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  2. The bolt on mine looks quite a bit thicker than yours tbh, added an image
  3. Here is my alt bolt. It's just a normal hex head bolt. Mine is 70mm long and is an M10 thread. The head takes an 8mm Allen wrench. I just polar align then remove the Allen wrench, then proceed with my session, it works like a charm.
  4. Can you give me the details of what you have got please?
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  6. I don't have the EQ6 R, but I have the EQ6 Pro, which has the same useless alt bolt. I replaced the bolt with an Allen head bolt, which takes an 8mm allen wrench, it's not ideal, but beats the standard bolt hands down, and you only use it once a session.
  7. I think with any really bright stars, the OIII will leave some kind of halo The top image is the Sadr region taken with my Antlia OIII filter. The second image is taken with the Optolong OIII filter. Sadr is just peeking through in the bottom left, you can make out the faint halo between the circled star, and Sadr. The halo from the Optolong filter extends past the circled star. The circled star had a small halo with the Optolong filter, but disappeared completely with the Antlia filter. A vast improvement, but the Antlia still leaves a halo on Sadr.
  8. Hi, Has anyone replaced the altitude bolt that comes with the SW EQ^R Pro at all and if so where did you get it from? Cheers, Andy.
  9. I notice you have no default filter for GoTo++. I would set that to lum, APT will use whichever filter you last used otherwise. Looking at the APT user guide, it doesn't seem that it supports Pinpoint, maybe that is the problem. Also, according to APT you are still using PHD1, and not PHD2.
  10. Screen shot of settings without anything attached to the laptop.
  11. I am using Pinpoint Brian in APT (or trying to). Roger checked that I have 3 catalogue programmes installed including Astap, All Sky Plate Solver and Platesolve 2. The camera is selected and the focal length of the scope, the filterwheel and mount are also connected. Tracking is selected and when i did it with Roger the EQMOD window came up. It took an image and that's all it did it didn't end up platesolving or centring the desire Alignment star. Carole
  12. Hi Brian, we have the same Antlia options here. I have a set of the 36mm and 50mm unmounted 3nm filters. While my first light with the 50mm HSO was impressive I haven’t yet tried them with bright stars to assess if there are any halos. Looking forward to first light with the 36mm on my new 12” Meade f8/Mesu system soon.
  13. I used to use APT and never had much trouble with platesolving. Which platesolve programme are you using? I used platesolve2, but since then APT can platesolve with ASTAP, which is superior in my opinion. ASTAP Installation: Download and install/unzip ASTAP from http://www.hnsky.org/astap.htm Download and install one of the available star databases G17 or G18 In PointCraft Settings select the folder where ASTAP is installed
  14. Well I finally have the electricity working again, and when for a trip to Kelling Heath Star Party. Managed an image there which is posted up in the Deep Sky forum LBN782. I did try for another image on the couple of other half clear nights I had but missed the target. Apophis astros (Roger) tried to get me up and running in APT platsolving before I went. I have tried a couple of years ago but could not get it to work. He couldn't get it to work either and everything was installed the same as on his laptop. It would take an image, say it was platesolving, but then never went to the chosen target. Anyone used APT platesolving? though having said that any replies are bound to be far too technical for me to understand, but Roger might. I have been in touch with the author of APT and he has made some suggestions including sending him the log file, but not had a chance to get outside again since Kelling as the clearing up after the electricians invoked a big re-sort and clear out which can;t be a bad thing. Carole
  15. Nice image Carole. The star colour is amazing.
  16. Thanks. I was surprised it came out so well, wasn't expecting the ring to be defined so clearly.
  17. It looks an interesting concept Bryan. I don't have an SCT so can't really comment.
  18. What a great image, especially considering you just came across it by chance. It’s also surprising just what can be captured with a mobile phone!
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  20. Just happened to go outside tonight, and came across this beautiful sight. This phenomenon is called a 22° halo, or moon ring. A 22° halo is an optical phenomenon that belongs to the family of ice-crystal halos. Its form is a ring with an apparent radius of approximately 22° around the Sun or Moon. When visible around the Moon, it is called a moon ring or winter halo. It forms as direct sunlight or moonlight is refracted in millions of hexagonal ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere. Sorry the image is not the best quality, it was taken with a mobile phone.
  21. Hi backyarders! Just a quick one I use a bahtinov mask for focusing but I was wondering… Has anyone here tried a tri bahtinov mask on their sct for focus and collimation? Thanks in advance for any replies Bryan
  22. You certainly caught the darkness of the nebula there Carole
  23. Here we also have the full range of unmounted filters, the 31mm, 36mm and 2'', ranging from 350 to 600 euro for the 3nm Ha. The 2' also comes in the mounted variety at 500 Euro for the 3nm Ha.
  24. I believe the Hockeystick NGC 4656 is a different galaxy Terry, usually associated with the Whale galaxy NGC 4631 in Canes Venatici. You captured a lot of detail in the galaxy, the bar across the Owl is clearly visible also, reminds me of a button.
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