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    The 10Micron GM2000HPS II

    Hi Dave Sorry, I hadn't even noticed the dates, apologies to all for my unintended insensitivity. Michael
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    The 10Micron GM2000HPS II

    Hi There doesn't seem to be a file attached? Michael
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    Why can't nasa take pictures of exoplanets

    I'm currently watching an episode of Horizon first broadcast 23/10/2016 and about 35 minutes in they are with someone taking images of an exoplanet. The episode is about weather on other planets. Titles "The wildest weather in the Universe" Michael
  4. If its a Windows pc sort the view in file manager by file type. You can then select all of the jpg files and move them elsewhere or delete them.
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    SynScan WiFi & Stellarium - a dummies guide!

    Thank you so much for doing this. I've had several goes at getting this set up and have a 100% fail rate I'll give this a try as soon as possible. Michael
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    Small Network Storage

    I'm not really sure which area this should be in since it's really hardware but... I was copying files from one of my USB external disks when I started to wonder if there is a network version of these available. I had a NAS (Network Attached Storage) box a few years ago but didn't replace it when it died. It s something like that that's what I'm talking about, except it should be smaller and not cost £200 or more without disks! Has anyone seen such a thing? Thanks Michael
  7. I think home is when the weights are pointing to the ground and the scope is pointing upwards. The Synscan system will assume that is the starting point and calculate movements from there. Michael
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    Eagle Nebula (M16) SHO

    As someone who is a decade or two away from being able to do this, I like them both, but see why you chose to lighted up the colours a bit. The top right 'quadrant' loses out a little in the pastel image as the detail is finer but the remainder of the image looks slightly better balanced. That said, post either anywhere astrophotographers gather and you'll get nothing but praise All the best Michael
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    4K UHD display - remote controlled EAA?

    What a fantastic thread! Seeing the phrase "Having succeeded, I can confirm..." makes all the difference when looking for information Did both Tea viewer an Windows remote work for 4k end to end? I am amazed at some of the claims made about Wi-Fi and its uses. If I believed them all I'd have 16 or so data hungry bits of kit sharing the bandwidth - does anyone remember how slowwww 14k4 modem was WiFi is for when you can't connect with wires - Powerline adapters are even worse! Michael
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    Computer resources (how to access them)

    From your screenshot Access isn't using much RAM at all. That means lots of delays while it reads from and writes to disk. It might be worth searching to see if there's a way to allocate it more memory. What version of Access is it? 64bit should be faster if you can use it. Michael
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    Upgrade mount or start autoguiding?

    I've only been doing this for a few months, having bought an Esprit 80 and an EQ5 mount before I really had enough experience to know different. I hadn't intended to start guiding but spotted a good deal and couldn't resist. I'd suggest thinking ahead and making your next purchases with a view to the long term. Do you plan to get a bigger, heavier scope? Maybe want to mount two scopes... stuff like that means a bigger more capable mount The star adventurer is quite portable, is that important to you? If so then an bigger, heavier mount will be limiting as it's harder to move around. I'm in a Bortle 8 area but 20 minutes away is Bortle 4, so I'm aiming to travel there as much as possible. Because of that I've decided to keep my EQ5 and have stripped and tuned the mechanics so that it now can give me 5 minutes guided - maybe more. I'd suggest that guiding is a sensible next step as it should help you to keep more of your images and you will be learning skills that are relevant whatever mount/scope you end up with. I'm wondering about where you say you are fine tuning the PA every 15 minutes or so. I'm fairly sure that with the setup you have there should be no need to tweak it once set for the night. Have you checked that there isn't any small movement eslewhere in your setup? The tripod shifting a little as the weight distribution moves or as it settles into soft ground, things like that could give a bit of trailing too. Hope this helps - or at least doesn't hinder Michael
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    EQ5 Goto

    Does the motor continue to run and drive it too far? If so it could be a sticky key on the controller. I've not seen one stripped down but some devices like this have contacts on a circuit board with sprung or elastic pads that are pushed onto them. These can get sticky with age. Michael
  13. Posted in the wrong place...
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    Sony A7s or A7iii for astrophotography

    Are you planning to do imaging with the camera or is it more along the lines of an electronic viewfinder? Imaging needs low noise to allow faint signals to be brought out during post processing as well as low ISO to avoid saturation. If you want a decent live view then that's more along the lines of electronic assisted astronomy (EAA) which a number of people here do. The bottom line is that boosting the incoming signal will always boost the noise so you'll need to decide at what point that becomes unusable for you. I'd try with the camera that you have set to high ISO and see what you can achieve. If you can connect it to a laptop for live view that also opens up possibilities for taking the image for best performance. Michael

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