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  1. DanWebster

    EQ5 goto, Skywatcher 200p, ST80 - prices dropped

    I've reduced the prices on the remaining items and given the mirror in the 200p a gentle clean - see the new pics. I can drive the items a short distance, maybe 10 miles from S10, if people are okay paying for petrol.
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    EQ5 goto, Skywatcher 200p, ST80 - prices dropped

    I've added some shots of the 200p mirror, If you wanted to see something else, let me me know, and I'll upload some more photos this evening.
  3. I'm selling my telescope kit as it no longer gets any use, and it needs a new home. The large, heavy or fragile items are collection fro Sheffield. The eyepieces and Skywatcher 200P - £100 - Collection from Sheffield only The scope is in good condition, but does show signs of use with a few scuffs on the tube and an indentation. I think a tube ring might have been too tight at one point. The mirror has been gently cleaned and new images have been added. I can include some basic skywatcher plossl eyepieces if needed. 10mm and 25mm Skywatcher EQ5 Goto - £200 There are a few paint chips on the counterweights but the rest of the mount is fine and in full working condition. The handset doesn't work however, as the screen broke, so I'm including a USB to serial cable to hook it up to a PC. Collection from Sheffield only Skywatcher Star Travel 80 OTA - £60 This includes the 45 degree erecting prizm. Collection from Sheffield only Skywatcher Equinox 66 - £200 SOLD This comes with the flight case and includes the Antares SCT to 2" Female with twist lock and the field flattener, as well as the standard SCT to 1.25" adaptor. Collection from Sheffield only QHY5 II mono - £90 SOLD ADM Vixen type Side by Side Mounting System 7" - £80 SOLD Collection from Sheffield or posted for an extra £5 BST Starguider eyepieces 8mm, 18mm and 25mm - £30 each - collection from Sheffield or posted for an extra £5 - SOLD I'll consider offers for purchases of multiple items. Thanks for looking.
  4. DanWebster

    refractor for imaging with DSLR

    I don't know how good your diy skills are, but if you fancy a challenge you could try and craft some curved spider vanes. That would probably be beyond me, but I thought I'd suggest it in case your the adventurous / crafty type. Perhaps some local company could make the m for you. This kind of thing.
  5. DanWebster

    Flats Light Source

    I use a couple of sheets of plain white card over the top of the scope and point at a bright, well lit, wall or ceiling. One sheet looks to have a bit of a grain, but a second sheet seems to sort this out. This is with a DSLR, and it's fine for my needs / level. Perhaps with your setup it may not be enough, but card is pretty cheap. I've just remembered that I used to use photographic printer paper. That shiny card you stick in a regular printer to get photo like prints, as that didn't seem to have any grain in it at all.
  6. DanWebster

    Flat Frames - White or Grey?

    What it means by grey and not white, is that the flats shouldn't be saturated. If you have an exposure that's too long, then every single pixel will be at maximum brightness and there'll be no variation across the image. Whereas you should be able to see any vignetting, finger prints, dust bunnies, etc. These will appear as slightly darker areas, but only if the image isn't saturated.
  7. DanWebster

    First completed image inover a year and a half M31

    I've yet to do it justice, but hopefully in a few weeks, when the earth moves my house out of the way, I'll get to have another go at imaging it myself.
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    First completed image inover a year and a half M31

    It doesn't matter if it's a popular target or not, it's still a great image.
  9. DanWebster

    NGC 1097 in Fornax

    A great image, with an interesting story too. Thanks for sharing.
  10. DanWebster

    NGC 7000 - North America Nebula

    Thanks. I did wonder if it might be some thing like that. I 'll have to experiment a little.
  11. DanWebster

    NGC 7000 - North America Nebula

    On Sunday and Monday nights we had clear skies and a new(ish) moon, so I got to go out and have another crack at NGC 7000. I've ditched the old data that you see in the original post, which used 300s subs at ISO 1600 and I've gone with 120s subs, also at ISO 1600. The new image has 118 x 120s lights, 25 darks, 25 flats, 99 bias. I hope you like it. All comments are greatly appreciated, and if any one can suggest why the stars at the top of the image are not as round as those at the bottom, I'd be grateful. With regards to that, I do use a field flattener, but it's the top of the image that has been cropped. The bottom of the image is the left hand edge of the sensor and is fine, but the top of the image is about 1/4 of the way in from the right hand edge of the sensor, and has these issues. A large version can be found here where the issue can be seen more clearly. Thanks for looking Dan
  12. DanWebster

    NGC7331 inspired by johnrt

    It's looking pretty good already, but I looking forward to seeing the final effort.
  13. DanWebster

    M57 at 2m unguided - How bad can it be?

    Thanks. It was cold enough when I took those, gonna have to wrap up warmer, I don't want a cold. Thanks and good luck with the upgrades.
  14. DanWebster

    M33 - 290 minutes of DSLR Data with 130P-DS

    I couldn't see what it is you're using to process your images, but I did a fairly aggressive noise reduction in paint.net, which has cleaned it up quite nicely I think.
  15. For a bit of fun I wanted to try and image M57 at 2m. This would mean using my SW200p with a 2x barlow for some F10 action, and would be tracked by an EQ5 Goto. In order to keep weight down, there would be no guiding. The camera would be a standard, uncooled Canon 1100D at ISO 1600. How bad could it be? I had to keep the subs down to 20 seconds for the stars to remain mostly round, but I managed to take 120 of them before it got too late. 30 darks, 30 flats and 99 bias round off the stacking paramters, but DSS would only let me keep 70 of the subs, and even less when I tried x2 or x3 drizzle. The best effort I managed was with no drizzle and using 70 x 20s subs. It was stretched in DSS, with a little extra work in Paint.net to improve colour, contrast and noise. I'm without pixinsight at the moment as the trial ran out, but I've been impressed with it so I'll definitely be picking it up when I've got some funds available. Any way here it is. It's not the sharpest of images, but given the difficulty of the setup, I'm reasonably pleased with it. So who else has decided to go against conventional wisdom and go for a target with a difficult setup? Dan

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