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  1. Unfortunately I'll be on jury service. Just hoping for a very early finish but will probably take something portable for any opportunity that may arise.
  2. Well I've tried multiple connections/reconnections, re-boots, 3 usb cables, 2 computers with drivers. Just no sign of life on the camera or recognition on the computer, hence the conclusion.
  3. Hi all, well after 11 years of excellent service my trusty Lodestar guide camera has failed - there is no obvious sign of damage externally but it does not give any response on two PCs that I've tried So, I've sure that SX would offer to have a look at it but maybe it's time to consider an upgrade I'm looking for a replacement with smaller pixels that I can use with either an OAG or finder-guider (273mm focal length). I image either at 0.7 or 1.7 arcsec/pixel, depending on target. Any advice? TIA, Andy
  4. Interested as I have similar equipment (FS60CB with 1.7x extender + HW). I usually use a solar filter film at the front of this scope but would like to try the wedge if safe.
  5. I found that I had to enable the secondary encoder to get reliable pointing, so this is always the first thing I do after powering the mount.
  6. well my 4.5 year old 6-core i7 5930K with 16GB DDR4 is looking pretty old now lol - it's runs PI well enough though
  7. or, to coin a phase, if I want custard on my chips, I'll b*&^*y well have custard on my chips! PS, I'm lucky enough to own an 11x70mm Tak 'super' finder, mostly used as a guide scope though - bought pre-loved when an opportunity to buy came along
  8. a couple of data points for you... The imaging scale with a 9um pixel camera (Atik 11000) will be 3.5 arcsec/pixel with a field size 3.9x2.6 degrees. With the popular ZWO ASI1600 (3.8um pixels), imaging scale is 1.48 arcsec/pixel and field size 1.9x1.4 degrees. HTH, Andy PS, clearly you don't need to use a large sensor with this scope but it does give you the option to. My scope has a large flat field (claimed to be 90mm diagonal ) and so I use a 9um, full frame camera for a wider field and a 3.7um small sensor camera for smaller galaxies.
  9. My fav Moon app for Android is Moon Atlas 3D Lots of useful functionality and high quality images of the Moon. CS, Andy
  10. On a hill near Strasbourg in France where is was mainly wet
  11. Have you tried enabling the auxillary encoder, the setting is in the Settings menu. It seems that this isn't enabled by default. I've found that enabling this greatly improves goto function accuracy and reliability.
  12. well it seems to, but this image of the Christmas Tree open cluster including the Fox Fur and Cone Nebulae was captured back in Jan 2018 Image created with Hydrogen Alpha and RGB data collected using my dual-rig setup (85mm and 150mm refractors) at approx. 1.7 arcsec/pixel over two nights, giving approx. eight hours of Ha (49x600s) and 1 hours 20 mins of each RGB channel (300s subs). I used the Ha data as the luminance layer and also to add a slight enhancement of the red channel. Processed in PI with some help from MaxImDL, PS CS3 and PhotoLab2 along the way. I found this a tricky image to process, with a couple of false starts! Hence why I've put it off until until a rainy day CS, Andy
  13. Hi all, I'm just trying to use this in anger after a previously successful test but now it throws up an error...PI version in use here. Any ideas? CS, Andy
  14. +1 for SMP on the PC +1 for Sky Safari Pro on the Android phone
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