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Everything posted by MARS1960

  1. Thanks Alacant, I can hear nothing. I emailed FLO and they are going to take this one back for a refund too, i have ordered the ZS73A instead, non reducing but at least it will hopefully give me a tilt free flat field.
  2. Thanks Ian, will give it a try.
  3. FLO replaced my 73R F/R as it was deemed faulty by ES Reid causing apparent tilt. Here is an image taken with the replacement. Does this look like tilt again? TIA.
  4. Hi, These were take under Bortle 4 skies and a full moon with my ZS73 and Canon 60D (unmodified) using a Skytech quad band clip in filter. 60s subs, heart is 172mins, cigar severe crop is 78mins
  5. I was very surprised not to get 2 mins, but this might not be indicative of all CEM 26 mounts. I'm going to send it off to darkframe in the summer for some tuning and upgrades.
  6. First light for the WO ZS73 and Canon 60D. FLO replaced my faulty 73R F/R but sadly the replacement is also faulty so field was not very flat hence the severe crop. I managed 78 good 60sec subs till clouds rolled in. No guiding as I wanted to see how the new Ioptron CEM 26 performed, sadly not to well and 60sec was the best I could get, shame as I used to get double that on my old CG5.
  7. Just to conclude this thread. I explained the above and sent screenshots to the guys at FLO, they were extremely helpful and said it was tilt in the image train. They immediately arranged for the scope and FF/FR to be collected and sent to ES Reid next day. I heard back from them this morning and was told the FF/FR was faulty, they sent another to ES Reid which was checked and found to be perfect. They have couriered my scope and FF/FR back to me today. I'm extremely grateful to the guys at FLO for recognizing and dealing with the problem in such a timely and professi
  8. I have just been checking the image train and decided to focus on a distant branch. when I turn (fine or coarse) to focus the branch moves up and down by about 10mm across the LCD screen. will this focus shift be causing my issues? See attached video. TIA. IMG_0476.MOV
  9. Drat, I'm not sure what to do then Rob. I have pushed, pulled, wiggled and wobbled and this gear is so snug all three parts of it act as a single unit without even whisker of movement. Thanks for your help.
  10. Ok thanks Rob, I'll check that now. So those numbers look ok? More images.
  11. Thanks Rob, I think you might be looking at a different FR, I know the one that says 11.4, (73A, mine is 73R) this is mine: https://www.firstlightoptics.com/reducersflatteners/william-optics-x08-adjustable-reducer-flattener-for-zs73.html I also did CCD inspector, attached image image but not sure how to read it, good, bad? Thanks.
  12. Thanks Rob, The 73R was apparently built with DSLR's in mind, so according to FLO website no spacing is needed (It gives the 56.8mm needed) BUT, I did just notice that I also need to move the adjuster out by 1.8mm which I have now done, maybe this will fix the issue? Not sure what happened with focus as I used the built in mask, possibly it shifted when I locked off. I'm hoping any tracking errors will sort themselves with more use. I'll be guiding next time too, I didn't do it last night as I didn't need the extra hassle just to check the scope and mount. I've just re
  13. Thanks Rob, After zooming in and seeing seagulls I was worried it might be the scope. Everything was very tight as the FF screws directly to the scope and I used a quality WO M48 DSLR adapter which gives a super snug fit. How would I cure tilt in the imaging train? I don't even know what that means :). 5 sec sub attached.
  14. Hi all, First light with my new Ioptron CEM26 and WO ZS73 with WO 73R x0.8 FF/FR with APC-S Canon 60D. I levelled the mount, balanced everything up and did a "perfect" pole alignment with Ipolar. This is a 120sec unguided sub but something is very wrong on the right hand side, any help would be greatly appreciated.
  15. It really did surpass my expectations Alan. When I got it out of the box I couldn't believe how well made, strong and sturdy it was for such a light tripod. Compared to my other two tripods this one just oozes quality, I'm very impressed.
  16. Last week I posted up the arrival of my new WO ZS73 II. Today my Ioptron CEM26 arrived. I opted for the literoc 1.75” and Ipolar. I am well chuffed with this mount and tripod, even has its own built in anti vibration pads and is very well made and pretty sturdy. The mount looks rather unusual compared with my previous CGEM and HEQ5. But it certainly looks very well put together, it’s very smooth and very quiet. Just waiting for the arrival of a clear night now.
  17. My contribution thanks to those lovely peeps at FLO. And of course William Optics. This is the most beautiful, wonderfully engineered scope I have owned and I’m chuffed to bits with it. I decided on the 73R x0.8 F/R and the ASI 120MC-S I had already purchased for moon/planets will double up as guide cam. Oooh and yep, it came with snow. :).
  18. Most likely an old SW EQ5 or CG5, William optics don't make mounts.
  19. I suppose you could ask dedicated wildlife photographers why they sit in (sometimes) cold cramped conditions for weeks on end tracking some animal or another! I sold up about 18 months ago but have just bought some new gear, I just could not live without the challenge of "getting that shot". I will never forget the excitement when I first saw M42 on my DSLR screen i ran into the house shouting at the wifey, "I GOT IT, I GOT IT, LOOK, LOOK, that for me makes all the waiting, all the frustration when things aren't going right and a multitude of other niggles very, very much worthwhile.
  20. Thanks to you both guys, I almost changed my mind and went with 1.1 Flattener, but it sounds like you both agree the 0.8 FR/FF is better and that faster f ratio really appeals.
  21. That is a gorgeous image, I do love the bright colourful ones and you have done an excellent job .
  22. Hi guys, In my basket is the below. I will be using a crop sensor camera (Canon 60D) to image and a ZWO ASI 120 to guide. 1st question: Can I get away with not buying the FF/FR? if so how much will I need to crop a large object? or should I just get it anyway for a faster f ratio and guaranteed flat field. The "wish I'd bought it now" feeling later when I've wasted a very rare clear night is not something I need lol. 2nd question: Am I forgetting anything? Thanks. William Optics x0.8 Adjustable Reducer Flattener for ZS73Model: wo-flattener-Z
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