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A near missed accident happened yesterday.

While I was about to balanced the scope by loosening the counterweight, the 5kg c/w slipped down the shaft.

The scope swung to one side. My right hand immediately grabbed the scope, while my left trying to hold the counterweight.

Unfortunately, I didn't attached the locking screw at the end of the counterweight shaft.

The 5kg 'stone' fell out from the shaft towards my foot. Freefall from the height of about 2 feet. Managed to move my foot away in time. The weight fell onto the floor without any thumping NOISE!

Strange!

Then I look down and noticed the EQ6 controller (which was lying around underneath the mount) looks weird.

That's when I realized the cable has been CUT CLEANED all the way through! The CW fell on its sharp side directly on the cable!

😵

Lucky me, THAT wasn't my toe!

So, to all using the big heavy-duty Equatorial mount with counterweights, please be extra careful!

I was trembling like hell after that! 😰

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O_o Bloody hell that's a pretty clean cut for a concrete block. Good thing it's only the cable. Not the controller or your foot.
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Another try-out with limited data. focusing on Scorpius.. and Mars.. and Saturn.. and numerous dark nebulae.

Color saturation inspired from Alan Dyer's awesome work.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/shahgazer/27007856085/in/datetaken/
11 x 30s 5Dmkii (modded) 50mm f/1.8 (stopped at f/2.4) ISO 3200 Vixen Polarie PixInsight Coonabarabran, Australia 7-10 May 2016
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It's been a great brief visit to Coonabarabran for the past week.

Unfortunately it was a stop-and-go situation with the weather. My initial plan to create some nice mosaic using the nifty 50mm has been hampered with the clouds.

But all is not lost. I still managed to get some good data set to play around with.

Here's a 12 X 30sec shot, using 50mm f/1.8 (stopped at 2.4) with a modded 5DMkii , tracked with Vixen Polarie. Processed in PixInsight.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/shahgazer/26397174723/in/datetaken/
12 x 30s 5Dmkii 50mm f/2.4 PixInsight Coonabarabran, Australia 7-10 May 2016
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+Dylan O'Donnell yup.. it sucks big time at FB ... :-}
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A night with pretty steady seeing. Jupiter with the moon Europa transiting, and Io's shadow doing the same.

19 April 2016 1340 UT

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Mosaic attempt gone bad. But at least got some pretty amazing view at the "Terminator"!

9.8 days old Moon, 12 Oct 2016 .

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Has anyone done some coding using Brandon Rhode's Skyfield API for python? http://rhodesmill.org/skyfield/

I'm having trouble trying to understand the cryptic documentation. Not enough real-life example, as compared to Pyephem.


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Another try-out with limited data. focusing on Scorpius.. and Mars.. and Saturn.. and numerous dark nebulae.

Color saturation inspired from Alan Dyer's awesome work.

 
Another try-out with limited data. focusing on Scorpius.. and Mars.. and Saturn.. and numerous dark nebulae.

Color saturation inspired from Alan Dyer's awesome work.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/shahgazer/27007856085/in/datetaken/
11 x 30s 5Dmkii (modded) 50mm f/1.8 (stopped at f/2.4) ISO 3200 Vixen Polarie PixInsight Coonabarabran, Australia 7-10 May 2016
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Shahrin Ahmad (ShahGazer)

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It's been a great brief visit to Coonabarabran for the past week.

Unfortunately it was a stop-and-go situation with the weather. My initial plan to create some nice mosaic using the nifty 50mm has been hampered with the clouds.

But all is not lost. I still managed to get some good data set to play around with.

Here's a 12 X 30sec shot, using 50mm f/1.8 (stopped at 2.4) with a modded 5DMkii , tracked with Vixen Polarie. Processed in PixInsight.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/shahgazer/26397174723/in/datetaken/
12 x 30s 5Dmkii 50mm f/2.4 PixInsight Coonabarabran, Australia 7-10 May 2016
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A night with pretty steady seeing. Jupiter with the moon Europa transiting, and Io's shadow doing the same.

19 April 2016 1340 UT

https://www.flickr.com/photos/shahgazer/26458194611/in/datetaken/
Explore Shahrin Ahmad (ShahGazer)'s photos on Flickr. Shahrin Ahmad (ShahGazer) has uploaded 580 photos to Flickr.
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I am an amateur astronomer, programmer, system designer. I loved exploring the night sky with whatever technology available. I believe there are always more than one way to solve problems, we just need to be creative
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