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  1. Tomatobro

    Absolute newbie from Doncaster, UK

    If you have found Jupiter and Saturn already I would say you are making progress...……...
  2. Tomatobro

    EQMOD heq5 question

    To paraphrase Monty Python "what has the laptop ever done for me"...... Not having to input all the data into the handset on power up Polar alignment using Sharpcap plate solving Gamepad control. Buttons for Park, unpark, slew rates, joystick control of mount, E stop, circular search Mount positioning calibration via GPS Star or object align Voice confirmation And a warm location
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    EQMOD heq5 question

    Good polar alignment is the key. I use the camera attached to the guide scope to polar align using the Sharpcap polar plate solving routine. You have to make a small payment for this facility but other astronomers who have watched me use this have been impressed. You do need the Laptop to be next to the mount while you do this because you need to follow the screen and be able to adjust the screws. Much better than using the polar scope.
  4. Tomatobro

    EQMOD heq5 question

    Depends how remote you are from the mount and what settings you have turned on/ off. Cable wraparounds and mount collisions come to mind. There are lots of advantages. For instance you can control the mount via a gamepad and have computer tell you what you are doing (tip. Turn down the volume!) I also like the "circular search pattern" if the alignment is not quite there
  5. Tomatobro

    Telrad Flasher

    Not sure SGL will accept the code listing but here goes. Telradcode.odt
  6. I have had to move indoors because the Mozzies are biting.... This was my low cost setup. For the solar project I used a small 450mm dish that came with a 12 ghz LNB. The "receiver" was a satellite finder. If the guts are removed from the satellite finder you can solder wires to the coax input and apply 12 volts (+ to the coax core - to the outer braid. This will power the LNB Find the two wires that go to the coil of the satellite finder meter and solder two wires to the connections. Attach these to a digital voltmeter. Power up and point the dish just ahead of the sun. As the sun passes through the beam note the voltages every 10 seconds . Plot these readings to form a graph. The whole setup cost £13 for the dish and LNB, Satellite finder £5 and the digital voltmeter £8 all from a well known auction site.
  7. Tomatobro

    ISS and meteor close call

    The only radio Solar obs I have done is using a satellite dish in response to a request to set something up for a school. I got hooked and wanted to see how far I could push the technology and ended up building my own receiver. There is a post somewhere on SGL of the dish and some results. I will try to find it for you.
  8. Tomatobro

    Caution May Contain Clouds

    Only kidding Guys.....it fooled the financial Director (wife) into thinking it was a non astro purchase.
  9. Me also. Altair 105 and the Jupiter3 with a Mak180 Altair jupiter.bmp jupiter3.bmp
  10. Tomatobro

    Caution May Contain Clouds

    I notice that Flo are not putting the stickers on the boxes being shipped out. Could this be due to the weather we are having of late?
  11. Tomatobro

    A Sad Find

    a couple of pictures of a control unit built by me in the early eighties. 12 volt to 230 volt ac for the synchronous RA and DEC drives with varying frequency to control speeds, film exposure display with audible warning, handset control and later interface to the first SBIG autoguider in the UK. Ahh the joys of TTL logic. Sadly now being cannibalised for spares Bring back memories Tomato?
  12. Tomatobro

    ISS and meteor close call

    Coto Hi and thanks for your interest There is a radar station located in Dijon France. With simple kit you can detect the reflected radio signals using this radar from objects and ionised meteor trails high in the sky. Because the radar sweeps back and forth the ISS station appears as a series of spikes or blips (depending on the software used) and these are the smaller spikes seen going diagonally from top left to bottom right in the image. The meteor reflection is the larger of the spikes. There is only one spike as meteors are (usually) short lived and only reflect one sweep of the radar beam. In reality the meteor posed no threat to ISS but its an interesting observation. If you are interested in getting involved in meteor detection there are lots of websites (search " meteor detection using GRAVES ") and an article was published in Sky at night magazine on how to get started. Its not too difficult to get started. And there are threads on this forum you can read. The software is free to download and use, The antenna can be constructed from copper water pipe from a DIY store. The receiver is one of the SDR (Software Defined Radio) types that plugs into a USB port on your computer. The whole setup can be put together for about the price of a decent eyepiece. Hope this helps Tomatobro p.s. Tip on buying an SDR Dongle. Avoid cheap! A "Funcube Dongle Pro +" is the one to go for. Members of my local Astronomy club will bear me out on this.
  13. Recorded this morning. Scary stuff! See how the ISS track and meteor almost coincide
  14. Tomatobro

    Telrad Flasher

    I have sketched out what the modifications are. The Pic and transistor are mounted on a small piece of stripboard.
  15. Tomatobro

    Telrad Flasher

    What skills/equipment do you have? Can you program pics? I could post you a pre programmed Pic but are you ok to do the rest? Send me a message and I will see what I can do to help.

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