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Herzy last won the day on March 19 2016

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  1. I've had a lot of trouble getting this data to work. It can't ever keep the core under control. It would be really helpful if someone with good processing skills could give this a try. Thanks a lot. https://www.dropbox.com/s/40u6zdsqrvwezqu/M42 - Stack (Lynkeos).tiff?dl=0
  2. That is an interesting read. My single frames were already very bright. (2m at ISO 1600). My mount can't do any longer unguided. When I eventually start guiding, I might be able to do 5 minutes at ISO 400. I don't see why that would help though. I might be capturing more signal, but I am also capturing more light pollution. The effects should cancel each-other out?
  3. This is the best I could do. I tried stacking in DSS. The streaks are all gone, but the for some reason I can't pull any data out of that stack. Wim, you managed to make the galaxy very bright, which is great. I can't seem to stretch it much without the noise being overwhelming. M101 Final.tif
  4. I will try these. My first stack was only a weak reject algorithm. I'm a little disappointed because I thought the point of dithering was to remove the diagonal streaks, but I dithered all night and it still didn't work. I took flats, but no darks (my camera battery died the first night. I'll try to stack in DSS this time.
  5. I feel pretty discouraged because I spent 8 hours on this galaxy and the images are all still noisy and ugly. I thought I might be able to pull out some nice detail with 8 hours, but I guess not. It would mean a lot if someone with better processing skills could give this a try. That way, I might know if it's my data that is lacking or if it's my processing ability that's lacking. This was several hundred 2 minute exposures at ISO 1600. The galaxy was just barely visible (only the core) in the single frames. https://www.dropbox.com/s/696q1vophzzj0cg/M101 Combined Stack.tiff?dl=0 Than
  6. Herzy

    M51 LRGB

    Ok, I figured out the color thing. I'm probably repeating others, but prestretched data is hard to work with. I had to work on taming more than anything else. I also tried to keep a soft feel. A lot of the images in here really bring out the detail, but they look too sharpened. I particularly like wim's attempt. He managed to bring out a lot of detail without over-sharpening.
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    M51 LRGB

    I've been trying to mess with his data, but I'm not sure how to turn the gray image labeled RGB into an actual color image. They are both just gray. Am I missing something? I'm using photoshop CC.
  8. Would you mind posting the stacked file? I had a similar issue last night on my M51. Big dark spot in the middle.
  9. This is what I've been doing recently. I've been filing through the top t-ring, but i can never get all the way through I without damaging the threads of the adapter underneath.
  10. I have already unscrewed the screws for the top part of the t-ring as suggested. It makes it even harder to get a grip on the metal to turn. It has been taking a WD40 bath for the past 12-ish hours. I'm hoping that might help. I tried the heating thing last night, but I only did it once. I'll try that again if the WD40 doesn't work. I don't think it is a left hand thread. When I get it out of the WD40 I will make sure, but I'm almost 100% sure that it isn't. I'm thinking of taking it to some sort of camera repair shop to see what they can do for me.
  11. I've already tried the WD40, but that oven and freezer thing might be a possibility. I've tried freezing them, but they are both made out of the same metal so they will contract at the same rate. Would that method still work if they are made of the same metal?
  12. I think there may be some confusion. The adapters are not connected to the telescope. The adapters screw in to the telescope extension tube like the picture shows. Could you elaborate? I don't think I fully understand. They screw together, so if anything, that method should make it worse. It could mess the threads up and make it impossible to unscrew. Unless I'm missing something? I hope the pics help. Hayden
  13. Just about a year later and I still haven't got these adapters apart. I've literally turned to the point of bleeding. I've tried the shoes approach as well. Celestron doesn't make the scope anymore, so they can't really help me.
  14. You've far surpassed whatever results I can achieve, but I still like to go back on my alt/az every once in a while for the ease of use even though I have an AVX. Good luck!
  15. *ignore accidently double posted and I'm not sure how to delete posts.
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