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  1. So it has taken me a bit due to the weather sucking when I actually have a chance to get out. Anyway.. I took a few images tonight with different set ups. Basically it looks to me from these images that when I use the Field Flattner/Reducer or LP Filter apart I can get okay start but the moment I put them together in the optical train I end up with issues. First Image is just a LP Filter, 2nd Image is just a Field Flattner/Reducer and final image is me using both again.
  2. This is what I took at 90 seconds prior to using the Guider, Field Flattener & IDAS 2" LP Filter. It is after processing alas as I don't have the original RAWs or JPGs anymore. It isn't perfect, the stars seem to be more or less round in this image. Unless someone with better analytical eye than me can see something I am missing. I think I should perhaps try a 90sec sub again with the flattener and filter fitted to see if I have the same issues as the longer exposure images. Then perhaps I should remove them one at a time and see what I get. I think I would probably try and remove the filter first.
  3. Using 80ED with the Skywatcher ED80 Reducer/Flattner It is a crop. I took some more images on Sunday night and will put the full image here from that which actually looks a bit better but still note sure it is right. 2nd image is one i took the night before, these are the jpgs straight from the camera. 1st image is 5 minutes and 2nd is 10 minutes. Only other difference is that I manually focused without the mask for the 5 minutes sub as I could see straight away my subs with the mask were out of focus.
  4. It is a HEQ5.. I am just using a Skywatcher Finder Scope for guiding.. I am beginning to suspect it could be flex in the system when guiding as my old 90 second subs I used to take are much rounder etc. although i have added a field flattner and 2" IDAS LP filter as well since into my imaging train. I also found that I think I need to get better at focusing as I did a test earlier and the stars were worse when I was using the mask as when I wasn't. I think I need to basically strip the whole imaging train back to just the camera and add in different elements at 60s or so and see if things go wrong as I add things.
  5. I am sure this type of question has been asked multiple times but I was hoping someone could give me some advice here. I have started trying to take images of 5 minutes and over using guiding but I seem to have an issue with my stars and I am hoping someone might be able to tell what the problem is. I thought it was just my focus but I bought a Bahtinov mask and I still seem to have the same issues. I suspect I am just not polar aligned/guiding properly but I wanted to check as this doesn't look exactly the same as most of the other elongated stars I have seen around the place but that could just be how it is affecting me or I may have missed similar examples to what I have happening here.
  6. So I hadn't been out with my gear since the Mercury transit in May so when I got some new toys for Christmas I decided to grab a couple of hours between the clouds and try to image M81 & M82. I have to admit it took me ages to set up, probably a mix of not having done it in a while and the fact that I had to get to grips with my new gear, in particular the finder/guider as PHD seems to be one of the most confusing astro programmes I have used to date. Anyway, I got the focus wrong as well so in the end I only actually managed to save 3 x 5 minute subs. The results after my limited processing abilities in Photoshop are below. Bode (M81) and Cigar (M82) Galaxies - 3 x 300s - ISO800 by David King, on Flickr Hopefully in the future I will get the chance to spend some more time on these two targets are they are lovely.. I was so enthralled when the first 5 min sub showed up on my PC and I could clearly see the red region in the cigar galaxy. Any improvements you can point out will always be accepted!
  7. So I took a few different images with different cameras. First up, I compiled a small video for the first hour of the transit from shots taken with my Canon 700D and 80ED. Next is a full solar disc taken with my 700D and 80ED Finally there is an image with my QHY5L-II and 80ED
  8. So I think M42 is a target that every budding astrophotographer tends to end up imaging early on and it turns out that I am no exception. Whilst Thursday night was mainly concentrated around trying to Image NGC 2169 I also decided to point my 80ED at M42 to grab a few subs of that as well. I ended up with 16 x 90 sec subs taken with my Modified Canon 700D. I have been having fun learning about using layers to try and protect the central regions which has been fun, I was actually hoping to pick up some more red as I was using the modified camera but I can live with magenta instead I suppose :-) The Orion Nebula (M42) - 16 x 90s - ISO800 by David King, on Flickr
  9. So as the skies were clear last night I finally got my 2nd chance to use my new Sky-Watcher 80ED Whilst I did do a couple of Orion Nebula and Pleiades shots just to see how it looked, I decided to spend most of my time looking at NGC 2169 aka The 37 Cluster This is quite a small Open Cluster but I love how it does actually look like its name. Anyway, this is 19 x 90s Subs with my Modified 700D @ ISO 800 with 10 Dark and 13 Flat Frames NGC 2169 - The 37 Cluster - 19 x 90 Second - ISO 800 by David King, on Flickr
  10. So I was on holiday up in the Cairngorms this week and this morning whilst getting some pictures of the planets I noticed Orion sitting above the village of Tomintoul and couldn't resist taking a shot. The small streak of light in the bottom left was actually someone walking their dog :-) Or at least that is what I assume they were doing... I begin to wonder now!
  11. So I have slept in too much this week as I was away on holiday but this morning I finally managed to get out of bed in time to capture Venus, Jupiter and Mars more or less sitting in a kinked line. Pretty happy with these, I do always love seeing the planets close together like this, it was worth getting up for.
  12. Yup, I couldn't believe how big it actually was when I looked at it properly. Was pretty clear to see in my 12mm eyepiece as well.
  13. I am slowly working through the Lunar 100 and usually try and image them as well as observing. This is basically what I took tonight of Crüger Crater (L52) & Sirsalis Rille (L77) Below I have posted the image I got when using my MAK127, 2x Barlow and QHYCCD QHY5L-II Colour and stacking 1040 frames.
  14. So I recently got myself a HEQ5 mount and last night decided to put my DSRL on it to see what I could do. I just used my 55-250mm Canon Lens to take 15 x 120 sec subs at ISO 800 and then stacked with 10 Dark Frames Overall, as this is only the 2nd time I have ever conducted a Polar Alignment I am pretty chuffed that at 2 mins it still seems reasonably okay. I did conduct a crop as well.
  15. So whilst out trying to capture some Perseid Meteors earlier this week I decided to try and capture the Milky Way. This is the best result which is 1x30 second exposure at ISO 3200 with a 14mm Samyang Lens and Canon 700D on a fixed tripod.
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