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Mikey0368

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  1. Even although I've only used 1 light I tried processing the 900s image. I'm not fussed about the image itself, it's the shape of the stars I'm interested in. So it's 1 light, 1 flat, 1 bias and no dark.
  2. I was experimenting with exposure lengths again last night and this is 900s (15 minutes). I only took 2 lights at that exposure but there's enough here to suggest that I might be able to try it again in a proper imaging session. This is the full image and a cropped version.
  3. It'll be interesting to see how much more I can get when I'm using the Polemaster. Cheers.
  4. Yep, I'm getting 10 minutes out of it. I have a Polemaster on order so might manage more once it gets here!
  5. Just adding to this again as I'm now getting 10 minute exposures unguided. This is 85% of 16 x 600s stacked in DSS and processed in StarTools.
  6. 6 weeks later I finally got another night that was good enough for long exposures. This is 3hrs 20mins in total, all exposures were 5 minutes.
  7. I'm dragging this up again as I've been trying longer exposures using the Skywatcher HEQ5 with Rowan Belt modification, no guiding. It was really clear and calm a couple of nights ago so I tried 5 minute subs and didn't lose any through star trails or satellites. The image is M81, 80% of 50 x 300s stacked in DSS with flats, darks and bias and processed in StarTools. The next time we get a night with no wind I'll try for even longer to see how it goes.
  8. 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!
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Not yet. I'll be trying a few things on Sunday.
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