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  1. Looking at this briefly I noticed you mentioned not even attempting this if you have a DSLR camera for your imaging rig... Is this still the case or are there now workarounds and drivers that enable this? It probably doesn't help that I have a Nikon camera as well! haha. I'd really like to get a setup like this though as it saves leaving a laptop outside all night just as a headless setup. Would be much nicer with all the cables going into a pi and running that instead!
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    Dark sky apps on Android

    Why didn't I think of that! haha. Sorry for wasting your time Looked through there and found pretty much everything I need thanks!
  3. Not sure where to put this so figured this was the best spot... I currently have an iPhone with the following apps. solar walk, sky live, star walk, scope nights & polar align... My question is are there android versions of these or android equivalents...? I'm tempted to change but really don't want to lose these apps as I use them for every imaging session... Thanks in advance
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    My Andromeda progress

    Figured some of you might like to see my progress with Andromeda so far... 3 separate nights, some better than others... Unfortunately the one with the most amount of subs (3 hours worth) the scope wasn't properly colomated and was out of focus and the one with the best image (IMHO) I had the camera orientated the wrong way so clipped the edges
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    Sorry for the clouds over the next few weeks...

    That has been playing in my mind for a while But it is currently filled with engine parts and an engine crane! Need to extend my garage to be able to empty it and convert it Maybe next year! haha
  6. I've not had much experience imaging with mono cameras, I use my ASI120mm as a guide camera but I may well end up getting a filter wheel for it to do some planetary imaging in the future... From what I've read a mono camera will give you much better images if you are using the right filters... A colour camera makes it easier to take pictures as you only have to take one set of light frames rather than 3 or 4 with different filters... I'm no expert though so I'm sure others will have some helpful advice as well Clear skies!
  7. Apologies in advance for the next few weeks of cloudy skies... I just got a nice sturdy base installed for my scope...
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    3 hours of wasted Andromeda :(

    I think my previous best is better than this apart from the camera orientation.
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    3 hours of wasted Andromeda :(

    Well after stacking and a bit of processing this is what I have. Not much point in processing it further really apart from for some practice... I guess the stars in the bottom left were so out that DSS decided they weren't there...
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    3 hours of wasted Andromeda :(

    Well I've started the stacking process so will see what turns up... Fingers crossed there is something worthwhile there! All a learning curve though Will get there eventually!
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    3 hours of wasted Andromeda :(

    The more I look at it, the more I'm thinking it is a collimation issue... I don't have a coma corrector unfortunately. I'll give it a go at stacking and see what Gradient exterminator does for the final image Fingers crossed it wasn't a completely wasted night!
  12. Well, I thought I was going to have a pretty good image of Andromeda until I checked the light frames the today... Looks like I didn't spend enough time getting the focus right! Might try stacking anyway and see what I come up with but it's not looking promising from this sub... All the others are the same as well 90 Seconds, ISO 800, 130PDS, APT. I did try some subs using PHD but it seemd to introduce more movement rather than less which I found weird. I'm guessing I just haven't set it up properly...
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    First attempt at Andromeda

    Well last night I went for it with over 2 hours of subs, however I got my camera in the wrong orientation Missed the sides of the galaxy I've not finished processing it yet but here is a glimpse at what I've got so far...
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    First attempt at Andromeda

    Yeah I've got all the right cables but haven't had a proper session with it yet. Hopefully next time I will have it properly setup with guiding and APT and I should get some much better results!
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    First attempt at Andromeda

    Yep, my next attempt will have a load of flats properly aligned as well as the guiding scope plugged in so hopefully it will be much better!

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