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About UKJay1971

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  1. This is a bargain for someone - I have the same mount on my ED80 and it tracks really accurately even with a ST80 as a guidescope. A great mount for someone looking to get into guided imaging.
  2. No reducer - I turn up the gain a little on my camera if it struggles to find stars but generally, within an hour of sunset, I can easily pick up enough stars for Sharpcap to do its thing. From there it takes me 10 minutes and my PHD graph is normally very flat after that.
  3. I'm giving up one hobby and transferring the funds across to this one - I have an OK system at the moment, using a Celestron Advanced GT mount but it is at it's limits for the weight it is carrying and I am looking to upgrade soon to a fast newtonian 200 or 250. It definitely won't thank me for that. I am looking therefore at upgrading my mount - it is purely for imaging and so solid tracking under payload is essential. I can't imagine an imaging setup over 15kg however I want some leeway and so I am looking at the Skywatcher EQ6-R PRO Synscan. Any comments on its pros / cons? It is right in my price bracket and, although I take its 20kg boast for imaging systems with a pinch of salt, I'd be happy putting a 12kg newtonian and guidescope on there with little hesitation. Thanks in advance
  4. If it works, it works. I never use a polar scope - I align using Sharpcap which takes best part of 10 minutes and it's accurate enough for PHD to mostly flatline on the graph.
  5. M51

    1hr 35 mins hours of data from last night (didn't start till 1am). Shot on a Canon 100D (unmodded) - 19x300 secs @ 800 ISO, 19 darks, 30 bias, 26 flats and processed in Pixinsight. I've cropped it like this to include NGC 5229, IC 4263 and NGC 5198 I live in a very light polluted area (Wakefield which, according to Star Gazing Live 2017 is one of the most light polluted places in the country!) so I'm pretty happy with the end result. I have just started astroimaging (this is my fourth effort) so any comments or tips are welcome. Would modding my 100D make a lot of difference? If so, what? And should I go for Full Spectrum or Filter removal? I aim to gather more subs on Friday if all remains well with the forecast. M51
  6. I live in Wakefield and am also interested in a dark sky imaging site - if you hear if anywhere, would you mind letting me know? Also, if you are heading to Surprise View CP some weekend for imaging, I'd be happy to come along and set up near you. Jay
  7. Thanks for a great reply Vicky. I was thinking of coming along on Thursday - but skies might be clear then too so it depends on how that shapes up. I will be coming along sometime though - be good to meet up with others
  8. Any of you imagers who go to Winscar? I'm just getting into my hobby but am more interested in imaging rather than observing. It'd be good to hook up with some fellow imagers for company / tips. Also, are there often astronomers at Windscar on clear nights? UK remote car parks often attract other, erm, 'visitors' and I'd rather not interrupt, especially with a car full of imaging equipment
  9. You can get Pixinsight on a 45 day trial - and there are great tutorials on Youtube as well as Light Vortex Astronomy. I am currently in the same dilemma and am working thorugh the 45 day trial to see if it is worth the money to me. Remember you will pay EU tax on top of the 230 euros quoted! I have PS on monthly subscription which is another way to get Adobe products - but I like the specific actions for astro-imaging in Pixinsight.
  10. Eeeek!!
  11. It was poor - I've had a chat with a friend and he suggests that I guide at my scope's native 400mm rather than the 260mm I achieve using a focal reducer as the seeing will overwhelm the reduced star movement. Given today was rather warm and pleasant, and that the temp has plummeted, I imaging there is quite a bit of atmospheric interference at the moment which is affecting the seeing. I'll try again another day - having a red wine now Thanks for the reply Louise Jay
  12. Last night was great and imaged for several hours. Used Sharpcap to polar align and it was pretty good in PHD2 until the last hour or so when a periodic error began to develop (the pulses oscillated either side of the x axis in PHD2, but within tolerance). Get set up for this evening - mount levelled etc and then into SharpCap. Took ages for it to get near aligned - it'd ask for an adjustment one way then, when a minor adjustment was made, it'd leap to a huge adjustment in the opposite direction. Got 'aligned' then into PHD where it immediately went off the screen, it was that bad. Tried drift aligning but that was no better. Back to SharpCap ... and so it went on for a couple of hours before I got fed up and packed up. Anyone else have issues like this? My mount is a Celestron GT EQ mount - it should be capable of reasonable tracking as last night showed - but tonight it just wasn't having any of it. Shame, as it's clear as a bell outside
  13. I was going to come along and say "hi" but I've had so many issues with my set up that I'll be spending the evening in the back garden trying to image
  14. Yes - don't embarrass me any more than I already am I think I have it sorted now!
  15. There was the two lenses, a flat o-ring spacer which was between the lenses from memory and then a more rigid metal ring that sat between the inner lens and the screw-in ring. I might have struck lucky as, although I didn't mark the lenses, someone else has with two marks that align. Need to test tomorrow in daylight to see what the outcome is.