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  1. Do we have an indication of how long this is likely to last before fading. Weather here is awful for at least another week .
  2. just had a look in stellarium, pretty low in the sky and at mag 13.4 going to need pretty dark skies. My nearest dark sky at about sqm 19.5 - 20 is 12 miles away. With the current situation I don't know if it's wise to drive there.
  3. I will measure when I get back but if suitable then I shall take you up on that keV thanks.
  4. Hi all. My granddaughter got a SW 90az for Xmas. Her mother put it together for her. I went up the other day to tweak the mount as it was very slack and noticed the loose finder scope, think it is 6x30. Anyway, reason it is loose is mum accidentally threw the rubber O ring away. But of a long shot but wondered if anyone has a spare O ring they could let me have. Regards
  5. At a loose end this morning so decided to reprocess some data I got the other night whilst playing around in Orion. I am struggling with Live Stacking, for some reason my laptop doesn't like sharpcap for livestacking, I might try the ZWO ASIstudio next time. Anyway, as my live stacking skills are a bit naff I am taking stills and stacking but all good fun. So I have been playing around in GIMP and slowly getting better results (in my eyes anyway). The HH part is only just visible and this is the one I really want to try live stacking on. First effort Reprocess
  6. Had a play around with the M42 data and managed to drag out a little more detail and get it a tad darker although now loosing detail from heart of the nebula.
  7. Still learning at this game, at some point I will take more time to try to learn a little more by reading stuff, haha. (not really) First effort is M42, 10 minutes of data, enjoyed playing around with the settings but finally settled on 8 second at 300 gain, quite happy with my play around effort. Just about got running man too Now the flame and horsey, never seen the horsey in any way before except on here from others images. I have stretched this to hell and back. I could probably get a better result but the fact is the HH is there. 20 minutes worth of data = 16 seconds x 75
  8. I found another free video to watch which I know some of you will find interesting, especially the ones who are into their solar viewing/imaging. I watched this the other day and like any documentary, it can be a little slow at times but there is some very interesting content and fascinating cgi based on science fact. It is 50 minutes so not overly long either. There also appears to be links to a lot of other astronomy related content on there as well. Enjoy Solar Superstorms
  9. I watched it on amazon prime too, I found the link above after so everyone could watch it for free. Anyway, prime threw me links to loads of other stuff as suggetions as well. I tagged about 20 of them and I am slowly going threw them. One I watched yesterday I am linking to as well called solar superstorms, some very interesting stuff in it.
  10. I am not sure if I have seen these so good effort with the links. I am still a sponge with astro related stuff, sadly these days it's a sponge that dries out a little too quickly but I still persist.
  11. Think I saw it in options, thanks for the heads up
  12. I watched it on prime, then it threw up 30 more options to me. I shall watch them in my own time and there may be other recommendations
  13. I have just watched this documentary about Voyager's 1 & 2. Starts from conception, to launch, through the solar system and onto inter stellar space. It has many of the original people who worked on it as contributors and personally I found it very interesting and at times, profoundly emotional. 2 hours long, early on a little slow but once it gets going it is superb. https://watchdocumentaries.com/the-farthest/
  14. Nice work michael, I was (have now) going to do the same when I saw yours. My efforts are a patch on these but it's the taking part isn't it
  15. Hello all. I only started playing around this year at EEVA and at the same time I am playing at imaging a little, so I have attached my efforts for 2020. Comet ones taken with my nikon camera, the rest mainly using a ZWO 224mc, P-DS 130 and wifi gti mount. The last M45 using a ZWO183 but with my new EQM 35 -Pro. Much tighter stars with this mount, tracks exceedingly well too. Excuse my attempts at processing. I have been getting better with gimp although it is a steep learning curve. I don't profess to be the best, but I do enjoy what I am doing. Ethereal Moon
  16. Yeah thank you covid and lock down for emptying my wallet into FLO's bank account Happy new year everyone
  17. This is pleiades from the rescued data. One thing to bear in mind is they weren't that far away from the full moon. As you mentioned @vlaiv the recovered data wasn't great quality as I discovered trying to tease out detail in Gimp. But at least I managed a passable image. Very happy with the focus, I tried out the new bahtinov mask from WOptics mask and feel it is far easier than using the standard black masks so worth the extra cost. Anyway, lesson learned re: bit mode.
  18. ah yes I have autostakkert. I shall have a play around. Much obliged as always vlaiv
  19. ASI3, not familiar with that one, do you mean ASI studio as used with ZWO camera's. Forgive my naivety.
  20. Thank you very much vlaiv. I have now found my fits files taken christmas eve of the jupiter/saturn conjunction are of the same 8 bit format. I hope I can change them too, rather more than these taken tonight. Images of pleaides can be got easily almost anytime, those of the above mentioned conjunction not so easily got.
  21. I will have a play with it, I love faffin around as it helps you learn. One further question if you don't mind @vlaiv, what programme can I use to bulk change all the fits?
  22. Thanks vlaiv, it is eeva, I don't do full on imaging, but this was the section to enquire about processing. I spent about an hour on capturing data, didn't realise it was in 8 bit mode. So are you saying this data is no good.
  23. Gentlemen please. I started this thread to become more informed and confirm some ongoing ideas I had as well as stimulate debate in a friendly manner. Let us not start falling out with each other. It isn't in either the spirit of the time of year nor the interests of our community.
  24. I keep getting an error message from DSS when trying to stack with the message about it not debayering 8 bit images, camera settings below. Can someone help me so I can get it to work please. TIA. [ZWO ASI183MC] Debayer Preview=On Pan=2 Tilt=0 Output Format=FITS files (*.fits) Binning=2 Capture Area=5496x3672 Colour Space=RAW8 Temperature=13 Hardware Binning=Off High Speed Mode=Off Turbo USB=100(Auto) Flip=None Frame Rate Limit=Maximum Gain=302 Exposure=1.466706 Timestamp Frames=Off White Bal (B)=95 White Bal (R)=52 Brightness=8 Auto Exp Max G
  25. Ever wished you hadn't asked that question?
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