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  1. Hi all, I own a NEQ6 mount and EQDirect cable, but the RJ45 version. The NEQ6 uses a DB9 port, so I got an adapter but I need to wire it myself. See attached picture of my adapter + EQDirect. I am quite unsure how to wire my adapter. The first diagram here should tell me how, but I'm still not sure I get it. If I look at the EQDirect adapter (see attached close-up), it looks like on pin 1 & 2, when the diagram says there should be ground there. Also someone in an INDI forum told me I could ignore the 12v pin as it would be supplied by the mount, but the RJ45 actually seems to have something on those pins. It's tempting to just look at the wiring of both adapters and trust the colors, but I'm afraid making mistakes here might damage the mount... Any ideas? Thanks EDIT: I own this RJ45 to DB9 adapter. Would any of the proposed wirings in this document work for my need?
  2. Hello! Any idea where I can find an M54 female to M60 male ring adapter? I need to order it online since there arent any astroshops where I live so I'd really appreciate if someone can link me to such an adapter. Basically I have a TS Optics 2" Adapter with compression Ring for Skywatcher Newtonians, TSM54-2 and I need to use it for my celestron newtonian which has a 60mm drawtube so I'll need some sort of adapter. Clear skies!
  3. Hi I have a new and unsed Altair Astro observatory pier and (N)EQ6 adapter. Pictures and details can be found here: http://www.altairastro.com/altair-skyshed-8-observatory-pier.html ** Reduced to £300 - Buyer Must Collect *** http://www.altairastro.com/pier-adapter-skywatcher-celestron-ioptron-multi-mount.html ** SOLD *** I'm looking for £370 for the Pier and £35 for the Adapter. This represents about 70% of the current list prices. The buyer must collect from Redditch due to the weight. Kind Regards Terry
  4. Quite a few bits and bobs to shift. All items £2.50 P&P OPEN TO SENSIBLE OFFERS Enjoy! ADM MDS Dovetail plate adapters i.e. Mini dovetail clamps x2 - £15 each, £27.50 for two. PENDING TO BRYAN Telepak1 without vixen clamp, handy gadget for adding a second scope to a counterweight bar, I used it on a Giro mount. - £20 inc P&P SOLD 6x30 Finderscope with o ring but no bracket - £7.50 STILL AVAILABLE 1.25" erecting Prism - £12.50 1 STILL AVAILABLE EOS to C adaptor with CS spacer - £22.50 25mm Super Plossl - £10 Payment via PayPal fees paid or gift, bank transfer also ok.
  5. £45 plus postage: AVX pier adapter, made by Altair Astro (they are £79 at present)
  6. Hi all, not sure if this is the right place for this, but cannot decide which is the better one.. Here is my problem; I have an old Telephoto lens that is an 86mm achromatic and has a variable focal length of 600 to 1300mm. I have had this years and don't really use it anymore, it's no good for astrophotography as it stands but after some experimenting with various eyepieces jerry rigged in the end of the lens I have found it makes a very good and effective refractor telescope...and as I want a larger finder/secondary scope on my LX90 this would seem to be a good use for old equipment. The lens has a 42mmx0.75mm male thread on the end for the attachment of camera adapters. I have had a look for a female threaded adapter that would allow the use of either a single or interchangeable eyepieces on the lens. Does anyone know of any such adapter, or perhaps a couple of adapters that would allow the end game I want... Thanks everyone. Jim
  7. I have searched SGL for a tutorial incase this has been covered so forgive me if it has. I've also searched the web in general and couldn't find a full tutorial to do this, so i have collated a couple of tutorials that make it work. I have managed to get SkySafari to work with a £32 ish Raspberry Pi3 and the cable that came with my scope with a usb to serial converter - the same things you need for connecting to a PC. It allows me to control the scope using the SkySafari Plus app on my tablet or phone AND it creates a wifi hotspot on the Raspberry Pi so it doesnt have to be on a network to work. This also turns the pi into a natty mini wireless router which is handy if you travel since it gives you a private wireless network when plugged into hotel wired internet ? ***STANDARD DISCLAIMER*** I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE THAT MAY OCCUR TO YOUR HARDWARE BY FOLLOWING THIS POST OR ANYTHING LINKED TO THIS POST It takes about 30 mins to do the tinkering, make sure you use the latest LITE version of raspbian. You need: Raspberry Pi 3 Portable power to it (preferably) Raspbian Lite Image file Appropriate cables to connect your Telescope to