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DougM43

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About DougM43

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    Astronomy and marine fish keeping.
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    Burnley, Lancashire
  1. As would I,, fantastic. at one point I thought we were coming in for a landing.
  2. Nice one,,I think Seeing your first image come to light on the computer screen is likened to seeing the rings of Saturn with your own eyes for the first time,, (it’s, just good) welcome to the slippery slope of a constantly receding bank balance better known as astrophotography.
  3. Oh yes, That is a superb Image, brilliant..
  4. Very good first attempt, should think your quite pleased with it
  5. Hi this is one of the 100s subs cheers Doug
  6. Hi all, I managed to get out with my Starlight express SXVR-M25c and could just do with a little help to ensure i'm on the right track, this is an image of around 2 hrs 15 mins of M31 to my eye it looks like i have got the spacing right, and the focus which seems to be ok also the noise is considerably less than my dslr, so i am quite encouraged by that, but i must admit i expected to see more of the galaxy, particularly as I've read how sensitive the camera is, or am i just expecting too much for such a short time ? There's also a serious amount of filth on one of the optical surfaces, looking at the size of the bunnys i'm guessing they could be on the focal reducer so i need to deal with them before its next outing. The attached picture was the best 95% of 2.5 hrs worth of 100s unguided subs with 40 flat frames taken with an ED80 pro, the image is as it was straight out of DSS but stretching didn't bring out any more. As was suggested by some very helpful folk here i left the gain setting blank in APT. What do you think, is my assessment about right? Many thanks, Doug M31 2 hrs 30 40 light 40 flat stacked.TIF Ah,, i expected a picture hang on whilst i convert it to something else.
  7. True, and that day is almost here
  8. Ah right I see, thank you very much so I assume in APT I just leave the gain blank as it’s already set by the camera? thanks.
  9. They do look cool,, you have to love the Chinese use of the English language in the description, the image of the elderly breastfeeding it gives you is just wrong..
  10. Hi all, after dipping my toes into imaging with a modified canon 40D I have recently bought a dedicated ccd camera,(Starlight Xpress SXVR-M25C) I have read the manual from cover to cover and also searched the internet but cannot find any info on what gain setting would be a good starting point to use with the camera. APT has a gain setting box so it seems logical “ to me anyway “ that I need to put something in it. I suspect this is the first of many questions on my journey from very mediocre dslr imaging to using a dedicated Astro ccd camera. many thanks, Doug.
  11. Sounds very much the same as mine which I bought new so assumed it’s normal.
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