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  1. I'm really chuffed this year as Perseids seem to like avoiding me! I did miss the really big ones but got four tiddlers. I took loads of 5s and 10s JPEG subs which I stacked and combined with all four. The Andromeda galaxy is visible centre right. Even with load of subs it was still very noisy with the JPEGs. Shame about the star distortion. Alexxx
  2. Tracker

    You can also check the astro sales sites, like the following: http://www.astrobuysell.com/uk/propview.php http://www.astroboot.eu/AstroBoot I wouldn't trust eBay or Amazon. At least these sellers will more than likely have looked after their kit. Alexxx
  3. Lagoon Nebula 2nd try

    That's a cracking image! I love the Lagoon. Alexxx
  4. GOTO required for ZWO ASI120MM ?

    I've found 2 mins is perfect for me, at about 25fps. Any more and I would need Winjupos, but I don't understand it. But 2 mins of trying to keep the planet in the FOV might be a bit tiring! Good luck! Alexxx
  5. Bubble and lobster claw area

    Gorgeous images. The blue/green (O3?) on the Bubble is lovely. Alexxx
  6. Imaging the sun

    Do make sure the filter is fixed securely! I use duct tape. Alexxx
  7. New with DSLR Astrophotography

    Grrr, I always get mixed up!
  8. I've developed dead pixels on my Atik, so I must try again with darks. The darks I took ruined the image so I'm not sure how to manage it yet!
  9. New with DSLR Astrophotography

    OP, can you not attach the camera directly to the focuser??
  10. New with DSLR Astrophotography

    That should be the other way around? DSLR attached directly to the scope is afocal and to an eyepiece is eyepiece projection. Alexxx
  11. Thanks! how did you get the static background on the first one? I've done GIFs but not lake that.
  12. I wish I could help with PixInsight. Have you looked at tutorials on the Web/YouTube?
  13. This is really fascinating. I love the GIFs. Alexxx
  14. Nice one! I'm not familiar with the Atik 414. There's some gradient there and, as Sean said, for me the background is a bit light. Nice galaxy detail and you're getting colour in the stars. Can you give us capture details? What did you use to process the image?
  15. My first DSO, M57

    Good for image! The ring neb was my first too, and looked a lot like yours. I was jumping around in glee! It's a lovely feeling. Onwards and upwards, and do warn your bank manger 'cause you'll be wanting to spend! Alexxx