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dazza1639

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  1. Apparently the Alan Gee 0.7 focal reducer is quite good I've never used one but modern astronomy sell them. Have a chat with them. The design is quite different the reducer fits inside the rear cell so if you have a fork mount the camera should clear the base. When I use my focal reducer I can't slew to anything above 58 degrees Darren ------------------------------------------------ Twitter: @SalAstroSoc @Astronut1639 www.salfordastro.org.uk Nexstar 8 GPS ADM MDS Rings & Counter Weights, Skywatcher ST80 & Synguider, Canon EOS 1000d, Dew Heaters & 4 Channel Controller, Orbit Wedge
  2. Sorry to resurrect an old thread but are there any new reports, progress updates from longtime users? What is the QC on EQ8 now, have the early niggles been worked out? Thanks Darren Darren ------------------------------------------------ Twitter: @SalAstroSoc @Astronut1639 www.salfordastro.org.uk Nexstar 8 GPS ADM MDS Rings & Counter Weights, Skywatcher ST80 & Synguider, Canon EOS 1000d, Dew Heaters & 4 Channel Controller, Orbit Wedge, Observatory and not enough clear nights
  3. I have the TRF-2008 and use it with my Equinox 80 500mm focal length. It is a superb bit of kit pin sharp stars all the way to the edge even on a large sensor like in the EOS 1000d. It is expensive but worth every penny Darren ------------------------------------------------ Twitter: @SalAstroSoc @Astronut1639 www.salfordastro.org.uk Nexstar 8 GPS ADM MDS Rings & Counter Weights, Skywatcher ST80 & Synguider, Canon EOS 1000d, Dew Heaters & 4 Channel Controller, Orbit Wedge, Observatory and not enough clear nights
  4. This is my original post about the kidney beaning problem http://stargazerslounge.com/index.php?/topic/96891-Kidney-Beaning-Problem/page__view__findpost__p__956878 Darren ------------------------------------------------ Twitter: @SalAstroSoc @Astronut1639 www.salfordastro.org.uk Nexstar 8 GPS ADM MDS Rings & Counter Weights, Skywatcher ST80 & Synguider, Canon EOS 1000d, Dew Heaters & 4 Channel Controller, Orbit Wedge, Observatory and not enough clear nights
  5. I used nebulosity with my canon 1000d for a few years it just works on both Mac & PC Darren ------------------------------------------------ Twitter: @SalAstroSoc @Astronut1639 www.salfordastro.org.uk Nexstar 8 GPS ADM MDS Rings & Counter Weights, Skywatcher ST80 & Synguider, Canon EOS 1000d, Dew Heaters & 4 Channel Controller, Orbit Wedge, Observatory and not enough clear nights
  6. If you are going to by a f6.3 focal reducer I would recommend that you spend a bit more and get the celestron version I bought one from scopes n skies (Antares brand I think) it was about £30 cheaper but it does suffer from kidney bean shaped stars from about 1/3 of the distance from the edge on a canon 1000d sensor. It also appears to give a larger field of view than that shown in stellarium Darren ------------------------------------------------ Twitter: @SalAstroSoc @Astronut1639 www.salfordastro.org.uk Nexstar 8 GPS ADM MDS Rings & Counter Weights, Skywatcher ST80 & Synguider, Can
  7. +1 for nebulosity I have on both Mac & PC it works great with PhD as it can link to it. However it is not very easy to sequence with so if you have a filter wheel there are better solutions available for windows, not sure about Mac though Darren ------------------------------------------------ Twitter: @SalAstroSoc @Astronut1639 www.salfordastro.org.uk Nexstar 8 GPS ADM MDS Rings & Counter Weights, Skywatcher ST80 & Synguider, Canon EOS 1000d, Dew Heaters & 4 Channel Controller, Orbit Wedge, Observatory and not enough clear nights
  8. It looks like the baaders are a winner Darren ------------------------------------------------ Twitter: @SalAstroSoc @Astronut1639 www.salfordastro.org.uk Nexstar 8 GPS ADM MDS Rings & Counter Weights, Skywatcher ST80 & Synguider, Canon EOS 1000d, Dew Heaters & 4 Channel Controller, Orbit Wedge, Observatory and not enough clear nights
  9. Would the astronomik emission line filter set with the 12nm Halpha be a better bet than the baader set as it is not much more expensive Thanks Darren ------------------------------------------------ Twitter: @SalAstroSoc @Astronut1639 www.salfordastro.org.uk Nexstar 8 GPS ADM MDS Rings & Counter Weights, Skywatcher ST80 & Synguider, Canon EOS 1000d, Dew Heaters & 4 Channel Controller, Orbit Wedge, Observatory and not enough clear nights
  10. Stunning set of moon images, did you steal time on the LRO? [emoji1] Darren ------------------------------------------------ Twitter: @SalAstroSoc @Astronut1639 www.salfordastro.org.uk Nexstar 8 GPS ADM MDS Rings & Counter Weights, Skywatcher ST80 & Synguider, Canon EOS 1000d, Dew Heaters & 4 Channel Controller, Orbit Wedge, Observatory and not enough clear nights
  11. Thanks looks like I'll save a bit of money. Good to hear that the baaders perform well Darren ------------------------------------------------ Twitter: @SalAstroSoc @Astronut1639 www.salfordastro.org.uk Nexstar 8 GPS ADM MDS Rings & Counter Weights, Skywatcher ST80 & Synguider, Canon EOS 1000d, Dew Heaters & 4 Channel Controller, Orbit Wedge, Observatory and not enough clear nights
