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Everything posted by KRYPTON

  1. Just to add some information I have bought an old Rumble pad on flebay and all now works OK but would like to know has any one got a bluetooth gamepad to work with EQMod to control their mount that is not old technology such as a Logitech Rumble pad or an xBox controller? If so what make and model is it? Thanks Ken
  2. Hi Malcom I have done that but only get the un-populated page shown in my first post. The Auto Select pull down tab should show my gamepad but only shows Auto Select. Ken
  3. I have found the and run the gpmonitor.exe file but it show nothing in the pull down tab just the same as the Auto Select tab on button configuration. Regards Ken
  4. Hi Malcom thanks for the reply. Yes 6 years is a long time no one else has had a problem since then. Could you clarify where I can find the "EQmod folder"? If I open the EQmod toolbox I get this:- Should I change some of the numbers? Regards Ken
  5. Hi Carsten Thanks for the reply. Do you have any more information on the "cheap BT modules" and how you connected it? Many thanks Ken
  6. Hi guys have just got a Skywatcher WIFI module for my EQ5 mount. It all works OK using a smart phone but I want to control the mount using Stellirum. I have been able to control the mount using Stellirum on a laptop but would like to monitor the laptop inside on a Tablet using the same WIFI link. I have done this in the past using the home WIFI router and Microsoft remote desktop control. The trouble is when the Skywatcher module is connected vie the WIFI to the Mount it is not connected to the Tablet WIFI for monitoring. Does anyone know if the Skywatcher WIFI module can be used as a Hub and how to set it up or is it not possible? Many thanks for any help.
  7. Hi Rob I have a similar set up to you and I am just getting into guiding so far without success. Could you tell me what settings you use for PHD this could give me a better indication of how bad my backlash is. Many thanks Ken
  8. Hi Cec The image was taken on a Canon SLR unmodified through a 200mm Skywatcher. It is a stack of 36 32sec exposures. Ken
  9. Hi Carsten Thanks for the recommendation I now have a working system. I used a Nano micro-controller, an EasyDriver stepper motor board and an HC-05 BlueTooth module for the communication with my phone. I used MIT App Inventor to produce the App and Arduino to wright the sketch for the controller. I modified the sketch to communicate with HC-05 using a second serial port so as to use the default TX/RT (pin 0 and 1) to download the code. Thanks ken
  10. Hi Linda Welcome to the forum. Clad to see you have an interest in photographing nebula. Have been waiting weeks in the UK for a clear night. If you get the chance have a look at the Andromeda galaxy that can be very impressive. The little icon on the left was my first attempt at it. Ken
  11. Hi Carsten Have received the BT HC-05 module have managed to pair with it on my Android phone and can see the control App you sent but as yet only get a blank screen when I try to "Connect". Do you know the Baud used for communication? Do I need to set this on my phone? Do you have a link to the Arduino sketch you loaded into you system as I may have the wrong one. Thanks Ken
  12. Thanks again Carsten I have a BT module on order. Do you use a phone or laptop to communicate with your focusser and what software did you use to control it? Ken
  13. Thank you Carsten for your advice on a Bluetooth version. I have looked at the schematic and the input to the system seems to be a temperature sensor. What would this be replaced with for a Bluetooth version? Ken
  14. Has anyone built a Focuser that can be controlled by an Arduino micro-controller using infrared remote control? I am in the process of building one but have little experience with coding. If someone has made one I would be grateful for a look at you code/sketch. Many thanks Ken
  15. Very nice colours a bit different from many I have seen. What camera did you use out of the many you have?
  16. Very Nice. I have just got my first CCD but have been waiting for some clear sky. I see you have taken three different exposures for each filter colour did you stack them all together in DSS or in batches of the same exposure and then blend them in Photoshop?
  17. Thanks for taking the time to reply Tommohawk. You are correct in assuming it was an OTA I meant. I better understand the shortcomings of the EQ5 now. Considering I brought the EQ5 and 200p as a package I am a bit peeved they are not compatible as you say the 200p is 9.5kg and the rating of the EQ5 is 9kg already 0.5kg over its limit.
  18. Thanks again to all who have given me such a warm welcome. The comments from Glowjet and Tommohawk particularly intrigue me as they refer to the limitations of my EQ5 mount. What actually are the limitations is it the weight of the equipment on the mount or the gearing inaccuracy. Although I have no guiding I tend to use exposures of less than 60 seconds and star trails are not too bad. Wind on the AOT seems to be more of an issue. If there is someone out there with a similar AOT and mount what setup did you use did you have any issues with getting the DSO and guide star in focus at the same time? Any information appreciated. Ken
  19. Thanks to all for your warm welcome and you comments. The prism would seem to be the way to go fitted with a sensitive guide camera. I have in mind a ATIK GP but any recommendations are appreciated. I take it the ATIK GP guide camera just fits on to the OAG or are there any issues with regard to focus? If someone has a picture of a similar setup I should like to see it. Many Thanks Ken
  20. Hi all I have been interested in astronomy for may years. I can even remember seeing pictures in one of Patrick Moors books of the moon with a blank space round the back of it. I have now bought a Skywatcher 200p on an EQ5 mount and have been reading information on this site for about six months and found it very useful. My particular interest is imaging Deep Sky Objects and have had some success with a Canon 550D but can never get the same quality as other more experienced astronomers. I now intend to take the plunge and get a CCD ATIK460EX Colour camera and a means of auto guiding it and it is for this reason I am seeking the advice of other members. The two options seem to be:- 1 a CCD camera for imaging, a prism to deflect light from one of the stars to another camera that is used to relay this information to the auto guider. 2 a CCD camera for imaging, a second small telescope mounted on the OTA fitted with another camera that is used to relay this information to the auto guider. The question is what are the pros and cons of each system and could the Canon 550D with an adapter to 1.25 " be used for the second camera or do I need to buy a second small CCD for the guiding? Many thanks in advance for any information and taking the time to post a reply.
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