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  1. Ken82

    M33 Pinwheel

    Thanks JimothyC Im pleased, although i know there are many vastly experienced members on here and i wouldn't mind drawing from their experience
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    M33 Pinwheel

    Sunday night was clear so i decided to have a second go at M33. This is the second time Ive attempted this galaxy as the first from last year was slightly out of focus. It was a poor night seeing wise and my "clear outside app" was actually orange/red for most of it but Im pleased with the improvement from last year. I still feel i need to add more subs or would better seeing make that difference??? Any help or tips on how to further enhance the image are welcome. 100x2.5min plus darks, flats and bias. Processed in pixinsight.
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    Espirit 120

    I had some time to have a closer look at the scope this afternoon and this is what I think - Part 1 I decided to purchase this scope as it fits nicely in between the focal lengths of my other telescopes. I have read lots of reviews of the espirit range and quite honestly haven’t found any negativity at all. I purchased the scope from FLO and spent an extra little to have the scope optically bench tested. This will serve as an additional peace of mind and I’m really pleased I did so. On close inspection of the scope I can see this is a very high quality instrument with great attention to detail. It comes with all the connectors etc that you would require to start imaging right out of the box. I did purchase the field flattener at an additional cost as I plan to use it purely for imaging. If your doing visual astronomy the flattener isn’t required. I also received a m48 to canon adapter but not sure if this is normally included in uk sales or FLO just threw it in ? Either way very pleased ! The retractable dew shield is a great fit and works very well with the two screws to tighten over the tube. The focuser is of excellent quality and feels lovely to work it back and forth. The only other refractor I have is a takahashi Fsq 85 and I’d say this is of equal quality. The locking knob sits underneath the focuser. I wasn’t sure about the locking knob in the beginning as I’m used to using the screw type on the Fsq but this is growing on me and certainly locks things down tightly. I also like the camera orientation adjuster which enables you to quickly frame the object your imaging. Again slightly different to the Fsq but excellent. Visually the scope looks stunning with clean lines and I like the splash of green SkyWatcher have added to their scopes over recent months. The optics look awesome and I’m really looking forward to testing it out when the weather clears. I plan to use a full frame canon 6d to start with so this will be a real test of the scope/optics. Going by the look/feel of the scope I’m very confident it will pass with flying colours. Make no mistake this is a finely engineered scope, love it !
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    Espirit 120

    Just received this in today’s post. Very pleased with quality etc etc. I’ll write a full in depth report in a few days.
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    Ive tried to adjust the curves to "colder" as commented but not sure it adds to the image?? I quite liked the small reddish areas of nebula on the stretched image. I used Curves transform in pixinsight.
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    M31 from the 30th Oct, 28×2.5min exposures plus flats, darks and bias frames. Stacked calibrated and processed in pixinsight. Unfortunately i messed up the flats as a piece of unfocused dust moved in between taking the lights and flats. I solved this by using clone stamp in pixinsight. This is a lesson i guess- I should take the flats at exactly the same time as the lights and not leave it 24hrs at the same focus point.
  7. I used clone stamp in pixinsight in the end and pleased with the result. Thanks for the input
  8. What is the best way to recover this if any ? Clone stamp ? Paint ? Thx
  9. Top man Sergio thanks !
  10. Thanks, Where on the top border Sergio? Ive taken new flats and the unfocused object does turn up but in a different position so im going to clean all the filters etc etc. Is there any way to recover these lights ? IMG_1719.CR2
  11. Hi guys Just looking for a little help on this one. If you stretch my images you can see a dark patch to the top of M31. My flats dont appear to show the the same patch which is odd as i never changed focus etc etc. Im going to try taking the flats again but what do you think? Are my flats bright enough for one? Dynamiccrop M31.xisf IMG_1703.CR2
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    Hello from Staffordshire

    http://www.roslistonastronomy.org.uk/ We’ve also got a WhatsApp group. So if the weather is good we can be spontaneous and get to a dark site. If your interested (or anyone else in the midlands) pm me and I’ll add you to the group.
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    Hello from Staffordshire

    Hi Husqvarna welcome to SGL, I’m also from Staffordshire! You should consider coming along to the Rosliston Astronomy Group some evening.
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    IC 5070 Pelican

    With the moon so bright on Saturday evening i continued to image in Halpha. 10min exposures and a total of 4hrs stacked and calibrated in pixinsigth. A very cold night as i remember ! Pleased with the result but not sure the longer exposures have added any detail to the cygnus wall from my previous post on the north American nebula. You can definitely see why IC 5070 is called the pelican though.
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    IC 1396

    4 Hours total integration in pixinsight. Pleasing considering im using a dslr but if i could improve anything please let me know.

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