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Everything posted by jimboozle

  1. Agree with all points above - one extra suggestion. i added an extra SSD to my system, only a little 128G one, and use it solely for my pixinsight swap file, and the image files Iam currently working on. Speeds things up massively. Bit of an Bottom to move things afterwards, but my goodness, it doesn’t half get it processed quicker...
  2. did you get it working with SGP? I'm now highly tempted to use the arduino I was given a while ago to add motor focus to my WO66. I've got a moonlite on the 120ED, but not willing to shell out for another 'real' focuser...
  3. thanks guys - i've been away for a fortnight - will have a go at all these tips tonight... I've also re-made my serial cable so will give it a go! thanks for the offer whipdry - i may well take you up on that, nice to know if the unit has packed up, rather than just the handset. jim
  4. Hi all, I'm having some real dramas with my G11 not playing ball. It's Gemini 1, and currently the hand controller won't work (this was preceeded by the menu button stopping working a couple of months ago). I've got around it by using C2C, but not the mount won't connect to the PC through the serial cable. Meh. Any ideas? Do you think it could need an EEPROM update? Or failing that, is there anyone in the UK who will service/tune it/repair it for me? Pulling my head out, especially with all these clear skies atm... Jim
  5. Chaps/chapettes, Quick heads up - I'm classic all the gear, no idea, so looking for help with the following... SGP atik camera shiny new quark this is early warning that if any of you are using any of this kit, I will be all over you like a tramp on chips this weekend... oh and I can't use my G11 either. p.s what are these star things you speak of?
  6. Off to Maplin's in the morning. I don't have a real dew controller, so do you need phono male or female??
  7. Do I win a prize for submitting the first emergency Maplin order of the weekend?? My master interface box isn't working, so I'm off to buy a hub. If anyone needs anything shout up before about 9am! will get dew shield components, as I'm sure we'll use them
  8. I might have a phono socket in my pile of bits, sure we can rig something up
  9. I've heard whisky is good for colds...
  10. Chanced it and got parole early. Base camp established! Happy to lend a hand to anyone who needs it, just shout up, I'm down the end with some Leffe
  11. https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00K67LU9W/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_TpYdyb5TN1ADP I use one of these - pretty good
  12. Will be a good spectator sport when I throw my toys out of the pram!
  13. I'll have a full set up of tools too. My mount is playing up, so we may have a live demonstration of a G11 strip, clean and reassemble on my pitch
  14. Really good fun. It's expensive though, after Gary Palmers talk I walked out with a Quark from the widescreen centre
  15. Surely whatever remains in the bottle??
  16. I'll have a 200pds, a WO66sd and first light for a new (to me) 120ED ds-pro. On second thoughts, I should leave the new one at home, I don't want blaming for the clouds...
  17. I've spent my lunch hour coveting a mesu, don't think it'll be too long until my finger slips onto the 'buy' button...
  18. Hello again troops, and sorry to have to invoke the power of your collective intellect once more. Should be the final time for a while, and will bring Jaffa Cakes to the star party for anyone who can assist I'm finally about to push the button on the camera. I'm not quite decided between the 460ex and 490ex, but for the purposes of this question, it is immaterial. I image through my SW120ED DS-PRO. I have the dedicated 120ED field flattener, which has an M48 thread on the camera end. Optimum sensor distance is 55mm give or take a millimetre. So I obviously need a filter wheel. The SX standard filter wheel with 7 spots looks good, I use 36mm unmounted LRGB/NB, so I can fit them all in and avoid dust bunnies (and pigs might fly). I think this is 25mm thick. I then need to add an OAG, the SX one is 13mm. Total so far is 38mm. Atik cameras of this ilk have a back focus of 13.5mm, so lets add that in. This gives me 51.5mm. With me so far? Is my maths correct? For this very reason Martin has dissuaded me from the SX814 as it's back focus is much bigger. Questions: How do I attach this assembly to the M48 thread on the focal reducer - any ideas? Will it fit, or do I need an adaptor - anyone else done it? Once I get this sorted, I should be able to pop a delrin shim or two into the mix and tune the last couple of MM, dependent on the adaptor thickness (if needed). Do I have to account for the optical properties of the filters? do they add/remove physical distance to sensor? Or am I invoking too much Physics into this... For the record, they are all the Baader 36mm unmounted, and should be, ahem, parfocal with each other (or thereabouts)... I use a moonlite autofocuser, so not an issue, but just wondered if it affects the spacing of the sensor - focal reducer thingy. I really hope someone understands all this better than I do - I'm getting rather confused by the whole malarkey Cheers, Jim
  19. Finding myself rather excited about this whole malarkey. Not sure if it's the prospect of dark sky imaging, the meeting up with like minded chaps and chapettes, or the prospect of blissful sleep away from my three year old daughter and three month old twins. Of course, I'll miss them loads, until the prospect of a lie in sinks in...
  20. I'm sure one of us will be able to rustle up a brew and an egg banjo whatever time you turn up- just shout
  21. I'm less than a year in, but hooked. I love the science, the constant reminder of the vastness of the universe, and through imaging, have found a wonderful marriage between art and science. As an electronic engineer and ex physics teacher, astronomy gives me many uses for knowledge gleaned in my past careers, whilst spending money earned in my current one. I love carefully preparing my equipment, then staring at a cloudy sky for weeks on end because someone has bought something shiny from @FLO. This gives me the opportunity to haemorrhage even more cash, and maintain the cloud cover.
  22. I have an unopened set of 36mm Baader LRGB filters £240ish, and may even part with a flocked and blackened 200PDS, probably around the standard 200quid mark. If I can be persuaded to sell the scope, I've got a telrad, an Orion SSAG and 50mm guide scope, and a Baader MPCC I'll not use again. Afraid I've joined the frac revolution... dunno where my pitch is, but I'm there fri-sun - update, I'm on Hare 60
  23. Not sure I could stump up for one of those just yet, but who knows in the future... I think I'm going down the 460 or 490 mono route, but going to wait until I've chatted to some experts at the astronomy show in Stonleigh next month. Not an insignificant amount of cash, so want to ensure I make an informed decision. thanks all for your input, much appreciated as ever. jim
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