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About spillage

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  1. I found my copy of SGP had connection issues when using the asi1600 and asi120 then started having platesolve issues. That is why I switched to NINA.
  2. Can the camera name not be changed in the driver? Sorry not able to access my gear at the moment.
  3. Not sure how thick the adapter is but maybe a oil filter chain and cloth or a steel lid remover. The lid remover has got me out a bind more than once. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Multifunctional-Stainless-Steel-Can-Opener-Bottle-Jar-Lid-Remover-Kitchen-Tool/174360716808?hash=item2898b56608:g:Rf0AAOSwHfBfGnz0
  4. I have a similar set up minus the zero backlash mod. I usually use the target most in phd. I would say try shifting the ota back or forward a touch and see how the RA reacts (looks it may be east heavy). I normally find it is either balance or slight backlash. Normally get 0.7" ish, but have had it as low as 0.5" on a good night. Of course I could be totally wrong but that is where I would start.
  5. Possible worm gear binding too tight/loose?
  6. @sagramore I have belt modded my neq6 and found it worth doing, picked it up cheap from ABS (still in packets) but would happily pay full price for a new one. I have seen it guiding as low as .5 so tracking will be improved. I also used the time the mount was stripped to replace my bearings. The hardest thing is getting the worm gear set up correctly which can take a few attempts. Once done you will see a massive reduction in backlash. For about £100 pounds it get my vote. You will find a dedicated camera with set point cooling much easier to use and it means gathering calibration is much, much easier. Processing is a learning curve but not horrendous. Remember that even in Ha imagining under a full moon cannot be 100% full proof and O111 and S11 really benefit from a darker sky, just not as much as broadband.
  7. Would that be politically correct by leaving out the coffee drinkers??
  8. I think due to the fact that you can find very few reviews on the new eq8 says allot. I think it would be wise to make do with what I have and keep on saving towards something like a mesu (which would be my main goal). I know one is available second hand but due to work conditions I cannot spend that type of money on a hobby at this moment in time. If one comes up later and I have the cash then it would be a no brainer..
  9. Sounds like you need to make adjustments to the focuser as @Stub Mandrel has mentioned. Shame it has not performed that well. I have been meaning to buy one for months now.
  10. Thanks for all the replies and info. I have seen the mesu on abs and really would have considered it. Unfortunately I do not go back to work until October (if I end up having a job to go back to) so will have to wait to see how things pan out. A second hand mesu would be my first choice but a brand new eq8 would be a close second. I think for now my old neq6 is doing okay and generally guiding at 0.7" so not awful.
  11. Guiding is going really well tonight. Managed to hand out the roof window and grabbed this with my dslr on a tripod.
  12. Could possibly be ice on the sensor?
  13. Think I am tempted as today I have tried to make a cardboard ring to stop the 130pds flares, so be interesting to see how much it fails. Just looking around to see if there are any local companies who can 3d print one.
  14. If you have a local engineering shop you can get them to cut a slot in a length of aluminium bar. Bolt this to the top of your tube rings and then use a weight with a hole in it and use a bolt and butterfly nut so it can be moved up and down the bar as needed.
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