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  1. I too am in the camp of never having used it in AZ mode. At the time of me buying it I don't think there was such a hefty price difference between it and the EQ only one so I thought it was worth the little extra. If I was buying now I would probably put extra money towards a separate AZ mount if I really needed one because changing between the two modes is too much of a faff at short notice.
  2. I'm not overly familiar with WBPP as I learned to do it the manual way, but yes I think you are right that image registration does indeed try to star align. I've done a little googling and turned up something interesting... for each batch, are you picking separate reference frames? If so, try picking the same reference frame for both batches.
  3. You need to run a Star Alignment on your final images from each night. Once you've done this you can combine the two images with pixel math or image integration. If I remember correctly, image integration needs at least 3 images to integrate, but you can get around this by cloning each nights image, then combine the 4.
  4. You would have to go into narrowband imaging to do it pre process. For wide band imaging you'll have to process them out, Starnet++ is worth looking into for this.
  5. Certainly looks like incorrect spacing between your flattener and the camera (should be 55mm), can you describe what you have in between these?
  6. They should both be the same. The things to check are: your position (lat and long) check its right with another source (i use the iphone compass app) date/time are correct... make sure you check that daylight savings time is on and the date format is correct (its easy to mix up month and day). Perhaps try another app to see which one out of your hand controller and Stargate PA is correct.
  7. There are lots of helpful tutorials on you tube, I would recommend to seek some out. This for example. EDIT: sorry I just realised you have been following a guide. Without knowing what you did it's hard to say, perhaps post your stacked image for others to look at. Have you tried stretching the image more by bringing the mid tones to the left. You could probably clip more from the left of the histogram too without clipping much signal.
  8. A quick google also shows that you can disable this effect: Method: Disable automatic enhancement. 1. Open Photo app. 2. Click on Settings. 3. Under the Viewing and editing tab. 4. Turn off Automatically enhance my photos when they can be improved.
  9. I suspect it's not GIMP adjusting the brightness on export, but the Windows viewer application doing some runtime adjustments. I've noticed it doing this if you are scrolling through a batch of images, it opens then quickly applies some kind of white balance adjustment. Try opening the exported file in something else and see what it looks like.
  10. I've had a very quick process with Pixinsight, I just did a crop, background neutralisation, colour calibration, histrogram and curves transformation: I think I see slight elongation of stars which indicates your polar aligment is possibly slighly out, which would effect fine details. Having said that, you have a very respectable attempt there, especially with the moon up. I've always found it tricky to get any colour from M31, I think the trick is to get more data, preferably without LP from the moon. Hope you are satisfied with the camera so far, you'll find it come into it's own with HA rich nebulas, not really much in M31.
  11. Thanks thats sounds reassuring… on the other side of my ff/fr i’m using a t nose instead of screwing it directly onto the draw tube, will this introduce unwanted spacing or it it only measured from the ff/fr glass? I screw my idas lp filter on the end of the nose too which should cut out the need for an additional IR filter?
  12. I can't imagine focus changing enough to warrant separate flats. I would be happy to be proved wrong though.
  13. I'm taking delivery of my ZWO ASI294MC today and I have questions: Back focus... what is it? I'm guessing its the required distance needed from the back of the telescope to achieve focus with the camera? ZWO say most telescopes require 55mm, but is that a rough guide or does it have to be exact? Will my FF/FR on my 80ED eat into that back focus? Can people recommend what I should do the test the camera is working correctly? How do I determine what length on sub I should use for flat frames? I previously just used AV mode on my DSLR.
  14. I'm about to hit buy on the 294 myself for my 80ED. Are you happy with your purchase? Also may I ask which spacers you are using, and do they come supplied with the camera?
  15. With pixinsight you can create an Image Container and put all your images in that, then apply processes (or process containers) to them all. https://pixinsight.com.ar/en/docs/33/pixinsight-image-container.html
  16. I purchased mine a while ago and times have moved on since then... but it's a N34 Intel Mini PC (2.2Ghz CPU, 4GB RAM, 64GB SSD). Then I bought https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B008DCORUG/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 to power it from my DC Power Supply.
  17. Yes I am and I am also running it on 12v. It works really well for the most part. My only issues have been Wifi reception sometimes. Go for one with fast solid state memory, and keep on top of your Windows updates! There is nothing worse than setting up for a night of imaging and having Windows updates ruining your night.
  18. The Flats should have taken care of the vignetting. Did you use Av mode on your camera to take them? A green cast is common on DSLR's due to the bayer pattern having 2 green pixels for every 4 on the chip. They should process out easily and are nothing to worry about.
  19. Canon DSLR is a good starter camera then. As for which one, depends on your budget but they all will do a good job. I've seen a few in the classifieds recently, you may want to look there. I would also recommend looking at https://www.cheapastrophotography.com/Available-Cameras.html and see what your budget can get you. The next step up would be a cooled camera which starts at around £800, so if you start getting close to that I would look at those instead.
  20. What objects are you looking to photograph? Photographing large nebula is very different to imaging planets for example. If you are looking to do long exposure DSO's such as emission nebula then Canon DSLR's are a very good beginner option. You may even want to consider buying a modded one if you are solely using it for astrophotography.
  21. @wimvb may I ask why you Resampled the image? I wondering what the benefits are beyond the obvious memory saving.
  22. Some lovely detail there. I have been umming and arrring over the optolong dual band filters for my 700d so i'll be watching this thread with interest.
  23. https://www.firstlightoptics.com/askar-telescopes/askar-fra600-f56-108mm-quintuplet-apo-astrograph.html might be worth looking at?
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