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Everything posted by martin_h

  1. That was my 3rd W10 install this week! Plenty of practice there.
  2. Ever had one of those days? I decided that last night was the time to upgrade my observatory computer to Windows 10 (from W7) I have been preparing this move for a few days now, taking screen shots of all my software settings, making sure I have all the software keys to hand for new installs etc. So, at 4 PM I set to and did the deed, and all went well and a nice new desktop presented itself to me on the first try. Now to load and set up all the other bits and bobs that make it all tick as an observatory, well it took a few hours to download and install all that was required, software and all the drivers for the kit, until it came to test it, one huge problem I had downloaded the software and driver that runs the roof and switches the power to the scope and camera etc, only to realise that it needs a new software key that is only obtainable by email to the author, everything is ready for testing but I have no power to any of the kit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Long story but there is only so much you can do with simulators so at 11 PM I packed it all up and went to bed. Fast forward a few hours to this morning, I'm stood at work at 6AM chopping onions when a thought hit me ………………………. I had installed a manual override switch to the power relays to enable power in the event of a software failure!!!! Flippin' heck! As the title says MUPPIT!
  3. Its been a while what with one thing or another. A pair of interacting galaxies imaged with the RC8/QHY9 combo all strapped on top of the EQ8 Lum 60 x 3 mins + 20x 5 mins(no moon) RGB 30 each x 3 mins. its a small sucker even in the RC8....need a bigger scope!
  4. I use a led flat panel and Dim it down with 3 layers of .5 nd lighting gell and difuse it with a soft focus lighting gell
  5. What's the difference? If any.
  6. I use these. https://www.gloverhowe.co.uk/astronomy-insurance/
  7. Atik filterwheel 3.........just need adaptors now!
  8. If at first you don't succeed, a bigger hammer's what you need!
  9. It's not the suppliers fault at any stage, it's the manufacturer that has been the problem all the way.
  10. Ordered a new mount in March, it arrived...not brilliant had to wait for pier adaptor so decided to colimate the scope so ordered a Howie glatter, the concentric circle attachment was wonky so sent for a replacement....that got lost in the post and has never arrived, so sent for a replacement for the replacement.....still waiting ,rare as hens teeth apparently! Filter wheel busted, ordered a new one....weeks later still waiting.. why me? What did I do in a past life? I haven't used the scope since the first week in march and the way my memory is going I'll have forgotten how soon.
  11. I removed all the electronics from mine and just use the motor,gearbox and track/chain.
  12. Did you see the above post from me?
  13. I have a Brightstar 7 position 2" filter wheel to get rid of. If you have seen my post on flats you will know that there is(was?) a problem with the wheel in that it didn't return to the same position thus causing problems with flats. I have had a fiddle with it and may have fixed it - but - I have ordered a new wheel and cant be bothered to set the old one up and test it out. So here is the deal, you can have it for nothing, just pay postage. If its still duff fair enough, but if it turns out to be ok you send me a further £100 Included is a driver disc with native software and ascom software, also included is an alan key to load filters. I'm trusting you to do the right thing here.
  14. No shimming required, both my mounts (EQ6 and have always solved directly after a flip.
  15. To be honest I have not used it enough to form an opinion as yet, my filter wheel packed up on the mounts first light and I am waiting for a replacement.
  16. Close, it opens on its own as the roof draws back
  17. Altair Astro EQ6 pier adaptor with azimuth post and 6 stainless bolts and nuts. £50 delivery included.
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