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    M51 with the XT-1

    A rare clear evening so had to have another go with my Fujifilm XT-1, swapped thing around, accompanied by the usual "why doesn't this work now?" so only had time for one target. M51 was well placed, so this is the result of 17x5mins iso 1600 Meade 127 scope with reducer (should have taken that off) no calibration frames I'm quite pleased with he image for a quick session. It does mean I can get a colour image in a short time even though the ccd would be better.
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    Rosette test with a Fuji camera

    The black has been clipped to get a uniform dark sky, quite a bit of tweaking in the rgb curves, I'm sure flats would have helped but I'm pleased with the noise levels
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    Rosette test with a Fuji camera

    Thanks Russ, I was rather surprised. This image is from just 1 x 5 min sub, no calibration frames. It has had some harsh stretching due to vignetting but I'm sure I wouldn't have got this from the Canon I used to use.
  4. Due to the lack of clear skies this winter LRGB imaging has been an almost none starter. Last week there was a clear couple of hours so I thought I'd try my Fuji X-t1 after being creative with getting a CLS clip filter in the imaging train. This was just 7x5 min subs, no calibration frames as I wasn't sure if the camera was going to pick up much. WO66SD scope, without flattener so ignore the coma. I think this looks promising for a quick osc session, even one frame gave an acceptable processed image. I will do flats at least next time. I wonder how it will fare in a bigger scope for galaxies.
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    Revelation 2" ED x2 BArlow lens.

    i used one of these for a Moon image last week and was really impressed by the image quality
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    Moon from Friday

    Thank you Ruud. it was more of a test of the Fuji camera but the scope does give a lovely image.
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    Moon from Friday

    Hi Dave. almost given the weather i've had over the past 2 years. I bought on old sct to test and realised it has been on the mount for 18 months and I've only had 3 or 4 images with it. That's shocking, but I have another hobby which I've spent more time on. It was nice to get out there last week though. I should see if the quark still works, the itf on my solarmax is shot so need to replace that. David
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    Moon from Friday

    I swapped scopes in the obsy to try for the Moon. This is a 3 pane panorama taken with my Fuji XT-1 & Meade 127 refractor with a 2x barlow First bit of imaging for absolutely months!
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    Rosette up close

    thanks everyone, glad you like it
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    Rosette up close

    thanks guys, I'm having fun with this old scope and pleased with the resolution it's giving, just need more clear nights to get it tweaked. Looks like a keeper.
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    Rosette up close

    I think this is my first Astro image this year, had to try and remember how to put the data together, so a bit rusty on that side. This is a close in view of the Rosette nebula. Taken with an old Meade 8" f6.3 ota Atik One-6 Baader filters 13x600 HA & 19x900 OIII giving a total exposure of 6hrs 40 mins. I'm still trying to get this scope the best I can.So far the Televue 0.8 reducer gives the bet image, just a bit of coma so might try changing the reducer spacing.
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    test shot meade 8"f6.3 on the Crescent

    Thanks guys the camera is an atik one-6. I also used a televue 0.8 reducer giving around f5 at 100mm fl. I did get a fairly flat field at one point but moved the camera so a bit more fiddling is required. would be good to get it all working properly as it could be a worthwhile imaging scope.
  13. Still playing with an old LX6 8" f6.3 ota. collimation bolts fitted and radius blocks . This is 13x15 min Ha from this week. The resolution looks good but still having elaongated stars to one side so this is a cropped image. It has only just dawned on me what I need to do to adjust the camera tilt so will try that next clear night. proving quite a fun project.
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    Quick Propellor - Crescent

    lovely wide field
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    Melotte 15

    well worth the time put in to this image, great colours and depth

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