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Hi SGL folks - I haven't posted for a long while & tbh we haven't managed very much imaging this year for a number of reason so far...equipment hassles but mainly clouds...clouds & more clouds! :(

We had to resort to the venerable ASI224MC last week where the seeing was pretty decent - here's an image from that morning (26th March) as well as a 24-frame reversing animation using WinJupos to interpolate additional frames to complement the number of captures we actually took by making additional frames from adjacent captures...

We also lashed out & bought a Stellarvue 10x60 finder scope & mounted it on a SkyWatcher  adjustable alt/az guidescape mount which is secured via a dovetail bar & clamp to an extra "rail" I constructed from 3mm thick folded aluminium -this device to come in useful for hunting down Neptune more easily later in the year. ;)

Lastly I converted an old aluminium pier with detachable legs to accept the EQ8 head with a plate I made from a piece of scrap plate aluminium - the ability to break this all down into 4 very light & small pieces (3 legs & the pier column) means it is much simpler & far lighter/easy to take with us & assemble...the 3 self-levelling adjustable height feet I purchased for the legs makes levelling the entire setup much simpler, it's a veritable breeze now & weighs so much less than the very heavy stock steel EQ8 tripod! :)  

Hopefully the animated gif won't need clicking on to start its motion!

 

 

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...another pikky showing the Stellarvue finder a bit better - I can slide its dovetail bar & the finder back & forth in its clamp for fine Dec balance btw! ;)

This finder has focusing for both the ep (interchangeable) as well as the variable-illuminated X-hairs - the extra grunt of a 60mm objective is quite palpable & the finely illuminated X-hairs with adjustable brightness are a real boon after the old stock GSO 8x50 finder I used beforehand with a red LED dangling in front of it for illumination! :lol:  I can adjust the prism angle to suit any position that I or the scope is in also! :)

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Very nice imagry and the gif is awesome, a very nice setup too...Impressive...

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4 hours ago, Startinez said:

Amazing imaging. What is the telescope please?

Thanks fellas - the scope details are in the first image posted bro :lol: - a C14! ;) 

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8 hours ago, Kokatha man said:

Thanks fellas - the scope details are in the first image posted bro :lol: - a C14! ;) 

Thank you. I guess that shows just how inexperienced I am that I didn't know that was a telescope model!

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Awesome gif! Excellent work, Kman! Work that C14! :headbang:

Cheers,

Reggie

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Thanks bro! We sure do push that C14 Reggie...thought lashing out & spending a few bucks as well as doing the DIY stuff made things easier! ;)

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