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kirkster501 last won the day on October 18 2019

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  1. Yes, familiar that plate solve will get you to so the object in the centre but then getting the camera at the right orientation by eyeballing it is a PITA and I end up that my registered subs have to be cut significantly and I am fed up of this now. I've never quite worked out this rotation thing in SGP, it never seems to work when I have tried it. I wish SGP had that frame markers feature too like that APT has.
  2. Olly, you mentioned framing your objects in a certain way by aligning north and south or something like that then letting the star drift to see it's lined up in a certain way - I recall you mentioning something like this??? Can you let me know please how you do this? This reframing the object after the camera has been moved is a big area of weakness for me and I need to get it sorted pronto.
  3. Nicely done. You've inspired me to revisit my dataset on this.
  4. Very true. It is very hard to be disciplined and focus on the one object in our skies for so long. By the time you've got the data on one subject it's possible that two, three or four months can pass sometimes and the object disappears from view! I have about six data sets I am working with like that. For example, my deep-detail, multi-panel Andromeda project with my TEC140 is going to be a decade long one at this rate. I hardly got anything on it this/last year, the weather has been so diabolical.
  5. Thanks Steve. It's not what we want to hear in the UK with our clear sky time at such a premium but the truth is that more subs equals better result. It's as simple as that isn't it..... We are told this all the time but still try to do 10 subs instead of 25 to try and get something in the can. There are 46 in this picture. OK, maybe that is overkill but forms the basis of a good experiment. I'd say based on my experience now of struggling with processing and noisy images is that the luminance or Ha master providing the detail on any subject needs 20 lights at least and this picture is an epiphany moment for me - 8 - 12 subs like I have been doing is not enough for a super result. I hardly did anything to this picture. So many subs and the noise averages itself out
  6. Arghh man..... You’re so good at this.... what about a smaller mobile set up? I urge you to reconsider John, you're one of the inspiring experts here. There are other ways to polar align. Why not a roll on/off small shed over the scope after the alignment is done? Or a peer in concrete and a little movable house like assembly on the top after a drift align?
  7. Here is 46 x 10 minutes with FSQ85 and Moravian G2-8300 camera and Astrodon 3nm filter. I had forgotten about this data set that I captured in 2018! I have been desperate to process something with not getting anything in the can lately due to shocking UK weather so was looking into my data lake and found these unprocessed jewels. As it happens, with a huge dataset like this, you hardly need to do any processing at all since the output from image integration is so good. All I did after preprocessing was do an Automatic background Extraction, a masked stretch and a bit of HDR with a mask. That's it. I hope you like it and it gets you looking forward to summer again. This will be an excellent foundation for a colour North American/Pelican project as well.
  8. What do the individual subs look like when stretched? Share a few of them. Are you being ruthless enough throwing out the bad ones?
  9. Yep, more data needed. The edge of the galaxies is a bit noisy as well.
  10. Hi, it was made with my FSQ85 with reducer and KAF8300 camera.
  11. Had a reprocess of this ready (hopefuly) to get more data on it this comign spring. This is seven hours from last year.
  12. Brilliant, I really like it. I like the colours and how you have kept some colour in the background sky. Many, myself included, can have a tendncy to obliterate the sky to make it black and reduce noise. It's a delicate balanciong act - but you haven't done that here due to the quality of your data set and the delicate processing. Good job!
  13. Wow, utterly incredible. I take my hat off to you for your committment in building this masterpiece. It'l like looking at a Titian or a Caneletto painting; you see more and more the more you look at it.
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