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ShineOn last won the day on November 19 2013

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  1. We all know that data is king in this game and that less is hardly ever more. But....when the prevailing conditions are in your favour, ie, you happen to find yourself under some of the darkest skies in Europe and your host for the week is a certain Mr O Penrice, interesting things can happen! And so it was on the day of our arrival at Les Granges. We were greeted by clear skies and the promise of some class A photon gathering. I'd decided to image the Leo trio as it was an object I'd never captured and I knew it would be a good fit for my Tak 85 at native FL coupled with my Atik 460. I'd framed the image up to centralise the galaxies in the field of view and the first 10 minute sub looked very nice. It was at this point though that Olly glanced at my capture screen and floated the idea that I might like to try for the extremely faint tidal tail emanating from the Hamburger galaxy. The carrot was dangled and I didn't really need to think twice, as I reframed to push the galaxies down the FOV in the hope of bagging the tail. But, 10 minute exposures were not going to do the trick here, so I took Olly's advice and upped the exposure to 30 minutes in luminance. Everything came together well and the Tak/Atik combo did it's thing. Approaching cloud and a rising moon however brought proceedings to a premature end though with the following data captured: 4 x 30 mins Luminance 4 x 3 mins in each of RGB Cloudy skies since have meant plenty of time to process this data which Olly expertly executed entirely, using Astro Art 5, PixInsight, Registar and Photoshop. This is the end result and is an outcome we're extremely happy with, given the low integration time. Simon
  2. This is 15x1200s in Ha. Am loving what 328mm of focal length can cover with the reduced Baby Q. Will look to add some RGB next time out. Simon
  3. Many thanks everyone for the very kind comments. Everything seemed to fall into place nicely last Friday morning, plus I have the benefit of an almost flat horizon in that direction as I image from my first floor balcony It's clear at the moment Andrew....I'm getting some Lum on M31 whilst the moon is away, but I fear the cloud and rain will scupper any ISON chances tomorrow morning. Simon
  4. Comet ISON - Friday 15th November, over Bakewell, England. This is (roughly) 15x1 min subs in each of RGB and 7x1 mins Lum with my Takahashi FSQ85 / Atik 460. Tracking was done on the stars and the images processed separately - in DSS for the comet and Neb for the starfield. (DSS produced a disappointing result in it's 'stars and comet' mode). I then processed in CS5 using a layer mask technique to blend in the comet over the starfield. It took a fair amount of processing but am pleased with the outcome, and even managed a few Virgo faint fuzzies. Thanks for looking, Simon
  5. You're obviously a quick learner, you have some cracking images there, M33 being my favourite. Rest assured, the desire to continuously upgrade one's kit does not diminish with time. Simon
  6. Yes, it was a surprise to me too because his site implies it's not included...but it is. I did trip up a bit on the various adapters / connectors needed though. Ian supplied me with the wide t mount and CA35 adapter but you'll also need this adapter to link the EFW2 to the imaging train: http://www.firstlightoptics.com/adaptors/atik-m54-to-m42-t-adapter.html I also had to go back to Ian for the Tak extension tube (part no. TKA23250) to use when operating at native focal length without the 0.73 reducer. The Tak system chart here maps things out: http://www.takahashi-europe.com/en/FSQ-85ED.systemcharts.php Simon
  7. Actually not true. I recently got my 85 from Ian King.....complete with CAA bundled for the price on his website.
  8. Welcome to the Baby Q club Steve :-) That sure is a lovely FOV you have there. What do you put the star shapes down to? Simon
  9. A similar story here guys, the paucity of recent opportunities has been very frustrating. Mind you, the start of the barren period did coincide with the arrival of my FSQ85, so I've only myself to blame I guess!
  10. Thank you. Yes - a nice starter for 10
  11. Thanks Steve, I will revisit the data to see what else can be gleaned but to begin with I was just happy to get some small colourful stars
  12. Thanks Olly. Yes, Bakewell it is - my Tak is not the only one in town as a friend has a 106. We both enjoy a post midnight street light switch off which helps a deal and of course the Peaks themselves offer darker skies should we venture out of town.
  13. Such is the reputation and undoubted ability of the Takahashi FSQ85, it was with a heady mixture of excitement and trepidation that I was finally able to put the Baby Q through its paces last Wednesday evening. It had been a long wait – the inevitable 6 weeks of almost perpetual cloud following unboxing had given rise to a heightened sense of anticipation and of course frustration. Conditions were not ideal last week. A strong breeze was blowing through my somewhat exposed balcony location here in the Peaks, which I’m sure would have hampered guiding on my MN190 and its 1000mm of focal length. Nothing was going to deter me though, not even a somewhat neglected girlfriend in the living room! After a couple of hours of cooling and initial set up, focus was readily achieved using a Bahtinov mask and Bahtinov grabber software. My first test target of the Double Cluster in Perseus was located and guiding initiated. Final framing done and I was ready to press the button on Artemis to kick everything off. This is the result of 15 minutes per channel in RGB (5 x 180secs each), with the x0.73 reducer plumbed in. It’s only been cropped a few pixels to tidy up the edges following stacking. I spent the next few hours collecting data on the Eastern Veil. Am hoping to get more imaging time on this before posting. I’m very pleased with the initial results from my combo of the 85 plus Atik 460, and look forward to the next clear skies. Simon
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