it via USB Computer connected to network Network cable to connect Raspberry Pi for initial setup A GoTo / Push To etc telescope mount compatible with SkySafari Plus / Pro A nice case for the Raspberry Pi You need to know a little about accessing the Raspberry Pi by SSH. For windows, use Win32 Disk Imager to burn the latest Raspbian LITE image to a micro sd card. Open the card on the pc (called boot) and make a blank file on it called 'ssh' - no file extension. This enables ssh access automatically. Stick it in your Pi and plug it into your network router and a power source. Find its ip address - i log into my router by typing its ip address into a web browser and look at connected devices, there are other methods though. I use a program called Putty to ssh. There are many tutorials on how to do the above and it isnt as hard as it first seems. I used 2 tutorials to do this and i will link to them directly as the original authors explain it better than me. The first one is muuuch longer than the second which is just 3 steps so bare with it. ***NOTE*** When the first tutorial suggests a reboot after the upgrade, DO IT! Then ssh back into the Pi and continue. Don't bother rebooting after tutorial 1 either. Tutorial 1 - Turn Raspberry Pi into a portable wifi hotspot See 'CONNECTING' after doing step 2 in the next tutorial to actually connect to the scope as what you have just done changes it a bit. Tutorial 2 - Make it talk to SkySafari App and the 'Scope You can now unplug the pi from your router. Plug your USB to serial adapter into the pi, your telescope cable into that and connect it to your scope as you would do with a pc (mine is into the AutoStar hand box) and use it as a stand alone adapter just like the £200 SkyFi adapter! CONNECTING: To connect SkySafari to the pi you simply connect your tablet or phone to the pi's network like you would any other wifi network, i called mine Scope, connect using the security key / password you made up in tutorial 1. Open SkySafari and follow step 3 in the second tutorial but with IP address - the port is still 4000 (unless you changed it) If you are at home and your cable is long enough to reach your router you can plug the pi into that and use your home internet too - which you cant do with the SkyFi adapter! I am going to shorten my serial cable to make it a neater package, i can always solder new plus to make an extension if i ever need one. I am also working on finding out how to make it share usb internet so a 4g dongle can be plugged into it when out and about since when you connect to the pi's wifi in the field you will not have internet on the device connected to it. Also the Pi could possibly be used for imaging or tracking, someone on here will probably know more on this.
  8. Hello, i got my Cannon 750D few days, and im thinking of buying some adapters so i can connect it to my telescope. Will a T2/1.25 eyepiece projection adapter and a T2/EOS adapter enable me to connect the 2 together? Also im wondering why a piece of plastic and some metal is so expensive :)))). -Ahgi, Clear skies!
  9. I just bought a T-ring adapter for my nikon d3000 and want to connect it to my celestron powerseeker 127EQ, I have read some tutorials about focusing but can't understand it clearly.. (English is not my native language and there's no much info in spanish) SO I saw in a video that I can use a barlow lens to achieve focusing but I'm not sure if this works, I have a 3x barlow. Am I missing something? Is there any other piece I'm missing for achieving focus? I have seen many videos where they connect the t-ring to another weird tubes to enlarge everything but I dont know if I need those.. I'm a total noob in this Can someone explain to me how prime focus works? What else I need to buy to focus? Help please
  10. For Sale - Feathertouch focuser adapter model number A20-240 Adapter is brand new & unused (came with my new focuser but I dont need it). -Fits Skywatcher Skyliner, Explorer and Quattro series Newtonian Telescopes & Orion Sky Quest, XT Intelliscope Telescopes. -This adapter will also fit the Celestron C10N Newtonian telescope. -Use with Feathertouch focuser model number FTF2025BCR See http://starlightinstruments.com/store/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=111 Also https://www.firstlightoptics.com/starlight-instruments-feather-touch-components/feather-touch-adapter-20-for-orion-sky-quest-xt-intelliscope-telescopes.html Price £25 including postage (paypal or bank transfer)
