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  1. Oh - I use APT free - thought it was still the case (has caption ‘donate 18.42 euros if you like it’ on it’s front loading screen). It controls your camera, mount, image sequencing - plate solves plus many more useful functions as a fully automated process (it will automatically meridian flip your scope too). It is fully compatible with PHD2 and sky charts like Cartes du Ciel for directing telescope at your target and keeping it there while you watch TV. I wouldn’t use anything else now. Cables - EqDirect and USB hub connected to laptop is a must but bye bye Synscan Handheld con
  2. Consider Astro Photography Tool to run the show. I have never used NINA myself as APT is just the best IMHO but if you've successfully imaged with a DSLR then use the same methodology with your new camera. Should not be significantly different. Good luck. Gerr.
  3. If there are any SGL moderators around can you move this topic to the galaxy competition please? My bad!!!
  4. This is an iconic interacting grand design spiral galaxy that every budding astrophotographer should have in their DSO album!! I submit my latest version taken on the 7th May under a waning crescent moon from my Bortle class 6 sky. The image is composed of 89x60second exposures which is a short integration time of less then 1.5hours. This is a reflection of our shorter nights and temperamental weather in the UK. Equipment: Canon 650D (modded), Optolong L-Pro filter, SW200P reflector (plus coma corrector) on a HEQ5 Pro mount (belt driven). Camera ISO was set at 800 and
  5. Hi Noodles, No barlow. I can achieve focus with or without the coma corrector too. Never had a problem focusing with the SW200P. Though I maybe lucky in that respect as I have noted on this forum. Gerr.
  6. The Whirlpool Galaxy located in the constellation Canes Venatici was the first galaxy to be classified as a spiral galaxy. Its distance is estimated to be 23 million light-years away from Earth. Now widely imaged and a must have in any budding astrophotographer's DSO album! This is my latest version from my Bortle 6 class sky. Lights: 89x60secs (ISO800). Canon 650D. SW200P. Optolong L-Pro filter. HEQ5 Mount - guiding at 0.5 total RMS error (mediocre due to gusty conditions) taken 7th May under waning Crescent Moon. CC's welcome. Gerr. Original and Cropped Images
  7. Fortunately taking flats for a DSLR is pretty much straightforward. That’s the advantage of a simple kit I suppose??? I’m not one for the complex stuff!!! Gerr.
  8. Your kit is unfamiliar to me (and looks complicated!!!) Gerr.
  9. When I first started astrophotography ( in 2019 - the year I got my first proper mount and modded camera) I never thought there would be so many wonderful targets to capture! This list just keeps growing and keeping me hooked. What a fantastic hobby we share!! Gerr.
  10. I struggle to get long integration times (3.5 hrs is my max so far!!!) but multiple sessions on same target will help me there. Only so much seeing quality from terra firma!! Gerr.
  11. Aha - I did wander about those ones. I do think I’m lucky getting ‘decentish’ images with my short integration times and ‘basic’ DSLR camera as this hobby can become very expensive very quickly!! I’m still finding the limits with my equipment and processing techniques before I splash the cash!!! Thanks, Gerr.
  12. These two galaxies in Ursa Major are of lenticular and barred spiral design approximately 52million light years from earth. I like the warped s-shape of NGC3718 in particular - pretty unusual. Images were obtained in two hours of integration time (120x60 secs at ISO800). Canon 650D. SW200P. Optolong L-Pro filter. DSS and Photoshop. Gerr.
  13. AKA - The Sombrero Galaxy (M104). The Sombrero lies at the southern edge of the rich Virgo cluster of galaxies and is one of the most massive objects in that group, equivalent to 800 billion suns. The galaxy is 50,000 light-years across and is located 28 million light-years from Earth. First attempt at this one and with it being low in the southern sky a bit of a challenge!! However, it rose briefly above my neighbours wall for a couple of hours and my scope was quickly put into action. Moon was waning crescent but it was a bit gusty which effected my guiding (0.6 - 0.7 rms
  14. That's a good capture for such short individual exposure times. I'm surprised at the level of detail you've managed to get. This one is on my to do list but opportunity is fast fading!! Thumbs up from me Fellow Canon DSLR user (650D). Gerr.
  15. Imaged here are a few galaxies which form the end of Markarian’s Chain (including the 'Eyes') in the Virgo Constellation. A nice concentration of fuzzies of many designs. Small in size but all together they make a great sight (how many can you see?). I managed this with the 8" reflector, a DSLR (Canon 650) and good guiding on a HEQ5 mount. Lights: 49x240secs (3hrs 16mins) at ISO800 and usual Bias / Flats / Dithered frames using APT & PHD2. Stacked in DSS and processed in Photoshop. Hope you like. Gerr.
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