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  1. So using the link just posted, I tried a very simple but effective solution: Take a 12mm bolt and measure the needed length by comparing with the original center bolt supplied with the tripod. Then using the original to determine the length of the area that has no thread, then remove the thread on the new 12mm bolt with a little grinder. Now install the new modified bolt. Works perfectly. thanks for all the help and ideas here.
  2. The following link describes a useful solution which essentially takes a M12 bolt and files down part of the thread to emulate the bolt supplied with the original mount. http://practicalastronomy.com/fitting-a-skywatcher-eq6-mount-to-a-telescope-pier/
  3. Thanks for the links and suggestions. The image was taken from another forum but the setup is the same. I think I'm going to use the 6mm Al/steel plate option.
  4. I've removed my EQ6 from its tripod legs and installed the head directly onto a wooden plate of 20mm thickness as follows: The center bolt which came with the tripod is a so called shoulder bolt of 12mm thickness. I opted to use a simple threaded 12mm rod but this does not clamp the head onto the base sufficiently snuggly. It seems that there are 2 solutions: 1. Either go for a thinner base onto which to mount the head and so use the original supplied threaded bolt 2. Source the righted specced 12mm shoulder bolt Any ideas of which may be the better route?
  5. Eta Carina to Southern Cross (85mm F1.8 with Samsung NX500, 1min expsoure) and Large Magellanic Cloud (135mm F2 with Samsung NX500). Both taken at reasonably dark sky site. Would like to retake the LMC at some stage, framing was not ideal
  6. Did a bit of processing using the DBE tool in Pixinsight to remove some of the light gradient
  7. A few more. Typical exposure was 60 seconds. Some of these for example the Large Magellanic cloud was taken with an 80mm f7.5 refractor. At this stage no flats darks or bias pics taken
  8. Eta carina to Southern cross region. 85mm f1.8 samsung lens on samsung nx500 dslr. 1x 60sec. Processed in Nebulosity
  9. Ok thanks Don. My defective pixel removal box was ticked
  10. What are the proper colour settings on the X2C? my stars look green....
  11. So after a long hiatus I managed to get the following 2 images. M6 and M7 in scorpius. Hoping to add a few more
  12. Seems that pic size might be the problem, 18Mpix camera images fine, but 28Mpix not
  13. Was using deep sky stacker to stack a simple 16 image set of pics of the Jewel Box (NGC4755) and after 27min of processing, DSS reports that it is out of memory. Is this a problem related to the size of the images (using a Samsung NX500, 28MP)? Drizzle is off, all settings standard. Laptop has 8GB of RAM, enough hard drive space; HP Compaq 6280s If this is related to size of file, I could reduce resolution, but are there other good stacking alternatives? Thanks Ryan
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