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About poppasmurf

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    Termination Shock
  • Birthday 03/21/1966


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    only actively involved in am astronomy since 2007.
  • Location
    Wangaratta,Victoria, Australia
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  • Astronomy Equipment
    8" GSO RC
    Moonlite CS focuser
    Skywatcher NEQ6PRO
    Meade DSI
    Imaging Source DBK21AU618.AS
    tasco galaxsee 114500
    Televue powermate 5X
    fujifilm s96

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  1. pulled the trigger

    Mount is installed on pier in the observatory. Still need to polar align but weather needs to cooperate. Also need to tidy up cabling. So far I have noticed a couple of things. First: This mount is rather hard to balance due to its ultra smooth operation in both axis’. Not a gripe just an observation as I was used to the NEQ6 which was quite a bit stiffer(read, “a lot”), even with new bearings. Second: This is a small gripe. Considering very few, if any, modern pc’s have a serial port and the fact that mount manufacturers seem to want to stick with outdated RS232, then it would be nice if an RS232 to USB converter were included with the mount so that it can be connected to a pc. So now I need to get a converter to connect to my obs pc, this is partly my fault as I did know I would need one, and also that one isn’t provided, but I forgot. Above factors aside the mount seems very easy to operate with the hand box. Shane
  2. pulled the trigger

    Got the pier plate home today, now waiting for the paint to dry. And guess what, the bloody rain is coming down and looks like it will be cloudy for the next week at least. I should have known all new astro gear comes with cloud, just been a while since I've made any new purchases.LOL. Will post more pics later as I get it all commissioned. Shane
  3. pulled the trigger

    She has arrived. What a thing of beauty. Quite a nice PE curve of just over 4 arc seconds peak to peak. Wont be doing much till my pier plate is ready on Monday but I will have a bit of a play on the bench in the mean time. Shane
  4. 3 years of time lapsing!

    Nice one mate. good luck with the talk. Shane
  5. pulled the trigger

    Decomissioned NEQ6 on Thursday and started prep for CEM60. I got confirmation of delivery for Wednesday next week yesterday. Getting excited now. Shane
  6. pulled the trigger

    Got an email from AstroShop letting me know the mount is on the way, still has to get to and clear customs and start heading to me. Not too long I hope. I'm really looking forward to through the mount cabling to avoid snags and look a lot neater. Shane
  7. Meet my latest grand child, Isabelle Rose Crabb. Shane
  8. pulled the trigger

    No probs mate. On another note, I advertised the NEQ6 on another forum as well and had 1 nibble already. Although he may balk at cost of shipping to Brisvegas, my guess is it wont exactly be cheap shipping it anywhere due to the weight. Shane
  9. For Sale NEQ6PRO + extras

    I have just put in an order for a new mount and the old one will no longer be needed. It has done me great service in the time that I have owned it, about 10 years, it also has had quite a few modifications which I will list below. All mods done by myself except custom 5m synscan hand controller lead. I am asking $1000 ONO + p/h for the entire kit. NEQ6PRO Main bearings replaced April 2019, both RA and Dec Rowan belt mod hyertune spare PTFE spacers and end cap tool and old gears counterweight bar extension usb eq6 cables(FTDI chip) x2(both work one never used) scope mounting puck head x2, 1 Vixen style, 1x Losmandy style. Easily interchangeable tripod pier plate if required synscan hand control standard curly lead and custom 5m lead cigarette style power lead Shane
  10. pulled the trigger

    I can thank Tony for the info he provided for making me look at this mount. The other alternative, buying a premium mount, was extremely unlikely. I have only seen good reviews no matter how hard I try to find a bad one, except perhaps for the early days of the mount. Having said that, by all accounts Ioptron after sales service seems to be exceptional. Now I can't wait for it to arrive, it's possible that I will get 2 new arrivals very close together, as my eldest daughter is due to have a baby soon as well, number 3 grandchild . Shane
  11. pulled the trigger

    Organised to have a pier plate made by my brother today. That way I wont have to wait when the mount arrives. It's very handy having a brother that owns an engineering business . Even handier when you can take a cad drawing to him so he doesn't have to draw one up himself. Shane
  12. pulled the trigger

    couple of stock pics from Ioptron website.
  13. pulled the trigger

    I pulled the trigger today on a new mount. Ioptron CEM60. There is a bit of a wait for production to catch up, but should be here in about 6 weeks. The minister of finance and war was none too pleased but so be it. AHHH bring on the cloud. Shane
  14. test image ngc 2024

    Hi Dave, I changed my NEQ6 over to belts quite a while ago now. At the time it made all the difference, reducing backlash to virtually zero. I just can't seem to nail down the cause of the current issue and are leaning towards a new mount. I believe the NEQ6 is still a great performer for its price point, I have had mine for around 12-13 years. Mine is still fine for visual and perhaps planetary imaging, but I like deep sky imaging so I have grown tired of fighting it. Cheers Shane
  15. test image ngc 2024

    Hi Ray cheers for the reply. I hope you had some fun with the billy lids. I have run with and without PEC, also did a new PE curve for a complete new PPEC. The only other guide software I have tried I have never had any luck with.(Maxim DL4 and Prism10), I believe the issue there is more the lack of sensitivity of my guide cam which may well be replaced with a Lodestar X2 soon as well. I always run the mount with a slight imbalance to have a preload on any gear mesh. I have got the mount tuned so good there is almost zero backlash. When I did a backlash measurement with PHD2 the report noted only miniscule backlash and recommended no backlash compensation. With regards to the stepper motors, I am thinking that may be the issue. I wouldn't be complaining at all if I used the mount for visual only or perhaps widefield imaging, but as you are aware being up close and personal FL imaging is rather more demanding on equipment. Anyway I am starting to get over fighting the mount and missing imaging time. For a 12 to 13 year old NEQ6, I have had good service from it, and are currently waiting on emails with prices to get an Ioptron CEM60 (Thanks Tony ). Shane