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  1. Very nice!!
  2. Well done Micheal - You must be very pleased Good on you
  3. A modded camera doesn't necessarily mean that its mono..... That is a further modification
  4. Sure is..... here's one company that does it and there's others I've seen too
  5. That's a massive difference
  6. Well I would consider two things and I think that this would help your gradient problem significantly..... 1) Use your Ha as a luminance layer. While you have it as a layer and before you flatten it, use the colour select tool or colour balance (so you can lower the blue in the shadows if you want). 2) Convert your Ha OIII image to greyscale and use that as a false luminance..... see which works better. I always put some luminance of another on my images..... you can really play with the colours them, not worry how it all looks than slap a luminance on the top and hey presto..... all the detail with all the colour
  7. Wow - That is some going!!! Out of interest, have you added a luminance layer?
  8. if you can only get one of the other.... then the SkyWatcher Adventurer is USELESS without a camera...... So really I'd say that you need a camera and tripod first. Can you budget to get the mount at a later date?
  9. From what I understand from your post you are saying that you can either afford the Skywatcher Star Adventurer OR the Nikon camera? Is that right?
  10. I find any tinkering gets done at night as that's when things fail to work for some inexplicable reasons.... to that end I keep it simple
  11. Here's my immediate thoughts on this..... I am sure that there are many folks who are not adverse to tinkering ... but think about how much tinkering has to be done during the night..... Are you prepared to give up imaging time for tinkering? I am not and so I've gone for refractors now for a few different reasons.... If I was in the UK on short amounts of imaging time, the last thing I'd want to do with my clear dark nights is tinker and fettle..... I'd want the setup to be productive and remain so in the shortest possible time frame. Just my boring 2p worth!!!
  12. That's a lovely image John..... it's so great to have you back, I have missed your images around the forum..... I hope that everything is now at a point where you can continue to get that equipment working well. Interestingly, this part of the Butterfly jumped out at me when I'd done the mosaic and so I may take a look at it in isolation some time. A super image from you and bang on the money for all the right reasons
  13. I think that narrowband imaging is very versatile and also increases your imaging time considerably....... I borrowed a friends OSC for a couple of months expecting to get one and use it..... I found out that very quickly as the moon rises you can in effect wave goodbye to almost 2 weeks of imaging time a month. At least with narrowband (Ha in particular especially if you get the narrowest 3nm filters) you can quite effectively image around a full moon if you pick your targets well. The ability to do narrowband AND broadband would affect my choice of scopes..... I wouldn't have a scope that could only do LRGB imaging unless I had another system that could also do mono and narrowband
  14. Hi and welcome to SGL - Look forward to seeing you around
  15. Sure the Mesu will be good and will suit your needs for a long focal length... they guide well and do all that is required. Filters - I would personally get the 3nm Astrodons..... There's an argument that at 3nm the Ha cuts out all of the N that the 5nm picks up, so you only have a PURE Ha bandwidth.... for me and others I have seen using the 3nm filters this has not been an issue. No one has ever looked at my images and said they would be better with the added N neither has anyone noticed that its not there. What you will get with the 3nm is slightly better moon proofing ...... You strike me as someone who wants the best and so to that end I would go for the 3nm's...... you may always be left wondering with the 5nm's if you could have got better data after all