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  1. Hi Simon the ZWO-071 is an APS-C size sensor with a pixel size of 4.78u, coupled with the Redcat 51 it will give you an image scale of 3.9 arc/sec per pixel. I have found an image scale of 1-2 arc/sec per pixel better suits U.K. skies.
  2. Congratulations on your new camera. The new Sony IMX sensors are amazing and it will be an excellent match for your Esprit 100.
  3. Yes it is, as the pictures show the QHY camera and FW are substantially larger than the ZWO equipment.
  4. Thanks Adam, I know some members were keen to find out what adapters would be included.
  5. Hi Guys the much waited for QHY268M has arrived along with CFW3M (7x36mm) and OAGM. The camera looks great and comes with the largest set of adapters I ever received with any camera. It felt strange bolting the camera direct to the FW, but was much appreciated given the limited back focus I have with several Flatteners and Reducers. Within the kit 2 layout cards are included that show how to use the adapters to achieve a back focus of 55mm, with either CFW3M or CFW3L and with or without the OAGM. I am relieved to see QHY have provided “real world” adapters with their camera that will al
  6. Hi Neil, I don’t believe you can go wrong with the Mesu MK2, it is definitely a mount that does what it says, unlike some other mounts I have tried. Your camera choice is interesting, while I have a mix of Cmos and CCD camera’s (QHY, ZWO & SX) my last three additions are all IMX455/571 sensor based units. These sensors offer considerable improvement over the older Cmos sensors and are worthy of some investigation.
  7. I suspect the 268M will come with the same spacer kit as the 268C, which is also identical to the 600L. While hoping to get the 268M next week, it’s unlikely I will get any imaging done as the sky here looks dismal for a week or so. The 268C doesn’t come with a tilt plate, it has a dovetail coupling to enable the camera to be rotated. I don’t like it much as it’s possible to off-centre the camera. Once I have the camera centred I only loosen one screw to rotate or remove the camera. I am thinking of using locktight on the other 2 screws.
  8. +1 support for the MESU Mk2. It is a brilliant mount that just delivers great tracking/guiding performance with the minimum of fuss.
  9. Hi Neil, Welcome to SGL. It is a good time to get into AP, weather aside. Today there is a lot of choice with; cameras, optical equipment, mounts, capture and processing software. In fact so much choice that the first major challenge is determining what components support your individual needs. This forum will provide access to a lot of knowledgeable people who will be able to support you in your first steps and beyond. Enjoy the journey.
  10. Stuart1971 “The Pegasus one is very good, so I have heard, but it’s wwwaaaayyyyy overpriced, as all the Pegasus kit is...” A review of rotators that are available today shows the Pegasus falcon is reasonably priced. Any commercial rotator has to be a precision instrument to support the necessary accuracy and strength criteria associated with the Astro imaging demands. Ultimately any failings in these areas will degrade the final image. Currently in the process of fitting a falcon rotator in my imaging system, thinking about rip offs in this community what about threaded adapters. I h
  11. You should be pleased, a great first colour image.
  12. Given the weather we have been experiencing that is a great outcome. Let’s hope January brings some long, cold clear nights.
  13. Hi Desmond, I also have the L-Extreme filter and from my experience believe it is excellent for imaging with a colour camera when there is moon present (light noise swamps signal). I would definitely increase your exposure time when using the filter, remember you are effectively conducting narrow band imaging with a colour camera. Here is an image taken with my QHY163C with L-E filter on a 75% moon night. It is the combination of only 13 x 10 min exposures taken when clouds allowed. Remember that your mount/guiding limitations will have to be adhered to, no point having more signal if yo
  14. There is a Dedicated ZWO camera heater available that sticks to the camera faceplate and comes with a power splitter cable. Wether to fit one or not depends on your environment and camera setup. Unless you are experiencing freezing moisture on your camera window I wouldn’t bother. I doubt ZWO would sell the camera dew heater that’s available if there was the possibility of damage to the camera. If you are using a portable power arrangement it may be better to reduce the cooled temperature to -10 than add another power drain.
  15. Hi Glen A good video and great budget observatory, you must be pleased with the final outcome. May I ask if there was anything you would have done differently now that you have had time operating the system. Additionally have you fitted or considered environmental control to protect the equipment. I noticed you lined the inside with some form of insulation and how did you attach it? Martin
  16. New camera purchase necessitate I sell some equipment to balance my account. For sale is a great colour camera with a good reputation for imaging. The specs below show the quality of this camera, it is the model before the Trius, so doesn’t have the integrated USB hub. Otherwise its the same performance with regulated cooling, a search on this forum will show the capability of this camera. It’s size is also ideal for Hyperstar, RASA scopes. Withdrawn Specification: CCD type: Sony ICX453AQ SuperHAD CCD with ultra low dark current, Bayer RGB matrix and vertical anti-blooming.
  17. I would be careful about purchasing old copies of PS on eBay. Many are unlikely to be legitimate. Even if you are successful at acquiring a genuine copy you will struggle to get it registered with PS, if at all. Look on the PS forum to see the many cases where genuine original purchasers are struggling.
  18. Hi and welcome to the forum, you will find a wealth of information on all aspects of this hobby, enjoy.
  19. Wait a year or so and the reverse engineering experts will make a set available for half the price.
  20. Thanks Oldfort, I found the TS adapter but there is a long lead time for availability. Given the prices that are charged for these adapters I wonder if it is a small market, I guess only the U.K. suppliers could answer that question.
  21. Welcome to SGL, glad to hear you are enjoying this hobby.
  22. One of the most frustrating aspects of taking up amateur Astrophotography is the ever growing size of my adapter collection which is necessary to construct and rebuild imaging systems within the backspace constraint of the hardware for a given target. Only yesterday I stopped an order for an M68x1 female to M54x0.75 male adapter at the point of purchase. While the €75 cost was a bitter pill, the €45 international postage for such a small item was beyond believe. With a total cost of €120 I backed out. You might expect the item to be coming from New Zealand but no, just Germany. At th
  23. Great to hear you have your new Mesu, you will not regret it. I haven’t bothered with PA drift aligning, T-Point/SiTech sky point-map and PEC is not necessary. I find my Mesu’s provide ease of imaging equipment swap outs that don’t need me to expend valuable clear sky (so few in U.K.) time to calibrate the system. I use SGP for sequence control and just complete a manual platesolve which sync’s the mount on startup. Following a sequence commanded slew to target, both mounts centre to within 2 pixels, usually within two plate-solve iterations. This level of goto performance is then repeat
  24. Thanks, I have just tried mine for the first time and was using gain 26 offset 30 so fairly close. These new cameras have introduced another layer of complexity for dedicated imagers to experiment with, shame we don’t get the clear skies needed to experiment effectively without loosing image production. It would be handy if the guidance was better.
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