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Everything posted by Mikea

  1. I don't think you can get it text book perfect - I can't remember why for the minute....what OTA is it?
  2. Now you have to tell us what camera you used!
  3. Unfortunately - confusion is often the way to start! You have to prioritise what is most important and then compromise. You seem to want everything - ( don't we all) - and of course you'll never get it in one package!! Personally , I will say don't go for a manual mount. Alt-Az is easier to figure than EQ, but once you've set an EQ mount up a few times, you'll wonder what all the fuss was about. Whichever, you want GOTO! I would hold off on the photography kick if you can for now. Reflectors will gather more light for a given weight if portability is important and a larger aperture is always better. Don't be put off by second-hand although the current virus stay at home thingy makes that awkward. If you can find a decent scope on an EQ5 PRO mount, that would be ideal, although the mount is quite heavy! Consider Skywatcher, Meade or Celestron OTAs. Sorry if I have added to the confusion, but you should be able to pick out some common threads from all the above good advice from everyone. Come back and ask more when you have had time to digest it all.
  4. 20 years ago, I didn't have a telescope. Now I have three!
  5. Almaak is very nice. Also, although not a double, but one of my favourites is the Stargate asterism in Corvus.
  6. If you have a decent car battery charger, I'd use that rather than the built in charger control circuit which, in my opinion, is a bit c**p. I use a Cetek MXS 5.0 (on motorcycle battery mode) to charge mine via the 4mm terminals on the back. Never had a problem. Take no notice of the LEDs!
  7. Don't discount buying used equipment either. I have found some excellent kit on the second hand market.
  8. EQ5 tripod is pretty stable, but I agree that shorter legs are better. Should be fine for visual - fully extended or not.
  9. A linear supply will just have output ripple at mains frequency which is relatively easy to manage. A switcher will have the additional HF noise at the switching frequency (E.g. 20kHz) which is rather more difficult (but not impossible) to eliminate. If it's got a chunky looking toroidal transformer, it is probably a linear supply.
  10. I don't know if it would work, but it sounds like it should and it's a great idea!
  11. Ah - no, I hadn't seen that before! I want a pier now!!
  12. It's Bank Holiday Monday - sorry about making you think - it's not allowed on holidays!! I just wondered if anyone had ever done it. How do you know Andy?
  13. I have an EQ5 pro mount and tripod. I also have a Celestron CPC800 GPS. The Celestron tripod is much more sturdy than the Skywatcher, although the Skywatcher is certainly up to the job. I just wondered if anyone had ever mounted an EQ5 Pro head on a Celestron CPC style tripod?
  14. What is the model of switch mode psu that you are using - and what is it powering?
  15. Can you please give me the distances between the four through-holes? I could do that for you, provided we can get the correct connector.
  16. Tried with the binos over the weekend but couldn't see it. Too much light pollution from Torquay and I was too cold/tired to stay up til silly o'clock, so I don't think I'll see it live. That was good image from Stuart!
  17. I took S&T on subscription for a couple of years, but since I was also buying Astronomy Now every month in WHS, I was building up too many magazines - together with computing and car mags! I dread to think how much I've spent over the years. So now it's just Astronomy Now.....and the car mags......and computer mags........and the occasional What Camera.................What HiFi. Anyone want to start Magazines Anonymous?!
  18. I think I would agree with Astro Imp. You want to maximise spend on the optics, not fancy mounts or electronics. Good luck, let us know what you go for.
  19. I'm aware that you can get RJ12 to USB adapters. I have no experience of these, so could not recommend one. A quick trawl did not get me enough information to confirm correct connectivity. I use a normal serial to USB converter cable, but some of these work better than others. I think mine came from eBuyer. 365 Astronomy sell them too.
  20. Phew - that's a relief!! I thought you were going to say "Nah - not for me - anyone want to buy a scope?"
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