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  1. my 3rd and 4th attempts - lots of activity - ISS? and other satellites?
  2. second attempt - camera replaced with: Zwo ASI190MC
  3. Recently bought an allsky setup, and after a few dodgy starts - hot-pixel prone camera etc, i'm steadily improving the quality of my captures. Equipment Used: Dell Optiplex 780 USFF Intel Dual Core E5800 3.20 GHz PC, running Sharpcap Pro. Zwo ASI120MC inside Allsky enclosure fixed to 45 degree 6" s/steel elbow, inserted into flagpole mount
  4. @PeterCPC thanks - tried - but no joy. I think this could be down to the frame rate - as @johngm suggests. i'll try again on next clear evening and see what happens.
  5. just a quick update, the .avi file properties: length: 00:00:36 frame width: 3096 frame height: 2080 data rate: 772787 kbps total bitrate: 772787 kbps frame rate: 5.00 frames/second file size: 3,516,180,992 (3.27gb) would there be a valid reason for VLC refusing to play this?
  6. Hi recently bought one of these cameras. i'm completely new to imaging, but really keen to make progress. at the moment I've got the ZWO ASI178MC connected to a Netbook PC and a Bresser 75/350 (i intend to use my SkyWatcher 200p) and have used the default ASI software to get the image below - i would like to think i can do much better than this. ■ better software to use for capturing images and video - for lunar, solar, planetary and dso ■ best settings for images and clips ■ what video filetype VLC will recognise and playback (ASI's .avi is incompatible with VLC - it will work in Windows Med Player) ■ how to "know" you've got DSOs worth processing, when these can't actually be seen onscreen moon.mp4
  7. Steve, John & Des - thanks for your lightning-fast replies. as you can see from above - following my mental abberration, I discovered the whole point of the cigarette- lighter-type connector cable
  8. i knew this'd be a newbie error - just discovered. needed to be using the "cigarette lighter type" connector. all good now. just need to balance, and wait for a clear night. thanks for your reply
  9. scope, mount and controllers came from ebay seller - 12months old stated "like new" fully working my understanding is that - even if the mount were not connected, the power tank being linked to the synscan EQ5Pro should power up the synscan hand controller display - at the very least?
  10. Hi on the advice of more knowledgeable folk, I've taken the plunge and bought myself a complete SkyWatcher Explorer 200P 8" Telescope + EQ5 PRO GOTO Synscan computerised mount and I was hoping that the purchase of the 12v DC Power Tank and the 2.1mm>2.1mm cable would have the handset power up. (I've been assured that the Power Tank and cable are correct - and BOTH are brand new. no such luck! - I'm thinking I've missed something obvious - a newbie error? any help appreciated.
  11. Hi David & Cornelius I was hoping that the Star Adventurer Pro would do what it claims it does. Hoping to setup my Canon 200D with Pentax Takuma 200mm to take some DSO shots. Seems like sellers don't tell you all of the equipment you'll need to get things up and running. Had no idea I'd need an additional guide scope and camera combo? talk about rabbit-holes. Retailer was clear that the Star Adventurer Pro with a decent tripod would be all i need. hmm.
  12. Hi Hoping someone can advise: I've recently bought this - because it is recommended as a good fit for DSO/Astro imaging sky-watcher star adventurer pro pack https://www.rothervalleyoptics.co.uk/skywatcher-star-adventurer-pro-pack.html I'm now getting conflicting information about it - always seems to be the case immediately after a purchase. ■ what tracking software would i used to help with imaging? - i plan to use (windows 10) tablet pc with usb cable connected to the sky-watcher. ■ if there is no tracking software available - how would I track? i am thinking I'm being completely stupid here and have missed something obvious. thanks
  13. just got myself the Sky Watcher Star Adventurer Pro - this is the one with the better tracking capabilities. have been told one of these Surveyor Tripods: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/surveyors-tripod/254296551970 is the best bet for a more solid base. question: are there adapters that will affix this tripod to the Star adventurer?
  14. wasn't planning "untracked" - my post above suggested the Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer. But I was told that the Takumar 200mm would be asking too much of that tracker mount. ■ would the takumar 200mm work better with the iOptron skyguider pro? ■ what software would i use with the iOptron skyguider pro?
  15. hi, yeah I do already have that book - but every piece of equipment seems to cost a proverbial arm and several legs. I've had advice that the Pentax Takumar 200mm f4 is the perfect lens for AP - but if 200mm breaches the "tracking limitations" (100mm is recommended by Steve Richards) - then how is the 200mm Takumar supposed to achieve its high accolades for AP? is this about tracking issues with that lens, or is it about the mount alone? if so, which mount would make the Takumar the goto for AP?
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