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  1. I started out with the same setup you have. I added bits over time but I upgraded the mount with this..... https://www.firstlightoptics.com/skywatcher-mounts/synscan-pro-goto-version-3-upgrade-kit-for-eq5.html I bought a second hand Skywatcher ed80 on this forum for £200. https://www.firstlightoptics.com/pro-series/skywatcher-evostar-80ed-ds-pro-ota.html I had a zwo ccd mono that I use for guiding and bought a skywatcher st80 for guide scope. £100 https://www.firstlightoptics.com/startravel/skywatcher-startravel-80-ota.html I believe this is a very common set up and cheapish in comparison. The mount handles itself well and i have had no issues with the weight its carrying. I'd like to add a reducer and maybe a LP filter but as a beginner I really like my setup. Good Luck! Robin
  2. Thanks, some great advice and tutorials.
  3. Thanks @happy-kat I will check them out later when I have a little more time.
  4. I just realised it was ISO 1600 not 800.
  5. I didn't check on the camera. Here is one frame in photoshop. What should I be looking for?
  6. I spent a long time playing around with photoshop. Quite happy with my first ever image. Onwards and upwards, learn and improve.
  7. The equipment was SW 80ed (St80 guide scope), Cannon 450D unmodded. 5 minute exposures with ISO 800.
  8. I aligned the peaks in DSS and that seems to have done the job! Just need to learn how to use photoshop now....
  9. The light pollution isn't too bad. The moon was bright though so maybe that has contributed. I didn't align the channels so will try that. I took 5 minute exposures so might try 3 minute next time to see if that makes a difference. No. I am re-stacking now so will try that. Thanks. Camera is not modded. I wanted to experiment a little before taking the plunge.
  10. I am just starting out with astrophotography. I have tried imaging M81 and M82 but the images look very over exposed and after putting them through DSS the TIF file is almost completely white. I realise that I need to edit it in photoshop but as a complete beginner I am not completely sure what way to go or if it is (as I suspect) so over exposed that it is a lost project. If I adjust the levels the image becomes pink. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.
  11. I load it horizontally, then I move it to the parked position after. I marked the mount on both axis for the parked position.
  12. I find it easier to lift the telescope onto the rings than locate the dovetail. If it is marked for balance it doesn't take much adjusting. Some great stories on the thread so far. ?
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