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  1. I use one of these on my Nikon D5200. I cut the cable on the dummy battery, and soldered the voltage dropper onto the leads. 10 min job, and I can now run it off any 12v outlet (I use an ASIair, but any power outlet would do.) Mine is simply velcro’d onto the bottom of the camera, for ease of removal if I want to use it as a normal DSLR £4 for the dropper and £12 for the dummy battery, from eBay. Wait 3 weeks for them to arrive from China, and save a heap of money
  2. Being a tightwad, I wasn’t going to spend £30 on two bolts, so I bought these for 10 quid. Work perfectly and don’t foul the polar cap on my HEQ5. I gave them a spray of WD40 and greased the threads to stop corrosion. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/183147383975
  3. NOW SOLD I'm selling my Skywatcher Power Tank, as I need something with more capacity for all my new toys It's in excellent condition and will power a GOTO type mount for hours on one charge. My setup has 2 cameras, 2 dew heaters, an ASIair and a HEQ5 and it will run for about an hour and a half on one charge. Comes with the original mains charger and a 12V lead. It's the new version with the LED main light and 2 x USB ports, as well as the 2 x 12V 'cigarette lighter' sockets Everyone is selling these for about £55 plus postage (so about £60 all in). Grab this one for £40 posted to a UK mainland address
  4. Now with free delivery to a mainland UK address. Get it in time for Christmas
  5. Hi Neil The 224 has a good reputation as a planetary camera. The 178 is more for deep sky. I bought a 224, but returned it and bought a 178 as, for me, the FOV was too small for plate solving via the ASIair I use. Very happy with the 178. This image of M42 was taken with it last week, on my 80ED Hope this helps
  6. *NOW SOLD* I've just blown all my pocket money on a Rowan belted HEQ5 Pro, so it's time to move on my trusty EQ5 GOTO, before my wife spots 2 tripods in my shed I'm sure everyone knows these mounts, but just to say that it's in full working order, with just the usual wear marks here and there, and a few marker pen lines for Home and counterweight positions. Comes with 12V power lead and car cigarette plug, and sync lead with USB adapter to let you upgrade the firmware on the Synscan handset. It's currently at 4.39.05, which was the latest version a couple of months ago. There are 2 x 5kg counterweights as well. I still have the boxes for my HEQ5, so I can courier it within mainland UK included in the price. If you live elsewhere, we can work out a price. Yours for a sensible £350 - a new one will cost you around £575 from most of the usual retailers. Paypal Gift or Bank Transfer most welcome Thanks for looking
  7. Barrie - no you don't. An EQMOD cable plugs into the EQ5 body, replacing the handset completely. I run mine through an ASIair and ipad
  8. Hi everyone I'm tempted with the Revelation Superfocus R&P focuser to replace the standard one on my SW Evostar 80ED https://www.telescopehouse.com/accessories/focusers/revelation-superfocus-2-inch-rack-n-pinion-refractor-focuser.html I know it needs an adapter to fit it to the tube, but Telescope House can't supply me with one, even though they've said many people have fitted them to SW scopes. Has anyone managed to source one, and from where? Many thanks Dave
  9. Now sold I've only had this a few months, and used it maybe 4 or 5 times, but have now moved onto the ZWO ASIair system for guiding and imaging. It's in full working order and mint condition. Comes complete with the hand controller, par-focus eyepiece ring, ST4 cable, handbook and USB cable to power the unit. You can use the 1.25" nosepiece, or unscrew it and you have a standard T2 thread inside for a more permanent mount. A neat, self-contained, guidance system, if you don't want to take a laptop or tablet out with you. Took me a little while to get the hang of it, but once I was used to it, I was getting excellent guiding on my Skywatcher EQ5 up to 10 mins exposures (never tried any longer) Cheapest on-line price I can find for a new one is £220 plus postage, so £175 posted to a UK address seems like a decent saving to me, for a virtually brand new unit.
  10. Hi. No, I spoke to ZWO and they said it will do Manual up to 30 seconds, but it doesn't support Bulb mode. Must be the firmware, as the 5100 is version A & B and the 5200 (which is fully supported) is version C PS - been watching your Youtube videos on the ASIair - excellent for getting me plugging the right wires into the right holes - Cheers
  11. Bought a new ASI 224MC off FLO Hi I'm moving off a DSLR and onto an ASIAIR based system, so am looking for a reasonable starter ZWO colour camera that will work with the ASIAIR (it isn't compatible with my Nikon D5100 for Bulb exposures) Anyone just upgraded to some lovely cooled beast, and want to shift their old basic one? I'm thinking of models similar to the ASI178MC - I have a 120MM mini guider coming with the ASIAIR Cheers
  12. I have an EQ5 and Synscan, and have no issue doing a 2 star align, so at the risk of duplicating some other advice on here, here’s my 2p 1. Spend a bit of time getting your Home/Park position correct. You can do this indoors - you just need a small spirit level. I followed these instructions and got the 2axis marked up so I can always start off at the right point https://worcspaul.wordpress.com/2011/06/14/accurately-setting-the-“home”-or-“park”-position-on-a-skywatcher-eq5-pro-mount/ 2. Download the Polar Scope Align app (it’s free) This will give you an accurate Lat/Long for your position, plus it will show you where Polaris should be, as you look through the polar scope. 3. Don’t forget the date format on the Synscan is mm/dd/yyyy 4. Make sure your mount is level before starting a polar align. Use a compass to make sure the leg marked N is pointing reasonably accurately north. 5. Make sure it’s actually Polaris you are aligning to - yes I know! Do your align at twilight when Polaris is not surrounded by neighbours, then come back later. 6. Use an app like StarMap 3D to identify your alignment stars, if your not absolutely sure. Use a medium powered eyepiece. No Barlow. 7. Choose 2 Star align and it will usually pick a really obvious first star - Arcturus at the moment. It should get close to it, but centre it using the handset, so it knows how far off it was. 8. Let it choose the second star and use StarMap to confirm it’s actually visible from your position. It will get pretty close, but will need another tweak with the hand set to centre. 9. Doing this, I’ve never had anything other than Alignment Successful come up. Sorry if this all sounds a bit basic, but it’s normally the really obvious things that we forget to do Hope this helps, and you get yourself sorted
  13. Have picked up a SW EQ5 GOTO Mount at a good price. Let’s see if that does the trick. Thanks for the advice and help :-)
  14. Thanks Geoff - I had a feeling that I had come up against the limits of the mount. I'm thinking an EQ5 would be the way forward?
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