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  1. There is an extended list checkbox in the object browser which you may have missed? If not and the target you are looking for is still not there, you can try some of the community made lists in the APT forums such as ones on here: https://aptforum.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=147 Or you can use cartes du cel/stellerium as suggested.
  2. I'm no expert on this yet, and I may be corrected by people who know better but I think it depends on the camera. If you have a lot of read noise it might be worth going for longer subs providing you don't over saturate any bright areas of the image, but in general, more subs that get a histogram that doesn't clip on the left hand side is the best way to go.
  3. Well this is very impressive, I clearly have much to learn and practice. I think perhaps the main difference between my approach and yours was the seperate processing of luminance, I will give that a go. Its good to know my data has more potential than I thought. I should point out that it was 47 x 60s, I named the file incorrectly sorry. So it does seem that 300s might have been too much. It didn't occur to me that overexposed stars could adversely effect the colour of the image overall to such a degree. I learnt a lot from your input, thank you very much!
  4. I do wonder now, I am class 5 Bortle and as you can see I can easily get 60s without one. I will have to look into it further.
  5. I did do all those on my image, obviously not as well as you! I'm going through the Inside PixInsight book as I go. It would be great to know what my data can achieve in the right hands. Sorry I was replacing them with the linear images: https://1drv.ms/u/s!Al9nr2n1J94MnGKt6CE7ovlKyhmg?e=KFCdOR https://1drv.ms/u/s!Al9nr2n1J94MnGM4YEUs8qqSje73?e=lMd6YU All I've done is calibrated and integrated with flats and bias, (no darks and dithered).
  6. Wow looks much better, may I ask what you did there? You say the filter will effect colour... as in colour balance which can be corrected in post processing or am I actually blocking colour? If thats the case I might reconsider using it. I will happily provide the xisf files if you want to show me what more can be done. Here are the links to them in my OneDrive: https://1drv.ms/u/s!Al9nr2n1J94MnGFYTyu23WkEK6_B?e=psoK8E https://1drv.ms/u/s!Al9nr2n1J94MnGBPbZCdlwtGGY2k?e=qMesMa
  7. That is some excellent noise control there, was it mostly processed out? With Pixinsight?
  8. Yes possibly, certainly sounds like something other than the sub length. I think an autofocusser and SGPro (so I can schedule refocussing through the night) is my next step to improving my pictures.
  9. Thank you for the reply, yes I was guiding and my camera is modified. I was using the IDAS D2 Light Pollution Suppression Filter on the 300s and not on the 60s. I wasn't too concerned about the stars as I could blend in 60s ones, I was looking for more detail and colour in the galaxy, which I don't really understand why there isn't after adding over 3 hours of exposure? Still much to learn in this hobby!
  10. I recently completed an imaging session of M33, with sub lengths of 300s. I was hoping this data would greatly add to my previous attempt on M33 where I only did 60s sub lengths. However after numerious processing attempts in PixInsight I am very dissapointed in the result. Obviously the stars are bloated, but it all appears to be a blury mess. Could it be that I was out of focus or have I just pushed the sub length of my Canon 700d too far? 39 x 300s: 47 x 60s:
  11. The 80ED Pro would be the better imaging scope between the two, with the field of view being better for most DSO's and being easier to guide. However, it has a very similar field of view to your 130PDS, are you using that for imaging?
  12. I neglected to mention, may seem obvious but avoid looking anywhere near the sun while doing this!
  13. You will first need to align your finder scope with the telescope so they both point at the same point in the sky. This is best done in the daytime by pointing at a distant object such as a house chimney pot, when you have it in view with your telescope, adjust your finder scope to point at the same object. It is also worth pointing out that looking through glass windows is not recommended, the light will be distorted through the panes of glass.
  14. I think I'm sufficiently put off the RASA now... also reading issues with sensitivity to tilt. I think I'll go back to my Esprit 100 plan. Thanks for the inputs!
  15. So I am expecting Santa Claus to possibly bring me Universal/FLO vouchers which I will of course be spending on improving my DSO imaging kit. As you would expect, I have an FLO wish list ready to be bought, but I do like to plan ahead so I don't waste money. The next logical purchase is a mono camera and filters... however I want to make sure that my purchase is compatible with my future desired imaging telescope. Up until recently, I was 90% sure this would be an Esprit 100 Refractor, however my head has been turned by the Celestron RASA 8. I do have a small reservation which I'm hoping people with experience of this scope can alleviate or confirm... - Collimation. From what I've read (albiet not much info out there), it holds collimation well (even from the factory), is this true? I have never owned a scope that has needed collimation (only owned ed80 and skymax 180), it's not a task that should overwealm a noobie if it does need doing? Basically, would I be biting off more than I can chew? If not, This means I will go with an appropriate mono cam, faster filters that will suit the RASA, skip buying a autofocusser for the ed80, and get a filter slider instead of a wheel.
  16. To be honest, I would take this opportunity to move to Windows 10 if you can. Windows 7 will officially not be supported anymore by Microsoft from next month.
  17. Could it be windows update related? I’ve had issues in the past with EU specific versions on windows updates not recognising my dslr
  18. No I was mistaken with my link earlier sorry... the 48mm ring adapter is for attaching to the skywatcher reducer/flattener. What you need is a t ring such as https://www.firstlightoptics.com/adapters/t-rings.html (perhaps email FLO to make doubly sure). This is what I have which I know works: https://www.opticron.co.uk/our-products/telephotography-and-digiscoping/t-mounts/t-mount--canon-eos
  19. I think you probably need the extension tube too, which you should have got with it like me and others: If not, perhaps using your using your diagonal would work?
  20. Did your evostar not already inlude a t adaptor? Mine did when I bought mine a few years ago. With that all you should require is https://www.firstlightoptics.com/adapters/sw_m48_adapter-1.html. I'm 95% sure there will be enough focusser travel to not need the diagonal.
  21. As someone who has been using a Canon 700D, I'm not aware of this... can you elaborate?
  22. Are you actually using the Debayer process or assuming that ImageCallibration does it?
  23. I think the big diffrence is that the EQ6 Pro is belt driven, meaning its quieter and less backlash. EDIT: taken from the eq6 pro FLO page: EQ6-R PRO vs NEQ6 PRO: The EQ6-R has a higher payload, is belt driven (reduces backlash and improves guiding) has a redesigned body with a carry handle (easier to transport and setup) and improved latitude adjustment (more sturdy and effective over a wider range of latitudes). It uses an RJ45 plug for the handset connection (better than the DSUB used by the EQ6, especially in the dark!) and a screw-on power connector (more secure and reliable than the NEQ6 PRO's push-fit power connector). It also features a USB port has a new 'SNAP' camera control port so you can fire a DSLR camera automatically from the mount.
  24. great tip! I like that. Another suggestion it aligning with something vertical in the daytime (i.e. side of your house) and making a note on the RA clock where it is to rotate to in the dark.
  25. Thank you for the replies, some promising things to try on my next imaging session.
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