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About David_Pickles

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  1. Skywatcher Skyliner 150P Dobsonian Perfect first scope - simple to setup and use. Used Skywatcher Skyliner 150P Newtonian telescope on a Dobsonian base. Excellent condition. Comes complete with fnderscope, boxed 2x Barlow, Super 10mm and 25mm eyepieces plus a Meade 9.7mm Plossl eyepiece. £150. Inspection welcome. Collection only from Rushden, Northamptonshire.
  2. This is stunning - thank you for sharing it with us!
  3. It has been a long time since I last posted on here; primarily due to a change in job that keeps me away from home during the week and a clear sky during my weekends at home has been a rare event in deed. However, the recent planetary alignment has obviously brought me luck, as a combination of being at home and having clear skies, stable atmospherics and no moon finally provided me with an opportunity to fully test the potential of the Altair Wave 115 ED Triplet Refractor, combined with the Planostar 0.79x Reducer/Flattener - and boy was it worth the wait! I wanted to compare the results
  4. Great detail in that image Alex. I was out imaging the Rosette last night as well
  5. Thanks for your feedback Olly - much appreciated coming from you. I hadn't noticed the black halo before - it was not visible when I was processing it on my iMac, but I see it now I have turned the brightness up. I don't use PixInsight, so I think it was just me overdoing the processing in an attempt to draw out some of the finer nebulosity. Everyday is a school day and it's all helping me develop my skills, so thanks again!
  6. Great image David and I like your setup - I was also thinking of the TSQ65 for wider field shots. One day maybe, when I get around to building a permanent obs.
  7. Thank you David - I will certainly consider getting one of these. I tried a trial of PixInsight sometime ago and didn't really get on with it. That said, I have seen some very impressive results from people that use it so I guess that if you have the patience to work out how to use it then it reaps massive rewards. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Thanks for that link David - that looks like a promising solution. Do you have one yourself? If so, have you noticed any issues with the lead connections breaking? I have looked them up online and there are lots of comments about the cable connections being very fragile.
  9. Thanks for all your comments - much appreciated! Steve, I use darks but I have never used flats - i really should get around to making a light panel so I can get rid of those pesky dust specks. [emoji4]
  10. Yes - Olly's review is one of the reasons I decided to go for this scope. I am really impressed with it so far.
  11. At last, a clear (ish) night last night and the opportunity to do my first deep sky image since changing my scope to the Altair Wave 115 Triplet. Seeing was moderate, with some moisture in the air making the horizon look very poor, but looking straight up it was nice and clear. The image is the result of 14 x 300s exposures captured using a QHY8L camera and Planostar field flattener, stacked in Nebulosity 3 and processed in Photoshop CS6. The Crab Nebula (M1) by David_Pickles, on Flickr
  12. Those are very valid points Nick - I have not needed to upgrade Parallels since installing it and it worked fine with Mavericks and Yosemite (incl. Beta version) but I will review my decision if/when my current setup stops working as I don't like having to pay for minor upgrades, and poor customer service is no way to win customer loyalty.
  13. Great image Paul - I think the QHY8L is a very capable CCD and being a OSC you don't need to spend weeks (based on the temperamental British weather) trying to capture an image.
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