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About RichM63

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    Unfortunately the first 2 items won't raise any red flags at all, as bog standard on 2nd hand sites. Unless posted together, which won't happen. However the TAK's are in a different ball park. I'll modify my search parameters to include them for a while. Snag is, likely snot rag, has no idea and has moved them on to someone who knows how to get shot of them. Your friend should advise the genuine S/H dealers that we all use; about the Serial Numbers, ID Tags, to input them into their computers. Then give up and instigate an Insurance Claim. Rich
  2. Have I broken my EQ2 mount?

    Glad you got it sorted. saves figuring out how to post this complete one to you. Maybe add a smear of grease, spot of WD40 to the outside of the piston, can't hurt. I'm a good 'unscrewer' of things, I always know that I can 'screw it up again' ! Rich
  3. Have I broken my EQ2 mount?

    Hmm, just remembered I have an old EQ1 or EQ2 in a cupboard. From your pictures above. The shiny sliver bolt thing on the opposite side to your hand controller contains a piston with an internal spring that forces the piston head against the casting thus giving resistance to the hand controller opposite. The spring can not fall out on its own, nor can you see it unless you dismantle, but you may possibly have crushed it. 2 mins, unbolt it and pull out the piston to check the spring, bit like a bigger version of a ballpoint pen. In your bottom picture it is the silver item top right. Nothing special about the spring that I can see in front of me. A good hardware/engineering store most likely will stock something to replace it if required. Rich
  4. 600mm Mirror Lens for Astro?

    I have a 500mm Samyang f6.3 mirror lens, which might be a better option. Not tried it at night, I suppose I should.
  5. Yup, that's the one that came to mind. It seems almost identical in every way to my Zomei just different badges. Basically a Manfrotto clone. Rich
  6. Fully understand. try looking into other 'clones', K&F Concept, Koolehaoda 62" etc, they all seem to be pretty similar. Probably all out of the same factory, and in your budget +- half a beer
  7. No! the link I posted was for decent kit. Albeit a bit more than you want to spend. The Pan head on your proposed rig is not worth attaching things to! unless you want sometimes floppy, sometimes jerky motion, and certainly iffy in terms of kit security. Like everything, you get what you pay for in this game. Best of luck, Rich
  8. The bracket in your post will be the most solid bit of kit in the train. The whole of the head on that T/Pod and other bits looks to be made from Far East plastic. I have something similar that has lived outside with a trail camera on it since September, I would not consider using it with either Bins or DSLR Camera. or bringing it back indoors. If you can hang fire and save up a bit more, look at the Zomei Z818 Kit. I hang a Batt Gripped 5D III and 150-600 zoom off it with no worries. Best, Rich
  9. 7D+150-600 zoom lens Sun Stacking Trial

    Many thanks John. Nope, you kindly sent me a recipe for Lunar PP, about the same size in the viewfinder so I followed that. I'll paste the above into my Word file and see what I can make of it. (bucketing down now, off to hunt down a new to me, lawn tractor, the 300mm prime gets pushed back yet again) ! Cheers, Rich
  10. 7D+150-600 zoom lens Sun Stacking Trial

    Thank you Pete, I'm struggling to work out what to do, after PIPP, AS3. to TIFF Both images created from the same RAW batch, combining multiple single frames to TIFF. Then all round the houses, PSP9, DXO 11, PSP9. But what do you experts do in PP ? Rich
  11. What else will I need?

    At the same time that you buy the 130P-DS also get a Cheshire Collimation Eyepiece in the package. You probably won't need it immediately but you most certainly will in the future, and don't forget to check the DSLR to 130P-DS adapter for your Nikon. Without which you won't be able to attach the Camera to the Telescope. Especially if you are trying imaging. Now study collimating Newtonian Telescopes, check out Astro Baby's tutorials etc. and don't be frightened, if you can change a light bulb, you can 'collimate' a Newt'. Doubt that you need to shell out on a Comma Corrector at this juncture. That's getting rather serious. When you are happy in your imaging methodology, then you will want to move your kit forward as you improve, or give up. Rich
  12. 7D+150-600 zoom lens Sun Stacking Trial

    Cheers, I'm trying to figure out what steps are required and what is acceptable. another bash at it. Rich
  13. Baader filter on the 150-600. ISO 100, f11, 18 frames as a first trial stack. PP as per a Lunar set (I think that I'm missing a step in terms of brightness). Hail showers and clear spells. Rich
  14. Sol WL 11-02-18

    Right. I think that I'll give it a try on the 700D + 150-600 with white light. Rigged up the EQ3-2 to accept the camera rig directly inc motor tracking. No idea about video settings...hint-hint. But at least if I 'fry' the 700D I will be less upset than with the other bodies. Rich
  15. Sol WL 11-02-18

    Nice John, no chance here. 3000 frames, video I presume?