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  1. The weather forecast finally looks promising, so I'm going to start my new project tonight. I would like to make sure I'm on the right track, as it's going to require three night's of effort. The plan is to make a simple mosaic of Andromeda consisting of three images, taken with the gear in my signature. I will be taking exposures until my battery runs out, so I'm looking at around three hours more or less on each panel. I figure that I should start with the middle panel tonight, taking some 20 or so one minute exposures for the core (should I take more?) followed by a number of five minute ex
  2. No one seems to stock the Baader MPCC, so I'm looking for any viable alternatives. I've read some about the Skywatcher CC, but I've also seem some threads demonstrating some issues with reflections of bright stars etc. So, is the Skywatcher CC a viable alternative? I've got the black diamond coated Explorer 200p, am I going to have problems focusing a DSLR with the Skywatcher CC? Are there any other coma correctors I should consider? Many thanks.
  3. Amazing. M31 was my firat target for astrophotography and had to struggle quite a bit to produce my first acceptable image. I was always going to have another go at it, but after seeing your image, I'm going to do it as soon as possible! Did you take any short exposures for core control? Once again, amazing results considering your gear!
  4. As we all know, long exposure photographs are able to collect more detail than our eyes ever will be able to record "live". But, a sufficiently short exposure photograph will not be able to depict an object with as much detail as a pair of adapted eyes. Since I live a long way from locations that may be able to provide near-perfect conditions, I've always wondered what they would be like. For those of you who have experienced the view of the night sky, the milky way, the andromeda galaxy, the orion nebula or whatever object, in perfect conditions. Could you please provide a realistic photogra
  5. Thanks! Yes, I am planing on aquiring a Baader MPCC along with the mask and I did try to use the first image in my original post to lessen the overexposure of the core, but either the image is too processed to actually make it better or my processing skills are insufficient (at the moment). I wanted to take more darks, but due to time constraints at the time, I didn't have time to take more than 8. I'll be aiming for an equal amount of darks and lights in the future.
  6. My first astrophotography project has been to take a decent image of the wonderful M31. Due to the lack of darkness here in Sweden during the summer, my first couple of attempts did not produce any image worth posting here. When astronomical darkness first hit, I did keep on trying to image M31 with better results. I have to say that the stacked and processed image didn't live up to my expectations nor were they anywhere near the potential of my equipment. The first processed image was this one: http://i46.tinypic.com/2luvv9w.jpg (only lights, unsure of how many minutes worth) (I'm not sure ho
  7. Amazing, what camera did you use?
  8. If you want to go for wide apparent field of view, I can personally recommend that you import Explore Scientific's 82 degree series, which is superb value.
  9. I would definitely recommend that you wait until you can attend another star party so that you can get a good feel for what you prefer. It can save you from making painful mistakes. However, if you treat the eyepieces with respect, the second hand value should be pretty high, especially on the BST explorers that come highly recommended for their price. Also, buying second hand can save you a lot of money and reselling s/h eyepieces should only cost you the postage, ideally.
  10. I have to agree. I have the 9, 14 and 20mm and the 20mm is definitely my favorite on most targets. The contrast in these are superb.
  11. I guess this would be officially my first DSO (besides some random pictures of stars). I hope it reflects how dark the skies are here in Sweden at this time of the year, considering it was taken at ISO 200 (30s) iirc: http://i45.tinypic.com/2n8mr8m.jpg I'll return with my first processed image when the skies actually go dark here. *edit* It is, of course, M31 if you didn't guess from the detailed image
  12. If you decide to get the ES100 degree series I don't think you'd ever find any use for the Hyperion Zoom or any equivalent zoom. This is due to the fact that the apparent field of view is significantly smaller, as well as the fixed focal length EPs being, generally, of higher quality than zooms. Now, I haven't tried the Hyperion Zoom or any other eyepiece than the standard 10 and 25mm that you get with Skywatcher OTAs and the above mentioned ES EPs, but I did do a substantial amount of research before deciding to buy the ES EPs. Even if I wasn't lucky enough to pay no shipping fees or tax dut
  13. If you live in the US, you should definitely check out the Explore Scientific eyepieces. Most retailers are having a sale until August, so it might be wize to act sooner rather than later. I picked up the 9, 14 and 20mm of the 100 degree series and a 4.7mm of the 82 degree series for $1k, which I believe will suit me well. Unfortunately, two of the eyepieces turned out to be faulty and had to be sent back, but I've used the 14 and 20mm and I'm very pleased. It should be noted that there are multiple accounts detailing the minuscule differences of the TeleVue Ethos and the Explore Scientific 10
  14. I have to agree with Russel. I haven't tried any other eps than the standard 10 and 25mm that you get with most SW OTAs and the 100 and 82 degree ES. Going back to the 10 and 25mms now, it looks like you're looking through a narrow pipe! Since the field stop in the 100 degree is out of direct view when you're looking at the center FOV, I can't imagine you'd ever need more than 100. In fact, I'm sure 82 degrees would be enough for me, but since the price differential is so comparatively small when you import from the US it's probably better to go with the 100 degree eps.
  15. Get the seben and a wide field EP, like the PanaView 32mm which comes highly recommended, and you will have a good first set.
  16. I seem to be getting decent weather tomorrow and it will be my darkest night ever, as well as first time with my 14 and 20mm 100 degree (still have to wait for the 9mm and 4.7 82 degree EPs to arrive to replace the faulty ones). I'm hoping to be impressed to say the least!
  17. Nice! I just sent back my 9mm and 4.7mm, so I can't wait to get back some with clean optics. I haven't had a chance to try them yet, but they feel really solid and have given some nice views in daylight. How do you feel the 30mm is compared to the 20mm. Which one gets more use?
  18. I'm a bit jealous. Due to the skies not being particularly dark in the summer time, I've yet to see my first hint of nebulosity or a galaxy. Fortunately, it's just about dark enough to see M31, but the weather hasn't allowed any views yet. Maybe in an hour!
  19. Check out this page: http://www.themcdonalds.net/richard/index.php?title=Finding_M13
  20. http://htwins.net/scale2/ A better version.
  21. I'm somewhat of an audiophile, so I love music. For some reason I feel no need to listen to any music while I'm observing. The sound of nature is preferable.
  22. I tried the polar alignment feature and it seemed to work pretty good. I was only doing visual observations, but the GoTo was spot on after a three star alignment. I will pay attention to how my autoguiding graphs turn out next imaging session.
  23. Thanks, unfortunately there seems to be an issue of some "dust" or something inside the 9mm and 4.7mm, so I will most likely have to send them back for repair or exchange. The 14mm and 20mm looked pristine when I did some observing during the day. In contrast to popular belief, new purchases doesn't always bring clouds (not to me atleast!). In fact, when my items arrive the clouds disappear!
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