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About SonnyE

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    Santa Clarita, CA; U.S.A. N34 26' , W118 36, West of Orion.

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  1. For anybody interested, I found a site where you can download printable Bahtinov Masks. I printed one for my telescope out on clear velum stock, then mounted it in a slip over collar of PVC. It worked OK, and I still have it. I did get a plastic one later on, which I use currently.
  2. So very nice! Beautiful Ray! Is the pier inside? Or separate from the warm room. Sorry, I'm a bit dense about things over where you are. Here, I would have to have screen over the soffit vents to stop hornet and meat bees (Yellow jackets) from taking up house.
  3. Looks to be genuine. I'm using 6 out of 7 ports on my 7 port hub. The StarTech brand was recommended to me by a friend when I was frustrated with port powered hubs. Cured all the ailments. If you are in doubt, you could easily contact them:
  4. The 100V - 10A looks to be the very same I have now, to me, MarkyD. I like having the dual function in a single small meter. Currently, (Um, no pun intended), my AVX, and all the trimmings, hover around 0.98 - 1.09 amps in action. With the Stick computer added in (wireless operation) that bumps up to 1 1/2 - almost 2 amps of current. I just returned from a holiday where I had to revert to my USB cable to the mount from my laptop. I could not operate wirelessly as I do not have a portable router... yet. My laptop was plugged in, so not a part of the equation. I'm wondering if anyone makes a percentage meter that can be used? Seems that 80% is the magical number for deep cycle batteries. Ever hear of such an animal?
  5. Ray, I saw that right off. When I was setting up my first shop with this wife, she used to come home from work and check the bathroom waste can for bloody bits. Then would come out and insisted on knowing where I'd hurt myself and how bad. Work your fingers to the bone, and what do you get? BONY Fingers!
  6. Pssst... Alistair... Take the lens caps off.
  7. I would think a clip for the nose would be in order if imaging in a toilet tent. Oh My! I have a small folding table for out in the boonies. At home I have a small glass table I've used on the patio near my mount. But most lately I've gone Less-wire by putting a stick computer on my telescope to wirelessly network to my indoor computer. (Lesswire is because I have battery power wires to power the wireless equipment on top.
  8. I found that at best Polar Alignment of the mount is rough. Meaning looking through a polar alignment scope mounted it the bowels of the mount gets one started. But is not the end all, be all, of our mounts mechanical alignment. It is a starting point. After doing an alignment where 6 stars are aligned to, I do Celestron's All Star Polar Alignment to check and correct any mechanical errors. Because I know that my mount sitting outside 24 hours a day is going to slightly move from temperature swings, or Earth vibrations. So tiny changes are needed to adjust the mount back to get the kind of guiding I desire for my imaging means. And if I remember correctly, the Orion 50 mm guide scope is supposed to be good up to a 1500 mm telescope. So you would be fine for your telescope. You might want to read up on Periodic Error Correction as well. That is yet another method where the error in our mounts drive trains is compensated for in the electronics driving the scopes movement to track celestial points. Polar Alignment, Mount Alignment, Fine adjustment PA (or ASPA), PEC, and then slewing to your target, centering up, focusing... and you are ready to go! Nothing to it. The more you do it, the easier it gets. In fact, doing alignments has taught me a lot of my skies geography. I can look up at most any given time and identify stars because of my aligning. It isn't all scary and mysterious, it's a lot of fun. And these Go-To mounts are wonderful, once you get some time under your belt with them. And the guide scope... that is the eye for the mount to know where it is, and what it needs to follow, for your wondering eyes.
  9. Because they can get it. You want a certain thing, you'll cough up the price. And sometimes you do get what you pay for.... Such as my hit and miss with my inexpensive G3. But I'm out there, sucking up light, having fun. Even with my relatively low priced camera, I'm seeing things I never could other wise. I admire a friends results with his high end gear (CGE Pro, RASA scope, QHY12 camera), knowing I won't ever go there. But I'm happy for him. I admire his imaging, he admires my ability of guiding.
  10. Same sort of rubbish happens here on this side of our orb.
  11. Another here who uses an Orion MMAG 50 mm. It has worked great for me! I did get mine the hard way. I got the camera, then wasted a couple of months trying to make an Off-Axis guider work, before buying the scope and seeing instant results. I got the scope in the above link so focus adjustments would be simple. I can't speak for your targeted camera. Never seen one.
  12. Beautiful! That speaks very well for the 1600MM cooled.
  13. Your D3300 can work. Mine does. The reason I don't use my D3300 much is I decided (knowing me) I'd wear it out even faster than I was. So I decided to use a CCD as my main astro camera. That said, when I do use my D3300, I can get some beautiful wider field images. I just haven't tired yet of doing my Nebula imaging with the Deep space camera. Something I did a bit of and the holder wasn't too pricey was to use my smarter-than-me-phone's camera. So maybe you would want to consider that avenue? A smart phone can shoot right through your eyepiece. There are lots of ways to skin a cat. Here is a Google Search link I popped up. I will say that aligning the phones lens was a bit of trial and error, but doable. A cell phone might be a good way to try it out, sticking your toe in the water. And it won't throw your Dobby to far off balance like the weight of a DSLR can.
  14. I think you are having way too much fun with your new 3D printer, Dave.
  15. It's a shame they weren't, Dave. Good Riddance!