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  1. Once again my thanks for extremely helpful advice. David lot of food for thought there. Thanks for taking the time. The problem with the night owl looks like it will be lack of availability. I have decided to go for a better camera from the start, hopefully making the right choice and it lasting me! My main program image processing work will be done on my desktop with NVMe drives and built in wifi, bluetooth. So the priority for the laptop or windows tablet would be capture software etc. And being able to run them. Whilst out and about as well. As if I'm correct some software only runs on windows. My Tab S4 is a brilliant android tablet fast and high resolution very responsive, I'm typing this now on it's keyboard. I have an assortment of external drives for storage. I have done a lot of reading and viewing on YouTube to try to find the information I require, but once again end up with mixed messages or a problem I hadn't thought of popping up. Or I end up watching astronomy videos with nothing to do with what I'm looking for. Ended up on an Aussies tube a guy called Dylan O'Donnell, who just seemed to make sense even if I hadn't a clue what he was talking about half the time. I have no problem viewing my PC, tablet and phone wirelessly to my TV. Using Samsung's own software and I also have HDMI and ethernet powerline and wireless senders available which I use now and then with my projector. (For 3d movies usually. ) My router is near my TV and cable box in sitting room, both connected by ethernet, I have a hidden ethernet cable which leads to my dining room where I will set up an Asus wireless router as an access point specifically for astrophotography. Which would mean one pane of glass between scope and wifi. I will put the Hyperstar on the back burner for now, and get a focal reducer . Definitely purchasing depending on availability. Celestron focus motor for the 9.25 the only one I have seen and know for certain fits my scope. Either the celestron f6.3 or the Night owl f4, any advantage with my scope of one over the other? I will get the ASIAIR pro and a ZWO camera. I can run from the mains to start with, then will think about a power pack for the accessories. Dr Strange mentioned the ASI533mc on another thread. Which to me after viewing reviews, looks like it would suit my needs. I have also looked at..... ASI294MC PRO ASI183MC PRO ASI533MC PRO The three of them cooled. Any thoughts? (Or a better camera in price range for what I intend to do?) I find it strange that less and larger pixels can be an advantage sometimes in astrophotography, over smaller and more megapixels. Just seems counterintuitive. Once again thanks for any information you can supply. Just to reiterate I know very little on this subject, so if you see I'm making a mistake or I'm missing something totally obvious, please tell me. The one thing I can't do is slow down, I have set course and need to start rowing. I haven't used the scope outside yet! Skies have been woeful when I have had a chance to view. Also why I think a colour camera would be advantageous, as I would need more viewing time for getting all the filters done for mono. I bought my grandson an led white A4 tracing board a while back, that got me thinking about the needed flats. So I bought an A3 one with 3 brightness levels, it's pure white and has no obvious banding. Would this work? Or has my grandson got a better tracing board? Cheers Barry
  2. Thanks Stu. Yeah I've hit the EEVA Section. Like you say it can get confusing, I'm having to learn a whole new vocabulary just to understand the basics. I'm steadily jumping about topics to try and grasp the basics. Which I should have done first. Barry
  3. Thanks for the warm welcome people! Also thanks for the useful information Dr Strange . Just been reading some back issues of your old Marvel comics! Still breaks my heart my father threw out my comics collection when I left home to get married. I had the originals of Dr Strange and Spiderman and the Hulk! Ah well who wants to be a millionaire.
  4. People once again thank you for taking the time to respond. Your dedication to your hobby does you proud. I should make it absolutely plain that this is just a way for me to fill my time when I'm bored on an evening and can't sleep. (Which sadly happens a lot after I turned 60.) I can't count the times I've been sat in my garden with a cigar and whiskey, looked up and wished I had a telescope to get a closer view. It being reasonably portable I'd be able to stick it in the car for use at the caravan in Teesdale. Where my grandsons will be able to use it too. Where viewing on a screen will stop any fighting over the eyepiece. I also love looking at your wonderful pictures, both here and ones I've viewed on the internet. And yes I know I will be lucky to get close to the quality of the pictures on here. When I decided to jump after reading the reviews for the Evolution on Sky at Night. (Probably should have called here first. ) As it had a lot built in, naively, I expected to wack an astronomical camera in and view on a tablet or laptop. But the choices are so numerous and the chance of making a mistake huge. That's where I'm going to start with a camera and with remote viewing on a tablet even if its standing next to the scope. I seriously have no interest in squinting through an eyepiece, my eyesight is terrible. But I would like the camera to be able to be used with Fastar in the future. I will make a start on Noahs posts hopefully something's will sink in. So as it stands I need a camera and the means to send the pictures to a tablet. I was mightily impressed with controlling the scope with the tablet and was hoping I could have the image from the scope on the tablet or laptop as well. Maybe I will get seriously hooked who knows. Thanks for your advice. Barry
  5. Thanks Olly I have reread your post 3 times to try to force the information in. This is nothing to do with the way you have written it, all down to the way my brain works. As soon as numbers become involved my brain shrivels up and hides in a corner. I've had this problem all my life not exactly number blindness but if it isn't obvious my brain does a runner. Yet I can replay Jim Montgomerys save in the 1973 FA cup final in my head as if it had just happened. As it is I think you're correct and maybe I should leave the Hyperstar till later. But still leaves me with looking for a decent camera that would still be good for use with Fastar in the future. Thanks for your time. Barry
  6. May I ask if that's your choice of 2021 or the availability of the Hyperstar? And the reducer, is that is another part I need to acquire for my 925 and Hyperstar? Thanks for your time. Barry
  7. Thanks for that Gfamily. I notice that has a power brick, hopefully the one I'm after will have it included. But looks pretty standard . Might give me a bargaining chip in purchase price. Hopefully someone will have experience with these.
