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Andywilliams

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  1. Many thanks Lucas..... star reduction isn’t something I have played with yet in pixinsight. i will go looking for tutorials in the book and on YouTube clear skies, Andy
  2. Oh whoops! i was referring to another image whilst distracted ....of course it’s M20 and M8 i will re edit the image Thanks for pointing out the error
  3. The trifid and Lagoon nebulae First attempt at this target and im really happy with it given the small amount of data. skywatcher 150pds canon 6D iso 3000 11X120 seconds lights 10X120 seconds darks pixinsight and lightroom.
  4. Thanks Shaun, I will be having another go at this target but next time with my ZWO 1600mm camera, once I work out how to use it with my computer ! This image is cropped from the original. It was taken with a full frame 6D which made it quite small. A cropped camera would be better. The image apparent size would be the same for a 130pds as a 150pds, wouldn't it? Cheers, Andy
  5. I know it’s not a 130 but close enough? Pretty rapt with this given I had to centre it by eye, guiding was non functional and I only got an hour on it. First time pillars capture M16 Eagle Nebula, 150pds Eq5pro Canon 6d 62x60 seconds lights 20x darks Stacked in dss and processed in pixinsight.
  6. The the clouds when there is a westerly are very well behaved indeed ! There are a range of large hills/small mountains under those clouds and it seems to keep the clouds at bay. A northerly however is a different matter all together
  7. Thanks Stu, As far as I know the coronal holes have an effect of solar wind speed and therefore auroral activity.
  8. oops....wrong forum it was meant to be in widefield imaging forum. can anyone assist me to move it to the correct forum please ?
  9. Last week on august 5th we were treated to a coronal hole followed by some G1 auroral activity here in New Zealand. Unfortunately I live a bit too far north to capture the spectacular Auroral images. However, ever the optimist, I set my canon 6d with a Samyang 14mm lens up in my backyard and captured 300 or so shots (20 seconds at iso 3000) which I then sent through to lightroon timelapse. I'm quite pleased with the result. Definitely some colour there.
  10. I will be following this thread as I am picking up my 150pds on sunday ....yay !!
  11. Hi Neil, These are great images. I am buying an asi1600mm for use with a skywatcher 150pds Newton. I am also interested in medium/widefield nebula images in narrowband and I am very tempted by the Samyang 135mm f2 lens and attaching it to the 1600 and filterwheel. Elsewhere on this site there seems to be discussion about spacers and it being relatively tricky to get focus on the sensor but you have obviously had success ! Would you mind showing me a pic of or a brief description of your setup ? so that I can, quite frankly, copy it? Best wishes and clear skies, Andy
  12. Can I also ask for advice on coma correctors. There seem to be different types. Could you all recommend a CC for the 130 PDS that wont break the bank? thanks again, Andy
  13. Hi Bob, Many thanks for getting back to me. I gave up on the alt az mount very early on indeed. I had my planetary successes by mounting the 127 mak onto my star adventurer. The scope, coupled with my dslr took it to just about capacity for the SA mount but it still seemed balanced and worked well. I look forward to buying my 130 PDS and sharing any notable results with you all. I have a project in mind which is imaging M45. I find the diffraction spikes really attractive and I am hoping to capture some good star colour as well as nebulosity. It is for a Maori friend of mine and I hope to get such a good image that I can make it into a nice sized printed canvas for her. M45 is known as Matariki in NZ and is a new year celebration when it first rises at dawn. I will also, no doubt, be begging for advice should I need to do secondary collimations !! Clear skies ! Andy
  14. Hi Roland, Many thanks for your reply. I have been doing quite a bit of astrophotography, mainly dslr with kit zoom lens mounted on a skywatcher star adventurer mount. Also a dslr mounted on a 127 Mak for planetary stuff. This means I am happy with polar alignment and also with dslr camera settings for captures. I feel like I am ready for the next step. I had decided to look at the ZWO ASI1600MM so the fact that you mention this camera gives me some confidence with my decision making ! I will have to read about collimation of the secondary mirror. Hopefully it is not too painful ! Here is a small selection of some of my little victories but I cant wait for the next step ! best wishes, Andy
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