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PadrePeace

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  1. David I would suggest that making yourself a thread spokesman by “representing what some others where thinking but did not state” to justify your own bias is perhaps a little rude and helps no body. When I posted this thread I needed help and not attitude. Perhaps if you think I “should employ another technician” you would be so kind as to suggest one? That would help us all I’m sure. Once again I offer my thanks to those that offered help and to SGL for giving us all a valuable forum where that can happen. That way we all win.
  2. For Sale: USB 2.0 Ranger® 2304: £110 SOLD Ideal for connecting with a distant obsy. This is an industry standard plug and play, four port USB 2.0 high speed extension solution, enabling USB 2.0 connections at up to 480Mbps over 100m/330ft of Cat 5e cabling (Ethernet). The Ranger 2304 provides an integrated four port remote USB 2.0 powered hub delivering 600mA to each port supporting all USB 1.1, 2.0 and 3.0 device types (up to 480Mbps). The full spec and manual is available here: https://www.icronshop.com/icron-brand/icron-ranger-2304?gmc_currency=1&gclid=CjwKCAjwnrjrBRAMEiwAXsCc44u4oy1F1H5EPMvnbbqZRvwjaTcfx7ewU52doX_oXCku1rX7nW9rRBoCotAQAvD_BwE Free P&P for UK Thanks for looking
  3. If it helps anyone Rob does this in his spare time as a hobby along side his own astronomy. He can get the parts or will be happy for you to do that and will always discuss those costs with his customer first before any cash is spent. He makes no profit from the parts. He pays what you pay. In my case I decided to source the parts myself as he had lots of other draws on his time at that point and I wanted to move the process on as quickly as possible. His hour rates are better than fair and I’d go as far as to say surprising. If my board had not been fixed I’d have owed him his postal costs only. If anyone wishes to know how he operates they only have to contact him. He’s a true gentlemen so please don’t get the wrong impression from his FB page. He’s one of us and happy to help fellow gazers when things go wrong because he has the skills and believes it’s the right thing to do. As a final thought, if anyone is ripping off customers its the chip suppliers who will not split their minimum retail packs up and over charge on post and ‘handling’ charges (whatever that markup is for). So chips do actually cost pence but you cannot get them individually. This is why not many bother with repair these days. It’s such a perverse thing that we trash our gear for the sake of guys like Rob and a small chip (or ten). just saying.....
  4. As a final update, for anyone following this thread I am pleased to report that the board has been fixed and is now fully functioning. This required the replacement of the switching regulator and the two voltage regulators highlighted in the picture below. Big thanks to all of those who shared their advice and experience and helped me get this board back up and running. The biggest thanks go to Rob Miller (FB linked below) who helped diagnose the issues and toiled over a hot soldering iron to bring this motherboard back to life. He carries out this kind of work for the Astro community as a hobby and will only charge his time if he fixes the item. That’s hard to beat. https://m.facebook.com/groups/1849691625242921?view=permalink&id=2575157922696284 Hopefully this thread will help someone else down the line. 1. Diodes Inc, 3.3 V Linear Voltage Regulator, 1A, 1-Channel 3+Tab-Pin, SOT-223 AP1117E33G-13 2. Diodes Inc, 5 V Linear Voltage Regulator, 1A, 1-Channel 3+Tab-Pin, SOT-223 AP1117E50G-13 3. Microchip MIC2171WU-TR PWM Switching Regulator, 2.5 A, 115 kHz, Adjustable, 65 V, 5-Pin, TO-263 Clear skies to you all.
  5. Cost would be best assessed by anyone who wishes to know Googling the parts and seeing what comes up for them. I only say this as they can vary both in cost and availability which is why this has taken so long to sort out. Suffice to say it was sufficiently cheaper to fix than to buy a new one. Also note that some popular retailers don’t do the old non-USB board anymore and were only selling the new MB without the metal face plate (despite picturing the metal plate in their add) which is an additional cost if they can order one in. Each must look at this set in their own context as the variables are many and we all have a different appetite for theses kind of things I guess.