  8. Well there's an hour of my life I'm never getting back. I've read it all so feel obligated to comment. And the glenfiddich told me too. I came in to learn what eeva was, thinking, as being new here start from the beginning. Took me quite sometime to realise nv was night vision, confirmed a few posts later by a helpful contributor. Yes I waded through it all. As an ex admin on a footy forum I have to say I was impressed with the restraint, (and lack of anglo Saxon.) We always had 1 or 2 posters insisting on posting in the wrong forum. No one got banned, but eventually they would end up on everyone else's block list and posting to each other not realising no one else could see their posts. And no I'm not saying anything like that should happen on this happy site. No matter what the hassle surely it has to be majority rule? Visual observing is not my cup of tea, that was one of my main reasons for not continuing when I was younger. To be honest visual observers impress me, their patience and dedication and only a written note or sketch to remind them of good seeing. Now with all the fantastic electronic equipment available and turning into a night owl as I get older, I'm back with a passion and raring to go. As for NV surely a sub forum in eeva is the way to go? It's electronic and I would get to it eventually as it sounds interesting. I wouldn't even know about it if it were only in the observer's section. Or this extremely long thread. No offence meant to anyone Lifes too short as it is. Barry
  9. Hello all new member needing assistance. I have already started a few threads with my newby needs. I told my children of my spur of the moment purchase of the Evolution. They just thought I'd totally lost it! To the point of this thread unbelievably my son in law was chatting to a friend of his on some other forum none astronomy related and mentioned that I had bought the telescope and was looking for advice on cameras. It turns out the guys father may have the Starlight Xpress SXV-M8c for sale for £200. My question is would this be a good buy? Especially as its quite old now, but was very expensive when purchased and highly rated. I eventually, if not straight away want to use the Fastar system, I checked on Hyperstars listing and this camera is compatible. By all accounts it's in excellent condition but may only be the camera no leads or anything. Any advice or comments welcome as my knowledge in this area is null. Getting a camera at low cost will help in my purchase of the expensive Hyperstar. I want to be doing videos and imaging preferably remotely. Theres no panic time wise but I would like to get a camera sorted soon. Barry
  10. Thanks for that Robert. My DSLR went to the grandsons last year as it wasn't getting used at all here. I'm on my own now and decided now is the time to go for it. Get everything I can as soon as I can to get up and gazing. I was going to say I'm not lazy and that's not why I want to go automated. But! I do have back problems. (Plus I'm seriously lazy!) I also wear two pairs of glasses one for reading one for every day use. (Another excuse for going wireless viewing.) Yes I definitely want to go down the dedicated colour CCD or CMOS route . With Fastar in mind after I get the scope up and running. So I will need to double check the cameras that work with it. Or some nice person points me the right way. I will keep an eye open for second hand Hyperstars, haven't seen one as yet. I'm 99% sure I want colour I'm pretty sure I can handle the processing of the mono images. But I would also like to view the transmitted images and video in real time, then do any post processing later. Barry
  11. Yeah I've looked at it Mick I have to say it surprised me, the cost I mean a grand for what surely is just an adaptor,! I know there's more involved than that but still. Basically I want to make my viewing as easy and fast as possible. I never really enjoyed squinting through the eyepiece of my old 5 inch newtonian. That to me means wireless transmission of image and video to me sitting comfortably in the warm. Hopefully I can get all this information from you wonderful people and I can settle down to a few happy years of gazing. So all advice gratefully recieved. I have to replace my laptop too, it decided to go downstairs without me. Would there be a one that's preferred for what I'm trying to do? I built my own PC with 64 GB ram so that's sorted. Yes I know I'm being a pain hopefully only in the short term. Barry
  12. Alacant I was thinking along the lines of as much info as I could supply, so you helpful folk would be able to point me in the direction of a camera that would suit most if not all my needs. The money looks like it's going to fly from my pocket, before I get where I want to be. Barry
  13. Thanks Olly I have browsed some videos and comments about Hyperstar and have to say been impressed with speed and quality of the produced images from exposures in seconds rather than lots of minutes. Even single exposures. But like you say I am going to need persuading to splash a grand after my original outlay. Barry
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