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About **Space*Hopper**

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  1. Hi all, Maybe it's just me but poor M92 does not appear to get as much attention as the likes of M13 + M3 so I thought I would have a bash at it. This is the result of 28 subs totalling just over 20 mins. Usual setup: Celestron C8 SCT + HEQ5 Pro + Canon 400D. Taken from my tiny light polluted garden as always. The 1st image is the full photo and the 2nd is a crop of the core. Not as colourful as my previous M13 but I am still very please with the result. Hope you like it to.
  2. Hi all, When I originally processed this I suddenly realized that compared to the individual frames, my end result was distinctly lacking in colour so I decided to give it another bash before posting. My goal was therefore to try and bring out as many stars as possible while maintaining a nice variety of star colours. The result is the most colourful globular I have ever produced and keeping in mind that I am still fumbling around in Paint Shop Pro without really knowing what I am doing, I am very happy with the result, (although I appreciate that I have still got a long way to goto match some
  3. Have just had a fiddle with the "unsharp mask" in PSP in an attempt to seperate the stars in the middle more, but I am not sure if I have over done it. What do you think ?
  4. Thanks Talitha, Not only for moving the thread, but for your kind comments also All the very best Ian
  5. Hi everyone, It's been a while since I have done any imaging, but with the mild evening yesterday and the relatively clear sky, I thought that it was too good an oppurtunity to miss so out into my tiny, light polluted back garden I went. The attached is the result of 19 x 38 second exposures taken with my trusty 400D / Celestron C8 SCT / HEQ5 Pro combo. Stacked in DSS and curves adjusted in PSP. Looking back through my previous attempts, I believe this is my best M3 so far DOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHH !!!! 1st post in ages and I have managed to put this in the "observing deep sky section" . Please can
  6. Hi all, I have recently purchased the above from a fellow SGL member and it is simply brilliant One thing that has me slightly puzzled though is that I have looked up my latitude and longitude on the web and double checked it on my satnav and both say the same as per the below satnav photo. However the Synscan handset refuses to take the 000 69 figure. Any ideas what I am doing wrong please ? As always thanks in advance Ian
  7. Hi all, After the problems I had with my previous project M3, I did wonder if I was in for a similar experience with this go at M13 but thankfully, using what I had learnt, this one went a lot smoother. So here is the result of 18 x 30 second subs at iso 1600 and 8 x 30 second darks. Stacked in DSS and tweaked in Paint Shop Pro 8. Equipment was the usual for me now: Canon 400D and a Celestron C8 SCT. I like this one lots and hope you do to. Thanks for looking Ian m13-20-4-09-c8-18 subs - bilinear-3-25%.bmp
  8. Have something planned for this Sunday but could move that to Saturday if needs be. Easter Sunday is definitely a no go for me I'm afraid.
  9. Thanks for the kind comments Yes mate it was, with my trusty Canon EOS 400D and it's the result of 11 x 30 sec subs @ ISO 1600 and 8 x 30 sec darks. Stacked in DSS and tweaked in Paint Shop Pro 8, (although I must admit that I still have a lot to learn as far as processing goes also).
  10. Hi all, Some of you will have already seen the below images in one of my other threads but as I am so impressed with the performance of the focus mask, I thought I would re-post them as a seperate thread in the hope that it will be seen by more people who might in turn benefit from the knowledge as I have. As many will know, I was really struggling to focus my C8 SCT but as a result of some advice from fellow forum memebers I dowloaded a free focus mask template from Bahtinov Mask by Focus-Mask and cut a crude mask out of cardboard to see if it worked and it really does ! Now that it has prove
  11. Hi all, I am very pleased to finally be able to share with you my first DSO image from my recently purchased C8 SCT. As many of you will know, I have really struggled to produce stackable full resolution subs, (a problem which I had not experienced with my less powerfull ED100). However thanks to the fantastic advice and encouragement from many fellow forum members, all came right in the end and the lessons I have learnt from this project will prove envaluable for future ones. When I compare this M3 to last years taken through the ED100 the difference is astonishing, partly I guess down to t
  12. Hi everyone, After my disapointing attempt with the focus mask I have made, the very helpful & constructive advice posted in this thread motivated me into having another bash at M3 last night, so here's how it went: I took everything out into the garden and played around for a while to give the scope enough time to cool down, (or so I thought). Previously I had pointed the scope at a fairly bright star for the purpose of using the focus mask but this time round I used one of the brightest stars I could find and was amazed at how much difference this extra brightness made to the clarity of
  13. Not being one to give up easily, today I made a focus mask from the free C8 template available at Bahtinov Mask by Focus-Mask I used this to focus on a fairly bright star and it appeared to work exactly as described. I then searched for M3 and this was harder than usual as I left the camera on and had to just take images of the rough area until it appeared on the cameras screen, (normally I would use a wide angle eyepiece to locate M3 and then swap to the camera but having just focused the camera with the mask I could not do this). Anyway eventually I found it and took some subs in RAW mode.
  14. Firstly a big thanks to Billy & KK for having a play with the 10 subs I posted and for all of the info they have provided. Secondly a big thanks to everyone else who also provided useful info within this thread. I had another go at M3 last night with the camera set to RAW but the resulting subs will not stack either, even though I had taken even more care with the focusing. I guess for the reasons already mentioned in this thread, the focusing of the C8 is more critical than my ED100 and certainly more so than I can achieve on the tiny screen of the 400D, (even when zoomed in). I therefore
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