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  1. Sorry, I meant that it has a huge capacity in relation to the load I'd be putting on it.
  2. That looks perfect for my DSLR, can you tell me where you bought it from? Thanks Michael
  3. Thanks John I have a plugin hybrid car so flattening the battery isn't a worry for me, what I need is a 230v supply for the laptop psu. All the best Michael
  4. Hi all As the nights get longer I'm looking forward to driving to some nice dark locations with my toys. I'll only be at locations where I can set up beside the car and I've bought a small 12v regulating supply to drive my mount. My laptop is likely to last only 3 hours if I'm careful so I want to run it off the car too. The PSU is rated 65 W so I'm looking to get a small 200 - 400 W inverter. Amazon has a fair selection but none made by names I recognise so does anyone here have such a device that they would recommend? Thanks in advance Michael
  5. I've also started working through the lessons at https://www.freecodecamp.org/ This is completely free, though there are nags every so often for donations. There's six courses of 300 hours each which includes certification if you want it. There is so much out there when you start looking! All the best Michael
  6. I'm late 50s and started a degree with the Open University last year - Astronomy and Planetary Science. The first year was general science topics and this year I'm doing maths and astronomy. There is plenty of preparatory material available from them and lots of support if there's anything that you get stuck with. I'd just go for it! Michael
  7. I've done a lot of things with Excel over the years, I'm happy to have a look and see if I can help. Maybe send me a PM? Michael
  8. I'm so glad you started this thread JOC as I have the same issues. If I can't get the goto working after a couple of attempts I end up scanning to try to find a target and save something from the night. I guess I'll be more relaxed as the longer nights come in and will be able to take the time to resolve whatever I'm doing wrong! I've bookmarked this thread so that I can take time going through all the stuff linked to. Michael
  9. The box is 605 x 370 x 145 mm as it was bought to stack on others but that's to big for the sheets of pluck foam. They're not to expensive so I might get a smaller one instead. The main need is for the mount head and my guide scope and camera...
  10. Thanks folks. Peli-Case is great quality bit too much for my needs - and wallet - just now. How does the Pick and pluck word for items deeper than one layer? Can you stack them on top of each other or do you need to put a lining layer in between each and cut that to suit? All the best Michael
  11. I'm not sure which would be the best forum so as this is the diy place... I've bought a 'Really Useful' box for carrying mu mount head and other bits and I'm trying to track down a supplier of a decent quality foam that I can use inside it. Does anyone have a recommendation?? TIA Michael
  12. I got this a few weeks ago but didn't get to use it until last week. £20 from Amazon, they had several types and models of these but this one seemed accurate enough without being too expensive. It has a magnetic base so I stuck it to my counterweight, adjusted for my latitude and polar alignment was a breeze. All the best Michael
  13. Thanks for that, I've changed the bolts already but I'm looking at a better solution. The design is just rubbish but I've got some ideas of how I can modify it to improve it. Michael
  14. It is M27 - I've been trying to process my image of it taken on Friday. Mine was 198x30 second images with a Canon EOS 7D, 5202 x 3465 px and the file size is about 180 Mb. Looking at this image, it seems to be 12000 x 8000 pixels whereas the camera is 6000 x 4000. Was there a setting in DSS that made it scale up? that would explain the huge file size. All the best Michael
  15. Do you have a damaged or incomplete EQ5 mount gathering dust somewhere? My EQ5 mount suffers from the typical issue of bending latitude adjustment bolts. I've stripped it down and modified it so that it works better for me but I'd like to try something better. I'm not willing to have the mount in bits when I could be using it so I'm looking for bits of the mount that someone might have lying about. The image shows what I'm looking for, which is basically either side of the latitude adjustment. If you have something you think I could use please get in touch. All the best Michael
  16. Apollo moon landing when I was 8 years old was what lit the fire in me. I've always watched and read what I could about astronomy but it was just last year when I managed to get my first telescope. All the best Michael
  17. There's an old saying, 'If you want to give the gods a laugh tell them your plans for the future'. My plans were along the lines of spending the very light nights setting up and testing ASCOM, PHD2 and other software and practising my post processing. What actually happened was that my laptop died, taking with it all of the settings that I'd struggled to figure out - but hadn't noted down It also had lots of personal data that hadn't been backed up recently so a new laptop and dozens of hours getting the old hard disk connected and copied. I also had and my mount in bits as I tried to figure out how to improve the latitude adjustment. Anyway, on Thursday night I had everything assembled, all the software re-installed and maybe working and a free evening to play with it. I got on quite well before it clouded over and Friday night was forecast to be clear. By twilight I was all set up and ready to go. I started work as soon as it was dark enough for the guide setup to work and got a good series of exposures up to 3 minutes long guiding with perfect stars - I was delighted! After trying a few things out I set the rig up to take a series of 20 second exposures of M11, the Wild Duck Cluster. It was still too light but I wanted to see if it would behave when left alone. A bit later I started on M27, the Dumbell nebula. There was quite a bit of high, wispy cloud blowing through so I kept it to 30 second subs - 198 of them. Basic processing has got me this image which is my first public post on Astrobin. I still need to go through the images and remove the poorer quality ones, re-stack and spend more time processing. https://www.astrobin.com/full/360831/B/
