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  1. Good thing I have this @home 60 meters from the telescopes :D. I knew the server will be useful one day...
  2. There are 3 desiccant tablets in the camera. Just bake them @ 220C for 2 hours. Remember to put the screw back on the camera and keep the camera in a box, preferably with desiccant bags near it while you bake the tablets.
  3. This answer saddens me... I was involved in World Science University project and I know for a fact that some of the brightest children in Africa have next to no internet access. There are children in this world that have no chance of getting a better job or escape their poor lives because they have no way of accessing resources. Also, slow internet is not 1st world caprice. It's a necessity when you have to work from home, upload a security camera stream in the cloud, or to make it closer to our hearts, have an observatory that is not in your backyard that needs security cameras, remote ac
  4. The benefits of Starlink are much bigger than the inconvenience to click another checkbox in an astronomy software. We tend to forget that 50% of the population of Earth does not have internet connection and 50-60% of those who have it are stuck with a high price / low bandwidth connection. I live near Pisa in Italy, by no means a 3rd world country, and my internet connection is 4-5Mb/sec down with 0.5-1 Mb/sec up. All of this at almost 50Euro/month so I can't wait to pay Musk whatever he wants for a decent internet connection I cannot have from my regular provider. If the price I have to pay
  5. I tried a GSO 250 RC on it and I did not like the way it was guiding. And that was a 27kg payload... GM1000 is a marvel but you have play within it's limits and with a very very stiff payload. For peak performance it will need a sky model and without a stiff payload you will never, ever have a reliable model. But put a good refractor on it and it's not going to skip a beat. I am using it these days only when I travel to my parents house in a bortle 1-2 area and paired with my FSQ i've done 1 hour unguided on it without any problem.
  6. Just opportunity. The scope was second hand at a fraction of it's original price. It was kind of a dream come true turned into nightmare (I am still strugling to have officina stellare re-coat the primary, reset the distance between the mirrors and send me an o-ring that keeps the corrector at the proper distance in the baffle tube in order to cover an aps-c sensor). But as I learned with the Mesu and basically every other piece of equipment I have for astrophotography, patience and calm is the key to success...
  7. My Officina Stellare 320 CRC is 28 Kg with the focuser. With everything on it (camera, filterwheel, OAG, etc) is close to 32 Kg
  8. While I don't know how MA handles this, I do know that my mount came in a sturdy wood crate. That did not prevent the dec motor encoder to have problems from the shipping. The mount is absolutely brilliant when it's working properly, but for me it took the best part of an year to arrive at that stage. While I have no way of knowing how your interaction with Lucas and MA has been, I can say that I had 2 incidents with the mount requiring repairs - one when the mount arrived and the dec motor encoder was faulty and one when the mount fall due to high wind and required some DEC plate
  9. I use 2 NUC i3 8th gen with 16GB Ram and 256 m.2 ssd and they are very reliable, at least until now (oldest one is 2 years old). At the mount you don't need too much computing power to run an imaging session so any small, reliable computer will do. I would advice against mechanical drives since the movement of the mount will kill them pretty quickly.
  10. Such a sad thing to have this happen. 5 years ago someone entered into my house when I was asleep and stole a bunch of valuables. I was lucky I had the dog at my parents at that time (190 pounds russian terrier), he could have killed the thief... From then, freaked out by the occurrence, I installed a full security system with loudspeakers, cameras, motion sensors, pressure pads and I have a 3 cameras, 5 pressure pads and infrared motion sensors at the telescopes. The whole thing is sending me notifications on my phone if anything happens. I suggest you start installing security cam
  11. The latest version is 0.95G. And they fixed something about meridian flip but it does not seem to be the same bug... You should try to update first imo... 0.95G is here: http://siderealtechnology.com/SiTechSetup095G.exe Version notes: * * * 0.95G Fixed Meridian Flip if looking west and tracking in the trackpast area, and performing a goto to the same location.
  12. The simple answer is: Equilibrium and Symmetry. Spheres are formed when the dominant force resisting gravity is pressure. Pressure has a spherical symmetry and equilibrium is found in a sphere in this cases (planets, stars) Discs happen when orbital motion is resisting to gravity. This is a circularly symmetric effect and equilibrium is found in a disk shape (solar systems, galaxies, quesars) Long answer in the newtonian physics...
  13. I regret buying mine... It gives larger FOV, but you will have live with a lot of drawbacks... 1. Corrected field is smaller than advertised. 2. If you are planing to use it with CAA you need to buy the adapter that will put the reducer into the CAA. 3. They are prone to tilt, you will need to constantly make sure that the screws are tight. 4. As @ollypenrice stated you are going to need a very good motorised focuser - the focus drift is much more significant with the reducer.
  14. The biggest problem with constructing an observatory anywhere near a large structure is the turbulent air that will run around the observatory. You can reinforce the structure to support the weight of the observatory, you can make a pier that is isolated from the vibrations of the structure but it will be insanely difficult to isolate the whole structure from releasing the heat into the surrounding air. I did the following "experiment" and I invite you to do the same: On 3 nights with good seeing I moved my mount between the south facing balcony, 30 feet from the house on a concrete pad
  15. Do you connect it to a USB3 port? I had problems with the connection with my Lodestar x2 with an Intel NUC gen8 that has only usb 3 connections. I tried to connect it via a USB2 hub, but I had problems even in this config. The problem solved itself the second I switched to a PC with USB 2 connector.
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