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PhotoGav

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  1. Hi PhotoGav, I've been looking at the WO 71 Star and was wondering how you manage to attach the QSI683WSG?

    Was it mounted on to the M48 thread or did you use the 2" nosepiece / draw-tube on the scope?

     

    Good luck with the transit!!!

    Zak

    1. PhotoGav

      PhotoGav

      Hi Zak, sorry, only just seen this message - you should direct message me for a swift reply! I attached the QSI to the M48 thread of the WO Star 71 via a slim adapter of some sort. I can't remember the exact details as it's been a while since I've used that scope, but I certainly didn't use a 2" nose piece. Good luck, Gav.

  2. I swear the gods themselves conspired against me tonight!  First clear night in weeks and we are baby sitting our grandchild.  My daughter is back an hour later than planned, so I don't get home until 11.30.

    I immediately open up the observatory quickly get everything set up to start collecting some more 10 minute subs of the Jellyfish Nebula in OIII.  Half way through guiding calibration then ...

    .. all the electrics go in the road!!!

    10 minutes later it comes back on and it's then another 30 minutes before everything is working and I start the first sub.  :-)

    45 minutes later the Jellyfish Nebula disappears behind next door's ever expanding Bay tree.

    Ah well ......

    1. PhotoGav

      PhotoGav

      Michael, that there is sufficient justification for a fully remote operable observatory! Last night was indeed finally crisp and clear (at least until 2am!), but it was my daughter’s school play (Annie, my daughter was in the orphan chorus, lovely production!). The show started at 7pm, but my observatory was up and running and I monitored it on my iPhone during the interval! We were home at about 10:30pm. Over three hours of Beehive collected and in the pot! I got a further three hours before cloud stopped play. Remote control is the way forwards...

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  3. -12 tonite... brass monkey time!

    1. PhotoGav

      PhotoGav

      Hell yeah - cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey...! Should be wonderfully clear though. Here's to some happy imaging time tonight.

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  4. Guiding tonite!

    1. PhotoGav

      PhotoGav

      Beautiful - nothing beats loads and loads of data. It also makes it much easier to process. I look forward to seeing the finished bird!

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  5. Guiding tonite!

    1. PhotoGav

      PhotoGav

      Yes, I sorted the Star 71, though I haven't tested it, but it was obviously wobbly and is now solid, so will be fine. The new altair scope has replaced the old SW 80ED. It seems lovely and the autofocus is working well, pausing guiding while running it and everything is fine when starting up again. So, happy days!

      What you on?

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  6. Guiding tonite!

    1. PhotoGav

      PhotoGav

      Yes, though I have swapped scopes and am gathering first light for an altair 102.

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  7. Guiding tonite!

    1. PhotoGav

      PhotoGav

      Hooray! 2nd 1800s sub just in. Fingers crossed that it's good all night as they are promising.

      At last!

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  8. Starting to get cloud rage.... grrrr.

    1. PhotoGav

      PhotoGav

      Don't worry... Clear skies are on their way back now. With perfect timing too - the claggy cloud has been over the Full Moon, but we will all be enjoying perfect conditions for the coming New Moon.

      At least, that's what my therapist has suggested I keep repeating to myself....

      Grrrrrrrrrrrr.

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  9. Guiding tonite!

    1. PhotoGav

      PhotoGav

      Hooray! So am I. Bit much moon for anything but testing though.

  10. Guiding tonite!

    1. PhotoGav

      PhotoGav

      Excellent job! I'm beavering away at M101, gathering luminance. It's been a while, but things seem to be working. Fingers crossed it stays clear for a bit longer...

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  11. Hi PhotoGav. I just joined this forum and saw your post of last March regarding your image of Jupiter captured with the EdgeHD 8, 2x Powermate and the ASI120mc. This is the exact setup I am assembling, just waiting for the ASI120mc. My question is do you still have to worry about the 133.5mm back focus of the EdgeHD when using the Powermate and if so what other adapters did you use in your imaging train?

    1. PhotoGav

      PhotoGav

      Hi. No, I didn't worry about backfocus distance with that image (perhaps I should have done?!). I kept the visual back on the Edge, put in the Powermate and then the ASI camera. It all came to focus relatively easily and I started capturing. It would be very interesting to know if that is the right way of doing it or if the spacing is crucial! Good luck with your setup and I look forward to seeing the final images. Gav.

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  12. Its a good sky out there tonight... fill yer boots! (with photons)

    1. PhotoGav

      PhotoGav

      Absolutely, that's what I'm up to. For as long as my target stays above the horizon anyway.

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  13. Its a good sky out there tonight... fill yer boots! (with photons)

    1. PhotoGav

      PhotoGav

      My guiding is not great either. I don't think the seeing is up to much really. There is moisture on its way sometime after 1ish and I think it is already in the atmosphere, over Wiltshire anyway.

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  14. Its a good sky out there tonight... fill yer boots! (with photons)

  15. Clear/Cloudy/Clear/Cloudy etc, etc, etc!

    1. PhotoGav

      PhotoGav

      Which is worse than Cloudy/Cloudy/Wet/Windy/Cloudy/Cloudy - Discuss...

  16. My dome automation has entered a new phase thanks to Christmas presents from my sons!

    1. PhotoGav

      PhotoGav

      I hope there was a 'Cloud Clearer' in amongst the gifts!

      Good luck with the continuing project...

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  17. Erm... I can see little white dots in the sky and no clouds... how odd!

  18. Thanks to the weather I have become a Theoretical Astrophotographer...

    1. PhotoGav

      PhotoGav

      It's rubbish. I am currently hypothesising about what a set of Ha subs of The California Nebula shot through the WO Star71 would look like and how easy it would be to tease out all the detail thanks to the fast imaging scope employed...

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  19. Rubbish weather = bake another cake. This time its carrot cake with orange flavoured cream cheese topping.... nom nom nom.

    1. PhotoGav

      PhotoGav

      Is that the tricky Cream Cheese Topping that is hard to get even with the 3nm Astrodon filter?

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  20. So I take 2 weeks off work to spend sometime on some astro imaging... OFCOURSE ITS RAINING, FORCAST TO RAIN FOR ATLEAST THE NEXT 7 DAYS!!!! AAARGHHHHH

  21. U235 does the victory dance :) Yesss! The new Star71 is a good un!

    1. PhotoGav

      PhotoGav

      Excellent news! I'm testing out my little baby and it seems a thing of great sweetness! Much Victory Dancing across the country tonight!

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  22. Can't make it to SGL XI next year, so made up for that disappointment by hitting the buy button on a WO Star71 - apologies to those in the south for the imminent cloud out...

    1. PhotoGav

      PhotoGav

      With the associated inevitable cloud, it may be a while before my first light post, but it will come eventually!

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