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Aza

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  1. Hey all

    I sold all my gear ten years ago but recently I got the itch again, however I don't have the inclination to buy all the equipment again and get frustrated capturing images.

    So I decided to download some data and get the trial of PixInsight, to dip my toes back in the water. If things go well I may get into an astro imaging group for my data needs.

    So this my attempt at some high quality data. I've processed this image about 4 times now, with this being the best version so far. Having only been using PixInsight for a few weeks, I've remembered how hard processing actually is. Although each attempt is getting better, thanks to learning and trying a few more processes.

    So anyway this is data collected by Martin Pugh:

    Capture Details:

    Apogee U16M
    Planewave CDK 17
    Sierra Remote Observatories

    L 600s x 39
    R 900s x 13
    G 900s x 14
    B 900s x 21
    Ha 1200s x 32

    SBIG STXL11002 with AO-X
    Planewave CDK 17
    Heaven’s Mirror Observatory

    L 900s x 47

    Total time : 41 hours

    Here is Martin's processing of the data, which is handy to give me something to aim for:

    https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap150502.html

    And here is my attempt:

     

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  2. Thanks for the offer Ken :headbang:

    I have just gone ahead and ordered one.

    Thanks for all the help, hope you dont mind the questions, but here is another one :p

    Where in the optical train would you put the OAG, in relation to the imaging camer, filter whee and williams reducer? I am sure this will be more obvious once I see all the gear.

    Thanks for the link blueastra I shall take a look now.

  3. Thanks Ken

    How will I be able to find out if a QHY5 will work as the OAG in this set up?

    Seems a bit crazy to buy an OAG in the hope it will work, but I cant find any literature to work things out.

  4. Thanks Ken.

    This is all a bit complicated to me :headbang:

    Would be nice if there was a site that broke down all the info of sizes with various set ups. As it is I just dont know what I need, or even if its possible with my set up.

  5. Hi everyone

    Been awhile since I have been out with the scopes (6 months!!)

    I have just tried my Atik 314 with the WO72 for the first time and with the focuser all the way out, I couldnt reach focus :p

    Does anyone have any experience with this set up?

    What would I need to remedy this?

    Also I am hoping to get an Atik OAG just wondering what would the optical train set up be?

    I have Atik 314, electric filter wheel, Williams reducer and then an OAG. Can these all just simply be put together along with the extension tube? Is there a certain order I need to put them in?

    Any help would be gratefully recieved :headbang:

    Cheers

    Arran

  6. Expert processors can probably drag the same image from a light polluted site.

    For me though I got a better result with 70 mins of data from a dark site, compared to 14 hours of data from my light polluted home!

    That was enough for me to give up on colour imaging from home.

    I only do narrowband at home now, and travel elsewhere for my colour images.

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