  12. I am just about to treat myself (christmas & last years birthday money) to a narrowband filter set. I've got a couple of questions that maybe someone could help with. 1, Do I need my light pollution filter in front of my focal reducer when using narrowband filters in the filter wheel? 2, I can currently get a baader filter set with Ha, Oiii & Sii for an extra £20 I can get the set with H beta included. Is the inclusion of Hb useful or would it just sit in the wheel and not get much use? 3, Are the baader filters any good? I have the lrgb set and love it. Thanks Darren -----------------
  13. I've got the same dilemma myself I am thinking save a little longer and break my budget with an EQ8 or CEM60 but again which one Darren ------------------------------------------------ Twitter: @SalAstroSoc @Astronut1639 www.salfordastro.org.uk Nexstar 8 GPS ADM MDS Rings & Counter Weights, Skywatcher ST80 & Synguider, Canon EOS 1000d, Dew Heaters & 4 Channel Controller, Orbit Wedge, Observatory and not enough clear nights
  14. What about the AZEQ6 even if you don't want to use it in az mode it seems to address some of the NEQ6 issues Darren ------------------------------------------------ Twitter: @SalAstroSoc @Astronut1639 www.salfordastro.org.uk Nexstar 8 GPS ADM MDS Rings & Counter Weights, Skywatcher ST80 & Synguider, Canon EOS 1000d, Dew Heaters & 4 Channel Controller, Orbit Wedge, Observatory and not enough clear nights
  15. Geopak adapter from Altair Astro but it's expensive. You could make one using a 1.25" nosepiece an the plastic bayonet end cap off a lens Darren ------------------------------------------------ Twitter: @SalAstroSoc @Astronut1639 www.salfordastro.org.uk Nexstar 8 GPS ADM MDS Rings & Counter Weights, Skywatcher ST80 & Synguider, Canon EOS 1000d, Dew Heaters & 4 Channel Controller, Orbit Wedge, Observatory and not enough clear nights
  16. Based on what I've read and comment, I'm thinking that I may have to try and break the budget, but how EQ8 (HDX110) or CEM60 Which one? Make your case for your choice. Thanks Darren ------------------------------------------------ Twitter: @SalAstroSoc @Astronut1639 www.salfordastro.org.uk Nexstar 8 GPS ADM MDS Rings & Counter Weights, Skywatcher ST80 & Synguider, Canon EOS 1000d, Dew Heaters & 4 Channel Controller, Orbit Wedge, Observatory and not enough clear nights
  17. Cheers much appreciated Darren ------------------------------------------------ Twitter: @SalAstroSoc @Astronut1639 www.salfordastro.org.uk Nexstar 8 GPS ADM MDS Rings & Counter Weights, Skywatcher ST80 & Synguider, Canon EOS 1000d, Dew Heaters & 4 Channel Controller, Orbit Wedge, Observatory and not enough clear nights
  18. Stunning Darren ------------------------------------------------ Twitter: @SalAstroSoc @Astronut1639 www.salfordastro.org.uk Nexstar 8 GPS ADM MDS Rings & Counter Weights, Skywatcher ST80 & Synguider, Canon EOS 1000d, Dew Heaters & 4 Channel Controller, Orbit Wedge, Observatory and not enough clear nights
  19. Nice to get a bit of feedback on the CEM60, which version std or EC I'm thinking that the EC would be overkill as I would be guiding anyway. How do you get on operating the scope from a pc, do you setup with the hand control then connect or can you just operate with the computer. This is one of the reasons I like my current setup the computer is the controller when using nexremote all off my other programs (astrotortilla, PhD, stellar I etc) connect to a generic virtual as on hub and send commands directly to the scope through nexremote. Darren ------------------------------------------------
  20. I did our website in Apple's iWeb the only drawback is updating the news section needs to be done in iWeb I should have done the regularly updated sections in Wordpress and used RSS to embed the output do that it looked the same as the rest of the site. I have used RSS feeds to power the events lists which is just linked to a google calendar via feed burner and yahoo pipes to extract the relevant info for each particular feed. Check it out at www.salfordastro.org.uk Darren ------------------------------------------------ Twitter: @SalAstroSoc @Astronut1639 www.salfordastro.org.uk Nexstar 8 GPS
  21. I've got an orbit wedge it cost me an arm and a leg but worth every penny. I will be putting it up for sale later in the year when I get a new mount Darren ------------------------------------------------ Twitter: @SalAstroSoc @Astronut1639 www.salfordastro.org.uk Nexstar 8 GPS ADM MDS Rings & Counter Weights, Skywatcher ST80 & Synguider, Canon EOS 1000d, Dew Heaters & 4 Channel Controller, Orbit Wedge, Observatory and not enough clear nights
  22. New mount time! I need a little bit of help on deciding on a new mount for my observatory, I’m a bit stumped by the choice and conflicting reviews. What is the mount for? The mount will be permanently mounted in my observatory on a solid concrete pier. It will mainly be used for imaging using an Atik One with off axis Atik GP guider. So tracking accuracy will be key but EQmod isn’t necessary as the computer control I currently use, stellarium, PHD, Nebulosity & astro tortilla can all still work without EQmod. What will the mount need to carry? The mount will be loaded up with the following
  23. St80 piggybacked on my nexstar8gps on an orbit wedge
  24. I used a Synguider successfully for 3 years, very simple to use once you get used to it. I have only just sold it, the onl reason for selling was I have upgraded to an atik one with gp guider
  25. Welcome to SGL Darren @SalAstroSoc & @astronut1639 www.salfordastro.org.uk
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