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  1. Thanks for the info CJ and that's a lot of good information and detail - I was looking for a one off cost that wasn't going to cost an arm and a leg (Recently separated and being bled by rent and mortgage). I had a load of Amazon vouchers built up and was hoping for a solution there but was messed around by several sellers from the far east. I also have seen large capacity small car starters at 20,000 mAh but have no idea if they will run the EQ3 for more than 1 second to several hours. There seems to be no middle ground - either all in or get a poor 7ah supply. I'm not complaining I just am perplexed as how I can spend a reasonable amount in my situation. The car starters minis (like this https://www.amazon.co.uk/EletecPro-14400mAh-Emergency-External-Flashlight/dp/B07BB7L9W4/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1531095572&sr=8-4&keywords=portable+power+car+starter) seem to have a connector for the croc clips that can be replaced by a 12v socket. A leisure battery is the route of choice, but if on a budget looking to upgrade later, would you think this would power the motors? thanks again for all your help Claire
  2. Are these any good? https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B007Y9HUIA/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1527344348&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=portable+power+skywatcher&dpPl=1&dpID=41H1cq-IETL&ref=plSrch
  3. Hey okay... so if I got a Leisure Battery, 1. Any ideas how you power the scope and laptop from it? 2. How do you recharge it? I had a recharging pack before but it went flat after awhile. I recently broke up with my partner - I used to reel out an extension lead but now I'm stuck wirhout power. But I'm not going to let a crappy marriage put a stop to my astronomy so I need to get something implimented claire
  4. Hi all - I want to have the ability to take my car (Vauxhall Zafira 06 if that makes a difference) to a dark site and power my scope and possibly laptop using the boot 12v ? power port. Is this possible? The car has 3 such ports. The mount is a Skywatcher Eq3 pro and the laptop is an older Sony Vaio Intel i3. Thanks for any help! Claire
  5. Hi all... been a while since I did any astronomy and few changes in the mean time. Im based in Horsham west sussex and have a SW 150p on an EQ 3. I was into imaging and observing - anything really; planets DSOs whatever. Was even published in All About Space which was pretty cool. Then life threw a curve ball and things have changed. But I want to start again. I still have all my kit and want to get back into it. Supporting friends would like to see me imaging again to show Im getting myself back together. In the past I always found astronomy to be a lonely subject. So Im looking for others in my area I can join up with and help myself to rebuild. I'm dying to learn new techniques and get some amazing DSOs done. Anyone out there? Some of my old pictures... low res because from FB. Hopefully some others out there near me? Claire
  6. The toucam. It has produced some good results but its sensor is dated now. And windows 10 plays havok.
  7. Hi John these look amazing! Daft question - I rig up the scope with the camera using a T mount and DSO image like that but how do you use a Barlow in this? I have a 2x and 3x barlow but can't quite figure how it fits in to the set up. I also have an old phillips webcam (can't remember the name of it but I know at the time it was thought as a great product until windows 10 stopped the use of winxp drivers). Should I invest in another up to date webcam (if so which) or step up into dedicated imaging cameras? Any advice would be ace thanks! Claire
  8. Hi everyone! Newbie poster but been around the astronomy woods for a while I'm taking an interest in moving up my imaging a notch to pin sharp images for printing. I have a Skywatcher 150 on an EQ3 with a Canon 100d but I want to learn how to use these to take zoomed pin sharp images of the lunar surface. Any tips or ideas? I mean the camera can record video frames to the SD card which can be stacked - is this good enough to get sharp surface detail? thank you! Claire
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