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  1. Hi all, After falling foul to the try and image everything as a new starter I’ve started to focus on imaging the same target over multiple nights. This is just the first two and a half hours over two nights on the Heart. I can already see the difference adding more data gives. Skywatcher Evostar 72ED Canon 600D Optolong L-enhance Star Adventurer 120 x 75s ISO 1600 Flats and Bias Bortle 7 Thanks DanE9025435-3ED1-41B5-AE00-EF17F12A21EB.tiff
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  2. Hi all, first image post so be kind πŸ˜‰ i recently got myself a new ZS81 mainly for solar imaging with my Quark that i havent used yet !! But as i had a 2" 2x ES focal extender i asked over on the WO group if anyone had had any success using a 2x in the optical train for DS work..... to say it got poo pooed was an understatement lol to be fair i think a lot of answers were based on people not actually trying it but rather explaining why it was a tad faux pas shall be way, until a guy called Dann Parks showed us his captures, i was sold lol so here is my first and only test to
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  3. HEQ5 or the AZ-Gti, depending on how strong I'm feeling !
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  4. Hi all, if you haven't already seen this on a few other groups then here is the build process of the obsy i designed and built for myself a couple of years ago. Feel free to ask why i decided to do it the way i did etc, unfortunately however due to back problems this will soon be getting a total remodelling and turned into a ROR of my own design. It will be a shame and i will miss my dome but i just cant get under the "hobbit" door that dome obsy's use. At the end of the pics there is my bespoke pier i also designed and built that i will put up later. Thanks for looking in
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  5. Another from the wonderful Easter week-end of clear sky. I got more data in those three nights than since the beginning of December! This is NGC2903 in Leo, 8" LX200GPS, wedge, EOS700d, 50 X180s ISO800 C&C Appreciated.
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  6. This is my image of M51. Eventually it will be a HaLRGB image, this is just a quickly processed RGB image. I have the Ha data, just need a few more hours of Lum data to complete it. Brian
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  7. Surfaced at 5.30 this morning to find that I had the full 6 hours of data that I scheduled. Was quite frosty this morning when I went out to lock up the obsy. Will have to see what the data actually looks like.
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  8. It was Easter weekend, so I shot the Christmas tree cluster. Main aim was to test the mount was working again. As only had the small scope availabe I needed something of reasonable size. I did not know this target was as extensive as it is.
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  9. Today I took delivery of the new Antlia 3nm OIII filter. After the positive comments about this filter, I decided to purchase the OIII for the time being, as my Optolong OIII is a disaster on bright stars, causing huge halos. I have few clear nights coming up, so will give the filter a challenge by imaging the Sadr region. Sadr gave me horrendous reflections with my Optolong OIII filter last year. Be interesting to see how they stack up against each other. Brian
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  10. Hi all, Just sharing my rig with you all, originally i had the 10"SCT (now benched) and ZS61 just about maxing out my CEM60 at 54lbs but recently decided to get another frac, the ZS81 now sits alongside his smaller brother. The ZS61 now has pride of place the 2600MC-Pro for wide field work and the ZS81 had my older 294MC-Pro for closer views, im using this for galaxy season coupled to my ES 2xFocal extender to which ive had a great first test shot with, ill post in images section. I will also be using my 385MC with the ZS81 for lunar and possibly planetary capture. Tha
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  11. Hi everyone, this is my latest go at the whirlpool. I must say i have had this all colors whilst doing the processing, don't know what's right and wrong but settled on this for now. I have lost some of the finer wisp while bringing out other detail but this is the best i could make it with my limited processing skills. Imaged on Fri 2nd and Sat 3rd ,just over 9 hours integration @300s subs. OOUK ODK12.. A A ProTec 294C..Baader Moon&Skyglow Filter. IOPTRON Cem 120ec Bob
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  12. Whether the 1.5nm is worth the extra 100 euro is debatable, but I will test the Antlia out tonight and post the result. Brian
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  13. You are right, I just remembered incorrectly. 4.5nm. Carole
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  14. I absolutely adore this! The colours are superb, the detail, just so much to see. Well done πŸ‘
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  15. I haven't heard of the Antlia filters. I was planning to get the Baader ultranarrowband one at 3nm, I already have the Ha 3.5nm, but since I don't currently have any decent skies to try it on I am sitting on the order. The image Wyvern linked to looks very impressive. I wonder how they compare pricewise to the Baader ones? Have you got a link to the Antlia filters? Carole
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  16. UPDATE i may be able to dig down 16" giving me a door height of 62" i will lift the floor over the next few days and investigate the concrete joist positions. 🀞 there's more room than i thought between joists, thanks for the ideas peeps πŸ™‚
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  17. Looks like I will get a chance to try it out later. The snow has stopped, and the cloud is breaking up. I can image Sadr from around 2.30 once it clears the trees, so hopefully will post results tomorrow.
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  18. Definitely worth it - be interested to see what the power mate does. Took this (While talking to Lee) with a 860mm FL / 130mm Carbon fibre "SET Optics scope, 2 x Altair Tele Extender and QSI6909i Happy with the result BUT it has shown me that my refractor is quite a bit out of collimation!!!! Just bought the scope on a whim from a local guy. This has been stripped down and taken to a fantastic guy in worcestershire - Chris Livingstone telescopes - and will be back with me on Friday - hopefully collimated and providing sharper images again.
