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rodrigol

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  1. I note that M81 is a popular target now and I'm quite impressed with what I see. My 2 previous efforts were mediocre due to lack of exposure and experience. Mastering guiding, focusing and camera settings are quite a challenge. To top these with processing is quite another. I love this hobby, but must admit that the weather lately has also been quite a challenge too.
  2. Latest M81 from 02/03/2020. 60 x 60s lights and calibrated using my dark and flat library for ASI294MC Pro. Scope is C11 EdgeHD+0.7 FR+OAG w/QHY5L-IIM. Processed with PI. Bortle 4 skies but windy. Had to drop a lot of frames due to errors in tracking but did manage a personal record for a single object. It's not perfect but I'm pleased. R.
  3. Dumbbell from Essex, UK on the 25th December 2019. This was derived from 70 subs (and calibrations frames) using SharpCap 3.2 using a C11 EdgeHD w/ 0.7 FR and OAG (w/ QHY5L-IIM) and a Altair Quad filter. Processed on PI only. I think I'm slightly out of focus, but can't figure by how much just yet. As always, thanks for watching! R:)
  4. Awesome stuff and nice composition for 2019! Thanks for sharing! R:)
  5. Hi Ragnar, Many thanks for the comments. This is what I appreciate enormously about SGL! Compared to my first effort with M33 this one is an improvement and I'm delighted to get advise on how to improve it further. Thank you. As soon as the weather permits I'll try the DEC balancing offset. I still need to find what limits my CGEM-DX has...and what gives with the ASI 294 Pro (battling amp glow). It's a great camera but it needs taming. Thanks for looking! R:)
  6. Thanks for pointing out my mistake with the NGC catalog number (how embarrassing). It should be NGC 592. And also for the advise regarding longer exposures and CLS filter. As my guiding improves I hope to get longer exposure at less gain on this camera. Thanks for watching
  7. Hi Everyone, This is my latest try at NGC592 using my C11 EdgeHD w/ 0.7 FR and ASI294MC Pro at -10 degrees C. 70 x 60s Lights and corresponding Darks and Bias frames. All processed with PI. I'm using the Celestron OAG w/ QHY5L-IIM and 0.5 FR. Guiding has improved a lot since I decided to go East Heavy on the CGEM-DX and this is one of the first results. I could have framed M33 better but I did not want to spend time sorting out the guiding. Clouds rolled back at around 9pm and that, and with this, was the end of a beautiful 25th December 2019 in Essex. Thanks for watching!
  8. After more processing with PI and getting rid of noise as well as hot pixels due to lack of calibration frames using MF, I've gotten his far today. The most important thing to note, which I didn't mention yesterday, is that guiding has improved a lot, even if the lights are still only 30s. But with this camera, it hardly makes sense to expose for longer on this type of target. I now notice there is a red cast on the image here - much more pronounced than on the same screen but in PI....(tsk!)
  9. Bubble nebula C11 Edge HD + 0.7 FR + Altair Quad filter and ASI 294 MC + guiding w/ Celestron OAG & QHY5L-IIM 70 x 30s lights Not quite finished processing but I got quite exited by the results Hope nobody minds. Comments very welcome! R:)
  10. Hi, This is my first go a M1 and with the ASI294 MC Pro. Its quite an amazing camera and I think its a good for the C11 altogether. This was taken using a OAG with a QHY 5L-II M. There are some 70+ Lights (selected) at 30s at gain 200. No calibration frames. Processed in DSS and PI. It's not perfect but then this was the first clear night for me in about 8 weeks! As always, comments are very welcomed! R)
  11. Follow-up: I discovered play on the RA axis and a lot of backlash on the mount, which I set out to fix. Sadly, I got a vout of kidneys stones that have taken 4 weeks to get sorted. The RA play has been sorted by careful adjustment of the wormgear hex screws and I've also replaced the cgem saddle with the human friendly one from ATM. I've now got a very smoothly balanced mount with a much easier means of balancing the OTA. Only the weather is standing between my setup and the next picture.
