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  1. For a test shot i would be be chuffed !! My next major purchase must be a SCT though it will be an 8 or 9.25 , my Heq5 pro couldnt take a C11
  2. Lovely image If this is the sort of image you get with a C8 then look out credit card
  3. Cheers Vlaiv I set the binning in APT in the image plan settings but im not sure how i would do this otherwise. I use DSS and Gimp though i am trying Photoshop now
  4. The ST102 focuser itself had a mechanical wobble when i took it off the mount so i have retired it and gone back to the Skywatcher ED 72 that should improve things hopefully. I used the 102 due to its aperture over the ED72 . I have been back and forth over binning with the 183 and used 2x2 for a while but i decided to go for 53 gain instead of 111 and to use 1x1 binning and 60sec exposure to see if that improved detail and dynamic range as i felt that at 2mins ,111 gain and 2x2 binning i was oversaturating the chip and losing detail. i recently imaged the iris nebula with these setting as was dissapointed with the results hence the change in settings. Thanks for your input . The weather is about to change for the worse again !
  5. Thank you for your advice and comments Clear Skies !
  6. Thanks for the advice I took flats this morning and restacked. I took flats using a white box and APT ccd flat aids I use DSS to stack my images I am thinking about buying a ZWO 533MC pro to replace the 183 or compliment it Here we go Cheers
  7. Took this last night , sky was a bit hazy i think Any comments appreciated .... Processing not my forte unfortunately i dont have the patience No flats were used and as usual the filter wheel shadow is there ASI 183MM Pro 60x60s Lum, 30x60s RGB, SW ST102 Guided NGC 898 is in the centre by the way Cheers
  8. My next target as well thanks for posting What gain did u set for the 183 ? i used 2min exposures on M76 at gain 111 and felt the inner details were blown out . it was luminance only as well thanks
  9. Wow something to aim for ! Well done i will have to invest in a complete HST set of filters. M31 is also on my list to do well with my modified 450D though i may try a mosaic image with my 183..... a zwo dual narrowband filter looks interesting How do you find imaging with a newt ? i have looked at getting a 150pds
  10. It was set to -10C using the latest APT which has improved support for ZWO cameras now. To be honest it was so cold i could have done without it !! I agree about the feeling but i rush things now due to the weather. i got runtime errors using CDC and eqmod and nearly gave up if you would kindly post your image as well Cheers Mike
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    My first image of M76 A bit rushed as clear nights are a rarity now 30x120s Bin 2 Luminance ,SW 102 , ZWO 183MM Pro , OVL field flattener ,guided , processed in Gimp Took some Ha as well but poor results for some reason Seems an Oiii filter may have brought out some more detail i know its not great but just chuffed to have imaged it
  12. Again wow brilliant image , inspiring Looks like i will be pointing my ASI 183mm Pro at this one again in the hope of getting some RGB subs this time
  13. Hi Mick I took this one as well this week , was a wow moment 15x120s Luminance binned x2 Taken with ST 102 ZWO 183MM pro and guided I only took 15 shots as this was at the zenith and nearly over my roof !
  14. Great image So frustrated i cant get to this area of the sky from my back garden
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