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  1. Avoid the rice idea, bit of a myth type thing anyway. A nice warm room will be better. The thing with rice is you risk getting small particles/rice dust onto your optics.
  2. I agree! I mean we are spoiled now aren't we. I really do like the way it takes a test image to see if it's centred and then if not moves a bit to re-align itself. I have not used my star adventurer pro for a while. To go back to manual framing is going to be a bit weird.
  3. I do definitely recommend the asiair pro (or the plus, I have not used the plus). The big bonus for me using the asiair is the plate solving. No more using the bulky hand controller (not that I ever did, it's never been used on my Heq5). Just a quick polar align and then tell the asiair to go to the target. What is more simple than that
  4. Is the ASIAIR plus for me?? Well no. I have the ASIAIR pro and see no reason really to upgrade to the plus. If you are new to the asiair then yes get the plus.
  5. I do like the starless version. I have started processing my images using a starless version in the process. Sometimes I prefer the starless version
  6. I like this image. The way it's been processed to show the outer parts all wispy like is very good.i think
  7. We go camping every year. Prefer the small sites where usually there is a bit of cover between each pitch. But this time even though it was a small site (where we have been before but was on the edge of the field and had some bushes around us) we had no cover between pitches. I am one to stay up to the early hours having a few beers and looking up if it's clear. Usually have a fire as well so sit next to. I agree at 1am and with the site very quite with everyone in bed every click of my DSLR sounds like it could be heard miles away!!!
  8. That usually happens with me, part way through imaging and then lights on! I have issues with lights coming on from three directions. I have now a retractable washing line from which a black out sheet is hung. The sheet has metal ringed holes in it so it can be opened and closed. This is closed when the imaging starts. Works really well.
  9. I was up last night after an imaging session. I looked out the kitchen window and there was Orion! A welcome sight looking forward to imaging this again this year
  10. That can depend on a few things though. I have looked into this (and started a thread on here about it). Many insurance companies will insurance equipment whilst it's in the home as part of contents insurance up to an amount or an agreed extra amount. The issue is when it's outside or away from home. A few I spoke to will insure up to £5000 in outbuildings or garages but if it's left in the garden whilst imaging it is not insured. I argued that on there polity they insure garden items against theft but their rationale was that they only insure items outside the house in the garden if the item is designed to be there such as garden furniture. I argued that my imaging gear is most definitely designed to be outside as I would not get much of an image if it was inside pointing at a wall! So it comes down to this. First ring your own insurance provider and get them to explain exactly what would be insured in the event of theft especially if it's outside or away from home. I found a few that only insured up to a value of £5000 for all the items, so if I was camping and got everything stolen including the camping gear then I would still be out of pocket. The other option is to have a separate policy for just the astro gear. There are providers who deal with astro gear but the policies are quite expensive so it a decision you have to make. Here is the link to the thread I started
  11. Sorry to jump in on the thread but thanks for posting that. I went on holiday a bit back and thought I will just take the one tripod for my star adventurer and heq5 pro mount. It was only when I went to try the star adventurer that I realised it would not fit due to the cast pin that is for the heq5 pro mount!!
  12. Never mind ignore me I was brave and restarted the app whilst the autorun was in progress. That has fixed it.
  13. Strange one this. I am currently doing an autorun. Usually after each image is taken it will load the image and preview it and during the image capture it will show a count down timer on the right. However during this session I only get the count down timer if I press the little image icon on the right which takes you to the saved image folders. If I then go back to the main screen I get the count down timer but after the image is taken it does not load it so I can see it. This has only just started happening this session. It was ok a couple of weeks ago. I can view the images it is taking by going into the image folders but normally it loads each image into the preview window during the autorun which is handy as you can keep an eye on the progress. Any ideas why this is happening??
  14. Good point. The moon does not fit in the FOV of the asi120mm mini using my ed72 focal length 420mm. Whereas it does fit in the FOV with the DSLR. As far as I am aware my canon 200d does not allow the live view video mode. Overall it's not really an issue as my main focus is DSO imaging. But I am thinking of maybe doing some lunar imaging in between. I have taken some really nice lunar images just using my DSLR taking just a single image. I suppose I may just have to experiment and see what I get, or maybe a few new spends are on the cards??
  15. I use my asi120mm mini as a guide cam the same as you. I have imaged the moon using my DSLR just taking a single shot. I think at the time I got lucky with seeing/conditions as the image taken with no processing came out exceptionally clear and detailed. But I am wondering if this was just a one off. So I am keen to try the asi120mm.
  16. Thanks for that. It's not something I have done lunar imaging. I do DSO imaging but the amount of times that I have not imaged due to the moon makes me think why not go out and make use of the clear skies (being that the clear skies are not exactly frequent).
  17. Thanks for the reply. I was planning of trying both but I was trying to get my head round the science/theory behind it Tonight's looking good so I will give it a try.
  18. Quick question (possibly). I have a canon DSLR which has a resolution of 6288x4056 and in video mode is 1920x1080 at 60fps. I also have a asi120mm mini which has a resolution of 1280x960 at 35fps. My question is which is better for lunar imaging when using the canon in video mode. My understanding is although the DSLR has a higher resolution and frame rate (in video mode) than the asi120mm, the fact is the DSLR is downsampling from the resolution of 6288x4056 which means it makes it worse than the asi120mm. Is this correct. So even with a smaller resolution, the asi120mm is the better option.
  19. The issue I would say in trying to create a flat library is that the flat needs to be taken with the same focas and camera orientation as the lights. So getting this exactly the same each session is unlikely. So best to take a set of flats each session.
  20. Had a search on here but could not see the answer. I took a set of data earlier in the year and processed it. Very happy with the result. This was data taken with a modified DSLR and samyang lens, no filters. I now want to add Ha data to it using my Ha filter. Question is do I need to match the exposure time for the Ha with that of the DSLR data. I just took 180s exposures with the dlsr (no filter). Could I go longer with the Ha? The Ha will obviously be stacked separately and then blended in PI with the existing image.
  21. Not my Sky at night magazine. Should have been here on Tuesday if my sky at night calender is to be believed. Has anyone else received their October issue yet???
  22. A quick way I do it which gives a good result is to use starnett++ When I use my samyang 135mm f2 lens I get a sea of stars which drown out the nebula. I know it seems a bit daft to then reduce the amount of stars but for artistic reasons sometimes it is what I will do. Basically i take my near finished image. Run starnet so I end up with an image without the stars and an image of just the stars. I then process the star image using say levels to basically clip a lot of the data so quite a few of the stars disappear. I then combine the two images to get an image with less stars.
  23. I always see the alien when I see this target A bit like I always see Deadpool in the Pelican nebula!! Although me and my daughter don't see a pelican, we see an elephant or a penguin.
  24. That's a really nice image. I myself took a set of images using the 135mm samyang of the same target as you. I agree with the 'not trying to sound smug'. I too was very impressed with the image it produced. I took mine in a bortle 3 sky whilst on holiday. My usual sky is bortle 8, hence why I am now buying extra lottery tickets so I can move down there!!
  25. I was imaging down in devon last year. we was camped next to a small pond. During the night as I was imaging there was a couple of bats that were flying around us. Had to to duck a couple of times!!!
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