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Aussie Dave

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  1. From the album: Saxon M20325

    Crater Walther. Seeing conditions average, Mandurah Western Australia. Captured on the 9th of August. ZWO ASI174MM with Bintel 2" 2x ED Barlow Saxon 8" Maksutov SkyWatcher EQ6 Pro
  2. Crater Walther, approximately 132km × 140km in diameter and 4km in depth with complex crater rim. Seeing conditions average to good, Mandurah Western Australia. Captured on the 9th of August. I'm quite pleased with this result as I've beaten my PB to resolve down to about 2km wide craterlets which can be seen around the central region of the crater floor even when conditions were not the best on live view. Captured in SharpCap, stacked in AutoStakkert 3, wavelets in RegiStax 6, edited in PaintDotNet. ZWO ASI174MM with Bintel 2" 2x ED Barlow Saxon 8" Maksutov SkyWatcher
  3. From the album: Saxon M20325

    Jupiter at 7:12pm 15th of August. Conditions average to good Mandurah, Western Australia. Celestron Neximage 5, Saxon 8" Maksutov, SkyWatcher EQ6 Pro.
  4. Jupiter at 7:12pm yesterday evening. Conditions average to good Mandurah, Western Australia. Captured in SharpCap, stacked in AutoStakkert 3, wavelets in RegiStax 6, edited in PaintDotNet. Celestron Neximage 5 Saxon 8" Maksutov SkyWatcher EQ6 Pro
  5. Lunar early last night. Conditions started out as average to good but slipped away to poor just before clouds rolled in. Visual observations of the lunar surface were quite nice, heaps of craters to explore with good detail. This image is a 2 stacked image stitch. Location Mandurah Western Australia. Captured in SharpCap, stacked in AutoStakkert 3, wavelets in RegiStax 6, stitched in MS Image Composite Editor, edited in PaintDotNet. Click on image for full resolution. ZWO ASI174MM SkyWatcher 6" reflector short tube (fl 1000mm) SkyWatcher EQ6 Pro
  6. The Gem Cluster NGC 3293 aka Spider Spit Cluster, Little Jewel Box from the 30th of January. I was so pleased to bring out so much on this open star cluster and surrounding area, perhaps I over did it? Not perfect star but very happy with the result. Stacked in Sequator, edited in PaintDotNet. 30 x 20 seconds, ISO 1600, 3200. Sony a5000 Saxon 10" reflector Skywatcher EQ6 Pro
  7. Sorry for the confusion, the native focal length of the scope is 1000mm, with the 2x Barlow 2000mm. The resized image was at 200% using the Mitchell filter in RS6 This is the first 6" short tube I've had and often wondered how they get a long focal length from a short tube. There is a metal barrel at the end of the secondary mirror pointing towards the primary which houses a lens. I'm wondering if I took that lens out if it would make it a 500mm scope. The only other thing would be the focus plane and if I could reach focus if I took the lens out. If it could focus it would be a nasty f/3
  8. Jupiter and Io and Saturn from the 2nd of August before clouds rolled in. The second Jupiter image was resized in RegiStax. Conditions average, Mandurah Western Australia. Captured in SharpCap, stacked in AutoStakkert 3, wavelets in RegiStax 6, edited in PaintDotNet. ZWO ASI224MC with 2x Barlow SkyWatcher 6" reflector short tube, fl 1000mm SkyWatcher EQ6 Pro
  9. The Southern Pinwheel Galaxy M83 from the 6th of April, Mandurah Western Australia, conditions poor. This was my 3rd attempt with the first two attempts being much worse than this. 198 x 30 seconds, ISO 1600, 24 darks. Stacked in Sequator, edited in PaintDotNet and Fitswork. Sony a5000 Antares 6" achro refractor SkyWatcher EQ6 Pro
  10. Saxon 10" Newtonian reflector fl 12000mm, f/4.7.
  11. Omega Centauri NGC 5139, Centaurus globular cluster taken back in April with a Sony a5000 and Saxon 10" reflector on Skywatcher EQ6 Pro. Only 13 exposures, average seeing night.
  12. Very nice Alan. Looks like the 40D still performs well, I often see these for sale full spectrum. Is yours the full spectrum or IR mod?
  13. Nice Alan, as long as you get something for your efforts. I do like the star clusters especially the globs. Have only done a couple I think that turned out ok. I might post one just for giggles. I don't think my 10" primary mirror is a good one as my stars are always weird shapes. I thought you'd be in a prime location for M31 Dave. You're in the UK or around that neck of the woods? I'm being more selective now and only go for the higher targets.
  14. Cheers Dave, about 81 degrees for some months It's a nice easy one, I like easy one's. Thanks Alan, ain't all the good one this side of the rock?? Honestly though there's some good targets in the northern hemisphere where you are that we can't get and are too low. I would really like to get a chance at imaging Andromeda M31. That's at about 16 degrees north and in light pollution from along the coastline here. I can't even see it. Cheers Philip The lens looked nice, felt nice, build quality was great and looked good on my Sony a5000 mirrorless but it wasn't a star per
  15. The Lagoon nebula taken early May this year with a Tamron BBAR Multi C 300mm f/5.6 telephoto lens stopped down to f/8 and Sony a5000 on EQ6 Pro mount. This is a re-edit and heavily cropped just to show the nebula and surrounding area. Captured in less than ideal conditions from Mandurah Western Australia. The stacked image with this lens showed blue doughnut rings around medium to bright stars and was difficult to get rid of, I did leave some around the neb and lightened them a tad. 95 x 30 seconds, ISO 1600, 50 darks. Stacked in Sequator, edited in PaintDotNet.
  16. I'm sure the planets could be moving northwards, they don't seem to be as high as last year.
  17. Well done Neil. I had a look at your first video and it's a good result for that type of seeing and at such a low altitude. For me in the south west of Western Australia and being near the coast, seeing for me is poor most of the time, however a planetary friend who lives about 70kms north from me and further inland away from the coast is getting very good seeing most nights now when there's no cloud. We have the luxury of waiting for Jupiter and Saturn to reach their highest and often don't start imaging if they are below about 65 degrees unless there's an early or late GRS or transit. P
  18. A couple of areas captured near each other with a heaps of varying features. Taken on the 11th of July from Mandurah Western Australia. Captured in SharpCap, stacked in AutoStakkert 3, wavelets in RegiStax 6, stitched in Image Composite Editor, edited in PaintDotNet and Fitswork. ZWO AS174MM Saxon 8" Maksutov SkyWatcher EQ6 Pro
  19. Centaurus A Galaxy NGC 5128 aka The Hamburger Galaxy captured on the 18th of March last year with an 83% illuminated moon, conditions average to poor from Mandurah Western Australia. This is my second attempt at this galaxy, this time with a 6" achro frac. The first attempt was terrible with my previously owned C8i on it's alt az mount. I did have some slight drift and getting good collimation seems to be elusive with this older refractor. It also gives bad blue rings around brighter stars which is very annoying and difficult to get rid of. I've only been doing DSO astrophotography serious
  20. Ha! funny you should mention that Scoot. I tried HDR for the first time on my Sony a5000 to try and get Earthshine but camera said No! I think it had something to do with the operator.
  21. Nice eclipse capture and Earthshine Hallingskies with the C4. I failed with the Earthshine.
  22. Unique photo Scooot, looks like a smoking moon
  23. Nice moon photos Dave. I like the 3rd one the best.
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