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  1. Plenty of people use an EQ5 for AP - so long as you can guide it you should be ok Look at Mark's site, http://astrocasto.blogspot.co.uk/ To see what he used to do
  2. I think PHD just sends EQMOD additonal (correction) signals, it doesn't guide the mount directly - stand to be corrected on that one though.
  3. EQMOD is set to pulse, and fairly sure it's not a conflict on guiding as it works using seperate usb ports. Given that the board in the laptop physically shares the bandwidth between usb ports (as do all laptops) it shoudn't make any difference using a hub and the traffic requirements will be pretty small anyway. My guess is a config issue where the software can't find the scope because it's on a different port or internal address, but not sure how to test this theory, nor what to do about it if it is. Does nobody use a hub in their setup? At least then I would know it's techically possible to do .
  4. I use software called 'redscreen' puts all programs on a pc into red mode, and you can switch back and forth, see no reason why it won't work on windows 8 - worth a try. http://www.astrodigital.net/download/redscreen_windows/redscreen_windows.html
  5. Alternatively I can see no reason why a standard PC cable won't work, at less than half the price http://www.senetic.co.uk/product/CAB-CONSOLE-USB?gclid=CJ7vjdy6wcMCFfHKtAodL0EARg Adding the word 'astronomy' to an item is seen as good reason to double the cost !!
  6. Trying to persuade Backyard EOS, EQMOD (through Cartes-du-Ciel) and PHD to talk to each other through a USB hub It all seems to work, except for PHD. PHD can see the mount and the guide cam, and gets an image when I loop, but when I try to send the mount a command (even manually in the tools menu) I just get a PulseGuide error and nothing happens. I'm assuming PHD can't send the commands via the ASCOM drivers for some reason (it's fine when it uses its' own dedicated USB port on the laptop) - so is it just a configuration issue? Do I need updated drivers (though from what I can see everything is bang up-to-date (all drivers and software)) or is there some other setting I need to change to get it to work? I had to alter the DCOM port in Cartes-de-Ciel (to enable it to launch EQMOD) so do I need something similar for PHD, though I can't find any menus to allow ports to be specified. Any help appreciated, especially if you use a similar set-up Chris
  7. Thanks Will do some searching. On a different note, the USB hub looks good. Tried one out today, but couldn't persuade PHD to talk to EQMOD via ASCOM drivers - just got PulseGuide errors - anybody got this working?
  8. Ok, thanks - how did you attach it? Worried that a self adhesive pad won't hold for long, or does it?
  9. Prob too far, but Galloway is a designated dark sky area
  10. HEQ5 ports are in a different place in relation to the NEQ6 - on the face round to the right equivalent in the photo above - and no hook. Thought about self adhesive cable hook, but not sure the glue will be very strong with cables dragging on them
  11. Not tried getting up early yet, always put off by the fact that it's all for nothing if it's cloudy. At least at night I know it's cloudy before going to bed rather than the other way round
  12. I've read in a few places that the ports in the board on an HEQ5 are not too robust. Thus, to avoid cables constantly pulling against them, it seems sensible to 'tie' the cables back and attach to the mount to reduce the stress. Currently I've a couple of rubber bands that I put round the scope and push the cables under, but it means I can't remove them easily, and it doesn't exactly look good, Is this a real problem I should be concerned about, and if so, what do folks do about it? Thanks in advance Chris
  13. Yes, lots (and lots and lots) of images, then careful teasing with curves and levels in photoshop
  14. I just bought a secondhand 200P on an HEQ5, with guidescope and cam Guy I bought itrom took these images with the kit http://astrocasto.blogspot.co.uk/ just so you know what is possible Thinking I might add an ED80 at some point, but right now the 200P is good
  15. This was my first attempt with SPC900 and 5x barlow
  16. Thanks for all the responses so far, some good ideas to incorporate into my workflow going forward
  17. I've a Celestron 130 SLT newtonian, and would have considered keeping it - probably still on an HEQ5 though - except that it won't reach focus with a DSLR. Now if you have the SW 130 PDS, that will reach focus and off you go. An HEQ5, from all I read, and advice received, is pretty much the minimum for a scope, camera, guide scope and camera etc - it has a payload of about 11kg for imaging, and that lot won't be too far short. I think an EQ3 would most likely struggle, but others will no doubt correct me
  18. Me thinks I need a photoshop evening class. Finding the star seems to be the easy bit. 3 hours last night, start to finish to collect the data, over 5 hours today alone just processing it, and I'm sure I could do better if I knew the ins and outs of photoshop a bit more.
  19. I just bought an HEQ5, SW 200P, Canon 1000d, coma corrector, guide scope and cam and various other bits and pieces (in other words a pretty comprehensive bit of kit) for less than the price of a new HEQ5, the seller even threw in his laptop and all the necessary software. What's more he linked me to his website, so I know what the kit is capable of if I can learn all the necessary skills. There are deals out there, this was by far from unique, it just happened to be close by so I bought it. Post a wanted ad here, and on AstroBuySell. There are a surprising number of people looking to sell a complete outfit.
  20. Another attempt, reducing the red channel a bit
  21. Is that a focal length issue rather than a aperture one. I guess the SCT will have a much higher magnification, thus requiring better seeing - no?
  22. For a budget of £600 (is that your budget) you can pick up a few reasonable outfits, especially if (as it seems) you already have the camera. At college the students use the SW 130pds on an EQ3 with clockwork timer on the RA axis. For the money they get some very creditable results
  23. Will have another go at processing it - been a bit heavy with the red channel
  24. With my celestron 130, Jupiter is a large disc, with some detail on a night with very good seeing, but you will never see it the same as in the books. If I use a 9.8mm and 2x barlow, on a very good night I can se bands if I relax my eyes and allow them to 'see' for a while - but I found it it takes quite a bit of practice
  25. If the moon is up, use it to focus first, it's a much easier target
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