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  1. I do...And it is......and it works πŸ˜€ A happy camper here ! πŸ˜€πŸ‘ cheers and thanks !!
  2. Brilliant.....thanks πŸ˜€ Then all I have to do is work out how to guide my star adventurer in's all a big learning curve ......but fun though thanks again πŸ‘
  3. 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
  4. My computer comes with USB 2 and a USB 3port.....which one should I choose? ....a USB 2?
  5. 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
  6. 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‘
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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 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
  11. I was going to ask whether you had a Barlow attached to get this image.....presumably a 3X Barlow will make the image of Jupiter a lot larger in the frame?
  12. Thanks for all of the valuable info guys. I'm definitely not a handy man so I will probably be lazy and get the charger/compressor type pack and then there's no room for error!! This really is a goldmine site for us thanks, and clear skies !! Andy
  13. Thanks guys....awesome the 'tip positive' on the power requirements is nothing to bother with? I don't know what it means.....however it looks like the car battery is the way to go πŸ‘
  14. I am very ignorant when it comes to things electronic. My basic question a Meade type portable battery power source pack suitable for a skywatcher synscan alt AZ mount?.....the synscan instructions mention odd sounding amps etc and I don't want to blow a gasket in my mount ! ....all advice gratefully received. Andy
  15. excellent image.....very cleverly done and wonderfully aesthetically pleasing !