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About Akiainavas

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  1. I prefer 'C' because of good contrast ratio even though you lost some details in the top area.
  2. If you go Windows, go Windows 10 - people might like the changes or not, but they are here to stay so no point in investing in old software that will not get upgraded and will lose support after a while.
  3. 900s subs at 1200mm unguided ? Hats down sir, hats down. Great image.
  4. Greath mosaic Arno. Really like the color, and the mosaic is done perfectly.
  5. Glad to hear you enjoy it - and as others already pointed out, it's a good idea to hunt for Andromeda, Dumbbell Nebulae ( M27 ) and Hercules Cluster - they are all very nice sights, apart from what was already suggested above. Clear skies!
  6. Is this cluster the only one you're having issues with ? Have you tried viewing any other ?
  7. Amazing shot - you rarely see the outer rings of this nebulae, yet you managed to capture them perfectly. Great work!
  8. The PHD graph you attached looks really interesting - not only is the displacement quite large in both RA and DEC - they also seem to go the opposite way, not something I've encountered before. Also, some of the spikes seem really rather drastic. An interesting lesson for all of us and certainly an answer to the 'what if' question many of us would either ask of think of at some point - thanks for sharing!
  9. Looks great. I took a shot at M27 recently to test my new scope - but only took 1x30sec exposure - it's nice to see how the 'final product' would look like.
  10. Looks great - especially for such a difficult object. Also, seems like your Orion autoguider is doing a really good job - i'm just getting started with mine so that's encouraging to see. " Weather permitting I hope to add more subs to help bring the faint detail further out from the sky background. " If you do, please share the final version with us
  11. I did a star test which looked fine - but then again, everything was rough and rushed so I will definitely check it in details later before jumping to any serious observing or imaging sessions Didn't want to get too technical on my first night as this was simply to check out the setup and finishing as early ad possible to avoid zombie mode at work the next day - you know, the irrational new scope excitment haha. I did read some reports of people having issues with AVX so i'm really glad that everything went really smoothly for me.
  12. Hi guys. So I finally decided to retire my SkyWatcher and upgraded to an Edge HD scope. I've been battling with that decision for many many months, trying to decide what to get, going back and forth, whether I should get a refractor, or an SCT etc. After all that time, and probably a hundred new gray hairs on the head, I decided to get an Edge HD SCT telescope. My reasons: - Light and compact - AVX Mount is incredibly portable - Relatively large aperture - Pretty good all-rounder - Good for both visual and imaging sessions - With it's longish focal length it will complement a small refractor used for wide-field photography very nicely - Fast and easy to setup, align and use Now, I imagine everyone will have their own list of priorities. Mine was like that because I have to move the scope to a dark site each time, I can't afford to have hunreds of equpment pieces and most importantly I wanted to avoid the massive logistics operation that a similar scope of other design forced me to undertake each time. The Edge HD ticked all those important for me features pretty nicely. Right. So I ordered one from FLO, even though it said delivery in 2-4 days, the scope arrived the next day - not surprising though, hats down to our friends at FLO. After the scope arrived I was very happy to see the size of two boxes it came with. This confirmed what I hoped for - compact and light. I quickly unboxed it and leafed through the manuals to get everything setup and learn all the procedures. The scope itself is very beautiful, well finished and has some healthy weight to it. Surprisingly, I didn't have to wait for clear skies at all - I packed the scope, got into my car just a few hours later and went out to loiter on a nearby's friendly farmer's field ( after harvest so no crops have been damaged ). The setup was a breeze. I've done a very rough polar alignment using just my phone compas and level and pointed the mount so that Polaris was roughly in the middle lf the scope's polarfinder slot. I did not get a polarfinder scope because I wanted to test Celestron's procedures first. First, the two star alignment. It chose Vega and slew very closely to it. Then Altair. Then a couple of calibration stars and we were good to go. Andromeda Galaxy, Dumbbell Nebulae, Hercules Cluster, a couple of double stars, The Pleiades - all looked really good through the scope. I was amazed how accurate the GoTo feature is for such a quick and rough setup. I stared through the eyepiece for over an hour, slewing to and from different object and then decided to try and take a picture and head back home. Time for Celestron's Polar Alignment procedure. I slew back to Altair and followed the instructions - center the start, re-slew automatically and re-center again, adjust the mount slightly using the knobs and boom, there we are. It took less than a minute which made me very sceptical... So I attached the camera and slewed to M27. Set my SLR to 30 seconds exposure @ISO 1600 and started the picture. For a single, not stacked exposure from a scope that was just roughly aligned in less than 5 minutes - I was very surprised. After taking the picture I realized I forgot to fine-focus the camera but stars seem to be pretty sharp across the entire frame. Just before finishing up I decided to take a quick shot of the moon, which also came out nicely. Packing the scope back was as easy as assembling it. And having run out of hot tea I decided to head back home. This was a great session - very encouraging and it made me very pleased with my new scope and can recommend this setup to anyone wanting a good all-rounder with portability in mind . Now, there are months if not years of practice and fun. Hope you guys found the time to go out as well as the skies have been suspiciously clear recently - that probably means no clear skies for at least a month but hey... Have a great weekend everyone!
  13. Hey Steve, that's a nice surprise, thank you I'm actually looking at ordering some eyepieces and additional accessories so I'll definitely get in touch.
  14. Excellent point, thanks. That's the sort of thing I was looking for.
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