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  1. That’s a fine image, great detail and colour.
  2. Nice one, love the other galaxies coming through.
  3. That’s awesome from a smartphone!
  4. Remote imaging experiances

    “Well, I downloaded some free to access data from DSW and after 30 mins in Startools got the attached. Image Acquisition by the staff at Deep Sky West Remote Observatory (www,DeepSkyWest.com) This has shown me three things: 1. I can mangle up good data just as well as my own. 2. It does not give me the same buzz as processing my own data. 3. Processing good SNR subs is waaay easier than the stuff captured from my own backyard. I can feel another quote coming on, "We choose to do these things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard".
  5. Remote imaging experiances

    Absolutely, there is no right or wrong in this debate. I admire the skills and dedication of anybody who puts effort into producing an image, regardless of wherever along the path they decide to join. The hardware side of things comes easier to me, so I tend to gravitate to that, I know I couldn’t process an image as good as the best you see on this forum, no matter how good my data set is, but the fun is in the trying!
  6. Remote imaging experiances

    Back in the pre digital day, myself and my brother made an EQ mount from scratch, simply because it was an easier means of acquiring one, given we had the skills and facilities to do so. Second time around I purchased a mount because that was the easier route. It’s never occurred to me that first time around was a more “noble” means of acquiring the image, they definitely were not in the same league, quality wise. Are astronomers who make their own optics closer to the real thing? In the words of John Lennon, “Whatever gets you thru the night”.
  7. Wow!

    The recent U.K. weather must have given me cabin fever, all I want to know is what make of telescope is it in the photo 😜
  8. Remote imaging experiances

    Hello Peter, I take your point, your thread has stirred up some deep philosophical discussion, but hasn’t provided you with many answers to your original questions. I have no experience of remote imaging, I still plan to persevere with UK imaging, moving to a retirement location not too far from you. However, I came across this, which seemed quite a balanced appraisal. https://astronomytechnologytoday.com/2017/06/13/9827/
  9. Remote imaging experiances

    Sorry, Kirster501 and other UK based imagers, the Esprit 150 was delivered earlier this week, and there hasn’t been a hint of clear sky since. FLO put some suitably large “may contain clouds” stickers on the box
  10. For a first image, that's top notch! There is so much that needs to be right, and you have ticked all the boxes.
  11. Can it be true?

    “A Brief History of Time” - anybody who can write a book with that as the title must have an immense intellect and lot of confidence in how to apply it, which Professor Stephen Hawking most certainly did. RIP
  12. Astropixel Processor (APP) is the new kid on the block and is a very powerful calibration and stacking package, and will do the image processing as well. Take a look at Sara’s review, there’s a 30 day free trial and IMHO it is reasonably priced. Having said that, a big proportion of the established imagers on SGL use PI. But, you can go a very long way with Free software DSS, and GIMP. Sorry, I’ve not really narrowed it down for you, there certainly is plenty of choice. My own view is any of the packages will do a good job on quality DSO data, most have smart processing tools to improve your final result, but for me there is no substitute for a good signal to noise ratio.
  13. Dual rig ccd cameras

    Thanks Mick. You are quite correct, I’m sure both Registar or APP will size and align the images, apparently the problem could be that the larger aperture instrument goes a lot deeper, and stacking subs with such differing star counts makes for very poor images. Anyway, we’ll give it a go.
  14. Dual rig ccd cameras

    Good luck with the dual rig, please keep us posted on how you get on. I am planning a collaborative project using a Moravian G2-8300 mono on an Esprit 150 and a 314 OSC on an Altair 102 mm APO. This is not a considered choice, it’s just what cameras and scopes we have at this time. General consensus is that the mismatch in aperture will not allow the data to be combined successfully, but there’s no harm in trying.
  15. M51

    Great detail and colour balance, that total integration time must have took a lot of sessions under UK skies.