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Posts Made By: Matthew Reiche

September 9, 2010 01:17 PM Forum: Mounts

Guiding a C8 Fork Mount

Posted By Matthew Reiche

Hey guys. Has anyone ever tried guiding with a Fork Mount? I have a Celestron C-8 with a powerstar PEC. It has the dec motor and very slow stepper motors. I got a st-4 converter box and successfully got it to connect and work with PHD guiding.

However the program loses its star after a minute or so and im not sure what im doing wrong. The motors, while slow, should be plenty fast enough to guide if run properly. I have tried playing with the settings and I think I have the pulsing length set to max. But still when the program sees the star moving in a direction, it just sends a quick pulse and then sooner or later the star just takes off in the other direction leaving me with awful star trailing.

I guess im looking for someone who has heard of this being done or done it themselves. Maybe one of you more experienced guys have some words or wisdom! I don't want to have to break down and buy a GEM! Any help or advice is appreciated.

September 23, 2010 06:22 AM Forum: Star Parties

UACNJ Astronomy Symposium 2010 (Hope NJ)

Posted By Matthew Reiche

I know it's a bit late of notice, but I just wanted to throw up a note that the UACNJ, located in Hope NJ, is having their annual Astronomy Symposium this weekend.

Details and program can be found at http://www.uacnj.org

Featuring:

• Lectures by noted experts in a variety of astronomy topics
• Hands-on observing sessions guided by UACNJ Observers using UACNJ equipment or your own
• Demonstrations of solar and radio telescopes
• Meteorite display
• Geologist-guided walk exploring the terrain of Jenny Jump State Forest
• Tours of UACNJ facilities
• Swap table: Saturday noon-3 PM and 5-8 PM Sunday noon-5 PM
• Telescope display Saturday and Sunday 12:30-4:00 PM
• Food will be available for purchase at the UACNJ facility in Jenny Jump State Forest from 11 AM to 7 PM on Saturday and Sunday
• Star parties, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings, weather permitting


August 5, 2011 02:36 PM Forum: Star Parties

UACNJ Astronomy Symposium 2011 (Hope NJ)

Posted By Matthew Reiche

I just wanted to throw up a note that the UACNJ, located in Hope NJ, is having their annual Astronomy Symposium September 23 and 24th.

Details and program can be found at http://www.uacnj.org

Featuring:

• Lectures by noted experts in a variety of astronomy topics
• Hands-on observing sessions guided by UACNJ Observers using UACNJ equipment or your own
• Demonstrations of solar and radio telescopes
• Meteorite display
• Geologist-guided walk exploring the terrain of Jenny Jump State Forest
• Tours of UACNJ facilities
• Food will be available for purchase at the UACNJ facility in Jenny Jump State Forest on Friday and Saturday
• Star parties: Friday, and Saturday evenings, weather permitting [COLOR="Blue"][/COLOR]