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About SteveNickolls

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  1. Here is the help file from DSS 344, I hope it opens for you. DeepSkyStacker Help.chm Or avaialable here- http://deepskystacker.free.fr/english/userguide.htm Cheers, Steve
  2. I use the autosaved .fts file out of DSS not .tiff. DSS is a minefield of choices and steps and takes a little getting resolved to use correctly. Best to work through the DSS help file that is bundled with it first. Here's a little screen print from part of the DSS Help file- DSS Help Excerpt.docx Cheers, Steve
  3. Hi, The final image in DSS will be very dark. You will use another programme such as StarTools to stretch the information hidden in the final DSS image. Regards, Steve
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    The "No EQ" DSO Challenge!

    There can be a lot of fun getting DSS to work as you want it but the guides are, 'out there'. Star Tools (ST) will repay investment in time spent with it. The great thing about astro-photography is that as you progress with experience you can go back to earlier attempts and redo them. Good luck whichever route you decide to follow and do keep posting! Cheers, Steve
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    The "No EQ" DSO Challenge!

    This guide, initially signposted elsewhere is a start with DSS (and more so with StarTools)-https://astro.ecuadors.net/processing-a-noisy-dslr-image-stack-with-startools/#comment-17174 You can get DSS version 4.1.0 now. Cheers, Steve
  6. Pleased everything has worked out for you and at a lower cost. Cheers, Steve
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    The Veil 135mm

    Hi, there's nebulosity all over that area. There is also cluster NGC 6940. If you go to www.worldwideyeslecope.org and look at the Hydrogen alpha full sky map you'll see what's there. Good luck with imaging using the SA mount and Samyang lens. Cheers, Steve
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    Backyard EOS shutdown

    Hmm, sorry to hear this. Have you tried another USB port on your pc to control BYEOS by? There is also the possibility that the camera or PC USB port you have been using is not making the same tight connection as previously. With my set up I do take a lot of attention to ensuring the USB cable is secured to the leg of the tripod at the lower levels and again where it connects to the short USB lead going to the camera but also allow some slack lead to accommodate mount movement over the imaging session. A long USB cable hanging off the camera is quite heavy for the small connection on the camera to maintain. Another thought is do you have any power options on your pc that may cause the issue? One other thought, have you updated your pc lately to cause an issue? If you post on the official BYEOS Forum site-https://www.otelescope.com/forums/ I'm sure you will get the best help. Cheers, Steve
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    Backyard EOS shutdown

    Hi, Often losing connection can be down to the USB cable in use and I have known the USB connector can slightly move during an imaging session causing disconnection. I hope others can make other comments and suggestions. Good luck sorting the problem out. Cheers, Steve
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    SW polar alignment

    Hmm, it is part of the article but the detail of the tools and materials required and step by step instructions aren't there from what I can see which is a shame. Regards, Steve
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    SW polar alignment

    Hi, There is also this-https://www.darkframeoptics.com/product/polarite-right-angled-polarscope and I recall Steve Tonkin wrote an article in the May 2018 edition of the Sky at Night magazine on making an adaptor to fit a commercially available camera right angled finder to the SA mount. Cheers, Steve
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    Next Attempts at DSO's

    I have been imaging using my SkyWatcher Startravel 102mm refractor on a Go-To Synscan alt-az mount and Canon 600D DSLR since just before Christmas 2015. Having since read, "Astrophotography on the Go" by Joseph Ashley I have been inspired to use longer exposures, typically 30 seconds at ISO 1600 and to take more images per object (up to 200 light frames) weather permitting. I use Deep Sky Stacker to collate frames and subsequently process the master image using StarTools. I hope this album of images shows improvement upon my earlier attempts. Since April 2017 I have been using a SkyWatcher Star Adventurer (SA) mount on an old Celestron heavy duty tripod to image DSO's with my Canon DSLR. At Christmas 2017 I received a modified Canon 700D DSLR and an Astronomik clip-in Ha 12nm filter to complement my UHC filter. I am continually impressed by the accuracy of the little SA mount.
  13. Thanks for the update. If I had the money available I would have purchased one of these a little while ago. Cheers, Steve
  14. Thanks Rich for your reply, and every strength to future projects. Best Regards, Steve
  15. Thanks very much for posting this mosaic. Can I ask how many light frames went into each pane? I take it you have not experienced any issues with the f/1.8 and the 7hm Ha filter. good luck with further mosaics. Best Regards, Steve

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