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About Lee_P

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  1. I've bought an adapter to connect Nikon lenses to my ASI1600 camera, and am having a go at setting it all up. Currently I've piggy-backed the various bits 'n' bobs to my ED-80, but I wonder if there's a more efficient way to do it, as the telescope itself is essentially redundant; it's just a heavy skeleton for everything else to attach onto! If the experiment works out, it could result in a good portable set-up. So, any suggestions for an efficient (i.e. cheap and light!) but safe way of coupling the following items: * https://www.firstlightoptics.com/zwo-accessories/zwo-holder-ring-for-asi-cooled-cameras-78mm-diameters.html * https://www.firstlightoptics.com/guide-cameras/sky-watcher-evoguide-50ed-guidescope.html * https://www.firstlightoptics.com/finders/rigel-quikfinder-compact-reflex-sight.html to an HEQ5-Pro: https://www.firstlightoptics.com/skywatcher-mounts/skywatcher-heq5-pro-synscan.html I'm guessing the answer is here somewhere: https://www.firstlightoptics.com/dovetails-saddles-clamps/page/1/ Thanks in advance for any advice! - Lee
  2. UK Planetaria are listed here: https://www.planetaria.org.uk/ I can guarantee you a warm welcome in the Planetarium at We The Curious in Bristol. We present shows just for adults most Thursday evenings, as well as more general shows during the day, every day of the week. - Lee
  3. You could find your local Planetarium and see if they have any jobs: https://www.planetaria.org.uk/
  4. I have the same telescope and mount as you, and recently moved from a QHY8L to an ASI1600 Mono. I’d really recommend going mono, it opens up so many possibilities. The QHY8L is a good camera, but not in the same league in my opinion. In case it’s helpful, I’ve made two albums so you can compare and see what to realistically expect. All these photos were taken with your 'scope and mount, but from the centre of Bristol, so at the other end of the spectrum from your dark skies
  5. This sounds perfect, thanks! One quick question for clarification, which one is the lock screw?
  6. That's a pickle then, because surely there's not much point in having an autofocusser if it can't actually move? Maybe the lock screw needs to be tightened a bit, but not so much that it stops the autofocusser from doing its thing..?
  7. I think so, but maybe I should try tightening it up. Presumably the autofocusser will still be able to move?
  8. Hi SGL Hivemind, I'm using a SkyWatcher Auto Focuser (https://www.firstlightoptics.com/skywatcher-focusers/skywatcher-auto-focuser.html) on my 80ED, and an ASI1600MM-C camera + filter wheel. When imaging objects nearly overhead, I've noticed that the focus slips. I think this is because the weight of the camera is too much for the focusser. Does anyone else have experience of this? Is there something that can be done to help? Thanks, - Lee
  9. Ah, so there's no package that can be conveniently bought from FLO?
  10. Is there kit available to autofocus this telescope, so it can be automated through SGP?
  11. Welcome from a fellow Bristolian
  12. Here's my set-up in action: And a timelapse of it tracking:
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