nMAC replied to the topic 'recommend a mount please' in the forum. 15 hours 47 minutes ago

wvreeven wrote: nmac, could you please share screenshots of your guiding configuration? Also the screens in the popup under Options please? I know that specific settings work for specific mounts but they may work as a guide for people with similar mounts, like me. In general I get good guiding but recently something has been off and I don't know what yet... Thanks a lot in advance!


And now that the thread is calm, a little off-topic I guess, but as promised, @wvreeven here are the screenshots.
This is with Vixen GPD2 with a Goto kit and at guiding 1.0x. In my opinion, way better than my old HEQ5.
With this mount I can do 1200s exposures. On the HEQ5 never got it to pass the 900s mark. Even with better motors.
Even so, the HEQ5 is an great mount.

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nMAC replied to the topic 'guiding - after calibration - isn't the star suppose to be centered?' in the forum. 16 hours 14 minutes ago

Ron Kramer wrote: I didn't know if I should add this to the other guiding topics or ask a new. When I calibrate and it starts guiding. Isn't it suppose to start on the 0 line? (and center the star it's guiding on in the target/cross hairs? Mine only does if I I tell it to crop to a single star. Shouldn't it do this if we keep the full frame image?


I know what you mean this happens to me too. After calibration it should capture another image and crop it with the star as the center.
It's not really necessary but for consistency it should do it. And remember it did it some time ago. I just capture one star manually after the calibration.

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nMAC replied to the topic 'balancing your entire imaging rig' in the forum. 3 days ago

That how I have my mounts. Little heavier on EAST side just to the point where the axis starts moving. That takes care of RA motor meshes.
The same on DEC, camera heavier the same way. And counterweight closest to the RA axis, even if it requires more weight.
No need to exaggerate just slight adjustments taking care not to stress the motors and they don't stall with the weight.

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nMAC replied to the topic 'recommend a mount please' in the forum. 3 days ago

Gonzothegreat wrote: I will have to check the backlash on the RA, as I said I wasn't too happy with it. There is a slight sticky point.


Sticky point ehh??? Now that's a problem!
I had that two times. One of them was a mechanichal issue and difficult to surpass.
You really need to investigate that one.

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nMAC replied to the topic 'recommend a mount please' in the forum. 4 days ago

wvreeven wrote: Sorry to hear about your HEQ5 mount. But yes please for the offer for the screenshots of the Vixen GPD2 config. Once more many thanks in advance!


Ok will do that when possible. I think I still have the original screenshots stored somewhere.

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nMAC replied to the topic 'recommend a mount please' in the forum. 4 days ago

Well I would but it's not my current mount my HEQ5 board fried so it's on hold. Now I have a Vixen GPD2 with a Skywatcher Goto kit.
That i can do. The settings are not much different from the HEQ5.

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nMAC replied to the topic 'recommend a mount please' in the forum. 4 days ago

I would not ditch away, it's a good mount, sometimes it's a "PITA" to get it working but... when you get it right, it just works. Steadily.
Mine took almost 6 months to get it right! Almost went nuts with mine but perseverance is the key :-D
You'll eventually get it.

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nMAC replied to the topic 'polar alignment moved????' in the forum. 4 days ago

I would check that next time, that could be exactly the source of all your problems.

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nMAC replied to the topic 'What's wrong with my guiding?' in the forum. 4 days ago

Gonzothegreat wrote: That's me done for tonight, thanks again NMAC for your help, much appreciated.
I've regained a little bit more confidence in my system, I tell you what, it's really not easy to run a remote observatory 450+ miles away....


Again I am glad I could really help. It's kind of hard getting the values right. It's trial and error, sometimes, even for the same equipment.. and those 450+ ohhh boy....
I tried that....and it made me nervous :-D

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nMAC replied to the topic 'What's wrong with my guiding?' in the forum. 4 days ago

I now that It was already mentioned here some time ago but it seems the HEQ5 is not supported as the options do not appear on INDI control panel.
The same happens with the Vixen GPD2 I have now, it has a Skywatcher goto kit and I am using it with eqmod, but the options do not appear algo.

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nMAC replied to the topic 'auto-focus, how to reset the picture?' in the forum. 4 days ago

Great, glad it worked.

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nMAC replied to the topic 'What's wrong with my guiding?' in the forum. 4 days ago

Gonzothegreat wrote: NGC 7023 aka Iris nebula
Single 10min shot, Atik 314, I did use the levels in The Gimp a little bit.

If you can pass the out of focus, I would say that the stars are pretty round to me.


Yep!!! Yes they are! Great result!

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