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  1. Guiding - best camera

    I have 2 telescope setups and use both the Lodestar X2 and the QHY5LII. The Lodestar wins but, that said, the QHY5LII is a very good camera and gives more bang for the bucks. /Lars
  2. I looked at Optec's web page but didn't find much information about the hardware used in the Lacerta for Lodestar hardware kit other than it works in a similar way as with an ONAG. I can see in the picture they show of the Lodestar X2 camera that they seem to have replaced the front window but not more info than that. I may have missed it but is there any more info on the hardware used? Regards Lars
  3. Sh2-261 Lower's nebula

    That's a beautiful image of a nebula I haven't seen imaged before. /Lars
  4. Many thanks John. I have a USB Focus motor that I would probably be able to fit to the Skywatcher with a little work on the adapter. Regards /Lars
  5. Not meaning to hijack this thread but I'm contemplating an Esprit 80 or 100 and since I'm having much problems with my present focuser on an 80mm Meade 5000 clone, I wonder if any of you with experience of the Esprits are happy with the Skywatcher focusers? Being able to run consistent V-curves with a stock focuser would be great. /Lars
  6. I saw a specification stating that the mount weight is 7.5 kg and the tripod is 6 kg. I don't know if the latter is for the lighter or heavier tripod though. /Lars
  7. Wonderful and detailed image of this dwarf nebula so far away. /Lars
  8. Need some help with old cge mount

    I used to own a CGE built in 2008 and my mount and many other CGE:s suffered from oxidation on the RA and Dec Connectors (don't know if this is the proper English Word). This caused the mount to run haywire at times. The solution to the problem for me was to buy a set of new connectors from here : http://bendun.net/CGE-UPGRADE-KITS.html I don't know if this will solve your problem, but it is a common problem on an otherwise excellent mount. /Lars
  9. Yerkes-McDonald 16

    Very nice picture of an object I've not seen before. Was this with the MN190 scope? /Lars
  10. Cas A RGB at F10

    Congratulations to that catch! I didn't even think it was possible to image this without a 20" and 20h (that's what Ken Crawford used for his image). And like you I have been feeling optimistic about Einstein's cross but one would probably need exceptional seeing to crack that one. /Lars
  11. Count me in I've never heard of this galaxy but that looks like something I have to visit. /Lars
  12. I'm one of those who think less is better so I really like your processing. /Lars
  13. Paramount MX+ opinions sought

    It's true that almost every premium brand owner, mount or telescope or car or anything will sing halleluja for their brand in a forum and generally that is because they are quite happy with it. But when speaking to them personally, one almost always gets to know the quirks that you won't see in the forums so I recommend that if you can find owners of the mounts you are interested in, try and talk to them in personal and you will also get to learn a lot of real good info about the equipment that has been gained by hard experience. So even though premium brands have their problems, they still are premium brands for a reason and that is normally because of the performance they can show when they work at their best, but the most important thing for most of us is that they can perform at their best every day (or night) without a lot of fuss and as you ask, without a lot of maintenance. Edit: And of course if you can get advice from someone like Olly, who is not tied to a brand but hosts a lot of different mounts, this is worth a multitude. /Lars
  14. Paramount MX+ opinions sought

    I do regrease the RA- and DEC-worms annually. When putting things back together again, I also adjust the cam-stop. These are the only things I do. One has to remove the motors to be able to regrease the worms, but there are both good videos and written instructions on how to do this so anyone can do it. Paramounts seem to be built so the user easily can remove or exchange parts in case anything should break, though Paramounts are generally very highly regarded when it comes to remote imaging just because they are very trouble-free. I haven't read the forums regarding maintenace though. Is it any specific thing that concerns you? /Lars