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Xsubmariner

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  1. Hi Adam, In my dome I ran conduit to the centre of the pier base and to the north side of the dome where the 12v DC distribution is located and to dome controller . You will want to consider what services the conduit will support to prevent mutual interference. My AC/DC supplies are separated from signal cables. Here is a list of the conduit/services/cables I have run: Here is a list of the conduit/services/cables I have run: 2x conduit from outside Control Room (CR) to Pier Base(PB), 2x conduit from control room to North side Dome (ND), 1x conduit from North side outlet t
  2. Hi tooth-dr, I had the same dilemma when I first installed my 2.2M dome, even with an equipment bay. Being over six foot, it would be cramped and not terribly comfortable when trying to image. Early on I decided to operate the system from a separate control room, so a Ketter (plastic) shed was installed next to the dome and flexible plastic pipe used as conduit to route the cabling. This worked great for a single user but as more friends wanted to experience the wonders of the sky I progressed to a second ROR with separate control room next to the dome. Now with a new mount (long c
  3. Hi, jaspalchadha, I have the latest SiTech controller software ver .94 NWin Hi Laurin Dave, your SiTech settings appear to be for the nonE MESU 200 with SiTech II controller. The new MESU with through mount cabling doesn’t have the shaft encoder so our Scope encoder settings are left in the default setting. Otherwise my settings reflect your setup. May I ask if you tick the Box “Declination axis has high-precision encoder (a few high-end mounts)” in the mount page of the PHD2 setup wizard? thanks Martin
  4. I have been experiencing the same problem and reflect your current status. Occasionally after slewing to a new target and post plate solve alignment, SGP restarts PHD2 guiding and after initial settle the mount DEC runs away. The included image shows this and it can been seen whereby after manually stopping and reinitiating PHD guiding the DEC runaway is repeated. This was only stopped and stable guiding reestablished after forcing a PHD calibration. I need to investigate further to determine the source of the problem, but as I can manually overcome I am focused on resolving other problem
  5. I have been experiencing the same problem and reflect your current status. Occasionally after slewing to a new target and post plate solve alignment, SGP restarts PHD2 guiding and after initial settle the mount DEC runs away. The included image shows this and it can been seen whereby after manually stopping and reinitiating PHD guiding the DEC runaway is repeated. This was only stopped and stable guiding reestablished after forcing a PHD calibration. I need to investigate further to determine the source of the problem, but as I can manually overcome I am focused on resolving other problem
  6. I fully understand your statement Paul mcc. I have been slow to learn Pixinsight processing tools to improve my images and find I spend more time problem solving the observatory system hardware, connectivity and software issues than actual imaging. My early image successes (to me) seem a long time ago and my current productivity is poor. All that said, the wise responses offered above have allowed me to reflect on my own position and I agree a rest is probably best. Don’t sell your kit unless you need to. All the best for the future what ever you decide.
  7. Hi and welcome, it is an amazing sky, shame I didn’t start until retirement. Martin
  8. Hi Philip and welcome back, there is no doubt last year was the least productive for imaging but I was able to play with the kit a lot more.
  9. Hi and welcome Wyvern, I have a WO GTF81 and it is a great scope. You have a good combination with the EQ6R and QHY to produce some excellent images, enjoy.
  10. Thanks Laurin Dave your advice was correct. I found a lock nut on the ADM saddle elevation adjustment was loose and this appeared to cause the flex which ruined a nights imaging. Managed 6x 20 min frames on each scope tonight and no star elongation, great. Thank you everyone who responded.
