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About geeklee

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  1. I've definitely seen similar behaviour. When double clicking a xisf file, Windows launched what seemed like the PixInsight installer. I cancelled this the first time and it got in a right state. One reboot later and same thing happened but I let the installer finish. After a time, PI opened and then told me I had updates (the same updates I'd installed previously). It was like it was running PI as a separate user. I wouldn't have thought Windows elevation would have caused this behaviour but maybe. I've been opening PI first and then opening a project or file / drag drop file so haven't "tested" this again!
  2. Welcome @Sidecontrol Cracking images, thanks for sharing.
  3. Awesome @Ken Mitchell I was hoping to see a few images of the double cluster and comet that i wasn't able to have a go at - and SGL has delivered.
  4. Hi Mike - I think what you've done sounds fine - if you've got the camera -> adapter -> 2" tube of 80ED. Just need to get the adapter length suitable for enough focus extension. Fire it up and test it out If you don't have a reducer with a back focus requirement, then - as far as I know - the back focus explanations for 55mm on ZWO site are not applicable.
  5. If you don't want to drill, I got the 11inch version (recommended by FLO) for my 80ED - same challenge - and it was perfect: https://www.firstlightoptics.com/adm-vixen-type-v-series/adm-vixen-style-universal-dovetail-bars.html (was also mentioned above)
  6. Just to add (probably the obvious) - make sure you've got a healthy exposure time as well. A well lit moon will be milliseconds but seeing some stars at unity gain (out the box) will be several seconds. Assuming you're using a tracking mount, crank the exposure up to 30s and you'll see something no problem I reckon. Keep going to see more - I can't remember if AsiCap will let you stretch in situ or not but that would help confirm there's plenty out there!
  7. Thanks for sharing the Astra Image config for deconvolution @WestCoastCannuck. I use Astra Image as well for lunar work and always flip flop between "simple deconvolution" and deconvolution. Sometimes certain data responds better to different modes and underlying deconvolution settings. The clarity you've got (and many others too) is awesome. Do you find the filter you used make a subtle/big difference? (Baader 610nm long pass). I've never really used anything outside a UV cut but have read about using a red filter.
  8. The previous image was great, but compared to this it does look a bit "loud" now This version is stunning and inspiring (as was the previous one).
  9. Great start, especially considering all the elements you got lined up on your first outing
  10. geeklee


    IMHO much better - eye just goes straight to M82... nice work Mick
  11. Full resolution was a treat as you said Thanks.
  12. geeklee


    Nice image Mick. I'm biased when it comes to the spikes (don't like them) but trying to be objective... for me, they detract from the main event as @Adreneline mentions. That wasn't very objective
  13. It all looked good around 7pm, clear skies and a nice high moon. Skyliner 200P was out to cool for some observation. Come 8pm I couldn't resist attaching my ageing Nikon D3100 and attempting some shots. I usually image with a high speed planetary camera so the ad-hoc fast exposures I took with the Nikon to try and freeze the seeing were too fast, so quite under exposed (I should have increased the ISO). Stacking 25% of 40 frames let me run some light deconvolution and push the midtones, white point, exposure & contrast to bring up a decent result. The cloud then rolled in fast and this is what the finder scope view looked like But an eye piece (ES 82deg 11mm) view with my phone camera (unaltered) caught some detail around Montes Jura, Montes Carpatus, Kepler & Encke
  14. That's fair. In my head I'm not doing a direct comparison, just looking to move to something with more post processing tools (more all-in one). I agree on APP, the LP tool is very good and I've found (with some work) the star colour calibration is also good. I also find all the pre-processing steps excellent too... I think I just clicked with the application and hence found others more challenging. Right now I picture a future where I still use APP just to pre-process . I've only been using APP for 4 months but I've started to get a little frustrated with the lack of documentation and also the slow release schedule of updates (1.076 must be imminent). I know, I know, it's niche (excellent) application with a single developer (if I understand their setup correctly) Currently I always end up in Affinity Photo after APP but some more advanced layer and mask knowledge would be useful...
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