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Star101

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About Star101

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    Celestron C11, EQ6 Pro Mount, Hyperstar, Neximage 5, i7 Laptop and Cannon 50D unmoded. One day I hope I learn how to use it properly ...until then its just for fun :)
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    Nottingham. UK.
  1. Star101

    M57 Ring

    Great image Lucas. Well done. I have imaged M57 before but never managed the outer halo. I must try for this next time. Thanks for sharing.
  2. Star101

    Filters on OSC cameras

    I have the Atik 4120EX OSC camera. I also have a filter wheel. Apart from LP filters, one can still use Ha and other narrow band filters. One has to separate the Bayer matrix image to extract the relevant frequency. Here are Ha image's I took with OSC camera.
  3. Star101

    Planetary Nebula Abell 30

    Very interesting image. Yeah, I think it looks like an embryo with some strands of DNA ( Or a Spider ) floating around inside lol. I also thing its a great image. Thanks for sharing.
  4. I processed the image to its limits....Then noticed even the stars had filliaments...Sometimes, it's possible to push an image too far lol.
  5. Star101

    M27 My first decent 600 subs

    For around £150 including the spacers you made need, I would recommend it. In my case, the Lodestar X2 has a back focus of around 12.5mm The Atik, 13mm +/- 0.5mm. I did put aside around 3 to 4 hours of darkness with clear skies to get the focus good on both cameras but that can be done on a clear but cloudy night, when the clouds get in the way of imaging but stars are visible. I was lucky, it took me about 90 mins to get the Atik 4120ex and then the Lodestar x2 to focus together. I also found that stars were the best method to focus both cameras as they will easily appear as doughnuts on cam. Jut point the scope at the Milky Way. Where as the moon is just another shade of white. Very difficult to use as focus object.
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    M27 My first decent 600 subs

    Yeah, I'm sure I could easily manage much longer subs. I just have not tried yet. I would be limited to light pollution or over exposure now My problem now is its 10pm and only just dark enough to start imaging lol. But hey, its that time of year
  7. I was wondering how some folks could get 10 minute or more subs, when all I could manage was 5 minutes. Then it hit me - Flexure. So, after many years of thinking about it and doing nothing, I finally took the plunge and forked out for a ZWO OAG. as I have a sensitive Lodestar X2. WOW Man!!! I mean...why didn't I do this years ago!! My image stays dead center of the screen instead of creeping off to the side over an hour of imaging. I can now easily get subs of 10 mins or more. Last night was a very clear night here. Apart from other stuff, I managed 70 mins on M27. 7 x 600s, 7 Darks, 20 Bias, 7 Flats. Atik 4120EX OSC on a C11 with 6.3 FR. Mesu 200 mount. ZWO AOG. Lodestar X2 guidcam. Thanks for looking.
  8. I think it also depends on your reasons to purchase a scope in the first place. I dont know when you started astronomy but for me, its been an OK winter, weather wise. Last winter was worse for me here. Only bad weather is this last 4 weeks for me. Although I was away for two of those weeks to a place where the sun and stars shone brightly I have never felt I have wasted my money on my astronomy gear. Having been viewing since 2010 and imaging since 2016. Purchasing lots of bits and pieces. I find the weather just a obstacle to wait out until it changes for the better. And I do think, personally, if it was clear skies every night then I would probably get bored quickly and sell up lol. I think the weather will improve next week. Hold on in there. It will get better, it always does
  9. Star101

    Sunflower galaxy

    Lovely image. Thats a great shot. Nice detail too.
  10. This sounds very interesting. I'm looking forward to the results.
  11. Star101

    New, and Improved LP filter?! :)

    It would be interesting to see a comparison of this new filter along with the Chroma LP filter. As I have bad LP to the west with the new LED street lights I would be very interested in ANY LP filter that could help.
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    My first deep sky image m42

    Not bad for first attempt. Great image but to me it looks a little on the blue side. I am not sure about processing Olympus e420 images as I use CCD. So I will let someone else comment on that. However, tracking looks not bad. Which is a good start Congratulations. Excellent start on a beautiful image.
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    Remote imaging experiances

    I took out a subscription to iTelescope some time ago but never really used it as I think it is very expensive. Recently, as my account has built up through lack of use, ( I pay monthly). I was looking at imaging the southern skies during our summer months. Definitely food for thought.
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    Rosliston Star Party March 2018

    I would have liked to gone to this. However, I will be lost in France by then but wish you all a great weekend. I'm sure it will be much darker than last March's Star Party Good luck and wishing you great clear skies
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    Connection to house

    I use Devlo Powerline units. One in my shed and one in the house connected to my router. I sit in my warm living room, watching TV and chatting wit my wife while keeping an eye on my laptop screen Teamviewer to see how my images are downloading from my scope to my laptop in the shed. Something similar to this - Powerline Starter kit There are faster units at cost. But they are great. No CAT5 etc. As long as the sheds power comes from your house junction box, you should be OK. I setup this way with my Devlo units : - Inset the main using into a wall power socket next to your router. Put a short CAT5 cable from that unit to your router. Plug the other unit into the power socket in the shed with your computer that controls the scope. Put a Cat5 cable from computer into that second unit, else use WiFi to connect to it. Back in the house, press the little button on the unit to have it search. Then outside to shed, press button on unit in shed within 2 minutes!. Hey presto, We have internet in the shed. Sorted Hope this helps....Also save drilling holes Good luck.
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