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  1. I was using a generic adapter that you can adjust but it was set to 12v and tip positive, probably around 0c - 1c, I've used it before without issues though so a little strange, I've updated the firmware on the handset but failing that helping, I'm prepared to try 8 AA batteries
  2. Can I ask what you are using to power yours? I have the same mount and I've used synscaninit to set it up, alignment went fine, then when I ask it to slew to M1/M42/3 it slews the wrong way and points north! Yet if I try it from inside it works fine! I'm wondering if it just doesn't like the cold.
  3. For the DSLR I saw a tip of placing it in a zip-lock bag before bringing it inside and allowing it to adjust to ambient temperature more slowly before removing it from the bag, this has worked well for me albeit I've only had the chance a couple of times.
  4. Just wanted to pop in a quick update of what I've managed, this was a mostly unplanned shot as the light in the house was still on which kind of washed a lot out but I was surprised at the amount of light pollution removal I managed from within Photoshop, the other noticeable thing is the star trails and this is only at 8 seconds, but I feel like it's improving as I experiment with different techniques. This was also with 6 stacked 8 second exposures at ISO 1600. Also added the same amount of darks to combat the noise, makes a big difference. Original: Processed in Photoshop:
  5. One thing to keep in mind if a star seems to 'twinkle' it will look like it's flashing different colours, this is what is known as the 'seeing' being bad which basically means that atmospheric conditions are bad for viewing. Hope that makes sense!
  6. I did at first, one of my neighbours came out and asked what I was doing but understood once I explained. I think he was more surprised as it was barely above freezing that night
  7. I use that app for it but that doesn't specify the + or - for the time zone which seems to have been the issue I was having, it now slews correctly, thanks.
  8. Sorry it is in my signature but if you can't see it. I'm using a Skywatcher Skymax 127mm on a Skywatcher Synscan AZ GOTO Mount. EDIT: So I've just checked again and didn't realise you can change the time zone from -00:00 to +00:00 that seems to have fixed it, whatever difference that makes.
  9. So I've had a good search around but can't seem to find anyone who has this problem. I set up the mount, telescope, etc. Plug in the power and begin my alignment, For example I slew to Sirius, centre it in the EP, all good. I chose Sheratan as my next star and the mount slews east rather than west to where the star is, I've tried multiple stars and it seems to have the East/West confused, I tried this again while connected to Stellarium which also shows my scope slewing west but It's slewing east and vice versa, I've factory reset the handset and triple checked my location, date etc. I'm confused what could be causing this, unless the mount head has to slot into the tripod a certain way or something more obvious I'm missing, thanks for any help.
  10. I've been using a 2 second self timer to avoid the vibration, not sure what you mean by stop down the lens? I did attempt some shots with my telescopes but my reflector wouldn't come to focus and with my Mak I got a few faint stars, but my biggest problem was 3 times I tried to align and besides the mount aiming at a completely different area of sky to what I'd selected, the power kept tripping out like someone turned it off and on again. At which point I gave up and resorted to just using the lens and a tripod.
  11. Thanks for that, I'm still yet to learn what all the different abbreviations are, appreciate it.
  12. Thank you that means a lot, I done a lot of research prior to this, the majority from astrobackyard.com a very helpful resource. If I can do this with a stock DSLR and a wobbly tripod I can only imagine what future images could look like. Roll on a week of cloud now
  13. Ooh ok thanks, I'll have a better look tomorrow into post processing, I've seen the book mentioned but haven't checked it out so I will do, thanks.
  14. Oh I realise that haha, a few downsides at the moment of using an old SD card, my tripods legs need to be taped to keep them in place so not ideal. I did just mess around editing It on my phone actually and came up with this, I can't wait to see the difference when I do it on PC!
  15. I know this will be far from perfect but manual settings on a stock Canon 700D on a tripod with a Takron 70-300mm F4 Lens, 8 second Exposure with ISO of 800. Also no post processing has been done either but I wanted to share my first attempt. I went for the Orion Constellation as it's easy for me to spot and I'm pleased with the result and happy to see where things go from here. This was a walk outside, point and shoot endeavour but I thoroughly enjoyed it, I'd appreciate any feedback, thanks.
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