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Buzzard75

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  1. Should be able to see it. As Stu said, it would just be an extremely small black dot. We're fortunate here in the US that it happens to fall on a major holiday, Veteran's Day. Our club is actually doing an event in association with the North Carolina State Park Service at one of the nearby historical forts, where they'll be having other activities throughout the day. It's going to be a busy morning for us.
  2. Louise, I know it doesn't necessarily help you, but I just wanted to say that I share your pain. I said this in another thread. I was very interested in spectroscopy and my wife even bought me a SA100 diffraction grating for Christmas last year. I have RSpec as well to use it. I've only used it a couple of times though. It's honestly not that intuitive and I don't have enough time to sit down and play with it which means I'm less likely to bother learning it. I too have been through all the tutorial videos and it all runs together for me too. Which is fine if I'm at home and post processing because I can watch them over and over again. However, I can never remember what I need to do when I'm out in the field if I want to use it for live viewing and sharing with people in a public setting.
  3. I have RSpec. I've only used it a couple of times though. I don't have enough time to sit down and play with it and it's honestly not that intuitive, which means I'm less likely to bother. I'm following to see what others recommend.
  4. Beta units are shipping or about to start shipping and final surveys to confirm addresses and things of that nature went out. They were waiting on European certification for the battery and finally received the letter. Beta test is expected to run through October and non-beta backers are expected to start receiving units in December through February. No word on non-Europe or US backers as certification is very different for each region and country and they're still trying to work out a lot of those details.
  5. I did two edits. One is just RGB and the other is LRGB. The one without the L has a bit more color. The one with the L though seemed to show just a bit more detail in the nebula and made all the stars a bit brighter. Not sure which one I like better. In any event, I didn't get as much data as I had wanted. I planned at least four hours, but APT kept having issues. It started out by taking five exposures in a row and then it would hang up when starting the sixth. It kept telling me I needed to "Please input exposure duration between 0 and 0s, and restart exposure." I updated software and checked a box in the settings to enable higher CCD compatibility. I then got through 11 exposures. Thinking the problem was solved, I went to bed and woke up a few hours later to find my mount tracking right along, but APT was having issues again and had only made it through 21 exposures rather than 80. No idea what's wrong with it. Might have to try a different USB cable or something. Here are the two edits. I have a larger frame, but this is cropped down to the interesting bits. 7-8x180s exposures of LRGB each (ZWO filters) Calibrated with flats, darks and dark flats ASI183MM Pro William Optics Redcat 51 iOptron CEM40EC (unguided) Captured with APT and processed in PixInsight and touchups in Photoshop
  6. Use PIPP to align the frames of a SER and output an AVI file. Use Autostakkert to analyze the AVI and stack the best frames into a TIFF. Put the TIFF into Registax and play with the wavelets to bring out the details. Put that file in your image processing software of choice for final processing.
  7. I have no experience with the HEQ5, but I do have the iOptron CEM40EC and 2" tripod. I know it's not the same as the non-EC version and there will be variations in the tracking abilities between the two, but it's a very solidly built mount in general. It offers a lot of capability in a small package. I'm currently just running a WO RedCat and an ASI183MM with filter wheel, but I'm looking at expanding to something bigger like an RC. The mount can handle quite a bit of weight for how little it weighs. Benefit of the center balanced mounts. The inclusion of the polar finder scope makes polar alignment a piece of cake and it's extremely accurate. In the end, that polar alignment accuracy is going to help with reducing the tracking error. You could easily get that with a Polemaster or another polar alignment scope though, so it's nothing special to an iOptron. It does mean that you require a laptop to do your polar alignment using the polar scope though. Since I do all my AP with a laptop anyway, it's not a problem as I always have it with me. If I were just doing visual though, I could do a rough alignment and probably be satisfied.
  8. Listen to this man. I completely agree. I went from a DSLR to an OSC and am now realizing the capabilities of a cooled mono with filters for DSO's. I would still go back to an OSC for planetary or lunar work, but will always default to mono and filters for DSO's or solar. I will probably never go back to DSLR unless I want to piggyback a wide field shot using a camera lens.
  9. Not sure if people outside the US can see Gizmodo's site. Ryan does a lot of posts about space and science. He recently 'reviewed' the Stellina scope. He puts into perspective what the capabilities of the scope are and it's exactly what I've been saying all along about these escopes. Are they a replacement for large telescopes with an eyepiece or high end astrophotography equipment? Absolutely not. Are they a great teaching aid and good for outreach? Absolutely. https://gizmodo.com/i-made-amazing-images-of-galaxies-and-nebulas-in-minute-1837845368
  10. Thanks! I'm definitely happy with them considering where I was in my astrophotography skills only a year ago. I just meant I'm still learning and figuring things out and I'm sure they can be improved by someone more skilled than I. I still haven't quite figured out how to do everything in PixInsight and have to do a few final things in Photoshop. And I'm sure I'm missing some workflow steps in PixInsight that could make them look even better.
  11. Two images for you today. My processing certainly isn't perfect, but I'm definitely improving. One image is standard SHO, the second is a slight modification of HOO using Pixel Math (Ha; .65O+.35Ha; .8O+.2Ha). Standard details: ZWO ASI183MM Pro ZWO EFW with ZWO Ha, SII, and OIII filters William Optics Redcat 51 iOptron CEM40EC (unguided) 20x180s each filter Darks, flats and dark flats for calibration Processed in PixInsight with final touch-ups in Photoshop Enjoy!
  12. Dorian just rolled through here in coastal North Carolina last night too. My understanding is it's supposed to clear up tonight and be clear all day tomorrow and tomorrow night too. I might actually get some imaging in two weeks in a row!
  13. Hey, Steve! How'd the testing go with the iOptron 6" RC on the CEM40? I have the CEM40EC and the ASI183MM Pro myself and was looking at getting a 6" or 8" RC. I'm extremely interested in the results. Thanks!
  14. You are correct, sir. As I said, I was thinking of BackyardEOS. I just remembered one of them didn't work offline for the demo, just couldn't remember which.
  15. Believe the time unlimited 'free' (demo) version requires you to be connected to the internet. The paid version is able to be used offline. I could be thinking of BackyardEOS though. I know one of them I couldn't use out at the dark site due to no internet connection. It's so inexpensive though, it's worth the money to support the creator. After the initial purchase, I think a renewal is only $6USD per year. Pretty cheap to me.
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