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  1. Can't remember if i've ever posted a photo on this forum before; but here goes: I've tried to reconstruct this based on files obtained between 2014-2018,; never having the good fortune to chase this target for a full capture sequence overnight, the latest captures were last week under very windy and sometimes cloudy conditions. Details as follows HA; SII; OIII 6x600 secs each 2014 HA; SII;Oiii 6x900 secs each 2015 HA; SII; OIII 6x 900 secs each 2016 HA; Sii ;OIII 3x1200 secs 7_Dec_2018 HA:SII 4X1200 secs 13_Dec_2018 Camera ATIK 460 EX Mono; ATIKEFW2; Badder (H,O,S) 7; 8.5; 8.0 nm filters; Nikon 180mm f.2.8. Combination of SW NEQ6 and Paramount MyT. No Darks; Occassional Flats (as per learning curve over a 4year period) Processing; A bit of a challenge in Pixinsight, trying to use image integration and gradient merge mosaic pc387 simeis 147.tif
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    First Attempt with Pixinsight

    That looks really nice (certainly not poor as an end/interim result), I'm sure there's some more colour that could be teased out? I was in the same boat as yourself, and there are some excellent tutorials by Harry Page, Light Vortex, You Tube etc that got be 10% proficient in a very powerful piece of software; but it covers 90% of my needs and worth every penny. pc387
  3. I think retailers with showrooms are a dying breed. There used to be Opticstar in the NW, but they went online several years ago. Green Witch North (Yorks) are no longer. Sometimes nothing feels so good as to touch and feel a prospective purchase, followed by an impulse buy; and a guilty feeling afterwards. pc387
  4. Hi, I downloaded the latest core software update from ATIK (August 01,, but having checked their website today, the earliest down load version is from December 2017. Does anyone know whether this is a mistake or a genuine reason to revert back a few version? There's been no response on the ATIK forum as yet. pc387
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    Irix 15mm f/2.4

    Hi, I came across this "review/advertising" a while back on Ephotozine, which may be of use? https://www.ephotozine.com/article/photographing-the-night-sky-with-irix-lenses--32121 pc387
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    Daystar Quark

    Beat me to it. Pc387
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    Daystar Quark

    I used to get newsletters from Kieran (R.I.P) at SCS astro, and I believe he was one of the first UK retailers to import and sell DayStar Quark units; and also the first to stop dealing with Daystar due to Q.C issues ( reading between the lines he was probably sick and tired of sending defective units back to the States, and dealing with frustrated customers). He issued a damning report in one of his latter newsletters regarding his decision for stopping selling the units, (not long before retirement). Hopefully Q.C issues have now been resolved; although I've noticed one or two of the previous UK stockists have DayStar products in less prominent places on their websites. I'm sure that having the backing of a major UK astro retailer like FLO, would bring peace of mind to prospective buyers. pc387
  8. I'm in a similar position; torn between an EDGE HD and refractor. One's easy to sneak past the missus; for the other i'd have to wait until she's away on business and get the purchase/ and delivery times coordinated. pc387
  9. "Perhaps the main challenge you'll face is guiding at such a long focal length". I've used an Orion 50mm mini guiding scope (with celestron reducer) for guiding my C8 XLT (I don't think i've suffered from Mirror shift, which apparently plagues this class of non -Edge scope). I think the resulting images are OK'ish i.e no star trailing, with ideal weather conditions and with a capable mount+ and good PA (I started off using a OSC camera using 5 min exposures, however my productivity has fallen recently when i switched to a Mono+FW combo simply due to a lack of consistent clear skies). I'm too "Chicken" to try imaging at F10, especially due to UK skies, even though my current mount will support long exposures. The only thing I don't like about the resulting images are are what I perceive as bloated stars (even though focus is spot on; so may be switch to an EDGE; RC or Long FL refractor?). It's a great all round scope for both planetary and DSO imaging, with appropriate cameras for each application. PC387
  10. I was looking to buy a long FL imaging scope for galaxy season, and the 8" Edge + reducer was on my wish list list. However the new price combo goes into half decent refractor territory, which is where i think i'll put my money. pc387
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    Guiding - best camera

    +1 for the original QHY5. After the QHY5 died I tried to upgrade to the QHYLII mono (similar/same chip as the Lodestar) but it wasn't recognised by the SKYX pro (I don't think the QHY5LII drivers play ball, with Paramounts). Managed to get the old camera working again by gluing the circuit board back to the rear of the casing, and it's been fine ever since. pc387
  12. I use a set up very similar to this, ordered from Ian King a while back (Losmandy bottom fitting, so it slides into a paramount versa plate, and a ADM Losmandy to Vixen saddle to accommodate the Esprit dovetail). It takes both 50mm and 60mm guidescopes. It's a bit expensive, but I use this set up with other OTA's and camera lenses. pc387
  13. Hi Is your version Win10 pro? I was under the impression that if you removed the update from home editions, then the security update would re-install itself at some point in time; unless updates are disabled (only available in win10 pro). I followed the procedure to change the DCOM settings to "call" to fix issues with my Ascom/Atik driver connectivity. This seemed to fix issues on a 'dry' run but I've not tested it in anger yet. Hopefully since Microsoft are aware of the havoc they've created with a rushed roll-out, a fix will be in place soon? pc387
  14. Certainly the latter suggestion looks like a cheap and cheerful option, I'll look into. Many Thanks pc387
  15. Thanks James, I actually started off imaging with one of these with Nikon lenses+ my OSC camera. However when I switched to mono, i found I couldn't use these with the 460 +Nikon lenses and a EFW2 in the train to get focus. I'ts still a great bit of kit and well engineered. pc387

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