  12. @Graeme, many thanks for the picture and apologies as well for the time it took to respond. I've been out of action due to kidney stones, which I'm not going to go into here. I don't remember where now, but I did find info on where the FR was supposed to go in the first place. In front of the camera, as you say, and further away if one want a different FR ratio. I've been having tracking issues, which I've tracked down to a loose RA axis and which resulted in horrible backlash. Rather than attempting to compensate for that I decided to adjust the worm gears. I now have a very smoothly balanced and backlash-less mount. I also changed the saddle for the ATM one, which is very forgiving when balancing and has human friendly knobs. The original celestron cgem saddle is not designed for people with long hands and fingers, like me, and is in fact a bit dangerous. My next challenge is to fit a 2"filter to the OT. Many thanks for your support!!! R:)
  13. HI, Thanks for the comments The guiding is proving challenging but I hope to eventually get there. I'm just praying there is nothing wrong with the mount and that careful calibration of the guiding setup in PDH2 will deal with most or all of the gremlins. One piece of info that is eluding me is the correct FL to input in PHD2. I'm using 1960mm , which is the theoretical value many have calculated for the optical train I have, but that does not include the OAG (does it matter?). The QHY5L-II has now a 0.5 FR at 28mm which really make a difference when getting hold of guide stars. So, I've trying around this value. BTW, my PHD2 mx values are set at 5000 and the RA and DEC agr are at 100. This seems to get guiding to be stable for some of the 60s frames, but not for the majority of frames. To make sure the mount is 'ok', I will try ST4 guiding as soon as possible.
  14. Below is M13 taken with my experimental rig: C11 Edge HD + 0.7 FR + Celestron OAG w/ QHY5L-IIM + 0.5 FR. Processed with DSS and PI. Calibrations frames from my library. The main camera is an ASI1600MC (not Pro/Cooled). 30 x 60s subs of which only 8 has nice round stars. The rest where eggs, yeasty-like shapes nonsense. I tried to make some sense of these but knowing they would spoil the core of M13 did not motivate me to attempt any correction. The mount seems to track relatively well and the guide setup /w the 0.5 FR is sensitive and always seems to find stars to guide on. Without this FR there is a different and frustrating story to tell. But my issue is that every once in a while, the star goes for a couple of seconds, or the mount slews/drifts (according to PHD2) when it is actually not. I've got to try normal ST4 guiding to compare. Oh! And I know that the PI deconvolution is a tad overdone As always comments are more than welcome
  15. Hi Rodd, Thanks for looking! You are right, the stars are a bit mishshaped. A bad tracking frame got through and into the stack. Focus could be a bit off as well. I didn't refocus after an almost full RA revolution. First frames looked good before I left the session carry on its own. I'm going to see if I can correct the stack and try smart scale sharpening as you suggest. Thanks for the support, R.
  16. M57 in widefield with a C11 EDGE HD + 0.7 FR + ASI1600MC. 60s x 9 with calibrations frames from my library. Stacked on DSS and processed in PI. I did struggled to get the colours right and you can see this in the neighboring stars. Enjoy and as always comments are welcome! R:)
  17. I've posted my first image of M27 taken with the rig as described above (https://stargazerslounge.com/topic/340204-m27-dumbbell-first-oag/). I'm very happy with the results and looking forwards to more clear skies (but work has taken me away from y scope ). If anyone is using a 0.5 FR with their guidecam and OAG, can you let me know about how this one is placed in the guidecam imaging train? I suspect it is in front of the camera but when I tried I was not able to get focus at all. Much appreciated! R:)
  18. Hi Richard, Thank you! Good point about debayering and could explain what is going on. The images where taken as FITS and I didn't use PI to process them where I could have selected up-bottom FITS. I ended up using DSS and testing all the generic debayer patterns until I got the colours right R:)
  19. My first image using a C11 Edge HD with 0.7 reducer and Celestron's OAG. Main camera is ASI1600MC. Guide camera is QHY5L-IIM. I only did 50 x 30s Lights and used master darks, flats and bias from a new library. I recently added a pier to my obsy and have been working on getting the scope and assorted equipment on it into shape for the autumn and winter skies. This was a test of various components of the setup. The image is far from perfect but I'm quite happy. One mystery for me was that I had to use GRBG as the Debayer pattern to get the colors right. Comments are more than welcome! R:)
  20. I was wondering if you could let me know about the placement of the 0.5 focal reducer? Many thanks be forehand !
  21. That's exactly what I did! Many thanks for your advice and patience!
  22. Just wanted to report that I nailed it! Thanks to everyone that gave me their advice and time. This community rocks! I used the moon and focused the ASI1600MC first, moved it to the field of view of the guider, and proceeded as adviced here. Indeed the fov is narrow and a reducer is a great idea! Thanks to all!
  23. Your are right! I totally agree. I was just thinking aloud... This is where I am at the moment but not have tested. I just want to know if this seems reasonable. I've used all the spacers at my disposal for the imaging camera to get ~146mm from the reducer. And given that, I've measured the distance from the centre of the OAG to the main camera sensor (~115mm) and reproduced that from the prism to the guide camera sensor. Does this make sense now?
  24. Hmmm... Maybe my issue is that I'm using the wrong m48 spacer between the oag and the main camera. I'm using the 11.55 spacer. I'll try without...
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