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stepping beyond

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About stepping beyond

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    Astronomy and keeping my 2 dogs happy.
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    North Carolina, usa
  1. Cable Management - USB extension or hub?

    I'd say you've got a " work of art " , I'd be afraid to touch it. I'm slowly by surely building my newt. rig up.
  2. Connect to stellarium telescope control

    I connected to Stellarium telescope control but , it doesn't go to the right target? What's up ? I realigned several times and still not slewing to the right object and each alignment was right on the money in a 6mm and my asi174MM it was a smidgen off the center , which is alright by me. HELP ?
  3. It's been a couple of months since I've tried to connect my Meade lxd55 to telescope control using Stellarium . I've been spending a ton of time trying to get Starry night SOE to connect and it's been a royal "PITA" to say the least. I need some guidance to get linked up , help ?
  4. Another go preparing for m31

    This will look better with a lil' better centering in the frame , longer exp. and calibrations added. I'm starting to get it yall. This is at 50% zoom is that good or should I drop to 25%?
  5. M31 - ASI1600MM - LRGB - 5hrs

    That's an awesome galaxy , dust lanes are coming out really nice. I'll have to try that .
  6. Getting prepared for Andromeda galaxy w/asi174MM

    I've got a Paracorr type 2 but, I need the adapter ring to connect it to my camera and last year I got the t-ring for my 5x powermate . Wim I'm having focus slip due to the weight of the camera {Slipped out of focus see }, Another buddy told me too drill a hole in my focuser where focus is and insert another screw, I've not got anyone to do that for me yet. Also , I've not been able to get my master calibrations made yet , my stacking program tells me that no master was made after stacking and combining"FUNNY" ! I've made 8s,15, 30, 45 , 60 stacks several times and until I get my guiding mojo going when I'm on my target , I can get good guiding when I'm not on my target but, soon as I get on my target " guiding sinks into the toilet" . I read from the zwo website , cloudy nights and astronomy forum . net and I've tested hours with different settings Shorter exp. is the ticket without guiding , high gain , keeping the camera cool @ -10 to-30 a lot of frames , I feel I'm building an image Wim and not even capturing one and once I get the lum done then when I get my EFW and SGP I be able to finish it . I do go for other objects and make notes for settings and such , just so it'll be easier when I do go back to it . Have you seen my m42 and m13 , I can't wait to add color to those along with m31? Mount went downhill after that m13 and m31 night. Hopefully replacing the motor cover / plastic takes care of that issue. I'll try to get the adapter around xmas but for now I'll just have to clip and try to do a mosaic through software. Thank you for your Advice Wimvb. Imaging is harder in the summer than the other seasons for me due to the humidity.
  7. Getting prepared for Andromeda galaxy w/asi174MM

    I added more data and reworked the processing , it's showing promise , just need tighter focus, more data and a lil' higher then it's framed
  8. M31 Andromeda Galaxy

    Kudos on Andromeda and surrounding galaxies.
  9. Saturn with the asi174MM COOLED

    I love the fact that this camera tests and performs well with many objects in our night sky , I'm getting better results with the lower humidity , Summer nights aren't good for imaging anything . Pete these are some of the better ones taken that night. Sometimes it's a win , win and sometimes just crap. I chalk it all up to LE.
  10. 14th m13 w/ asi174MM cooled

    Yes Wim , it's a very nice target to get the feel of the camera on. This is without , I have Meade lrgb filters and an Orion manual fw but, I tried on m42 and had my color frames off center on each one I can't touch the mount with my R hand {moves it } . I require an EFW coming for my Bday and Xmas , then it'll be on like fireworks "I hope !
  11. 14th m13 w/ asi174MM cooled

    I started with m13 and finished the 15th w/ more data on m31. Cooler temps and dew point make a difference.
  12. Lunacy from last nights adventure

    Thank you , It was a good night in the Carolinas.
  13. Saturn with the asi174MM COOLED

    I started out finally with lower heat and humidity just before the Huricane was supposed to hit Florida . My asi174MM cooled , 5x + t- ring , 8 in astrograph/newt and Meade lxd55 mount had its 1st really pleasant night imaging since Summer in the Carolinas , imaging 3 different objects in 1 session . Shooting from tree city USA isn't the greatest but, I don't travel due to my condition and without an observatory it's a challenge every night . All mono with my do it all "WORKHOARSE" camera. Saturn , ngc 869 & 884 "double cluster" -10c @ 56s and I think it's crater Alphonsus, I wanted to collect some more data on m31 but, she hadn't cleared the lightdome until 2am and I wasn't waiting , 1.5 hrs. trying to get my guiding to cooperate after aligning 4 times over the 6 hrs I was out. I usually only align and then precision align for each target over a night but, it just wasn't having it this night.
  14. Lunacy from last nights adventure

    It has been really hot and humid all summer long , it's finally getting a glimpse of fall temps before Irma hits . Asi174MM cooled , 8 in. Astrograh , lxd55 goto mount. Captured @16.7 fps in Sharpcap 3.0 wide field and ASI2 ran 700 of 1000 through registax6 wavelets slightly and there.
  15. Saturn from Aug. data stick

    Imaging in high heat and humidity isn't fun even if you do it remotely , with the addiction comes sacrifice.{ Asi 174MM cooled } I was capturing between 35-38 fps for 1000 frames