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About Anweniel

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  1. Anweniel

    DSO Nebulae

    Collection of my attempts at imaging various nebula
  2. May just be me then. I still get a 404 error on anything beyond page 1.
  3. Is there a problem with the site? Only one page displayed for Atik 383L entries and I know I submitted one....(which cannot be found by searching the camera or photographer)
  4. Must say I agree with the comments made. I asked a similar question when moving to ccd imaging and had started with DSLR, then (briefly) modded DSLR, then CCD. After modding the DSLR, first impressions were spectacularly improved from the umodded version. However, the DSLR was far, far too noisy to really pull out details of faint nebulae from my VERY light polluted suburban garden. Response to my initial inquiries were really juxtaposed and confusing, in fact I believe it was Olly whom almost put me off my eventual purchasing of an Atik 383L+ I think the phrase used was "hardly a light bucket". I did eventually buy the Kodak 8300 chipped camera, mostly because I wanted to lose as little FOV as possible and avoid the mosaicing and keeping an image of larger nebulae that would remain recognisable as the intended target rather than a segment of it. Yes I agree darks are simplistic. Flats however, well maybe it is me but I cannot seem to get these right and this may be due to me being useless or perhaps an issue with the getting the right exposure length with my setup and not catching shadow from the mechanical shutter? I would also favour a mono chip and good filters. I think this is particularly pertinent if you are imaging from bad LP and wish to capture faint objects. Not looked back at the decision though, the camera is excellent, the user not so much! Now its just the issues of guiding, seeing and weather to deal with! All the best with your decision
  5. This image taken with William Optics Megrez 90 and Atik 383L+ in Walsall 23/11/14 3x1800s Ha 3x1800s Oiii 3x1800s Sii
  6. Hopefully Walsall Astronomical Society approved soon
  7. Your concerns are quite understandable Amy and I wouldn't put it down to paranoia! As most have said, investigate your local astronomical societies, it may be that there will be travel required but I'm sure this could be overcome. I also understand what you say about meeting people you may have only spoken to once or twice on a forum. It seems a little suspect and daunting, I imagine more so being a young lady. In my experience though you couldn't find much of a nicer largely harmless bunch than astronomers. Some of us are ageing quite quickly, may look a little 'rough and ready' but we're mostly made up of nerds and misfits! You should feel quite safe meeting at your local astro society, these are usual held in very public places and its a very good opportunity for you to learn from others, engage on the community and maybe make some friends ( who you could possibly tap up for a lift! ) Most of all be safe, don't go the park on your own at night! I don't know your local area but I wouldn't recommend it even as a last resort. I know I wouldn't do it alone and I'm a 33 year old man whos 5'11 and with plenty of weight behind him! Barry
  8. The drivers installed themselves when i plugged the cable in. I guess I could try checking them. Thanks for the responses guys
  9. Clicking the binoculars in toolbox tells me COM8 as does my device manager. The cable is brand new and arrived yesterday! I guess its possible that its dodgy. Everything else seems ok just the comms and the program slowing up. Not sure if eqmod is slowing the computer or if its constantly searching for a signal and losing it?
  10. Any ideas what could be giving me this error? I am attempting to use eqmod with my newly acquired second hand EQ6 Pro. Previously I have automated my CG5 through Cartes du Ciel (going through the handset) and run all my other imaging software at the same time without any trouble. Although I do use a very outdated old XP laptop. I have checked the mount operates ok by using the handset to slew and goto and even on a couple of imaging runs. I am using the Hitecastro serial to usb cable straight from mount to laptop and have checked (and double checked) the port settings. The mount operates ok for a few minutes, then the cartes du ciel program grinds to a halt and the error message 'connection timeout' flashes on the eqmod. Following this the program responds very sluggishly and the mount wanders on very odd slews and park positions. Could the Hotec cable be to blame despite being brand new? Is eqmod eating my crappy laptop?
  11. Booked in for Sunday, sorry to be so brutally honest but the lure of one Dr. Green was the one against whom resistance was futile, no matter how many Borg you manage to squeeze yourselves next to! Will be sure to drag myself away to visit your stall at some point, dare I bring my wallet/missus?
  12. And thanks to you to for organising the event. Can you put on SGL 10's to do list 'organise clear skies' ?
  13. Anweniel

    SGL9 images...

    You did much better than me Mark, PA was way out, goto was non existent. Every time I went to align on a star a bunch of nasty looking clouds would sit over it a while. Managed to knock out a few subs regardless but nothing of note, just this bearded fella: M51, M43, M42 and the moon Not even enough time to get focus right :/
  14. Anweniel

    Astroboot at SGL9

    I'll have a Canon 1000D with IR filter removed and a zwo asi120mc that I could be persuaded to part with
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