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chrisvdberge last won the day on October 19 2016

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  1. hmm that's interesting. Haven't seen Ha of the Iris before I think Don't think you'll get much more data of it as this is a reflection nebula
  2. Another one from Namibia This one was quite the challenge with a refractor and DSLR and I think this needs more data/exposures especially for the galactic cirrus to be smoother and stand out a bit more. So it's on the list for next year Still quite happy with the result so far! Exposures: Nikon D600: 20x12min, 19x10min, 14x8min. ISO200 Nikon D5100: 9x10min, 14x8min. ISO400 http://dslr-astrophotography.com/irregular-galaxy-ngc1313/ The widefield: Crop:
  3. Yeah I'm doubting that as well and looked for confirmation on this, but couldn't find anything on that other than the write up from APOD.
  4. This area really blew me away; what an interesting and colourful area! Also amazing to realise we are actually looking through a 'window' (hole) in the dust of the nearest Milky Way arm right through to the Sagittarius arm! M24 Sagittarius star cloud and surroundings The two distinct dark clouds are Barnard 92 and 93 And the really nice colourful area is IC 1284 with reflection nebulae VdB 118 and 119 Taken in Namibia with my modded D600 on APM 106 with Riccardi reducer, mounted on Fornax 51 and guided with Lacerta MGEN. 12 x 12min and 30 x 8min at ISO200
  5. That is Barnard 44A. The star cluster at the top is NGC 6231 and the cluster on the left side is NGC 6192
  6. Very nice object and image! I do feel it could be sharper? But that of course could also be image compression for the web?
  7. It's been way too long since I've been here and didn't post a single image from my recent (ahum.. 3 months ago) astrotrip to Namibia. This image is one of my favourites, mainly because it doesn't seem to be imaged that often. I only discovered it while I was in Namibia, when researching the composition for the Prawn nebula. Seemed like an interesting FOV on DSS2 and it turned out to be very interesting indeed I found out later that the dark structure is actually nicknamed 'The Dark Tower'. It's beeing blasted with intense UV radiation from the star cluster that is partly visible at the top of the image. Very similar to the elephant's trunk I think. Used a modified Nikon D600 on an APM 106 with Riccardi reducer ISO200 and mainly 12min. exposures totalling over 9 hours. More detailes here: The Dark Tower
  8. What drivers do you need specifically? I thought there was already quite a broad support available?
  9. That's cool. Should probably try to do the same thing as I need INDI support for the MGEN
  10. The potential for optimization and automation are huge! I can see PI being able to auto-adjust exposure settings based on the image analysis it can do..
  11. This is big! PixInsight just launched an INDIClient module, which allows you to control your camera! I did a first test with INDIServer on a raspberry pi, controlling a Nikon D600 and it works like a charm. With all the development capacity behind PI I expect new functionality to follow up soon. This is one step closer to be able to use 1 program for the full astrophotography workflow... http://pixinsight.com/forum/index.php?topic=9852.0
  12. I'm controlling the camera on my setup with INDI/Ekos and will do mount control this week as well. However, I'm using a Lacerta MGEN for my guiding but can't seem to find if it is possible to control it with your laptop remotely? Does anyone know/have any experience with this?
  13. After receiving the cost estimate from a carpenter/handyman to turn my existing shed into an observatory with roll off roof I'm rethinking my options (it would be way to expensive). I'm considering to start out with making at least a concrete base for a fixed pier and make sure I have power (and possibly usb) on the pier. In order to make it as convenient as possible I'm now looking into cost effective ways to shelter a setup for short to longer periods of time (not necessarily permanent). One of the things I stumbled upon is a Shelter Logic 'shed-in-a-box' which seems to be sturdy enough to withstand some winds and keep a complete setup safe for a longer period of time. Any other thoughts/suggestions and ideas? I think there are many people using just a fixed pier in their back garden, so I would assume there is quite some experience with all kinds of solutions and products on this forum
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