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About Mikey0368

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  1. Cheers, I'll give that a go. Unfortunately they're jpeg files so I'll need to check my settings next time, I was expecting raw images as that's what I usually get from APT but presumably I have to reset it when using Planetary. I'll put that one down to experience!
  2. I took images of the moon last night at different ISO and exposure settings but I'm not having much luck with processing. I used APT's Planetary feature and I have 1000 frames at each setting so I can either use a single image or stack them. The basic image looks ok but I'm sure I can get more out of it. I have StarTools, GIMP and Registax available to me but I'm not sure which processing features in particular I should be focussing on. Can anyone give me some pointers please? Thanks.
  3. I know I can use my calibration frames again but do I need to make sure that the orientation of my camera is roughly the same or does it not matter? It's a dslr that I use. Thanks.
  4. I've had a wee bit of a problem with Walking Noise so I'm going to add Dithering to my APT plan. I read somewhere that you don't need to take Darks if Dithering, is that the case? I would normally take half the number of Darks that I take of Lights and I'm quite happy to continue doing so if the results will be better. My camera is a modified Canon 600D if that makes any difference and I'm tracking, not guiding. Exposures will be 60 seconds. Thanks.
  5. Not yet. I'll be trying a few things on Sunday.
  6. I was out again last night and it's still there. There was no moon so it aint that, and everything's been cleaned. Again, it shows up much more during processing......
  7. Sorry folks, newbie question! I'm planning on having a crack at this comet tomorrow night as it's supposed to be reasonably clear for a bit. Should I use my 8" reflector or SW Esprit 100ED for it? Or are neither really suitable for something like this? The camera is a modified Canon 600D. Thanks.
  8. Thanks folks. The moon was fairly full that night so that could be the culprit I suppose. There's a bit of trial and error involved at the moment and if the cloud ever disappears it'll help!
  9. I have a relatively new SW Esprit 100ED and I'm getting a mark on my images. I've checked the camera (it's a DSLR) and flattener and can't see anything obvious, but the lenses in the telescope do look a little dirty. Rather than a smudge somewhere, could it just be reflection? It's pretty much a perfect circle and I wouldn't expect a dirty mark to be so circular. Here's a screenshot taken during processing as it sticks out like a sore thumb at this point. Once processed it's much less obvious but still there. Anyone experienced something like this? Thanks.
  10. Fantastic reply, thanks very much that's really helpful.
  11. It's a SkyWatcher Esprit 100ED PRO Triplet, f5.5.
  12. Assuming my Polar Alignment and 2 Star Alignment are spot on, what length of exposure can I expect to take? The mount is a SkyWatcher HEQ5 with Rowan Belt upgrade and the camera is a modified Canon 600D. I don't have a guide scope so I'll be relying on tracking, and skies around here are Bortle 6 (I think). Thanks.
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