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  1. I'll take the ha filter if it's still available? Steve
  2. WonderStar

    Finderguidescope rings

    Hi, is this sfs? if so I'll take it today, how do you want paying? Steve
  3. WonderStar

    Celestron C8 XLT

    Is this still for sale and would you be prepared to post? Thanks Steve
  4. WonderStar

    Orion & Running Man Nebs

    Morning all :-) Yep it's the Orion neb and co again but what a beautiful sight eh? Around 9 hrs total exposure time at ISO 400 and taken with a Skywatcher 80ED-ds pro, Canon 700da, HEQ5 mount on a home made pier. Can't seem to get rid of the bloat on the brighter stars. Maybe I need to check my scopes alignment? Anyway, for a newbie I'm pleased with the results. :-) Feedback more than welcome. Clear skies Steve
  5. WonderStar

    M33 Triangulum

    Nice image :-)
  6. WonderStar

    M42-M43 and the running man from last night

    Very nice :-)
  7. WonderStar

    Orion & Running Man Nebs

    Thank you :-)
  8. WonderStar

    Orion & Running Man Nebs

    Thanks Trevor. The red halo around Hatsya. I get this on most bright stars, it's annoying, but I guess deeper pockets are required if I want perfection :-)
  9. WonderStar

    Orion & Running Man Nebs

    Thank you :-)
  10. WonderStar

    Orion & Running Man Nebs

    Thank you Robin, I had to crop tight due to stacking artifacts :-)
  11. Very nice, one on my very long list of to do's :-)
  12. WonderStar

    Rosette Nebula Ha OIII Bi colour

    Very nice :-)
  13. Hi all Bit of a strange one this. I use a QHY 5 mono II for guiding though PHD 2. When adjusting the gain (which is set to 12% as default ) via PHD nothing happens. and my average snr remains at around 11 on the brighter stars. When performing say a polar alignment in Sharpcap the camera works perfectly and i can see plenty of stars. Now I've noticed that if I adjust the gain within Sharpcap, close the program then open PHD and connect as normal there is a huge increase in gain and star snr averages around 30. Adjusting gain within PHD though still has no effect. Has anyone else had this problem, could it be a Ascom driver issue? Steve
  14. WonderStar

    bit of a nightmare last night

    Dew strips are what you need as a dew shield/lens hood will only slow but not stop dew from forming. Hand warmers can work well also. As regards to battery power I use a battery AC adapter, something like this https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nikon-EP-5A-Adapter-Connector-EH-5A/dp/B003ZYF3MS Steve
  15. WonderStar

    New Year Big Moon :-)

    Morning all and a happy new year to all :-) So, with a gap in the clouds I was able to get a decent shot of our nearest & dearest. 4 shots stitched in Photoshop, Skywatcher 80ED-DS, 2.25 barlow, modded Canon 700d :-) Clear skies Steve
  16. WonderStar

    20 minutes Rosette

    Great image for a 20 min session :-)
  17. WonderStar

    Rosette Neb :-)

    Afternoon folks, taken in the wee hours of this morning. Although skies were clear seeing conditions were not at there best :-) 31x 300's, iso 800 subs 15x darks 15x bias Total integration time: 2.5 hrs Kit used: Skywatcher 80ed-DS F7.5, Skywatcher HEQ5 Pro mount, home made garden pier, Canon 700d modded, cls clip filter. Software: EQ Mod, PHD2, Stellarium, Backyard EOS, Deep Space Stacker, Photoshop. ....and here's to more clear skies :-) Steve
  18. Like most here I was glad to finally see some...I'll say it quietly...clear skies..!! This is a first attempt at imaging this beautiful part of the sky. 20 x 5 minute light frames 15x dark frames 15x bias frames Stacked in DSS and finished in PS :-) Steve
  19. WonderStar

    Soul now with OIII (updated).

    Lovely image and so full of detail. Narrowband is something I'd love to try when I can afford the filters :-)
  20. Great image, a HA filter is next on my list :-)
  21. WonderStar

    First attempt at the Horsehead & Flame Nebs

    Thanks Sean, no filters apart from my CLS clip filter. The QHY5 is used for guiding only. Seeing was very good down here so I guess that really helps, (im no expert) I'm a landscape photographer so the experience I've gained in post processing has helped here...I think (and watching lots of youtube vids ;-) ) I've found that lower ISO's and longer exposures (if your mount allows) equals more detail and less noise and it's the noise that strips the detail so with that in mind I never go above iso 800, preferably 400. Of course this varies from target to target, camera to camera, ambient temps, light pollution etc. I try to aim for 120-300secs at iso 800, 600-800 secs iso400. I'm very much a newbie to the astrophotography world so if anyone wants to jump in and add to or correct me please feel free. This is just my own experience :-) Steve
  22. WonderStar

    First attempt at the Horsehead & Flame Nebs

    Yes Carole had to work hard on them! Think I'll run a few short exposures and blend them in :-)
  23. WonderStar

    First attempt at the Horsehead & Flame Nebs

    Thanks guys, just need a reducer/flattener now...oh, and a HA filter would be nice too! :-)
  24. Hi all Looking at some of the amazing images posted here I've resisted posting one of mine until now. Not the best but I'm chuffed with the result. Things can only get better (once I've sourced a replacement mount!) Constructive feedback welcome and encouraged :-) Kit: SW ED 80 pro Astro modded Canon 700d with CLS clip filter QHY 5II mono for guiding EQ5 pro mount Shot: 10x 300sec subs 8x Darks 8x Bias No flats

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