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Anne S

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  1. I'm lucky about calibration frames. I've got them set up in a Maxim dl. As I don't rotate the camera very often as I have to remove the camera to do so, SX cameras have 3 screws on the filterwheel to loosen to change camera angle, I can use the flats for a while. Darks aren't recommended. The observatory helps a bit too! I like the field of view you get with your setup, I must do some widefield imaging with my modified Canon 650d.
  2. I imaged the Rosette nebula Thursday night with my Altair Wave 102mm refractor with 0.79 reducer giving a focal length of 565mm. Rather frustrating as it took 90 minutes to get 3x300 second subs! After the meridian flip things improved and I eventually got 90 mins RGB and 60 mins ha, all binned 2x2 to speed things up. Imaging scale was 3.2arcsec/pixel, around what I get with my smaller 60 and 70mm refractors. At least Sgpro stops when in clouds over, Maxim dl just kept taking subs leading to disappointment when I check them the following day!
  3. My dome is an early Pulsar one. I haven't persuaded my husband that it needs automating yet! Also it's a bit beyond my capabilities.
  4. If you're just viewing, you don't need to be exactly polar aligned. I use a compass and get it slightly east of north. For solar you can't do much else. I agree, the polarscope is in a terrible position and usually not aligned. I tried adjusting one once and just lost one of the little screws. I owned a Celestron CG5 years ago. I found the polar alignment routine excellent. As Skywatcher now own Celestron this feature should be in your handset. You just use a normal eyepiece and the handset tells you what to do. Nowadays I image so I use a Polemaster the iPolar is even better. Both need a computer but it's very quick and you can still use the handset to move the RA axis as required. I takes all of 5 minutes to run the process. Excellent if you move your mount a lot.
  5. I haven't been brave enough to try an automated meridian flip yet with Sgpro. I'm going to try when I'm at a starparty as there's no dome to move after the flip. Also got to decide how long to track beyond the meridian before flipping. I'm fine with manual ones, I just park the scope, watch the planetarium programme, then tell Sgpro to centre to the other side.
  6. I have a PegasusAstro focuscube on one telescope. I used to run it without autofocus with Maxim dl using the Ascom driver. I only use the Pegasus programme if I need to move the focuser in the house. I've not yet tried it with Sgpro as I'm using a different setup but I would expect it would work the same way. You just need to discover the correct stepsize following the SimplifiedAstro video from YouTube. I did that with the Mount Hub Pro focuser and it's working beautifully. It the first time I've ever managed autofocus. Now I just need to do something about the clouds....
  7. I've never really got to grips with Stellarium. Years ago I used to use Cartes de Ciel to slew to objects and do the alignment stars. Now I open the Sky 6 for reference but don't connect the telescope. Platesolving does away with the need to align the telescope. I just slew using a Maxim dl or Sequence Generator pro.
  8. Ioptron supply the correct cable minus the serial to USB adapter with their mounts. I used to use EQmod with my eq6. I've been using Ioptron Commander for years and it's very straightforward. Once you've found which com port you're plugged into and connected once Commander connects automatically the next time. There's also goto options built in and several park positions should you leave your mount up between sessions. There is some information in the software downloads section about connecting the mount to the laptop. I've even found an Ioptron Mount lead with a usb plug on the other end, so no serial to usb concerter needed. I use Commander with my new CEM60 and older IEQ30pro quite happily.
  9. What do you use as counterweights and how do you attach them? It's particularly for my SXVR 694 as it's more complicated to rotate the camera on the filterwheel. I need to unscrew the camera, loosen some small screws on the filterwheel rotate the adapter and then reattach the camera. I do have a rotator on the telescope so it would be easier to just rotate that. Unfortunately I've got to watch the Dec balance as my CEM60 need to be well balanced.
  10. I've got the blue. It's very pretty. Need the correct adapter for my IEQ30pro. It's coming shortly.
  11. I've always wondered how to manage balance when using a rotator. The filterwheel is the problem. Incidentally Pegasusastro have one on their website but no details yet, only an image.
  12. Definitely with my small tripod. Having said that I've been imaging fine on it with a 60mm telescope.
  13. I bought one of these shortly after the IAS. It is very solid but fairly light to move around. It's a replacement for my 1.5 inch tripod. I'm waiting for the IEQ30pro top section as mine had the one for an EQ5. I also thought I could use it with my Skytracker using an adapter from FLO. Has new stock arrived at the shop? They've been delayed because of the problems in China.
  14. That's lovely. You've got plenty of detail When I imaged the Jellyfish, I went for the same colours. Those really bright stars are a pain though, I had a problem with halos on my version from the filters.
  15. I'd love Astrodons but I suspect my husband wouldn't!
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