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  1. Also this site At least you tried. Where's an optician when you want one. I notice on CN that there was also talk on why no competitive alternatives to Hyperstar are around - seems a guy at Starizona (who sell Hyperstar) owns the patent to the idea (Dont know if he bought it from Celestron Faster idea or his is different enough to be allowed a patent. I was once told by a good teacher "don't be a sheep but always question what everyone assumes to be true even though 99/100 times they will be right and you will be ridiculed - the 1/100 will be worth it". Again Don thanks for the time you've spent on this subject.
  2. Thanks for trying !
  3. Well done Paul - see a full page advertising spread ,in Sky at Night,featuring Starlight Live software. Nice if they had just found space to acknowledge you
  4. Go for the Obsys - I made my own using an old scaffolding tower , tin shed, corr sheets and OSB3 - now takes me 10mins to set up , roll off the roof and off I go - best investment I ever made. Also at the same time extended my wired Ethernet so all now remote (AND WARM ). Now saving for better scope or Hyperstar or camera or this and that (list endless ) but still having fun ! Perhaps someone will convert the Funstar with a corrective lens to help the SA but cheaper than the Hyperstar - or the pound will go mad and jump to £1 to $2.40 and HM R & C wont look at my "gift" from my American cousin in CA
  5. I did say that it wouldn't be "Hyperstar quality" - but what would you expect for $99 - As you say we will see when people like Don ,experienced with Hyperstar,reports back.
  6. I know a number of you post on CN and I have read the details there about this alternative Hyperstar (cost vs quality) called the "Funstar" . install link to CN discussion I appreciate the "quality" of the images would be far worse but could this be useful to EAA without spending mega bucks ? I am assuming the Lodestar would be usable in the Funstar ? I will certainly keep an eye on the feed back !
  7. You don't say what mount you are using but I haven't done 2/3 star alignment for 2 yrs ,dont even connect the handset anymore - I now use just ASCOM/EQMOD/ Platesolving/CDC - no changing kit and i can usually get to my centre of FOV to within 20 pixels of the object within 40 secs. Yes lazy but well worth it!! I am assuming you have an EQ mount and that the Infinity can produce single frame pictures in FITS,JPG or any of the supported formats - if not ignore me and I will climb back under my rock.
  8. Assuming the above is true try focusing on something during the day this will give you an idea of the focus point - mark this and then try again in the Dark but you will need to change exposure etc to compensate for the light conditions. If you cant get focus during the day try using something like a barlow to give more back focus. Good luck
  9. Ah thought so what a bummer !- IMHO I would advise you not to make up a cable to source the 12v as get it wrong and bang goes your handset - so be sure of your abilities as you don't need to update the handset software that often. As an alternative you could go EQMOD which then does away with the handset (and its updates!). Good luck!
  10. Hi - didnt know they made Handsets without the DC input plug on the bottom Or do you mean you have a 12v DC plug (male) which plugs into the handset to provide 12v dc power to the handset without being connected to a mount. If its the latter then you can but 12v dc adapters that run off the mains (ac 240v to 12v dc) but you have to make sure that the centre tip is the required polarity (think its positive tip - PLEASE CHECK your manual or go online for the manual !) and that it can provide at least 2amp's (again check manual). Didnt say what mount you had otherwise you can plug the power plug that you use for the mount into the handset as the mount just relays 12v dc . My info refers to V3 handset so maybe the V4 handset if different. Hope that helps!!
  11. Running Chicken looks more like "The Headless Horseman". Brill pictures as per normal.
  12. How about leaving some for the rest of us Very impressive as normal. Just shows you how big M101 is as an object. I presume anything with F2 is the Hyperstar ?
  13. Does not matter what you use as the imaging software so long as it can create individual frames of the correct format(e.g CR2,Tiff etc) - the software doesn't know Astrotoaster if running as there is no interaction - cant think of any reason why an older BYEOS (which I have too!) wouldn't work. More to do with the "power" of the PC/Mac. I have tried running Astrotoaster on another PC and just picking up the "shared" folder on the BYEOS/APT PC but its too slow. Might try using something like RoboCopy to sync folders ,as an experiment, but it runs ok with my set up.
  14. Does the modded dslr really make that much difference with Astrotoaster???
  15. The Bresser is just F5 - Higher ISO dont honestly know but its all a trade off. Still playing with the settings but the newer version of Astrotoaster(AT) is more practical than the orig one I used which annoyed me - e.g. restart the program manually just because I changed the monitoring folder I didn't use darks either but I suppose I could create a library but rather defeats the object,for me anyway , of EAA. Biggest problem with AT are the sliders with Colour Adj tab especially when using RDP(or other remote desktops) they are a pain to move.