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noah4x4

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  1. noah4x4

    How has technology changed Astronomy for you

    For me it is EAA technologies that defeat the shocking local light pollution that prevents me seeing any DSOs via an eyepiece. Using two Intel NUCs with Iris Plus 640 Graphics and Windows 10 Desktop I now remotely control scope, camera and autofocuser from inside my warm 'mission control' and enjoy a complete 'end to end' 4k UHD experience by observing on a ultra high definition monitor. Hyperstar makes my 8" scope f/2 hence even the most challenging of targets can be viewed 'near live. This beats sitting freezing in a field with numb fingers. The only trouble is I often lose my target on screen, spend 10 minutes fiddling with histogram, focus etc before realising the issue is 100% cloud. One does tend to lose touch with reality when immersed in a large 28" display, but I prefer feeling like Buck Rogers than Scott of the Antartic
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    Horse head nebula

    Never seen the Horsehead visually through my 8", but found it surprisingly easily with camera/Hyperstar. Frankly, I have given up visual astronomy as local light pollution is appalling and my dearest dark sky site is too distant. I struggle to see any DSOs via an eyepiece but, EAA rarely disappoints.
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    Hardware rather than software

    Whoa! Try some other stuff first...... Windows 10 has recently undergone a massive transformation within an update and that screwed up some drivers on my three PCs. Intel has consequently released a complete suite of new drivers for its NUC computer. I also had to reinstall Atik drivers for my Horizon camera and do a full 'recovery' of Windows on my older laptop. So first update Windows, then delete any devices (in Device Manager) not identified as working normally and reinstall all relevant drivers. Then, when you reboot, Windows 'plug & play' may unravel the mess. It took me a few hours to sort out my PCs, but all of my unexpected loss of device functionality was restored. Also, you could try temporarily disabling your WiFi adapter in Device Manager. There are known conflicts between USB3 and some WiFi standards. Most WiFi routers are 'Dual Band'. Try the 5GHz band (or if on that try the lower band!).
  4. On mine it is roughly at the 2.00 o'clock position. But I suspect that might possibly differ from individual scope to scope. Frankly, I would check with Celestron support. I use Hyperstar and regularly remove my secondary mirror. If it is reinstalled back into the 'notch' I never lose collimation when returning to "visual". However, the instructions warn not to over-tighten Hyperstar to avoid unscrewing the secondary mirror housing (which would potentially move the notch). However, the important thing is that the corrector plate and primary mirror must remain matched. If you did accidently unscrew the Fastar housing, I suspect it is merely a case of recollimating the secondary mirror in its moved position, hence the position of the notch might be irrelevant if properly collimated. However, I would seek the advice of Celestron support to be sure.
  5. Not knowing what to get my wife for Xmas I once went into her hairdressers and asked do they sell gift vouchers. Yes, so I asked how much my wife might need to last her a month on hair and beauty. They told me and I bought the vouchers. Five women under hairdryers then leapt from their chairs demanding confidentiality should their husbands ever ask a similar question. Stupid really, as (according to my wife) the hairdresser allegedly told me "double" simply to "talk me up". At least my missus looks as if she has benefited after a visit. If I was married to the other five I wouldn't waste my money.
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    Atik colour infinity

    Review the Atik Video about making a pinhole lens out of tin-foil if you want to try any stuff in daylight. Get an image using this without attaching the telescope. At night, follow the earlier guidance. Find initial focus in Finder mode using a bright star and 0.1 second exposures. Your problem is likely to be over exposure.
  7. noah4x4

    Resurrect the Space Shuttle ???

    ....what about Cavorite and gravity shielding technologies? Last used circa 1964..... remarkable British lunar achievement.....
  8. noah4x4

    Gears and pulleys

    Take a look at Amazon under 'cog wheels' if you want toothed wheels and try Rapid Electronics for friction or belt drive wheels. Both sell assorted packs for hobby use (e.g. such as Robotics and remote control mechanical devices).
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    Atik colour infinity

    Start off using only Infinity software - much easier than Artemis Capture - plus it will confirm that you have connected the camera correctly and data is being received. Then follow the quick start procedure described in the instruction manual involving very short exposures simply to achieve focus on a single bright star. Many new Atik camera users do initially struggle with focus and over exposure, but you have not yet offered enough information for others to diagnose your problems and assist you. Make sure you have downloaded both core software AND drivers from Atik Site. You must select drivers as an additional component.
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    ASI1600MM Pro through Startech USB hub

    I have an Atik Horizon which is similar to an ZWO AS1600 (same sensor, both desire USB3). Both cameras are capable of exceeding 4K UHD and are great with a suitable 4K UHD monitor. I also run an MKIT20 autofocuser also remotely from my warm 'mission control'. These were my findings; 1. Wireless even between two Intel NUCs each with Iris Plus Graphics using TeamViewer or Windows Remote Desktop was flaky. Too unreliable. 2. 'Active' USB2 cable over 10 Metres was also a bit flaky. I also suffered from conflicts between the USB3 camera, USB2 focusser and Celestron Nexremote that demands Win8 compatibility mode. I upgraded to USB3 cable with no greater success. 3. I now use Cat6 cable between NUCs and that works superbly. I could instead have used an AV/HDMI extender and a single NUC (with cat6 cable), but I already had two computers capable of handling 4K graphics. 4. Power was also a challenge. I now power all by a Tracer 22Ah 12v. These cameras are also very good at mere 1080p (1920 x 1080) but I wanted to run at maximum resolution, especially on Hyperstar where <zoom> is desirable because of the 5x increase in FOV. My advice, don't underestimate the power and bandwidth demands of these cameras, especially if seeking the full 4K experience.
  11. See https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nikon-D5200-18-55mm-Lens-Kit/dp/B00A2MSK1C/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1543999232&amp;sr=8-3&amp;keywords=nikon+5200 for similar. Just realised these used cameras on Amazon are £269 including an 18-55mm Lens. Mine is just the Body, so I had better reduce price to £200. Reason for sale, I bought an Atik Horizon on Hyperstar as I found the Nikon D200 far too complicated for a novice and I don't have the patience for long exposure Astrophotography and really wanted a camera for EAA. But it's a quality camera, loads of features.
  12. Boxed etc. Retail £269. Will sell for £180.
  13. Boxed, hardly used. Retail £115. Will sell for £60.
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