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About jadcx

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  1. I thought about ‘constructing’ something but despite the implication of missing Monday, I’d prefer to exchange it for the right product.
  2. That’s an option I hadn’t consider, so thanks!
  3. Mild apologies in advance, but I'm a little annoyed, mostly with myself. Having decided that I'd like to try and see the transit, and being new to solar observing, the inevitable FLO order was necessary. I though that I'd try and use the little FS-60CB, so after a few emails about the options, I opted for the Baader ASBF filter. Unfortunately, I ordered the 80mm filter t match the 80mm tube of the scope, and of course, this isn't how those measurements work So now I have a solar filter that either too big or too small for my scopes, and not enough time to replace it. I know it's probably going to be cloudy anyway, but I'm still frustrated.
  4. Ha ha ha - does it come with the SAS man to carry it too?
  5. Rowan AZ100 - and it has the slo-mo controls... it *is* tempting. From the pictures I've seen it just looks a bit... big. I know that at 8.5kg it is portable although that's considerably more (yes, admittedly for more of a mount too) than the Ayo II or even the Ayo Digi. It's probably a good option and I likely need to let go of my fantasy of a mount and scope that fits in my rucksack. I don't even know why that fantasy exists, because apparently the Uni-18 is going to magically levitate to wherever it is I'm heading
  6. Hi Having finally accepted that I'm just not finding or making the time to set up my gear for imaging, I've been moving towards a predominantly visual setup with some reasonable consideration for quick(er) setup times and portability. So the NEQ6 is out (want to buy it?) leaving me with just the AzGti for now. I like it a lot, but it's not really designed for regular manual movement, and I'm looking for options. My wishlist so far is: An alt-az mount Push-to capability (I'm leaning towards a Nexus DSC) Loading is currently quite light, the FS-60CB is teeny, and the 90mm is around 5kg Some future-proofing would be nice, so maybe a load of up to 12kg would be good (that 150mm refractor might still be mine one day) Budget - I'd like to not exceed £1500 As for mount options, I'm not so sure: AYO II with encoders looks very appealing Looks great, good portability Should I be concerned about the encoder being *only* 5000 ticks per revolution? Digi II Yes the Ayo II does what I need, but while I'm buying something, I could get this and never look back It is heavier, and bigger, and more expensive than the Ayo II Obviously I've looked at the emerging details of the Rowan AZ100 It's beautiful, but seemingly not so portable, and is perhaps more broadly overkill for my needs DSV-3 Seems like a potential fit, but it's US based and so a bit go a hassle to get over to UK DM-4 As DSV-3 for being US based 8kg loading which is OK for now but not future proof I keep going round in circles, so I'm hoping that some of you will have opinions and expereices which can help me narrow this down. J
  7. Sky-Watcher NEQ6 Mount A well known mount, ideal for astrophotography This a few years old (I've had it for 4 years and it was second hand to me) so there are some expected 'wear and tear' scrapes to the paintwork SynScan hand controller EQDIR cable (I used this with INDI and EKOS / Kstars very successfully) Upgraded ADM Dual Saddle for Vixen (Sky-Watcher/Celestron) and Losmandy type dovetails (Original saddle also included) Heavy duty ABS Peli type case and counterweight storage bag Stainless Steel tripod I'm also including a power supply, so you can be up and running as soon as possible £650, collection from Nottingham. This is a serious bit of kit (AKA heavy to courier) so collection preferred but if you want to arrange your own courier then I'll be happy to help where I can. Bank transfer or PayPal (buyer pays fees).
  8. I'm finally accepting the harsh reality that I just don't find (or make) the time to set up and image, so I'm moving to a visual observing focus for the time being. Hence, the imaging kit is for sale. My NEQ6 is also available This comes in the original supplied hard case, and includes all cables. It is, in my opinion, an awesome bit of kit, which is why it is such a shame to leave it sat here doing nothing. Starlight Xpress Trius 814 imaging kit Trius SX-814 camera (mono) Mini USB filter wheel inc. off-axis guiding Lodestar X2 guide camera Trius SX-814 camera (mono) Image format - 9.18 megapixels, 3388 x 2712 pixels in a 12.5 x 10mm array Pixel size - 3.69 x 3.69 uM QE - Peak (Yellow light) approx. 75%, H-alpha approx. 60% Well depth - 15,000e System gain - 0.25e / ADU Extremely low level of dark noise - you may not need dark frames Image download time - 7 seconds in 1 x 1 binning mode Set-point Cooling - 2 stage high efficiency Peltier cooler giving approx. -40C temperature reduction Triple port powered USB hub built-in (which means you can connect the Lodestar and filter wheel to it) Dry Argon filled CCD chamber Power consumption - 1.5 amps max. at 12v DC (universal AC supply provided) Back focal length 17mm +/-1mm. Manufacturer spec. available here USB Filter Wheel inc. Off-axis guiding The mini filter wheel with off-axis guide prism, is a compact solution for mobile setups, or where the lightest possible wheel and guider are required The wheel is USB controlled and powered, with 5 filter positions Lodestar X2 The Lodestar X2 is an upgraded version of the very popular Lodestar autoguider This new 'Exview 2' chip approximately doubles the Lodestar sensitivity and adds nearly a full star magnitude to the minimum guide star brightness A standard RJ12 guide socket I bought this new from FLO in November 2017, it's not had very much use, and has been kept clean and dry. RRP is £2735, so I'm hoping that someone can appreciate the bargain. £1800 collection from Nottingham, +£20 for UK courier. Bank transfer or Paypal (buyer pays fees).
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