being too conservative. The centre of gravity of the load will be a little further away from the centre of the tripod than a single refractor so I'd have to keep it as close as possible to reduce the bending moment. Also I've had a thought - I could load my 130mm frac so that it weighs more the binos and then mount it on my AZ Pro in a similar position to where the binos would be and then see what happens.
  8. I'm thinking of chopping and changing my kit yet again so that I can purchase a set of APM 120mm binos. I'd like to mount them onto my iOptron AZ Pro to provide a simple GOTO and tracking facility. The binos weigh 9Kg and the iOpton mount capacity is stated as 15Kg which means it should be well within it's theoretical limits. ( Counterweights and shaft are not shown in the first image.) As a mechanical engineer I have a niggling feeling that the set up won't be suitable but I'm unsure why - I would appreciate your feedback please.
  9. A40farinagolf

    A Week At Fforest Fields

    Looks like a great venue - How does the darkness compare to Lucksall? I believe it's open all year round so I might try it early November - anyone else interested?
  10. A40farinagolf

    DSS - Lights all the same?

    Many thanks and much better than I achieved, I have another 60 lights taken on the same night at different isos and exposure times. Should I process them in groups of lights that have the same settings and then stack the processed images along with the one you've created?
  11. A40farinagolf

    DSS - Lights all the same?

    No rush at all and I'd be grateful for any help.
  12. A40farinagolf

    DSS - Lights all the same?

    I used live view on a bright star and then locked the focusser so should be close. Big favour - Are you able to process the fts file for me to show me what is achievable with the data that I've collected, that way I'll know whether it's my processing or the data that's inadequate. Hope you don't think I'm being cheeky.
  13. A40farinagolf

    DSS - Lights all the same?

    No, just told it to save file as a fts file
  14. A40farinagolf

    DSS - Lights all the same?

    Hi, The attached file was stacked in DSS and is made up of 19 lights all 30 seconds at ISO1600 on a modified Canon 600D mounted onto a 4" frac and my skies are semi rural so reasonably dark. I've tried processing it in startools but can't obtain anything worth saving. Can someone confirm if the data is any good or not as I'm at a loss as to what to do next. Autosave002.fts
  15. A40farinagolf

    DSS - Lights all the same?

    Hi, Makes sense thanks and I'll try a similar process, (only have lights) and will see how it comes out., Cheers, Mark
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