  11. Hi Laurin, tooth-dr, tomato and tomato bro, Thanks for the feedback, I haven’t fitted a top brace to the telescopes and perhaps that is worth trying. I will have to align images using the ADM adjustable saddle then then fit some form of top brace. One thought that comes to mind is the loss of adjustment points for balancing the rig for the Mesu. Here is a picture of the ADM saddle, perhaps my error was in believing this was adequate for the arrangement. Thank again Martin
  12. I have recently set up a dual imaging rig consisting of 2x 130mm APOs, one with colour Atik 383L camera and the second with Atik383L mono + Lu filter. Now that I have SGPro configured to run 2 concurrent sequences on one PC. The dual SGP setup appears to be working ok, given the Atik drivers allow camera selection by serial number I have been able to configure each SGP sequence to the individual scope setup. The Colour camera rig (primary) includes OAG and ZWO120mm guider, the mono rig is slave and just runs capture using the Camera, Atik EFW and Pegasus focuser. The system appears t
  13. Hi John, Great first picture post and excellent introduction. Welcome to SGL, there are many experts here who regularly provide help for aspiring Astrophotographers. Martin
  14. Hi All, Regret to advise that I will not now be attending, while I would love to meet you all I have gone into cocoon mode. Hope to meet you next year.
  15. Looks like a ZWO camera, if the look up the handbook for your camera (on-line) there is a connectivity diagram of the camera and filter-wheel to the telescope. It also gives the backspacing requirements. Good luck with your rebuild.
  16. I enquired with most of the main name house contents insurers and most had a maximum value for outbuildings of £3-5k total. I hear there are concerns that the membership numbers for the main Astronomy Societies are dropping, how about they negotiate a good insurance plan for Amateur Astronomers as part of their membership. They might find there membership increasing.
  17. I would avoid eBay for software, most is pirated and you will find PS will block you. Should you find and acquire a genuine older version you will have a devils job getting PS to accept and register your copy. Monthly PS is very expensive in the long term. Given you will be new to AP, might I suggest Nebulosity 4.0 is a very good value capture and post processing package. I found it was excellent for the beginner and will enable you to compile images quickly using simple functions. There are great tutorials online that will take you through the complete process. While I use Pixinsight
  18. Hi Tutting, welcome to SGL, you will great support here for AP.
  19. Great news Adam. A good idea to PA the base to get it aligned as accurate as possible before bolting down, it certainly eases later PA’s using the 3 mounting bolts. Looking forward to reading about your first guiding experience with the mount.
  20. I faced the same challenge when trying to source insurance for my observatory. G&H quoted over £500 pa and home insurers don’t want to quote outside their comfort zones, if at all. I also found a lot of users who believed the equipment was covered under their house contents cover, hope they are not too disappointed when they make a claim. I found the maximum cover for outbuildings ranged from £3000-5000 for many of the core home insurers. With many of my other hobbies, membership societies offered good value insurance for members, negotiated with economy of scale due to member
  21. Hi Geoff, welcome to SGL and warm greetings from wet South Wales. I am sure you will find great support from the members here. Another great source for knowledge and hands on experience are the star parties. Martin
  22. Hi Adam, Yes it is higher than I would hope with average seeing. Last night the passing clouds were not helpful and I was experiencing “star lost” a lot of the time. The backlash results were nice to see and I am confident the mount will meet my needs once commissioning is complete. Once I get PHD and PA refined I am sure the figures will better reflect this mounts true performance.
  23. Commissioning the dual rig this last week has been a challenge, with slow progress principally due to the weather. The usual software and communication glitches surfaced as with any new imaging system combination, thankfully these have settled down now thanks to tie wraps. USB connections without securing clamps suck. Having reflected on feedback from other Mesu users I plan on operating my mount without a sky or PEC modelling. My modus operandi is to control the mount through SGPro with an initial plate solve after un-parking the mount. PHD2 will be used with an OAG setup to guide the
  24. It is looking likely Precision Engineering is where I will have to go for the adapters. Shame there is no U.K. manufacturing service for custom adapters.
  25. For my mobile imaging system I went from an NEQ6 pro to an Avalon M-uno and am now back with the NEQ6 Pro. If you think you can handle the weight and moving of an NEQ6 I would go for that one. If your imaging aspiration increases and you want to upgrade to a 100mm APO with Camera, filterwheel, filters and motorised focuser this can be easily accommodated. What you think your system will be at this stage can change dramatically when the imaging bug bits.
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