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  1. Danny there are loads of focusers that provide adapters to allow the existing plate to be used or a replacement plate that uses the existing holes, these include moonlite, featherTouch, PrimaLuce Lab to name a few, so not sure why they don't just separate out the main body of the focuser and the base plate.
  2. Hi all, I'm going through the process of trying to decide between 2 newt and one of them is the 10" Skywatcher Quattro. As with any cheaper scope, you invariably always need to change the stock focuser. Queue the Baader steeltrack diamond, which appers to be highly rated for its performance, yet it strikes me as odd that Baader don't do an adapter base plates for common scopes so it's a clean fit and doesn't require drilling. Does anyone know if anyone supplies custom adapters to fit the steeltracks without needing to drill. Not interested in a moonlite as I used to have a CR1 and it was utter garbage. Cheers Rich.
  3. I wonder why there has been so little take up on these focusers ? That said I've seen a few unfavourable post about the electronics on their products being a bit unstable, as well as their customer service not being so hot. Sounds a bit like early days of ASA.
  4. Nigel do you just use a dew shield or do you have a heater on the secondary.
  5. Hi all, I looking to buy a newt for imaging and probably going to get a SW 10" Quattro. So naturally I will immediately replace the stock focuser. Looking at focuser option, I saw a very neat focuser with a built in motor by PrimaLuce called The Estatto. This looked like an excellent option and cheaper than buying a focuser and a separate motor unit whilst looking very neat. Looking on the web I ant find any Reviews anywhere, so I wondered if anyone on here is using one or is there a reason nobody is using them ? Also looking at the focuser it states that it only has 15mm of inward travel, which didn't seem very much. Rich.
  6. Hi all, Does anyone know the required size of a secondary mirror in a newtonian to fully illuminate a Kaf8300 sensor, or know of a way to calculate this ? Many Thanks, Rich
  7. Tha is lenscap, I missed the specification button when I looked. Holy Crap - 102mm on the 12" Quattro, that's crazy big. That sucker will attract a lot of dew. I'm guessing it's too support a full frame camera. For me, I just want a secondary to fully illuminate my Qsi683 (Kaf8300) chip. Obviously the quattro 12s will, but also looking at possibly getting a Orion Optics VX10 or VX12 and they have much smaller secondary mirrors Rich.
  8. Hi All, Does anyone know the secondary mirror sizes on the Quattro 10s & 12s models. Cheers, Rich.
  9. Lens cap, is this based on standard aluminium or a Aluminium Alloys ? as i imagine telescope tubes will use an Aluminium alloy of some sort.
  10. I do have an QSI 683 with built in oag, so have no concerns with differential flex of camera's. It's literally just the tube flexing around the focuses under load that i'm worried about.
  11. Hi All, I'm looking at 2 scopes a SW Quattro 10" and a OrionOptics VX10 as a new imaging scope. I'm leaning towards the VX10, but have concerns about the aluminium tube flexing. Are aluminium tubes just as strong as Steel tubes ? which is stronger Aluminium or Steel ? Cheers, Rich.
  12. I use the Gigabyte Brix no problem running Windows 10 for my setup. Never had any bother with it, and it runs SGP with camera, focuser and shed roof control, as well as Cartes-Du-Ceil and PHD2 guiding with my lodestar. Neat & tidy setup that just seems to work. Mine is set in the bios to automatically turn on when the shed power is switched on remotely. I give it 2 mins 2 fully start up and then just rdp onto it from my laptop in the house and set my job away. I can then just check in on the progress using rdp from my ipad. Simples.....
  13. Thanks David, I've seen Kayrons tutorials but a lot of stuff is out of date from 2015, and some from 2018 but wasn't sure how many of the techniques have been updated for 2019. I'll take a look at Barry Wilsons tutorials and give them a whir and see how i get on. Cheers, Rich.
  14. Hi All, I've been away from imaging for quite a while and i've pretty much forgotten 90% of the processing techniques. I can see there are a lot of older primers, and i know Pixinsight Techniques / processes change on a regular basis with new tools. So wondered if anyone can recommend a up to date PixInsight primer. Cheers, Rich
  15. I'm holding out for a VX10 as I would prefer the F4.8 and the smaller tube of the 10". Will just wait until one comes up
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