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  1. Ooooh, I meant the holiday package didn't see the travel system, but now I have seen it........
  2. Hi All, I am anticipating, this time next year, a trip to NZ, Aus and a few other tropical areas over 8 weeks and it would be a shame not to get a few images done. Hoping to hire a motorhome in NZ for 28 days so dark nights should be a certainty at some stage. So, to that end I am thinking the NEQ6 and all the other kit might be a bit bulky for a suitcase and starting now to think about other solutions. One that has crossed my mind is a DSLR and the Astrotrac travellers set up, but then I wonder if the ED80 will fit in and go on the astrotrac with the Atik 16ic. I Haven't tried a DSLR yet but
  3. I like the Hubble palette, that looks lovely, sigh, so much to buy - OIII, SII filters and Pixinsight..... oooh xmas coming up
  4. Ah right, I made my own cable up for the direct connection, but still use the ST4 cable from the camera to the mount, but hey if it works stick with it, I never tried without as the advice I read was to use the ST4 cable. EQmod is marvellous though once you get your head around it, polar alignment with it is a doddle too, far easier than setting your polar scope circles up.
  5. I have never tried the pulse guiding, just select camera in PHD under mount I think it is and plug an ST4 cable from the QHY5 to the Mount and it talks direct to the mount rather than sending a signal to the computer to work out and send back. If you don't have the cable stick with what you have as it works
  6. I have connected it to my old Emap GPS and I am sure it came up as decimal, I could be wrong though.
  7. I am pretty sure Eqmod accepts decimal too.
  8. Mark, QHY5 and PHD I have got to 60 mins guiding so far the only trailing I have found is when a cable was slightly dragging over a tripod leg or cloud. I found balance was critical though, never bothered with PEC logging though as that is more for unguided I believe. Like Deneb, I use the graph and star profile all the time. Oh and use the ST4 cable option I think it is easier and probably better than the Ascom pulse method, although that is a rather unqualified statement as I have not tried the latter.
  9. Welcome to the forum, what mount are you using? Unless it is motorised and tracking the object there will be movement as the earth rotates, the smaller mm eyepiece the greater the movement.
  10. Host them on your webspace and link to them using the <IMG> option I believe.
  11. Oh wow, been away for a couple of weeks, that looks so defined, right NB filters on the Xmas list
  12. just another type of scope to confuse you Dobsonians
  13. I am as impatient as the next person too but you really need to do the groundwork, if you get the wrong scope it may disappoint and put you off. I am sure the skywatcher will be great, but look at Dobs too, different mount but you get more aperture for your money, its all horses for courses and don't dismiss second hand, most astro stuff is cared for by their owners you will get more for your money and of course if you don't like it won't lose so much if you decide to sell. U.K. Astronomy Buy & Sell
  14. Keep the DOB and go the fast small refractor route for imaging
  15. Looks like you need to read the link in the thread here if you haven't already, it won't help you choose which of these scopes but it may help you decide if you want to spend the money. http://stargazerslounge.com/beginners-help-advice/72869-essential-reading-those-who-thinking-about-getting-into-astronomy.html
  16. The other reason for dismissing the 114 is I started with a 114 albeit an f8 and the aperture is not really the best for DSO, the way I see the focal length is in terms of magnification. The slower the scope the more magnification you can get out of an eyepiece, but around 200x is about max for normal conditions in the UK. The smaller the eyepiece the less light it lets in the poorer the view, so good mag with a larger eyepiece should give you the best view. I am not the most knowledgeable on these things that's for sure, but it really depends what you are expecting to view. There is no one sc
  17. Personally I would forget the 114, its a fast scope with less aperture, not good for cheaper eyepieces, of the celestron and skywatcher either really, I have had neither but the skywatcher has had good feedback here.
  18. Just tried ringing FLO, answer phone again want to order some dew straps and the astrozap dual controller. But what size for my Equinox 80 and ST80, 3 or 4 inch? I am guessing these will have to go around the dew shield at the optic end, so is the size for the scope or the length of strap you need?
  19. ...and slightly cheaper from FLO the forum sponsor too Reflectors - Skywatcher Explorer 200P EQ5 Dobsonians - Skywatcher Skyliner 200P Dobsonian
  20. Evostar - Skywatcher Evostar 90 (EQ2) Seems a bit better
  21. I think you need to work out the max current draw for your bits which you intend to plug in, I do believe that 500ma is the max supplied by a single USB port. I bought three 5m active USB cables and taped them together to run the mount, QHY5 and connect the Atik which has its own power supply. But if you need to run more than a 5m length then its not really much use to you. I bought all three from Ebuyer for 14 quid but they have been discontinued now.
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