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AstroPhil

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  1. I'd say that's awesome! I'm very jealous: my own attempt is below, but taken from cenral London(!) and with limited field of view (straight up, more or less) from my back yard. So I managed only 20 minutes each of L,R,G,B... Somethinig to add to in the future (plus, this was my first attempt using a new Atik 460 and filter wheel) from darker skies...
  2. As per the title really, does anyone know how to do this? I keep chaging to my prefered buttons on the EQMod mount/joystick tab for slewing etc., hit 'save' under the configuration, but.... nothing. Have to set everything again each time. Same for lat/long location and other preferences, and the rest. Am I missing something? Does the 'save' not actually 'save' these settings? Can it be done? Thanks and apologies if this info is out there - I am googled out and none the wiser! Phil
  3. Yeap, the focusser discussion regrding Taks has some history, for sure! I put a feathertouch microfocusser on my FC100DL, but often think about putting the origional back. Then again, I'm sure I'd miss the fine focus... definitely a condundrum!
  4. Sucess! Took a weekend of googling but turned out my code was entirely 'barking up the wrong tree' as it were. Here's the final design and code, in case anyone else is interested. This uses an arduino MKR1010 and a MKR Ethernet shield (which I had spare: see photo), coupled to an NEO-8m GPS chip from AZ-Delivery. My motivation here was to provide my (new portable!) rig with a method to import location and time across the network to the two Raspberry Pi's I have mounted. Works a treat with the Ekos NMEA driver: all of this is a local network, so completely independent of the home network -
  5. Hello all, I've been playing around with a few spare 'bits and bobs' and sucessfully made a little GPS receiver using a NEO-8M chip and a spare Arduino I had (plus an ethernet shield). I was just going to use it to set the time on my astroberry / stellarmate when not connected to the network, but then I came across this very interesting driver in the INDI library: https://www.indilib.org/devices/auxiliary/gps-nmea.html This seems to do a lot of the hard work for me.... but I cannot fathom how to actually send the data from the GPS chip (it's a serial connection / multi-line 'string'
  6. Watching this thread with interest as I just last week bought the same camera!
  7. It's definitely a power issue: the blinking LED is the 'low voltage' warning on the Az-Eq-6 (I have one). When slewing the current increases substantially - lowering the voltage - and so you'd need a decent PSU for use at 12v (mine is 10A) as MrFreeze says. Even better, these mounts can be supplied with up to 16v: I use a 15v supply and in this case a 2.5A is easily enough. Even better, a higher voltage has lower transmission losses. When you used a battery (13v+ fully charged) this is why it worked better. P.
  8. I tried SGPro ages ago but found it crashed alot, and also moved to Ekos (and Nebulosity for 'easy' tasks every now and again!). Took a while to learn it but I like the fact it is 'light' and runs on all my platforms (Pi, Mac, Pc...). Took the plunge and bought PixInsight though!
  9. Well I just pulled the trigger on an Atik 460EX mono.... and am looking foward to getting into Narrowband in due course!
  10. My first Frac was a ZS71 and I still use it a lot (my dedicated imaging rig with the reducer/flattener). Never used the Evostar but they get good reviews as well. Tough choice!
  11. Hello Wim, Thanks for the quick and super helpful reply - this sounds great. I agree that the indiduino setup looked rather tricky, I spent a while reading up on it and got nowhere so I'll try the Weather Watcher. The station I came up with uses the Arduino MKR1010 and a Ethernet shield and already posts the data to a simple webserver, so it sounds like it should be easy to port to the INDI. Thanks alot! P.S. The ESP32 looks interesting... I actually just ordered on to play with as well.
  12. Hi @wimvb I've been following this, and the thread of @Gina, with huge interest, so much so that I was even inspired (lockdown project anyone!!) so make a similar weather station. In my case I don't have an observatory so it's not used for automation. At the moment the Arduino is plugged into a Pi housed on my flat roof (with an all-sky cam running over stellarmate and a wired network). I'd be keen to hear more about exactly how you integrated the Arduino into INDI? Is it as simple as just plugging it in via USB? In which case I could just plug it directly into my imaging rig (which
  13. Finally aquired a hard case for the new 'portable' setup...
  14. 3.5mm TV Nagler... I bought it for the Mars approach last year and use it mostly for Lunar now, perhaps Venus occasionally...
  15. Sucess here as well - using my Opticron 8x32's just a few moments ago. Fair bit of light pollution, but despite that, diffuse tail and a compact core both very obvious. Super nice!
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