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About oldannie

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  1. I've had a small Pulsar observatory for about five years now and whilst I can't compare it with any other design it has worked admirably for my needs. My husband did the base and I bought a Rigel Pier on which to mount my gear. The company who delivered it assembled it on site. It's not automated and I don't image remotely. I haven't yet minded going to the obsey to move the dome from time to time but I guess the time will come...... If we had more clear nights that time would come more quickly I guess. It's kept my equipment weatherproof though I do run a dehumidifier which I thought lon
  2. I have the book and on page 9, the Foreword, Steve says ' The vast majority of the content of this book centres on two programs, Adobe Photoshop and to a much lesser extent, Maxim DL.' Hope this helps Annie
  3. Am going to have to go through all these things. I think I shall initially make sure everything is tight enough which is something I should have done after a summer lay off! Will certainly consider backlash and periodic error. Thanks again Annie
  4. That makes sense Michael, for a while I had better results doing a two star alignment with stars near my target as like you it's normally one target a night. Will try your suggestion though. In the meantime I now have star trailing on two or three of my images - to me that suggests something is moving though not sure how to start diagnosing it!! Thanks for the suggestion Michael - much appreciated. Annie
  5. I've started to have alignment problems with my NEQ6 and synscan. Am aware that there could be a number of causes. I don't think it's an optical problem but some kind of mechanical problem. Until now I have always done a three star alignment and wonder if it's significant that it is the third alignment star that is now never anywhere to be seen? I have re polar aligned using polemaster as usual and done a factory reset so am looking for the next issue to consider. So frustrating on clear nights to take over an hour to align and find my target!! Annie
  6. The MGEN 11 guider has been superseded by the MGEN 111, I have been using the MGEN 11 for a number of years with a lot of success . Am I right in assuming I am too late to buy another new MGEN 11? Annie
  7. I should have said thanks for the info though - that's useful to know Lee.
  8. Thanks Lee - just solved the problem. Had my dunces cap on and simply named my project without specifying a location!!! Process template now saved as a template. Annie
  9. I want to create a template of the processes I will normally use in Pixinsight and assumed I would just open them onto my desk top and then save them as a project but when I do this am getting an error message: Win32 error - access denied. Am I doing something wrong? Thanks Annie
  10. If you want to spend some money try Adam Block's Pixinsight tutorials - he does two: Fundamentals and Horizons. Have got the first one and think it exceptionally good and comprehensive. A lot of hours of video tuition which means you can run Pixinsight alongside and follow what he is doing. All in all very well presented and very clear explanations. Annie
  11. I use Lacerta MGEN as a stand alone guider so not sure Sharpcap Pro would be appropriate? Am not convinced that polar alignment is the cause of the poor alignment as polemaster has always seemed a pretty good tool. Have always tried to avoid too much computer involvement as I fear if I move in that direction I shall be moving beyond my level of competence! However I suppose nothing ventured nothing gained!! Annie
  12. ok - will have a look at that. Thanks. Annie
  13. At the end of last season I was beginning to despair about alignment issues and with the prospect of a few clear nights thought I would try and rectify the issue but am far from clear about the cause. I image with Takahashi 106, Atik 460 on NEQ6 which I control using the handset. I polar align using polemaster and as far as I can tell it's accurate. I three star align though usually have to search for stars as they are often low and left in my capture software - Artemis. Any target was usually very low. I was thinking about doing a factory reset? I also wonder if I slew to an align
  14. That's a piece of work to be very proud of Carole - love the processing. Annie
  15. Sorry Ken!! Have had a look at all the suggestions and have to say the Feather touch is very tempting and as am now in my 70's - what the hell!! Am now looking at motors - any suggestions in that direction? Annie
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