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widotje

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About widotje

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    As a young kid, I always wondered what was out there among the stars. You're most welcome to join my quest to capture the night sky!

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  1. Hi all, I see I missed a whole lot of comments, thank you so much for this valuable information. I haven't made up my mind yet. the SC 8" would be good for planets. But recently I got interested in imaging galaxies and that would require a somewhat lower f ratio, although an edge HD with reducer could do the trick. As an alternative, I see a many Richey Chretien types which may also be good for galaxy hunting...but probably worse on planets due to obstruction. And then I compare those to a large refractor (TS has an 115mm F/7 for 999). I think I'm going loco...:-). Anyway, thanks for sharing all your experiences and knowledge Wido.
  2. 2 years later...:-). I'm actually considering the mak 180 for planetary and bright DSO astrophotography. Is there anyone who has some experience with this? As for DSO's, I'm thinking bright globular clusters and galaxies which have a relatively small FoV. Together with my ZWO 178MC and ZWO1600MM, would this be a good combination to get decent quality images?
  3. Hi there, thanks! I started with a modified DSLR and after 2 years I switched to the ZWO 1600mm pro. I gave it a lot of thought because it is indeed expensive, but I don't regret it. Clear skies.
  4. Hi folks, After owning the zwo1600mm pro for one year, I wanted to share my astropictures of 2019 with you in this video: My gear: Zwo 1600mm pro Teleskop Service photoline 80mm Celestron AVX mount ZWO RGB and Ha, sii, oii 7nm filters Orion 50mm guidescope ZWO 120mc guidecam Hope you like it. Feedback is always welcome. Happy holidays!
  5. You polar align your mount with the North celestial pole using the alt-az screws on your EQ mount. This puts your telescope in the correct position the accurately track the stars at your particular location (i.e. latitude). I also made a video on how to polar align a telescope
  6. Hi folks, I have owned my Celestron Advanced VX for almost five years now and decided to make a video where i review the mount in terms of specs, pro's and cons that I have experienced over the past year, and comparing the mount to other mounts below the $1000 range such as the Ioptron CEM25p and the meade LX85. I also made a playlist from all the videos I made over the past years about setting up the AVX, how to polar and star align the mount etc. You can find the whole playlist here, hope this is useful for those who are looking for an entry level mount. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrfMN3RZZNHd_ojxbrrarZCRzHhaBMo0P Feedback is always welcome, cheers!
  7. Hi fellow astrographers, I just finished a couple of videos where show you how I setup my astrophotography gear (camera, scope, filterwheel) and platesolving in Sequence Generator Pro - including a live session showing the different steps I take to connect my gear and setup and start my sequence to image a particular DSO. Hope this info is useful, and feedback is definitely welcome! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrfMN3RZZNHf8D6LtEn6kulNl2c6M1omo Clear skies! Wido.
  8. Thank you! And I hope no one cheated on the test :-).
  9. Thanks, I'll try to remember that next time. Are you aware of other software available for Macs that do a similar job?
  10. Thank you for your positive feedback Carole! And I'm very interested in alternative methods/techniques so if you have any recommendations I'm all ears :-).
  11. Hello folks, I have made a video where I show 8 steps I often use when processing my narrowband images in Photoshop CC. Any kind of feedback or tips you can give me are welcome...I'm eager to improve my processing skills. And yes, I'm planning to buy pixinsight when i have the time to learn how to use this program :). Link to the video is here: https://youtu.be/J4vyjMI-9cc Cheers, Wido.
  12. @white dwarf @Nebula thanks for the positive feedback about my channel! @Protostar If you don't mind buying a CMOS camera....(and compensate for darks, flats)...I have great experiences with my ZWO ASI 1600MM pro. And for those of you who jumped into CCD mono imaging. I fully agree that this would give you far better results as compared to a DSLR. I still think the learning curve would be steep for those who start out without any knowledge. They would first have to learn how to setup, polar align, guide, stack, process and combine mono images etc. But it is of course doable. And a second element would be the price range. Are you willing and able to afford a high quality CCD camera. In that respect the CMOS cooled mono cameras have been improving a lot over the past years, led by ZWO - and are more affordable in price as compared to CCDs. Thanks for all the useful feedback! Clear skies.
  13. Aha, OK. Thanks for sharing your experiences. I assumed that most people like myself own a DSLR...and use that as a first step into astrophotography. But that might not always be the case...and it is true that my ZWO 1600 MM pro produces far higher quality images as compared to my DSLR..and a CCD is of course supernice in terms of quality. But I don't feel that time was wasted...I first had a lot to learn about polar aligning, guiding and capturing. But I can imagine that some have other experiences. Something to consider in my future videos. Cheers!
  14. Hi folks, I thought it would be fun to make a video on my recent attempt to capture the North America Nebula in Narrowband: https://youtu.be/MXMTuGdF9Sw Cheers and clear skies! Wido.
  15. Hehehe. Depends on his/her socio-economic status and if you like him/her....lol
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