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  1. If the alignment is changed when you go back to the same position then something in your setup must be moving. There's no way that mount leveling can change the polar aligned position if moving back to the same place. Could it be backlash somewhere? Michael
  2. I'm busy fitting out a controls box for my newly installed pier. I couldn't find what you described so ended up with this 12v/10A supply with cable splitter £23 from Amazon. https://smile.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0838TY8BZ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I'm not using the splitter cable as I have printed a flange to mount a number of 12v sockets on and will run cables directly to that. I also bought this USB to Ethernet link, cost £60 https://smile.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01EV33R8S/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I have found an issue wi
  3. I'm studying with the Open University and this site is to be used for today's exercise. I'm still playing. The Illustris project is a large cosmological simulation of galaxy formation, completed in late 2013, using a state of the art numerical code and a comprehensive physical model. Building on several years of effort by members of the collaboration, the Illustris simulation represents an unprecedented combination of high resolution, total volume, and physical fidelity. The About page contains detailed descriptions of the project, for both the general public and researchers in the fie
  4. I ordered a Optolong L-eNhance filter and a Filter Cell Adapter for my Esprit 80 and for a laugh asked them to send me the cloud free versions. The box has just arrived... The moral of the story is the need to be specific when placing an order! Michael
  5. I usually downloaded the most recent V19 development build because I had lots of issues with V18. How many were the software and how many my inexperience I don't know but V19 is rock solid for everything I use it for. Michael
  6. Me too. I find it more intuitive than many of the other packages but it's really important to understand the basics so that I structure a project correctly. I had several complete reworks to do at first because, for example, I needed to move a plate but objects making cut-outs of the plate weren't referenced to it's position. Michael
  7. Is there somewhere to request changes to the forum? The like button isn't enough - we need one called astoundingly fantastic! for images like this. Michael
  8. Do you know if this will be recorded? If my calculations are correct that's 3am here so I won't be up unless it is a clear night. Thanks Michael
  9. Will you be guiding? Sharpcap PA works perfectly with my Starshoot Autoguider camera and an unbranded 50mm guide scope. One thing that has caught me out a few times is that you need to be aligned within a few degrees (5 I think) before the PA routine will work. Michael
  10. Sorry if this is too basic but are you starting from the correct home/parked position? I found this picture online which shows what it should be like. I'm in Bortle 8 light polluted area and can't see Polaris through the polar scope unless it is quite a clear night and the annoying red light is off! Try doing the setup with the power off and maybe you'll see something? All the best Michael
  11. These two documentaries about the New Horizons mission got me the same way. I watched them both twice in a row. I just intended to post the links but the system had other ideas! Michael
  12. I have the Esprit 80 and my heater is positioned alongside the lenses with the aim of keeping the glass warm. My thinking is that if the dew shield is colder than the glass then it will collect the dew and the glass will stay clear. Ive had this out for over 10 hours each of the the last 2 nights with temperatures at or below freezing and everything iced up by the end of the night but the glass has been clear throughout. I use a CooWoo lens warmer from Amazon. About £15 and runs from a USB supply. Cheap and effective. All the best Michael
  13. The people on astronomy or science forums, social media etc who think its funny to post "Aliens" every time someone asks about something they don't understand. After that, clouds, mistakes that waste hours worth of imaging time, made through inexperience. Clouds again. Michael
  14. The biggest barrier to a crewed mission to Mars is still solar and cosmic radiation exposure. He might have everything else ready but until that is solved only a very heavily shielded - and heavy - spacecraft can take people there. Michael
  15. If you have used external grade cables then sitting in standing water won't hurt them. If you haven't you might need to consider it - especially for the mains power. What is the length of the run in concrete (underground I'm assuming)? It's possible you have a crack somewhere which would let water seep in over time All the best Michael
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