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  1. Yep, the cropped one for me too. What a first light! Barry.
  2. Gorgeous TJ - superb colour. Barry.
  3. Mark, That's a stunning image - no doubt about it. Bet it would look superb printed out. You will be sending it to the mags won't you? Fantastic back drop for the comet - well done. Barry.
  4. Very nice Martin. Really good image of a difficult object. Narrowband is sure the way to go in the Moonlight! I take it the AO pick off the guide star, before the narrowband filter? Or I wonder if it could get a guidestar through a narrowband filter? Barry.
  5. Good detail and lovely colour John. I've no experience of the Mintron, but that's super for the short exposure time. Barry.
  6. Thanks Martin, I had it brought to my attention that virtually all the stars were saturated - hence little star colour, I think the 3min RGB subs, because they were binned at 2x2 was just too much for it. Probably better getting the RGB at Bin 1x1. The Lum subs seem fine. Using the CCD Ware sub exposure calculator, http://www.ccdware.com/resources/ this gives me a max exposure of 230 secs, so I'm going to aim for around the 200 sec mark at Bin 1x1. But the initial impression I get of the camera is 'sensitive or what!' Barry.
  7. Ben, I feel the same emotions! Look at this: http://www.astrobuysell.com/uk/propview.php?view=23666 I don't need to take into account stirling conversions, to know I can't afford it! So, just pop out to your Obs and give your AP1200 a little pat!! I'm jealous!! Barry.
  8. Thanks Louise, That fits in exactly with my memories of the event. Seems like yesterday!! Barry.
  9. Tim, I think because of the Moon, which has no doubt led to some noise, I may have been over zealous with the Noise Reduction side of things! I think in turn this has softened the galaxies. You know the routine, noise reduction v sharpening! Because of the flats problem, I didn't think I would be getting anything out of this, so it's a bit of a salvage job! I'm just so impressed with the sensitivity of the camera. Even at 3 min subs, it may be saturating the stars! Thanks for the kind comments everyone - much appriciated. Barry.
  10. I was 9, my Dad was working nights at the time and normally returned home around 6am. That was when I remember getting up and watching Neil Armstrong on the Moon. I don't remember the famous walk down the steps though. Like Ron said earlier, I remember watching the descent to the lunar surface...very exciting! As Michael said, my recollections of Apollo 8 seem clearer (December 1968).....Absolutely fascinating!!) If anyone can remember the clock times for the landing, UK time, that would be interesting, as someone said earlier, it's easy to get confused with memories of the actual day and later rerun visual recollections. Barry.
  11. Oh no Steve! I've heard that sentence before somewhere.....??! In the dim and distant past........! Barry.
  12. Steve, why haven't I seen this on APOD yet then? They do occasionally show British imagers efforts! Barry.
  13. Nice to see M42 images still coming in at this time of year - it'll be gone soon. Good job on this one too. Barry.
  14. Yes, you're right Dave, it's non anti-blooming. A Kodak chip. But it is very sensitive, although I think it will take alot of getting used to. First impressions are that I like it alot. The de-blooming part of the processing, takes alot to get your head around though. In fact, for me, all processing takes alot to get my head around!! Barry.
  15. Super image John and great info. This should start to silence the doubters! Barry.
  16. This was taken on the night of 4/5 March - the Moon was at first quarter then. First light for the SBIG ST-10XME & a big learning curve for me, ie. de-blooming. Also, just before I took all the Flats, I caught the camera and subsequently, I think this knocked the imaging train slightly - all my flats were about 25 pixels out....very frustrating. I hope I've hid them well! I've not conquered de-blooming yet, as I think can be seen! Comments and criticisms heartily accepted - I've a long way to go with this camera yet. It may loose something in the jpeg conversion. Taken with WO ED80II Zenithstar. Lum: 10 x 3min, 6 x 5 min Bin 1x1 RGB: 10 x 3 each channel Bin 2x2 Processed in CCD Stack, Maxim & Photoshop. Barry.
  17. TJ - I think the second one is now superb. Really, really good. I feel bad for even mentioning the 'G' word now!!!! You're like me then in processing - I can never leave an image alone, even when it's finished! Rather do that, than watch the telly! Great result. Barry.
  18. Peter could be right though Tim - could be more dust! You have done an excellent job Tim - as a matter of interest, how long did it take you to process from start to finish? Barry.
  19. Very nice image Tim. Some lovely colour and detail at the centre of the Neb. On the far left, is there just a tadge of a colour gradient? Hope you don't mind me saying that! It is an excellent image - no doubt about that. Barry.
  20. Superb widefield image Kevin. Look at the detail on NGC 5033! Barry.
  21. Lovely image Steve. Great detail showing at the core of the glob. Hope you don't mind me saying and you are probably aware already, that there appears to be some vignetting towards the corners? Hope you don't mind me pointing that out! I know if I post, I like people to tell me if they see something like that. Good to see you back Steve. Barry.
  22. Dave, I think your result is false. If you click on the link at the top of that page ('Click here for Instructions') it goes on to talk about measuring 4 frames etc etc. I think if you do this and the other info it requires, it will give you a much longer exposure time. I'm pretty sure it will anyway. Barry.
  23. I like it Dave - alot. Some nice detail showing, despite the conditions. You certainly haven't forgotten how to capture an image despite the layoff! In respect of exposure length, have you seen this: http://www.ccdware.com/resources/ With you 'darker' skies, you might get a longer exposure - in my suburban location, I'm limited to 3-4 mins looking at this sub exposure calculator. The autoguider calculator is very useful too. Barry.
  24. Rog, Sorry, I din't know this but probably should have. I shall look at my books more! Nice one. Barry.
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