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  1. I'm liking this a lot Michael. I've always wanted to do an animation. Even though you missed out on the GRS you've managed to capture Oval BA (Red Spot Jr.) in the South Temperate Belt.
  2. @michael.h.f.wilkinson @laudropb @bob-c cheers @Craney thanks Sean. I didn't use a Barlow or Powermate. I used 1.5X Drizzle in Autostakkert and in the final image edit I enlarged the image by a further 20%. I'm unsure of the focal length now, not sure how to work it out, it's well over 2000mm. I'm using a Bintel 2" SCT visual back adapter plus a Bintel 2" 2x Barlow with the lens removed plus the 1.25" diagonal. The ASI224MC camera has a Celestron UV/IR cutoff filter on the adapter which raises the camera out from the diagonal by about 5mm plus the 2 tubes of about 140mm in length. So do
  3. Well I hope the answer isn't WinJupos lol as great as that piece of software is. There's something I'm not doing correctly in the settings but can't figure out what it is.
  4. Cheers Steve. I've been wondering why there's not many Saturn posts. It's just clicked
  5. Thanks John, the plan is to get the hex plus more rings. Would you know the maximum time to capture and if I need to use WinJupos?
  6. I'm starting to image Saturn in the wee hours of the morning when the clouds part. Early days yet but it looks promising. Taken with the Celestron Nexstar 8i, focal extension tubes, ZWO ASI224MC with UV/IR cut filter. A 5 minute video was taken. PIPP for getting the better 5000 frames from a 10000+ frame video, then 1000 of the best frames stacked in Autostakkert. Registax for wavelets and the final edit in PaintDotNet.
  7. @xtreemchaos busy with life Charl with my spare time being spent on AP and buying more stuff, just started DSO. Have been keeping an eye on the forum
  8. I'm still working on Copernicus but the best I have so far is this. Captured with the ZWO ASI174MM camera, UV/IR cut filter and Celestron Nexstar 8i SCT.
  9. I've been busy trying to improve my lunar and planetary over the last few months or so. I'm still at it most nights when the weather and conditions permit. This was taken early morning on the 20th of March with the Sony a5000 at 2x zoom and the Celestron Nexstar 8i, no tracking, prime focus, ISO 250, 1/125th sec. It's a 6 pane mosaic stitched in MS ICE, final edit in PaintDotNet. These next images are with the Celestron Neximage 5 Solar System Imager, UV/IR cut filter and Celestron Nexstar 8i taken early morning on the 17th March. 3 minute videos were taken in Fi
  10. ok I now have Dec co-ordinates changing on the handset screen (as well as RA which was fine and working normally) but no movement with the Dec motor still. Strange.
  11. Hi happy-cat. I can hear at least 1 motor working ticking away. The thing is I can move it with the arrow keys on the hand controller with it showing changing co-ordinates on the display both Dec and RA, so it's getting power and the Dec encoder unit for both of them are working and communicating. It's got me beat. oh and yes I have loosened the declination lock knob on the shaft (not the clutch arm which is firm).
  12. Hi all. I have an older Meade Starfinder equatorial mount with the Dec motor not tracking. It's getting power and I can control it with the hand controller and can see the co-ordinates on the hand controller changing as well as visually seeing it move but tracking by itself it doesn't move. I've changed the Dec encoder unit over with a spare one I had but it's still not tracking by itself, co-ordinates still changing and can visually see it moving when using the hand controller. Would anyone have any ideas as to what the issue could be?
  13. hey again alacant. arh ha, Gotcha! Will report back to make sure everything will working correctly. I will be guiding with the ZWO ASI 174MM which has a guide port. Imaging with either a Sony a3000 DSLR or the smaller Sony a5000. Will be using a cheap wired shutter release cable to start with.
  14. G'day alacant, yes the laptop has the 232 male socket at the back, so the laptop is powering the handset? What happens to the black cable? There's also the guide camera cable which I think I still need or can I use the ZWO USB 3.0 transfer cable for that?
