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It was my first time using N.I.N.A and autofocus with the ZWO EAF last night.  I managed to get 24x300s on M63 with my 200P and Canon 1000D.  I'm looking forward to collecting more data on this galaxy to really bring out the detail.  

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1 hour ago, PeterBolt said:

It was my first time using N.I.N.A and autofocus with the ZWO EAF last night.  I managed to get 24x300s on M63 with my 200P and Canon 1000D.  I'm looking forward to collecting more data on this galaxy to really bring out the detail.  

It's looking great for just a couple of hours of data.

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4 hours ago, peter shah said:

I can see a slight magenta cast across the Image, a really easy fix, that aside it's superb, deep rich star colour its just beautiful.

Thanks I will take a look at the colour cast👍if you have any tips on how I could achieve this it would be appreciated.  I am using PS 🙂

 

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33 minutes ago, PeterBolt said:

Thanks I will take a look at the colour cast👍if you have any tips on how I could achieve this it would be appreciated.  I am using PS 🙂

 

I don't use PS for astro images, but the best way to remove a cast, is by making sure all your channels are aligned in the histogram. If not, you can use levels on the indivual channels to adjust them.

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Thats looking very nice peter, and i'm especially impressed you managed to get the 200P to work. I tried imaging with mine years ago in my early days on scopes and gave up.  That said i know lot more know about fettling a newt these days, so i might try pimping mine as i still have it.

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, ribuck said:

Thats looking very nice peter, and i'm especially impressed you managed to get the 200P to work. I tried imaging with mine years ago in my early days on scopes and gave up.  That said i know lot more know about fettling a newt these days, so i might try pimping mine as i still have it.

 

 

 

Thank you. I am very attached to my scope 🙂 I bought it for my 21st birthday (21 years ago!) But I only managed to devote the time to understanding how to use it during the lockdown last year 😂🙈 it's been in the attic of various house for most of that time 😂😂😂 I added the low profile focuser and modified the original 9x50 finderscope to take a guide camera.

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12 minutes ago, ribuck said:

3 upgrades i recommend for anyone with a newt :-

  • Focuser
  • Primary Mirror Mask
  • Primary Mirror cell spring upgrade

Thank you for the info....what is a primary mirror mask?  My mirror cell has the o-rings...is it possible to replace with springs?  Any recommendations?

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god yes get rid of the rubber and get as set of good springs -  dont buy astro ones as they are a rip off as they charge £20 for 3 little springs. i learnt that that the hard way.   Typically they then tend to have about 15-20mm height and tend to made from thicker 1.3mm wire.  something like this.  Teleskop-Express: TS Optics reinforced springs for main mirror cell - set of three

 

As for the primary mirror mask - it's essentially a flat ring that fits above your primary mirror to conceal the edge of your mirror that refracts light.  it has 2 purposes

 

  • It softens and helps reduce diffraction spikes on bright stars.
  • it drastically reduces the halo effect often found on bright stars. Ig you look at my M81, there are zero halo's around the stars the internal halo around cores of the star are greatly reduced and smoothed - just ignore the dodgy cores of my stars as they are over saturated and need sorting.
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2 minutes ago, ribuck said:

god yes get rid of the rubber and get as set of good springs -  dont buy astro ones as they are a rip off as they charge £20 for 3 little springs. i learnt that that the hard way.   Typically they then tend to have about 15-20mm height and tend to made from thicker 1.3mm wire.  something like this.  Teleskop-Express: TS Optics reinforced springs for main mirror cell - set of three

 

As for the primary mirror mask - it's essentially a flat ring that fits above your primary mirror to conceal the edge of your mirror that refracts light.  it has 2 purposes

 

  • It softens and helps reduce diffraction spikes on bright stars.
  • it drastically reduces the halo effect often found on bright stars. Ig you look at my M81, there are zero halo's around the stars the internal halo around cores of the star are greatly reduced and smoothed.

Thanks i will investigate these suggestions 👍

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1 minute ago, PeterBolt said:

Thanks i will investigate these suggestions 👍

If nothing else - just replace the rubber to get proper spring to help hold collimation as the scope moves across the sky.

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