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John1980

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  1. Thats the problem I suppose you dont really need a good graphics card for stacking images. For registax and dss its all about the big fat water cooled i7 the money went on that not the graphics card.
  2. Sorry just seen this link for the first time. Not knowing anything about this is it CPU or GPU cycles that are used. My rig has CPU a plenty but pretty cheap graphics card. I assume it will be the equivalent of bitcoin mining in which case my blumming expensive rig wont help that much but I will happily sign up and donate what few GPU cycles I have going spare
  3. Being relatively new to this hobby I am convinced that your neighbours will not have given it a second thought when putting the light up that it might affect you in any way or form. To everyone here this is a nuisance, a disturbance, light pollution, and an annoyance however to anybody else it is just a light. I am sure that if approached in a calm and collected manor (as I am sure that you will) explaining the issue they will just move the light. Offering them a view through your scope is a great idea, it will make them aware of the issue (as I am sure they will not have a clue) and it will also let you show them just how important that this hobby is to you. Offer to help move the light to a different location with them yadda yadda. I am sure that this can be solved amicably as long as the subject is approached amicably.
  4. You should have gone with the I was using a diagonal eye piece excuse That said here is the mirror image just in case my six year old picks up on that. I hate smart kids especially when they are 22.
  5. Sorry I do not know where to post this however I had an idea for christmas eve which may be of interest to those of you with children / grandchildren FOR THE ATTENTION OF ALL PARENTS On 24th December the international space station will be making two visible passes over the uk. The first is by far the best chance to see it. At 5:21pm the ISS will appear from the west and for 8 minutes will travel across the sky to the south and at 5:29pm it will disappear again to the south east. Cloud willing the ISS will at its peak be at a reasonably good elevation of 34 degrees and should give your children/grandchildren an opportunity to see it. FOR THE ATTENTION OF ALL YOUNG CHILDREN Before you go to bed on christmas eve you might just see Santa travelling across the sky in his sled. If you have your telescope set up with the camera on it who knows you might even get a shot of santa on his sleigh that you can show the kids on the camera just after taking it. If only someone had such a photo already prepared
  6. Cheers it was taken prime focus and tycho is bottom left so every thing is cool. Sorry for stupid question but every time I look through the scope I use a diagonal and so whenever I look at any images they always seem the wrong way round to me even though they are actually correct. I would have uploaded photo but I am on mobile in photo print shop
  7. Ok after imaging the moon I have now confused myself as to if I need to flip the image or not. I have used a mak which surely is a mirror image of a mirror image hence is the correct way round when imaged are taken. However could someone just make this easy as seen through the naked eye is tycho bottom left side or bottom right. Cheers
  8. Great help thanks. Firstly I will give APT a try currently I am using backyard EOS will be interesting to see which is the most user friendly. Currently for lunar I focus in a similar way pulling it in and out of focus in 5x live view. I have not got a bahtinov mask when focusing on stars currently I simply use the FWHM number in backyard eos. In your experience does a bahtinov mask make it easier or get better results than FWHM Out of interest have you found still images better than video. From my FAR more limited experience I simply found it easier to get a larger number of high quality images when choosing from a few thousand rather than a few. However I may well give still images a try following your guide perhaps I dismissed still images without trying for long enough. Thanks again it's good to know I am on the right track at least. Don't suppose you have written any guide on colour processing / photoshop enhancements or mosaicing have you as it's these areas that I know nothing about at all.
  9. Side not about shutting down PCs for anyone who doesnt know Alt - F4 Brings up a list of shutdown options. This can help with a PC wont shut down properly however is best suited to avoid installing updates at 3am when you go to pack up your laptop in the middle of the night. It lets you select shutdown on its own if you have any updates it wont keep you waiting in the early hours.
  10. I have reposted in the lunar section. Does anyone know how I delete this from this section. Sorru Everyone
  11. Ok. I am relatively new to this however I beleive have a reasonable understanding of the concepts. So far I am using a 127 mak with a canon 550d. I am currently using movie modes to capture avi's and stacking in registax as I believe I am getting better results this way than taking still images. I am using wavelets to no real method other than playing with them until I am happy with the final image. I have tried a few attempts at lunar features however am mainly imaging the full disk. I have loved this whole process and am both happy and a little bit proud of some of the images I have taken. However now I would like to improve and wonder what the next step is. I have used photoshop a couple of times in the past for pther things but am a complete beginner and so have not looked at it yet. Please could someone suggest alternative methods of capturing. Alternative techniques for post processing. Or point me in the direction of any good tutorials. I have googled it but have only come across basic things I am already doing. In the future I would love to upgrade my scope however I know I am not yet at the potential of the equipment I have. Many Thanks
  12. Sorry Ronin I have just read that back and realised I have posted in general discussion it was meant for the lunar imaging section.
  13. Ok. I am relatively new to this however I beleive have a reasonable understanding of the concepts. So far I am using a 127 mak with a canon 550d. I am currently using movie modes to capture avi's and stacking in registax as I believe I am getting better results this way than taking still images. I am using wavelets to no real method other than playing with them until I am happy with the final image. I have loved this whole process and am both happy and a little bit proud of some of the images I have taken. However now I would like to improve and wonder what the next step is. I have used photoshop a couple of times in the past for pther things but am a complete beginner and so have not looked at it yet. Please could someone suggest alternative methods of capturing. Alternative techniques for post processing. Or point me in the direction of any good tutorials. I have googled it but have only come across basic things I am already doing. In the future I would love to upgrade my scope however I know I am not yet at the potential of the equipment I have. Many Thanks
  14. Thanks again eveyone. Lots of people have mentioned exactly what I was planning on getting. It is just really good for people to confirm you are making reasonably good decisions before you spend a fortune. So 1. HEQ5 First purchase is the mount I can then use my little mak for observing, plantery imaging and with a focal reducer have a little go at dso imaging. 2. Imaging scope Prob small refractor will do a lot more research first though. 3. Plantery imaging scope Prob a celestron c8 but again more research yet Then the most expensive of all the divorce when my wife finds out how much I have spent. Also pleaee dont get my wrong about my little mak. We have spent quite a bit of time together and I absolutely love it. I have got no where near its potential out of it yet and intend to spend a lot more tome with it on the HEQ5 before I purchase other scopes. The best way to put it os that my little mak os a much better scope than I am an astronomer.
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