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  1. Taken 8 April 2017 - Celestron 127 SLT, Revelation 2x Barlow and Altair Astro GPCam. Best 25% of frames stacked in Autostakkert and wavelets in Registax.
  2. Wow, now this is a blast from the past! Must be honest, I didn't use this telescope for pictures at all last year. I got a Celestron 127 mak for planetary work which does give me better results, though of course that could be down to more practice (although the longer focal length helps!). What camera are you using Paul? I also ended up getting an Altair GPCam, which I am more than happy with. Of course, setup is crucial. Get it aligned as best as you can as that will maintain objects in the center of view as long as possible, particularly if you have been trying for DSO's. Remember,
  3. It does happen, have seen people removed from groups for it. I have also seen images that have me questioning if the person posting actually took it, or is claiming credit for someone elses work. Once saw someone being accused of stealing an image, the accuser posted a link to the same image on an online website/photo gallery. The person being accused politely informed him that yes, they were the same images and that the llink was to HIS online gallery! Personally, I haven't had it done because my images suck, but to me they are amazing, because I took them with modest kit and no real clu
  4. Tried some pictures of the Orion Nebula tonight, not my usual type of thing so no real software foe editing the results or any idea how to! First up is a widefiled using my sons Canon 1100D. Piggybacked it on my Skywatcher EQ2 mount, no darks or flats, just a lot of 10 second exposures which were then stacked in DSS. Played around with the sliders a bit until I got something I was happy enough with. Next I hooked up my GPCam to a Skywatcher Mercury 705 on the EQ2 mount. Lots of 8 second exposures, again stacked in DSS and played with the sliders. Have to say, for the equi
  5. Went out earlier to setup hoping to image Saturn before it dipped below the trees. The neighbours were puttint their bins out and asked what I was doing. Explained my plan and pointed out where Saturn was and a lovely bright orange mars that was already out of view from where I setup but could be seen just moving a little up the street. Told them to come back in about five minutes and they could take a look through themselves and see the ringed planet then I popped back in to grab the leads etc for the goto. By the time I got back out another family were waiting patiently to have a look too, h
  6. Fantastic image, well done and thanks for sharing.
  7. As mentioend above Skywatcher make two 130 telescopes, the 130/650 and the 130/900. The figures are the mirror diameter (130mm) and then the length of the telescope (650mm or 900mm). The main differance really is that the 130/650 scopes have a parabolic mirror, ie one that is curved, while the longer 130/900 has a flat mirror, you may often see the shorter tube referred to as the 130p. Knowing which particualr telescope you have would help people to reccomend which upgrade path to take in terms of eyepieces etc. I started off with the Skywatcher 130/900 with the EQ2 mount and motors
  8. Ok I know its a long way off, but when Juno does finally take its last plunge will it be visible from earth? Or even the scars? For that matter, would cassini make any visible impact on Saturn when it takes its final plunge, either with a visible flash or by leaving a Jupiter like scar? Have any scars been seen on Saturn?? Sorry.
  9. I used the Altair GPCam (color version).
  10. Well for the first time n what feels like forever we finally had clear skies on a day where I could stay up late without having to get up for work the next morning! Unfortunately I can only operate my equipment from mains power due to my laptop being old and having aduff battery and not owning a power tank, I also can't see any of the planets from my shaded back garden so had to venture out to the front, where Jupiter was setting over neighbouring houses and Mars and Saturn were just peaking through some trees and right over some lovely orange street lights! Talk about challenging!
  11. Spotted this on BBC news: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-36492596 80% of the worlds population living under light polluted skies, how sad. One quote says that around 14% of the worlds population don't use their night vision due to the amoutn of light pollution. No wonder I can't find those faint fuzzies! Car's driving past, security lights flashing on as soon as you move....
  12. No the Feb image was captured at 56ms and gain at 8, thought I'd try different ones lately to try and up the frame rate. Coincidentally I also formatted my laptop and sicne then been having issues with stellarium on it, hence why I was wodnering if perhaps it had been due to graphcis drivers or something during capture.
  13. Thansk for that, settings were (using Altair Capture) 26ms capture and gain at 5, will stick to 56 and gain at 8 then.
  14. Thats a final stacked image run through registax, as soon as you start cranking up the wavelets it becomes more obvious.
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