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About SteveA

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  1. I seem to at least have a work around for this, though long term I think l'm going to need to get some USB3 ports on my PC. I finally realised that when I have the QHY5III connected on its own, the PHD works fine with it irrespective of exposure length. As soon as as I connect my Atik 314, the connection drops! Eventually I worked out that by connecting the QHY5III first, setting the USB traffic to 50 and setting a max exposure of 2 seconds I can then get the Atik to connect and keep both cameras working. It must be some kind of USB traffic/bandwidth/bottle neck problem some where! Steve
  2. Not had very much scope time recently, but with good conditions last night I headed out for some imaging......or so I thought! I've had my new QHY5III-178 working as a guide cam and although I've not had very much use out of it this year initial performance looked quite promising. Thinking back to when I installed the software and first used the camera I did seem some connectivity issues, but I managed to work through them and got it working okay. So last night I started off by just adjusting the exposure on the camera from 1 second (where its been sitting since I set it up) up to 2 seconds...Bang!!! camera drops the connection. Played around for what seemed like an eternity changing settings and re-installing drivers, but no way will it stay connected when the exposure time is any greater than 1 second. Now that's fine I guess when the seeing is great...so its going to be a problem most of the time. If I connect the camera with SharpCap using the native QHY5 drivers it works flawlesly, so I'm left thinking it maybe be an ASCOM driver issue? My only other thoughts are that as this is a USB 3 camera and I only have USB 2 ports available that some how its a data transfer issue combined with ASCOM and maybe I should be looking at at least getting a USB 3 hub and/or some USB ports on my PC... Anyone got any thoughts on this one? Steve
  3. Hi Phil, Actualy there was a SteelDrive released along with the new Diamond SteelTrack, but there were apparently lots of issues with it and it was withdrawn.. Steve
  4. I'e yet to hear anything bad about this...I'm finding it increasingly tempting! I think I will wait though until Baader release their replacement SteelDrive...just to try and make a comparison.. I have to say it hadn't occurred to me that there was no hand controller available with the Primaluce unit, not particularly an issue for me, but I do take your point... Steve
  5. Hi Phil, There is Diamond SteelTrack for Newtonians available....I have one installed on my Quattro, and it's a great step up from the stock Skywatcher focuser. https://www.firstlightoptics.com/baader-diamond-steeltrack-focusers/baader-steeltrack-diamond-nt-for-newtonians.html The autofocuser (SteelDrive) for this is currently unavailable however! I've been waiting for some while for the newly designed replacement to become available, which (according to Mr Baader himself....)should be pretty soon, though if it doesn't materialise soon I may well opt for the Sesto Senso...which is looking good..https://www.primalucelab.com/astronomy/sesto-senso-robotic-focusing-motor.html Witney based?....me too👍 Steve
  6. Hello everyone

    Welcome on board... Steve
  7. Power distribution

    I use the same distribution...
  8. Really stunning.......thanks for sharing. Steve
  9. That's a good point actually.....though if you think about it its not just the worm & gear that would shrink, but the whole worm carrier its self. Its a big block of metal and it certainly gets cold, so I guess as Ceph mentioned above.....heating the worm carrier/ axis housingcould work. Steve
  10. I have definitely had issues after tuning out backlash in the DEC axis on my EQ6. I got my DEC axis as close to binding as possible to eliminate as much backlash as possible and whilst the temperature was around 10 C I had no problem at all on the axis, I could slew in in either direction with no binding. However as the temperature dropped to around freezing, the worm started binding and I ended up having to back it off a bit. I've had no problems since despite unfortunately having to put up with more backlash than I wanted. Needless to say..when you do get binding it is quite a distressing noise! Steve
  11. Georgia On My Mind!

    Welcome on board... Steve
  12. guiding woes

    Definitely worth poking some manual guide commands through if you have any suspicions on communications. I tend to re-calibrate PHD on each session and I dare say you would have noticed an issue straight away if you had tried a calibration routine.. Steve
  13. guiding woes

    blimey...that's rather weird isn't it! I'm wondering if you have some sort of communications issue here? Not sure how you are set up, but I would check the integrity of any cables/ports etc. Looking at the log...you only seem to be getting very intermittent responses..
  14. New member

    Hi Baz, Welcome to the lounge... Steve