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zcdawson

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About zcdawson

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    NW Montana
  1. I've been super happy with my Atik 414ex OSC. Pair it with an IDAS lps-d1
  2. posted the tattoo in the lounge..
  3. Freaking Awesome!! I would love to hang a print of this on my wall. This is the very area of the sky that got me into this hobby and I have gone as far as tattooing the orion nebula on myself. It is nice to have friends to tackle the immense project that had to be. So now the question....How do I go about getting one to hang on the wall?
  4. I'll look into the ZWO cameras. Thanks everyone!!
  5. I'm trying to find a excellent planetary camera and am having trouble finding reviews on them. Any thoughts here?
  6. I would get the 11" edge SCT. It would keep your options open as far as being able to add the Hyperstar and go F/2. So kinda the best of both worlds. The thing is when you swap the secondary and the Hyperstar you may need to collimate every time. I added a sleeve to the locating pin on the secondary and have not had to collimate that because the sleeve takes up the slop of the pin. The Hyperstar is a little more picky. A temperature change of around 10F can put it out of collimation and taking it on and off for sure. Right now I have mine dialed in at around 32F or so. It only takes me three images to collimate when it is out.
  7. I'm also new to AP. My answer was to throw money at it. At about 7k into it I'm learning that nothing replaces experience. I spent 9 hrs last night to have a bunch of images that are going to need alot of processing. To start i would spend just a little time every chance you get on the calibration frames. You can build a library of exposure lengths for the darks. Make a master flat (works as long as you don't change your image train and pay attention to the timing of your thread on attachments). Bias are easy. Me, I have a cooled CCD so i don't need darks or bias most of the time. I made a flat box and found that the 5 minutes of good sky is easier for the flats. My problem is at f/2 focus is a pain even with an autofocuser. Polar alignment was a pain to figure out but i think I've got that down. Now I just have to figure out how to maximize the equipment i have because the wife is eyeballing the account.
  8. I'm also new to AP. My answer was to throw money at it. At about 7k into it I'm learning that nothing replaces experience. I spent 9 hrs last night to have a bunch of images that are going to need alot of processing. To start i would spend just a little time every chance you get on the calibration frames. You can build a library of exposure lengths for the darks. Make a master flat (works as long as you don't change your image train and pay attention to the timing of your thread on attachments). Bias are easy. Me, I have a cooled CCD so i don't need darks or bias most of the time. I made a flat box and found that the 5 minutes of good sky is easier for the flats. My problem is at f/2 focus is a pain even with an autofocuser. Polar alignment was a pain to figure out but i think I've got that down. Now I just have to figure out how to maximize the equipment i have because the wife is eyeballing the account.
  9. Here is my first horsehead attempt. 20, 60 second subs
  10. I have a 414 and get the same li n especially on the left. How do I get the firmware update?
  11. I have 3 LPS filters and the idas d-1 is by far the best and worth the money. It let's in more light than my other 2. You can look at my DSO images to see what I mean (My albums). From where the images were taken I can not see M31, just barely make out polaris and no milkyway. In the summer the Milky way is faint.
  12. I'm trying to decide on a new scope. I would like it to be as versatile as possible. I'm very undecided. I like newts and SCT's so far. I've never used a refractor but am looking for one to try out. At this point I'm thinking a Celestron CGE pro 1400 HD but the price is just enough to make a gut swallow hard. Next would be the CPC deluxe 1100 HD and that price is much easier to swallow. There is also the Obsession 18" Classic....you see what the dilemma is? The Celestron's would get a Hyperstar for sure and feather touch auto focusers. I already have a wedge I could use on the CPC. The Obsession would end up costing as much as the 14" to get where I would want it except I have not figured out how to tip that big thing 48 degrees to polar align it. No matter the way I go the scope would be used for viewing and AP (mostly AP) DSO and planetary. Speaking of that I would need a CCD for the scope optimized for the FOV. I have one camera that covers the Hyperstar FOV. I just can't decide but I would like to have one of them last me (keep me busy) for 5 years or so. Any input would be great. Thanks
  13. I have the same thing going on. For a couple of reasons. I think Mars is hard for me because at the time it was low on the horizon and I think it is getting farther away. From research and comments from people at the astro club I'm pretty sure I have to wait something like 2 years. I'm not positive about the timing or the reasons Mars was a fuzzy red dot but "I think so".
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