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  1. Aenima

    eastern veil

    From the album: The next step.

    Part of the massive Cygnus loop the Eastern Veil Nebula, approx 25 x 40 - 60 seconds, unguided . 200p EQ5 300D. DSS

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  2. these are all excellent images, hugely impressed :o :)
  3. plus one for stellarium. Nt much else i can add really, stellarium and perseverence Regards Aenima
  4. Actually yeah, the first few hours of the night were very good, and m33 too - a few frames of RAW instead of visually but still a good night for the pinwheel galaxy Clouded out now, (s devon) Regards Aenima
  5. Aenima

    M81 Bode's Galaxy For Web

    Nice round stars, :) - can i ask if your stacking lights or or using calibration frames? Regards Aenima
  6. Aenima

    milky Way

    From the album: Venture in widefield.

    Thousands of stars between cygnus and cassiopeia - d3100 stationary tripod 15 x 14secs - 18mm (18-55mm kit lens)

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  7. Thats improving even more now nice one, you noticed the blue channel affects the other two and vice versa. Its balancing in levels that makes them useful and are quite important when changing colour in images or repairing it when something is off. If you are using DSS there is an option going through the Register/Stacking bit where you tick Align RGB channels in final image. This should give you a color correction when the final stack comes out. HTH Regards Aenima
  8. Not sure if it helps but the star selection is defaulted to magnitude, but go into star alignment menu in Set -up (alignment-alignment stars ) and select Alphabetical. This is for alignment at the beginning but it might have an effect on the stars it uses for PA re-align. Worth a try. But usually I recall choosing from a few but it has to be a star in the synscans handset menu... HTH Regards Aeinma
  9. Its an improvment, but there is still loads of data hidden in the image file that a few tweaks will bring out. You should try the suggestion above regarding using Levels to balance out the colour - Select Levels but dont use it until you change the setting from RGB to just Blue or each of the R,G and B individually. Its a drop down section on the Levels tab. If its set to RGB it just adjusts the light and dark but when you select and single colour you can adjust it by itself eg. selct Blue and move the middle slider to the right and the image will have less blue which causes green and red to show more (when RG and B are equal the image will be more natural with black sky and realistic galaxy colour). Hope this helps Regards Aenima
  10. Wow that IS rather good! It takes a bit of compromising and setting up in a less accessible place but I can at least SEE polaris then, I wouldn't have thought it worked otherwise and imagined all kinds of hassle trying to do it blind, but you have got on fine like that so its really quite a good test of the firmware right there. Regards Aenima
  11. Marty you have a great system going there it seems - I keep playing with the thought of using a cam in the focuser rather than leaning in to the EP, and I definitely have no trouble believing that a reticle onscreen is far better judge of where the center is than my eyes! Part of the trouble is when the EQ5 is carrying a 8inch newt the wobbles and weight imbalances tend to pull the scope around and this skews the strictly mathematical firmware results so that it cant be relied on to be 100% accurate when going by the readings on the handset. But if I can be bothered to set the laptop up the reticle and webcam idea is a very tempting one, thanks for sharing it! Regards Aenima
  12. Sorry if I took a liberty here but I was awake and slightly bored so I gave your image a few adjustments, the usual like levels, curves and some layer stuff - gimp or photoshop will do all these, if you have difficulty with editing there are some great tutorials (I can link some if you like, or check out Doug again from budgetAstro.net his arealways very good). Its a bit noisy and I had trouble with vignetting and the blocky JPEG format, but obviously the forum doesn't allow RAW or TIFF but you should have the original RAW data to work with on file? i feel cheeky now, and seeing your comment about guiding I assume you've got the imaging sussed - maybe this wasn't quite the kind of advice you meant but I hope its of some help to you. Well, being a chronic insomniac certainly starts to seem slightly less of a headsuck when astronomy is a hobby. All the best Regards Aenima
  13. Welcome from me too. You're in the right place for picking up tips and trading info on astronomy stuff. All the best regards Aenima
  14. Hi, Um, can I add? - if you are using deepskystacker with lights that are all different lengths that unless you separate those into groups (sort by exp length and Iso) then the software wont be able to calibrate the lights properly and even worsen them if you mismatch the frames badly enough. When I have a lot of data thats all over the place and dont want to mess about with it or dont have the matching darks etc then I just stack only the lights - DSS is happy to group together any length exposures you like as long as they are only light frames on their own. This still helps reduce noise and build detail even without calibration frames and is well worth doing if your data isn't totally uniform throughout the entire stack, Other than that it might help to say a bit more about your software and what techniques you used. Hope this helps, Regards Aenima
  15. Yeah, mate cheers - couldn't agree more. I also prefer the fast and light approach but making progress is part of the whole obsession isn't it? I liked the idea of guiding slightly more than the actual guiding tasks themselves. Some targets, ones you wanted to try but couldn't get the exposures as long as it needed, is enough to keep you moving along and always hoping for the next 'favourite' object. So much of my processing is stunted by the lack of a coma corrector and 'in your face' light pollution, not skyglow just a couple of gazillion watt security and street lights right next door. But you are definitely right with the three 'must have' things to do decent imaging - mount, software skills and dark sky --- its nice though to see good stuff from lesser set-ups around the forums where folks have really put their gear through the grinder so to speak All the best, Regards Aenima
  16. I have had this same thing happen, it seems to be at a certain angle where up/down and left/right aren't as clearly defined as they would be on an actual Altazimuth mounts axis. The best I can understand it is the equatorial mounts are designed with a circular model in mind whereas the alt-az is right angled and basically a cross shape design and where the two meet the angles and movements are not so easy to separate into side-to-side up-and-down and a little bit of error in the scope or mount's position can really make it skewed. I always assume the problem is my set-up and guess the difference as best I can by getting the star closest to center in that direction and re-doing the PA routine hoping for a better result the next time round Best of luck with it anyways, I'm pretty sure it isn't faulty - just a little bit prone to error Regards Aenima
  17. I'd like to post a little update if I may. Partly for reference - my particular path to long exposures may have bearing on someone elses current struggle (and no, 'struggle' isn't used for drama - it IS a struggle! ) and partly to thank the many members here on SGL regarding my initial confusion and questions, I finally got some guided exposures happily reaching 300sec using my 200p, EQ5, 9x50 finderscope/toucam finderguider. I since ruined my laptop so its all on hold for now but the main thing is that thanks to the advice from SGL, Yahoo EQMOD group and a nice chap on facebook I finally managed it. Having goto is a strange mixed blessing. It is very nice to set-up and be 'goto-ing' in minutes - and unguided you can still manage 60secs exposures, but with guiding the goto tends to become an extra system that needs configuring before you start guided imaging. When you configure goto with ASCOM/EQMOD, a planetarium program like cartes du ciel / stellarium takes control of the mount and performs the goto's, but it needs to be sync'd to the synscan firmware which means losing the handy handset and pressing keys on the laptop to slew. (a wireless gamepad is a bonus here) while straining to look in the eyepiece. The requirement is that for PhD or similar software to control the synscan it has to talk through the ASCOM driver directly, taking the handset out of the equation, and the laptop assumes control in order for the guiding software to be in harmony with the mount. This means aligning via the computer screen. But the finderscope is still needed for this, so if like me your finder is now a guidescope, aiming the scope can be tricky! - you need two finders or you can swap after star-alignment, so QM's plan of using a second finder is probably the better of the two options - Otherwise, I would sync the scope/mount to the computer software by finderscope, then unscrew the rear EP to attach the webcam to the finder, get it focused and then calibrate PhD. this can take all night. So be ready to find another way of lining up your scope for alignment using the laptop. But once all this is done: 1.Set up. 2.Power on. 3.Connect the mount to the laptop and to EQMOD. 4. Configure the two with ASCOM and connect in your planetarium software. For goto users this is where you lose your precious handset and have to use computer keys while stretching to view through the finder and EP - or use a gamepad - and sync the mount to PC. Cartes du ciel is quite easy in my opinion slightly easier than stellarium, but only just. 5.Then you find/choose your target for the night. 6.Attach the guider and calibrate PhD on a bright-ish star Note: let it settle into guiding - letting it settle helps to smooth out the kinks, the RA "Hysteresis" kinda learns as it goes and PhD works better after its 'got the hang of the rhythm' for a few minutes. Also, the guiding pulse' gain' in the set-up under PhD's "Brain" menu needs to go right up due to the finder being short in F/length. (Mine didn't get going until I upped it to 4000! from a default of, I think, 750. aaaand then- 7.Center the target. 8. Push Here Dummy....... and off it goes, . Hope some of it helps someone looking to, or trying to, set up a budget finderguider (with or without goto) on their EQ5/200p - 9x50 / spc package. I never thought it would work but it does. http://www.flickr.co...lus/9030192598/ Now to fix my laptop. Regards Aenima
  18. Very interesting the two separate lines, and the faint one after o.O I captured what I believe was the ISS during the perseids - see attached: but as of yet i'm not sure. Many thanks for sharing, hope you figure it out Regards Aenima
  19. Slight errors in polaralignment can give bad goto's, or levelling the base before setting up can make a difference - I always find polar alignment affects the goto accuracy, its nice to have each target spot-on centred after a quick 1-star align. Might not be your problem but thought it was worth a mention Regards Aenima
  20. Two ! Two meteors during the famous Perseids, blumming clouds :/

