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  1. Thanks, Lee, that's kind of you. It was supposed to be 4, but in the end I had 7 altogether (due to some misalignment on my part) so I used all 7.
  2. Following on from my post a few days ago of the crescent moon, I had a chance to go for a quarter moon on the 3rd January with the new ZWO ASI290MC on my SW120ED. A little sharper and less over processed this time, showing more real detail. I did have some odd colour banding going on that I have not figured out yet, so I have set it to greyscale which looks OK. There's so much to learn. Again kudos to Photoshop Elements for really simple stitching - it seems to adjust exposures to match as well. There was cloud scudding across the moon during the videos that does not seem to have upset anything.
  3. That high res mosaic is just breathtaking! Great stuff.
  4. Outstanding! Love the subtle cloud detail. Gordon
  5. Ah you'r very kind, Paul. Thank you. And yes I agree, Des, I did take time after all the faffing (and fun!) with the photo kit to put an eyepiece back in and just sit, and look, and enjoy the view. Important, I think, not to forget that is the best bit.
  6. Bit of a Christmas present - new ZWO ASI290MC. I have used an unguided DSLR before, but this is the first time with a dedicated astro camera. Videos taken on 30th December, early evening. Trying to learn how to use Firecapture and Autostakkert. There are a lot of wires, what with the camera, PC and a new dew heater strap as well! This is a mosaic of 4 images at prime focus of a SW120ED. Photoshop Elements did an excellent job of stitching them together with no help or guidance from me, which I though was impressive. A bit over processed I suspect, but pleased with it for a first go.
  7. Very nice. That self same Lunt LS35 got plenty of use today! First chance to really spend some time with it. Got to try it with various eyepieces and getting the hang of adjusting the etalon. I was able to see plenty of activity around the spot at the limb and watch the prominences develop and change over time. So having good fun with it. Thanks, Gordon
  8. Great to hear you are pleased with the new scope Rob! Sounds like you are enjoying it. Gordon
  9. I find that in anything other than high powers, when the moon is fairly dim, viewing the moon makes eye placement tricky. I wonder if it is trying to line up a smallish exit pupil with a small pupil opening - when the pupil closes down due to the brightness. So I recently bought a 2" variable polarising filter too on a bit of a whim when I was buying some other kit. The idea was to fit it to the objective end of the diagonal so I could still change eyepieces without any fuss. The filter itself works very well, exactly as expected. But.... to be honest it only been used once and then languished in the eyepiece case. Perhaps I'll give it another go if the clouds clear - the moon is certainly bright enough tonight! Gordon
  10. Hi Neil Not quite, I'm afraid. My AZEQ5 has significant slop in the RA axis instead. Which affects how well the mount can be used in Alt-Az mode. Went back to the supplier who discussed with SkyWatcher. We even sent a video, but SW said it was supposed to be like that and not a fault. If anyone knows a way to reduce movement on that axis as well, I'd certainly be very grateful. Perhaps I'll have to have a go at the worms one day, when I'm feeling brave. The Dec axis is not so bad on mine and looseness in that one is a bit easier to overcome by slightly unbalancing the scope. But that doesn't work with the RA axis, which is vertical in Alt-Az mode, of course. I generally use it in EQ mode now, where I can unbalance things to help (probably not good for the long term health of the motors ...). But that spoils the point of the mount, somewhat. It wasn't for the slop it would be a great mount, but as it is I can't honestly recommend it. Which is a shame. Gordon
  11. The WiFi module is designed to plug in and replace any of the later SynScan hand controllers. So I imagine the AZ-EQ6 would work just fine with it. FLO or Harrisons will no doubt be happy to confirm. The AZ-EQ5 takes the Skywatcher WiFi module and it can then be controlled from SkySafari on a phone/tablet. Android is definitely OK but there is a question mark over using iPhones, to do with Multi-tasking. You need to run Skywatcher's own app for the actual connection to the WiFi module and control the scope, and then SkySafari actually connects to the Skywatcher app, so they both need to be running at the same time. (I am not sure, but believe some iPhones don't actually multitask, instead putting any background apps to sleep) So as long as the AZ-EQ6 works the same way it would be great. I had previously been finding things manually for decades and was (mostly) happy doing so. Not quite a luddite - I have used a tracking EQ mount (with a 10" newt) for the last 15 years or so, but it wasn't GoTo (older EQ6). That was up until this year when I got the AZ-EQ5 (and a smaller scope). And, whisper it very quietly, I am a convert. The whole set up frequently drives me mad when it doesn't all work, but overall the increase in actual observing, as opposed to grovelling on my knees with maps and charts trying to figure out if I am looking in the right place, has been a massive improvement! A bit of a revelation, to be honest. Reading this back, it all sounds a bit involved, but really it's OK. It's been a bit of a learning experience, but I'm getting there ? Gordon
  12. My goodness. That sounds like an incredible session!! Great Report too - thanks.
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