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  1. I am still struggling to 'master' (read have any positive effect at all) flat frames but then again I have struggled with every single step of astro imaging so far. You get there eventually don't you but it would be nice for something to be easy for a change. Earl, what are you using to stack / calibrate the flats? I am using Maxim DL. It ought to be easy at that price but isn't. Cheers, Steve.
  2. I think the three image 'rotated' mosaic looks really cool. A lot more interesting than if it were rectilinear. Steve.
  3. I bought a Lodestar recently and worked like a dream from the first night with Maxim DL. Little bit of messing to get it focussed first time but basically worked out of the box. Maxim is expensive but I suggest trying the 30 day free trial you can download. PM me if you are still struggling and I will try and help. Cheers, Steve.
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    Welcome. You will be amazed at how willing to help the people on this forum are. I am only about 18 months into Astronomy but I very quickly realised I wanted to do Astrophotography (AP). Something I wished I had found out earlier is the importance of the mount and that you should spend more on the mount than the telescope. Rather than buy the very best scope I could for my budget I wished I had bought a cheaper scope so I had more to spend more quickly on a good mount. Early days but worth a bit of reading around this before you spend all that five hundred quid. Look at second hand too. Cheers, Steve.
  5. If it doesn't need to be expensive then I have gone very wrong somewhere along the way.... Beware! Steve.
  6. Keep a close eye on your bank balance. Enjoy! Steve.
  7. Yes welcome. You will be truly amazed at how patient, tolerant, knowledgeable and helpful people on this forum are. It has given me renewed faith in humanity. Don’t be scared to ask questions! Cheers, Steve.
  8. Yes welcome. You will be truly amazed at how patient, tolerant, knowledgeable and helpful people on this forum are. It has given me renewed faith in humanity. Don’t be scared to ask questions! Cheers, Steve.
  9. Yes but check out the Televue Powermates. The 5x would do great things with Jupiter on your scope (ok with excelllent seeing and tracking and stability too). Cheers, Steve.
  10. I don’t have any experience of Planetary work yet but based on what I have read Registax is the most appropriate tool. In fact I already have it downloaded in preparation for some Jupiter Webcam work I am going to experiment with in the coming weeks. However, the main driver for my post was to generally sing the praises of DeepSkyStacker (DSS). I am still relatively new to Astronomy, about 18 months in and DSS was one of the first tools I became at all familiar with. For a free piece of software for ‘non AVI’ image stacking it is brilliant. In fact I have recently started using Maxim DL (have you seen the price?!) because I ‘needed’ it to driver various bits of new kit BUT as far as stacking capabilities go I still think DSS is better. Much easier to colour balance for example. So Registax in this context yes but I wont have a bad word saiod about DSS. Cheers, Steve.
  11. I have got hold of a SPC900NC from ebay and modified it. I have a 5x Powermate. I am going to have a go at Jupiter and if I get anything like your shot I will be more than delighted. The webcam thing obvioulsy works but until I experience it for myself I will be sceptical as the visual observing through the 5x Powermate is blumming awful. Thanks for sharing your image. Steve.
  12. Lovely image. What equipment did you use if you don't mind me asking. Thanks, Steve.
  13. OMG you don't even get a mirror!? :-) Don't get me wrong. I do want to buy one as I feel you can't all be wrong. I am just a bit sceptical. Not helped by the fact that nobody seems capable of taking my money off me for one. Hopefully I will be singing the praises of Telrad in the near future. Steve.
  14. Really nice shot. I have recently made the move to autoguiding and while I know its the right move your shot reminds me that you can get good results with lots of (relatively) short exposures, particularly on the bright targets. How did you get youts Flats? Cheers, Steve.
  15. I am relatively new to astronomy and imaging, been into it for about 18 months, IT / Computing is my job but I resisted bringing a laptop into my viewing and imaging until very recently for a number of reasons including being sick of seeing computers all day and it adding yet another level of complexity. After struggling with an LVI Autoguider for a number of months (I know some people like them but based on painful experience I don’t) I bought a Lodestar guide camera, brought in the laptop and Maxim DL. It has been a revelation. It hasn’t complicated matters it has hugely simplified them. I feel in control for the first time. When I look back I should have known better. They are good computers are! Get hold of a 5 (or so) year old (Dell) laptop is my advice. They are very robust and you will get one dirt cheap. Check it has appropriate ports but I think generally you will find the slightly older models give you more choice port wise. Bite the bullet and introduce a computer. Good luck. Steve.
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