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  1. Hi folks Been away from here for a long, long time. Don't do much Astronomy these days, and have a silly amount of iTelescope points going spare If anyone is interested, drop me a PM Thanks Euan
  2. A good read for people as well, the latest newsletter http://www.itelescope.net/itelescopenet-newsletter Showcasing the 0.7m monster that is due for SSO
  3. Oh no, someone noticed I'm in the process of selling a lot of expensive kit, which will fund this for a few years, but aye if you want to get serious it can be expensive. I got the maximum plan in February as they ran a double points promotion due to SSO being closed during the recent bush fires in Australia. I'm dropping to Plan 290 after this. The points roll over but my rate per scope will drop unfortunately. I'm not convinced I could actually deal with 1000 points per month, it's just too much data to process!!
  4. I'm really impressed with the positivity in this thread since the last time I posted about this subject, are the UK conditions finally getting to people? Here is a list of major plus points for me so far if anyone is on the fence..... Use kit you could never afford in a place you might never visit (great point mentioned above) Image almost any part of the sky - I've learned loads about Southern objects the past few weeks Have access to any filter on a huge range of fields of view, the possibilities are endless Image 12 months a year! No more 6 months of downtime in Scotland and further north S
  5. That depends on how deep you want to go and what type of image you take. To give you an example though, I'm pretty sure the Ha Carina I did there was on the starter trial points.
  6. How it works Here is a snapshot of the iTelescope dashboard at the moment, you see this when you log in. This allows you to see the status of each of the sites and go into each of the scopes. You can either reserve a time on a scope or just dive in if something is available, you can see here I've started on T12 as it is free for half an hour between bookings. This also displays any warning messages if a system goes offline because of a fault (T9 in this case) You can see here New Mexico has just gone offline, Spain is also asleep but Oz is off and running. You can have access to scopes 24/7 if
  7. At last! Someone who gets it I'm on my phone just now but will post up a wee guide later...
  8. I've spent the past month packing up and selling all my imaging gear, and I thought I would post an update for those it might interest. I know for a lot of people, having your own gear and doing your own thing is irreplaceable, but there are so many people on the fringes of serious imaging that have the money to put into it but not necessarily the time or the technical knowledge. It's also perfect to cure those UK weather blues or summertime frustrations. This is all done on iTelescope.net (formally GRAS), a network of scopes on three sites (New Mexico, Spain & Australia) with two news sit
  9. Going to go back and get OIII and SII, it will be interesting to see what signal level I can get out of 5 min subs
  10. Edited to take the slight gradient out, bit better this time
  11. Managed to do a full session on the cone for the first time and forgot to focus! It makes it a bit soft and stars bloated. Oh well, live and learn. Added the core to an earlier M42 image, but I'm struggling with the processing, and it seems to have added to the overall noise compared to the original Here are the details: Camera: Atik 383L+ Mono with Astrodon 5nm Ha Scope: Borg 101EDII with 0.7x Reducer @ F4.4 Mount: EQ6 with EQMOD Guiding: OAG with QHY5 Capture Software: CCD Commander, Maxim DL Processing Software: Deep Sky Stacker, PixInsight Exposure: Cone - 12 x 15 mins, M42 - 6 x 15 mins,
  12. I've always been tempted by the whole remote imaging thing, so I took the plunge and got a starter trial for iTelescope (www.itelescope.net) This is 5 x 5mins (25 mins) on the Carina Nebula I took just about an hour ago (it's 3pm here in the UK). A very quick process as well, but the data is so good it really doesn't need much. I will get a bigger review up when I have more time, but this gives you an idea of what is possible. Here is T12, being a widefield fan it's pretty much what I would buy if I won the lottery. It's not even the fast FSQ this is only F5! Here is a small and the "actual s
  13. Wow, that's a bit special Have you got a bigger version uploaded? OIII and SII? Yes please!
  14. I've been imaging a lot recently, which is unusual for me, it's about time I got my finger out! Got some EQ6 problems, and also had to switch back to the good old guide scope from an OAG as it wasn't working for me, so these aren't as sharp as they could be. It's getting stripped down again next week. These are the captures over the past few weeks, here are the overall details: Camera: Atik 383L+ Mono with Astrodon 5nm Ha Scope: Borg 101EDII with 0.7x Reducer @ F4.4 Mount: EQ6 with EQMOD Guiding: OAG with QHY5 Capture Software: CCD Commander, Maxim DL Processing Software: Deep Sky Stacker, Pix
  15. This is cracking Mike, was it from the Friday night? Did you use an EQ type mount or an Astrotrac?
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