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About bigbaldyal

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    Astronomy,Metal Detecting,Wildlife,Drinking
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    West Wales (Last Century)
  1. I think for the CQ350 to be a success (if it does reach the retail stage) then they need to get the assembly people to care what they are doing. I've had numerous problems with my Stargate 500p. Almost all of which have been poor assembly. I'm on my second base unit and given up trying to get OVL to sort it so I've got used to dismantling it and reassembling it properly. I would say though that I own 3 iOptron mounts (CEM25p, CEM60EC and now a CEM120EC) and they are beautifully designed and assembled and iOptron customer support is way beyond what I've experienced from Skywatcher. It is good for the market that another manufacturer is possibly going to make a similar mount. One quick add. I would prefer if the manufacturers would call the mounts "Compact English Mount" as that is what they are.
  2. Thank you everyone for all your comments. I'll take them on board. I'll try using my DSLR and maybe get a focal reducer to try with the webcam. Ultimately I'd like to get a decent CCD imaging camera but thought the cheapness of the xbox webcam was worth experimenting with.
  3. It's done it again. Try it this way. Sony alpha 55 camera
  4. Thanks for your advice. I'll try my dslr. I've got a sony Donkey which I think I can use as a live camera.
  5. Hi all, I've been trying to image the moon using an xbox live webcam that I've modified for telescope use on my Celestron CPC 800 but I'm having trouble getting the whole moon in shot. I've not used a barlow lens. I'm sure there's a way of doing it & wondered if anyone has any ideas. Please see image for my problem. Moon 1.bmp
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