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LunarLight

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  1. Thought this would be fun to share as I am on the verge of getting my auto guiding kit. The first one was taken when I first got into AP. It was my first DSO and is rather poor ha! The second one was taken recently, the battery on my camera ran out so I never got as much data as I wanted but still got 56 x 1 minute exposures... flats and processing still needs a little work though.... also just got a coma corrector so that should be useful to http://img690.imageshack.us/img690/6406/m45redo.jpg http://img824.imageshack.us/img824/7740/m45withflatsembedquick1.jpg
  2. Hey guys I totally forgot I had this data, I took it way back around summer sometime. My bad about the vignetting my processing/flat taking was no where near upto scratch when I took this but what the hell its my first galaxy Its about 2.30 hours worth of 60 second unguided subs, with 10 darks I think so the image aint great but if you look closely you can see some of the smaller galaxies. I will also include a link to the full size image FULL: http://img80.imageshack.us/img80/889/m109roughlyedited.jpg Thanks for looking
  3. I got my equipment through today! the NEQ6 is a BEAST so much heavier then my EQ5 and so much more sturdy. How do I attach my guide scope to my main scope rings. The EQ6 came with an additional long dove tail bar however there is only 1 screw on the top of my rings. Also the holes drilled into the bar are wider then spacing provided in the rings that came with the ST80. Should I just buy some guide scope rings and will that come with the required screws etc?
  4. Yep I am currently awaiting delivery of a NEQ6, decided it was best to go for the bigger mount following alot of advice and research. Expensive but unless I either get a HUGE scope or break my mount it should keep me going for many a year
  5. lol sorry guys I have just one more question. Its just come to my attention that I will need a dovetail to attach my guide scope to main scope. For the SW explorer 200p how do I do this and what size do i need to get?
  6. hey guys thanks for the advice I posted a simlar thread in the imaging sections because I didnt think anyone would reply to this post :-D You guys gave the more or less the same advice as on the other thread. I went for the NEQ6 with the st-80 guide scope. So I am just waiting on the arrival of the equipment yeah I have been taking images for a while now but for the faint galaxies I find its hard to get much detail unless you take LOADS of 50-60 second subs and even then its a bit of a hassle. I take darks flats and bias with each set to...though im still getting the hang of flats lol! I have done some research and heard that with objects that get burnt out its possible to take a set of shorter exposures with the longer ones and mask them in photoshop to solve that issue. thanks for the advice guys
  7. Thanks for all the replies guys I figured that saying as I would be investing a large amount of money in this I might as well future proof myself and go for the heavier mount. So I ordered a NEQ6 figuring its cheaper to get that from FLO than get a EQ6 with syntrek and have to pay out an extra 293 in future for the Synscan GOTO handset. Never had a goto mount before and I am really excited about the possibility of not having to search for objects in a light polluted city, should make things much easier I also bought the ST80 as a guide scope and the skywatch autoguiding system I will have to read all the manuals though as I dont even know how to do the three star alignment having never used a computerised mount
  8. yeah I just wanted to be sure is all, it would suck to spend 700 pound on something that couldnt hold its weight ha ha! but if yours worked fine then it should be cool
  9. Thanks for all the replies guys. Seems like there are two options. First get the ST80 guide scope with skywatcher synguide autoguide cam that will run the mount its self Secondly get the ST80 and use my netbook to run a guide cam, though I dont know how to go about that. I imagine the programs that have mentioned would handle that. Before I make a decission though a few more questions. The ST-4 autoguide system is compatible with the HEQ5 Syntrek systems. Does this apply to the PRO synscan systems to? I have read the descriptions of the mounts on FLO and they say they use the same software and both have guide ports but one has the synscan GOTO handset the other doesnt. I would still be able to use the synguide cam with both the syntrek and synscan systems right? Also given that my setup would consist of my 200p with finderscope, a ST80 together with the guide cam and my Nikon D300 would the HEQ5 be strong enough to hold it all or would I need an EQ6 mount instead? Just to clarify before making purchase decisions Thanks Mark
  10. just seen your reply olly I was looking at the Synguider do you know if its any good? I do have a netbook but I am unsure if they posses sufficient capability to autoguide. If they do that would extend my options a fair bit. I will do some research thanks
  11. Thanks for the reply, so to clarify I attach the guide scope to my 200p with the rings. The auto guider to the guide scope and that feeds into the motor controls for the mount? and I dont need a laptop to use this? Seems straight forward enough which means I probably dont understand it ha ha As for the EQ5 mount, I would offer to sell cheaply but due to a moment of stupidity I broke the dec motor cog which sucks.
  12. Hey guys Im posting this here as I got no replies in equipment help, so im hoping in the imaging section someone can help So I have been using my scope for a while now and have been practising with astroimaging with some nice results. I am currently using a skywatcher 200P with a RA tracking EQ5 mount together with a Nikon DSLR camera. I have had fun imaging with this set up but have noticed I can really only take 1 minute subs before star trailing becomes and issue. This interferes with deep sky objects which require much longer subs. Its time to get into auto guiding I think but I am pretty clueless about the equipment and so I have a few questions. Do I need to replace my mount with say a heq5 pro synscan (because it comes with a port for the auto guider) or and EQ6 synscan to deal with the extra weight of a guide scope etc? As I dont know ...well anything about auto guiding can someone tell me what equipment I would need? preferably at the budget/moderate end of the scale Also I dont own a laptop so I cant use that to control the systems. are there systems which dont require a laptop or do I also need to purchase one of those to? Thanks for any advice anyone can give it is much appreciated. Mark
  13. I did this a while back but it was much worse. The OTA swung round causing the Dec motor cog hit the mounting with some force thus bending it and cracking off....my mount is now without a dec drive! very very annoyed lol!
