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  1. This thread was created in the context of the winter storms wasn't it? We're now in the middle of a heatwave. Yes it's ended. If we start the thread up again every time the British weather goes south then potentially this could go on forever. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Wow, this thread just won't lie down will it. The weather can do whatever it likes while we're a month either side of midsummer's day. When the nights get back to being fully dark and moonless the weather will have my full attention again. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. To my eye that looks identical to SkySafari in the screenshot, which is interesting because SkySafari will cost you at least a couple of quid depending which version you get. Here's a screenshot of SS I took a moment ago... And here's the screenshot provided for the Celestron app... If they are the same then it's a no brainer. Get it before they start charging for it. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Another first for me, my first globular cluster. I'm pretty pleased with this one, taken from a dark site rather than my city garden. 45 lights and 30 darks. Don't know if globs are easy or I just got lucky with this one. Always happy to receive constructive criticism of course. Cheers
  5. Just your camera on a tripod will get you some pretty decent shots from a dark site. Keep the focal length short (18mm short) and you should be able to manage 60 second or longer exposures without star trailing. Take multiple frames and stack them with software like Deep Sky Stacker for even better results. In time you'll probably want to introduce some tracking and a telescope but that's a whole different ball game. You'd do well to contact a local astro club and meet some of their imagers to see the kit they use, it will I'm sure vary from hundreds to thousands of pounds worth.
  6. That's 30x 60 second exposures using my Skywatcher Skymax 127 on an unguided EQ5. Taken using an unmodified Canon 1100D. No darks, flats or bias frames were used, they're my next challenge. Stacked in DSS and adjusted in Photoshop.
  7. Hi Here's my first attempt at the Leo triplet. As a beginner i'm happy enough with it but I wondered if anyone had any suggestion on dealing with the noise? I suppose the obvious solution is not to capture it in the first place and reduce the ISO, but I'm not getting a lot of signal when I do that. Would stacking a greater number of darker frames yield the same results or do I need to think about longer exposures? Cheers
  8. Available from 7th April in the UK priced at £16.99. http://www.lidl.co.uk/cps/rde/SID-54BD22F2-85C2B0E7/www_lidl_uk/hs.xsl/our-offers-2491.htm?id=262
  9. Thanks Unfortunately I need something that can be turned to astro and non astro photography. At the moment at least the vast majority of my photos are taken in daylight. Elements might well be sufficient for me. Have you seen my photos? I'm hardly Damian Peach and I don't presume that the marginal gains of increased colour depth will change that fact.
  10. Looks like i'm sticking with GIMP then. As I said, creative suite is simply not an option on my budget. It's not that I won't pay for it, I actually can't. Many Thanks
  11. Hi I know this gets asked often enough but the advice seems to vary from thread to thread. I'm looking to move on from GIMP to a piece of paid software for my post processing and I'm torn between Photoshop Elements 12, Lightroom 5 and Photoshop CC. I know the current deal on Photoshop CC and Lightroom for £8 ish per month looks very attractive but I'm not certain I necessarily need that level of functionality as I won't be doing any graphic design. I'll be working with both astro and regular images so I need the best all rounder. I know a lot of you use CS6 but that's simply not an option on
  12. We'll like I said, that's near the poles, and a bit of a fluke I think, was only managing to get a minute last night. Believe me I'd love a proper imaging setup but you've got to 'love the one you're with' so to speak. Tonight's target is M101, we'll see what happens there. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  13. Do you still have the original autosave.tif? If so then upload it via a file sharing site and I'm sure some of us would love to have a play.
  14. It's worth mentioning that Adobe CS2 is still available for free download due to the licencing server being taken down. You will need an Adobe account but that's free to set up. Just Google "CS2 download".
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