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  19. I have no idea Bob, but if it was condensation it would have shown up when I took an image of M81, just a minute or two after the first image of M51. If the red works when at a higher altitude I can cope with that. I'm going to replace it with a higher quality Baader filter just to be sure. Brian
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  20. Very nice, more hours per target is a must.
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  21. Planning on something similar myself for small galaxies. Got a 2x TV Powermate to play around with.
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  22. Nice set up, shame about the hobbit door.
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  23. Looking good πŸ‘
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  24. I'd be really interested to see the results of your tests.
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  26. That's looking good Dan πŸ‘ No criticism but I prefer the Heart turned 90 degrees clockwise as It makes the Fish head look less 'phallic' πŸ™‚
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  27. Hi all, many thanks for letting me in. My name is Lee and ive been into astronomy since a young lad, so 40yrs on ive acquired some kit and even built myself a bespoke obsy among many other projects. My main interest these days is astrophotography to which i am 18months into still learning but ive had some nice results so far πŸ˜‰ Ive had all sorts of scopes in the past, from the Astronomy Now build your own newt, to Barry Watts over at Beacon Hill build me my first proper newt, a skeleton framed 12" GEM.... still "wow" comes to mind when i looked through that the first time, to today where i hav
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  28. Welcome Lee. Nice setup you have there. Looking forward to seeing some of your images. Brian
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  30. Hi Lee, wow, what an introduction. Fantastic Home observatory build. There are a bunch of us imagers on here, and there is a nice chat thread for when you're "in-action" so to speak (anybody Playing Tonight). Sounds like you have got a lot to offer on here. Carole
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  31. Mark the guide cam is the ZWO ASI120MM and the guide scope is WO 50mm with 200mm focal length.
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  32. Hi Lee and welcome to the forum. Rather nice obsy you have there, I'm just a tad jealous.
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  33. Very nice image Paul, it is quite extensive. Maybe try a mosaic???
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  34. Hi all, I finally managed to get a decent image, there is still a lot to improve though as the picture seems to have a vignette effect which I didn't manage to remove. Perhaps is something to do with the flat frames I took this morning using the blue sky. Any way I quite happy with the result and I hope you like it ! Gabs
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  35. Well, against my better judgement I'm taking a punt on 6 hours Luminance on M106 with the ODK12 in 10 min subs. With the Cloudwatcher monitoring the weather, and an automated roof, I should be safe from any untoward events.
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  36. Evening all, back on M51, aiming for 8 to 10 hours of subs in total LRGB.
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  37. Transparency is excellent at the moment and getting really good guiding.
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  38. Sorry Carole , i meant you are beating the sky.😁
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  39. I cropped a bit the right side where there was something wrong.
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  40. Good start ! Hope you don't mind but I cropped slightly - adjusted curves and levels in photoshop and generally fiddled a bit. Your image but edited a bit.
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  41. Great image - I like how there's so much going on in that target - it's all very subtle and captured well,
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  42. Amazing that you can get such great results with B8 skies and Blobby to contend with. Lovely image.
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  43. You don't have the ideal location that's for sure. LP in the West, restriction to the East. Brian
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  44. Daring use of colour, love it.
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  45. Nice colours and a great image.
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  46. here’s the rig I’m currently using at the moment :) Altair Ascent 102ed altair 60mm guidescope gpcam 290c Altair hypercam 26C ProTec Altair filter drawer Pegasus pocket powerbox skywatcher eq6-r pro mini-x mini pc I have a 72edf scope too, but at the moment the 102 is fast becoming my favourite ? hope we get some more clear skies soon!
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  47. Such a shame about the door. I have a POD and pretty sure the door height is similar and I have to duck under. I normally put one leg inside and one outside, and then duck under the dome. I do have back trouble from time to time, but so far it has been OK. I have to do the same with my camping observatory which is even lower. You should see the antics of other people, especially those over 6' trying to get in there to have a look through the scopes lol. Hope you find a way around it. I was thinking more, could you lift the height of the walls, but then I guess t
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  48. Lmao πŸ˜› love that pic mate lol i have absolutely scratched every part of my head while redesigning just the entry but its so tight with room in the warm room area that even digging down 2 or 3 steps would take the floor where my chair sits... i will look at it again but its blooming tight and i would hate to fall down a hole lol so a hatch would need to be installed that i then would need to lift up to access the steps without bending..... its the blooming bending thats halting all my ideas other then a full height door ??? youve made me go and have another scratch pal lol......... pending lol
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  49. Ekos is playing silly XXXXXXXXX second night on the trot. Guiding went haywire, no clouds, no snags, nothing. Went through the rigmarole of trying to restart the guiding and EKOS nose dived into oblivion. Had to reboot the RPi server and restart everything again. Another issue I'm having is once a filter sequence has finished, the next sequence stalls and I have to turn the camera cooler off to let it warm a fraction then the next filter sequence will start. Only trouble is now that its so cold out the camera isn't warming up so I have to abort, set the sequence temps lower
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