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Vega

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  1. Vega

    Tomorrows world

    I'll second BBC Click. A great series with very regular episodes reporting from locations all around the world. Over 50 available on iPlayer!
  2. Vega

    Super blue blood moon eclipse Jan 2018

    until

    Lots of timing info here. We have to wait until July for the total lunar eclipse in the UK. On the bright side, weather prospects better for us in July? erm I think?? http://www.lunareclipse2018.org/eclipse-timings-where-you-are/
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    Places to visit - Astronomy related

    Astro Adventires in North Devon, great scopes, accommodation and dark sky viewing, friendly guys - http://www.astroadventures.co.uk/
  4. Vega

    Clear night!!

    Well the Moon at least made for the fantastic lighting in your picture! :-) Competition: Name the constellation(s) behind him....
  5. Vega

    orionids 2017

    This site sometimes does live streams but not seen anything on their Orionids 2017 article yet. They usually stream asteroids rather than showers - http://www.cometwatch.co.uk/orionid-meteor-shower-2017/. Forecast not looking great across the UK. Some breaks in southern England maybe buy very windy
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    Heads up " Sky at Night " Sunday

    Just read this in the nick of time, thanks for the heads up!
  7. Vega

    ASCOM site unavailable?

    Unavailable for me 15/10/2017 @ 17:40
  8. Awesome! 27,300 miles is pretty darn close! If you're clouded out, a live webcast is available here (the article includes closest approach timings for various time zones)- http://www.cometwatch.co.uk/asteroid-2012-tc4-watch-it-live/. It looks like it's going to be tricky to track the closer to closest approach we get but should be within telescope brightness in the hours before and after. Good luck all, I think we'll need it! :-) Matt
  9. Thanks for all the replies. I've already upgraded to the latest firmware. Still the same problem. It could be the RS-232 link but he never had this problem with the CG-5 mount. It worked every time and that used exactly the same connections. My own EQ6 Pro works fine in PC-Driect mode with StellariumScope and EQAscom. With the EQ6-R it's very hard to hear the motors tracking but when looking at a target through the finder scope after slewing to it, it's definitely not tracking (or tracking extremely slowly) as the target simply moves off the cross-hairs and eventually out of FOV. I know that an EQ direct cable is a solution but don't want to give him the bad news of more expense (and probably the need of buying an xbox controller or the like so that there is still a manual slewing option off screen). I cant remember off hand if he has a spare USB slot either. :\\
  10. Dear fellow stargazers... I'm helping a friend with a tracking issue using Eqmod. He has used EQAscom for a number of years with his Celestron CG-5 no problem. Having moved over to the new fancy Skywatcher EQ6-R mount (I'm not jelous... not one bit), he now has a problem with EQAscom. Having chosen PC-Drect mode on the hand-controller, EQAscom connects to the mount and slews perfectly, however when using Stellarium Scope and slewing to an object, the mount does not then continue to track the target (even after pressing the siderial rate button on EQAscom). We have checked EQAscoms 'default siderial rate' and it is as it should be. It does work however by then going back to the hand-controller setup menu and re-selecting 'Siderial Rate' under tracking, then choosing PC-direct mode again. Then EQAscom/Stellarium Scope works normally with tracking. Although we have found this temporary fix, it is quite annoying to have to go through this procedure with every session. Has anyone else come across this issue or had no problems using the EQ6-R with EQAscom? Were trying to decipher if it is a compatibility problem with the new mount (as it is a new kid on the block with different motor drives etc). Thanks in advance for any comments/suggestions Matt
  11. Vega

    Horizon 10 Sept

    Oh, very interesting thanks. I missed it but good ole' catch up with save the day. :-)
  12. Vega

    New post on my website!

    I've added a comment. Great image! :-)
  13. Vega

    It's all kicking off !

    Thanks for the heads up. Info on the Comet here - http://www.cometwatch.co.uk/new-comet-asassn1/
  14. How about THIS for a photographic challenge! I'm game, anyone else?
  15. Vega

    Aug states Solar Eclipse

    A list of events in each state in the path of totality is available on americaneclipse2017.org. As has been said, it may be a little late for accommodation though.
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