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About scitmon

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  1. I do actually use them myself to stream video files from a computer in my office to a kodi box on my tv. Very reliable and more bandwidth than wifi.
  2. scitmon

    Buying advice

    Re: the mount for long exposure deep sky, I'm afraid you'll be needing something more heavy duty than a EQ5, especially for a 8 inch reflector. A widefield refractor/reflector with a HEQ5 is normally the goto for deep sky photography.
  3. A set of powerline ethernet adapters could be the answer. For example https://www.amazon.co.uk/TL-PA4010KIT-Powerline-Configuration-Required-UK/dp/B01BECPIMC/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1540297714&sr=8-2
  4. I've purchased Pixinsight and trying it out on my recently acquired data of East Veil Nebula. Here is what I've managed to get so far by following http://dslr-astrophotography.com/basic-dslr-workflow-pixinsight/ I am not happy with the large amount of stars which I consider a bit distracting for the main target, and the colours of the stars also look over saturated to me? Any tips of how to tackle this and more general comments are very welcome.
  5. Not sure if its too late to correct, but you will also want to keep dew off your guide scope when you get one. A single dew controller is obviously not enough for 2 dew strips. Edit: just read the product description for your controller which in fact can power 2 strips... Wish I knew that when I bought my 4 port controller! Doh.
  6. I think you have covered everything to get started. In the future you might want to start guiding which will require a guidescope, mono camera and a computer to run the guiding software. Have you thought about dew control too?
  7. I've lost the cover to the eyepiece of my AZEQ6 polar scope, anyone know where I could find a replacement?
  8. scitmon

    What did the postman bring?

    Postie just delivered my new IDAS D2 Light Pollution Suppression Filter:
  9. It's on Discovery channel on Monday at 1pm according to my Sky Q App, I've set it to record. Edit: sorry I should read the thread properly, but I can't find the other one you've mentioned
  10. I think the only way is to get a camera with a bigger chip size. Or you could try stitching multiple images together.
  11. scitmon

    Skywatcher ED72

    This thread is worth a read before you make your decision:
  12. You don't have to get an auto guiding setup straight away, good images can be achieved without it, especially with widefield telescopes like the 80ED. OAG is not required for 80ED. Your best setup should you choose to get a guiding setup is one of the bundles on FLO: https://www.firstlightoptics.com/guide-cameras/sky-watcher-evoguide-50ed-guidescope-zwo-asi120mm-bundle.html or https://www.firstlightoptics.com/guide-cameras/guide-scope-bundle-suitable-for-piggy-backing.html You also need to think about where you will run your guiding software from. Some people use old laptops or buy mini-pcs and you need to think where you can position the computer without it getting wet.
  13. You can also look on astrobin.
  14. You would use one of https://www.firstlightoptics.com/adapters/skywatcher-dslr-m48-ring-adapter.html to attach it to the focal reducer/flatterer. The purpose of a guide camera in a nutshell is to make small corrections to the tracking of your mount. It does this by locking onto a star and monitoring how far it drifts in the frame of your picture, then sending corrections to the mount to bring it back.
  15. If that's the case I think the D2 is the way to go because locally my street lamps are LED. Thank you for the input.

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