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  1. Many thanks to all the replies. Some extremely interesting ones and some that went a little over my (noob) head. The Pi route is one I would definitely consider for the future. It seems whilst people have their favourite for their own reasons there isn't a whole lot of difference. I think I'm going to give APT a go. If I end up not liking it I've got the option of Kstars to fall back to. That's if we ever get a clear night again! Thanks Graeme
  2. @JonCarleton as far as I'm aware Kstars won't connect locally on Windows. Only wirelessly to a mini pc at the scope? @teoria_del_big_bang I totally agree about Kstars being quite light as a planetarium. It almost put me off initially after using Stellarium, but the fact that everything is under one roof so to speak (even the guiding works okay) made me stick it out. Also once I've done a go-to and started imaging that's the planetariums job done. Also it's only light aesthetically I suppose. It works well. Plate solving will be a game changer for me and it works fantastic on Kstars - not that I have anything to compare it to. I think I may stick with what I know. It's just that voice on my shoulder saying I may be missing out on something
  3. Thanks for the reply. The processing machine I use runs Windows and I use DSS and PS. It was more that I'm used to Kstars for imaging and didn't really want to learn new imaging software unless there was a solid reason for doing so. By the sound of your answer it seems six of one and half a dozen of the other?
  4. I've recently started imaging via an ancient laptop I have running Ubuntu. I'm using Kstars and Phd2 and find they work fine. The laptop is on its last legs though. I've now have a spare windows laptop. With all the cloudy nights I've hooked it up to the scope and seem to have APT and Phd2 working (although a night out under the stars is needed to fully test that theory!) This laptop won't be used for processing. My question is to those who have tried both operating systems, are there any benefits to using Windows software over Ubuntu? If not I'm thinking of installing Ubuntu on this one also instead of learning a new piece of software. Thanks
  5. Decided to use the guide cam in the main scope to image the moon the other night. First time I've done this as usually a DSO and DSLR person. I ended up with around a 1000 frames and plucked a figure of best 60% to stack. I just wondered if this was too high and I should be going for a lot lower? Less is more? I understand that different seeing conditions would alter it but was just after a rough starting figure from those who know a bit more. Thanks in advance
  6. I've decided to start guiding on my 130pds but am unsure as to which guider scope would be suitable. Looked at some 50mm ones but was wondering if 30mm would be okay as it would mean quite a weight saving. Thanks.
  7. Brillant. That's a 50mm guide so I know what size i need. Thanks for the links, had seen the T7 recently and wondered about that. Thanks.
  8. Morning people. With this being all about the 130 PDS I thought this may be the best place to ask this question. I'm using a 130pds on a belt modded exos 2 (eq5). I'm thinking of starting to acquire the bits for guiding and wondered what length guide scope would suit best? Am on a tight budget too so any links to cheap items would be greatly appreciated .
  9. Depending how handy you are, have a look at the Onstep Goto. The only negative is you have to build it yourself. Mainly soldering. I got a kit of all the components and got the rest from eBay. All in its cost me about £100. A lot cheaper than a manufacturer's Goto, and the big plus is it's transferable to different mounts. I had it on my eq3-2 originally but now it's on my eq5. Works brilliantly. Just another option.
  10. I'd like to second Stub Mandrels post. Yes, to do consistently good AP you need a good, expensive mount first. But not everybody (myself included has the pockets for that). That doesn't mean you can't do AP. It just means you have a steep learning curve and need to work at it. You also need to lower your expectations of what your final images will look like. But you CAN image on less. I have a used eq3-2 mount. I've had some reasonable (in my eyes) results. Other nights I've spent 3 hours learning what not to do with nothing to show for it. But I'm having fun, and when I can afford that Heq5 then I'll have already made all my mistakes, I hope. Buy what you can afford, learn and have fun is my advice.
  11. Am wanting to upgrade my eq3-2. Don't want/need a Goto. Hoping someone may have one sat not being used. Needs to be in or around Yorkshire area. Thanks Graeme
  12. A few images from my setup. Eq3-2 now equipped with Onstep Goto Skywatcher 130pds Nikon D3100 M51, M13 and the moon. Still getting to grips with processing but having loads of fun learning
  13. I have just this week finished my Onstep build for my eq3-2. I believe it's a fantastic bit of kit which is way, way cheaper than Skywatchers own upgrade with the added benefit of being able to transfer it to my next mount when I can afford one. As to guiding, well I don't guide but people on the Onstep forum do. My understanding is that guiding isn't done through Onstep but through PHD. Your best bet would be to ask on their forum. Hope this helps.
  14. So I ended up getting the 130 PDS as it was all I could afford. Not had much chance to play with it yet due to the clouds but managed this first time out. Was happy and looking forward to steadily improving.
  15. I really appreciate your post but I have to admit (and this is my fault not yours) still feeling a little lost with it. Which I suspect means I'm probably not ready to go down this particular avenue without a lot more reading up. I liked this idea as I like the idea of the odd DIY bit here and there (or as the wife calls it, faffing). Have made a couple of barn door trackers etc but the whole Arduino/stepper motor bit stopped me on those also. I guess I was hoping a kit that I could fit that would be a lot cheaper than the Skywatcher kit was what I may find. I know I have but at this minute it's a bit beyond me. Thanks for your replies though. It certainly gives me food for thought.
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