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al-alami

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About al-alami

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    Star Forming
  • Birthday 16/11/73

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    Male
  • Interests
    Photography, SCUBA Diving, desert trips, watching the sky, and of course food
  • Location
    Amman, Jordan
  1. Imaging with the 130pds

    Its not prefect, but I'm really happy with this one. Maybe next time I shoot it I'll have a lot more time to get more detail, this was more of a "lets fill in some time". Luminance 9 X 120 sec Red 7 X 120 sec Green 7 X 120 sec Blue 7 X 120 sec
  2. Imaging with the 130pds

    Hi All, Question, has anyone tried using a barlow with this scope? If yes, what are the suggestions? Also you would put the barlow then the coma corrector? Just curious about where to put it since now I have thins in this order: coma corrector then filter wheel then camera. Thanks, Fakhri
  3. Imaging with the 130pds

    Hi All, Still working on the tilt issue, its gotten a lot better, but since I couldn't check properly because of the moon .... well, here is last night's Harvester Moon. Fakhri
  4. Imaging with the 130pds

    I make the exact same comment every single time I order anything, or think of ordering anything! Question for all, When centering the secondary mirror, is it truly dead center? I decided to take apart everything and reassemble from scratch so I know everything is in its proper place, but for the life of me I can't remember if it is centered. When I try to have it dead center (according to my ruler) it looks like the spider vanes are not straight but curved. Am I doing something wrong?
  5. Imaging with the 130pds

    Thank you for all this wonderful info. My problem is that I live in Jordan so I end up paying about 70% extra on every item not to mention that for some insane reason over here we need to get security clearance for any astro related item. I guess we have move clear skies compared to you, but even with your cloudy skies you do have some nice advantages
  6. Imaging with the 130pds

    Hi Adam, I'm calculating it from the M48 thread. I guess I will have to do some more testing with that part. I think I need to correct the tilt first, which I am kind of dreading, since I am worried about adjusting the focuser with the camera attached. Lack of on hand accesss to people who know these things isn't a fun thing. Hi Susaron, I wish it was easy to get the moonlite, its on my list, but I always have to worry about shipping and customs costs. Out of curiosity, which tube length did you get? I want to image with the scope but still use for visual. Hi rotatux, Am not sure about the field rotation, since these were 30 sec exposures, and I also have 300 sec exposures and they 100% the same. Interesting thought about the wall, I would need find one far enough, but I'll give it a try. Thanks.
  7. Imaging with the 130pds

    oh cool , now that's interesting ... ccd inspector, am not familiar with that .. looks like my spacing is still off
  8. Imaging with the 130pds

    Thanks, looks interesting. Can it help with measuring the tilt? I can't see it covering the sensor enough.
  9. Imaging with the 130pds

    Hi All. I've got sort of an issue, I think with the focuser. In theory I have the correct spacing between the Baader CC and my QHY 163M (with a manual filter wheel in between). It looks like I have some tilt. I tried aligning the focuser and it seems to be okay, well at least without the imaging train attached. Is there any way for me to work on the tilt with the camera attached during the day? It is kind of frustrating at the moment. I've included an image which I shot yesterday. To be honest the image was just shot to see the stars and not for anything else, it was also shot from my light polluted roof. Any help would be much appreciated. Fakhri
  10. weird stars

    Hi All, I hope I'm posting this in the right place. I've been trying to work out the spacing on my coma corrector (Baader MKIII) filter wheel and QHY 163M. I believe I got it right (but starting do count myself). I was told a while back that I might have a tilt in my focuser, which I had tried to get rid of. Doing a test today I got the result I've attached below. I'm I still looking at a tilt? Is my spacing correct? Is there any way to check tilt during daytime with the camera connected to the focuser? Any help would be much appreciated. Fakhri PS I know its a bad image, but I was just shooting for test purposes. red test 2.TIF
  11. Imaging with the 130pds

    My moon from last night
  12. Imaging with the 130pds

    hahahhaha honestly .. I live in a desert .. so I have to worry about dust! Not to mention anything I need I have to order from Europe, so there is that fun part. The one advantage, I have lots of sun!
  13. Imaging with the 130pds

    From earlier today. I must admit, photographing the sun is cool (well not literally).
  14. Imaging with the 130pds

    Sometimes its worth getting out into the sun This is from today.
  15. Imaging with the 130pds

    Sorry to hear that
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