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  1. Hi All Its been a while since I've been on here and a while since I've done much astronomy due to kids! I'm looking to get back into it by buying a Heq5. If anyone within 50miles or so of Sheffield is thinking of selling please let me know. Cheers
  2. Hello all, I was out last night and spent quite a few hours drift aligning my setup to try and get some decent exposures on M45 only to find light pollution restricted me to 30s . I know the snow won't be helping but it got me wondering how much others are restricted by it and how far you can push the exposure before the LP ruins the data. I've done a quick stack and there's some serious gradients. Think a CLS clip filter is needed. Thanks
  3. Thanks Tom I'll give that a try it is very odd! It's only the RA axis though the dec is spot on when I rotate it round to where it should have gone. Tracking is great too until I try using Guiding. It's been a night of much frustration lol. I reset cdc config and setup ASTROEQ using the config tool incase anything had gone corrupt there but didn't think to look for eqmod reset. I'm all warm in the house now so will try tomorrow if we get a clear patch. Cheers
  4. So turns out it's the ra axis going the wrong way when slewing but tracking is ok... Any ideas anyone? Used it all before and apart from rigging down and back up nothing has changed
  5. Tried to have a session tonight and could not get the scope to slew to targets using cdc. Was just going random places but when I got to a target the tracking was really good. I'm confused... Any ideas? Both axis are way off when cdc shows it has reached the target. I've used the setup before very successfully so I'm puzzled
  6. Love the title of this thread! I think for a first scope aperture is most important to get bit by the astronomy bug. I had a 200p on an eq mount and it was great for visual observing but I soon learnt that with astrophotography aperture is not that important and requires a very expensive mount to carry the weight I wish I had bought a 200p dob as my first scope as I would probably still have it.
  7. Thanks just need a good clear night now get the polar alignment spot on. I will be so happy when that is done for the last time! Just need to find the program to perfect it. Heard of a couple but not sure which is best. Any ideas anyone?
  8. Up and running at last! Took some getting there and still lots of finishing touches left to do. Thanks for all the help
  9. Need to get myself a heq5 mount. Got the permanent setup now and the weakest link is my mount head.
  10. Ha not half! Without Sgl I would be sat with my old 200p miles out of collimation on a mount that isn't polar aligned scanning for objects in the wrong place
  11. Skills mate. Didn't realise you could push a canon up round 6 minutes. Thought that was CCD territory.. I'm still playing at it with 30s and 60s lol
  12. That's great. You using a CCD now Quatermass?
  13. Thanks Jim. Just wish I'd have spent longer on it! Packed up early as I only went out to try Astroeq. Another hour and it could have been a much better attempt but I'll know in future to spend as long as I can on stuff. All part of the learning curve I guess.
  14. Not been on this thread for a while. Good to see its still going strong finally got Astro eq set up on a permanent setup and it's working perfectly. I'm amazed how accurate it is with cdc. Had a good scan round the other day and thought I'd try andromeda. After a slow slew there it was bang smack in the centre. Thought I'd have a go at imaging for the first time using AstroEQ, here is the result, only my third image so forgive the basic processing! Thanks everyone for all the help getting up and running
  15. I had a few hours yesterday with the pst. Looks great up there at the moment
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