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About Randalloverby

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  1. Thank you Dave and good luck capturing Machholz. If 46P brightens up enough then it might reach naked eye visibility, I'm going to keep my fingers crossed.
  2. I have never before attempted to image a comet so I'm looking for any tips and advice. I will be using the Star Adventurer and Canon 5D Mark lll along with the Canon 70-200 2.8 lens. Thanks for any info.
  3. I had mine for little over a year now and have very much enjoyed it. Guiding and a modded camera seems to be the way to go. Has anyone here been using the programmable features with the firmware upgrade ?
  4. I posted a problem last year on a problem with the DEC on my AVX mount which I never did find a solution so I have been spending all my time with the Star Adventurer, until today. The DEC would slew at high speed then kick backwards then resume, at normal speed it would struggle to turn and sometimes lockup. Long story short, I took the gears off and ran the motor at full speed, it kicked back once and now its running smoothly even at normal operating speed. I did notice the sound of the motor has changed. Since I have no knowledge on the inner workings of these motors, is this something anyon
  5. Here are a few images from the salvage yard at the local airport and blended from previous Milky Sessions. The planes are stacked 30 sec images, lighted manually with the Phottix Indra 500. The Milky Way was shot at a darker site at various exposure times at 35mm and 16mm using the Star Adventurer for tracking and unmodified Canon 5D Mark lll. Edited with LR and PS. Thanks for looking.
  6. Thanks for the replies. Next chance I get I will try a pano. You are right Knobby, trial and error can make you pull your hair out but when it all comes together, its a beautiful thing.?
  7. Sorry, I didn't mean for my response to sound that way. ? The 16-35 2.8 is a great lens but it has so much distortion around the edges. Now that I'm thinking more about it, an overlapping pano may be the best direction to go in. If the weather cooperates with me tonight then I will give it a go. The tracking on the SA has been amazing so far and very portable. Thank you for the reply.
  8. Thanks, I used the Canon 16-35 2.8 lens. The distortion was actually worse, I tried to repair them some in Startools which helped but still not as sharp as the center. Other than buying a prime lens, I'm not sure what else to do.
  9. This is my most recent capture using the Star Adventurer. I have found that this tracking mount is probably one of my better investments into astrophotography. 240sec x8, 3.2 at 800iso, 35mm. Foreground was shot separate and blended in PS.
  10. Thanks, I'm in a Class 5 or 6 on the Bortle scale. We are planning on a trip to the coast in early summer for a night of imaging and for darker skies.
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