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  1. scitmon

    Remotely Controlling Imaging Queries

    Are your powering your setup from a battery or the mains? If the latter then you might consider using a powerline ethernet adapter instead of a Cat5 cable. As far as Windows goes, I don't see a reason why Pro would be needed of Home edition. Once setup properly, your miniPc can just be powered on, then you log onto it from a pc in your home using Remote Desktop Connection or a 3rd Party alternative.
  2. scitmon

    Guess the DSO

    M45 - Pleiades
  3. That's really down to personal choice and budget. For just observing, an AltAz mount would be easier to use, then you have to consider if you want a mount that locates and tracks objects for you? Again, if its just for planets which are easy to locate, then tracking mounts are probably an unnecessary cost. Examples of both: https://www.firstlightoptics.com/sky-watcher-az5-deluxe/sky-watcher-skymax-127-az5-deluxe.html https://www.firstlightoptics.com/sky-watcher-az-gti-wifi/sky-watcher-skymax-127-az-gti.html As others have said, if you think you might want to look at fainter deep sky objects, then a larger aperture reflector would be a better all rounder. My recommendation was based purely on your desire to only look at planets. Also consider the portability of your options, the best telescope is the one you will use the most so if a large telescope may put you off getting out your telescope, it might not be the best option.
  4. If its just the planets you are interested in, something with longer focal lengths will be better. Perhaps push your budget slightly to a https://www.firstlightoptics.com/maksutov/skywatcher-skymax-127-ota.html ?
  5. I'm confused, why does the bandwidth of the remote desktop connection need to handle 4k? Are you not storing the subs on the Intel NUC? An average 16 megapixel RAW image is 50mb? You can transfer that over a wifi network no problem.
  6. I just ordered https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B078JTF5XB/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 for the job. Not set it up yet but should be more than good enough.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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?
  13. I've lost the cover to the eyepiece of my AZEQ6 polar scope, anyone know where I could find a replacement?
  14. scitmon

    What did the postman bring?

    Postie just delivered my new IDAS D2 Light Pollution Suppression Filter:
  15. 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

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