  14. Hey guys A question for those who own a skywatcher coma corrector and use it with DSLR cameras. Does the corrector have threads to attach a light pollution filter or not? Thanks Mark
  15. Hey guys So I have been using my scope for a while now and have been practising with astroimaging with some nice results. I am currently using a skywatcher 200P with a RA tracking EQ5 mount together with a Nikon DSLR camera. I have had fun imaging with this set up but have noticed I can really only take 1 minute subs before star trailing becomes and issue. This interferes with deep sky objects which require much longer subs. Its time to get into auto guiding I think but I am pretty clueless about the equipment and so I have a few questions. Do I need to replace my mount with say a heq5 pro synscan (because it comes with a port for the auto guider) or and EQ6 synscan to deal with the extra weight of a guide scope etc? As I dont know ...well anything about auto guiding can someone tell me what equipment I would need? preferably at the budget/moderate end of the scale Also I dont own a laptop so I cant use that to control the systems. are there systems which dont require a laptop or do I also need to purchase one of those to? Thanks for any advice anyone can give it is much appreciated. Mark
  16. wow that is just incredible! I wonder how many stars are in that one photo
  17. Loving the reprocessed image, very clear with good details :-) nice one man m13 is on my list to take, great object... well done
  18. Thanks for all the comments guys, I very much appreciate it :-) Psychobilly - Thanks for the advice I will bear that in mind. my flats are terrible, I have no idea how to take them really or what I am meant to be doing to get them. All the things I have read, frankly, fly way over my head. I am still very new to photography so I dont fully understand it yet. Do you have an example of what a flat looks like? I saw one on the internet once and it looked totally different from mine which confused me so im not sure if he one I saw was odd or if mine are just wrong. 661-pete - Yeah I am looking forward to getting some more globs. Thing is were I live is very restricted, my house blocks out much of the eastern view and the surrounding houses blocks out the view closer to the horizon in all directions so I miss out on much of the good stuff which sucks. Hopefully as the year goes by M13 will rise a little higher slightly earlier so I will be able to get that. At the minute I am collecting data on M109 so I should have that picture done soon then onto other things :-) Yeah I noticed the gradient to, once I figure out how to do flats properly hopefully I will be able to remove those things
  19. That is absolutely incredible! beautifully captured!
  20. Hey guys This is the first time I have seen/photographed a globular cluster, fascinating objects! I don't know if any of you guys have seen Carl Sagans' Cosmos but there is a scene in that where he wonders about what it would be like to live around a star in a globular cluster. He imagines that there wouldn't just be multiple sun rises but an entire galaxy rise! now that's a awesome thought and something that crossed my mind whilst thinking of it! Any back to the photograph.... I am aware that my monitor might not be correctly calibrated. It looks fine on my monitor but it may not on others, if there is anything glaringly wrong with it please let me know. Also a lot of the subs were shot through steam rising from a vent thanks to my neighbour down stairs when she switched her central heating on so I lost some of them and I think it affected the quality a bit. Unguided: 27 subs at 60 seconds (originally 40 but had to reject a lot due to steam) 10 darks, 50 bias and I still haven't got the hang of flats so I wasn't able to get any on this outing so whether right or wrong I used some from a previous outing. feedback welcome, and thanks in advance :-) This is more or less the full image, I cropped it slightly to remove the effect of stacking around the edge Uploaded with ImageShack.us This is a cropped and enlarged version, it looses quality in the enlargement but meh I am still happy with it Uploaded with ImageShack.us
  21. thanks for the replies guys, I had a little fiddle with it. I am still very new at PS so its all a learning experience... are the colours any better on this one? Also I have just had it brought to my attention that things look different on my monitor then on my girlfriends so I am not sure how they look to everyone else, too bright/dark? to much contrast or not enough? what do you reckon Uploaded with ImageShack.us
  22. Hey guys This is my first attempts at m45. There was some slight high level cloud in some of the photos I think but I managed to get rid of some of it in photoshop but it looks like I lost some of the colour in the process. Meh I think its ok for a first attempt Anyway its 20 x 1 min exposures, or there about's anyway. any hints or tips appreciated Uploaded with ImageShack.us
  23. davew - ha ha as frustrating as it can be its is so addictive its unbelievable ha ha Seriously though thanks for the help, this has solved weeks of frustrations. I should be able to get some good pictures now :-) dph1nm - ha ha thanks for that advice on DSS to man, I realise the mistake I was making and can now stack my images thanks
  24. davew - hey Dave, thanks for the advice on pointing me to the mirrors and spiders. I honestly believe that's what the issue was. I checked and the collimation was WAY out so I realigned the mirrors etc and checked the spiders. Indeed some were not exactly straight. I'm not sure why that happened... Probably from when I dismantled my scope and ran with it upstairs once when it suddenly started pouring rain. :-) hopefully that will sort out the star bloating (making it easier to focus ) and the weird double diffraction spikes ... But need to wait for a clear night to check... So sometime next year at this rate, what with the weather and all!! Eagleseye - fingers crossed mate :-) by the way loved the videos you made, especially the star party one lol! Good to see a fair few cans were drunk :-D no party is complete with one ha
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