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Gazabone

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About Gazabone

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    Skywatcher 300P GoTo Dob
    Celestron C8 on SW NEQ6, Celestron 6SE, SW Evostar 120, Skywatcher 102
    Coronado PST
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    Truro, Cornwall.
  1. Hmmm, curious. Sky at Night just announced that there won’t be a January 2018 S@N as they’re making way for Stargazing Live.
  2. Best success to date, swapped the Icom over to a Funcube dongle and am now hearing the pings. Using SDRsharp software to run the dongle but I think I have to uninstall that and install the alternative software mentioned in the other thread. That will be another adventure again, but at least I know I'm now getting some pings ??
  3. Ah, sorry, yes the numbers up the side are kHz but it think on the plot, it's not relevant to detecting something (please tell me if I'm wrong). I did have it showing centered on 143.048 but I had some problems S effort yet as more interested in getting the receiver to ping and then sort out the waterfall). Many many many thanks Ian, you've given a lot for me to thonk about and I think I set the squelch quite close so I'll take that off as a first step. I'll go through all your thoughts tonight when I get home and see if I can make progress. I do wonder from what you've said if my squelch setting is what's cutting the sinlgnal off. Once I am detecting stuff I'll explore the mysteries of Spectrum Lab, I will get there eventually, thanks once again for all your help and advice. Brst wishes Gareth
  4. Ah, sorry, yes the numbers up the side are kHz but it think on the plot, it's not relevant to detecting something (please tell me if I'm wrong). I did have it showing centered on 143.048 but I had some problems with the laptop and can't seem to get it back to that (to be fair, haven't given it my best effort yet as more interested in getting the receiver to ping and then sort out the waterfall).
  5. Thanks Ian, the numbers are time stamps but you've stated my problem exactly. The audible signal seems more of a click, certainly not a ping. I'll see if I can tune to the signal you suggest. I've also just checked and the aerial is pointing pretty much directly at Dijion. Does the aerial need to be outdoors? It's in the loft at the moment. I do have an funcube dongle so I'll try uninstalling the software and downloading the software mentioned in the other post. Cheers Gareth
  6. Many thanks for this, yes, some interesting reading. This is the sort of "click" I'm getting (far right hand side at 21:24:54 and again at 22:15:40. These are not the only examples from a couple nights ago but this is about the full extant of what I'm getting. The software is Spectravue.
  7. Thanks Admiral, i have a feeling I'm not far off. I'm using SpectraVue and it does show definite blips which I'm assuming are meteors but I think the whole thing could work better. It might be worth shortening the aerial lead, I do have quite a bit to spare.
  8. Hi, I've been trying to get this to work now for about 18 months and despite what looks like some "hits" on my software, I have yet to hear the 'ping' from the receiver (I do see some of the "hits" being made but the sound is more of a snap than a ping with the trace on the waterfall lasting less than a second). I can only think that I have the receiver set up wrong. This is; icom R7000 tuned to 143.048 and set to SSB 7 element Yagi Ariel set horizontally in the loft pointing SE. Any ideas anyone please?
  9. Hi Dave, It is a mono camera and I used a manual filter wheel which I bought ages ago on eBay for £55. I am toying with getting an electronic wheel as the wheel I'm using "rotated" a bit when I was changing filters on the attached M27 which made processing a little more awkward. I used Artemis capture software for capture, DSS for stacking and Photoshop CS6 for processing. A friend of mine put in the spikes afterwards with a bit of software he has. I find that the subs have to be near perfect to get Dawn software to work well. Mind you, I'm very new to all of this so I'm probably not being fair to Dawn!
  10. 2017-04-21 Gareth M51.TIF2017-04-21 Gareth M51.TIFI bought a 314L from eBay several weeks ago and it works beautifully. Here's my first 2 attempts with it, both taken through a Meade 80mm apo
  11. Did this mod to my NEQ6 a few months ago; very well worthwhile imho, a great modification and very easy to do; even for my non-existent engineering skills (but probably only cos I followed Bernard's video on YouTube, particularly the hairdryer trick to get the covers off). You won't look back!
  12. The other consideration is whether or not your guide star is nothing more than a hot pixel. Been there, seen it, done it, got the t shirt!
  13. There is a commercially available one specifically for the PST; https://www.tringastro.co.uk/coronado-solarmax-ii-40mm-double-stacking-etalon-with-richview-tuning-system-11116-p.asp?gclid=CMW1yaWNrtQCFSwq0wodR3oFwQ but at £735, a bit pricey. You also need a converting ring to fit which I think is about another £40.
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