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  1. You might like to consider an ASIAIR and remote focuser, (mini computer with all software to give plug and play equipment imaging) an easy way to create a fully automated imaging setup. Note it will only work with ZWO equipment i.e EAF focuser, CMOS imaging/guide cameras. But it will work with other makes of DSLR cameras, you will need to check it will work with your DSLR’s.

    Once put together the whole rig is controlled from an apple or android device using the ASI App, I believe there is software to run apps within a PC. 

    I have included an image of my mobile setup using the ASIAIR, I control the complete system from an IPad. Setting up the equipment configuration is straight forward and the GUI is easy and intuitive. In this type setup there is only one cable that needs to be run between the imaging rig and mount, power. I have included extra power from a DC fuse box to the rig and mount, just me over engineering.

    Note - you can configure the WiFi to connect to your home WiFi and control the system from anywhere in the home, provided you have connectivity.



  2. Hi Gary, welcome to SGL a good repository for words of wisdom much needed when starting out in this hobby. Might I suggest you start with some generic searches to extract information that will greatly help in avoiding early mistakes with buying your first equipment setup. Enjoy.

  3. Welcome to SGL, you will find many like minded members who aspire to capture and process quality Astro photographs. It is a great hobby that can be addictive and frustrating at the same time.

  4. Haha, I like it. 😂 tempted to change my name to Mr Overkill. Some might say this retaining wall I built last month falls into the same category. A great location for another observatory, but alas my wife would do a “Kill Bill” on me.




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  5. You can’t beat a 1 m square by 4’ deep lump of concrete. It is future proof should you upgrade your mount and pier in the future. Not a Huge cost increase but better than having to start from scratch should you decide to upgrade to a high load Astrophotography setup in the future. 

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  6. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading this thread, your engineering and construction skills are most impressive.  The finished observatory is wonderful, reflecting a high attention to detail and quality finish. You have my admiration and definitely earned a party. 

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  7.  Reviewing the list of equipment your father was building a very nice imaging setup and it is great that you intend learning to use the equipment.

    May I offer a simple review of the equipment and it’s function.

    Eq6-R-Pro : Ideal Editorial (EQ) Mount well suited to the chosen equipment weight and portability, able to deliver the necessary tracking accuracy to support long exposure imaging for Deep Sky Objects (DSO) ie galaxies, Nebula. Also a good imaging mount with Goto (ability to automatically put the telescope on a chosen sky object - once aligned) capability.

    William Optics 132: A high quality imaging/visual scope. It is designed to give a colour aligned, high contrast and sharp image, viewed or camera.

    ZWO guide scope: can be used with an eyepiece as a finders scope or as a guide scope with a suitable camera.

    ZWO 294MC Camera: Good sensitive single shot colour imaging camera with built in cooling ability to lower the sensor temperature, well suited for DSO imagery. 

    ZWO 290 mini: Ideal guide camera for guiding the mount when long exposure imaging. Can also be used as main imaging camera ie planetary.

    ASI Air: simple complete imaging system controller software on a computer- once configured for the fitted equipment it enables automatic control of the Imaging System (alignment/goto/tracking and guiding and sequencing of image capture and stacking) user interaction is enabled via an App on an iPad/smart phone or other WiFi enabled device.

    In summary, you have a great set of equipment that will ably support either visual or long exposure DSO imaging operation. There are many videos and tutorials online that will improve you learning and this forum is a font of knowledge with many willing members who are keen to help when/if you get stuck.

    I hope you take up this hobby and get as much pleasure as we all do. 

    Should you decide this hobby is not for you and you decide to sell, may I suggest that you review used prices online before parting with your inheritance. All the equipment you listed is highly desirable and there is good demand in the used market for your equipment.

    Good luck and clear skies

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  8. Yes, I use the last focus position for all my filters. Yes it is a compromise to the perfect world, but one that is acceptable to the quality of image I am seeking. The problem is there have been so few ideal clear nights available these last couple of years and I am getting no younger.

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  9. All my filters were clean and clear of dust when I closed the filter wheel and yet all of them have collected some dust on the filters, some more than others. Note my kit includes Atik, ZWO and Starlight filterwheels, note none are immune.

    It depends on what level of imaging you wish to achieve. I always create flats for each of the filters in the wheel that were used in the data collection. If I am too tired to create the flats at the end of the collection night, I generate them the next day before the system is used again and focus altered.

    There are many threads on the forum that go into detail about calibration frames, it is worth reading a selection to understand better the role of calibration frames in image processing.


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