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Everything posted by VSOP

  1. Managed to get a round in after midnight yesterday when the clouds cleared. Canon T6i L Series 100-400mm w/2X = 800mm 1/160 sec ISO 100 f/14 141 frames stacked in Autostakkert, levels done in Registax, final processing with PSCC
  2. Andromeda - Canon T6i with 100-400mm L series USM zoom set to 100mm 37 light frames taken at ISO 6400 for 25 seconds stacked in DSS and post photoshop One frame caught a meteor...
  3. Thanks for the feedback guys. It was as much fun to look with the naked eye as it was to photograph. While I had my camera on the wide field imaging, I pointed my scope to M13 which was just amazing under clear skies. I could even see that with my bare eyes. Unfortunately, I can only image one thing at a time and that night was wide field night... Cheers...
  4. I shot this from northern Vermont last week. I believe the data is better than the result I achieved. I kind of rushed the processing. Canon T6i 18mm lens, ISO-3200, 21 exposures at 25 seconds, f3.5 - Photos were taken using an Alt-Az tracking mount. Align & Stack using Deep Sky Stacker. Photoshop CC level post processing.
  5. I think you would be surprised. I am a "stranger" and as I said, If I wasn't way across the pond, I would lend you mine. I would even help you with setup and capture etc. I recommend you to start a new topic and ask if any astro guys would be interested in meeting up for a beer and let you test drive a camera like, for example, the Neximage 5 that I am using. It is relatively inexpensive and very easy to use. In 10 minutes, you will know if the problem is the scope, camera or your technique. Alternatively, go out to a star party. I find amateur astronomers usually love to assist others in enjoying this hobby.
  6. Hmmm... There are 51,118 members of this site of which at least 90% are in UK. UK is not a huge place so it would seem to me that you know a few thousand people who share your hobby and many would likely have a camera for you to try. If I wasn't 5780 KM away, I would gladly let you try mine. Just sayin...
  7. I'm sure the scope is fine. If you are concerned about buying a camera and getting no improvement, can you first borrow a camera?
  8. Just a test. This is my first DSO I would share... Canon 750D (T6i) on Meade LX90 8" 10/20 X 25 seconds, ISO-1600, DSS & PSCC post process
  9. Welcome to SGL Tim. The glass disc is called the "corrector plate". Those specks will not interfere with viewing. Over time, you will get many more and the scope is very tolerant of some dust & debris. Just ignore them and enjoy your new scope. Very nice unit for your first scope by the way. cheers Chris
  10. Are you on vacation? I ask because there is nowhere in Canada that is anywhere near 33 degrees. I am also in Canada but at around 43 degrees, I am quite close to as far south as Canada gets unless you consider Florida as part of Canada
  11. I7 CPU, 16GB RAM and as much hard disk as you can afford. A reasonably large screen is also recommended.
  12. Thanks everyone and thanks Stu for pointing that out, I didn't notice that. It's unfortunate that the conditions here were very poor. The rain had just stopped about 2 hours earlier and there was lots of moisture as well as turbulence from the rabid change in temperature. To top it off, the moon came out to photo-bomb me...
  13. Here is a crop section from near the center of the shot below it, taken on Saturday, April 16th, 2016... Here is the original with a little PS CC adjustments... Here is my rig and associated settings: Canon EOS Rebel T6i (750D) Unmodified f/7.1 1/50 sec. ISO-100 Canon L 100-400 IS USM 2X Extender 800mm Total Single frame, no stacking Photoshop CC
  14. Canon T6i and a Canon L Series 100-400mm zoom lens with 2x multiplyer. This shot was taken April 16, 2016 as follows: ISO-100, f7, 1/50 sec, 800mm
  15. I had the same thing with my Meade LX90 8". I solved it with a complete reset, motor train & calibration process. it took 6 minutes and all is well. Good luck, let us know how that works for you. P.S. If you use a wedge, don't forget to set for EQ/Polar before use. It may reset to ALT/AZ.
  16. This is a single frame image from Canon 750D (T6i) at 400mm, ISO 1600, f7.1 for 15 seconds. Some minor Photoshop adjustments. Seeing conditions were marginal at best with major light pollution from the city. I used the mount in Alt/Az mode. This is the rig used to take the shot. It was my first test.
  17. VSOP


    As amazing as your image is, it is just as amazing that you can capture these from UK, light pollution central!! Very nice job and hard work, I'm sure.
  18. It really depends on which DSO you wish to photograph along with many other factors. If you have good tracking and can take longer exposures, you can run a pretty low ISO and keep the noise to a minimum. I shot Orion Nebula a few days ago for 30 seconds at ISO 800. For smaller DSO at much higher relative magnitude, that would result in nothing captured.
  19. So here is the complete rig: And here is my first result: This is a single frame image from Canon 750D (T6i) at 400mm, ISO 1600, f7.1 for 15 seconds. Some minor Photoshop adjustments. Seeing conditions were marginal at best with major light pollution from the city. I used the mount in Alt/Az mode. Next time I will put it on the wedge.
  20. I agree Tim, that ball joint was just thrown on to prove concept. I will get something a bit more robust for the first try.
  21. I will post results as soon as I get some, thanks
  22. I had an extra fork mount for my LX90. I decided to try using it on my eq wedge/tripod with my DSLR attached. I built an aluminum adaptivator jerry rig to attach the camera. I'm just waiting for a very clear night to test it out. I figured it should track well enough for wide field photos. Has anyone else every tried this?
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