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  1. Rolled in with mist/fog now here in the Scunthorpe area . Was nice and clear up until 2 ish. At least the Mrs and I got to try the new pier .
  2. Just been giving this a go, Keep getting a database error Update maybe? Be real handy for the Mrs and I
  3. Spam is from fake accounts not the use of the edit button.
  4. For the celstron goto's I've found that putting your actual coordinates in help a lot. Also when aligning make sure the last movements are done with the up and right direction keys.
  5. Might be an idea to do a complete wipe and fresh install of stellerium. I've uploaded my ssystem.ini if that helps. I'm running 13.2 on *nix though . Not that it should be different mind ssystem.ini.zip
  6. On the adapter when you wire it , make sure you do TX>TX not TX>RX like you think. Also don't forget the 3.3v feed. That's needed as to set the correct conversion voltage. Regards the DB9 wiring, I changed the Male to a female on the HC cable so to fit without a gender changer, I did hunt for a Female but be damned if I could find one.
  7. Why's that then? Is there a specific reason for them to not? Demand for that size maybe!
  8. Glad I made the wright decision then! (For a change) FLO are quick, they turned up this morning at just gone 9 Must say the ep does look good, we just need some nice clear skies now too see how they perform comparatively
  9. Finally decided on which ep's would be a good investment for the Mrs and I for use on a130 SLT . More of a treat for her with it being valentines day and all soon. I was originally looking at the celestron Luminos series but read some conflicting reviews on them. Decided on the vixen SLV series. So bought a 12mm . From what I've read they are good + good for people that wear glasses too as the Mrs does. The consensus with barlows seems to be the Skywatch ED 2x barlow is a good all rounder at the price range. The ep may be over kill going on the scope but my line of thinking is if we/she upgrade's the ep's can follow. If that makes any sense. Or have I made a boo boo ?
  10. Trouble is a new to most of the astro stuff so can't really help much in that regard but I see what you are saying. To me the best way is to use the RPI to talk directly to the mount in your case via TTL and do away with the serial conversion all together. I did mine this way as to have both usb ports free mainly . Though with the PI 2 that's mute I suppose. I was wondering about doing away with the RPI and getting a bluetooth module and just wire it inside the HC in my case but still need a conversion as most serial adapters are 5v instead the standard 12v. Put the pics in spoiler tags as there a bit big.
  11. Been new to all this, The Mrs has a 130 slt , We found that hers was out even with her's fairly forgiving focal length and a 25mm ep from what I've read on the subject. However, we found it to be a lot better by putting our actual GPS location in under "custom location". Also when aligning, use the up and right keys to do the final movement. I'm presuming this is to do with backlash from the gear mechanism I'm presuming it to be the same system on the SLT series all be it with a different mount. Worth a shot though .
  12. Just had a look on mine , I would have thought it would require changing the value under Jupiter, which on mine is line 2248. Am I right ?
  13. Cheers Moonshane, The star hopping guide is helpful for us new guys/gals Just need some clear nights now
  14. Personally not used indi, but read a few have said its slow on the pi. whether that meant the program in general I'm not sure. Might give it a go and see. Regards the serial , There's two ways to enable it . Easiest been through raspi-config if you use rasbian that is the other is here http://www.hobbytronics.co.uk/raspberry-pi-serial-port As for the level shifting as rs232/uart is 12v, I used one of theses http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/MAX3232-RS232-Serial-Port-To-TTL-Converter-Module-DB9-Connector-W-4-Jump-Cables-/370920380741?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item565c93d945 The only reason for that was due to the voltage been too much for the module type level shifters . Then its the same as what rkc has posted with regards ser2net but changed the line to 4030:raw:10:/dev/ttyAMA0:9600 8DATABITS NONE 1STOPBITI can do a pic if you wish. Sorry for hijacking your rkc
  15. Kinda funny this popping up, I set mine up with ser2net too Difference being, I used socat on my main rig(Use Linux mainly) to map it as a ordinary device port. So Stellerium can use it as a local device/port. Also used the on board serial for telescope control. You need a UART to 3.3v level adapter but thaey are under £2 . Been messing with the CSI camera module to see what I can do, Takes good pics(Not tried astro though) but the PI is not quick enough to stream with any usable quality . They released a new one earlier in the week, the PI 2 . it a quad core @ 900 mhz. + a 1gb of ram. Should help with streaming. Also help those that wish to run libindi as an all in one solution. Been trying the new Pi 2 and its substantially quicker than the original.
  16. Actually managed to spot/find it last night (Stellerium ftw) Not as good a view as in them pics though. I was quite suprised how much the moon impacts viewing
  17. Yea, We found comet lovejoy !. (Thanks to stellerium)

  18. Cheers Bomber/Dave, To be honest I'd rather get one good one rather than a cheap one. This seems to be agood one, will take 2" too if the need arises at a later date http://www.firstlightoptics.com/celestron-eyepieces/celestron-luminos-25x-barlow.html Shame their out of stock on that variable filter Dave, seems the better buy.
  19. I have now cracked it yesterday evening, gave up with them usb-serial adapters , used the onboard serial instead. Just using plain ser2net pass through for now. I read your post on that not long after i'd done it. Just need to make a picam adapter on my lathe so I can join the imaging guys.
  20. hahaaa , was thinking a barlow would be usefull first as it doubles what you have. Cheers Bomber. Suggestions on a Barlow? Sorry for all the Q's
  21. Cheers guys. Any tips on picking eyepieces ? I suspect it depends on viewing, eg solar.. deep sky and what not Lou rather liked viewing Jupiter ! Any recommendations for that ?
  22. Tried for the last few hours with a 5" Newt with no luck. Too cold now. Think best time is 5.15/30 ish according to stellerium . Wish I could get my computer/stellerium to talk to the telescope. Lack of experience/knowlage is what's done me/Mrs I susspect.
  23. Awesome pics. I take it that was tonight ? I've yet to find it Got some nice views of jupiter + moons though Ok spot the noob ....... Sorry
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