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RogerMc

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  1. Thanks Steve. I think its all the work I've done over the last few years with imaging the the moon, the odd planet and Ha solar images that's helped, although its the first time I've played with Nebulosity darks and alike.
  2. This is my first serious go at imaging a DSO from a very light polluted SE London. I have tried to capture some 'fuzzies' before without any real success, but considering the cameras I was using it wasn't really that surprising. Having waited for what seemed like for ever the skies cleared for a while I set up my kit and had a go at M31. Well suffice to say the results weren’t great whilst trying to get my head around all the new settings but at least I'd got something looking like M31 after hours of processing in Nebulosity 2. My second night was much better I'd got PHD working reasonably well, the equinox 80 fitted with the QHY 8 cooling down nicely with a 2” UHC filter on and got all the cables properly ordered around the mount and a with a single USB cable running indoors to my PC, I settled in for an attempt at M27 in the warm! I'd got the mount aligned as best as I could, as I can't see Polaris, relying on my digital compass and Wixey level to get the scope more or less set up and in the home position, did a two star alignment and slewed over to the Dumbbell Nebular. Using Nebulosity a got a dim but obvious image of M27 on my screen. I set up PHD and got the calibration done and selected a guide star that the QHY 5 camera in my ST80 guide scope brought up on the window and started guiding. I had looked at the tutorial videos on Stark Labs web site on how to go about setting up Nebulosity and PHD it looked all to easy as they went through the procedure in focusing, guiding and creating a series of captures and I thought - 'yer right!' Well how wrong I was in doubting them it really was a dream to get 20 x 90 second captures of M27. Guiding was going well and image after image came in and was saved on the hard drive. I was going really well and then yep the clouds came back in and that was that for the night. Before I packed up for the night I took a series of darks at the same timings as the lights and considered what, if anything, I'd got to try and squeeze out of the images. Using the guides from Stark Labs I went about stacking the images and combining the darks and was left with a final image to try and get the nebula out of the haze of orange skies. The final result after playing with the settings, was to me outstanding. The camera had captured so much detail that I was to say the least stunned. I know that the more seasoned imagers out there will see all sorts of flaws in the image but for me, my first proper go with some decent kit has left a huge grin on my face that's going to take some time to go. A 2.4 meg bitmap image can be seen here: Best, Roge
  3. That's a cracking set John. Well done a lot of work there. Roge
  4. Hi- whilst I waiting for m57 to come up so I could test my UHC filter in LP London I spent a while grabbing an AVI of the south pole area of the moon. Kit: 8" SCT @ F10, DMK31 and red filter. BTW The new filter was great I've finally seen the Ring from London and also managed to see M27 albeit just a smudge. Best, Roge
  5. Smashing image John. They can take for ever to do but they really do come out well after all the effort.
  6. Hi All This is my second lunar image of last nights session and is a mosaic of 3 (1024x768) images. Processed in Registax 5.1, stitched with serif panorama and tweaked in PS6. The final full size image is 1445x1650px and can be viewed here. This image is reduced by 50% to get it on here. Kit: Equinox 80 DMK31 set @ 600frames per capture Baader solar continuum Green filter HEQ5 Hope you like it and thanks for looking Roge
  7. Hi All This lunar image is a mosaic of 12 (1024x768) images. Unfortunately, I missed a small section at the terminator which is a bit of a pain. Still I thought I'd do the processing anyway, which took hours (the PC is now in the fridge cooling off!). Processed in Registax 5.1, stitched with serif panorama and tweaked in PS6. The final full size image is 2076x1546px and can be viewed here. This image is reduced by 50% to get it on here. Kit: Equinox 80 2x Barlow element DMK31 set @ 600frames per capture Baader solar continuum Green filter HEQ5 Hope you like it and thanks for looking Roge
  8. Nice selection Ken. As you know my PST is now in major bits waiting for me to get the time to finish the fit-out to the Vixen A80. BTW sent PM image of the knackered IR filter Roge
  9. Another great set Brian well done indeed. Just didn't get a chance to get out today. Hmmmm!
  10. Oh first class, many congratulations.
  11. Really nice images there Brian. I was totally clouded out today as well.
  12. Viewing was pretty bad today here in London, with high haze and intermittent cloud. I had to wait for the sun to pass the trees to get some images, so I missed the "biggy" by an hour or so but managed to grab these instead. Hope you like them Roge
  13. Nice set there Ken an animation would be worth seeing!
  14. Hi Ken Yes I have v5.1 perhaps I'm not using it right. Also I think being stuck with the PST body isn't helping much especially as I cant shift the BF5 holder from the body!!! I think the prism is the problem. I also need to find out how to remove the etalon without knackering it. I just can't afford a BF10 perhaps a brand new unused D-ERF 80 swap is the way to go. Best. Roge
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