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My new imaging setup

PostPosted: Sun Sep 03, 2017 12:38 pm
by Mike
Here I am again. I've not been doing to much Astro stuff for a while now. Work schedule combined with family commitments, dodgy weather and an ongoing problem with neighbours trees have made me lose enthusiasm. But here we go.
A new rig always helps make things better. I hope to find some good dark sites as my garden now has limited viewing.

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130PDS,SW Auto focuser,HEQ5, QHY8L,QHY5T Guide Camera, Altair guide scope, Hitecastro mount hub, Bluetooth mount adapter.

All I need is clear skies :))

Re: My new imaging setup

PostPosted: Sun Sep 03, 2017 2:53 pm
by galileo
that looks very tidy indeed Mike, I like the slip ring .

Looks like the hose pipe is part of the setup at first glance :lol:

I wish you well with some dark and clear skies.

Re: My new imaging setup

PostPosted: Sun Sep 03, 2017 6:21 pm
by Mike
galileo wrote:Looks like the hose pipe is part of the setup at first glance :lol:



Yup, Water cooled CCD :thumbsup:

Re: My new imaging setup

PostPosted: Sun Sep 03, 2017 8:36 pm
by carastro
Looks like a very nice set up there.

carole

Re: My new imaging setup

PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 6:46 pm
by rwillits
It appears that you have put in a bit of thought to your setup. It looks very organized.

Re: My new imaging setup

PostPosted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 10:17 am
by Mike
I took the rig out in anger for the first time.
All was going well until we started pointing near Zenith and guiding went haywire. Checked everything is nice and tight, no problems.
This setup is on maximum load for the HEQ5 and with the guidescope so far off the axis it wants to pull the scope down.
Think Again. :(

Re: My new imaging setup

PostPosted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 1:22 pm
by julianr
Probably a bit imbalanced in this area

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Re: My new imaging setup

PostPosted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 1:40 pm
by galileo
I agree with Julian.
Dion covers the problem that you have when you're pointing near the zenith in this mount setup video . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGduG2jB9ec

You have a lot of hardware dangling of your scope, you may have to rethink it a bit to achieve balance throughout the scopes potential travel.

Re: My new imaging setup

PostPosted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 6:21 pm
by Mike
galileo wrote:You have a lot of hardware dangling of your scope, you may have to rethink it a bit to achieve balance throughout the scopes potential travel.


Yes, I maybe overdid it with the bits attached to the scope. I am trying to eliminate hanging cables. I use the hitecastro mount hub which works well. All the cables plug into it, so if it doesn't move with the scope we still need loose cables to allow it to slew.
I am working on fitting the hub and CCD power supply to my pier and somehow controlling the cables but I need to keep set up and put away time to a minimum.

SIGH,dreams, permanent setup