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savcom

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  1. Thank you so much. This was the clue I needed to start getting images plate solved. Funnily enough, my scope's polar alignment with its polar scope was out and I discovered this by failing to shot the Leo Triplet. I wanted to plate-solve the image to see where I was actually pointing at.
  2. Another point (particularly with more fragile connectors such as RJ45s or RJ12s) is to remember that these are designed as slide contacts. They do not tolerate much sideways movement, so remember when cleaning these plugs and sockets to ONLY clean in and out of the connector - and NOT side to side across the connectors.
  3. Any stubborn deposits can be removed with a fibreglass pencil - then a rub down with contact cleaner / IPA on a cotton bud. Wooden stirring sticks are another good choice to help in the cleaning process. Afterwards (and after any cleaning producs have dried off) a little dielectric grease or contact grease will help protect against the elements too. Try not to touch any bare, exposed contacts with your skin, either. One of the other tips to remember is that when you finish a session and bring the equipment in, it is allowed to dry thoroughly before being packed away in (say) an air
  4. Focusser now received. Thanks. Looking forward with continuing my 'frac refurbishment when the workshop warms up a little.
  5. There's a couple of very nice targets for me here - thanks everyone. Let's hope we get some clear skies soon!!
  6. My Toucam has died, unfortunately - and that's why I went for a C270.
  7. I have a mixture here. There's a lot of Sodium lights in the eastern distance, a logistics centre on the industrial centre to the north east - but pretty much no stray light and no street lamps near my garden until the local football club practice. These latter are Mercury Arc lights: about to be upgraded to LED, so I will have to stamp my foot to make sure they're adequately baffled.
  8. You'd made the point that the 'Former can be very hard to deal with'. I was replying to that point. Sorry for the confusion.
  9. I've heard that it's possible to discus with some councils about the addition of baffles on the lights to minimise spillage of light into (say) your property. It's worth maybe asking your council if this is possible.
  10. Bad luck about the possible TIA - hope that gets resolved for you as quickly as possible. Sorry, I didn't mean to hassle you, but I also have a C270 webcam and I'd seen the same video as you about using the 7/16 drill. I was going to do something very similar to you and possibly couple it to an old Jessops Newt I have. My thought is for EEVA. Might be worth keeping tabs on each other to see how we get on. Martin
  11. How have you got on with the images? Any joy with these yet? What are you planning for gathering images? / what targets? What scope are you running it on?
  12. Don't forget - Pentax are now Ricoh Imaging. There's a contact form here that may help you if you're UK/Europe-based: https://www.ricoh-imaging.eu/uk_en/contact/ Good luck
  13. I've seen one come up for sale, but the seller obviously didn't see this, so I'll bump it in case other people are looking to sell or upgrade their R&P focuser for a Skywatcher refractor
  14. Thanks everyone. It wasn't what I expected first time out and that's for sure! I had intended to take some more of just the core to allow more leeway with processing these pics but, as I said, the battery died in the camera. I do have a flattener fiitted to the scope but the spacing isn't right yet (I'm mounting the camera with a 1.25" eyepiece adapter, not a proper T2 mount). The T2 mount is expected to arrive this week so I'll measure the distances up properly afterwards. Still chuffed to bits - and Running Man came out quite well too.
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