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  1. festoon

    AZ GTi

    Hi, please let me know if you have an AZGTi for sale Even better if you have EQ modified it. Also a must is that is has good backlash on the axis...I know a few out there have this issue Many thanks for your help.
  2. Had a really useful discussion this week regards my all sky camera and optimum settings for catching meteors. But it left me thinking, and wondering about my understanding of imaging settings. In reference to the Camera I'm using (ASI224MC CMOS) as you increase the gain from say 150 to 300, the read noise goes down from 1.1 to 0.8, but the full well capacity goes from 3000 to 300. So the dynamic range of the camera goes down by approx an order of magnitude. My understanding of sensitivity is that it is the minimum signal that can be detected above the noise. So by increasing the gain - my question is - are you increasing or decreasing the sensitivity to low light signals. If you take the example of a meteor, which only lasts for a small fraction of a second, do you want a lower or higher gain? What if you doubled the gain from 150 to 300, and halfed the integration time and stacked the two images - would that help you pick out fainter signals? Same thing for a very faint star which is better?
  3. Makes perfect sense @vlaiv The GTi rig will be half the weight in the end. Could probably get the EQ35 down to 12kg if you used a carbon tripod, but even still 6kg is a much more attractive option
  4. One other option which I have come across is the EQM-35 Pro. Seems quite lightwight at 4.38kg. How would you expect this to perform against an eq modified GTi?
  5. A meteor contrail that lasted 5 minutes!!!! Thats amazing. Was this 23:10 UK time?
  6. I like your thoughts - to try a slightly longer FL. I'm working at 1.55mm at f2
  7. Last night was out with the kids looking at the Perseid Meteor shower and we saw a cracker of a fireball at 10:35pm (UK time). My all sky camera caught it too close to the horizon. Reported it here https://fireball.imo.net/members/imo_view/report/203941 We saw quite a few Perseids over the course of an hour or so. Unfortunately my All sky camera (ASI224MC) didnt pick most of them up. I think this is probably one of the most sensitive CMOS cameras out there, so I hoped to record more. However, I guess its because they only last for a small fraction of a second, and its a question of light intensity vs time (Dose) for the meteor to be seen on the image. But if left me thinking - for meteor detection do you want a very high gain to pick out those faint meteors. I guess the down side of this will be increased noise and graininess of the image. And here is the photo of the fireball from my all sky camera (gain set at unity=135)
  8. For anyone who has adapted their AZGTI into EQ mode...what is the weight of the mount with a light counter weight attached (enough to balance a photocamera lens and Atik CCD)? And does anyone know how that compares to the weight an EQ3-2 Pro mount or a CEM25P mount?
  9. Thanks @vlaiv Can you use ASCOM with a SW adventurer? Really good point about the AZGTi. I think its a good option. The only issue is I'm not a particularly good DIY'er and I'd hate the thought of bricking £250! Now if someone was prepared to buy and set up the AZGTi mount for me in EQ mode I'd happily pay for their help!
  10. I'm pretty sure this has been discussed before. I'm looking for advice on which mount and tripod suits my needs most for DSO widefield imaging. For me portability is key. I'm looking to put together a system which I can leave fully assembled and be able to easily carry. I already have my main imaging rig a HEQ5 and ED80, but more often than not, with me having a full time job and kids I find it takes too long to set up and its not getting the use it should. I also have a AZ-EQ5 which is a bit lighter than the HEQ5 but still its a beast to carry if I leave everything fully assembled. What I'm looking to achieve is a lightweight grab and go widefield imaging set up ASCOM/EQMOD controlled setup that I can leave fully assembled. For this purpose I've started assemblling a widefield low weight rig including a lightweight lens and camera (Atik 414EX and Samyang 135mm F2 lens). If I can leave everything fully assembled and easily carry it into the garden on a clear night, then I think I'd be getter much more data to process So the question is which mount? Requirements: 1) EQ mount 2) Weight - including counterweights - fully assembled 3) Able to cope with Focal length 135mm and maybe 30-60 second unguided subs 4) ASCOM/INDI controllable In the grand scheme of things I'd be happy to spend more money to achieve the most time out imaging, but budget wise probably around £1000. For instance if it eeks a few kg off the weight I'd be happy to substitiute a standard tripod for a carbon fibre one. I've a list of options in my head e.g. EQ3-2 Pro with a carbon fibre tripod, CEM25P, Explore Scientific iEXOS-100 but I'd really like to hear other opinions...oh and in my dreams https://www.firstlightoptics.com/rainbow-astro-mounts/rainbow-astro-rst-135-mount.html
  11. festoon


    Hi, Looking for a CEM25P. If anyone has one potentially for sale please send me a PM Thank you
  12. Oh yes you have the comet in an all sky image. That’s the first I’ve seen! Amazing!
  13. I've built a RPi security camera before that had a built in FTP server and used MotionEyeOS https://github.com/ccrisan/motioneyeos/wiki/Features https://github.com/ccrisan/motioneyeos/wiki/Screenshots ** Edit: really useful tutorial https://www.raspberrypi-spy.co.uk/2017/04/raspberry-pi-cctv-camera-with-motioneyeos/ **
  14. As a simple solution, maybe you could just use an commercially availble security cctv wide angle camera dome for day time sky monitoring
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