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  1. Hah, well, I might travel to get the last of them. I live in the UK, south coast.
  2. Upgraditis is hitting at the same time I'll be getting into a bit of extra money. Before sinking this amount of money into the hole, I want some expert opinion. My interests: DSO. Nebulae, galaxies and I'd like to be able to take good pictures of the entire Messier catalog. I know I need a new mount first. I'm looking at Celestron CGX, CGX-L or CGE Pro. It also depends on what route I should take with the scope to handle weight etc. Celestron because I got to know the evo and like their software. Scope: The dilemma here is that I'm now totally in love with how easy the WO is to use. A 5 element lens makes everything just plug and play. But I want to have some better magnification on the galaxies, which leads me to the following choices: 1. Refractor: Tak 130. Expensive, but plug and play and 1000mm focal length. Or a William Optics FLT 132 Triplet, 925mm. 2. Newtonian. Something like this: . I'm worried about what is said about the vignetting for DSLR, which I think is odd with the large illumination field, but the fast newtonian with a focal length of 1100mm sounds nice. 3. RASA. The Celestron RASA looks pretty damn nice with an f/2. However, the 620mm focal length and the requirement for a CCD camera is putting me off quite a bit. Camera: I love my 6D. I think it has already proven itself so good with my limited setup that I'm not really looking to change it. However, if the final decision on the above hinges on changing the camera, I'd be looking for a cooled solution mono so it can supplement the 6D. ATIK 11000 seems like a potent candidate. Any thoughts on all this? I guess the biggest is actually whether I should change from refractor to reflector, which then has a huge halo of subsequent questions coming.
  3. Hmm, interesting. I know I eventually want a cooled CCD. Maybe I should try that before I decide what other scope I should get to complement the widefield WO.
  4. Used the dso-browser and spent last night on the Cygnus loop. 10*600s + 3*1200s.
  5. Ah, of course. Nvm, that would defeat the purpose of my scope. Thanks.
  6. Quick question. Is it possible to use a barlow with my gear to increase the focal length and image with it? I can't grog the ins and outs of that question.
  7. That tool is amazing! Thank you!
  8. Ok, Stacked and startooled the NA. Need more processing. Thank you for this suggestion, I want to do a lot more on this one! 26 * 300s 8 * 720s
  9. I've finally gotten my setup into a state where I have PA done very well, guiding perfectly for 10 minutes and only need the clouds to go away. All that said, I've been chasing some targets I probably should not do with my gear. An example is the attached M51, which all things considered is pretty good, but just too small for my liking. I also tried M101, but that is folly with my gear, I have learned. So I need advice for good DSO targets for my gear. I really prefer the Messier catalog, but I'll go anywhere for something interesting.
  10. Thanks! Yeah, I have to get some proper imaging time on these bright clusters when the clouds give me the opportunity. The blue comes from the LP clip filter I use. Probably why the red is almost gone, but I can't avoid that in my location.
  11. For good measure I thought I'd show off the final result of all this. Yesterday evening I managed to get a peek through some clouds and LP and got everything working. The focus was fiddly, but I got it done on Vega. Then I went to M13 to test it all out. 10 minutes exposure and not even the slightest star trail. I'm quite psyched. Except, obviously, I need to move to a dark sky place, preferably on the mountains in the Canary Islands.
  12. The plot thickens. I simply didn't have proper focus on the camera. It's quite tricky to obtain on this scope, but I managed to get a nice shot of the tree in the garden.
  13. ok, so I put on the lens that comes with the camera. With a bit of tinkering it gave me the image below, which is quite ok. Making out the strings in the ricepaper lamp. So, I'm thinking I have an issue with focus on the finder scope, but I can't find a way to set any focus on that scope. If I just use my eye to look into the scope, the focal point is about 20cm back from the end of the scope. Halp? This is the scope:
  14. I think something went wrong in the communication here. I'm not looking to use the ZWO ASI120 as an imager, I have my Canon 6D for that. I literally just want to be able to get one star identified in PHD2 so I can start guiding, but everything is absolutely horrible. I just came home from a trip and I'm going to see if I can get any image in broad daylight out of this camera, otherwise I'm going to return it as faulty.
  15. but but, my 6D doesn't remotely behave like this. So, what do I do? Put the camera in the freezer before I go out to shoot?