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Everything posted by souls33k3r

  1. This 294mm camera is a the correct evolution to the foundation that 1600mm laid for us all. Great camera and shame about the scope matey. Was good seeing you on Facebook earlier.
  2. First of all, welcome back mate. Now the answer to your main question, yes it is alright to put washer between the pad and the pier because I have done it myself. My concrete pad was level enough and was rock solid but the OCD (even though it really didn't matter in my case) in my wanted the pier to be levelled. So I went ahead and placed 2-3 washers on 3 sides and I was good to go. The darn thing never moved. Hope this helps.
  3. Oh boy, I might need another packet of popcorns now.
  4. So looking forward to a tutorial. I'm a video kinda of a guy and some here like to see it in a written form. I guess both would be awesome
  5. Nice one matey. Would love to see what your stars look like as well.
  6. Nice one matey. I'd be very interested in seeing the results of these bad boys
  7. Awesome. Have been keeping an eye on these bad boys. What will you be using this with? RASA?
  8. When I die, bury me amongst these goodies
  9. It's ok mate. It truly has been a while. Its Ahmed by the way
  10. Looks really good Rod. I wouldn't want to know what your hard drive storage space looks like after all this data
  11. To say that I love it will be a massive understatement.
  12. Nice one, following with interest
  13. Hi All, I'm wondering if any of you clever cogs can help me here. I know PI is able to annotate the image with the name of the object but because it's practically and impossible (laborious and boring) task to search for each object individually to find out how far that object is. So the question is, do you know of a way to not only name the object in the image but also find out how far it is? Something similar to this Thanks in advance.
  14. LOL yeah according to my calculations it is around 52MB as well which is crazy unless you have a super fast machine that can handle the processing of such huge file size. I'm sure it won't be an issue for many. Any way, I'm not going to distract the Ops topic any further
  15. Absolutely but truth be told, the file size has never really bothered me much, only because I've not known a life in astrophotography with a smaller file size. I remember seeing Alex's face when he asked me the file size of my camera because he's used to around 1MB of a file size What does bother me is the 294MM file size 47MB (bin 2x2) and 97MB (bin1) and I suppose the 2600MM is going to be even more crazy
  16. I've always been in the 300s sub exposure with unity gain kinda guy. I could've used the SharpCap smart assistance or whatever that tool is or use Robins formula. I was in a bit of a rush so got a mate of mine to punch in some numbers using my F/5.5 in Bortle 8 skies and that came out to be 245s so using 300s subs, I wasn't too far off. But there was this itch I just had to scratch so I went with a 600s sub. Tbh I can see so much more nebulosity with a 600s sub (of course it's double to that of a single 300s sub) but when I have that mate 2x300s subs and compare that against a single 600s sub, the stars were just a tad bit bigger but only if you're pixel peeping, noise was almost the same tbh (single subs show the single 600s sub having less noise) but the Signal was evidently better. I might start doing 600s subs from now on and like you said there's always that risk of risk of losing a sub because of whatever reason but truth be told I've hardly ever discarded a sub because of my gear, more to do with clouds. Hope this helps matey.
  17. A true master at work. Beautifully done Peter.
  18. Very nice indeed. The Antlia weren't supposed to give halos as they made a big thing about that on Facebook. Also, your stars do look off, more like pinched optics to me. Maybe someone else with a bit more knowledge and better eye can chime in.
  19. I live in London myself (Zone 4 - East) and L-eXtreme will give you a 7nm bandpass in Ha and OIII which will be far effective than trying to use the 294 as an OSC from Zone 3. Galaxies are RGB targets with a hint of Ha for which you will most definitely need some kind of a LP filter (I'm not too clued up on that side of things) but my answer was. Specifically aimed towards you wanting to use Ha filter with this camera.
  20. I'm truly sorry to hear the troubles you've been through but it's good to have you back and feeling better. Optolong L-eXtreme filter is a much better bet which works on Ha and OIII at a generous bandpass.
  21. Thank you for the link mate. Unfortunately I haven't had the chance to test anything since I last posted because of the spell of bad weather we've been going through. I do however plan to test this with another scope on the next clear night which who knows when is coming. I'd be sure to update this thread with the findings.
  22. To FLO and back I presume to pick up your new telescope. Don't you worry, your secret is safe with us mate
  23. One of the best images of Andromeda I've seen in a long time.
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