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Everything posted by Sandancer10

  1. Hi Dan and welcome to SGL. Ah wine - now that's someone after my own heart,. nothing better than stargazing with a enjoyable tipple lol. Brenda
  2. Fantastic images, one for list ever growing list I think.
  3. Hi Stephen, your pictures are looking good and another late night/early hours stint. Worth it though when you can get results like this. I can only manage 1 minute subs at the moment, but getting there. Good night at SAS tonight with quite a few visitors. Brenda.
  4. Hi Louis, you have quite a bit of detail there in the outer areas, but you can fix the core with Photoshop. I don't know if you have it or what level you are at if you do. But, basically you mask the blown out areas and add the photo with the detail of the core. Then blend the two together by using a soft brush - say about 20% which you work over the the where the edges meet and that will give you a soft edge. Here's a link which may help you to get the basics of blending two images: it's in Photoshop Elements, but it's almost the same as Photoshop CS6. Good luck Brenda
  5. Yes, there are some very good suggestions for targets, but my thoughts are how cold is it in Wisconsin - very I think. The next step would be to sit inside where it's nice and warm and have everything cabled to the telescope outside. That's what I do and I can have sessions as long as 5 hours without being frozen to the core. It's not that difficult to set up with a p.c./laptop using Stellarium (which is free) to operate your scope and a camera (or webcam) to view what the telescope is seeing. Good luck with your Stargazing. Brenda
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    Hi and welcome to SGL - I take it by your introduction you're a blown away Geordie? Happy Stargazing.
  7. I looked at buying the EOS clip in filter for my DLSR, but the cost of it made me look for something else. I found the solution by screwing in a filter in the end of the T-adapter. Mine is 2" but you can also get the 1.25".
  8. Very impressive Karl. I could do with that setup, but It looks complicated and I havn't got the expertise to do it. I just have my cables trailing through the window which is a step up for me as they were trailing through the door. The problem with the door is that it opens outward and I had to tie it up to keep it shut. But, it's still much better than being outside for hours in the freezing cold. Brenda
  9. Hi and welcome to SGL from a fellow photographer who now enjoys astrophotography. It's a great hobby and a steep learning curve, but worth every hour you put into it for the rewards. Happy Stargazing.
  10. I have just bought one, went out and forgot to put it on. It's now with all my kit so I don't forget to try it. I might get better results from now on !!!! Brenda
  11. I'm using the same kit, so I would also be interested in hearing from anyone who knows how to increase the size of the image.
  12. Very good image Ryan. You can only change the speed of the shot, which in effect would normally adjust the aperture. Using manual mode of course means that you wouldn't see this change. But, using a faster shutter speed in manual mode changes the output. If you have live view and adjust the shutter speed you can see the difference it will make to the image. Brenda
  13. A colour camera is by its very definition able to 'see in RGB' whereas a Mono only 'sees in shades' however, you can add colour filters to a monochromatic image thereby making it colour. Therefore, does that not mean that all images have the potential to be colour, whether they are captured in mono or colour?
  14. Welcome to SGL and that's not a bad image. You of course will be well and truly hooked now that you have tried to capture the moon. I used a dedicated Philips webcam last night and it surprising just what it can do. Happy Stargazing Brenda
  15. I think the most useful thing that can be upgraded is retaining all the latest settings when the power goes off. I know it holds the date and observation location, but it loses the time and everything else. I don't know how many times I have accidently kicked the SW Power Pack and lost the settings, which results in having to reset again. Last night I thought, now put the power pack right under the mount so you can't knock it - yes no problem. Then I reached over to check the laptop and the handset came out - arrrrgh.
  16. Hi Ryan, PS image size can be adjusted by re-sizing the image. You can either reduce the physical size or reduce the dpi. For printing 240 - 300 dpi is the norm. For pc/screen display it's 72 dpi. You will still get the same quality picture with 72 dpi, but you can't use it to print. Hope this helps. Brenda
  17. Good picture, Amus. I also have photographed M27, but processing is a steep learning curve and it's letting me down at the moment. Thanks Bryan and A.G. for the tips. Brenda
  18. Hi David and Welcome to SGL. Lovely images. Brenda
  19. Thanks for the link Andy, it's a good tutorial and I will be giving it a go. Brenda
  20. Now this is what I aspire to. Beatiful images.
  21. Hello and welcome to SGL from another North Eastener.
  22. Can't praise you enough - these are stunning images. I have yet to look at the HH Nebula and I had no idea how large an area this Nebula covers, normally it's only the HH detail that is shown. I can't imagine what your finished project will look like - superb work.
  23. Hi Scott and welcome to SGL. Happy Stargazing. Brenda
  24. Thanks for posting this link. I have just printed the GRS and Moons transit times, so I will know when to point the scope at Jupiter for maximum interest.
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