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  1. simondodd

    Zwo asi120mm or Nikon d5000

    Thanks for the replies. I guess I will stick to using the ASI for guiding unless I want to do some planetary imaging.
  2. Heya, i have a ZWO ASI120mm camera that I am currently using for auto guiding but I’m wondering if it will be a better camera than my Nikon d5000 for imaging if I buy the required filters....? If this is the case what filters would you recommend for deep sky imaging? thanks in advance.
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    Which dew shield for 130PDS?

    Thanks for the replies Will drop them a message and see what they suggest.
  4. Heya, I know this is kind of a stupid question but I'm struggling to work out the right dew shield size for the 130PDS...? There are plenty of options on FLO but none are exactly the right size or am I being ultra blind/stupid on this? Thanks in advance
  5. simondodd

    Imaging with the 130pds

    I know it's not ideal but I took some flats this evening and added them to the stack and then did a complete reprocess in photoshop... Fair amount of difference although the final histogram isn't great so I'm sure I've made some mistakes and cropped out some data somewhere along the way. I'm happier with the final image though 24subs @30seconds, ISO 400, 10 Darks, 10 Bias, 19 flats. Nikon D5000, 130PDS, HEQ5 Pro.
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    Imaging with the 130pds

    Well this is the final version for now... 24 subs of 30 seconds each at ISO 400, 10 Darks & 10 Bias.
  7. simondodd

    Imaging with the 130pds

    Yeah the focussing is definitely slightly off, it was live view focussed. Not too far off but definitely off! Thanks for the tip, I'll up it to 600 or 800 for the next session.
  8. simondodd

    Imaging with the 130pds

    So this is a completely unprocessed image from last night. Having some difficulty stacking and processing at the moment so thought I'd post this as a teaser for now. Not bad for the first image from my new equipment! 130PDS, HEQ5 Pro, Nikon D5000, 30 second Sub ISO 400 I ended up taking 35 subs, 10 darks and 10 bias frames but as I mentioned I'm struggling with the stacking process at the moment so will take a while to get the final image. M32 in Orion Clear skies!
  9. After some pretty extreme processing I am seeing some data in the files however it's not as good as a single frame from before the stack... Might have to give DSS another go...
  10. Hey there, I am having a slight issue with regim (decided to try it as DSS isn't playing ball with me) The preview image in Regim looks fine (lots of noise but generally fine) but when I save it as a tiff all I am getting is a black image. I've attached the two images. Is this normal and do I just need to process the image to get an output or have I screwed something up? Thanks in advance.
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    Just sent a message to join up! Hopefully see some of you soon!!
  12. simondodd

    What else will I need?

    Just waiting on the clear skies now so I should have some pictures in the next 10 years or so hahaha
  13. simondodd

    What else will I need?

    Soooo happy with my setup now! Got the scope, got the mount and almost all the adapters I need for my camera. Just need the final few bits to be able to take it to a field in the middle of nowhere to run everything from my laptop/s Thanks for all the advice everyone! Much appreciated!
  14. simondodd

    Lightroom capturing

    Anyone know what sort of processing power I'm gonna need from a laptop for either APT or backyard Nikon? Will a cheap netbook suffice or will I need something a bit more powerful than that? Thinking something small with good battery life will be better for taking to dark sites rather than some beast of a machine but not sure how much processing power this software needs...? I'm gonna be running everything off a deep cycle leisure battery once I get it all so want to make sure I have the right size battery for a good few hours of photography...
  15. simondodd

    What else will I need?

    You mean this...? https://www.firstlightoptics.com/misc/zarkov-cloud-gun.html

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