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  1. My version of this popular target. This is my 3rd go since I took up this hobby and it's really interesting to see how my processing techniques have developed/changed over the years. 12 hours in total, 6 in L, 2 each in RGB. I've left it as a wide field but can definitely take some zooming and I've tried to not over do the colour so much I also deliberately didn't go over board with the sharpening as I felt it started to look too over cooked. Comments and criticism welcomed as always. Hope you like it. Hi res link below too. https://astrob.in/8siqlh/0/
  2. Thank you for the great comments everyone. I’m really glad I took the time to reprocess this now.
  3. Hi, I went back to the beginning with this one. Had a good chat with a friend and revisited a lot of basics as well as learning a new thing or 2 along the way. I think I am so often keen to show a finished picture that I don't take the time to be properly critical. Anyway, M106 with 6 hours or L and 2 each of RGB. Hope you like this final version (there have been many!) Hi-res link: https://astrob.in/tw17gn/D/
  4. My take on M106. Taken with the Esprit 100 so detail in the galaxy is limited but I like the amount going on in the background. 72 L, 24 each of RGB, all 300s subs. Processed in PI. STar reduction using Adam Block's technique. Hope you like it. https://astrob.in/tw17gn/0/
  5. Hi, my take on this iconic target. 6 hours in Lum, 2 each in RGB and 5 in Ha. I blended the Ha with the R and the Lum. Other details on Astrobin. Hope you like it. https://astrob.in/i2l1g6/C/
  6. Re-shot the blue channel last night and did a full re-process. Much happier with the final image.
  7. Thanks for the comments. I’m going to reprocess this, there’s an issue with the blue subs, and I’m going to try an HDR version to try and tame the main stars of the cluster.
  8. One of my favourite targets each year. Went for a subtler approach to my last attempt where I felt the stars went quite technicolour. Happy with the NR in the background using John Rista's method and a slight de-emphasis on the stars with Adam Block's very clever method. 6 hours in L and 2 in each of RGB, processed minimally in PI - all shot from my back garden in Cyprus. Hope you like it - all criticisms and comments welcomed as always. https://astrob.in/9df1od/0/
  9. Still for sale. Price negotiable. This will include full set of 1.25 filters.
  10. The Iris Nebula. 18 hours in total over several nights. Processing in PI. I used John Rista's NR techniques and applied some slight deconvolution. I also de-emphasised the stars using the method detailed by Adam Block. I processed the nebula separately using Starnet in PI an deliberately didn't over saturate the stars. Finally I went back and slightly darkened the background. Hope you like it, comments and criticism welcomed. https://astrob.in/b6esyw/B/
  11. Yes, sorry I missed it off my workflow. Edited now.
  12. You said you used mosaic/separate as the second step. You need to use register/match instead. I’m sure there’s an error in the light vortex workflow as I get the same geometry issue when I use seperate option. If you read Warren Keller’s book he used this method and it works every time. By the way, I also use APP for mosaic construction.
  13. I'm looking for some advice. I have never successfully created a mosaic of M31 that I am happy with. For some reason I can never quite match the intensity or the colours across the panels which you can see from the image below ( the Lum is usually ok). I'm not so worried about the seams as I know I can sort that but I do need help with the rest please. This year I made sure to take each filter on the same night. there is approx 1.5 hours of 300s in each RGB panel (x4) although i lost a when sifting them, and the Lum has 3hours in each panel My work flow is: 1. PI - Crop the edges 2.
  14. Hi. I think it needs more than bearings. It’ll need a complete overhaul and gears looking at. I wouldn’t be comfortable selling it as advertised but would let it go for £125 at buyers risk. If not, I’m going to send it to Moonlite to be repaired properly. Definitely needs someone e who knows what they’re doing.
  15. Hi, I'd like to sell this as it is not being used. It needs new bearings so will need to be bought by someone with some technical know how (I have none unfortunately ). Open to reasonable offers (maybe around £200?) bearing in mind the original cost of the focuser (taking into account repairs etc). I use a Focus Cube now so it is completely surplus to requirements. https://www.firstlightoptics.com/moonlite-focusers/moonlite-cf-crayford-focuser-for-refractors.html Steve
  16. Hi, I am selling my Moravian. It is around 3 years old but performs flawlessly. It went back to Moravian for a sensor clean and maintenance last year so is working as new. It has a built in 5 pos filter wheel and comes with all original documentation and carry case. This s a great camera but I am looking to get into the world of OSC now otherwise I would not be selling it. I'm looking for around £1500. Pictures show the camera currently attached to my Esprit 100 in my observatory. Recent images can be viewed on my Astrobin page. Thanks for looking. Steve https://www.astrobin.com
  17. Funnily enough it does on my phone too but the laptop is fine.
  18. This is a combination of 300s and 30s subs, combined using layer masks in PS. 300s - 72 L, 24 each in RGB, 30s - 160 L, 50 each in RGB. Processed in PI. Hope you like it, comments welcomed as always. Steve https://astrob.in/jq513s/E/
  19. Thanks Steve. My friend pointed me in the direction of a noise reduction tutorial which massively helped. I also used starnet to work on the stars separately this time.
  20. I've re-processed this with more of a focus on noise reduction and star colour. https://astrob.in/we1kpm/D/
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