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Slynxx

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    Slynxx Learning Curve

    Some of my first trials at astrophotography. Of any space objects.
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    Skywatcher Star Adventurer

    Wasn't a great night as seeing was poor. Managed to get this image of M31 with the same setup as the Orion Nebula image.
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    The "No EQ" DSO Challenge!

    Guess Star Adventurers (unguided) are out of the question?
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    Skywatcher Star Adventurer

    Thanks. This is probably the best image i've taken so far (started properly june 2016). Before I owned an Alt Az mount & couldn't do what I intended to do as in AP. Wish I'd known that when I bought the setup. I'll keep plugging away & see what result i can get. Clear Skies
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    Skywatcher Star Adventurer

    Thanks David. I had to discard half the images do to a rise & fall to the images being taken. The stars would basically move up & down in certain images, leaving me with only 30 x 60sec exposures. I'm speaking with a friend who Hyper Tunes & need to send him a few subs to show him the pattern. Hopefully limiting the bad frames somewhat. Fingers X
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    Skywatcher Star Adventurer

    Much appreciated. Hope to get a good few hours on it one night. Nonetheless, quite happy with that.
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    Skywatcher Star Adventurer

    bit of an update as to the potential of the Star Adventurer. I took this image with my William Optics Zenithstar 71 mounted on the SA with my Canon 700d + x0.8 Reducer/Flattener. 30x60sec exposures used, darks & bias. No flats. This was only Polar Aligned with no guiding. Considering the weight on the mount, it really can do some amazing work.
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    M42

    From the album: Slynxx Learning Curve

    M42 - Orion & Running Man 30 x 60sec Lights 20 x 60sec Darks 20 x Bias William Optics ZS71, William Optics x0.8 Reducer/Flattener Canon 700D (unmodded) Sky Watcher Star Adventurer
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    Skywatcher Star Adventurer

    Yes it's a an image of the Milkyway. Believe it to be below the summer triangle. Only been at this malarky since june (2016) when I got the SW SA . All were trials to learn the skills needed & also the processing techniques used.
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    Skywatcher Star Adventurer

    Image taken with SWSA, Canon 700D, 75-300mm EF III lens. If I remember right each sub was a good few minutes long (unguided). I have reached easily 5 minute subs with using this setup mentioned. Good luck with yours & clear skies!
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    ZS71 or ED80 for a Star Adventurer

    I've achieved well over 5mins subs with Canon 700d and 75-300mm EF III lens. Much harder with the WO ZS71. All trial and error. Found using a ball head raises the subs time frame as you don't need to adjust the alignment when you unlock everything for your target.
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    ZS71 or ED80 for a Star Adventurer

    Have to agree with you to an extent. I own a ZS71 + WO 0.8x R/F + Canon 700D attached to SW SA. It is hard as nails to get the subs time up from over one minute, I know this from experience. A solid based tripod certainly helps this cause. Ok, some purists are laughing or foaming at the mouth about the SA but it can, with a little patience & some swearing... produce some good quality subs. Here is my setup & my first light with the SW + WO ZS71:
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    Skywatcher Star Adventurer

    Believe my tripod can hold 6KG, also don't open it up fully on the bottom set of struts. I find that helps with rigidity. The WO is heavy but i've been able to do some moderate imaging with it in this way. I'm going to experiment with the ball head & see what differences I can get. I'll post back when the weather decides to buck its ideas up!
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    Skywatcher Star Adventurer

    Shudder the thought indeed I was using it last night and the weather has started to turn cold here on the coast (I'm now wearing trousers for my sessions). So far it hasn't budged, that's with loosening the battery to turn it on & off. It has been stuck on the L Bracket for weeks now & doesn't drop off, even with knocking it a few times due to my tardiness..! Also answered my own question from earlier, the two screws for left & right fine alignment tuning were loose, so the mount was moving. Still might try it with the ball head to see if it has any better effect of maneuvering without dealigning the whole setup.
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    Skywatcher Star Adventurer

    Two pieces of blue tack do a grand job without the £6 postage not a bad find though.
  16. From the album: Slynxx Learning Curve

    M45 - Pleiades - Seven Sisters 140 x 60sec Lights 20 x 60sec Darks 10 x Flats (not great flats) 10 x Bias William Optics ZS71, William Optics x0.8 Reducer/Flattener Canon 700D (unmodded) Sky Watcher Star Adventurer
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    Skywatcher Star Adventurer

    Been having a few issues with alignment lately due to mounting a WO Zenithstar 71 on my SW SA. The issue I'm having is.. once I've aligned using the Polar Scope using the SAM Console & then moving the scope to its target, the Adventurer goes off track (left or right) and I can't seem to get the tracking back, even though it's within the ring in the polar scope. I never had any issues while mounting my Canon 700D + 75-300mm EF Mk III lens using the ball head. I don't use the ball head when the WO is mounted, that is screwed directly to the L Bracket. Any thoughts or suggestions would be welcomed. I have achieved ok tracking although very frustrating using this method but as of late I must be missing something! Here is an image of M45 shot over two nights using this set up.
  18. From the album: Slynxx Learning Curve

    5 x 5min Lights2 x 5min DarksFlatsBiasISO 800Canon 75-300mm EF (@300mm) Canon 700DSkywatcher Star Adventurer M45 was pretty low on the horizon here in the UK. Quick alignment & shoot before the clouds rolled in.
  19. You can easily get around the problem of the polar scope + using the red illuminated part that comes with it. I use two small pieces of blue tack to keep it in place. I don't need to remove the dovetail bar etc. Just align, get super anal about getting it aligned!! Then leave it taking subs until I pass out!
  20. From the album: Slynxx Learning Curve

    Good night with my Star Watcher.

    © N Newby

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    Core & Dust

    From the album: Slynxx Learning Curve

    45 x 180sec Light Frames (2hrs + total exposure)10 x 180sec Dark Frames (Lazy me) ISO 1600 75-300mm Canon EF Telephoto Lens. Deep Sky Stacker Photoshop
  22. My latest trials using the Skywatcher Star Adventurer. 45 x 3min subs & 10 x 3min subs (I was lazy & tired). Still.. nice close up of our Galaxy Core, dust lanes & star field.
  23. Think I replied in a PM you sent me
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