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Zakalwe

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  1. Try a blind solve to issue an initial Init by skewing to any random part of the sky and platesolving it. It sounds like AGO is platesolving the Astrobin image and issuing a slew, but the scope doesn't know where it is pointing at the start of the slew.
  2. The bar is not a very good fit in the locking collar. My old one was like that...at a certain point the bar would "lurch"....it was more noticeable when skewing fast. You could try shimming the bar in the collar with some shim copper or thin aluminium.
  3. And here's the "normal" version 3 Pane Lunt Mosaic Normal Disc False Colour by Stephen Jennette, on Flickr
  4. Blimey...it seems like another lifetime since I last did any imaging! I nearly forgot how to use the kit.... Anyway, here's hopefully the first of many for this year. Full size zoomable image here: https://www.closr.it/s/vps/ 3-pane Mosaic Lunt L60 Double Stacked with 50mm Etalon. ASI 174 mono camera and Powermate 2.5 Stacked in Autostakkert. Lucy-Richardson deconvolution in ImPPG. Stitched and finished in Photoshop. 3 Pane Lunt Mosaic Inverted Disc False Colour by Stephen Jennette, on Flickr
  5. Is there not an option in the Sequencer settings to issue a park command when the sequence finishes? I haven't had the rebooting issues. I can Park and unpark at will (using SiTech) and SGP will still issue slew or track commands.
  6. Sounds messy!šŸ˜† Many years ago when I used to stick bit of metal together we had long bars of cutting soap. A rub of that stuff on cutting edges was superb...no fling and it really stopped the chips from adhering to the cutting edge. Strangely I can't seem to find it anywhere online. Great stuff though.
  7. A bar of cutting soap is what you need...it makes blades go through ally like a knife through butter. Tallow or even some soft candle wax works well too. Keep checking for adherence tot he cutting edge nothing kills the cutting tool as quickly and it wrecks the cut surface.
  8. Is it the bit that jams? If so, that's usually caused by not using enough lubricant. Ally tends to bind to the cutting surface- the cure is to used sharp bits and lots of cutting soap.
  9. With a bit on ingenuity to make some clamps you could probably do that on a table saw with two cuts. There'd be a bit of undercut, but it'd work. I wonder how a dovetail router bit and a router table would manage......I'd be willing to wager that it'd be doable as long as you can find a bit with the right angle.
  10. A woodworking table saw will easily cut that thickness of ally, especially if it has a carbide blade. Set the blade at an angle to form the dovetail sides and use plenty of tallow as lubricant. The bolting holes will be easy wiith handheld tools. No milling machine needed at all.
  11. You can also buy ankle weights for not much money off Amazon
  12. It'd probably be also sensible to use a mount that can carry that sort of load. The standard EQ5 is only rated for 9Kg so it probably was overloaded with a "heavy refractor".
  13. I "borrowed" it from Smartcooky over on Apollohoax...
  14. Mere details......