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dtastro

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About dtastro

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  1. Just received a WO Redcat 51, but there were no instructions or quick start guide. Also there's a hex key in the case...no idea what it's for. Does anyone own a Redcat 51 that can advise - thanks
  2. Nah...it's pegged down with heavy duty pegs and now has guy ropes on.
  3. Great setup...Love the camo on the dome
  4. I started imaging about 10 days ago and had mixed success. I'm capturing in APT and stacking in APP, but my processing has been a bit hit and miss, the pics below have been re-processed as I've learned more. Here are my efforts since starting. M45 -Pleiades, M31 - Andromeda, NGC7308 - Wizard Nebula and IC59 Ghost Nebula. All taken with an Altair 183C Pro TEC, Esprit80ED and EQ6-R mount, captured with Astro Photographic Tools and stacked in Astro Pixel Process, finished off in Photoshop.
  5. In an effort to shield myself and kit from all the neighbours lights and street lamps I decided to make my own makeshift observatory that I can take down in summer, if I want to. Initially I was going to make it from 25mm pvc tubing, but ultimately decided on 36mm...much better. It's roughly 3m x 2m and 2m high, and blocks out everything. I had to make some tweaks to the top and ended up putting some corrugated plastic on the tarp at the top, and then another tarp over it. The seating area is now watertight and nothing sags. I've since put a larger folding table in and put a black shower curtain across. There's a small red bike light over the table, but it's not very good so I've ordered some red light tubing...to be installed soon. Earlier in the year I built a pier made from concrete blocks and that's been a rock steady platform, with a good view of Polaris and the sky above. Included are my very first astro images - The Wizard Nebula NGC7380 and Andromeda M31
  6. I ran everything as admin and it seems to work...so problem sorted - thanks all
  7. None of them were selected to run as admin...so back to square one.
  8. Thanks will check them all later.
  9. Is there any way to set the shortcut to make sure it's in admin mode when opened?
  10. Last night I couldn't guide in PHD, there was one instance of EQmod open in APT for the mount, but PHD failed with a port error when a second instance of EQmod was opened by PHD for mount. I did notice that if the mount was connected in PHD then it failed in APT. Any advice pls.
  11. Solved it...found the locking nut for the dowel. Tightened it and will try next clear night.
  12. Even though I've had my EQ6-R mount a couple of years I've only just started using it, due to string of illnesses over that time. I've noticed that when using the azimuth adjustment knobs during PA the clamps can be tight, but I can rotate the mount slightly by hand which is enough to throw off the PA. The dowel, when fully screwed in is not facing forward, but a few degrees clockwise. Has anyone else had this problem, if so is there a fix for it?
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