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  1. Hi - Sorry to distract from the thread. I have just switched over from DSLR to a ZWO OSC. Which means I am now learning APT. I would love to know a bit more about how to use APT and plate solve to get me on target. Could you DM me some pointers or links with some info? I use an AVX but have ASCOM for guiding etc. Thanks in advance and clear skies!
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    Spectrum Processing - Vega

    Guys - I cannot profess to really understand the above but it was a fascinating read. By coincidence I spent 30 mins on Vega last night gathering some subs...thought I would drop them here to compliment your data. Clear Skies
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    Current Astro setup

    To be honest, it doesn't take terribly long and once you have your routine down, I actually quite enjoy the setup. As opposed to the remaining hours of doing nothing whilst the subs are acquired. But yeah, if my rig puts you off, then defo swerve DSO ap! My setup is very much a rookie rig...I still have to add a mono camera, filter wheel etc. Clear Skies
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    Current Astro setup

    Hi all - I’ve just finished my upgrades ready for this winter..will be my second season with this current rig after a big upgrade last year. Main new inclusions are dew heaters and a guide scope (the SW ed50) which I cannot wait to bring in some subs longer than 90s. I thought I’d drop a few images here for any interested This is a real lightweight setup and will hopefully get some time in dark sites this winter - for ref my rig is made up as: Mount: Celestron Advance VX with Pole Master for PA. ADM vixen dovetail and rings. Scopes: Skywatcher Evostar 80ED DS-PRO, Skywatcher 50ED EvoGuide Cameras: Canon 700D & ASI290MC (guide camera) Misc: Hitec Astro dew heater with astrozap dew bands. Bahtinov Mask for focusing.
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    Andromeda 17.8.18

    I added another 4 hours of data using 60 second subs...its definitely changed the image. I am still not really happy with it but I have at least one more planned imaging night on this target. I now have my new guide scope so I'd like to add some 300 second subs to this! Clear Skies
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    First attempt at Andromeda

    Great start! Look forward to the next attempt. Clear Skies
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    Orion Nebula

    I have certainly heard it mentioned many times on the forums and when I have been researching various bit I needed to understand - One for the Christmas list
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    Orion Nebula

    Great evenings discussion thanks all - I shall bear these comments in mind the next time I managed to grab some data to process..In the meantime I shall be pestering everyone once my guide scope turns up and I start to learn guiding! Clear Skies
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    Orion Nebula

    I did pick up some faint nebulosity, but I think as it was only around an hour of data under bad light conditions I didn't pick up much. I hope to really improve this year. Main limiting factor last year was my gear was new and I didn't have dew heaters..!
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    Orion Nebula

    Great comment, top read. As mentioned, I am very new to processing. I upgraded from a DSLR and iOptron Sky tracker to the SW ED80 on a Celestron Advance VX mount last summer. And then followed a pretty rocky start as I had to learn PA (which I ended up adding a Polemaster to my mount) Star alignment and find decent imaging software so I had a steep learning curve. A bit of perseverance though and I am slowly learning my rig. I operate a really, really basic setup compared to some of the guys on here - setup up mount, attach scope & DSLR, polar alignment and I am pretty much good to go - I can get around 90-100 second subs.
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    Orion Nebula

    I did! first time I’ve used it. As mentioned I’m über new to processing so hopefully as I acquire better data my processing skills will improve. I will look into perhaps reprocessing and toning it down. I’ll post any re-edits here! clear skies
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    Orion Nebula

    I’ve only managed a couple of images so far that have enough data to really play around in processing. It’s interesting to see the split of opinions between more natural looking and more aggressively processed images I personally prefer the more vibrant colours, it’s all good fun. I really like PI so far from what I’ve seen and processed. But PS also produces great results so i presume it’s more down to user preference. clear skies
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    Orion Nebula

    Thanks - it’s not perfect by any means but given the circumstances and the equipment used, it’s not half bad. I watched some videos on masking, luminance and LRGBCombination which I hadn’t previously really used. All processed in Pixinsight. Made a huge difference to the image. Below is a side by side comparison to how I edited the data last year compared to today: Clear skies
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    Orion Nebula

    Hi All - I have recently learnt some new processing techniques so I revisited some Orion data captured October 2017. I am really happy with this revision I thought I would post in here. What impresses me most is that this is only 1 hours worth of data, on a modest Astro setup and from my notes this was imaged under a full moon. All in all I cannot wait to have another go this season with another years worth of experience to see what kind of result I can get - I also suppose I can add the new data to the data I already have! Technical details: SW ED80 DS-Pro, Celestron Advance VX, Un-modded Canon DSLR 100 seconds subs unguided. Clear Skies

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