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  1. Thank you for the replies. I haven't done any post processing so no they are not stretched. When I used my DSLR I was able to see alot of detail in a 30 second exposure for example. How am I meant to middle my object if I can't see any detail in an unstretched image? Is there capture software that can stretch the image after it is taken?
  2. Just been trying to get my new ATIK414EX OSC working. I believe I have the spacing sorted and managed to obtain good focus on a star before aiming for a galaxy, however the exposures all showed very little detail and were dark (almost like a very low ISO on a DSLR). I am using the ATIK DUSK capture software. Below is a 20 second and a 5 minute exposure (guided) Any advice and help is much appriciated.
  3. Hi all, Just picked up an ATIK 414EX OCS CCD and am trying to get it working with my SW 200PDS scope. What adapters will I need to connect the CCD to my Coma Corrector and the focuser? And also what spacing will I need? Is there a way to work this out? Thanks in advance.
  4. Thank you so much Michael and David!! That was the problem. Had it out last night and guided perfectly.
  5. Hi Michael, I'll post it below: PHD2 version 2.6.8 [Windows], Log version 2.5. Log enabled at 2020-05-19 22:32:19 Calibration Begins at 2020-05-19 22:35:01 Equipment Profile = 1st Dither = both axes, Dither scale = 1.000, Image noise reduction = none, Guide-frame time lapse = 0, Server enabled Pixel scale = 12.89 arc-sec/px, Binning = 1, Focal length = 60 mm Search region = 15 px, Star mass tolerance = 50.0% Camera = ALTAIRGP130M, gain = 95, full size = 1280 x 960, no dark, no defect map, pixel size = 3.8 um Exposure = 2000 ms Mount = On Camera, Calibration
  6. 200PDS reflector. The temp has been pretty mild was maybe around 10degrees last time though.
  7. It is a gradual change yes. So I normally start at around midnight then by half 1 onwards the exposures just become fainter as you can see.
  8. Thank you for the reply Jonk. The only thing I'll say is that this has happened everytime I've imaged. And when I go out 2 hours after the conditions are just as good normally from when I started.
  9. I'm having trouble getting PHD2 to work with my guidescope. I get number of error messages - please see the pictures attached. I really have no idea what else to try. I have polar alligned the scope and balanced it so not sure what else I can do. My equipment is EQ6-R Pro mount and Skywatcher 200pds. The guide scope is 60mm with a altair camera GPCAM2. Any help would be much appriciated.
  10. So I'm using a Canon 1300D and I find that for the first hour or so my pictures are alot clearer than later on. Could this be down to dew? The exposures are around 3 minutes. As you can see it's M101. The first hour of exposures show the galaxy clearly, where as one taken around 2 hours after is alot darker and the galaxy has no detail. EQ6R-Pro mount and Skywatcher 200PDS. IMG_1374.CR2 IMG_1410.CR2
  11. Started thank you for that! Needed to disable WiFi, but no mention of that in the instructions. So i guess my final question is: would my Canon EOS 1300D yield very similar results to any CMOS I can buy for under £800?
  12. For some reason my laptop won't read my Canon. Not sure if it's the cable or camera! I just use a remote shutter control.
  13. Thank you for the replies so far.I really wanted to keep the camera around £800 or less, however its looking like no CMOS/CCD will be a good upgrade from my DSLR in this budget? Thanks for the ASI533MC suggestion Star101. That's coming in at £900, would that be a big improvement over my DSLR? Also another reason for the change is so I can image through my laptop so even if I could find a CMOS/CCD around £500 of the same quality of my DSLR I would look at that.
  14. I'm looking at buying a ZWO ASI 294MC camera ( https://www.firstlightoptics.com/zwo-cameras/zwo-asi-294mc-usb-30-colour-camera.html ) I currently use a Canon EOS 1300D with my setup - EQ6R Pro, SW 200PDS and soon to be 80 ED. My question is will this prove to be a good upgrade from my Canon? I've used https://astronomy.tools/calculators/ccd_suitability?fbclid=IwAR0EfnyU7ldmrNVsGUAo20ugqSbpWJfzgdkF_eLmlKMOwGLW2S00E_cNqzA and it is coming out as a very good match for my setup. Thanks in advance.
  15. Thanks Kev. I'll try it without the nose piece in tonight. Fingers crossed.
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