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Hi all, finally a couple of clear nights last week. I managed to get six hours of usable data on the Cone nebula/ Christmas tree cluster though I had to throw away an equivalent amount due to really poor guiding. Every time I did the calibration for guiding PHD2 kept asking for the max Dec and Ra duration steps to be increased.......absolutely no idea why but guiding that's normally between 0.6 to 1.0 turned into 1.0 to 1.5 on both nights. I think Blur exterminator in pixinsight probably helped in tightening up most of the dodgy looking stars so thought it was still an image worth posting. 

Cheers Paul

 

Christmas Forums Final (1 of 1).jpg

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3 minutes ago, Carastro said:

That's really lovely Paul.  Well done.  So smooth, did you use Blur exterminator or something?

 

Carole 

Thank you Carole. Yes I used blur exterminator, noise and star exterminator from Russel Croman's  suite of astro processing tools. I've only been doing astro photography for three years but even in just that time the help you get with processing with these new tools etc is quite impressive. 

Cheers Paul 

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On 1/23/2023 at 12:15 PM, P Holdsworth said:

Thank you Carole. Yes I used blur exterminator, noise and star exterminator from Russel Croman's  suite of astro processing tools. I've only been doing astro photography for three years but even in just that time the help you get with processing with these new tools etc is quite impressive. 

Cheers Paul 

Thats a really nice image. I'm about 3 years at this also and I agree 100%, the change in the last 18 months or so, with all the new tools and methods, including the new generation of sensors has made a dramatic difference to what we can achieve.

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