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  1. Thanks. I don't see anything on his website to indicate that he mods 6D's. Do you know if this is the case?
  2. Hi I have a Canon 700D and a Canon 6D Mk1, both of which I'm considering getting astromodified for wide field work on static and tracking mounts. I'd also be able to use both for daytime photography after modding too. Any recommendations on modding services in the UK and should I worry about replacement or Baader BCF filters, anti-aliasing filters etc after removal of the cut filter? Thanks!
  3. Tried switching the 6D Wi-Fi on and off again and switching off the auto power saver on the camera too. Hooked it up to the freshly updated laptop and bingo, it automatically installed the 6D drivers and BYE was able to detect the camera. Think the camera Wi-Fi must have been on when I first used it and that threw things into confusion. Thanks to all for your help!
  4. Wi-Fi was off initially when I tried it but will check again. Not tried EOS utilities so will look at that, thanks
  5. Thanks, I'll try that, but I hope you're wrong ?
  6. I've tried all of them Peter. I think the issue is that the laptop itself is not seeing the camera so BYE cant see it either.
  7. Hi Just tried out my new (to me) Canon 6D Mk1 at Galloway Star Party and discovered that my Windows 7, 64bit laptop doesn't see the camera when I try to connect it by USB, so I can't control it with BackyardEOS. I've checked the device manager and it just doesn't come up when connected and switched on plus I've tried different USB ports. However, I don't have the same problem when I do the same with my Canon EOS 450D using the same cable with the same laptop. Am I missing something important here? Pretty frustrating given it's the first time I've been out under a sky that good in a long time Thanks in advance, Tom
  8. Really beautiful images, Kieran! Well done. What processing package do you use? cheers, Tom
  9. My 12 year old daughter eats that chilli without breaking a sweat! M51 is a real favourite of mine, so it was good to have a chance to image it on the Saturday night. 'Yorkshire Steve' dropped by in the wee small hours and with all the yakking and drinking I forgot about the time and ended up collecting lots of nice subs to stack for this one . Slowly getting to grips with the processing side of things now, so I'll pop more images from the weekend into the Gallery as I work through them, but I'm pleased with this one as a starter. Cheers, Tom
  10. As Neil said, I took a couple of images of Lovejoy at Galloway recently. I was using a 1200mm FL SW Skyliner 200 on top of an NEQ6 with PHD guiding and imaging with a modded EOS 450D. It was my first time imaging a comet and I didn't really know what to expect. I did a range of exposures starting at about 5 minutes as I wanted to bring out as much of the tail as I could, but I noticed that the nucleus appeared as a short bright line. The surrounding stars were nice and round, so the guiding was okay. It suddenly struck me that I was seeing the comet moving against the background stars over that short time period. I really didn't expect it to be moving that quickly! Stupid of me really . Bit of experimenting showed that around 3 minutes exposure at this focal length and ISO800 gave a pleasing result in terms of colour without too much nucleus trailing. I decided to throw caution to the wind and try a 20 minute sub on the comet. Never guided a single sub that long before so thought it would be a wash out, but I fancied a chat and a dram with the guys along the way so set it going and walked away. The result is below, along with the 3 min for comparison. I was quite pleased (and the guiding seems pretty solid too ). Tom
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    Galloway Star Camp Images Nov 2013

    My second trip to Galloway Star Camp and a great 3 nights of imaging. Getting the idea of guiding, using darks and stacking multiple sub exposures to bring out more detail. No flats taken, which might have helped with the vignetting on some of these, but I think I'm moving in the right direction. Hope you enjoy!
  12. Those are wonderful images, Steve & Mike! I'm still trying to sift through all the subs I managed to take over the 3 night stay, so it'll be a wee while before I can post something up, but I'll get there! I'd also like to add my thanks to Lesley and Ralph for making the site such a pleasure to stay at and to Steve for organising the event. Got to know so many new folk this year, as well as meeting some familiar faces too. Great fun! Thanks to everyone for the chat, craic and encouragement. Looking forward to the next one already! Cheers, Tom
  13. Thanks for the kind comments guys, much appreciated! Really enjoyed Dunroamin, looking forward to more star camps and to improving on my imaging techniques over the coming months. Cheers, Tom
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