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Galen Gilmore

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About Galen Gilmore

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    Proto Star
  • Birthday 18/09/2003

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    Astronomy, Soccer/football, Videogames, nature, science
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    St. Louis, MO
  1. If the go-to is not your thing then the 200p is the best option. Easy to use, just push. Easy to setup, can be carried out in just two pieces. Once you get proficient at star hopping it will show you much much more than the 150 goto. And it is true that newts on EQ mounts can get get really awkward to look through. One object might have the right eyepiece hight, but then when you go to look at another object the eyepiece could be pointing strait up or strait down.
  2. 7 months in astrophotography

    Even better.
  3. I need to lie down....

    Your profile gif displays your reaction perfectly.
  4. 7 months in astrophotography

    Thank you, I am using DSS to stack, works well but there can be problems sometimes. For the eclipse I took off the filter ~10 seconds before totality and then took the picture.
  5. 7 months in astrophotography

    Thanks John, I would start with Deep Sky Stacker (DSS) and GIMPshop. Both free and excellent for starting off.
  6. 7 months in astrophotography

    I put together a little video showcasing my best photos in the 7-ish months I have doing this amazing hobby. I wish I had more time to be able to get out and do this, I also wish for clouds to just leave!
  7. ED80 v 130P-ds

    I love my 130pds, with the coma corrector it is f/4.5, and I actually prefer diffraction spikes! As long a you can deal with occasional collimation, diffraction spikes, and a bigger tube, the 130pds is probably better. For more of a plug and play though the ed80 is the clear winner.
  8. First attempts with new EQ6-R mount

    Very nice images! You should change your signature to add your new mount.
  9. 180 mm Mak or 8 inch SCT EDGE on planets

    Not necessarily, often the best views on planets are with high quality APO refractors. Therefore the view is highly dependent on quality of optics, and size of central obstruction. As for which is better, I have never owned either so I can't provide any opinion.
  10. my Planetary Nebula collection

    wonderful collection!
  11. Imaging newbie

    My processing workflow goes as follows: Crop very slightly -> levels -> crop again (this time more aggressively) -> curves -> color balance (using either RGB levels/curves, color balance, or selective color) -> saturation (if needed) -> levels -> curves -> crop again if I have room -> bring image into Lightroom -> adjust color balance more -> use vignetting tool to fix any leftover vignetting -> make any final subtle changes. Of course this is not the same for every object,it is just a guideline. I change it up for every target because every nebula/galaxy/cluster requires something different.
  12. Imaging newbie

    Nice! How are you processing your images? It looks that it could use a bit of color balance.
  13. Common questions astronomers get asked

    "Where do I look through?" (Newtonian specific) This is the first question I get when I offer a view through one of my two scopes, both of which are Newtonian reflectors.
  14. Hello from the wirral

    Welcome to SGL! Hope you enjoy your star adventurer!
  15. Subs - Quantity vs duration

    I am by no means an expert. But how I see it is that the longer exposures are capturing more detail in every frame. 5 x 10 minutes will have more detail than 10 x 5 minutes, but the same amount of noise. At least that's what I assume.