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  1. IC 410 - The 'Tadpoles' in bi-colour

    Thanks, Richard.
  2. Registar and Astroart

    No, the OP does indeed mean Registar! Craig, AstroArt will indeed do what you want as will MaxIm DL and DSS BUT Registar works in a non-linear fashion so it adds a little extra accuracy to the registration (alignment). I would get AstroArt first and then consider Registar later if you find yourself using data from disparate systems.
  3. IC 410 - The 'Tadpoles' in bi-colour

    It hasn't been great recently, Mike, has it? It's a great pity that I can't persuade my wife to move to France, learn the language and go native! Mind you, I'd miss my sons and grandchildren too much so I am also part of the problem! What is great about imaging from the UK is that the satisfaction when the weather does play ball makes you forget all those wet and cloudy nights .... that said, have you stepped outside this evening? Yuck ..........
  4. IC 410 - The 'Tadpoles' in bi-colour

    Thanks, Chris, pleased you like it. Thank you, Carole. I was pleased to see them light up with that blue tinge! Such is the joy of imaging in the UK. Thank you, Barry - I was pleased to see the 'tadpoles' themselves pop out with the application of the OIII to the original Ha data and that gentle blue halo was a real bonus.
  5. Is autofocus as good as it sounds?

    Can't speak for the Lakeside per se as I use a SharpSky autofocuser but autofocusing as a tool is really good!
  6. NGC2174 The Monkey Head Nebula

    A lovely delicate image, Barry, the monkey's 'hair' looks nice and wispy. I have never noticed the 'hand to mouth' part before but I see it now. Excellent!
  7. I have finally managed to collect sufficient OIII data to produce my bi-colour version of 'The Tadpoles', a nebulous region in Auriga. This has not been an easy task as the skies have been most unhelpful and it has taken several nights for each channel often gaining less than 5 subframes at a time! The majority of the Ha was captured under moonlit conditions where the very narrow bandwidth came in very useful. I still have work to do on the stars but will wait now until I have some SII data to complete an HST palette version. Image Stats Mount: Mesu 200 Telescope: Sky-Watcher Esprit 150 Flattener: Sky-Watcher Esprit specific Camera: QSI 683 WSG-8 Filters: Astrodon 3nm Ha and 3nm OIII Subframes: 22 x 1800 sec Ha, 25 x 1800 sec OIII Integration: 23.5 hours Control: CCD Commander Capture: MaxIM DL Calibration and Stacking: PixInsight Post-Processing: PhotoShop PS3 The Tadpoles
  8. I saw the horsehead by accident!

    Thank you, Gav, very interesting.
  9. I saw the horsehead by accident!

    Exciting report, Gav and what a pleasant surprise fr you! Can you give some more details on the NV unit that you were using, please?
  10. This is beyond weird.

    If the guiding log and graph show nothing happened then this must surely indicate that the telescope or imaging camera have moved. If the movement is linear (i.e. no rotation) and you still have a well focused image then it must be the telescope that has shifted? As you say though, not a convincing argument. The AA test will remove PHD from the equation so that has to be done after a quick spanner check to remove any doubt there.
  11. I call it aday and moveing on

    I am sorry to hear that you are giving up - perhaps hang on to enough of the gear that you do use more than the rest so that you can keep your hand in? If you are set on selling, I would suggest splitting it up into sensible modules as for the most part that is what happens in the end anyway as the chances of someone wanting exactly the same equipment choices as you for the whole system are slim. Good luck however you decide to proceed.
  12. Dual Imaging Rig

    Olly is quite right about the considerations for alignment but I was lucky with my own version when I used it as I had a large OSC sensor on the longer focal length telescope and a smaller mono sensor on the Megrez so there was a generous field overlap. Shimming can indeed be done (I know from bitter experience) but it is time consuming and only mildly more satisfying than watching water disappear down a plug hole .......
  13. Dual Imaging Rig

    That's good to hear, Ian, thanks!
  14. Dual Imaging Rig

    You have lots of options here, Ian you are going to have some fun trying them all out but then, that is part of the game!
  15. IC410 The Tadpoles Nebula

    Excellent - the remote works! I've been imaging this one myself from the UK but struggling with good OIII data at the moment, I envy you those skies!