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  1. I followed this guide for my EQ5: or you could just buy an EQDirect cable. With these cables you plug into USB on your Laptop and into the RJ45 on your mount without the Handcontroller
  2. Ok, true... I'll edit that.
  3. Oh... Ooohhh... I should do at least some google image search... Terribly sorry. I was assuming the EQ3 Pro had the same ports as the EQ5. In that case a simply USB to serial adapter and the included serial to rj12 would probably be the easiest method. Maybe the EQDirect cable could work if you swap the ethernet jack to an ethernet port though... but that's just guessing Edit: Isn't the Handcontroller connected through a ethernet cable to the box on the tripod? In that case a EQDirect cable should do the job. Hard to find a decent sized picture...
  4. I built my own EQDirect cable following this guide: If you know how to solder this is a super easy way to connect the mount. You can directly plug the RJ45 plug of this cable into the mount and don't have to use the handcontroller at all.
  5. I think the closest thing to what you're looking for is a "Demonstration Membership" at ITelescope... Though as I understand it you can only "look" through the scopes and you get no control over the scope. I can't imagine there's a site that offers their telescopes for free and if so they'd probably be booked out for quite some time
  6. Forunke

    Bubble nebula

    I'm almost certain it comes from the camera itself cause no matter where in the sky I'm pointing it's always in the same spot. At first I suspected my filter had a defect but on further inspection I found nothing. as vimvb said, darks should fix it
  7. Forunke

    Bubble nebula

    I will be adding calibration frames to the data in order to bring out more of the nebulosity and do a proper processing of the data, this was just some quick and dirty work to figure out how a luminance layer works.
  8. Forunke

    Bubble nebula

    Decided to add some Ha and tried my first LRGB image... ~35 x 300s Ha frames added. Also played with the color balance. I think I'm slowly getting where I want to be.
  9. Really nice details, especially the ice caps on mars. Hope I can produce something similar tonight but I think my scope is simply not designed to deliver good planetary images.
  10. Forunke

    Hard drive question

    I have never done it with a Laptop, but I always just swapped my harddrives into my pc after upgrading certain parts. Only when I switched the motherboard windows complained about the "fingerprint" as symmetal mentioned but iirc it only prompted a message and was able to migrate to the new motherboard. You'll probably run into driver problems ( video/audio/network ) but should be able to uninstall unneeded drivers and reinstall the proper drivers. I'd suggest to make a backup of your acer harddrive and just try it. If some error messages pop up try to find a solution and if it gets to tedious just reinstall everything on the new laptop.
  11. Forunke

    Bubble nebula

    The last two days offered pretty good weather so I started to collect data on the bubble nebula. My scope gave me a bit of a hard time at first. Collimation seems to have gotten worse since I last used it so I had to do some on the fly adjustements which gladly turned out ok. Image was shot with a ZWO ASI MC294 Pro Color through a Omegon Pro RC 203/1624. No filters yet, planning on adding some Ha for luminance. Image consists of 68 frames 300s each at unity gain settings, no darks, flats or bias yet. Stacked in DSS processed in Photoshop.
  12. Will do after I run some more tests next time I'm out. Also did switch some parts between focuser and camera.
  13. That's the weired thing... they don't show up on my darks. Will have to inspect my filter once I'm done with shooting tonight.
  14. Sorry, ofc: ZWO ASI294 MC Pro on an Omegon Pro RC 1624/203. I just went over some dark frames and the rays are not there... Maybe it's a problem with my filter?
  15. Heyho, when shooting with my Ha filter I notice some bright rays coming in from one side of the image. I first saw them when shooting in an area near saturn but thought maybe it's stray light from saturn but now I'm imaging far away from any bright star and I still get those rays. Also they are pretty much in the same area as in my earlier shots... What makes me think it's leaking in is that it's not red like it woould be through the Ha... but I don't seem have this problem when shooting without filter Here's what it looks like when I stretch the image:

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