Robert The more I learn, The more there is to learn! Orange Zone Dark Site 3 Mounts 4 Imaging Cameras 3 Guide Cameras OTA's = yes
Clear skies - Jim Crazy PNW imager !
A-P Mach1 on 12" concrete pier - ROR structure.
Tak FSQ85-EDX, Tak FS-128. Orion 8" f/3.9 w/MoonLite motorized - MPCC MkIII CCD:
SBIG 8300M/FW8, Astrodon 36mm LRGB, 5nm Ha, 3nm SII, OIII - Canon EOS 6D unmod SSI3, SSAG,
Skytools3pro, MaxImDLpro, PSCS5, PSPpro, TheSkyX, TheSky6, BYE, StarTools
Orion XX14g -for visual- diags, ep's, accy tubes, Binocs .
Quote:Just as an aside - the miniguider setup during the day to start (to get initial focus) is a good idea as well.I'd use the imaging configuration without Barlow or Diagonal, less to go wrong or cause issues in general. Just keep it as simple as possible until you start getting images. On the good side, once you know where to start looking for best focus (as in position of focuser tube in/out) it shouldn't change. Is there a distance scale screened onto the focuser tube? if not bring something to get an accurate measure of where you want to be. (for one of mine I stuck a piece of painters tape until I could get the measure) If you get luna pretty close, you should be pretty close for getting stars.
Quote:One more thing Jim. There's one spot on my focus tube, if you will, that hangs up and I have to help it gently pass that spot. I'm wondering if it's an issue or if I should attempt taking it apart and re-greasing it. Youe additional thoughts please.Ponz
Canon T2i Unmodded
Orion Atlas Mount
Orion SSAG Mini Guider
Capture Software - Backyard EOS, PHD, EQMOD
Meade 2120 LX3 (Now on the Atlas and getting used a little!)
Quote:Oh and if you should have a slipping problem here is a post on how to deal with that. I'm not sure if you have to register to read it or not, but if you do it's free.
I haven't done this, so if you do, proceed at your own risk. Sounds like there are some small parts in there.
How to fix Skywatcher ED80 slipping focuser