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  1. Seems a high chance for aurora tonight http://www.accuweath...ntic-1/10107004 Snowstorm here in Sweden but maybe someone else has better weather.
  2. I use the Oculars plug in, but not with eyepieces but with CCDs. I have not found it inaccurate. I would be very surprised if such a bug hadn't been noticed yet.
  3. I live 100km north of Stockholm and we have had also really nice weather last month so I have been waitning for your next image. I am not dissapointed! This is a fantastic image already and your work is my inspiration. Bra jobbat!
  4. Looks great! If you do a sucessful 3-star polar alignment, does it still matter how good or bad the setup was (tripod leveld, correct pos for polaris in RA etc)?
  5. Great info there Gina. I have ordered a Borg 77 and will probably buy a 314L also and have been eyeing a OAG solution. I have to go with car for each session and would rather not have an additional scope. Here's a stupid question: Why is correct backfocus so important? Cant the focuser move the focal point a few mm if its not perfect? I feel like I am missing something really obvious.
  6. While looking for KAF-8300 examples I found this: http://nsaaforum.ning.com/photo/ngc-1499-hst-palette?xg_source=activity The image may be taken with one of the finest telescopes in the world, but still, if the chip can do that...
  7. Oh damn, wrong widefield section of the forum. If a mod could move it that would be great.
  8. Most of Orion with Nikon 50mm f/1.4 @f/4.5 Orion's Belt and Sword with Nikon 70-300 @200mm f/5.3 Orion's Sword with Nikon 70-300 @300mm f/5.6 All taken with my Nikon D600. I've had some pretty good nights here in beginning of March. Cold though, -12°C to -17°C. I still have alot to learn with post processing, but I really enjoy Pixinsight and I'm making slow progress.
  9. Is binning something that my camera needs to do when taking the actual exposure or can you do this in post processing? What software do you use to bin the images? I know Pixinsight has the IntegerResample process tool but thats one image at a time.
  10. My Nikon D600 is a superb camera for normal photography, which is another of my hobbies that I enjoy a lot, but for AP I'm starting to wish for something else. It creates huge files. Processing is not so bad, I have a good computer, but one session can be 50GB of data and I have to throw away stuff. So far I have a lot of sessions that were failures, Rubbish focus, over exposed stuff etc, but soon I will need to start throwing away stuff I want to save. I have just ordered my scope so I need to save a bit first but then I am getting a CCD.
  11. I have learned the exact same lesson. Here is one of my early attempts. Nikon D600, 50mm, f1.4, 10s, ISO1600 http://www.flickr.com/photos/87367242@N07/8057500287/in/set-72157631699712977/lightbox/
  12. Longjohns man, longjohns. No seriously, I have not done anything special about the gear. It all seems to be able to take this cold and the rest is just to dress warmly. I've only been out a few hours though, then clouds come. For a whole night of imaging I think I may need to think about some protection. Thanks for the comments! I am very happy with these, though I struggle with the amount of stars I get. I want to make a starmask for them so that I can stretch the galaxy without the stars, but the starmask tool in PixInsight seem to struggle when there are this many stars. I can't seem to get
  13. I got my NEQ6 last week and after some fumbling around I got it sorted yesterday and got these two images. Even though they are noisy and half butchered in processing I'm proud of them! Nikon D600 with Nikon 70-300mm @ 200mm, f/6.3, ISO 1600 30x30" -17° C Better quality here http://www.astrobin....s/portedgoblin/
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    M45 121214

    From the album: DSO

    Nikon D600 with Nikon 70-300mm @ 200mm, f/6.3, ISO 1600 30x30"

    © portedGoblin

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    M31 121214

    From the album: DSO

    Nikon D600 with Nikon 70-300mm @ 200mm, f/6.3, ISO 1600 30x30"

    © portedGoblin

  17. I use the Nikon 50mm 1.4, so pretty similar. It has very bad quality if used at f/1.4, stars at the edges looks like bats (no joke). Also the vignetting is pretty bad, at least on my full frame Nikon. This is an image stopped down to f/3.2. 26x5" exposures, ISO 1000 I belive. As you can see it is almost overexposed due to the stacking. My next try would be f/4 at ISO 800. http://www.astrobin.com/26566/ It can also give you an idea of the FOV. This image is only slightly cropped at the edges witch turn to mush due to non tracking stacking. 50mm is pretty good focal length for getting a constell
  18. Hi Here is one I did. This was my first try so its not so good. http://www.flickr.co...tream/lightbox/ Set your DSLR on a tripod and see if has a setting to take automatic exposures. In the image above I had mine set to 30" exposures taken every 31". I made a misstake here and had my camera set to HIGH ISO NOISE REDUCTION ON so the camera processed each image for a few seconds. This made it so that only every other image got taken. In effect I had 30" exposure every 1m. That's why you see the dot shaped lines. The longer gaps are for frames with airplanes in them as I thought they ruined it fo
  19. That has happened to me a few times. Usually because of what type of Light frame stacking method I selected. Try choosing Average and see if that helps.
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