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kev49

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  1. Hi all, has anyone had experience with using a telrad with a Meade? I am thinking of buying one to use instead of the spotting scope and wondered if anyone had any positive comments about them? . Also how do they fit on to the tube, does it fit directly on to the spotting scope dovetail or is there a separate fitting? I have an LX90 by the way.

    Thanks , Kevin.


  2. Hi, when removing the front cover I found it easier to use a 6" flat bladed screwdriver, and prised the front cover of easily in a matter of seconds. Also, I left the webcam plugged in so that I could see the LED's and knew when I had broken them.

    Kevin.

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  3. Hello all,

    I'm desperate for some help in sorting out cable connections from my Canon 450D to my laptop when using APT. I'm under the impression that in order to control the camera shutter from the laptop you need a USB/ serial converter, is this correct? If so could someone explain in laymans terms what cables I need and where to stick' em!

    I have a number of USB cables and the USB/serial converter, but I'm at a total loss as what to do!

    Regards, Kevin (in hope and anticipation).


  4. Hi Jake, this is a capture file I copied after downloading Firecapture 2.1. Hope this is helpful. If you need me to do anything else just let me know. Kevin.

    Filename=Mars_R_173955.avi

    Date=30.01.2013

    Start=17:39:55

    Duration=10s

    Frames captured=97

    Camera=DTCS033 CCD USB2.0 Camera

    ROI=252x250

    Profile=Mars

    Diameter=4.08"

    Magnitude=1.18

    CM=193.6°

    Filter=R

    FPS=9

    Shutter=0.000ms

    Gamma=-858993460

    Gain=-858993460

    Histogramm(min)=220

    Histogramm(max)=255

    Histogramm=100%

    Noise=0.0

    AutoAlign=false

    PreFilter=none

    Limit=none

    Comment=null


  5. Dan, interestingly I got a similar shot using my 450D on Monday morning, using the same settings as yourself. Got up for work and saw the full moon just about to set, first clear skies for ages. Processed mine in Photoshop and was quite chuffed with the result considering I set up so quickly.


  6. Hi Jake, yeah no problem, I'll download it and let you know how I get on. Probably won't get back to you until tomorrow, but I'll let you know how I get on. Glad you got somewhere with MA, and hopefully the problem can be resolved. I have to admit, I was looking to buy a QHY5 for another £100, and wish I had been a bit more patient now! As I said earlier, I'm a newbie to imaging but have had a little success with a 450D and the moon, but still trying to get to grips with APT.

    Regards, Kevin.

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  7. Hi all, I could do with some advice when it comes to astrophotography using an LX 90 8". I realise that an equatorial mount is superior, but I am mainly interested in planetary work anyway. The question is; which is the best route to go down for accurate tracking? an autoguider or OAG? I would appreciate your comments.

    Kevin.


  8. Hi Snakeyj, I have just purchased the same webcam from MA. I too have W7 x64 but have only briefly mucked about with it. In Sharpcap, I find it often crashes with the same error report as you get, but I do have some success with the controls. I have yet to try it on my scope because of the weather so have not really given it a good try. I'm only a beginner, so cannot give you any helpful advice really, but it is supposed to work with W7 X64 according to the instructions. If you do contact MA, then perhaps you would be good enough to let me know how you get on. I haven't been much help I know, but at least someone else is suffering along with you!

    Kevin.

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  9. Hi, this happened to me on my EQ5 mount. The only way I could get it out was to straighten it up as much as possible with a pair of pump pliers, and then use them to unscrew it. If you can do this, replace it with a normal 5mm bolt (I think that was the size). You can take the mount off and get to it from the inside, and then try to straighten it out. Then undo it from either end. I would be cautious about cutting the bolt off just in case it's cross threaded, then you may be stuck. I think you can buy a drill bit which can remove bolts, or you could try drilling it out if all else fails, but this would be an extreme resort. Hope you manage to do it.

    Kevin.

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