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  1. Thanks David. I suspected that was the design, nice to see it works. I'll be building my micro obs this year and still pondering a few different roof designs. Gary
  2. Hi David, sorry to resurect an old post.... The problem getting the split roof to seal, how did you get round that? I am planning a small obs build just now and still to finalise my roof design, yours looks great. Cheers, Gary
  3. Hi Adam, thanks for the info. I since found out it's a qhy163c. I'll check out the atik Horizon now. Gary
  4. Howdy, Its been a while since I lasted posted in here, just getting back into imaging. I am still using a 1000d and think the its time I up'd my game and got a dedicated astro camera. I have been looking around all the various online shops and have a few cameras on my short list, most I can find reviews online for but I cant find any reviews, bad or good, for the Explore Scientific 16MP Deep Sky Astro camera. Anyone on here using one, or know of someone using one? Is it a good camera? Is it ascom compatible and can be controlled via any of the usual complete imaging sequence programs such as APT, NINA, etc? Thanks, Gary
  5. Howdy, Still on my mission buying my kit for my return to imaging. I want to use one of the new 'all in one' mount/camera control gadgets like the Stellarmate or ASIAir. I have done quite a bit of research on the ASIAir, which presently has limitations that are putting me off, mostly its inability to connect to a HEQ5 via eqmod to Skysafari, only through Synscan. This means I'd have to 3 star align the mount through the hand set before I could sync through plate solving to ASIAir. (maybe my understanding of this limitaion is flawed) Anyway, I have now found out about Stellarmate which looks similar to ASIAir but the software seems more 'complete' I am not bothered about the ASIAir only being compatible with ZWO cameras, I will start of with my trusty 1000d as it is supported and upgrade to a ASI294MC Pro at some point. So, questions, what are the pro's and con's of both ASIAir and Stellarmate? They are similarly priced but as I said the Sterllarmate seems more complete. Which is better, which would you buy? Cheers, Gaz
  6. Thanks, that might settle an argument I'm having with a work mate who is a Sony aficionado, lol
  7. They make their own sensors?
  8. Quick question.... Who manufactures the sensors used in canon cameras, esp 1000d?
  9. I had decided on this scope and dedicated flattener but this thread has put me off a bit. Was the problem ever resolved, and if so how? Gaz
  10. Decision made, I'm going for the Skywatcher 72ED and the ASI183MC Pro. I have seen some images taken with that camera and a similar 420mmfl scope on the ZWO Facebook page and it seems to be a nice combination. Still to decide on the mount but it'll be a eq5 or heq5, that little imaging package wont strain a eq5 so I wont rule that out. Thanks for the help and advice. Gaz
  11. As for what I will be using it for, widefield DSO stuff mainly, nebulae, some galaxies, star clusters etc.... I'd like to revisit most of the objects I've imaged before as its been a while. I will most likely be buying either a new eq5pro ar a 2nd hand heq5pro..... I know how good the heq5 is as I've had them in the past..... I haven't had much experience with the eq5, other than I had a cg5gt a while back and it was a nightmare to guide.... If I go for the eq5pro I hope its better than the cg5gt. Thanks, Gaz
  12. Now that is a nice wee scope, and a good price.... definately a contender.... Going by what you guys were talking about up there it should go nicely with the ASI183MC Pro..... Thanks, Gaz
  13. Thanks Louise, I nice short frac won't put too much strain on the mount either... Now if only I could pick up a nice wee zs66, lol..... Gaz
  14. Thanks for the informaion guys..... But you have sent me off on a tangent now, lol.... What if I were to change my choice of scope to a SW80ed? Would that then make the 183mc worth considering. (or any of the other 80ed's that are available) That combo would cost a bit less than the 130pds/294mc combo? Gaz
  15. I bought the 120mc S for planetary and guiding
  16. Thanks Adam, looks like I'll have to budget a bit more and go for the 294mc pro.....
  17. I could get a cooled 295, its just shy of a grand though........
  18. Howdy, Not been on here in a long time, no time for astronomy due to family etc, and a dwindling enthusiasm, anyway........ I am now looking to get back into imaging and will be purchasing kit for this over the coming few months. I intend to drive the system with the new ASIair. It will be guided by a small scope and a ZWO120mc S Imaging scope will more than likely be a SW130pds and I am torn between 2 cameras, the ZWO183mc or ZWO295mc. As I said I will be using the ASIair so it would have to be a ZWO camera, I have no interest in mono/rgb/narrow band imaging so it will have to be OSC camera. I like the look of the 295mc over the 183 as it has a larger chip and bigger pixels, whats you guys thoughts on this? I am also undecided on the normal or pro version of the camera.... The 183mc pro is a similar price to the 295mc, the pro being cooled, but the 295 has the better(?) chip. I look forward to yuor replys........ Gaz
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    Thanks for help folks, got a reply from flo.... Telling me the scope had been dispatched, it was delivered half an hour later so looks like I was being impatient... Gaz
  20. gary1968


    Howdy, long time since I was on here, been out of astronomy for a coule of years. I ordered a new scope and a focus mask from FLO on monday, both marked as in stock but I have had no correspondance from them since. I have emailed them today asking when I am likely to see the goods but no reply as yet. Does anyone know if they are closed this week, or am I just being impatient? TIA, Gaz
  21. Still waiting for the sky to clear........ Sent from my Vodafone Smart 4 turbo using Tapatalk
  22. Right, had it all connected this afternoon..... glad I did as it was a complete faff trying to get pointcraft working, didn't realise that I had to also download catalogues for platesolve2 to work with..... probably because this is my first venture into plate solving.... Anyway, it all connects and solves previously shot subs, just hoping it clears tonight so I can try it in anger.
  23. I'm gonna test what I have already, APT, CdC running EQMod and PHD...... Its best not to introduce too many new things I think. So I'll run what I was using along side APT, once I get my head round APT I'll change my planetarium to something else...... Maybe by that time Ivo will have an integrated planetarium within APT. Thanks for the advise folks...... Now awaiting clear sky! Gaz
  24. Cheers for the info so far folks, So then, if I want to go with Stellarium for goto etc and APT for plate solving, alignment and camera control what should I do first? What order should things be started in? or does it not matter? Gaz
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