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  1. I use the AZ-EQ5 in my AP rig with a 70mm Refractor. It's a great mount and for AP is one of the lighter options out there, I can move it about fine with the scope attached. With the 100mm refractor option though I'd assume this would need possibly 2 weights instead of the one I need to get balance on my set up. In this case you'd be looking at a 2 trip option which makes it a bit less grab and go. On the positive side though, if you do decide to have a go at AP at some point it's a decent option for that.
  2. I think it must be the '533' effect? I've had less than 2 hours sky time with mine since it arrived 3 weeks ago.
  3. I thought if you did a deal through paypal as the seller you were better covered if this was done as gift/friends and family as the rights are taken from the buyer. The buyer cannot scam the seller by saying goods not received which is the typical scam when placed as goods and services. If I use PP goods and services and cover the sellers fees if the seller was looking for 'gift', if the seller refuses this it is a sure sign of a scam. Apologies if I'm incorrect.
  4. I managed to upgrade to a cooled camera, ASI533mc pro, just after Christmas. As expected, I’ve had nothing but cloud, rain, snow...since. Well, I exaggerate, but nowhere near enough clear sky to give the camera a proper run. The other night though I saw a bit of a zenithal gap that looked stable, so I thought let’s hit the double cluster. Amazingly I got 17 60 second subs before the clouds settled over for the night. I haven’t considered doing open clusters before but I was quite happy with the result considering and I’ll be looking at some others hopefully if the sky ever returns
  5. I'll have to revisit this one, the last time I looked was in the early 2000s with a 8" SCT. Sadly the murk was a little too thick so I couldn't catch the red dwarf, I was very happy with seeing my first white dwarf though.
  6. Galaxies and Nebulae still covers a lot of ground. I use a small WO GT71 to do widefield imaging on the larger nebulae and big galaxy targets such as M31 and M33. If you are looking that way a 70 - 100mm APO triplet should do fine and you can run a 5 or 6 class mount. If you are looking at small FOV then a 130-150 class scope and bigger mount will be needed.
  7. I had one of these back in the day. My skies were typically Bortle 8 where I lived at that time and I found I had the best views at lower power using (the supplied) 26 and 40mm eyepieces. I occasionally used an 11mm Nagler and found my sky quite often couldn't take it. A lot of what you say strikes me of themals in the tube....mine was definitely fuzzy for the first hour or so, a little longer if it was brass monkey outside.
  8. You're obviously a stronger man than me! I briefly considered one but cam to the conclusion that as a one man lift (including the OTA) I'd do my back/shoulder/other bits in so I caved and went for the more diminutive AZEQ5. I suspect I'll never use in in AZ mode though.
  9. Thanks, I use dew heaters on the main and guide objectives but wasn’t sure if it was essential to have one for the sensor window on the cooled camera.
  10. I've decided to take the plunge and go for my first cooled camera, after much pontificating, although it's not an ideal pixel match, I've gone for the ASI533MC. A couple of questions; firstly is the dew heater strip essential, is the session limited or could there be damage to the window if not used? Secondly, I'm assuming that the camera couldn't be powered from my ASIair pro and that I'll need the separate power supply, is this correct? TIA
  11. Great image. I little small to be imaged with my set up but I'll give it a go if the skies ever clear. I remember being happy when I managed to see this one visually some years ago in my very light polluted sky with an 8" SCT.
  12. Found myself looking at this a month or so back. Very small in my short fl set up but very pretty.
  13. Really nice and informative image. The WR's are something special.
  14. Not easy to tell from the image but looks like a slight pinching caused by over tight collimating screws. Usually more apparent when it's cold. If it concerns you then return it or get it adjusted under warranty. Not uncommon on fast doublets/triplets, my WO GT71 has it slightly when its very cold.
  15. Lovely Telescope Garry, must be lockdown fever that's kept it in place. If I had the funds and all that....
  16. Just picked one of thee up but as I only have one mount, which my GT71 AP set up is currently sat on I haven't had chance to use it. Must sort myself out before Mars goes back to being a single digit arc second dot.
  17. Thanks Adam....no way would I touch it myself, certainly not on a triplet. Images have been sent (via RVO) to WO for comment. Hope it doesn’t have to go back with the current waiting list.
  18. Just over a month into imaging and battling the Yorkshire weather; stray rain drops, cloud, wind etc. Despite what the weather forecast had predicted we got a 2 hour semi break in cloud tonight so I hurriedly set up, did a quick and dirty PA and gambled on the North being most free of cloud. Picked the Iris Nebula as I thought 2 minutes subs would just about be ok and I could avoid setting up guiding. Anyhow managed 54 from 55 subs worth stacking; some amp glow so could have done with a few more darks though.....still learning WO GT71 with flat 6aiii SW AZEQ5 mount ZWO 385MC p
  19. Very nice, I was looking at one of these but they were out of stock.
  20. Thanks for this Olly, I promised myself I wouldn’t get too precious about star shapes when I started out on this hobby. After years of purely visual endeavours I’m just happy to see colours and some detail. The only concern I had is if it affected the value of the scope, if that was the case I’d take it in to RVO to be adjusted as it’s still under warranty.
  21. I’ve got this on bright stars on my WO GT71, but in my case it’s at 120 degree spacing and even. I assumed it might be slight protrusion of foil spacers (though I can’t see them so it could be something else?) into the light path. I considered sending it back but I’ve seen a number of Skywatcher and WO small apo doublets and triplets with the same issue so there’s no guarantee of getting anything different....and to be honest it doesn’t look too bad. You can see it on the bright orange star on this image of M76 I took the other night.
  22. You have my sympathy. I've had the same fun with deliveries of bass guitars which couriers seem quite adept at damaging even when packed in hard shell cases and cardboard. Contact the seller, he/she has the contract with the courier (I assume) and should be able to claim the insurance (hopefully taken).
  23. The ubiquitous M13, first go at imaging. Using WO GT71 with ZWO ASI 385MC with assistance from ASIAIR pro. 30 x 60 second subs and no darks. No post processing.
  24. Late to the party but in line with SmokeyJoe above, the finder is pretty much not needed if you go through EQMOD rather than the alignment process on the mount.
  25. I really wish this was a C6, I fear it’s too much for my mount Lovely scope, good luck with the sale.
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