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About dannybgoode

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  1. dannybgoode

    AZ EG-6 GT - power led not lighting up

    As above, what power supply are you using and have you verified it is definitely not the fault? Also has the mount got wet - either from water leaking through the cover or through higher than normal amounts of condensation. This very cold but damp weather can increase the amount of moisture that forms on things. Damp can also be cumulative/ slow acting so there may be moisture issues that have been there for some time but have only just started showing. But, as always stay with the simple stuff - power lead and power supply. As wimvb says and to expand a little the power requirements of the mount, if you read the instructions, are at least 3 amp at 12v and SW actually recommend higher voltages - 14v + and at least a 2 amp supply. Mine was struggling until I unleashed a monster psu I use for my ham radios. That thing would power a medium sized house so the mount barely registers on it
  2. Nice photos. What lens are you using? I have a Canon 2x teleconverter which essentially doubles the FL of my lenses so would be a cheap way of getting more reach. Downside is that it also doubles the aperture so an f2.8 lens becomes an f5.6. Not so much of a problem, if like me you are shooting with f2.8 glass but wouldn’t be so great if you were shooting with an f5.6 lens to begin with. Given what you’re achieving though I’d also think spending as much on the mount now and a guiding set up would be the way to go and then look at a dedicated scope and Astro cam down the line.
  3. dannybgoode

    NGC 1333 LRGB

    Darker one for me. Somehow has more detail.
  4. Second hand for the mount is always an option. A well looked after mount will last for many years. for example.
  5. I am a year in to the journey and other than the moon am yet to take a photo! Ok various things have got in the way but it’s not a quick process and there are many frustrations on the way. It’s coming together now though and hopefully on the next clear night I’ll be able to take my first images. If you’ve not used an EQ mount before then they alone are enough to drive you to the edge of insanity at first!
  6. What is your knowledge of astrophotography. The scope is very good for it but the mount not so much. It is just about adequate but skimping on the mount is false economy. Yes the NEQ6 is more pricey but it is considerably better for AP. As a bare minimum you should be looking at the HEQ5. Good mounts are expensive but a long term investment. I ended up pushing the budget all the way to an AZ EQ6GT and then waited to save for the camera etc as that way I know I’ll not outgrow the mount for years. Other things to consider are whether you’re going to use a guidescope (allows for much longer exposures or ‘subs’ as we call them), what camera (D-SLR, mono Astro cam with filters, OSC Astro cam) what software to do the captures, whether you’ll use a laptop or a desktop set up some distance away. If you haven’t already then get hold of a copy of Making Every Photon Count. Will tell you everything you need to know and consider before taking the plunge and will save you money in the long run.
  7. Yep, good point. I do have a low profile focuser and with a bit of tweaking I got it focussed on the moon last night with plenty of throw left to play with so I’m pretty sure it’ll be fine. As soon as I have a clear night I’ll give it a whirl.
  8. I finally have everything I need to start imaging with my Starlight Xpress SX674 / Skywatcher 150P combo and thought I would take advantage of the fact it wasn't raining to at least put everything together and to see if the camera talks to the computer, the filter wheel does as it ought and Nebulosity will capture the images. I am pleased to say that I have managed to do a full LRGB sequence, albeit of some tree branches, saved them, stacked them, merged them etc. I now know that when the clouds eventually part (probably sometime in 2022) I will be able to get everything set up and I will be able to get focus, the camera will work, the filter wheel filters etc. So don't waste cloudy days / nights - there's always something, particularly when first starting out, you can test, practice or read up on. No way I would have wanted to put it all together and try and get it working straight off the bat and try and start imaging - too much pressure :).
  9. dannybgoode

    Why on earth would I buy a DSLR for astrophotography?

    The issue is twofold. First, manufacturing what is essentially a scientific instrument and in particular the cooling (just look at the price jump when you start having proper active cooling) is an expensive endeavour. Secondly precisely because you are making an instrument with one very specific purpose means you are by default selling to a very limited audience and low volume, high precision kit always costs money. Canon probably sell more of even just say the 5D mkIV than Starlight Xpress sell of their entire camera range. As to the OP. In my mind the best value comes from buying a good secondhand Astro camera. Right tool for the job and not totally horribly expensive.
  10. dannybgoode

    How has technology changed Astronomy for you

    I love everything being as computerised as possible. I don’t have a lot of time to observe and now I’ve got to grips with my Goto mount it’s a godsend. Really can’t be bothered learning to star hop etc and I am learning as I go anyway. A mobile is useful for just sense checking my memory that it is actually a particular star I’m aligning to etc. Of course getting into the photography side makes technology pretty much a must these days although I marvel at the really old images the early astronomers were able to take. They are really captivating. Honestly, and I don’t mean this as an offence - just an observation, I find astronomers who say everyone should star hop and Goto is the work of the devil the same as ham radio operators who bemoan the fact Morse is no longer part of the license requirements (another hobby of mine). Technology moves on and the way people can operate changes. If you like to star hop - brilliant and all respect to you for learning. I don’t have to, don’t want to do and will take every little bit of help I can. I am of course slightly hypocritical in all of this as don’t get me started on so called DJ’s who can’t mix vinyl
  11. dannybgoode

    M31 - my first attempt

    Thanks -very nice. Which CCD or CMOS did you use?
  12. dannybgoode

    M31 - my first attempt

    If my first attempt is even remotely this good I’ll be delighted. Great job what camera did you use?
  13. That thing is off the scale cool. That lens - imagine how you’d feel if you dropped it!
  14. Can you set the scope up at home tonight for trial run or even during the day? the nice thing about the moon it it’s dead easy to find, you can see it even under the most light polluted skies and even when there’s a fair amount of cloud. If you can get a trial run in tonight I’m sure you’ll be ok tomorrow. What eyepieces do you have? It should say on them the ‘power’ of them in mm and you want to use the one with the largest number which will give you the lowest magnification, particularly at first -makes it easier to find objects. You can up the power (put in smaller numbered eyepieces) if required. Dont forget as well the moon moves, surprisingly quickly when looking through a scope, so you’ll need to keep nudging it to keep the moon in view. Again -good to get a practice in first.
  15. dannybgoode

    What is wrong with my camera?

    Can’t see anything wrong on my phone screen but happy to look on my properly calibrated wide colour gamut monitor tomorrow and see if it’s noticeable.

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