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  1. Stick close to the f/4 area, and adjust the ISO towards better quality if you start blowing out the image with too much light. I'd rather reduce noise then stop down(YMMV) Have fun, shoot a LOT of data! Scott
  2. Just picked up a Canon T6, 18mp for a song....was wanting to know if the BYEOS will function the camera through the WiFi? Or will I need to 'cable' the camera up to the laptop? Any help would be appreciated. I haven't tried the 'trial period' or I would just try it. Thanks! Scott
  3. Still collecting data, but this is what I'm dealing with at this time.... Thanks for those great links guys, and I'll definitely be reading up on 'em! With the moon and weekly rain chances here, I'll have time. But at least I will know what to gather as far as data on my time under the sky. Scott
  4. I see images of M42(Orion nebula) that are well defined in the 'core', and I've done a few different things to get the core back under control....but no matter what I've tried to do, the core is just a blob of solid white, no individual stars. I'm using: Sony a7ii on a Orion ED80 apo riding a iOptron ZEQ25GT I post-process using: DSS3.3.4, Lightroom CC, PhotoShop CC I can track to about 7-8 minutes without guiding. I usually set the camera on ISO1600 if the moon is out, ISO400 when it's dark. So.....what can I do to get my cores back? Thanks....looking forward to learning something. Scott
  5. Having acquired The Imaging Source DMK 21AU618.AS(monochrome) for lunar 'lucky imaging' and having been quite happy with the results.(I did a search here, but I might not be using the right wording....getting a bunch of weird results) Edit to add: I know this isn't the right camera for the right job, I get it....I just wanted to know if it is possible while my budget builds *I was wondering if it is possible to use this camera for DSO's? *More to the point, is anyone doing it, and is it worth trying? *What should a starting point setting be, and how do you obtain focusing and image within the frame? Would love to see any images you've been able to capture! Thanks! Scott
  6. Thanks! I'm hoping to do better, the stacking part went a little 'off'.... Orion ED80 Not sure, as I do not own a IR pass... How does the 2 + 2.5x work? Thanks! Thanks for the kind words, I think I can get something better happening later in the year when the heat/humidity go away. I hope?!?!?! Scott (practicing, always practicing) B
  7. 25 panel mosaic.... This is the full sized image-should be able to click and go full screen(I think). Scott (adding it here too) B
  8. This is about as good as I'll be able to get with this Barlow lens and the humidity/heat that we are having in the central part of Arkansas. I'll be getting ahold of a much higher quality Barlow at some point before the end of the year, probably a 3x or maybe even the 5x(not sure about the 5x on such a small refractor though, and the folks I've been asking apparently want to keep this a secret).....I digress. If you have suggestions on a 1.25" Barlow in either 3x or 5x....please let me know! This is the full sized image-should be able to click and go full screen(I think). Stuff? Easy....from the ground up! Battery pack and power source for laptop and mount. Mount is still my iOptron ZEQ25GT Optic is the Orion ED80(standard, not the triplet or carbon) Celestron 2x Barlow with the red filter Camera is the Imaging Source DMK 21AU618.AS(monochrome)-having to focus through the diagonal to get enough 'travel'(sure that doesn't help the quality) No polar alignment was done, the Moon....well, it's the Moon. I set-up really close to where the normal alignment is, and called it good. After all, the sun was still up.....and the mosquitos were already feeding on me! Shot twenty-five - 1,000 frame, uncompressed, Y800 videos. Stacked those 25 videos as a 'batch stack' in AS!2. Cropped all the 'funny stuff' off in LR2015, and then selected all 25 'photos' to be merged in PS2015. Completed mosaic was then processed using NikCollection tools and some 'tweaks' in LR2015, border added in Picsas3. Scott (got the "X" too) B
  9. At least you chose to eat first! I just grabbed everything and went outside to feed the mosquitos. Got a great image there, nice contrast....with it being over-the-top. Scott (I've got plenty of excess food on me already) B
  10. First challenge, hope I did this right? Camera: DMK 21AU618.AS(monochrome) Filter: Celestron #23 Red Optic: Orion ED80(standard, not the triplet or CF) Mount: iOptron ZEQ25GT Stacked in AS!2, mosaic in LR2015, tweaked in LR2015 Four panel mosaic(best 35% of 1,000frame avi) Scott (are barlows allowed) B
  11. Needing info....so I'll ask. Is the RGB done with filters, or ?? Having just purchased a monochrome camera, I'm curious to what you're using..... That mosaic is off the charts awesome. Scott (needing to learn) B
  12. spaceboy, Not sure if you've pointed an optic at the moon during the day, but the Moon isn't inside the atmosphere of the Earth....when you focus on the Moon, you don't see the blue. Especially in a monochrome camera. There is even a video on YouTube, showing for the new digital zoom of the new Nikon point-n-shoot.....the skies goes from blue to black. Besides, I'm a morning person, but I'm not going to get up at 3am to look at storm clouds. Scott (that's coffee and stay dry time) B
  13. What an adventure! Got everything outside, set-up, and used my ever fading memory to get the mount as close to where I generally have it pointing(make shift polar alignment at best). The next hurdle to overcome was the glare off everything on my laptop screen. I was the fella in the 90*F and 77% humidity with the towel over his head in order to get anything visual in the screen....it got amazingly hot under that towel. Yes, I was sort of in the shade of the house, but that was the only thing that went right.....did I mention it was hot? After fiddling around awhile(used the 15mm eyepiece to center the optic and watch tracking for awhile to be sure it was close enough), I swapped out the eyepiece for the camera and used the slow speed focus knob..... And there she was....the Moon. I put the Celestron Red #23 filter in front of the diagonal and put the camera back in place, still centered. Move the slew to the bottom of the Moon and ripped off my first 1,000 frames, slewed a bit up and repeated the process three more times. After I was done, I carried everything back in, and fired up the desktop, transferred the files from the old-ish laptop. Came up with this mosaic The mosaic wasn't the only thing I played around with. I stuck my el-cheapo Celestron 2x barlow in and put the camera back in place....just needed about five turns on the slow focus knob to get back into focus(did I mention it was hot under that towel?) I took more liberties with the edit this time, but here is the next attempt(1,000 frames 25% stacked) Not sure I'd call the seeing 'below average', but it was pretty humid at 9:40-ish AM(Central Time). The sun poked around the eaves of the house, and that finished that for me. Temps got way out of hand really fast....and the clouds were just about to come in also. Scott (can't wait to get out in the cooler evenings this fall) B
  14. First post, sorry if this has been covered, but I did the search.....nada. Just received a 'new-to-me' Imaging Source DMK 21AU618.AS! As I'm sitting here waiting on the skies to clear enough to make me feel comfortable carrying everything outside(20% chance of rain, but the weather-fella isn't all that good around here), I was wondering. Does anyone have any tips for me in regards to shooting the daytime Moon? Filters....I don't really have anything 'good', just a Celestron 'Red' and 'Moon'(came with a Barlow that I picked up before I knew much of anything). Having only aimed the optic at a stand of trees about 1/2mile away, I'm pretty sure I need new glasses. Focusing was just about the biggest pain in the backside I've ever witnessed! I am using a Orion ED80(standard, not the triplet or CF) on a iOptron ZEQGT mount....tracking is great with my prime focus Sony a7ii 'stuff', so I would expect nothing less with this lighter set-up. Scott (I know less then nothing about daytime Moon photo's) B
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