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About PembrokeSteve

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  1. Hi, Wow ! Superb work as always ! Regards, Steve
  2. Hi, I managed to image M27 The Dumbell Nebula (unguided) on 20th July 2020. Telescope: Vixen VC200L Mount: Skywatcher NEQ6 Pro Camera: Canon EOS 600D 103 x 60 second lights (unguided) 20 x Darks 36 x Bias 36 x Flats APT used for the actual imaging. Processed through APP, and Affinity Photo. Don't know if everyone else goes through the same experience, but I end up processing about 4 to 5 slightly different "final images", and then cannot decide which one is best !! Got a feeling that once I get my vixen's collimation spot on, it will become a fantastic imaging scope. It seems to absorb loads of light even with meagre 60 second exposures. Regards, Steve
  3. Hi, I managed to have a go at The Ring Nebula with my Vixen VC200L on the evening of 25th June. Image taken unguided with my unmodified Canon 600D. Many of my lights had to be deleted due to blurred stars - I think due to my failure to balance the scope properly. A meridian flip also occurred while I was making a cup of tea. I am so glad I missed my "first ever" meridian flip, as it may have given me heart failure ! In the end, about one hour of lights were salvaged, with Dark, Bias and Flat frames applied. Stacked through APP and then processed with Affinity Photo. See below image. A Cropped image is also included which nicely shows the two central stars. Regards. Steve
  4. Hi, Excellent images, I expect it was a bit windy for you as well ! Regards, Steve
  5. Hi, I am so glad I submitted my “Triplet query”. After all your advice, I am putting the triplet idea on the back burner for now, and instead will concentrate on beginning guiding and utilising the gear I already have - mainly my Orion ED80 and NEQ6PRO mount. It will pay off dividends for me when I can guide, because then I will also be able to get some use out of my Vixen VC200L, which up to now , I have only really used on the Moon and Planets. I will also start looking a ccd cameras ! Many thanks again, Steve
  6. Hi, Just to say many thanks for all your excellent advice. I am not yet guiding and am still in the DSLR stage. However I will now take on board your advice and look seriously into “getting into guiding” and the possibilities of upgrading from DSLR. My train of thought has been Triplet, Triplet, Triplet , when my Orion ED80 is more than capable of giving me great images, especially if I progress to guiding and go for a dedicated Astro OSC or Mono camera. To be honest, like many people relatively new to Astro imaging, just the thought of guiding can be scary, because there is the fear of failure and it doesn’t look easy ! Hence my desire to get a scope which can be reduced/flattened down to a fast f4.9. Again thanks for advice so far, much appreciated. Steve
  7. Hi, I am very keen to upgrade from an Orion ED80 Doublet to something better for DSO imaging. At present I am imaging with a Canon EOS 600D. I might go down the ZWO CMOS road some day in the future. I cannot decide which is best out of these two scopes, and hope SGL can help. My choices are as follows:- 1. TS Optics Photoline 90mm f6.6 FPL3 Triplet , approx £1,059.00, combined with APM Riccardi Reducer & 0.75 Flattener, which will bring the scope down to f4.9, approx £359.00. TOTAL = £1,418.00 2. Skywatcher Espirit 100 ED PRO Triplet, approx £1,565, combined with Skywatcher Esprit Field Flattener, approx £155. TOTAL = £1,720.00 I am well aware that option 2, the Espirit is a superb triplet. However option 1, the 90mm combined with what I believe is a superb Reducer from APM Riccardi, is very tempting to me, along with big savings financially for me. Any ideas how these two scopes compare with each other, when fitted to the above mentioned Flatteners? Grateful for any advice on this please, Regards, Steve
  8. Hi, Three Lunar mosaics from the evening of 27/05/2020, with the final image drawing one's eyes to Mare Fecunditatis, with the two rays, extending from the crater Messier A. Imaged with Intes-Micro MN56 Mak-Newt telescope and ZW0 ASI 178MC camera. Regards, Steve
  9. Hi, Excellent Image. You have achieved the image sharpness that we all strive for. Regards, Steve
  10. Hi, Just a BIG thanks to Vlaiv, CloudMagnet, and Ollypenrice, for their time and efforts in answering my question, (which has been bugging me for a while). I am sure that this valuable advice will also be absorbed by other forum members who are new to Astro Imaging. Again many thanks, Steve
  11. Hi, How dark should the background of a typical deep sky image be ? I notice that many of the experienced imagers on our forum avoid the too dark (black) background, and seem to prefer light to dark grey. However some imagers do seem to prefer the black/ high contrast background in their images., and I frequently see this when browsing images online. Is how dark you make the image background, down to personal taste? It seems what one person might like, will probably not appeal to others. When reading through telescope reviews, one often reads the comment about “pin sharp stars” against “inky black sky” which is a sign of a good scope etc. However the “inky black” background is not wanted in deep sky images. I have often seen images with a darker background and the person who produced the image has been advised that “the black point has been clipped”. I am now a little bit obsessed with trying to avoid the dark background in my images. However even this is not easy. Very often a different viewing browser can make your image background look darker than what it is. Is it me just being fussy or what ! Grateful for your views on this. Regards Steve
  12. Hi, Just a few of my better images from my session on 31/03/2020. Think I may have got some Apollo Landing sites, in two of the photos! Images taken using my ZWOASI178MC camera, via my Intes MK67 Maksutov. All Images were shot at about 2,000 to 2,500 frames via Sharpcap, then processed through a combination of Registax, GIMP and Affinity Photo. Regards to All, Steve
  13. Inspirational set of images! Thanks for posting them. Regards, Steve
  14. Hi, Excellent work as always ! I really look forward to seeing your lunar images. Regards, Steve
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