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Hawkeye last won the day on October 7 2014

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  1. Thats a really interesting comparison.. thank you for the advice, next time I get outside I'll try going to 10 minute + exposures (good job I have my guiding sorted)
  2. So I finally got around to getting a Baader MPCIII Coma corrector and an Astronomik CLS CCD Filter (IR blocked) to use with a Skywatcher 200P and a canon 1000D (Not modified). Questions :- 1. Is it normal for the focus point to be further out with a Coma corrector fitted? 2. Will either or both of these effect the amount of data collected by the camera? I ask as having fitted both of these I have found the focal point is now further out by about a third of the original focus point, and when collecting data even on 5 minute exposures @ ISO400 the histogram remains right over the left hand sid
  3. Well I have had another go at reprocessing my M42 image using a different debayer matrix, and then usual photoshop adjustments (and a bit of selective colour, thanks Toxic for the tips). Looks a bit better I think, but still not there.....What do you all think?
  4. Yes you need to let it solve before it will give you the current camera rotation. Try opening the file from the other day and get the rotation of the camera on that day, then take alive image, let it solve and get the current rotation, adjust the camera as required and keep going until it is the same as the previous day.
  5. If you are using the File Open dialogue, it will not make any difference when you adjust the camera as it is reporting the rotation of the camera when you took the picture.. As in adjusting the camera does not change the rotation of the image on your PC... Take a 'live' image and it will then show you the current rotation of the camera.
  6. Hi, I don't mind at all.... Looks fantastic and far better than my attempt at processing it...I have been playing with the data most of the afternoon just trying to stack the data in different ways and the results do look more promising so I'll post the results here later once I have had a play in Photoshop... Once again it looks great.. Any tips on what you did ?
  7. There's nothing really 'wrong' with the scope (200P) really, other than I don't really like the diffraction spikes, guding is very hard due to the weight, size and focal length and then finally again due to the focal length I can't get the whole of the larger DSO's without doing mosaics which then means extra time gathering the data.. Not got a coma corrector yet as I haven't decided what to do about the scope...
  8. Hi All, Does anyone know what debayer settings I should be using in Nebulosity 3 for an un-modified Canon 1000D with no filters? this is what I am presented with when I select the Debayer option.. however with the default setting I get a very green image.. Also having watched the tutorial on youtube it says to Normalize the images before Debayering, but then I have also read to Normalize the images BEFORE Debayering.. Which one is correct ? Any help would be great..
  9. Hi Knight of Clear Skies, The purple comes from the processing in Nebulosity 3.. I am not sure of the correct DeBayer settings I should be using for my Canon 1000D. The only way I can get the images to have any colour at all is to off set the matrix which makes the image go purple (ish), every other setting leaves the image grey.... Again if anyone knows what settings I should be using I would be really grateful for the advice..... Was just so glad to get some images produced that I was actually willing to post on here
  10. Hi Rich, I am still looking at buying more gear, 1st thing is a reasonable imaging scope and then a new camera.... and then another year to work out how to use them As for the diffraction spikes, TBH I hadn't noticed it until you said, but I am guessing it will either be due to a poorly collimated scope or it could be caused by my home made secondary dew heater which does not fit very well but if someone on here does know what is actually causing it please let me know!
  11. and finally (the one I like the best) M42, 8*120s lights, darks, flats and bias frames (total 16 minutes)
  12. NGC869 (Double Cluster), 8*120s lights, darks, flats and bias frames (total 16 minutes)
  13. M1, 5*300s lights, darks, flats and bias frames (total 25 minutes)
  14. So after about of year of struggling to get everything working at the same time last Saturday I finally got so reasonable data... So here are my submissions to the 30 minute challenge.. Equipment used as follows:- Mount:- HEQ5 Pro Scope:- SW200P Guiding:- SW 50mm Finder guider and QHY5Lii Software:- APT for capture of data PHD2 for quiding Nebulosity 3 and photshop CS3 for processing. Results:- M45, 12*120s lights, darks, flats and bias frames (total 24 minutes)
  15. Hi All, I am currently looking at buying a new scope for DSO imaging and like most people I have been looking at the very popular Skywatcher ED80, but I also keep looking at the TSED70Q. both work out around the same price once I have bought the FF/RR for the Skywatcher or the camera adaptor for the TSED70Q Does anyone have any working knowledge of the TSED70Q scope, or any around which of these scopes would be better? or is there any other recommendations for a £500ish imaging scope? I will be using a Canon 1000D and a HEQ5 mount (with guiding) with whichever scope I do eventually buy... but
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