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About ginandtonic

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  1. I have just discovered that you can run/use CPWI simultaneously with CDC or Stellarium or StarryNight, CPWI acts as the equivalent of a software HC. The telescope position gets updated in both programs in real time, all you need to do ( in CDC for example ) is to choose the CPWI ascom driver in telescope configuration. So you can align with CPWI/starsense for example, and then use CDC or Stellarium to click (select object) and then slew (or sync) So we have the best of both worlds... Image below: Stellarium and CPWI running in tandem on XPS 13 laptop and Samsung tablet as second monitor with twomonUSB Android app. AVX mount connected wirelessly with Skyportal WiFi module:
  2. Great picture from 2 nights ago on the beach 20 mins north of Essaouira (Moulay Bouzerktoun) - 30 seconds exposure, no processing at all... The dark sky in Morocco is really nice for astronomy.....
  3. The advantage of the Celestron focuser over the Pegasus is that it connects directly to the shaft and does not pull the focus shaft to the side like with other systems. I am using the adapted Skywtacher focuser (see pic below) but will likely change to the Celestron focuser when available in Europe.
  4. I've lived in the UK (mainly London), Southern France, Southern Spain, Canary Islands and Morocco. Although I'm sure there are good dark places in all the above locations of you look hard enough, my two favourites have been Provence, (east of Avignon, for example: https://www.sunstarfrance.com, as you pointed out there are many other good spots in this area) and Morocco, for really dark skies...(atlas - Essaouira area). Southern Spain (andalucia) is generally very light polluted, difficult to find a really dark zone.
  5. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Photographic-Solutions-10x10cm-Pec-Pack/dp/B0001M6K24
  6. Recommended by starizona: https://youtu.be/loRrpM2MIdk
  7. I am a little financially challenged at the moment (skint). Thank you Nosky3 for the "Ford Fiesta brake disk as an AVX pier adapter" idea ..!! With my narrow balcony I had to improvise...not much room for a tripod... https://www.cloudynights.com/topic/625804-late-model-car-brake-rotor-for-celestron-avx-pier-adaptor/ Testing my pier setup in southern Spain (Tarifa). Yes, it's Bortle 7-8, I can only see 3 or 4 stars ?. Also I can only look due East because of obstacles... Thank you Starsense User Auto Align and polar align! Can't wait for the Xmas hols, and drive south to Morocco, me mate has a beach house 30kms north of Essaouira, Bortle 1-2 on the roof terrace! ? Europe light pollution map: Morocco stars (not my picture)
  8. Well, another option, this tripod is also available for only 2300 euros...!.? (Binos NOT included) http://www.10micron.eu/en/product/bm100-leonardo/
  9. I was inspired by Clearwater Dave's $30 (30 dollars) setup: Much kinder on the lower cervical vertebrae !! (compared with my previous tall tripod setup)
  10. I've been trying to order stuff from Altair Astro for over a week...?. They seem to have gone AWOL. No answer to various emails or their website contact form...
  11. I have been trying to order various bits from Altair Astro. I have sent several messages from their website contact form + various emails. No joy. Does anyone know if they are still trading?
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  13. One question: why don't you guys use a PVS-7 "biocular" , aren't two eyes better than one?
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