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Skipper Billy

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Skipper Billy last won the day on January 12

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  1. Well done - tough one to image - I have never had any success on that target.
  2. Well done - you should be proud of that!!!
  3. Very elegant light touch processing - well done - you should be proud of that!!
  4. Thanks Gina - it was a bit of an experiment really before the target disappears from view for the season.
  5. I used starnet++ to remove all the stars and create a star mask. Then in Photoshop repaired all the holes left by the star haloes using clone stamp (very time consuming) - then processed the stars to make them tighter and brighter then blended the two images back together.
  6. Thanks for that Bryan - I am always open to feedback ! I never use deconvolution - for two reasons - firstly I have never managed to get a result that I am happy with - it always seems to make the image dull and flat. Secondly its the one process that to me identifies it as processed in Pixinsight! I still have work to do on the stars - its something i always struggle with and I will try your very helpful suggestions. Thanks again. Watch this space!!!
  7. M42 and NGC1977 - The Orion Nebula and the Running Man Nebula. Imaged 10th Feb 2021. 3 hours Luminance in 600 second subs binned 1x1. 45 mins each of RGB in 120 second subs binned 2x2. 4" frac and Atik mono camera. Processed in Pixinsight with a full set of calibration files.
  8. A clear night forecast for the Scottish Highlands tomorrow - no moon - no wind but -14 degrees. I may need a light fleece!
  9. NGC 2174 - The Monkeys Head Nebula. 5 hours Ha in 1200 sec subs binned 1x1 from a couple of weeks ago and 3 hours OIII in 600 second subs binned 1x1 from last night. The OIII was weak and sketchy and it clouded over before I had as much data as I really wanted. If its clear again tonight I will grab a few more hours of OIII and reprocess it as I had to push the OIII really hard (too hard). Or I might image it in SII and make a 'Hubble' pallet image.
  10. 'Star of Bethlehem' - I am seeing in the media more and more reports about next weeks conjunction being a re-run of the 'Star of Bethlehem'. For a kick off they are NOT stars! Giving them poetic licence and ignoring that fact I looked the location of Jupiter and Saturn around the alleged date of the happening and they were nowhere near each other!! Not even close. See attached and notice the date - Christmas Eve just before the 'event' - I also scrolled backwards and forwards a few years each way and they were never even close to conjunction !! For the pedants - you are quite right my mod
  11. I am with @KevS on this one. I don't have the technical background that he does to explain the why, what and how but my simple brain tells me that the ceramic bearings that I use in the miniature gas turbines (jet engines) in some of my model aircraft are required to go from ambient temperature to many hundreds of degrees in a very short time and idle at 40000rpm and run flat out at 180000 rpm whilst having very low axial load are going to be a very different beast to bearings that turn once in a night with almost no temp. change but support a heavy weight. My simple brain also tells me that g
  12. PS - when you get your scope rings dont forget that you need to balance in all 3 axis - something a lot of people forget and is often missed from instructions on balancing.
  13. Are you 'tuning' your mount at the same sort of temperatures that you will be imaging at ??? I had a Sirius (Heq5 but black) and I couldn't figure out why it had zero backlash in the lounge but did when it was outside - all down to the temperature!!
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