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  1. I’ve got plenty of Skywatcher rings, it’s the ridiculous situation of the Whitworth fitting and the lack of clearance on the dovetail bottom that means you can’t fix the rings without the bolts being proud on the bottom and not allowing a full range of movement to allow balancing. A new dovetail will allow fitting the Skywatcher rings but with clearance to slide the dovetail.
  2. Thanks guys! Dave, I still use Neat Image now and again but tended to use Noel's actions more recently. However, I finally succumbed to Topaz de-noise after trying it for a while. It doesn't always do the job, but when it does, it does it immaculately. Currently going through the usual circus of errors getting the 80ED balanced on the EQ6-R. Having finally got a finder-scope mounted on it (the old Baader Steeltrack doesn't have anywhere to fit a finder-shoe), I've now found that the Skywatcher dovetail bar fouls the dovetail mount. Rather than fork out £174 for a pair of 100mm scope rings than fit the 80ED, I've managed to find a dovetail bar that will do the job hopefully. The expense never ends! 😤😂
  3. Had a go at this one using Topaz De-noise AI and also added a few spike to bling things up. Planning on imaging this with the newly revived 80ED soon as skies clear. This was Redcat 51 with Optolong L-pro and ASI294mc pro. Tony
  4. It's all a bit complicated at the moment Carole. We do actually have the house on the Wirral (currently occupied by some of our offspring 🙂 ) but I still work down here at least until I can pay off the mortgage (just under two years left) or get someone in to rent the flat. Haven't really had a chance to sort out anything as planned as we've had a bit of a year due to lockdown and a couple of family bereavments. I'm hoping to get into a position where I can become 'hands-off' as far as the job (I.T.) is concerned and just manage that remotely for 2 or 3 days a week. Once that is done, the flat will just be used for income and we'll move up to the house. The garden isn't ideal for astro, but it's better than the restricted view I have now and there are plenty of nearby location where I can park and setup. The house is only a short walk from the beach and there are some good parking spots I can exploit. In the meantime, I will set the rig up on the balcony, where I have a ruggedised outdoor power supply, a weatherproof box with a regulated, linear power supply and a Telegizmos 365 cover for the scope. Once setup, there won't be much need to move it.
  5. Have bought myself an early 60th Birthday present as cloudless nights are few and far between in the UK and I don’t want to wait until January. Looking forward to setting up and playing with this on the balcony as it’s a few years since I foolishly got rid of the old NEQ6, not realising the opportunities for imaging in narrowband. Current intention is to get out the trusty old 80ED Pro (gold version) fitted with a Baader Steeltrack focuser and piggyback the Redcat on top. Hopefully, they can then take turns as either main camera or guidescope for each other. Particularly looking forward to having guiding in BOTH axes and the joys of dithering again. 😊
  6. Thanks Dave, great to see you back in the fold! 😊
  7. For those who wanted a bit more of the 'gold', this is the best I could do in a mid-week hurry...
  8. Might have a go with selective colour later, ran out of time today.
  9. Spent an afternoon playing with different integration techniques and processing in different palettes. HOO - using separate extractions of Ha and OIII in AstroPixelProcessor (APP) separating the star layer and processing each individually before re-merging. SHO - creating a false SII channel from Ha-OIII Mono and combining using APP’s RGB Combine, then processing as above.
  10. Thought I'd have a play with the HOO Rosette capture as the data seemed pretty good. First, I did separate Ha and OIII integrations in Astro Pixel Processor. I cleaned up the Light Pollution first to create two 'clean' Fits images, then registered them against each other (as the Ha image is always a different dimension for some reason) and merged the registered fits as SHO channels, using OIII for a false SII (yes, I know I 'should' use a mono Ha-OIII integration but that's why this was "playing" 🙂) The combined initially stretched image was then saved as a tiff file and some basic cleanup and processing was done (mainly Camera Raw Filter and Noel's Actions). Rather than use starnet++ at the initial stages, I waited until the image was more or less processed this time, having corrected and flattened. After running starnet++, I used Apply image with the starry and starless images to create a separate star layer. Then ran Peter Shah's Star Reduction action to reduce the Star Layer before merging it back into the cleaned up Starless for the final image. Actually quite pleased with the result and will do the same with the HOO version tomorrow I think. Tony
  11. Thanks guys! This target has been an ambition of mine to capture for quite some time. This was a first attempt with a cooled camera and although the target was quite low down for most of the imaging session, it’s really whet my appetite. Looking forward to adding more data to it. May have to go into the field in order to get a prolonged session though, as there’s a tree which obstructs the current view. Now just have to wait for another cloudless New Moon. 😂
  12. Had to take advantage of a cloudless (almost) New Moon, even if it was a bit windy. Crop from full image. 36 x 180s subs with Optolong L-Pro filter WO Redcat 51 ASI294mc pro -10C unity gain Skywatcher StarAdventurer tracker Processed with Astro Pixel Processor, starnet++ and Photoshop CC Tony
  13. I was keeping my fingers crossed as I was having all kinds of issues with the EAF for some reason and ended up having to focus it by hand. 🙂
  14. First pass at processing this capture from last night. Will have a go at processing individual channels later. 40 x 180s lights plus calibration (no flats for this, had to try to sort through processing). Integrated and initial stretch/cleanup in Astro Pixel Processor and processing in starnet++ and Photoshop. WO Redcat Optolong l-eNhance filter ASI294mc pro -10C unity gain Star Adventurer tracker
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