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steviemac500

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  1. This is surplus to requirements. £20 + postage.
  2. HI, I will be selling this package (80)in a couple of weeks when my new Esprit 100 gets here. It comes with a moonlite focuser as well. Message me if you are interested. Steve
  3. Everything as in the pic. Surplus to requirements as I upgraded a while ago. It’s been used on my ED80 and worked really well and could hold my Moravian no problems. £70 plus postage.
  4. Hi. Don’t know if your still looking but if you are, I will have an 80 ED for sale soon.
  5. Another M42........my camera has just returned from being repaired and I have never really had a chance to do this target justice as its on the wrong side of the house so I thought why not? This was also the first target that I have used the Pegasus Astro Focus Cube for its entirety - works like a charm! This is an LRGB HDR image. 54 x 300s in Lum and 18 x 300s in each of RGB. For the core I did 60 x 10s in each. Having never done an HDR image before, I processed each exposure length separately (background modelization and cropping) then combined each exposure in PI. I then did the HDR combine and used HDR multiscale transform for the core - I don't think it's overdone? This was then followed up by usual colour calibration and a spot of TVG denoise. Hope you like it! https://astrob.in/395046/0/
  6. Thanks for the replies everyone. I have gone for the SW Esprit 100 in the end so shouldn't have any issues now. Thanks again!
  7. HI, I have been given permission to get a new Tak as an upgrade from my ED80. I am getting a little put off by optional extras that I think i will need though. I own a Moravian G2-8300 and currently guide through the 9 x 50 scope using a ZWO ASAI1120MC. My mount is an EQ6 on a pier. Can anyone give me a list of what else I will need to get the rig up and running so I have an idea of final costs please? Thanks, Steve
  8. Works perfectly just not compatible with my new laptop so upgraded to a colour version that runs on USB 3. £100 posted. ****SOLD****
  9. Hi Nick, yes I was in two minds. I ran SCNR but to my eye I just preferred the way the colour changed between the blue and green.
  10. This is my take on the wall in the Hubble palette. Taken a while due to bad weather and playing with the new Pegasus Astro autofocuser. It has10hrs in Ha and Sii and around 6 in O3 - all 1200s exposures. Channels processed separately and then stretched to the same levels in PI. Combined in PS with selective colour tool to adjust to Hubble palette.Then Magenta star reduction followed by star erosion to enhance the nebula. Resisted the urge to do more processing as I don't think it needs it. There's a little green running through but I left it in as I think it offers a nice contrast in the colours. Hope you like it. Hi Res version is linked below. https://astrob.in/378241/0/
  11. Correct me if I’m wrong, but won’t there always be issues with the hitec DC focus as it’s not a stepper motor?
  12. Hi thanks for the reply. What I'm really trying to do though is avoid spending another £1000!
  13. Posted this in another area but this may be a better place for it. Hi all, I have a Moravian G2-8300 which I love. When I bought it, I got it with the internal FW which only holds 5 filters. I am becoming increasingly frustrated by having to change the filters out when I do NB (retaking flats) etc. Ideally I would like a bigger FW to hold all the filters but after speaking to Moravian, it is not possible to backwards engineer the camera to do this. I am tempted to buy a OSC (ZWO ASI294 PRo) to do away with RGB filters altogether and keep the Moravian solely for NB. This seems like an expensive option though? Another option could be to sell the Moravian and buy another camera with external FW to hold all the filters but I'm not sure what I would buy to compare to the G2-8300. I'm also concerned about losing quality with a OSC. My wife has said just buy the other camera but I was hoping for some advice before I take the plunge or if anyone has a better solution? Thanks in advance, Steve
  14. Hi all, I have a Moravian G2-8300 which I love. When I bought it, I got it with the internal FW which only holds 5 filters. I am becoming increasingly frustrated by having to change the filters out when I do NB (retaking flats) etc. Ideally I would like a bigger FW to hols all the filters but after speaking to Moravian, it is not possible to backwards engineer the camera to do this. I am tempted to buy a OSC (ZWO ASI294 PRo) to do away with RGB filters altogether and keep the Moravian solely for NB. This seems like an expensive option though? Another option could be to sell the Moravian and buy another camera with external FW to hold all the filters but I'm not sure what I would buy to compare to the G2-8300. I'm also concerned about losing quality with a OSC. MY wife has said just buy the other camera but I was hoping for seem advice before I take the plunge or if anyone has a better solution? Thanks in advance, Steve
  15. Hi, thanks for the tips. I do use HDR but the core needs shorter exposures as well, all the levels made it look a bit odd. I corrected the magenta with a slight curves reduction in red which also helped enhance the blue stars on the fringe. I’m go to reprocess the whole thing when the other panels are completed anyway so I’ve got a few more things to try. ??
  16. Having had a look again, there is too much magenta. I’ve also started another two panels for a mosaic to extend the sides of the galaxy. Hopefully no horrible colour gradients this time! ?
  17. Thanks for the comments I know what you mean about the gradient. I think it’s to do with the file type as it doesn’t exist in Pixinsight as an xsif file but it’s really obvious in this version ? I wasn’t too sure about the stretching either but if I’d got the whole galaxy i think this level of stretching would have been acceptable as the outer fringes would have been more apparent, especially against the background. Might have to add the extra panels to see ?
  18. HI, ED80 with reducer, Moravian G2-8300, BAADER filters. ZWOASI120MC as guider. My flats consisted of 25 frames each, about 100 darks (not sure, they were taken a while ago) and a super bias.
  19. It's been a while since I imaged Andromeda so thought I'd have another go. This is 9hrs of Lum and 9hrs combined RGB. Processed in PI. I'm not sure whether to go back and add some shorter exposures to get the core and some HA or maybe extend the framing with a couple of panels? Last time I tried to mosaic this I couldn't get the panels matched without horrible colour gradients on the seams. Hope you like it, comments and criticisms welcomed as always. Steve
  20. Thanks Ragnar, I'll have a look at that.
  21. This proved to be trickier than I thought - I wanted to combine the NB with RGB to give a nice starfield. Processing was hard on stretching it kept getting blown out so I instead added the O3 and Ha data to the RGB version in the corresponding red, green and blue channels. This has resulted in a loss of some of the blueness that you might normally expect but I have managed to bring back some of the detail so maybe a happy medium. I'm pleased with the stars. Again, combining RGB with 2 lots of NB isn't as easy as it sounds. I ended up removing the stars from the NB version using an action in PS and pasting the RGB on top before adding the layers to enhance the final image. There must be an easier way......... comments welcomed as always. https://astrob.in/365429/0/
  22. This is my take on the Bubble. I'm really just starting out with SHO palettes so its a bit of a curve. This represents 10hrs each or 1200s in Ha, Sii and Oiii. Stacked in PI and noise reduction and DBE as well. Then combined in PS using Ron's actions (Sara's information from an old post) once the shots were non-linear rather than linear. Followed by "Selective Colour" to bring the colours to the more classic yellow and green. Finally cropped. Just for info, I've attached the original widefield image too. Hope you like it. Bubble Nebula
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