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The Sailor

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  1. Still out, sorted out a problem I had with DSLR focussing, will wait up a bit more and see what comes up Jim
  2. Can't say it cold here Jules, I think maybe I have a bit too much clothing on, althought it's about 2' there is no wing so not too bad. I had a bit of a disaster last nght Shaun, laptop decided to go belly up, thnk I have been overloading it and it was just the start of the night. Done a bit of remedial work today so fingers crossed all wil be well. Jim
  3. Clear skies tonight, not cold and all is well Jim
  4. I have say that I have not used anything to slew the mount except Stellarium thru a USB/Serial cable so can only do a problem solving with that. Am sure there are a few people who are using the Hitecastro and will know better than myself how to solve your problem, so where are they . Jim
  5. Ed, have you used Stellarium to work your mount without the Hitecastro, just thinking of where I would start problem solving. Jim
  6. I have two monitors but use them seperatly, one bit of software I use is Desktop, that gives me eight screens to play with, guiding and Stellarium on one and odds an sods on the others. Jim
  7. Have to say I have never heard of this either, when using infra red or image intensifiers wnich have green screens I always had to keep one eye closed so I could adjust as quickly as possible, the only time this was not possible was using the driver screen on armour so when I open the hatch I was completly blind for a minute or two. Jim
  8. I use the 80ED for DS and the 6" SCT for planetary AP with the ST80 for guiding, have the dual mount system so an easily changeover to DS or planetary with ease, all works quite well. Jim
  9. One of the inner pins in my mount socket broke many moons ago but as the mount is spare I have soldiered on and will wait till the other one breaks before doing any remedial work. Jim
  10. James I done it last week, I took an avi of it at about 0300 hrs, probably could have waited a bit more but was tired and cold . Here is a frame from the avi: Not the greatest. Jim
  11. Well the question posed is "Thoughts on Remote Controlled Observatory". For me it worked, sometimes there was a dropout but all in all it worked well but to answer the question I would rather be with the equipment, to look throught the eyepiece and be there to swop and change as necessary. Remoring works but hands on is better . Jim
  12. I dug a slit trench there back in '67, could be still there, plenty of sky to see, no LP and it's free Jim
  13. Well as expected the clouds did roll off to the SW and clear skies all around but after three hours I have had to give up due to the strength of the wind, chucking the scope all over the place so maybe another night . Jim
  14. Already done two hours ago, screen came off the window and the wind is cooling everything down, have a great evening all . Jim Maybe I spoke too soon, after a day of sun I now see that my sky is split by a cloud, it's heading south west so should have a full sky by dark, fingers and everything else crossed.
  15. Just finished, headache got to me, been a great night, seen plenty . Jim
  16. A second night of good seeing, slight breeze, not as bad as last night. Jim
  17. I caught it with a bit of star hopping at 0300 hrs this morning, it had just risen above the horizon to the north and as Ron said a little below M31 and to the east, done a 14sec avi with the QHY5, pleased a punch. Jim
  18. If I wanted that item yesterday and it will arrive tomorrow I don't mind pennies it's the £'s I watch out for . Jim
  19. Due to the extra height in the attic I was able get it quite early. Not expecting to see anything as it was down low I used Stellarium to hop to it and came upon it slightly off where Stellarium said it would be, probably my alignment out . Anyway here is one frame from the avi, not that good: Jim
  20. A great night finally finishing about 0315 hrs after capaturing Panstarrs with the QHY5. The only dissapointment was for some reason I could not get focus with my Canon 450D on the 80ED, have to figure out what I was doing wrong, the problem with not getting out for so long and my old memory is going on how setups are done . As soon as breakfast is finished I will see what avi's I captured, happy days . Jim
  21. Still out, lovely night, opened up just after dusk, cold but snug as a bug in a rug Jim
  22. I don't use APT but have the Canon software and I don't have a problem, bulb works perfect, give that a try and see wether it's the camera or APT. Jim
  23. It's a wait and see game, then make a move after using the Mk1 eyeball Jim
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