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By John Lawley
Hi - I've not posted here before as only just launched into this hobby, although I've always been massively interested in astronomy.
I had first light on my rig last night, which is:
Esprit 100, HEQ 5 Pro, ZWO EAF, ZWO mini filter wheel, skywatcher 50ED guidscope with ASI120, ZWO1600mm Pro, Lynx dew controller w 2 astro zap tapes
A big endeavour to get that lot working from zero experience, but I love a challenge and have really enjoyed the computer side (I'm a grade A nerd)...
So - what went well... I got the guide scope in focus (was stressing about this), and also the main scope. Even more awesomely, the autofocus routine in SGP is working perfectly Filter wheel also working perfectly and I'm getting lovely smooth pics from the main camera (I've already done the flats and darks while I was waiting for clouds to clear). Final good thing (well, good-ish), is that I got the platesolving working eventually, and was able to get the scope to align from Park to the Soul Nebula and centre fine. For some reason the "number of attempts" in my SGP profile hadn't applied, so it was giving up after 1 go, but I got it working in the end.
So the bad...
I couldn't take any data because every time it finished the platesolving and started PHD2, PHD2 would start the calibration process and then halfway through, the sidereel tracking on the EQMOD panel would turn off. Obviously, that would lead to a "lost the star" error. Is there some reason why sidereel tracking would turn off like that? I'm generally a bit confused as to whether I should be controlling the telescope from SGP (i.e. unpark) or using the park and unpark + tracking button on the EQMOD panel. Both PHD 2 and SGP are setup to use EQMOD ASCOM HEQ5/6?
So at the moment I can't do anything, because there's no way of guiding without it turning tracking off
Also I was cold. Very Very Cold.
From AST Optics selling my mini guiding system that i used for my Redcat51 , i have used it also with my Esprit 100 and had excellent guiding results.
There is a nice review here if someone wants to read :
Lens: f=100mm F3.5 CCTV objective - made in Japan
Adjustment: by ballhead - with reliable clamping
Dovetail: compatible with most finder shoes
True field of view: 2.9° x 3.8°
Maximum guidable focal length: 1000 mm
Focusing: via lens cell
Connection to camera: C-Mount
Lens filter thread: M30.5mm P=0.5
Weight: 79 grams
Length of the objective: 44 mm
PRICE : £100 (selling the mount and the CCTV lens not the camera)
Paypal accepted buyer pays the fees
I will cover the postage expenses
THIS ITEM HAS NOW BEEN SOLD.
This listing is for my personal camera (Kayron from Light Vortex Astronomy). It is a QSI 660wsg-8 monochrome CCD camera with the onboard 8-position filter wheel and Off-Axis Guider (OAG).
The camera has been extremely well kept and cared for. I am supplying them in the original QSI pelican case, alongside the power adapter (with EU and UK plugs), a new USB cable, the QSI Allen wrench set, the 2" adapter for the camera and the guiding cable. The camera's condition is as-new.
The QSI 660wsg-8 requires a single USB connection to control both imaging and the filter wheel. It also cools to -45°C below ambient temperature. The CCD sensor is Sony's ICX694, which is extremely low noise requiring no darks whatsoever and having peak Quantum Efficiency of 77%. The readout noise is also extremely low at only 3.97e as per my own measurement. Its full well capacity is of 17,719e, also as per my own measurement. For more information, please see QSI's website:
Please note that this camera currently retails at just over £3,700 from UK suppliers, €4,400 from European suppliers or $4,200 from US suppliers. Payment is preferred via bank transfer but PayPal is OK with an extra 2.9% to cover PayPal fees. I'll cover postage to you via tracked Courier.
I welcome any questions you may have regarding this listing. Thank you for looking.
By LR Watanabe
I’m looking to do Milky Way Astrophotography, and I’m hesitating on whether I purchase the Full Frame camera that is the 5D Mark II or the APS-C EOS 600D.
I plan on using the Rokinon/Samyang 14mm F/2.8 wide angle lens, although I’m open to suggestions so long as said suggested lens is under 500$.
The mount I use will be the iOptron SkyGuider Pro with the counter weight supplies in the set.
If there is an alternative to the cameras listed above that goes for less then 400$, I’m willing to hear it.
Thanks a bundle,
Last week on august 5th we were treated to a coronal hole followed by some G1 auroral activity here in New Zealand.
Unfortunately I live a bit too far north to capture the spectacular Auroral images.
However, ever the optimist, I set my canon 6d with a Samyang 14mm lens up in my backyard and captured 300 or so shots (20 seconds at iso 3000) which I then sent through to lightroon timelapse.
I'm quite pleased with the result. Definitely some colour there.