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IvanT

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  1. Sadly I've had to move house and had no choice but leave it behind. Mark II will be better :-) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. It's been a while from I've been able to do any imaging, due to an immanent house move, most of my gear is boxed up so thought I'd give some wide field a go. This is 30 x 30 sec exposures at ISO 1600 f4.0 using my Canon 60D with the nifty 50 attached (no calibration) and just a little post processing in PS. I mounted the camera on a tripod, pointed it at Cygnus and took a sample shot to use as a custom white balance then let her go. The camera had the EOS Clip LP filter attached. I've been doing some reading and it seems that ISO 1600 is probably too high for that f stop? Would ISO 100 or 200 @ f4.0 be more suitable? Any tips most welcome. Ivan
  3. IvanT

    LX850

    It's the self contained, no need for a laptop, built in drift align routine, with auto-centre and guide, all concealed in a mount with stainless steel accessories and a decent load capacity that interests me. The idea of an auto-guided portable setup that can be setup and drift aligned with minimal fuss is appealing. My experience to date is that all the bits and pieces I've cobbled together to allow me to take reasonably long subs, don't always play nice and I've wasted lots of time under crystal clear skies diagnosing and fixing problems. If the 850 delivers what it promises then the "I just want a setup that works" group I consider myself part of, will be the target market for this one. Hugh investment though, that's why I'd like to see some detailed non biased first light reports. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    LX850

    I certainly wouldn't put myself forward as an early adopter, the time required to save the money would see to that. If Meade are still around this time next year and "real end user" reports indicate that engineering is catching up to marketing..... who knows. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    LX850

    Looks like the 850s are shipping now and early reports seem positive. Some details at the bottom of the page on this thread.
  6. A belated welcome from me too, looking forward to your LX850 first light report Ivan
  7. Wow!!! Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk 2
  8. I sometimes struggle to see the shapes in photos but not in this case, the lion jumps out at me, fantastic job!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Very interesting post. Not only has the technology itself been revolutionised but the means to share knowledge of how to use it. I think the social networking made possible by the Internet has been the biggest paradigm shift we are likely to see for some time. Can't imagine what I'd have done or where I'd be on my astro photography learning curve without SGL. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Thanks Dan, I'll look into one of those then. Also, am I correct in saying that a field flattener will reduce the need for additional back focus and is usually required anyway for imaging with these scope? Ivan Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. I'm having a problem with my recently acquired Megrez 80 II. When the camera is connected via the erector I can focus and image but when connected direct to the focus tube I can't get any stars to appear on live view. I'm using the unscrewed nose piece from the 2" extender tube to attach the T-Ring. Should that work or do I need to buy the camera adapter? Thanks Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. I'm having a similar problem with my megrez 80II. When the camera is connected via the erector I can focus and image but when connected direct to the focus tube it can't get any stars to appear on live view. I'm using the unscrewed nose piece from the 2" extender tube. Any thoughts? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Thanks for that, interesting solution. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Inspired!!! So a simple piece of aluminium screwed into the dovetail and the finder base screwed into the other end? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. Thanks John, Silly question, does the mount head on the EQ5 accept the Williams dovetail? Ivan
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