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Everything posted by steviemac500

  1. Hi, I found a script online which basically involves dropping the process icon onto the image and it's done. I can send you it if you like?
  2. IC1396 - Elephant's Trunk. This is 1200s x 18 each of Ha, Sii and Oiii taken just before I went on holiday. Stacked in PI. Usual background modelisation and cropping then combined channels using Pixel Maths with Sii - Red, Ha - Green and Oiii - Blue. Noise reduction, LHE and then I reduced the starfield with morphological transformation. Colour calibration and finally SCNR. Then over to PS - combined the Ha as a Lum channel then final contrast enhancement. Last stage was adjustment of the magenta stars using a process I discovered today. Hope you like it. https://astrob.in/362254/0/
  3. This is an updated version of my first proper attempt at the Hubble palette with a bit more time taken in processing. 18 x 1200s in each of Ha, Oiii and Sii. Combined in PI with some touches in PS too. Hope you like it. https://astrob.in/359882/B/
  4. Here's a quick (ish) go at a Hubble palette of the Broom. Very quick as I’m off on holiday and I wanted to get something before I went so excuse the framing and lack of noise reduction, sharpening etc. Combination of Sii, Ha and Oii mapped to RGB in PI in that order. Colour calibration, SCNR in PI and the Ha channel added as Lum in PS. The data i collected was not great due to the moon last night so I may come back to this but as a first go I'm pretty pleased with the effect. https://astrob.in/358266/0/
  5. Hi, I’m thinking of altering my pier and using one of these adapters. Can anyone tell me what kind of bolt or fitting is used to attach the EQ6 head to the pier adapter?
  6. Hmmm, the split screen seems to fit the bill. I cant find if that is just the USB 2.0 model issue or if upgrading to 3.0 would fix it?
  7. So the guiding is working now, both in ST-4 or pulse. I now cant seem to hold a guide star for any length of time though and I have NEVER had this issue before. I've been successfully using PHD for 2 years and its always been great. I calibrate it guides, I get one or two subs then I'm either getting low SNR message when the star is clearly visible or it's just simply lost. I really am geting frustrated. The new laptop is Windows 10 with USB 3, my camera is the old USB 2 so I updated the firmware. I've attached a guide log if anyone can have a look for me please? Steve PHD2_GuideLog_2018-06-19_205605.txt
  8. Not that I'm aware of. But at least the guiding is back. Now just have to wait for a clear night which in Cyprus is usually every night - just not this year!
  9. So pulse guiding worked fine. Who knows......
  10. I’ll hopefully test tonight.
  11. Yes, I don't really understand why pulse guiding isn't working either??? I did all the usual internet searches and guides but the mount never moves at all. Any ideas? Thanks Michael, I have a new cable coming. Everything is identical in my set up but with only S not moving it does look more like the cable. Ill run a voltmeter on it later. Thanks
  12. So I got a replacement borrowed from a friend but it is not had .4 pins not the six that the st-4 has. Replicated issue tonight, perfect calibration on N W and E but no movement in S and none in manual guide either. Hoping it is the cable but if anyone has any other ideas.....
  13. Thanks, I'm not using a gamepad but I will try that tonight. Hi, I've never had more than 2 steps backlash during calibration so I doubt it's that but the cable could be an issue. Do you think if it's faulty that could affect movement in only one direction?
  14. I had to set up all my software from scratch on a new laptop and all is working fine apart from my guiding. I can connect everything, begin calibration which is perfect in W,E and N but the mount refuses to move back S. The scope is balanced. I can move in all directions using Eqmod but the manual guide in PHD won’t let me move in South. I’m using ST4 ( I tried ASCOM pulse but couldn’t get any movement). All my gear is the same configuration as before and I’m running out of ideas. Anybody any ideas?
  15. Not tried a cluster before... This is my first attempt at an HDR image. Combination of 300 and 30 s subs for a total o f 10hrs integration in LRGB. Not a lot of processing a sI felt the image looked better without too much done to it in PI so opted instead for some noise reduction in PS instead. Hope you like it. https://astrob.in/342362/0/
  16. That’s lovely, loads of detail. Might just be my phone but is there a purple tinge?
  17. Thanks Rodd. I do have some issues with the brighter stars (as pointed out by a scientist friend of mine ?) so I’ll need to check my workflow carefully next time.
  18. I don't disagree at all however this is really small in my FOV and i wanted to carry over the detail in the galaxy. This version is a compromise of both
  19. This is my take on this lovely galaxy. 10hrs in total - 4Hrs @ 600s in Lum and 2 each in RGB also @ 600s. Its very small through my set up so the image has been cropped to show some of the detail. Quite pleased with the amount of colour in this shot. Hope you like it - there is another cropped version on Astrobin too. Thanks for looking. https://astrob.in/340960/C/
  20. I do love this galaxy so I had another go at M51 as my last attempt was quite cartoony. Bit more attention paid to sharpening detail and I managed to get all 9hrs in one go which I was happy with although I struggled with the background a bit thistime. 3hrs of 300s inLUm, 2 hrs of RGB at 300s. Processed in PI. Hope you like them. https://astrob.in/340604/0/ https://astrob.in/340605/0/ Edit - they don't look as good on here!!
  21. A more colourful M81/M82. Still not happy but it's better than the other one I posted earlier in the week. This is cropped as i couldn't get rid of a large gradient on the right. Details 72 L, 42 B, 30 each R & G all at 300s. Usual processing with more attention paid to Linear fit and a battle with HDRMLT - I struggled to find a compromise between too sharp and soft - this is what I settled on. Comments welcomed as always! https://astrob.in/337727/0/
  22. No difference before or after. Soon as the sky clears I’ll grab those extra subs and see what different it makes
  23. I thought it had more of a red cast Wim?
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