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Nigel G

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About Nigel G

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    Sailing, Astronomy, Chemistry, Photography, Nature.
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    South east UK
  1. I have the Equinox 80ED. It has a retractable dew shield, a good smooth duel speed & rotating focuser. No dove tail bar, just a short 4 inch bracket, so I had to bolt it to a 12 dove tail bar to be able to balance it with a guide scope, which is mounted on the finder bracket. All in all I'm happy with it. Nige.
  2. Thanks The colour, I chose as it highlighted the faint fuzz better, it did have a reddish glow rather than blue. I'm going to get a good few hours in much better conditions, hopefully a more realistic looking image as a result.. Nige.
  3. You need to turn the scope in the tube rings till the camera and finder or guide scope balance, as Roland has said. The camera needs to be inline with the counter weight bar or opposite side. Its not critical as I image most of the time with a slightly out of balance rig due to exactly what your saying. My guide scope is mounted on the finder bracket, and camera at 6 oclock position relative to mount ( in line with counter weight bar). This leaves it a little unbalanced but never caused a problem. I could turn the scope a little more to perfectly balance it but as I said, its a very small amount off balance. Nige.
  4. Here is full size stretched and inverted. I have to convert to jpg to invert with the software I have. Although I can probably keep it as a tiff in PS CR2. I see what you mean about identifying with inverted data though Those little galaxy's pop out. I have a routine which I have used for a couple of years so don't often stray from it. Stacking APP - processing Star Tools, then convert to jpg for touch up in Photoshop express which only uses jpg. Photoshop express is how I inverted the image. Sorry about pixel scale, no idea I'll have to research and figure it out. Nige.
  5. 1960-1315. I will try without binning and little processing but data is noisy
  6. Thanks. I do suffer from aperture fever myself, much preferring my 200 newt to my 80 frac for imaging.
  7. Thanks, I had to try it and now want lots of data to try for a quality image
  8. Thanks there is a few, looking forward to getting a few hours in better conditions.
  9. Thank you. I never new these distances were possible from my back yard in Essex. I'm well pleased with the early attempt. Can only get better from here
  10. My processing to reduce noise and smooth out the image has probably distorted the entire image. So looking forward to getting some good data on it.
  11. I'm sure its noise from poor seeing and low altitude in heavy light pollution. This was imaged rising over a very large town, with deep orange glow, so few subs at this point too. A few weeks and it will be better positioned for me.
  12. CDC planetarium software, but it's not listed so I used stars to locate IC1101. Plate solved and comparison image posted. Nige.
  13. It's low altitude for me atm, to be honest seeing has been poor too so quite poor quality subs, Astrometry plate solve has identified it as IC 1101, the colour mix is most likely completely wrong due to my processing. The over processing is me and not very good data. I will be targeting this for a good few hours in the coming weeks. Nige. Image found on web. Large crop my image. Plate solved.
  14. I have been waiting for this target to come into view, the moon has stopped imaging for now so only 27x240s data so far. IC1101. 200PDS & ZWO ASI294MC pro on a NEQ6 pro. Unity gain, sensor temp -10. Stacked in APP and processed in Star Tools. IC1101 is approximately 6,000,000 light years across and at a distance of 1.04 billion light years from earth, it is the largest known galaxy to mankind. By far the furthest object I have deliberately imaged. Thanks for looking. Nige.
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