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  1. Hmmm my Hyperion is the only EP with a thread and it doesnt quite fit the m42 adapter. Ill have to investigate the scopetronix suggestion methinks - Thanks
  2. Greg - Havent got round to doing anything Afocal as yet but mounting the camera to an ep or however its done would be a question I'd probably be asking sooner or later. Thanks.
  3. It's probably glaringly obvious to you but as I'm still trying to master the basics.... Didnt realise that spare parts that came with the scope can be made to facilitate mounting the camera to it. Thanks.
  4. Ive got quite a few M42 lenses to go with my Canon 300D 50mm f1.7, 135mm, f2.8 200mm, f3.5 500mm f8 is it possible to use these on my scope? If so how would I mount this setup to the scope, or would it be better to stick with the E.P's? Thanks Scotty
  5. Be very careful not to cross the meridian when setting your alignments as the mirror moves "mirror slop" (reflectors at least) i.e if you are looking in the eastern sky choose a 2-3 star alignment in that quadrant but not too close to your target. I've found it hard work getting it working properly and i'm still struggling. GOOD LUCK! HTH Scotty
  6. Thanks everyone for your support and input - I used the 300D on its own on the skywatcher 200 no filters, the expo was for 50-60 seconds at ISO 800. Im having problems with alignment but it looks okay as far as trailing goes in the last set of pics. I used Photoshop to reduce the L.P and enhance the blue. Scotty
  7. The DAMN SCREW I knew it was that damn screw all along!!!! Seriously it was THAT DAMN SCREW.... Okay, I thought it was ment to have a point on the end of the screw simply to lock the circle without locking THE WHOLE DAMN MECHANISM. At least Im not alone in this! CC I was staring at the mount since 5 this afternoon thinking I must be doing something wrong. At least now I understand my alignment issue - thats fine as I've took time to understand the basics and a bit about how drift alignmentment works so its all much more clear now. The only bit of major concern now is the Skyscan centering - why is it ignoring the directional adjustments during alignment? Ive sent Bern a PM to see if he can shed some light on this. Thanks CC Scotty
  8. Ive been reading into setting this up properly and find that there is a hole drilled in the R.A setting circle which makes it impossible to set at zero as the locking screw goes into the hole and locks it to the R.A motion(which isnt even central) - This is getting so confusing am running out of enthusiasm now. Am trying to understand so hard and getting nowhere, most of the instuctions are so unclear and I'm at a loss now. Scotty
  9. I'm hitting the right button and it says"Alignment Successful" - Is there a problem with my Skyscan? Or settings? Scotty
  10. What I'm finding is that I polar align and go for a 1 star alignment, it slews to roughly the right place then asks me to use the directional keys to center the star - okay fine. If I then do the same alignment the scope moves back to where it slewed originally making centering pointless. If I try a 2- star alignment the 2nd star is way out of the FOV and again using the directional keys I center it and the alignment is rubbish. It seems its only good for short slews to the target from a 1 star alignment. Does anyone else have this problem? Scotty
  11. Im having a few problems getting my Skyscan to work accurately and I figure its down to my Polar alignment. There are a few dumb questions I need to ask as I cant find clear answers anywhere. 1. When I look thro the polar scope do I have to alter the R.A axis so that polaris is in the circle and big dipper (althought not in FOV) aligned to represent the diagram. 2. Also if this is the case how do I know if my scope is properly aligned as this adjustable. I've been positioning Polaris on the line and leaving the axis at zero degrees which may be close but Im sure something is amiss. Im getting ever more confused. Thanks Scotty
  12. They were 20 seconds but two of them were 10-15 seconds . ISO 800, no filters just the camera. I need to learn how to stack Jpegs in Registax - I think Im doing something wrong as the final image appears the same or similar to the original images. Scotty
  13. Okay here are a few of the expo's that I took - Ive had to reduce the image file size in order to upload but if anyone can show me the light as it were I'd be most please. I was having probs with light pollution looking at them now, also the moon was high and cloud was getting worse. Scotty
  14. Well I cant seem to figure how to stack my jpeg images in registrax properly, this is one that Ive tried to bring the detail out a bit with Photoshop - I really would like some help processing the exposures I got to try and get the most out of my efforts. Ive been reading up on using my setup but somethings come with experience I guess. As you can see the detail is there but not so evident on the original expo. Scotty
  15. Well it took me a while to figure this Skyscan but I think I'm taming it a little bit now :- It was the first time out in the field with my set-up and was limited by the moon and cloud. Ive had a play with the original image in Photo-shop but I'll post a better one soon as this is a bit over cooked! Scotty
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