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  1. I'm afraid not, sorry. I prefer for people to see and be happy with the mount before they take it away.
  2. Hi Everyone, I am selling my EQ5 Pro and Synscan Handet. It is getting very little use as I now use an HEQ5. The mount is in good condition with only the usual bit of surface rust on the leg bolts and scratches on the two counterbalance weights. It has upgraded altitude bolts, it comes with the synscan handset and a 12v power supply. Collection only from near Frome North Somerset. I would show the mount running to the buyer and prove the smooth running etc and that there is no binding or excessive play. Looking for £350.00, cash on collection or bank transfer.
  3. I have just started experimenting with the l-enhance and a modded 550D, I thought it may speed things up as I was taking individual Ha and Oiii with separate filters but it was taking ages to get enough data for a decent image due to lack of clear nights. At least this way I can collect Ha and Oiii at the same time and then split the RGB for processing. Not quite as narrow band pass as my individual filters but does a reasonable job, obviously the l-extreme will be narrower. This is my first HOO image with this combination. Pacman Nebula with about 3.5 Hrs exposure on a 150PDS.
  4. Hi Everyone Not posted for months, mostly due to what seems to have been months of constant cloud in N. Somerset and was becoming jealous of those that were blessed with some clear skies. However managed a few very short nights over the last week to get first light with the L-enhance filter. This is 43 * 300s with 500D, 150PDS. Processed red and green separately (blue was very noisy) and combined into HOO in PS CC and a bit of a crop. I know the colours of narrow band, SHO or HOO, are subjective but I do stuggle to get something I am completely happy with. Thanks
  5. Hi Craig Thanks and you are right, probably didn't need the ADC but was try to image Jupiter and Saturn earlier and had things set nicely , just checking focus with bhatinov every now and again. So didn't want to upset the apple cart by messing with the setup
  6. Hi Everyone, Have not been able to get out imaging for a little while and discovered it is not like riding a bike, in that you most definitely forget stuff. This is from the early hours 18th Sept, not the best seeing. HEQ5, Skymax 150, ADC, ASI224MC. Best 3,000 of 18,179 frames @ 151fps. PIPP, AS!3, Registax, PS CC. Native size (ROI 400 x 400) with slight crop Resampled to 640 x 640, and a small contrast curve in PS. Thanks Martin
  7. I use DSS, and Photoshop CC for deep sky, I also have a copy of the old Pixinsight LE and use the DBE tool if i am struggling with a background. If i have several narrowband images of a target I align them with Picture Window which is now free and very good. For planetary I use PIPP, AS!2, AS!3 and Registax Martin
  8. I had the same issue with a 150 PDS, a cut down black bin liner and a piece of bungy cord sorted not just the darks and flats but improved the contrast in the light frames.
  9. Hi Everyone Set up the MAK yesterday and did some testing of the kit and my memory on using this set up. A quick image of Montes Apenninus, 600 frames stacked from 2000 using ZWO 850 IR pass. Cropped to remove stacking artifacts. Thanks Martin
  10. Hi I used a 150pds on an eq5 pro for imaging with a modded DSLR for a few years. Performance will come down to good balancing and mount tuning, I also used a finder guider with this setup which obviously helped no end in terms of the ability to capture longer subs. So it does work, however as others have stated you will be close to the limit for imaging weight wise and anything more than a slight breeze will cause you to discard quite a few subs. I eventually upgraded to an HEQ5 which was much more suited to the scope. If you are not ready to upgrade the mount I would suggest, aga
  11. Both are great but I do prefer the slightly increased contrast of the revised version it gives the dusty areas more emphasis, and I agree the core on the second version is more subtle and showing a little more detail. A really very nice image.
  12. Awful news, happened to me about 15 months ago. I did get some stuff back, some on ebay and quite a bit was in a Cash Converters about 30 miles away, keep looking and I really hope you get lucky and recover the scope.
  13. Hi Bryan Thank you, hopefully i will get more data before it disappears. I had a modded 450d as well and didn't really notice a difference in noise, i used an iso of 800 on the 450d , the optimum on the 500d seems to be 1600. Obviously they have different processors, DIGIC III vs DIGIC 4, i am not sure how much difference that makes if any. I use several methods for noise reduction, but always do at least one pass of 'Dfine 2' from the Nik Collection plugin for Photoshop, with a setting of between 25 - 50% . I find it works very well . Martin
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