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majestic0110

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  1. I was out last night for about 20 minutes and I noticed that there were some anomalies in an image I took, please see attached. I was shooting Vega, then I noticed on my live view that there were green smokey/dew type optical problems on the image itself - you can see it in the attached image at the top. Also, around the star Vega itself, you can see some strange problems too. I took a look at the lens of the corrector itself just now and could not see much dirt, though there was a tiny hair or two. My question is, what caused the aforementioned problems- was it dew? I had only been out for te
  2. I am sorry to hijack this, I hate to be a Necro - But I am having the SAME issue where the star just glides off in RA. Did you ever solve this issue? I am losing patience with mine personally, the manual is NO help wahtsoever!
  3. Still having problems actually. Pretty sure PA was OK last night and I spent a good hour and a bit setting up. What happens is the guider AUTO CALs then within about 5 seconds it "loses" the star, it drifts out of the FOV. I think its "over compensating" or something as when I have no guiding on, the star drifts out of the FOV in almost the opposite direction. Is there some setting I need to adjust somewhere?
  4. So when I am using the Polar Finder app, presumably the Polaris Peak is the same thing as Polaris Transit? Is that correct?
  5. thanks a lot all of you, I am thinking that my polar alignment is not that great, I have only tried it about 6 times. I guess I need to do some more reading about it. Do you guys have any tips on getting perfect PA?
  6. Hi all! I have just bought a Synguider and a star travel st - 80 as a guider scope which I have piggy backed onto my SW 200 PDS on an HEQ5. I am using a canon 500 D camera in the 200 pds. My first attempts at imaging some stars last night were unsuccessful as I had terrible field rotation, even at 5 seconds exposures. I think I have pretty decent polar alignment, I was using the Polar Finder app for android and followed these instructions to the letter: http://www.polarfinder.com/alignment.html I have the GOTO handset but I did not perform an alignement with that, also - does the autoguider ca
  7. Does anybody actually know how to get rid/prevent that halo from occuring? Just trying some different wavelet layers in registax at the moment and I am seeing the dreaded halo once more.....
  8. Thanks a lot Buzz, Yeah I noticed that halo myself and I was trying desperately to reduce it. Trust me, previously it was much worse! It came about as I stacked the images in RegiStax, so possibly my alignment was slightly off or I over-processed or something. I am not quite sure... Anyway, thanks very much for the kind words! Phil
  9. taken last night: 69 shots, Canon 500 EOS DSLR. used old telescope, Celestron 102 SLT (so magnification approx 25x). There were a lot of intermittent clouds last night so I didn't want the hassle of setting up my larger Equatorial scope, as I was not sure if I'd get a chance to take a shot! Technical details: f/0, exposure time 1/1000 second, ISO-400. Resolution 4752*3168, jpeg format. Stacked using Registax!
  10. Great thanks Peter, that's just what I need! Can someone please explain to me what a field flattener is used for? I have an 8" inch Newt, and heard that a coma corrector is a MUST for imaging, but do I also need a Field Flattener? /
  11. Hi all, I have an HEQ5 mount and a SkyWatcher 200PDS. I'd really to convert my finderscope so it can be used as an autoguider. I am pushing the weight of the mount as it is so I think putting another scope on it would not be a great idea, so I had the idea of using my finderscope as an autoguider for astrophotography. From what I understand, I need a guider and I also need an adaptor that will allow a guider to fit into the finder - is this correct? If so, do you know which adapter I need? And also, which guider would you recommend? There are a lot of options out there and it's a little bewil
  12. I did the stacking in Deep Sky Stacker, and changed the colour balance slightly in GIMP. I don't have a licence for PhotoShop and I am really not very good with GIMP! But before I did the post processing, the colours were very white
  13. Hi, sorry yeah I did mean to mention that - I only had 4 usable subs - is that part of the problem you think?
  14. You think that's what it is yeah? I need more stacks?
  15. Hi all, here is my first stab at M31! I took some images of Andromeda the other night of 45 sec exposures each, on a canon 500D at prime through a Skywatcher 200PDS on a HEQ5. This was my first attempt at trying to nail polar alignment and my first attempt at imaging DSO's, but I was quite pleased with the outcome! One immediate question I have is where is the colour? Why is everything all white? Is it some settings on my camera that I have set wrong? I set ISO to 3200, I was in quite a dark sky where I thought there was not that much light pollution. I did not shoot in RAW though (as I am a b
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