  15. Yes it helps a lot, thanks for the links alacat. Downloading them now... I was going through my gear and this is what I have, cable wise Would this cable on the left be ok or would it be better to buy the USB to Serial cable? I was actually looking at one of these USB to Serial cables from one of my search results the other day on ebay. ------------------- Ok I downloaded ASCOM, installed it, then opened it. seems to be fine. I'll need to work out port settings later. ------------------- I downloaded the latest version of EQASCOM. Install
  16. @D4N I bought the ZWO second hand, the only thing it didn't come with was the guide cable. @alacant I'd rather just go straight to auto guiding and get some practice in. Ok so first thing is to install eqmod, then Cartes du Ciel star chart. So a rough polar align and star align is ok to see if it slews and communicates correctly, if it does then download PHD2. Got it, thanks. I'll need to test this tomorrow, cheers.
  17. Hi all. I would like to start auto guiding for some of the bigger nebs, mainly Orion's neb to start with but I'm not really sure what software I should download as there's quite a lot out there. If someone could point me in the right direction that would be great. The gear I'll be using will be either the Celestron Nexstar 8i with GPS attachment which doesn't deal with field rotation, or the Skywatcher EQ6 Pro with a suitable scope. I have an off-axis guider attachment, the ZWO ASI174MM for the guide camera and Sony a3000 DSLR camera or smaller a5000 to image with. The only thing I h
  18. Thank you Alan. The image/area you're talking about (Aristarchus and Herodotus craters with rilles) I've only managed to capture it once before by accident. I was glad I captured it again but my capture settings were slightly off. There's always next time
  19. These were taken 1 day before the Super Moon on the 13th November. Taken with the ZWO ASI174MM, Celestron Nexstar 8i SCT, no diagonal, extension tube, Celestron UV/IR cut off filter. Captured with Firecapture, stacked with Autostakkert 2, wavelets in Registax 6 and finished off in PaintDotNet. I seem to have had a good night for a change and I'm quite happy with images 1,2 and 5.
  20. I was thinking of the 3x but I don't think conditions here would justify buying one. I don't want it sitting for the rest of it's life in an EP case. I'm thinking 2.5x max and as you say it would be better suited for the ZWO ASI174MM with the C8.
  21. Cheers Michael. It's strange as some people using a 2X Barlow and much smaller scope get much better results than myself without using a Barlow. A good example of that was recently posted in the Small Scope Lunar Challenge thread. I think I'll be happy with either and will get better results to work with. I've been using extension tubes without a diagonal recently which seems to be working well but would like to do higher magnification work without degrading image quality.
  22. Hi all. I'm heading down the road of buying a 1.25" Televue Powermate or a 1.25" Explore Scientific Focal Extender. I'll be using it for imaging lunar and planetary with a Celestron Nexstar 8i SCT. The camera that I'll be using will be the ZWO ASI174mm. I've been reading up about both of them for some time now and both seem to be a good investment but consensus leans towards the Televue Powermates which will cost a little more. I'm looking at the 2.5x 1.25" Televue Powermate or the 2x 1.25" Explore Scientific Focal Extender. I have a few questions... Will I notice a big dif
  23. Taken from Mandurah Western Australia. Afocal single exposure through a 40mm EP and the Celestron Nexstar 8i SCT with a Sony Cybershot DCS-W610 14mp compact digital camera. This seems to be the best of the bunch from well over 100 shots for the night.
  24. I'm still out there when I get the chance. This was taken 1 week ago through the Tasco 17tr 80mm refractor telescope, Hybrid mirror diagonal and a 32mm Celestron Plossl eyepiece. Afocal shot, hand held but this time with a Sony Cybershot W610 compact digital camera 14mp. Some optical zoom used with the camera. A total of 136 photos taken, this was about the best with a handful of other keepers.
  25. Great setup Stephen and results from the little reflector, love it.
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