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About Crunchard

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  1. For sale I have a new-in-box Astrozap solar filter 225-235mm - 8" SCT / Newts RRP for these is £80+ (check FLO) Asking £35 plus £3 delivery. £38 total Thanks for looking!
  2. I found this colour seemed to show the most detail, when I ended up with a monochrome image it just seemed to washout on me. My weakness is definitely processing. When I see what other people produce shooting the same object it shows I have a lot to learn!
  3. I did get a version without the trails, but in a strange way I sort of like this. Shows how busy the sky is!
  4. I have tried, but then processing is not what I would class as a strong point!
  5. Now that the nights are starting to close in it'll be time to spend some outdoor moments getting cold hands ... though not just yet as the evenings are lovely and warm(ish). Milky Way image. 36 x 1min exposures, stacked and processed. Nikon D3200, 14mm, F5. Astrotrac. Quite pleased with the result, especially catching the shooter. Just not sure how I get more colour into it (sure it has to be in there!).
  6. Cheers all. I'm looking into a small APO, as I no longer have the ST80. Possibly a 66mm, as an 80 maybe just a bit too large for the Astrotrac. Will have to wait and see.
  7. Thanks, and yes it is a shame, but I can live with it M31 was 9 mins, 3 x 3mins M42 was a mixture, starting at 20s, and going up to 90 secs mins, came out at 14 mins in total
  8. I have recently become a little (and I do mean a little) better at post-processing, so I tentatively revisited my M31 data. This image is only 3 lights, nothing else, and was taken using an ST80 with an un-modded Canon 1000D. I am very pleased with the M31 pic, despite the distortion. This next pic is a cropped image of M42, the Orion nebula. It is 20 lights, again nothing else, taken using an old (25 years+) 400mm camera lens, modded Canon 1100D, mounted on the Astrotrac. Focus is a little soft, but I now have a microfocuser to assist going forward. Constructive comments always appreciated.
  9. Thanks Dave ... I won't part with the few hundred quid as a test then
  10. It would be interesting to see how I could connect a violet cut filer to the front of my 4 different camera lenses - as it would involve step up / step down filter connectors of some sort.
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