Jump to content

Stargazers Lounge Uses Cookies

Like most websites, SGL uses cookies in order to deliver a secure, personalised service, to provide social media functions and to analyse our traffic. Continued use of SGL indicates your acceptance of our cookie policy.



  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Community Reputation

825 Excellent


About cuivenion

  • Rank
    Sub Dwarf

Profile Information

  • Gender
  • Location
  1. I've observed it through binoculars a few times, but it's too hard to image from my suburban area. It never really gets high enough. I may try a daytime shoot sometime.
  2. +1 for Sharpcap. Never used Polemaster but I've never felt the need after trying Sharpcap.
  3. It's not an easy hobby. I've recently had about 6 hours of data messed up because of having my mirror clips too tight. I'll still use and put it up when I get the chance. It's worth it when it all comes together though.
  4. To be fair a single 30 seconds unguided sub is about as much imaging time as I'm going to get at the moment. ?
  5. When you say 'polar misaligned' does it matter if your misaligned in altitude, azimuth or both?
  6. I appreciate the post. I consider all of it to be observing using different tools. I've always taken visual observing to be using an eyepiece.
  7. If you're saying you prefer eyepiece observing then thats fine with me, but you did say: 'I like that too, but it's not observing'. Yes it is.
  8. Guess Nasa is wasting it's time then. Observing is making an observation, this can be done by looking at an image. The photons have hit the digital sensor instead of your eye and while the image is a representation of those photons it's no less viable a technique. Lenses and mirrors are a type of technology too and introduce their own abberations to the photons you're seeing (CA and diffraction). To be a complete purist you'd just have to use the naked eye, of course many of us would have to take off our glasses too. The advantage of EAA is you can also record what you have seen, so other people can confirm the veracity of your observations. I have no problem with anyone exploring the universe in his or her own way but too say that EAA is not observing is completely inaccurate.
  9. Completely agree I've had some great times eyepiece observing and it's not to be denegrated as some important discoveries have been made with it and will continue to be. I think its important to note that progress marches on though. I reckon people like Herschel would have have loved our modern mirrors, lenses, mounts and other technology. If I happen to discover a supernova or comet during an EAA session does it not count because I wasn't using an eyepiece?
  10. Yeah I mean, why bother with the HST? It's not like you're looking through it with your own eyes. (Sarcasm aside I will say that eyepiece observing is great and I've enjoyed it immensely. However it's ridiculous to claim that EAA isn't a form of observing.)
  11. Hi, I'm pretty sure there's no worm movement (if you're talking about worm end float). "How have you set the gear train?", I don't understand the question I'm afraid, if you're referring to the gears on the side it's a belt modded mount. I am wondering how you preload correctly on the dec axis though. Maybe thats the problem. Thanks for all the replies, pretty certain I'm just getting the rebuild wrong somewhere. I'm not the most mechanically minded but I like to try.
  12. Hi, done all that I'm afraid, It's belt modded as well.
  13. The the thing is though, I tune it till I can't feel backlash by hand and there's no play. The Dec axis is rock solid but still moves smoothly but I still get significant backlash. I'm a bit baffled.
  14. Could be, in my case I'm getting good results with the RA and worse backlash with the dec. There was a damaged main shaft bearing in the dec that I replaced with a 6006z not zz so I'm wondering if that could be the cause. PHD2 reports thats the dec backlash is 6000ms. There's no play in the dec and I can't detect any backlash when turning the worm by hand. The dec turns quite smoothly once I have it set up. The only thing I can think of is that the worm and worm wheel are misaligned.
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.