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  1. Hey after some advice regarding DSLR’s to modify/ have modified professionally for a dedicated Astro imaging camera. i have a Canon 6d mk1 , full frame that I use for wide angle nightscapes (14-50mm) .i know this would be a great one to modify but I’m keeping this for that and I’m after one with a crop/smaller sensor to take advantage of gaining focal length. I’ll be using a portable tracking mount like the SkyGuider pro or star adventurer so loosing weight is a big priority...my thinking is ...I can gain more focal length from the same weight/size scope just by using a crop sensor dslr...correct im looking to use a william optics ZS61 or ZS73, so around 400mm FL...640mm if using a crop sensor dslr... I digress!.... im looking to stay with Canon what dslr is recommended/ the ‘goto’ crop sensor for modding ... buying modded vs professional modding vs diy I’m happy with older cameras if better could I get the same(ish) effect with a non modded camera and use filters?? any advice greatly appreciated cheers Ant
  2. Hey A though I had...probably obvious to the More experienced but being a beginner I’d rather ask than make mistakes... if I have a guide scope with for example a 200mm focal length is it better than a 150mm one as it ‘enlarges’ the guide star more and hence is an easier target to track ?? in my mind if something is larger it’s easier to see, if it’s easier to see it’s easier to follow...which in my noob terms is what a guide scope and camera does...mixed in with a little bit of algorithmic magic if I’m wrong...please let me know why so I can learn is a guide scopes focal length dependant on what your imaging...kind of the same way a small vs large refractor is? or is there an ‘ideal/one for all’ guide scope size...and recommend kit Be great to hear some advice. i have a Skywatcher EQ6 pro , Canon 6d DSLR and soon to be WO Z61 or Z73....literally just starting out! thanks for any help Ant
  3. I’d be more than happy to replace with original manufacturers grease...is it available to buy? Not sure what I’d google to find it...I tried Sky-Watcher grease etc but nothing really came up. Cheers
  4. I was looking at that kit too...I just assumed right or wrong that if a reputable retailer like that sells it then it must be good to use Thanks mate
  5. I’ve read quite a few use ‘superlube’ ...would this be good for the taper roller bearings as well as the worm and big brass gears too? Cheers
  6. Hi After owning my mount for around 8 years, and originally purchasing 2nd hand I’ve decided to give it a full strip down, clean, regrease and reassemble. ive used ‘AstroBaby’s’ guide to do this and have all parts disassembled, cleaned up and ready to put back together. it was actually a fairly simple job if you take one step at a time The question I keep reading and seems to have a lot of conflicting info is which grease and what type to use. when I took my mount apart it had remnants of the thick black goop typical of my brand of mount, although not a lot of it so it definitely needed doing! Does anyone have a definitive answer of what I should be using? Both for the worm gears and bearings? im in no rush to re assemble and just use something from a DIY shop! I’m happy to order what is regarded as the best stuff to use and do it properly If anyone has advice on this and has done it themselves I’d love to hear from you Cheers Ant
  7. Hey im looking for a laptop for imaging...scope control/APT, guiding control/PHD, stellarium/eqv for goto etc. Only really looking to ‘Capture data and control’...not looking to edit and process images with it....I have a decent desktop pc for that. Am I right thinking even a low power( cpu/ram/ graphics laptop would be ok as just acquiring data doesn’t need that much , it’s the processing and stacking and photoshop type stuff that needs a powerful machine? I have a MacBook atm and the software is either bit naff or costly compared to windows so looking for a windows 10 laptop, 15 inch Full HD screen with about 8 gig of ram and a ssd hard drive plus Ethernet port and usb3/type c....ideally no more than £500 I’ve also thought of going for an ASIair and iPad...if that’s a good choice ? just assumed a pc with windows rather than a tablet with apps would be better? im certainly open to all ideas cheers
  8. Hi, I’m thinking of building or installing a fixed pier in my garden. im new to imaging so please forgive me if this is a dumb question...I’ve read mixed info online so thought I’d just ask the question If I’m building a pier and leaving the mount fixed to it (just remove scope and cables) Do I need to polar align just once and I’m done? If this is true the fixed pier is a definite go! Polar alignment is such a faff!, even 10-20mins each time eats away at imaging time especially here in the UK. If a pier is just more of a solid base and polar alignment still needs doing each time then I’m also interested in getting an ipolar or similar to help. ill be controlling via a laptop for imaging and guiding anyway ...plus I don’t trust the polar scope on my old EQ6 pro! Like I say, apologies if this is a really basic question! I’m totally new to imaging but doing my best to learn cheers! Ant
  9. Hi Guys! My first post :) I’ve decided to take the plunge and begin the hobby..or addiction of Astrophotography! About 8 years ago I purchased a 2nd hand EQ6-pro, I’ve only ever really used it for visual through a 6 inch Newtonian. All I could see was grey fuzz or the moon!lol so I got bored and put it away in a cupboard! For a few years now I’ve been taking wide field Astro photos using my DSLR and 14/24mm prime lenses which has given me the bug again! I want to start taking images of galaxies and nebulae and all that good stuff which I simply can’t get with with my wide lenses. My plan was to get a small refractor like a WO Z61 or Z73, field flattener and mount my 6D DSLR to it, Plus use a small auto guiding package. Run everything off a laptop My question really is...is my mount up to imaging? Things have come on a long way in mount technology I guess since I last looked at buying one so I’m wondering, imaging wise if I’m best selling on the old EQ6 pro and buying something more up to date? OR If my old mount is able to work and work well is there anything I can do to it to improve it?..Strip and Regrease ...Belt Mod...?? ive never had it apart before, nor do I really know how it was used before I bought it so it might need a good going over it might not...is there any way to tell for potential issues? Im happy to do any work myself I’m pretty handy with mechanics looking for advice really wether to stick with this mount or look for something new. if new, max budget is around £800 any advice greatly appreciated :) Ant
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