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  1. what a beautiful picture! look at all the stars! wow
  2. oh yes my bad ha ha I read from the wrong lines!! thats what 3 weeks of tiring revision does for you! ha ha:p thanks for pointing that out!
  3. ha ha I understand, I was just curious if there was much difference between the two. I used a field of view calculator and they are more or less the same, that atik has smaller pixels but other than that I couldnt find much difference. I though I would seek the advice of those more qualified and you guys answered very well I was leaning towards the QHy anyway but I wont be buying til much later this year so plenty of time to decide
  4. the hi res image is awesome, so much detail in those dark dust trails very nice
  5. that is beautiful! The detail is lovely. I hope you continue with the rest of the frames, I am sure it will be a delightful picture
  6. Catatonia - I see, well considering I have a guide scope and I am using a reflector OAG and reducers are not needed atleast for now anyway. I am pretty tempted with the QHY 9. I searched your photos and have seen some other photos on here from the QHY9 and they are all brilliant that plus the price difference between the Atik and QHY I think I am my mind is pretty much made up Martin and shaunster - Thanks for the direction to get the software onto my netbook very useful.
  7. Guys this is awesome advice thank you all very much. Interesting comments and they answer many questions I had. Catanonia - A quick question about the filter wheel, you say its an M54 thread. Does this mean 2" filters need a special adapter or does it mean things like coma correctors, for examples, would need an adapter? Also I have a net book which is without a CD rom drive is it possible to download the software for the cameras from the internet? Appreciate the time taken for the reply guys Mark
  8. hey guys I have been searching around and looking at some potential buys for a ccd camera later on this year. I was tempted by either the Atik 383l or the QHY9. Considering the scope I use (SW 200p) the chip size gives a reasonable field of view on both. I did a search on the forums but I couldnt find any equipment reviews on the QHY9 so figured I would ask if anyone has any experience with the QHY9? Also considering that, with the cost of accessories, the QHY9 comes in a fair bit cheaper which would you guys choose? and is there any major differences between the two? Advice would be appreciated, thanks Mark
  9. gutted mate I hope you get this sorted soon, must be frustrating. This may be an irrelevant point but I know you have mentioned a problem with street lights before and I once had similar light leakage in my scope/camera. I tracked it down the back of my scope being bathed in light from a street lamp and some of it sneaking through a gap between the tube and primary mirror. Of course this might not be the issue and you may have already looked into it plus having never seen the MN190 or your other scope it may be the case the your scopes dont have the same gap between tube/mirror as my explorer....still worth looking I guess Mark EDIT: just noticed this: "4th was OTA cover on and the whole scope and camera covered with a towel" I guess that rules out the possibility of leakage from the back ...hmmm
  10. Thanks for the replies everyone. Swag 72 - sorry I missed this in your post " long subs and heaps of them is the answer! " ha ha thats what lots of uni exams and little sleep will do for you ha! thanks for the advice Revs - I would but its not my cam ha ha plus its used for daytime photography I was considering getting a CCD camera but considering the cloudless nights were I live I dont think I can justify the cost for using it a couple dozen times a year. Roundycat - ha! fair enough then atleast that one wont suffer to much loss, once I am finished on my run for the leo triplet I may swing there and check it out Lukebl - Whoa they are awesome! thank you for the links it offers hope, I will definitely try to capture some
  11. yes I have seen them, andy's photos are awesome, however his camera is modded mine is not. I am just curious and not wanting to waste time on something which aint going to show in an unmodded camera. No jokes, I havent produced a single image sine December last year (some of that was fixing my equipment) but living were I live I get very few clear nights so they are pretty precious
  12. Hey guys I am currently using a unmodded nikon D300 to take pictures and I was debating on trying to capture a Nebula such as 1c1396 or maybe the iris nebula. My question then is, is there any point? am I going to capture anything of the nebula or am I just gonna come out with a large star field? Thanks Mark
  13. I wonder what the milky way would be like if seen from the outskirts of the cluster, pretty cool if you ask me anything
  14. thats a beautiful picture, you always produce great photo's from the DSLR. I am looking forward to seeing some from the new atik
  15. hmmm great info! its really something to think about. It is a much larger field of view with the 383l and I really dont want to go down the road of replacing my scope just yet, with the 383l/200p I get a fairly decent field of view, I can fit the double cluster in which I cant do with the 314 Im curious, how much less sensitive and noisier is the 383 compared with the 314? is the image produced noticeably poorer then than the 314 or is it just a case of getting quality darks/flats/bias etc? Also can I use a focal reducer with a reflector?
  16. hey guys thanks for the replies I was seriously considering getting the Atik 314L my concern is that with the 200p, the field of view will be to small to capture many objects like the M45 for example. Im wondering whether it might be worth saving an extra 500 for the new 383L as it has a slightly bigger chip... hmm
  17. Hey Guys Currently im using a nikon D300 unmodified camera to image. I am unable to mod the camera as its not actually mine but I am really interested in a cooled CCD camera so that I have the option to do HA and narrow band images. I am using a skywatcher 200p can anyone recommend a reasonably priced camera that would match well with the 200p and that would be ok to use with a fair amount of LP? Also does anyone know of any places which sells them second hand? Thanks Mark
  18. I have a 200p and I have noticed that if I have knocked one of the struts holding the secondary mirror so that it is no longer "horizontal" and at a slight angle it can either add diffraction spikes or cause them normal diffraction spikes to fan out. might be worth checking to make sure that they are not at an angle and if so correcting them
  19. thats a lovely image! I really like the details in the nebula, very cool! Street lamps and buildings are a big problem for me to, infact I have never seen the orion nebula it never rises above my house...gutted lol Though it seems like despite the street lights you certainly beat them very well this time :-)
  20. wow they are beautifully captured! the details are very crisp and the colours are really nice...nice one
  21. thank you Whippy, I appreciate that :-D It is a lovely galaxy and I am really looking forward to trying to get some guided images... see how it turns out maybe pull out the fainter galaxies in the background to
  22. Phew I'm glad a coupl of people mentioned sunshine, it's an awesome space movie and one of my fav movies in general. The firefly series was pretty cool to :-)
  23. Hey guys I have been playing with some old data and have an updated version of this. Taken with an unmodded Nikon D300 this is about 2.3 hours of 1 minute subs unguided. The reason I am posting is because now that I have a guide system I am intending to recapture with with either 5 or 10 min subs to see what the difference would be. If anyone has take a guided shot of this galaxy please feel free to post pictures because its a beautiful galaxy but there are only a very few pictures of it out there... it may inspire some more :-D First the original with no flats: secondly the new one with a bit more dragged out of it. I will post up an updated guided image when I can Thanks Mark
  24. beautiful picture! each time I see a picture from the mn190 it becomes more tempting as a scope :-D
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