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ejp1684

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  1. ejp1684

    EQ5 And 130P-DS

    Nice! What camera are you using?
  2. ejp1684

    Auto Guiding and EQMod

    This doesn't answer your question but is just a comment on Stellarium. I tried using it with PHD2 and didn't find it very satisfactory. So I changed to Cartes du Ciel and haven't had any problems since. Eric.
  3. Many thanks for your reply, will take a look at it.
  4. First, I know very little about electronics, so would value advice on the following. I was browsing though the thingiverse website and found this which set me thinking. Would it be possible to use a Raspberry Pi 3, an 8MP camera (uses Sony IMX219 image sensor), and an LCD screen (example), and use it for casual viewing or outreach? The screen could be mounted somewhere on the scope/mount, and would avoid using a laptop. The camera produces photos and videos, so could the Pi be programmed to stack photos as well, something like SharpCap's Live Stacking? I may be in fantasy land here, but it's just an idea.
  5. There is a minimum level of kit, but unfortunately it doesn't remain static. When you think you've arrived at the min level, a couple of clear nights out is all it takes to convince you that in fact you were mistaken in your previous belief. Resistance is futile!
  6. Came across this page on Sourceforge which lists all the astronomy projects. I've found individual ones before but never this section with all of them; perhaps I haven't been going about it the right way. I arrived at the page from Millionshort.com which is a search engine I've only just found. Interesting to be able to filter out all the big names - ebay, amazon, wikipedia etc. They claim to be hot on privacy. Hmmmm. Eric.
  7. Does the motor not move at all? Or does it rotate but doesn't turn the focuser? If the latter, then the rod needs to be more firm against the focuser. I did this mod to mine, and the motor now moves the focuser with an 800gm spectroscope. Eric. https://youtu.be/ofOSAMlqZWw
  8. ejp1684

    Why no Sky at Night TV program this month?

    I've felt of late that the Sky At Night was losing it's amateur appeal. It's very interesting finding out about latest advances in astronomy, but those are covered in other one off astronomy programmes. Perhaps more of a down to earth approach for amateurs, especially new ones. Projects to complete, things to look for in the night sky, up and coming events, practical things which ordinary people can do to help them in their observations. Eric.
  9. I use one. It's a leftover from an eye exercise program I bought a few years ago. I find it easier than squinting. Eric.
  10. Sorry to hear it doesn't work for you. I only mentioned it because mine has worked ok. Hopefully you'll get some response from their support, or you can always return it to Amazon. Eric.
  11. My devices don't power up either if they're only plugged into the transmitter. You need to complete the connection to your laptop using the Cat6 cable and the receiver as well. Connect the receiver to the laptop with a USB cable, start the laptop and once its booted up the devices should power up. Eric.
  12. No. Just a couple of Altair Astro cameras. Eric.
  13. I use these from Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01EV33R8S/ref=pe_1909131_77697001_tnp_email_TE_AMZLdp_1 I use all four ports with one Ethernet (RJ45) cable back into the house. Cable can be up to 50m. I've noticed some devices (or software) are a bit picky about which port they like. For example, with a camera connected to SharpCap it seems to prefer to be connected to no.1 port. Once I figured that out the whole system works very well. Eric.
  14. ejp1684

    12v Power Connectors

    I use 3pin XLR connectors. They are quite substantial and lock into place. The cables are also gripped firmly. I bought them on ebay https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/121793510831 Eric.
  15. ejp1684

    Greeting from Genoa,Italy

    Welcome to the forums, Andrea. I visited Genoa about seven years ago when I was staying in Santa Margherita. Also did the Cinque Terre walk, wonderful scenery. I hope you have clearer skies in Genoa than we have here in the UK! Eric.
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