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  1. it was good seeing that night plus the Moon was high. I was out last night and not as good
  2. thank you, luckily it was quite a steady session
  3. 3 pane mosaic Meade 127 ed frac, 2x barlow Fujifilm XT1. Each panel was just a single shot jpeg. It was a pretty steady evening
  4. I little wander along the terminator on the 12th. Meade 127 ed refractor 5x powermate PGR blackfly camera 800 frames stacked
  5. Over the years I've had a few MAKs, sw 80,90 3x127, 150 and an Orion OMC140 1/6th wave. What do I have now, a 127. I set the OMC140 against a sw127 and expected the sw to be trounced, it wasn't so sold the 140 I tried a sw150, lovely scope but much bigger and heavier than a 127. So much so that you might as well have a 8" sct and the portability side is diminished. I think the 127 mak gives the best price/performace/portability set up.
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    Maksutov 180

    just noticed a 150 on abs
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. i used one of these for a Moon image last week and was really impressed by the image quality
  12. Thank you Ruud. it was more of a test of the Fuji camera but the scope does give a lovely image.
  13. 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
  14. 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!
  15. thanks everyone, glad you like it
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