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  1. Hi Richard The best thing to buy first, is a copy of 'Making Every Photon Count' https://www.firstlightoptics.com/books/making-every-photon-count-steve-richards.html. It will give you a fighting chance of identifying the right kit for you. It's also worth having a quick look at some of the images in this thread https://stargazerslounge.com/topic/210593-imaging-with-the-130pds/?do=findComment&comment=2247736 you'll be surprised at what can be achieved with a smaller (an cheaper) scope. Clear skies Ian
  2. Hi Jon, The Canon EOS Utility enables live view and it's available on a Mac. Ian
  3. Hi Gerard, I have an EQ5 Pro and a 130PDS and can get 180 seconds without star trails without guiding. Balancing and polar alignment are the key things to getting the best out of the EQ5. Have a look at one of the polar alignment apps, maybe something like Sharpcap http://www.sharpcap.co.uk/sharpcap/polar-alignment it will make life so much easier. Clear skies Ian
  4. You could try adding a webcam to your polar scope. There's an Astronomyshed youtube showing you how to do it. I think about this every time I'm polar aligning!! Ian
  5. Geoff, One other thing, are you sure that COM Port 5 is still correct? Unplugging the EqDirect cable or turning off your PC or using a different USB port can all cause the COM Port to change. Ian
  6. Geoff, I use StellariumScope rather than the Telescope Control Plug-in. You can download a copy from http://welshdragoncomputing.ca/x/index.php/home/stellariumscope/download-stellariumscope. Clear skies Ian
  7. Laptops will run hot, if the CPU is being max'd out. Looking at what you think is running, an i5 shouldn't be max'd out, so it's likely to be something else. Anti Virus software would be my best guess.
  8. Juan at Cheap Astrophotography also offers a modification service. http://cheapastrophotography.vpweb.co.uk/ Clear skies Ian
  9. I'm not sure that the 'stretching' is caused by coma. With coma, you would expect that tails would point towards the edge, so a star towards the top right corner would have a tail pointing towards the top right, one in the bottom left, would point towards the bottom left etc. That isn't the case here. It could be down to having a bit of tilt in the camera connection. The other thing is, this is your first astro image and we all could recognise that it was an image of stars, so it was a good image and you should be proud of it Clear skies Ian
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  11. Hi Andy, You should be able to get hold of Graham on graham.holmes12@googlemail.com. Regards Ian
  12. A big leisure battery is the way to go (if you don't want to use mains power). They hold more charge and are a lot cheaper than power tanks. I've got an 80A/hr battery and it will go all night. Clear skies Ian
  13. Hi Doug, Yes the CR2 files are Canon RAW files and these are the ones to use for processing. I think if you download and install the Canon utilities, you should then be able to open and view the CR2 files. I can view them in windows 10 and have installed the canon utilities. Ian
  14. Doug, That's a great first image, far better than mine. Looking at your image, it looks like you managed to get both PA and focusing pretty close to spot on, which is an achievement in it's self and both get easier with practice. The one downside is that now you have successfully connected a camera to your scope and taken an image, the urge to upgrade to ever more expensive gear will become evermore irresistible!!! Clear skies Ian
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