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About mikey2000

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    DSLR and mirrorless 'terrestrial' photography, space, telescopes and now astrophotograpy
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    Leighton Buzzard UK
  1. The dark stuff looks nicely dark but I see what you mean about the left side. I don't know much (anything!) about this patch of sky but maybe the left bit is full brightness? (We can't always assume our nebula is in the middle wiht nice dark space all around the edges)
  2. Looks like a fine pile of data to me! I suppose at that focal lenght, the guiding isn't at all needed - the stars look good at Screen Size. I think the pic would benefit from a healthy saturation boost though.
  3. Wonderful pictures, an inspiration to all of us, showing what can be achieved with enough patience (and some appropriate kit!) Mars is firmly stuck behind my neighbours roofs at the moment but I'm 100% sure I'm not set up for planetary photos (I'll post a shameful saturn photo soon, for your amusement!) In the meantime, these pics reminded me of the War of the Worlds "No one would have believed, in the last years of the nineteenth century, that human affairs were being watched from the timeless worlds of space. No one could have dreamed that we were being scrutinised as someone with a microscope studies creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water. Few men even considered the possibility of life on other planets. And yet, across the gulf of space, minds immeasurably superior to ours regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly, and surely, they drew their plans against us..." That would be a fitting end to 2020...!!
  4. !!! that's a long wait!!! Although, where I live, it has been cloudy since mid august. I wonder, if your mount arrives, perhaps the clouds will shift to Norway, in true astronomy fashion. But seriously, the wait will be worth it - I also stepped from an EQ3-2 to a 6R. Use the waiting time for weight training
  5. Regarding RA backlash, I wouldn’t bother. Just make sure your mount counterweights are set to make the whole rig slight “east heavy” then the RA motor is always lifting against weight. A change of direction in RA guiding is then less an actual change but more of a slowing down while the earth rotation catches up. Hence the desire to set guide correction speed to 0.5x - RA is then only ever running in one direction, just at different speeds. So therefore no need to worry about backlash
  6. Mine made a nasty noise last night, sort of similar to the above. It turned out it was the eyepiece tray vibrating. did you try to see if the noise comes and goes at different slew rates?
  7. That’s what I did on my successful attempt. Beware, the adjustments on each grub screw are very powerful for even a tiny (eg) 1/8th of a turn. at the end of the job, it backlash should be minimised at the tightest spot and mostly gone everywhere else. I suppose, even for this quite expensive mount, the internals aren’t quite accurately engineered - maybe this is what you get when you spend even more £££... i also had my scope/camera attached when making the adjustment. I don’t know if that is necessary or not...
  8. I also did the Dec backlash adjustment. It took two attempts to nail it. The first attempt was tricky as I didn’t really understand what was going on and I didn’t make the adjustment at the tightest part of the full rotation so it ended up binding when rotating through that part. (Horrible, scary noise from the motor!) the second attempt went much better! before the adjustment, you could feel the Dec backlash by hand-moving the mount. Afterwards, it’s imperceptible. i still had a few awkward Dec issues guiding the other night but the scope was pointing directly vertically upwards and I understand that this is the trickiest part to aim at as far as Dec is concerned.
  9. I tried imaging with and EQ3 Pro (Aluminium legs) and 150PDS. I used a QHY miniguidescope to keep the weight down and PHD guiding. It was a struggle but I had lots of fun and got some OK results. It was ultimately a dead-end though. The EQ3 mount just isn't quite up to the job. Apart from the weight limitations, mine had a long periodic error (could be guided out) and a short (20s approx) periodic error, which was almost impossible to get around. Have you visited this thread to get an idea of what's possible?: The other issue is that when learning astrophotography and guiding, it's hard enough already ("known unknowns") without battling against random errors introduced by the kit ("unknown unknown") I ended up making a loss on the EQ3 and ended up with a lifetime-lasting EQ6r. It is definitely worth saving up for a better mount if you are serious about AP.... That said, a DSLR with a 200mm to 400mm lens would probably work out reasonably well on an EQ3
  10. I haven’t tried with RA adjustment / it doesn’t seem to need it. the DEC adjustment worked out in the end but took me a long time to “get” the procedure. Once I understood what I was doing, it was Ok and the result was much improved. i think to get really top notch results, a hyper tune might be in order
  11. It seems to work now for some reason. Maybe my browser was on a go-slow or something. Anyway, I followed the link to the full size pic and I'm super-impressed. Good work indeed!
  12. It is definitely an annoying comet! Beautifully naked-eye visible here in the south UK if you can stay awake late enough and get a clear NorthWest horizon. For me, it makes me think of how hard it is to get a decent view of Saturn (always blocked by neighbouring roofs and trees...) But at least Saturn comes back. It's definitely worth a trip to a decent viewpoint to see Neowise....
  13. mikey2000


    Looks good to me! The Crab Nebula is a great object to image - so many different approaches and colour palettes, each giving a different outcome.
  14. sounds interesting but I'm sorry to say I can't see the pic, just a jpg file reference that doesn't do anything when I click on it. From your signature, I can see loads of little thumbnail images that really make me want to see this new one too!
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