    1. spektrumdx8


      Managed to see 3 from my back garden with the missus- she's sitting there with a fag in her hand and suddenly screams wow!!,think it was her first and even with the clouds looming,it looked amazing !!!!

    2. Bungielad


      Iv seen a few but am heading back out after midnight, to blooming light where I am but gonna head for the local park.

    3. Aenima


      Yeah, managed to see several but it wasn't really a 'shower' even though from midnight on it was cloudless - 11th/12th - and last night was anything but clear. Still, Stayed up to see Perseids, Saw some Perseids can't complain :)

  21. Yes, it all still goes a long way to helping those that might do a search on the subject - every little helps (except if you work at tesco lol) so cheers for posting Regards Aenima
  22. Aenima

    milky Way

    From the album: Venture in widefield.

    Stationary tripod, area between Cassiopeia and Cygnus - spoilt by clouds (in lower left). This was with the kit 18-55mm lens.

    © Aenima

  23. Aenima

    M31 widefield

    From the album: Venture in widefield.

    Thought it might be nice to fit this in frame, 200p is a little too much focal length - lots of minor mistakes but could have been worse :p

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  24. Aenima

    Wde double cluster C

    From the album: Venture in widefield.

    One of the very first tries, double cluster in perseus.

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  25. Aenima

    m103 cluster

    From the album: Venture in widefield.

    Technically not quite widefield but taken with the D3100.....

    © Aenima

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