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About Shibby

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  1. Congrats. I bought my old-style Vixen GP second-hand and have used it for many years. The tracking is fantastic.
  2. I haven't formed much of an opinion yet, other than that of "alien mega-structures" being one of the least likely! There are early suggestions from recent data that dust is involved, but combined with the constant steady dimming over time, I'm leaning towards the idea that the star absorbed (or partly absorbed) another body, temporarily brightening it and also throwing debris everywhere. Of course, nobody really knows until there's a lot more "caught in the act" data!
  3. Just for those of you that might be interested, it appears that Tabby's star (KIC 8462852) is dipping again. I will certainly be staying tuned!
  4. Planetary imaging is a completely different beast to anything that you'll do with a DSLR. The best images of planets (and the moon) are taken with stacked, high framerate video. Take a look at the planetary imaging forum for a wealth of information. The sensor size is pretty irrelevant as, even with barlows, planets will not fill the smallest of sensors. Pixel size is more important (and bear in mind that a colour DSLR effectively has lower resolution due to the bayer matrix). I'm no planetary imager myself, but I would imagine your QHY5 + filters will likely be the best tool for the job.
  5. Just my 2 cents; you really, really don't want to be doing DSO imaging with a 4x powermate. This means you're imaging at F/36, which would require extremely long exposures and very accurate tracking.
  6. Can I just ask, what is your goal with the barlow + DSLR? If you're planning on planetary imaging, it would be easier to image with your webcam or QHY5. Alternatively, if you're using the barlow to achieve focus with your DSLR for DSO imaging, then it will be very challenging indeed imaging at such a long focal length and almost F/12 optics...
  7. I can see from your signature that you have the Skywatcher AZ EQ6-GT, which can be used in both AZ and EQ modes. Surely this will serve the purpose you're seeking? You can leave it tracking in Alt/Az mode if you want to take short exposures, or switch to EQ mode and polar align for longer exposures.
  8. Stunning. What a great wall print this would make!
  9. If you're getting things centred with Stellarium (and EQMOD direct?), but not with the handset, then I would suggest that perhaps some of your hand-controller settings are wrong. Double-check the time/timezone and latitude to make sure they are correct. For example, does the hand controller expect UTC (currently GMT -1)?
  10. Looking fantastic! (*ideas stolen*)
  11. That is just superb. Very nicely processed, too.
  12. Congrats on a cracking image Rob. I'm impressed you managed to retrieve such good brown colouration of all that dust from the DSLR - I know exactly how hard that can be, even with many hours of data! That Samyang lens is moving its way steadily up my wishlist
  13. I can't imagine why it's neglected. Really nice galaxy and great detail in your image.
  14. A remarkably good result given the very short exposure times! Don't see many images with this camera! The colour balance is very blue I would say. As an emission nebula mixed with a bit of reflection, I would expect the overall look to be mostly red/pink in natural colour.
  15. Very good detail considering the relatively small aperture. The colour is superb!