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About A40farinagolf

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  1. A40farinagolf

    Atik One 6.0 mono camera focussing

    I had a play this afternoon and connected a Canon lens to the Atik camera and managed to photograph so trees in the distance. My Canon lens has a back focus of 44mm and the Atik is 27mm so I used an adjustable spacer set at 17mm to get me in the right back focus area. After a bit of tweaking it worked a treat so I'm ready to try it on the sky soon. Thanks for your help and guidance.
  2. I have an Atik One 6.0 camera that I haven't used since buying it 2nd hand and I have an embarrassingly simple question. When I mount it to my scope how do I know that it's focussed before I take the photo?
  3. A40farinagolf

    Never owned a Newt.

    Thank you all for your comments so far and I have lots of food for thought. How would say a 10" Newt perform compared to my C9.25 SCT? The hesitation I have over a Dobsonian is my lack of ability to find things especially at higher magnifications hence I was thinking about using my existing mounts that are GOTO's.
  4. Over the years I've been lucky enough to have owned lots of quality kit but I've never owned a Newt and I fancy one for a change. What would you recommend for circa £2k and what features should I be looking out for? It would be mounted on either my eq or az mounts for astrophotography and visual use respectively. It needs to be reasonably portable (10" or 12"?) as I'd take it to star parties. Needs to have top quality optics to be used to view anything in the night sky.
  5. A40farinagolf

    Galloway Spring Gathering 2018

    My first visit to Galloway SP and many thanks to everyone who made me welcome - Mike, Richard, Damian and Ian to name a few. I could only attend on Sat and Sun but had great views both nights; Sunday was the best by far with clear skies from 2000hrs through to sunrise and was very cold / frosty. Mercury and Venus looked superb during the sunset followed by Saturn, Mars and Jupiter a few hours later - brilliant to see them all in a row. I will definitely go back to Dunroamin as I've been assured that the weather is always dry and sunny. Astrocamp is the next SP for me so I might see some of you there.
  6. A40farinagolf

    Anyone used Altair Astro ?

    I have used Altair Astro on numerous occasions and have never had any problems with them. A few weeks ago I purchased an iOptron iEQ45Pro mount and without hesitation they offered to provide it with a demo pier instead of a tripod for the same price - it was delivered the next day. I spend about £1-2k per annum on new stuff and try to spread it around the various suppliers; it's in astronomers interests if there's a healthy supply chain out there. So far I have not been seriously let down by any of the suppliers.
  7. A40farinagolf

    Galloway Spring Gathering 2018

    Hi Adrian, Thanks for the intel, sounds like an interesting few days and I'm looking forward to it. Just got to decide what astro kit to bring besides the Lagavulin. Regards, Mark
  8. A40farinagolf

    Galloway Spring Gathering 2018

    Mike, Thanks for the update and I will decide nearer the time which days to attend - either Fri, Sat, Sun or Sat, Sun, Mon most likely. Best Regards, Mark
  9. A40farinagolf

    Galloway Spring Gathering 2018

    Hi, I booked to attend this in Feb 2017 but storm Doris had different ideas, then the heavy rain caused the site to be closed last November so hopefully 3rd time lucky. I need to finalise what days to attend - Please will someone confirm the main days? Also I'm partial to a single malt so may bring a bottle along if others are interested. Thanks, Mark
  10. A40farinagolf

    Total newbie to VA/EAA

    Hi Rob, Many thanks for your reply and I'll check out the youtube link. Regards, Mark
  11. A40farinagolf

    Total newbie to VA/EAA

    Hi, I'm looking for a bit of general advice as I fancy having a go at VA and I can't decide on the way forward as I have too many options. My current kit is listed in my signature, I chop and change my Astro equipment on a regular basis as that is one of the things I like about the hobby. (Fortunately my wife is very understanding so getting new kit is not an issue) As a result I don't really master any one astro subject but I have fun using different kit which is the main thing. I don't have an EQ mount just an ioptron minitower pro. at the moment, I suppose ultimately I'd like to end up with reasonably portable set up that would allow me to do EAA, AP and visual. Options: 1) Use my existing ioptron mount in AZ mode with a new EAA camera - probably a Atik Horizon (colour) with my 130mm and 80mm fracs. 2) Buy an ioptron IEQ45 Pro mount and use my modified Canon 600D (assuming it can do EAA) and Eagle core for control and guiding. (unfortunately my budget won't stretch to a new IEQ45 and a new Atik Horizon) 3) Buy an ioptron CEM25P mount and an Atik Horizon (colour) and use with my 80mm frac. and Eagle core for control and guiding. What would you do? Different EAA camera? Different mount? Any suggestions would be gratefully received.
  12. A40farinagolf

    Ioptron AZ Pro

    Hi, I have an ioptron minitower pro which is the same as the one below, it's in good used condition and works a treat, complete with 2nd dovetail clamp, aluminium storage case, counterweight and 2" tripod. I am asking £550 + £15 uk p+p or you can pay cash on collection from mid Cheshire. ENS also have the same as mine for sale at £748 https://www.astroshop.eu/alt-azimuth-with-goto/ioptron-minitower-pro-mount-with-2-tripod/p,50082?utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=50082&utm_campaign=1801&utm_source=froogle&gclid=Cj0KCQiAv_HSBRCkARIsAGaSsrBexj1c2yZ2217ZvmGCDZr_K5_4AZljRgaQLQt2WHrN1S6hAA99L4QaAryREALw_wcB&utm_content=
  13. WinRAR worked so 3.3.6 downloaded and opened, I selected and ticked 26 images that were registered and stacked, it took a couple of minutes and the result was a correctly proportioned image which is a big improvement over the first one. The downside now though is that DSS says that only 1 image has been stacked at 1minute 16 seconds exposure- Any suggestions as to what has happened please?
  14. I've now downloaded 3.3.6 version but my laptop won't do anything with the RAR file - any suggestions? Is it possible to download in a different format?
  15. I loaded 3.3.2 so will try 3.3.6 and will let you know - thanks.

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