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  1. That's a good idea. I had not considered something like that. It's probably not doable with the 50mm mini but there may be some workarounds. I already have a vixen bar with a 1/4" screw.
  2. Lol, I certainly understand where you're coming from but I know myself and the limits to where I'm going. I don't intend to buy a scope of any kind so the longest I'll ever go is 600mm but more often in the 200-400 range. Certainly the larger mount is more stable and possibly more reliable but it's overkill for the results I want. Maybe when my son grows up and I'm closer to retirement I might get something bigger that I don't have to carry around much. One possibility that intrigues me is the Losmandy StarLapse system. It's part of a GM8 system but optimized for photo usage.
  3. I've looked at the HEQ5 which I believe is the Orion Sirius mount. I'm not convinced that I need to go that high in mounts for the level of accuracy I'm after. While I pursue superb sharpness and such in my daytime photography I'm not as concerned about total precision for nighttime. I've got an autoguider already but still evaluating how best to use it considering I'm using DSLR lenses. It seems that no one has produced a camera hotshoe adapter for a finder like the Orion 50mm mini. That would be ideal. I doubt that there are any telescope rings that would work reliably with a DSLR lens. I do
  4. I'm looking into a lot of mount possibilities for imaging. Mostly I'm planning on using it for dslr and <=400mm lengths. I have a Vixen Polarie and an iOptron zeq25 that's not working well. I've read up on a lot of different mounts but curious at what lies between the star adventurer and Celestron AVX. I know you get what you pay for in this class but looking for a sweet spot given my ~2-4kg payload max. Thanks!
  5. Honestly, I bought a US$100 MicroCenter TW801 windows touch tablet and am using PHD2 on that. Has a full version of Windows 8.1. It's a bit sluggish but with some tuning it works just fine to run everything and it's pretty portable. There isn't anything directly on iOS or Android even. That's the dream. Maybe when astro software moves out of the early 1990s into modern software concepts (and quality) that will happen. I'd certainly be one to buy it. I am a little surprised that Sky Safari people haven't figured out a way to make it work with a successor to their Wifi box.
  6. Is there any chance that you had a bit of rotation? I found this type of behavior when using DSS when I had slight mount rotation. When I switched to Nebulosity I immediately got better results. Just a thought. Maybe use a trial of a different stacker?
  7. Another question for you helpful people... Has anyone used the Celestron NexGuide auto guider with the Orion 50mm helical finder scope? I'm wondering if this will provide a nice way to auto guide without having to find an old laptop and re-use as much of the Orion setup as I can.
  8. Great! Now I just have to find replacement cables as I lost both the USB and ST-4 cables it comes with... Can't find a description of the specific types used.
  9. Very close! The guider is smaller though (http://www.telescope.com/Orion-Magnificent-Mini-Deluxe-AutoGuider-Package/p/102418.uts?keyword=Magnificent%20mini) so not sure it'll fit in a vixen clamp?
  10. Hmm, that's an intriguing idea if a bit expensive. I'll have to see if the clearance is enough.
  11. I was wondering about something that may be a hair-brained idea. I currently only use a Vixen Polarie, Nikon D750, and a Nikon 180 ED AIS to image. The combo works fine but I do have an Orion auto guider sitting around. I've thought about buying something like the Celestron AVX mount and using my Tamron 150-600 on it (I already have a vixen dovetail to camera mount). Obviously there isn't a place to put the SSAG on scope or lens. So I was wondering if anyone else does imaging in this manner and has found a good method of using a finder and guide camera with a camera lens. Or is this just never
  12. nwcs

    Hello all!

    Thanks everyone! I'm enjoying reading the forums
  13. Monty Burns once said man has always yearned to destroy the sun. The next best thing is to block them out! Old reference but your post reminded me of that! If I had more images to play with I'd try something similar myself during these El Niño cloudy days...
  14. nwcs

    Hello all!

    Lol, fewer stabbings is also great! What I like is that both boards are active and talk about similar things but also plenty of things that aren't. It's great to know so many people are interested in these things. Growing up in the 80s it felt like there weren't that many. Nice to find out how wrong I was!
  15. nwcs

    Hello all!

    Thanks all! Clear skies for everyone!
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