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lune lupine

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  1. this was orion the other night in between clouds. 8" Evo SCT. 20x10s exposures on canon 550d. no darks,flats etc; wanted to see what stacking simple subs can do and quite pleased with it for fist go
  2. Welcome! Cloudy Bray in Wicklow here!
  3. Hi - as a new owner of your telescope I can recommend thread I started about Jupiter being blown out. Not for its author sadly but for all great advice I got on this site re. Collimation for the scope.
  4. Thanks guys. That's really helpful. I know reducer won't help with planetary imaging but getting into shooting at nebula so every extra second sounds good to me
  5. Have been pondering getting a 6.3 Focal Reducer for my Evolution 8" SCT. One thing I've seen references to is that it reduces exposure times for astro imaging? On the FLO site for example it says by a factor of 3 I think. Is this right? I'm currently getting 25-30s imaging no blurring so would the above focal reducer provide the equivilent of 75-90s exposures? Seems to good to be true!
  6. i know the feeling. whilst at work get sun breaks for good run of hours then by time i get home its all clouded up. grrr. could be worse i suppose; those poor souls stuck on venus have 100% cloud cover every day (which lasts for a very long time...)
  7. Ahhrr. Now I want a modded dslr! I think I'm getting a nasty astro bug!
  8. For what it's worth I'm barely into this astromalarky myself but I can recommend canon 550d. It's great value and has nice movie crop option for planetary imaging plus can also be picked up reasonably priced second hand pre-modified to facilitate deep space imaging more effectively. I did a quick search and you can get 550d body second hand for around 150£ these days and modded 2nd hand ones for perhaps a 100£ more or so. Then all you would need is a t ring and adaptor to mount camera to telescope. Other advice would be to get fast memory card as most likely you will be shooting in raw mode/taking video which can be demanding. Also 2nd battery good investment as cold night's can drain batteries really fast! Final bit of advice I've found is to ask lots of questions on this site as everyone I've come across has been really helpful. Good luck!
  9. Little confused over what modding entails? Some sites for example talk about removing IR filters but adding others etc. Thinking about getting canon 550d body and getting it 'modded' for shots of nebula like orion - any suggestions which modifications should request?
  10. I've just picked up a second hand samyang f2 16mm. Not tried it yet (only got it yesterday) but reviews very good on this site and online. Came across this site Lonelyspeck which is very useful. I also have aps-c camera; canon 760d. Got the above lens for milkyway and star field shots ideally
  11. Hope this is the right thread - just picked up this lens (samyang 16mm F2) : no packaging and a bit scuffed on outside but lens etc looks ok in daytime - I presume this lens is ok for astro photography? hoping to take to dark sky area later in year.
  12. was able to get rigel focussed nicely last night I think finally thanks to all the great advice above and panned over to orion again for another one shot wonder at 30s iso800... think I'm ready to start thinking about this stacking business; if i'm sticking to single images like those below - would I best aim for similar time exposures when stacking or go for a mixture; say some at 30 - 20 and 10 for arguments sake.
  13. nice moon pictures! Still learning the ropes here too. Here's a moon shot took last night for the mix
  14. Thanks everyone. Lots to chew over. I took a few more blob star shots last night as it happens. On some of them was a slight blue tinge. Presumably if this was removed would sharpen them a little. Is this masking or similar technique. All this is a bit ironic really as when I got telescope never really considered photos of nebula and now I'm obsessing about them!!
  15. Thanks for all the advice. Really appreciated. One thing that puzzles me tho is advice is to lock the focus/tighten the focus. How do I do that with telescope? Also is there a better named star than rigel to focus on before panning over?
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