Out of adversity.....

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Out of adversity.....

Post by NeilG » Wed Sep 04, 2019 8:59 am

Well. I decided to reconfigure my observatory - mothballing the C11 for a while - planets are well below my tree line now and recabling to allow me to concentrate on DSO imaging with the 127mm and 80mm Ascension Apos. While doing this I managed to mis-wire the power supply and subsequently fried the motherboard on the EQ8 :(

So, having demounted the EQ8 from the pier to fit the new board I had to re-commission the whole shooting match. fortunately Sharpcap's polar align capability meant this took much less time than I expected, so I thought I'd check the mount tracking with a quick imaging session.

and voila - 3 for the price of 1 - M52, NGC 7635 and NGC 7638 - 256 frames @ 8 sec using ASI 1600MM-Cool - captured with Livestack and processed in Astro Pixel Processor.

Only managed L before clouds rolled in, so got RGB still to do. Click on the image for full size version

ImageM52NGC7635 by Haven Observatory

Scopes: Celestron C11, 102SLT , Ascension 127mm Apo, Opticstar 152mm Mak, Ascension 80mm Apo
Mounts: EQ8, EQ5 Pro, Nexstar SLT
Imaging: ASI1600MM-Cool, ASI533MC-Pro, ASI290MM, ASI224MC, Quark, QHY5L-II-M,
Opticstar 82 eyepieces, lots of other stuff

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Re: Out of adversity.....

Post by admin » Wed Sep 04, 2019 8:51 pm


Sorry to hear about the fried motherboard on the EQ8 :-( I've cooked hardware before by mistake and it's never a nice feeling when you realise you've done it.

Good to hear that it all went back together and the polar alignment went well. Looks like a promising image – will be good to see what it looks like when you have the RGB components.

Cheers, Robin

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