  6. FOR SALE: AZEQ6-GT motherboard (non-USB version) and Face Plate. £90 incl p&p in UK This fully functioning board has been professionally repaired and fully tested following a voltage problem and comes with the Repairer’s own 3 month warrentee. A video of the board functioning and images post-repair are attached. The repair was professionally undertaken with the images showing it’s condition post-repair. As I was in the middle of a project when the board failed I bought a new board whilst this was away for diagnostics and repair. Hence it is now up for grabs. Free P&P within the UK Thanks for your interest. IMG_2064.MOV
  7. As a final update, for anyone following this thread I am pleased to report that the board has been fixed and is now fully functioning. This required the replacement of the switching regulator and the two voltage regulators highlighted in the picture below. Big thanks to all of those who shared their advice and experience and helped me get this board back up and running. The biggest thanks go to Rob Miller (FB linked below) who helped diagnose the issues and toiled over a hot soldering iron to bring this motherboard back to life. He carries out this kind of work for the Astro community as a hobby and will only charge his time if he fixes the item. That’s hard to beat. https://m.facebook.com/groups/1849691625242921?view=permalink&id=2575157922696284 Hopefully this thread will help someone else down the line. 1. Diodes Inc, 3.3 V Linear Voltage Regulator, 1A, 1-Channel 3+Tab-Pin, SOT-223 AP1117E33G-13 2. Diodes Inc, 5 V Linear Voltage Regulator, 1A, 1-Channel 3+Tab-Pin, SOT-223 AP1117E50G-13 3. Microchip MIC2171WU-TR PWM Switching Regulator, 2.5 A, 115 kHz, Adjustable, 65 V, 5-Pin, TO-263 Clear skies to you all.
  8. I intend to do that today as there seem to be a few variances between programmes. I have found that my shots captured in APT are 1 pixel larger in both axis than subs out of NINA. This was highlighted when I tried to Build mosaic panels shot in the two different programmes and the Bias would not work. Thanks for the tip.
  9. I too have been wondering about the exposure I'm using for my Flats on an ATIK 460EX mono. Until recently I had been letting the Flats Generator in APT do the leg work with a dim EL panel with a frosted 4mm clear diffuser sheet as the light source. That typically gave me 0.01467s for a Lum 1x1 Flat looking to hit 20,000 ADU which is the Atik recommend full well number. I've been told that may be far too short and that some recommend >1sec exposures for Flats. To achieve that I had to put six sheets of good quality A4 white paper under the EL panel. It was so dim I could hardly see the light myself. Whilst that worked for a 1sec Lum Flat my OIII time shot up to 87s which I know is because its NB and 3nm at that but that becomes a 45min exercise to catch 30 Flats. Using a technique suggested on the APP sight I had the histogram results posted below: The first is for a single 1x1 Lum Flat at 0.01467s exp The second for a single 1x1 Lum Flat at 0.205s exp I went with 0.2s compromise ove the full 1sec as that brings the OIII down to just 12 sec exposure. Considering the negligible variation and that both are nicely positioned at the 1/3 point with no clipping why should I need to doubt my existing settings (0.01467)? Finally, what would you guys recommend for this specific CCD camera as a target Flats exp setting and why? kind regards Chris Peace PS: Just a thought not requiring an answer unless anyone feels so inclined but if I need to get my light source so dim, why are bespoke Astro EPs and light boxes, sold expressly for making Flats, so bright in the first place?
  10. Got the gear needed from that very same supplier. But thanks for the post.
  11. Whilst I appreciate the collection of recent thoughts on the skills of my Tech, he is doing this on a no fix no fee basis. Also, he has worked for people on this forum who recommended his services. He does this in his spare time to help the community overcome unnecessary costs on a range of Astro gear and is himself a gazer to boot. There are very few out there that would put themselves out in this way potentially for no gain. I offered to source the components he said he needed to keep his time commitment down as he is a busy guy, as we all were up until recently. If anyone knows of any other guys or girls willing to offer a fix it service for this kind of issue please post their details for our collective benefit.
  12. All Thanks for the continued inputs on this thread. The board is on its way back from my tech who had a picture of the hand controller reading 'EQ Mode' which is the first thing you see when you switch the mount on. If it is fixed I'll back brief you all on 'what and how' along with a 'who' if any of you should need to go down this route.
  13. Another cracking project following on from your outstanding Heart Nebula. Big target or small, you prove that integration time and putting the hours in under the stars is a sure way of getting to impressive detail and images plus a little skill with the mouse of course. How are you finding NINA? Best bit and worst?
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