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by SteveInNZ
Mon Apr 01, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: Polar Alignment
Topic: Recommendations on guide scope and camera
Replies: 17
Views: 568

Re: Recommendations on guide scope and camera

Glad to hear you're up and running.

Steve.
by SteveInNZ
Mon Mar 25, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: Feature Suggestions
Topic: Crosshair additions
Replies: 0
Views: 53

Crosshair additions

Would it be possible to add a couple of functions to the crosshairs. 1) The ability to recentre the crosshairs (maybe a double click or something). The default is in the centre but once they're moved there's no way to be sure that they have been moved back to the centre. 2) The ability to lock the c...
by SteveInNZ
Fri Mar 22, 2019 7:51 am
Forum: Polar Alignment
Topic: Recommendations on guide scope and camera
Replies: 17
Views: 568

Re: Recommendations on guide scope and camera

The colour version of the QHY5 uses the same sensor (MT9M034) as the monochrome. The relative QE's are Mono = 75%, Colour = Blue 52%, Green 62%, Red 58%. I don't think that any of the options would be a bad purchase. They'll get you polar aligned which is the immediate problem you need solved. Steve.
by SteveInNZ
Thu Mar 21, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: Polar Alignment
Topic: Recommendations on guide scope and camera
Replies: 17
Views: 568

Re: Recommendations on guide scope and camera

Then, I would respectfully disagree. I have a Polemaster. Inside a Polemaster is a QHY5 mono camera and a 25mm c-mount lens. Sound familiar ? You can use a Polemaster with either the Polemaster software or Sharpcap for polar alignment. The Polemaster software is quite primitive compared to Sharpcap....
by SteveInNZ
Thu Mar 21, 2019 7:04 am
Forum: Polar Alignment
Topic: Recommendations on guide scope and camera
Replies: 17
Views: 568

Re: Recommendations on guide scope and camera

That's interesting. We commented that the long-drops were better there as everything that smells was frozen. That was in contrast to China where it was summer and the drop wasn't that long. You've got me envious with Svalbard. We decided to pass on going there for an eclipse a few years back and it'...
by SteveInNZ
Wed Mar 20, 2019 1:12 am
Forum: Polar Alignment
Topic: Recommendations on guide scope and camera
Replies: 17
Views: 568

Re: Recommendations on guide scope and camera

That's a good plan. Test out your new knowledge and then spend money only if you need to. Sounds like we share a similar level of crazy. We also went to Coldfoot/Wiseman for aurora and had great success. Coldest for us was -40C plus 40 degrees of windchill at the top of Atigun Pass. I have great res...
by SteveInNZ
Tue Mar 19, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: Polar Alignment
Topic: Recommendations on guide scope and camera
Replies: 17
Views: 568

Re: Recommendations on guide scope and camera

I have a QHY miniGuidescope for the Star Adventurer. You can buy it with or without the camera if you want to get one with a different sensor and/or colour. I have both a mono and colour. Both are fine. Colour is handy if you plan to get a telescope and want to do planetary imaging in the future. I ...
by SteveInNZ
Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: Polar Alignment
Topic: Recommendations on guide scope and camera
Replies: 17
Views: 568

Re: Recommendations on guide scope and camera

Kia Ora from across the ditch. I use a QHY5L with a 25mm C-mount lens which is the same as the Polemaster (which you may have heard of). I use this to polar align my Star Adventurer and larger mounts/telescopes. I mount the camera/lens on the Star Adventurer and then point it south(ish) which is hal...
by SteveInNZ
Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Using a CS lens for polar alignment tool?
Replies: 3
Views: 148

Re: Using a CS lens for polar alignment tool?

I use a QHY5L (same sensor size) with a 25mm lens which is the same as the Polemaster. Being in the southern hemisphere, we are pointing it into a big dark void so the wide field of view helps a lot. At a dark site, SharpCap solves almost straight away.

Steve.
by SteveInNZ
Mon Mar 04, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: Feature Suggestions
Topic: All sky findescope for manual mounts
Replies: 6
Views: 167

Re: All sky findescope for manual mounts

I'm pretty sure that you can do what the OP is trying to achieve already by using the ASCOM simulated telescope. With Carte du Ciel, you'd tell the simulated telescope to go to say, M42 by putting a (red) finderscope at the location and telling it to slew there. Manually point your scope to the same...