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Datalord

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  1. Had a look. Everything is out of stock, so that would have some long wait. And the faff would remain. I think I'll go the Lunt road. It seems like the easiest way for me to achieve what I want. If it goes pearshaped I can also easier sell it I think. Thanks everyone!
  2. I looked more at the DayStar Quantum. Have to say that looks appealing if I can use it with a large refractor I plan to order. 10 min heating time seems like a very small price to pay compared to the 1-2 hours I usually have to cool my nighttime scope. If I went that route for an f/7 refractor, I would need: 1. DayStar Quantum SE 0.3A 2. Baader E-DRF rejection filter in the right size. 3. Rejection filter holder. 4. Barlow x4 or aperture reducer+barlow Is that correctly understood? While appealing, experience tells me this will be a whole lot of faff...
  3. Thanks, that's a lot to consider. Being completely blind to the pitfalls, I am close to deciding on a second scope for home use, which would be a 140mm or 160mm refractor. Is it possible to get these external etalons in that size?
  4. Yes, it's not for lack of choice. That's almost the problem. What I don't want to do is buy something I want to upgrade in 3 months time, so might as well go for proper gear. Interesting about coronado, I thought they were a premium brand. I'd prefer to get something purpose built instead of modding a different frac. Maybe I'm wrong?
  5. I captured this data in December and life sort of kept me from doing something about it until recently. 13 hours of narrowband in 600s bin2 on my RC12. Ok, here it is without humanoids.
  6. I've been pondering the virtues of solar observation for quite a while and I think I want to try it out. However, I don't want to do it half-assed, so I need some advice on what great gear combinations I should look at. I don't really have a budget, but I'd probably keep it below £10k. I will put it on my 10Micron GM2000 mount, so that's not a problem. Is there anything other than scope and camera I should consider?
  7. Thank you! Here's Santa for you, on the 24th. A bit scary, very 2020.
  8. This one took me months to finish due to a stressful time with lots of work and a move from UK to EU. Finally got some calm to sit down and process this data. I wanted to see what I could get if I trained the big RC on the core of M33 and due to a few factors it kinda just continued. This is the best data from a total of 30+ hours captured. One of my goals with this one was to see how much detail I could get with the Ha added to the mix. Having a peek into the star nurseries of another galaxy is super intriguing to me. I'm not sure I like the aesthetics of this image, but just lookin
  9. I'm going to be the dissenting voice here. A DSLR is indeed a great camera, I used a 6D myself, but don't underestimate the power of cooling. It is a whole different level of clear image you get from a - 40C sensor compared to a 30C heated by a 600 seconds shot.
  10. I think you went a bit overboard in stretching and contrast on this one. You've also lost some of the colour you had in the first image. 24h data vs 1½h? How will you ever compare those results?
  11. It looks to me like you have some problems with focus. How did you focus for the various filters?
  12. I for one love the stars in the images from fast newts, including the 180ED. My RC does a reasonable job of it, but it does take more effort in processing to get stars under control and they never get the crispness of yours. And my RASA doesn't even come close. Well done on that image.
  13. It took them almost 1½ years to get a batch for me, so do whatever you can to get a hold of one! This is with the QHY247, so a CMOS color.
  14. Not my usual time on a target, but some clouds messed up half the night, so 3 hours is what I had. It is one more to my collection of globular clusters with my RC.
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