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Everything posted by martin_h

  1. I have the older EQ8 and it had a shed load of Dec backlash out of the box, I adjusted it out myself and have had to do it twice more since, but, touch wood it's been fine since then
  2. We have had them in the garden for the past 5 years, I put new nest boxes up last year so they move into the obs, obviously a better des Res.
  3. Imaging suspended due to squatters in my observatory, a wren has decided to build a nest in the obs, I managed to seek in and cap the scopes but will stay away for the next month or so.
  4. You could try Prof. Brad Gibson, he has given a couple of talks at Cleethorpes astro, and a couple of zoom talks https://www.hull.ac.uk/staff-directory/brad-gibson
  5. If as you say, everything is a fuzzy blob, perhaps you are over exposing when focusing, try lowering the gain a touch
  6. On the mount in the observatory ready to go.
  7. I have an 8" RC and didn't bother measuring back focus, I had no clue where it was for my setup I just went with the tried and tested 'try it and see' method
  8. I have passed a message on to Barry at beacon hill for you. He is pretty much retired now but I do know he still does the mounts.
  9. Before I automated things that's exactly how I used to do it
  10. Very interesting thread, my QHY9 defiantly blows away from the heatsink.....quality control!!!! Anyway I have just flipped the fan around and will bang off some darks tonight.
  11. My QHY9 draws warm air from the heatsink to the outside air
  12. I had a go with it and it couldn't find my filter wheel (ascom) so uninstalled it
  13. Im sticking with the version i have now, it works for me and i have no need to upgrade. if they bring out a radical new version i will bite the bullet ( but i cant think what that upgrade would be.
  14. I wonder if you accidentally left a Lum file ticked while stacking say the Red channel Kappa Sig would see the extra pixels as outliers and remove them?....asking for a friend.
  15. I have the EQ8 and run it with encoders disabled.....no problems with SGP.
  16. I stepped into the garden at 3.30 Sunday morning and noticed Orion just rising, looked a bit higher and spotted M45, and for the first time could make it out without averted vision. The seeing must have been exceptional just then because not only could i see it directly, i could distinguish separation between the stars.
  17. It's hard to believe it's 10 years or so since we all met up at Bedford, time flies!
  18. I usually do my mosaics manually, but last week used the wizard in SGP......it worked a treat
  19. Wide and in context, and a closer view. Taken with the RC8 and TS71, bothe using the QHY9 CCD
  20. I recently gave a talk to some photography degree students (on astro photography) at the local college and they insisted I charge a fee.........so I did
  21. I have been taking darks all afternoon as it happens, -20 deg 2,3,5,15 mins 10 of each.
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