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About Andywilliams

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  1. Mojo!.....missing in action !

    Many thanks Iwols.....that is very reassuring πŸ‘
  2. Mojo!.....missing in action !

    Many thanks Knight, i didn't know about the thirds focussing trick but will certainly give it a go. We have rain forecast for the rest of the week,......so I am going to take a long deep breath and then go back to basics and reset .....as you suggested. Thanks for the blutack tip as well. cheers, andy
  3. I was doing so well.....some pleasing results..... All of a sudden the wheels just seem to have fallen off.......I am really struggling with southern polar alignment with my star adventurer, so my stars are elongated......my RA guiding (just learning the new toy) won't guide.....for the obvious reason that, try as hard as I might, my PA is off......and even with live view and what seems like a good focus, when I come to look at my results they are very soft. All in all, very frustrating. Thanks for letting me get that off my chest!!......I feel better now πŸ‘ Im guessing this is a fairly common occurrence for newish imagers? If so, what are your tricks for getting out of this doldrum......I'm guessing that the best way is to put more hours into it ? .....it's sometimes tricky to get the mojo back when it's -3C in the backyard here !! All the best folks and clear skies......rant over πŸ˜€πŸ‘
  4. Thanks Paul.....I suspect as much but just thought I would throw this up here and take advantage of the knowledge of those that have already done this πŸ‘ I suspect that if it constantly had to be online, no one would buy it as it would be so limited.
  5. Greetings all, A quick question here......I am using the free trial version of backyard eos, which I really like and shall be purchasing this product. However, I set all the camera settings, timings etc on my laptop prior to my observing session. I then take my laptop to my photography setup at the dark bottom of my backyard (approximately 20 meters) and so between the house and observing site I lose Internet connectivity. So when I attempt to use it at my observing site it gives me a message about be signed out with my trial license number and won't work at all. Will the trial version only work as long as you are connected to the Internet? .....and is this a problem with the purchased version? I just imagined that you download and off you go? No need to be connected to the Internet? Any advice is gratefully received. Clear skies, Andy
  6. I do...And it is......and it works πŸ˜€ A happy camper here ! πŸ˜€πŸ‘ cheers and thanks !!
  7. Brilliant.....thanks πŸ˜€ Then all I have to do is work out how to guide my star adventurer in RA......it's all a big learning curve ......but fun though thanks again πŸ‘
  8. Thanks Dave, I guess I got confused because no other cable was supplied (secondhand purchase). I will have a ferret through my cables box.....or off to the computer shop ! what a newbie I am πŸ˜† Cheers, Andy
  9. My computer comes with USB 2 and a USB 3port.....which one should I choose? ....a USB 2?
  10. Ok thanks Oddsocks......this is the bit where I show my technical ignorance! the pic is how I set it up given the supplied cable......I suspect it's all wrong as, if I'm not mistaken, this cable is not USB ? cheers, Andy
  11. Thanks guys, no it doesn't show up in device manager......I will download an older driver and if that doesn't work I will try the other software suggestions πŸ‘πŸ‘
  12. Greetings all, i have now gotten to the hair pulling stage but I'm sure there's an easy fix for this! I bought an Orion star shoot autoguider. I have downloaded all of the most recent drivers and PHD program. i am running windows 7 on my laptop. i have connected the autoguider to my laptop with the supplied cable. as soon as I select the starshoot on the PHD dropdown menu it shows a camera connection failed message immediately. somehow my computer is not recognising the auto guide camera. does anyone know the magic fix for this please? Cheers and clear skies, Andy
  13. AP

    I'm really glad I asked the question !πŸ‘ I must say that for absolutely no sensible reason at all I am investing in hardware but still using processing freeware....this will change very soon! Thanks for your reply Ollie.....I have learned more from your reply here than I have in ages. I am enjoying reading all of the replies Andy
  14. AP

    'Be warned in advance that astrophotography is highly counter intuitive so many assumptions beginners make are quite simply wrong.' Hi Olly, I am still learning the dark arts of AP and am very interested in your comment about it being counter intuitive......could you expand on this? and i'm really interested in learning what the assumptions are that are wrong. Also, totally agree about 'making every photon count'.....its my little bible cheers and clear skies, Andy
  15. Greetings all, Probably a frequently asked question here but I've had a look through several threads and can't see what I'm looking for. Basically, I'm in the market for a laptop and I'm wondering what are the basic requirements, processor speeds, ram, and hard drive storage etc to enjoy astrophotography. I am still a newbie .....so at present my needs are collecting my subs, stacking them in DSS and then processing in gimp. I would like to future proof myself for when I will need video capture for planetary work, driving a mount/polar alignment, focus etc etc. And it goes without saying.....but I'm on a fairly tight budget! Up until now I have been using my wife's Mac book air.....but apple is driving me insane ! And correct me if I'm mistaken but a lot of programs used by astrophoto graphers seem to be windows based? All suggestions are most welcomed. I would also point out that while I can find my way around a computer with a minor degree of competency I am most certainly not a computer expert by any stretch. Thanks in advance. Andy