  11. Hey guys, the dark nights are soon returning here in Denmark! (The major downside of living at 57 latitude) And I am going to be buy a small upgrade, the Skywatcher 150PDS Newtonian. I am going to use it both visually and for astrophotography, hence this version. I do already have the T-ring for my Nikon and a T-adapter, BUT, I wanna know if there is an adapter that provides a better grip on the t-adapter, that is low-profile and fits the Skywatcher? Something like the Baader click-lock? I've always been scared of the telescope dropping my DSLR, when it hangs in weird positions, and would rather eliminate that fear. The different adapter sizes and threads confuse the hell out of me though, so I'd rather ask here on what you'd think I need. I have both a 2-inch and a 1.25inch t-adapter, but as I've heard, using the 2-inch should solve vignetting issues, so I might go for a 2-inch locking adapter. (So far I've been using the 1.25-inch, as I needed a barlow to gain focus with my current 130mm celestron newtonian. //Mathias
  12. Hello all! I know this build is nothing compared to anything posted on this forum but still I thought it might be fun to share it... (don't laugh lol) I don't usually modify and build stuff, but since my brother won't bring the DSLR until the weekend, I thought I might make a simple iPhone adapter for the fun of it So I found this guide about a great idea on how to make one: http://telescopenewbie.blogspot.co.il/2013/01/iphone-telescope-adapter-smartphone.html I grabbed (and cleaned) a wide plastic bottle cap, and checked if it fits my eyepiece: (it does perfectly) The guide I followed used an iPhone case with a plastic back, but I didn't have one... but I did have a couple of "bumper" cases. So I just super-glued a plastic sheet that I've cut out from a case that some other product came in, and I've cut a hole in the plastic sheet where the camera lens is. Then I've cut a hole in the bottle cap, and super-glued it to the plastic sheet.. trying to center it as much as I could... Later I'll add a strip of paper around the inner-edges of the cap, to protect the eyepiece rubber. So the iPhone goes in the case, and the case with the cap goes on the eyepiece, and the eyepiece goes in the telescope... pretty simple and effective... but will it hold? I haven't tried it outside yet, as the moon is already down and the sky is cloudy anyway... but first stress-tests seem to indicate that it holds the iPhone pretty well... The real test will be next night (hopefully). But it seems like I managed to get it centered kinda well... here's a full frame shot that I took with an eyepiece connected to the adapter (pointing it close to another bumper case)... Hopefully it will make it easier to take a quick snapshot of what I'm observing (maybe for a quick share on Twitter or something ). Test images (and maybe a story on how my iPhone got shattered on the ground).. coming tomorrow night
  13. Like the title suggests I'm looking for some pier adapter help. I have a concrete pier with an Altair Astro mount adapter fitted to the top. I have recently changed my EQ5 for an NEQ6 which doesn't fit my old adapter. I have contacted Altair Astro who told me it should fit if I turn the adapter upside down but it doesn't (also, then the mounting bolts wouldn't be countersunk) Does anyone know what the difference is between the adapters, the photos on all the websites are a little vague when it comes to these adapters and I've seen them with 4 or 6 anchor bolts - or just which one I need to order to fit my mount Thanks
  14. I am new to this, so my questions may be strange to some... I have a HEQ-5 Pro mount with SynScan and a Skymax 127 scope and a QHY5L II planet-/guide camera. As winters tend to be really harsch in the north of sweden, I plan to sit inside and run the mount from the PC. This will require quite long USB and power cables, but repeater-equipped USB cables are available, so that should not be a problem. To run the mount from a PC, you have to have an adapter from rs232 (9-pin D-sub) to USB first, which I have, but I wish to skip the original RJ11 to RD232cable. Searching eBay, I found an adapter RJ11 to USB female for less than a US-dollar: "Connector Plugs USB 2.0 Type A Female to Telephone Phone Cable Line Adaptor". A long intro, but has anyone tried this adapter and will it work in this environment?
  15. Good day, I own a skywatcher Heq5 pro mount, its awesome! I just realized the AC wire for my AC / DC adapter is broken (see pic 1). I found another AC wire from an old AC adapter and was wondering if this is ok? I see the gauge wire is bigger though and wonder if it matters? I am thinking of cutting near the female adapter and soldering it back to the entire length of wire that came from the laptop adapter even though the gauge is bigger. ( see pic 2). Thank you.
