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About IainMcD

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  1. Great advice, thanks guys. I'll stick to a standard tripod for now, but that Polarie thing looks interesting. Hopefully I will have forgotten all about it by the time pay day rolls around!
  2. Hi folks, I'm going hiking in next week and I would like to take my 1100D to get some milky way shots while I'm out. The only mount I have is a CG5.... not exactly practical in the Scottish mounts! I need a small portable tripod I can use, but I have no idea what I'm looking for, given that I've only ever used it while it's been attached to my scope! Do I need one that can be polar aligned like a normal mount? Will a generic one off Amazon suffice? I'd be using it to take landscape/milky way shots, and maybe wide shots of Orion etc. Thanks
  3. Looks pretty nice. Orion is a good place to start.
  4. Really nice. Is that Supernova in M81 still about? I keep meaning to image it!
  5. Attempt #2. Colour a bit better I think. I'm not sure if it's my processing or stacking. How long should I be shooting for before rotation starts to blur the image? Is Y800xY800 always best?
  6. Thanks for the advice. I had another crack at last night. Just stacking now.
  7. Excellent thanks. I'll just have to wait for the clouds to clear again!
  8. Ah yes, more information! I shot about 5,000 frames. 60fps Y800. Yes, the file was about 2Gb! Stacked in Registax 6. So, if I shoot in Y800, turn debayering off? Is the camera capturing the colour, just not displaying it until stacked?
  9. Just acquired the DFK21AU618 Colour. Had some clear skies on Thursday so I gave it a try... I still need to learn how to actually use the damn thing, but initial run seems to have been ok. Does anyone have any advice on settings and processing? I use IC Capture and Photoshop CS5. Thanks
  10. This made me chuckle. I don't think I'll ever grow up.
  11. That's an absolutely stunning image!
  12. I use a Celestron Polar Scope that I bought along side the CG-5, it is my intention to push the subs up as far as I can! Thanks, I've been practising =]
  13. Yeah Skywatcher 150P, I baffled myself completeld when I first got it! Yeah completely unguided. 60sec is the longest sub I've tried to take. Might see how far I can push it before I start getting star trails.
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