  18. Tim's British, its in the UK. I don't see an issue wherever it goes...
  19. I'm shocked at what I have found when I stripped it down. My latitude was set for home which is 55 48' and the bolt had felt tight even though there was some play in the head. It turns out that the bolt was fully in and touching the other side of the mount base - the flap it is supposed to push was sitting on top of it! This means that it is physically impossible to set the angle any higher using these bolts. Thinking cap on and turned up to stubborn ? Michael
  20. I've decided I need to 'refurbish' my Skywatcher EQ5 Synscan mount so here I am looking for advice. Part 1, stripping down, cleaning and re-lubricating the RA and Dec drives bearings etc I am happy enough to just work through and see what I find but I'm looking for advice on what to use as a lubricant? I'm thinking a light silicone grease for the axis but I've got very little experience to go on. Any other advice or things to look out for is also welcome. Part 2, the latitude adjustment bolts I am more concerned about. I replaced a bent bolt thanks to Paul (wookie1965) kindly sending me a spare he had but it's still not right. Looking at photos online it's clearly a design weakness so I'm trying to come up with a workaround. I tried contacting Gunnar about his NEQ6 mod on this thread but he's not replied. Does anyone know if there is a mod available for this or does anyone have any suggestions? I've looked at a few ideas like fixing a rotatable pin joint where the plate that the bolts push is located but I'm concerned that I limit the rotation angle too much - I'll know better when it is in bits and I can see and measure everything. Thanks Michael
  21. I tried similar with a starshoot autoguider on a 60mm guidescope and eventually got a reasonably good image with camera gain at 4. After dark the focus was very close and just needed a minor adjustment. I guess daylight is just a huge amount more light than PHD2 is set up for. I'll definitely be giving Sharpcap a try. All the best Michael
  22. Thanks Ken Do you know if the EQDIR cable is the same as this USB to serial cable? https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004ZMYTYC/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I know FLO do one but I've already got the amazon one... Flo cable https://www.firstlightoptics.com/skywatcher-mounts/lynx-astro-ftdi-eqdir-usb-adapter-for-sky-watcher-eq5-pro-heq5-syntrek-pro-az-eq5-gt-az-eq6-gt-and-eq8-mounts.html All the best Michael
  23. Thanks guys. I meant to say that I selected On Camera when I connected the ST4 cable. I'll read through the linked thread later - sunshine = gardening at the moment! All the best Michael
  24. Hi I have a Skywatcher EQ5 mount with Synscan, latest software version and a Starshoot Autoguider camera on a generic 60 guide scope. I spent many hours with PHD2 and Ascom trying to get this setup to guide. I connected a USB port via a FTDI chipset cable to the port on the handset and ran PHD2 It found and used the camera with no problems but would not connect to the mount with Skywatcher Telescope (ASCOM) selected, only with EQMOD HEQ5/6 (ASCOM). When connected like this I can move the scope with the ASCOM interface buttons but the PHD2 manual guide buttons do nothing. Connecting the FTDI adapter to the mounts ST4 port doesn't work either. Clutching at straws I connected the ST4 cable between the camera and the mount and it sprung into life. Now I can guide and use the manual guide buttons to move the scope but the ASCOM controls do nothing. I tried selecting EQMOD HEQ5/6 (ASCOM) as the Aux Mount and that gave me the Ascom window with pointing data but it seemed to mess with the guiding as the mount failed calibration twice like this. (It was near bedtime at 2:30am so maybe I had missed something there). I believe that I have the Skywatcher mount drivers installed so don't understand why they won't work. I'm now in the difficult position of having the guiding working but not understanding why! Can anyone shed light on what's happening here and what my next steps should be? Is the EQDIR usb adaptor the samething as the FTDI cable that I have or does it do something else? FLO EQDIR adaptor Many thanks Michael
  25. Neil Have you looked at AlwaySync https://allwaysync.com/ ? It allows you to set up multiple jobs which can be time based or when a drive is connected. I used it to sync data from several applications with a local web server and a remote ftp server at the same time. I'm not sure if you can get it to do incremental backups but it will certainly sync any changed files. I also have a family subscription to MS Office which gives 5 users 1TB cloud storage each. I'm nowhere near needing that for imaging files -yet - but when I do I'll fill mine and the spare then start eating up the kids allocations :-) All the best Michael
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