  16. Hello there! I am almost a noob to telescopes, but in the past weeks I have been watching Mars, Neptune, Saturn etc. But absolutely no look with any galaxy or cluster. And guess what, I LOVE IT! I own a Celeston Nexstar 4SE and a Nikon 3100 but I have no idea what I need to buy to connect them. Something like a T adaptor or I dont know... please help! Also, I would love to use some filters and a wifi for my AUX so I can use the app on my phone. So it woul be great to help with those aswell. I know that my telescope is not very good with nebulas and stuff like that, but I guess it can still take some decent shots of them right?
  17. Thought I'd post this here as it may help others with AP900 mounts and Polemaster i made my own adapter to screw into the Polarscope peek hole in the Dec axis casting (my first proper piece of work since getting a lathe - a purchase driven from my astronomy habit and never seeming to have the right adapter despite having two boxes of various adapters!). only used PoleMaster once so far, velcroed and tie strapped to my mount, but it worked great, and this adapter should improve the mounting somewhat!
  18. In preparation for the 1600, I ordered an EOS adapter from FLO, which duly arrived. Having attached it to one of my canon lenses, there appeared to be no way of removing it [There are no instructions included]! There is a small silver screw on the side, which seemed to do nothing no matter how hard I pressed it, or even completely removed it. After an afternoon of emails back and forth with Steve, he came up with the answer. This screw is pushed away from the lens (acting like a small lever rather than a button) to release the lens. Great support from FLO, and am posting in case anyone runs into similar problems - even though, the fact that Steve had apparently not encountered this query from customers before, presumably means this will be of benefit only to those as extraordinarily-mechanically-inept as I am!. Thanks.
  19. I decided to splash out and buy a Hutech IDAS D1 light pollution filter and purchased one to fit my Baader Coma Corrector. Unfortunatley I have now discovered that the M48 Hutech filter attached to the coma corrector will not fit into the draw tube of my Sywatcher Quattro OTA. The problem is not with the filter; it has a dia of 2" and is no wider than the coma corrector. In the image below you will see the black adapter that screws into the draw tube. The problem is that the inner diameter of the adapter is somewhat larger than 2" whilst the inner diameter of the drawtube itself is smaller than 2". When inserted into the adapter, the Coma Corrector takes up the full length of the adapter and any filter that is attached needs to pass into the draw tube itself in order for the camera to fit flush with the end of the adapter. With the Hutech attached to the coma corrector the camera is pused out by around 6mm. Given that the inner dia of the adapter is "too big" this means that there is no firm connection between the 2" coma corrector and the adapter and it is held only loosely by just the two adapter screws. The possible solution I have come up with is to replace the adapter with a new one that does in fact have a dia of 2", extends out from the end of draw tube by at least another ~6mm and ideally has a compression ring rather than simple screws. The Baader 4in1 optical back looks like it might do the trick but I cannot find the exact details of the interface it presents to the draw tube. My current Skywatcher adapter has an M54.5x1mm male thread that screws into the thread on the inside of the drawtube. 1. Has anyone successfully connected the Baader 4in1 optical back to their Skywatcher Quattro? 2. Does the "M56" thread adapter that comes with the Baader 4in1 have a male or female thread and if male, do you know its actual specifications/dimensions? 3. If I were to remove the M56 and M60 adapaters from the Baader 4in1 I understand that I would be left with an M68 thread. Does anyone have any exact specifications for this thread and does anyone know if I can get a converter from that M68 thread to the M54.5x1 thread that I need? 4. Does anyone use an alternative adapter with their Skywatcher Quattro and if so, do you know the distance between the end of the drawtube and face of the adapter (I need this distance to be in the range ~18 to 28mm in order for the comma corrector to sit flush with the end of the adpater and also be able to achieve focus with my Nikon)? Sorry for the very long post and and all the questions but I am really stuck and would greatly appreciate any help you could give. Cheers Mike
  20. Hi, I have been looking for parts for my new telescope project, I have spent much time on finding the little more special parts. I think it could be usefull for others and have written down the links to vendors and manufacturers of equipment of astronomy I have found at my website: http://astrofriend.eu/links/links.html Most pages have an "English " button. I hope it will be usefull for your special astronomy project ! I will add more links later. I wish you all A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! /Lars
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