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  1. Nice images! As said, up the ISO to 800. I use 1600. Did you take darks? These are essential to reduce noise. Have you tried The GIMP to process? It's free and good enough for basics, I've heard. I've not used it myself. Alexxx
  2. As said, you can do widefield and, with the full-size Adventurer with a long lens, you can get Nebulae, galaxy clusters and other larger objects. Many nebulae emit in Ha (Hydrogen alpha) so you would need to get your camera modded to remove the IR filter, which would prevent daylight work, or buy a second-hand camera body and have that modded. Of course you can buy a pre-modded one. Alexxx
  3. I also use a fold-up table. Mine's over 3' long as I like lots of space! It doesn't have much of a rim so I glued dowelling rods with 2 flat edges - see pic. I think they're called quads. I made sure one flat side faced the centre of the table so things couldn't roll off. I'm always rushing so temporarily put EPs on the table. I stopped using red cellophane over my laptop screen as I couldn't see it clearly enough. Once I'm set up, I don't need light vision. I keep the screen facing away from people, but a tent or a box is a great idea, especially if the site's crowded. Alexxx
  4. That's fine. I was worried you were trying for DSOs!
  5. That's a nice pic. And yes it's allowed! There's all sorts of imaging on here. Alexxx
  6. StarTools, but only for my Ha stuff. It doesn't seem to want to process my DSLR images! But that's me using it wrongly. Then I use Photoshop. Ask on hear about StarTools. It's very good for the price. And do ask about using it for DSLR images. I'll then use the info you get to help me!
  7. Don't forget the Skywatcher Star Adventurer! Alexxx
  8. I don't use DSS as it's quite clumsy. I'm afraid I don't use Lightroom but I'm sure someone else will advise.
  9. Don't worry about the stars when imaging (in the main). It's just the processing afterwards that you have to watch. What processing software are you using?
  10. What will you be using the Barlow for? Planetary? Alexxx
  11. Nice shot! I would be lost without my B mask. You can get them cheaply here: Focus on a bright star. Alexxx
  12. The Skywatcher 200P-DS is a good all-round scope and set up for AP. I didn't see you mention a mount. To take deep sky objects (DSOs), you will need a good tracking mount and autoguiding. The usual entry mount is the Skywatcher HEQ5 Pro, or equivalent. Don't be scared of collimation! The more you do it the faster you get. If the secondary needs collimation when you get the scope, that's a fiddle, but once done shouldn't need to be done again for a long while unless you accidentally clout the scope. I only do the primary now and it takes seconds. I do it at home, in daylight, pointing at a very distant object, like an aerial. Good luck! Alexxx
  13. Good luck! When processing, try to avoid overdoing the stars. It's very common!