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Nigel G

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  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.
  15. I have recently changed from DSLR to a Zwo ASI294MC Pro cooled camera. Ultra pleased with the initial few images, now the intention is to get a good few hours on targets. Much less noise and easier to use than a DSLR - saving up for a long time was well worth it. I decided to go for OSC due to so few clear nights, ease of use and NB is still an option albeit not so effective. Here are my first images. These are all around 2 hours exposure, 240s subs unity gain and -10 ( I have wanted to say that last bit for so long ) CCD/CLS filter. 200PDS on a guided NEQ6 The 294 and PDS are working well together. The 80ED is up for a test next. M100. M101. Leo triplet. M64. Thor's Helmet and an 8 panel mosaic of the Flaming star and Tadpole nebula. I have also switched stacking and some processing to APP, still processing mostly with Star Tools. Some tuning to do with processing skills yet. Thanks for looking. Nige.
  16. This is different to my banding, mine are horizontal bands. nothing to do with cables, just Canon banding. I removed the second filter to see if it helped, I got a much better full colour response but no change to the banding. There is a very tough bit of glass in front of the sensor after the 2 filters are removed. I doubt its damage to the front of the sensor. Its a delicate job modifying cameras, I made a small mistake connecting one of the ribbon wires the first time I modified mine. Blew the main pcb. £100 mistake. Not a straight forward pcb swap either. This has vertical and almost diagonal bands, got a feeling it is a sensor problem though.
  17. Its a long process, I shortened it by batch crop and resize in digital photo pro, then each frame a quick wipe, develop & colour balance with Star tools, then back to DPP for batch noise reduction. Still took many hours A Star Tools batch process would be ultra helpful.
  18. This second time-lapse is 4 hours of 120s subs. Taken with my Equinox 80ED and 1300D, some light cloud drifted through during the session which has made processing a challenge. Software used... Canon digital photo pro, Star Tools & Timelapse tool. Thanks for looking. Nige.
  19. Thanks guys. Best part of 8 hours processing this Star Tools needs a batch process option. Good job I like processing. I need to suggest it to Ivo. Nige.
  20. 69x120s frames ISO800 @ 8fps. 200PDS Canon 1300D. 69 single frames processed in Star Tools & timelapse tool. Unfortunately the camera lost connection for a couple of minutes, so there's a small gap in the images. Cheers. Nige.
  21. @Ken Mitchell You have captured a beautiful image, and a great bonus capture of PGC 13696. 315 million LY's away.
  22. From the album: Deep Sky images.

    © Nigel Gilchrist.

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