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    Photography (wildlife and Macro are my favourite subjects) and Image processing. Oh yes, my new hobby is astronomy / astro imaging.
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  1. Good evening, I have been humming and harring for a while now as to whether or not to plunge into buying the Celestron Starsense autoalign system. I have read many reviews on this and other forums and although the general opinion swung in favour of the positive I couldn't help the slight doubt when reading about some issues with regards to firmware updates etc. Anyway, it was my birthday this month and my wife asked me if I wanted to go for the starsense as she would like to buy it for me. After very little discussion I very appreciatively said yes I would very much like it. Wel
  2. Good afternoon, hope everyone is doing well. I have amassed lots of brownie points and so the keeper of the purse strings allowed me to indulge in a couple of purchases. One being the QHYCCD Polemaster (splendid piece of kit, no more wet knees / neck creeks or poking myself in the head with Dec screw on the bask of the mount). The other being the Atik Infinity (another splendid piece of kit and software). Well last night both items received first light. Polar alignment was a doddle and took a couple of minuets to complete, and then came the imaging with the Infinity. I usually use my
  3. I've just purchased the QHY Polemaster and really looking forward to testing its alignment capabilities. I've had it for 3 days now and for three days I have had the pleasure of gazing at a carpet of cloud. Still the evenings have been quite warm so at least I have had three days of enjoying my garden in the dark. I find it interesting how hit and miss the weather condition forecast is, sometimes its spot on other times it seems like a stab in dark. It just shows, I suppose how complex the weather systems are and how quickly slight changes can alter the expected outcome. But still we
  4. Wow, great images and great detail.
  5. Great shots. I also use a celestron 8" SCT and I think its a great scope.
  6. This is a great tool, its very light and portable. great for wide field using DSLR
  7. Well I have not been having much luck regarding the nemesis of the stargazer (Cloud). So today I thought I would catch a few images of the Sun. And what happens?............. The cloud rolls in. So never the less I have decided to post my image of a cloud covered Sun.
  8. Hi, thank you for your swift reply's I agree that for visual use, the standard focuser is fine, but as a few of yor reply's have mentioned, it is for my imaging that I would like a little more control. My main issues are mirror flop and the lack of fine adjustment. Having looked at the recommendations I think the unit that replaces the visual back would suit my needs best. Would I be right in assuming that this type of focus unit would also fit onto the back of a focal reducer ( I sometimes image with the Celestron f/ 6.3 focal reducer in place of the standard visual back). Best regards, Steve
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