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  1. Good evening, can anyone recommend a suitable cover to store an eq5 mount outside 24/7 365 days a year? I can see there are a variety of telegizmo covers but don't know which would be suitable for the mount only.
  2. Evening folks, I have been looking at installing a new sensor into my webcam and have been doing a bit of research. I have got as far as sourcing a new sensor at the moment! Can anyone confirm whether I have got the pin layout below correct and whether its as simple as removing the old CCD and and soldering in the new one? James ICX098-ICX618 -------------- 1-> 5 2 > 6 3 > 1 + 2 4 > 3 + 4 5 > 7 6 > 10 7 > 8 8 > 9 9 > -. 10 > 11 11 > -. 12 > 12 13 > 13 14 > 14
  3. Good Evening folks, Anyone know where to purchase a sensor to upgrade the CCD on SPC900nc? Possibly the Sony ICX618AL or ICX098BL?
  4. Rest in peace Sir Patrick you will be sadley missed.
  5. Sorry folks. Its 4 x 2 minute images at ISO1600 using a Skywatcher startravel 80 on a EQ5 and a Canon EOS digital Rebel. Fairly modest Equip. Hopefully Flats will help make the sky look a little darker. I think overdid the curves a little as its slightly brighter in the centre of the image?
  6. Here is my first crack at imaging a galaxy (or three). Makes all the effort worth while even it isn't going to win any prizes!!
  7. I used iso 400 from memory
  8. I have recently bought a startravel 102 and this is my first deep sky attempt. Only one image, 2 min exposure with Canon rebel and a bit of tinkering in photoshop. Comments would be welcome!!
  9. I currently have a Helios 8" reflector currently mounted on my EQ5 but wondered what extra weight it could take? would a Skywatcher 80mm or 102mm mounted on the 8" push its boundaries?
  10. What f-ratio should I be looking for in a telescope for imaging and what ratio for guiding? Is there a speed that suits the two?
  11. Just been reaidng up in the EQ5 conversion - does the Hitec astro usb interface do the same thing as the Shoesstring GPUSB interface?
  12. Thanks guys - manual guiding it is for now. Unless anyone can tell me how to do some modifications?
  13. I have an EQ5 mount with a dual axis motor and wondered how autoguiding could work with such a set up? Could anyone give me some advice?
  14. Good Evening, I have recently been reading about Apodizing screens and have been looking at how to make one. Can anyone recommend a material to use? Most of what I have been reading makes reference to US Window Screens? What UK equivilant could I use?
  15. Does anyone know if this would be suitable for deep space imaging. I am looking at starting imaging but didnt know whether this was suitable or what I should be looking for? Any advice would be greatley appreciated!
  16. 530 frames, a clear night and I am still struggling! Cant seem to get any colour into the image. The avi seems to be very orange. Have adjusted the saturation and fidled with the colour balance. Any Comments would be greatly appreciated!
  17. Hello Folks, I have a loose wire inside my Vesta!!! Can someone take a look at the attached pic and tell me where to solder it?????
  18. Hello Folks, Please could someone tell me about EP projection and Prime focus. Have just bought a modded Vesta and have been reading up on imaging and came across these phrases? Currently using a Skywatcher Skyhawk 114 with a 1.5 Barlow and imaging saturn. Have managed to sharpen my pics by stacking more data, but dont have much detail - no bands
  19. yes I do - someone has one for sale for £45 that I have been thinking about buying
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