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  1. cuivenion

    Beginner's telescope

    You could skip the telescope to start with and just start out with camera lenses if you already have them. I would forget about imaging planets for now because from your latitude it's going to be hard to observe or image them at the moment, and your camera isn't well suited to it. If you have camera lenses and a decent photo tripod already you could go for this: https://www.firstlightoptics.com/skywatcher-star-adventurer/skywatcher-star-adventurer-astronomy-bundle.html And maybe observe with this: https://www.firstlightoptics.com/startravel/skywatcher-startravel-80-ota.html That's brand new of course. You could maybe find a small dob second hand for observing in the £100 bracket so maybe go with that instead of the scope. That ST80 scope will sit on the star adventurer quite nicely, and you could even try imaging with it if you want. Of course if you don't have tripod you will have to purchase that so that will take you up to budget. If you go with the ST80 scope in the link above you won't have to collimate it and using it on the EQ star adventurer mount will be easier, but you will have less aperture.
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    At what point is it cheating?

    Try this: http://www.lightvortexastronomy.com/tutorial-example-m31-andromeda-galaxy---dslr.html The whole site has excellent pixinsight tutorials. This one deals with a m31 in particular.
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    Well, That Was Fun!

    it's a good job we have a sense of humour over here! You Aussies with your fancy high in the skies planets.
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    astro cams - low res?

    Hi, these companies also have larger format dslr type sensors as well.
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    Neptune with adaptive optics

    Thanks for the info.
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    Neptune with adaptive optics

    I came across an interesting article here: https://www.space.com/41202-new-adaptive-optics-produces-stunning-views.html?utm_content=buffer31bb6&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook The startling difference in the comparison image was what caught my eye, very impressive. As an aside is there a way to incorporate adaptive optics into a guiding system? I've never come across it at an amateur level.
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    A quick M13

    Cheers Craney, with this image I boosted the saturation in curves while the background was masked to give the star colour a lift.
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    A quick M13

    Cheers Michael!
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    A quick M13

    Thanks, didn't notice that at first, now it's obvious!
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    A quick M13

    On Tuesday night I was testing the new Sharpcap Beta which has a new Folder Monitor function, allowing you to import data from the monitored folder for live stacking. So I was capturing with Backyard EOS using my Canon 500D and live stacking and observing the data on the fly with live stacking. After the EAA session was finished I thought I'd stack the RAW CR2 files using DSS and process them with PIxinsight. So these aren't EAA shots, they're fully processed. I was quite happy with result considering it was just a quick software test. 35 x 8 seconds, ISO 6400 No darks, flats or bias: And cropped:
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    Sharpcap Test

    This is a test shot of M13 using Sharpcap Live Stacking with the Beta Folder Monitor camera, which allowed me to use my Canon EOS 500D for EAA. There's some bugs to iron out, but its a good start. 19 x 8 seconds. No post processing: And a cropped version: No darks or flats where used
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    Saturn 03/07/2018

    Cheers Mars.
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    Saturn 03/07/2018

    Thanks Reggie, considering the elevation and the conditions I'm very happy with the result. The dust storm is annoying hopefully it will go away soon.
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    Saturn 03/07/2018

    Took this last night at 1:55am. Equipment used was a Skywatcher 200p (1000mm FL), a HEQ5 mount, ZWO ASI224 camera and a 2x barlow with an extension tube that took it to about x4, so this was imaged at about 4000mm focal length. It was captured with Sharpcap and processed with Autostakkert 3, Registax and Pixinsight. Best 10% of 36000 frames: This was the only usable planetary video from a 4 hour session, seeing wasn't great. Mars and most of my Lunar shots were unusable. This is actually my best Saturn to date. I never seem to have much luck with seeing conditions when imaging Mars and Saturn. Roll on 2027 when it's above 40 degrees!
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    Nice image. Mars colour balance can be tricky. I run my capture video through PIPP with the settings for planetary, but I also tick Equalise R, G and B Channels Individually and Stretch Histogram White Point Too (65%), under the Histogram Equalisation section: https://sites.google.com/site/astropipp/pipp-manual/processing-options That makes the auto colour balance in Registax work much better. Depending on the brightness of your capture you might need to choose a different percentage for Strech Histogram White Point.

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