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Date: 05/21/2021 Time: 21:19 +03.00 Height: 42 degrees Moon in the constellation Virgo Telescope: Sky-Watcher 150 / 750PDS Camera: ZWO ASI462MC Accessories: Optolong UV / IR Cut Filter 1.25 " Barlow Lens Televue Powermate 3x Mount: Sky-Watcher Heq5 ProSynScan Location: Krasnodar Territory, village Dinskaya, courtyard. 1x10 000 frames Resolution: 1936x1096 Exposure time: 20 ms Gain: 78 49.26 FPS Stacked 250 frames out of 10,000 Software: Shooting in FireCapture Build: Autostackert 3.1.4 Wavelets and deconvolution: AstroSurface Post-processing: Photoshop
So I have had these Skywatcher Slow Motion Cables for all of 5 minutes and after the damn thing fell off the a second time in as many minutes I tightened it better and the screw sheared off. Fantastic. Any ideas? Drill it out I guess? Send angry correspondence to Skywatcher.
Its now stuck to my Scopetech Mount Zero.
For the life of me, I cannot figure this out. Got to take out my setup last night for only the second time as it's been cloudy for weeks and I've been trying in vain to align my Skywatcher AZ-GTi mount to no avail. I'm using it in ALT-AZ mode for now, and I've probably researched every article and watched every Youtube vid I could find and still nothing is working...I feel like I'm stupidly dense or something because there is something just not clicking in the cranium.
I thought I was supposed to point the dang thing north to start so that's what I did, err, I think anyway. Am I pointing the wrong end north? See picture. Also, I'm reading that the actual scope has to be mounted a certain way on the mount correct? Which way would that be? I've read all of this left/right stuff and those directionals mean nothing to me as it depends on someone's viewpoint. When I aimed north to start, I attempted to align by directing SynScan to go to the Moon first, and that took it so far off course it wasn't even close, it was basically pointing at the ground. I reset and tried again with another start (Vega I believe)...again, wasn't even in the realm of close. I made sure my location settings were correct in the app so that wasn't the issue.
Here's how I got something to "work". I had it track to the moon and when it was essentially pointing at the ground and who knows how many degrees from my actual target, I picked the whole thing up, turned it around, manually aligned to the moon and then clicked OK on the app. I felt like a ridiculous clown doing that but somehow it actually managed to do the trick but something tells me that isn't right on a long term basis.
I'm thinking about getting SkySafari to control the mount but I should probably master the basics first.
A mosaïc of two pictures on Clavius.
When the sky is cooperative we have a lot of fun. But it never lasts long.
At 75% :
At 100% :
Just Rutherfurd alone because with its internal relief I find it very interesting.
This is going to seem ridiculous to some but that’s ok. I got my very first telescope just last week and the weather has been absolutely horrible so I’ve only been able to use it twice so far, for about 20 minutes each time.
I have a simple Celestron TS 70 on an AZ-GTi mount with some better EP’s and a good 90 degree diagonal and a neutral density filter. Keep in mind, I know next to nothing so far about AP so this is INCREDIBLY crude. Taken with an iPhone with an 8mm EP (IIRC) with horrific cloud cover and about 5 seconds to capture it before it was unseen again.
Forget the quality, the point is it gave me confidence to keep going with this hobby for the long term. Thanks for reading.