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About PembrokeSteve

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  1. Hi, I am very interested in this scope as well, for imaging. It has got to be top quality I am certain. I would welcome any feedback as well. Regards, Steve
  2. Hi, Very impressed with your lunar images - I will have a go with my Televue X5 Powermate, when I do the Moon next ! Regards, Steve
  3. Hi, Took some images of the Moon on 5th May using my ZWOASI178MC (non cooled version) camera and paired it up with my Intes-Micro MN56 Mak Newt. This seems to be a fantastic combination for Moon imaging. The ZWO178MC seems to "snap into" focus with ease, due I believe to the superb optics of my MN56. I am also pleased that the MN56 seems to produce good images with my x2 Meade Barlow, and I am looking forward to see the results I can get with future imaging sessions. Some of the file sizes I end up with using the ZWOASI178MC are huge (ie) 13GB , even after only running off 1,300 frames, however Autostakkert seems to still process them well even though it takes longer. I am really pleased with my ZWOASI178MC camera (and I am still on a learning curve with it), but if you are looking for a good camera for moon imaging which won't cost a fortune, look no further. Regards, Steve
  4. Hi, Chuffed to bits with getting second place for my "I won't be back" Terminator image! Many thanks for all your kind comments and for liking my terminator image. Regards, Steve
  5. Hi, I intend to connect my NEQ6 mount to laptop using RS232 cable, via my Synscan Handset. Hopefully this will allow me to dither in "APT Dithering" mode. Regards, Steve
  6. Hi, I am at the moment trying to set up "Dithering" on my APT. I am presently using a Canon 600D, with Orion ED80 Refractor, mounted on my NEQ6PRO. Please note, I have not yet progressed to Guiding - NO GUIDING Do I basically select "APT Dithering" and maybe leave all the other settings at Default? Most grateful if anyone can let be know which settings I might need to adjust, and to what values. Finding it all a little bit confusing ! Many Thanks Steve
  7. Hi, Here is the link which shows the SHARPSTAR APOs soon to become available from the UK dealer 365astronomy.com https://www.365astronomy.com/sharpstar/ Regards, Steve
  8. Hi Many thanks for your useful and interesting feedback regarding my 125mm APO query. Just before typing out this reply, I spotted something "rather exciting" ( for me anyway ! and probably for you as well ! ). UK Astro Dealer website 365astronomy.com , are soon introducing some stunning looking APO's from Chinese manufacturer Ruixing (SHARPSTAR), and interestingly, one of the SHARPSTAR APO's - AL-107mm f/6.5 Triplet is an exact match for TS - Optics Photoline 107mm f/6.5 Triplet APO. There does not seem to be any 125mm APO available though. From what I read on some feed back from Cloudy Nights Forum, Stellarvue and TS - Optics, source their APO's from SHARPSTAR. The SHARPSTAR APO's look damn good and so does their AL-107 ( I was tempted towards the TS - Optics 125mm APO because it was cheaper than the TS - Optics 107mm APO ) Does anyone know much about Ruixing SHARPSTAR? Regards, Steve
  9. Hi, I have my eye on a rather "mouth watering" 125mm APO Refractor from the much respected German retailer APM:- It is the : TS - OPTICS PHOTOLINE 125mm F/7.8, FPL 53 (FROM OHARA), LANTHANUM APO at £1,499.00 Eur However, I have spotted this telescope being sold by The Widescreen Centre UK:- TECNOSKY 125/975 F/7.8, FPL-53 ED DOUBLET APO at £1,399.00 Question: Are these above telescopes basically the same telescopes under a different brand name? Does anyone know? and if so are they good scopes? Regards, Steve
  10. Hi, Many thanks for your kind comments (especially Ron), I think that my Intes-Micro MN56 Mak Newt, paired up with the ZWO ASI178MC camera is a killer combination for lunar imaging. Can't wait to see some of the results that I get when I use my x2 barlow, for lunar close ups. As many of you know, the optics on the Intes-Micro MN56 are superb, this helps a great deal in getting pinpoint focus of the moon (it just jumps out at you from the laptop screen!) I purchased my MN56 over 10 years ago and I was lucky that it arrived in perfect collimation, and seems to have stayed that way. It is built like a tank and baffled like a Black Hole! A fantastic scope. Regards, Steve
  11. Hi Imaged on 12/04/19 using my Intes-Micro MN56 Telescope, with ZWO ASI 178MC camera. Regards, Steve
  12. Hi, A section of the Moon's terminator running along Montes Appenninus, Montes Caucasus and Montes Alpes (with some shadows that can be seen coming from the mountain peaks) Imaged on 12/04/2019 using my Intes-Micro MN56 and ZWOASI178MC camera. Regards, Steve
  13. Hi, Had a go at M82, the Cigar Galaxy and M81, Bodes Galaxy on 28/03/19, using my Orion ED80 and Canon450D unmodded DSLR. As usual I need to get more time put into my images! This is approx 60 minutes worth of lights, made up of mainly 70sec, 60sec and 40 sec exposures at 1600ASA. 24 Darks, 26 Flats and 26 Bias applied through APP. Some final tweaks in GIMP. Regards, Steve
  14. Hi, Inspired by Forum Member Xiga, after seeing his fine image of M101 on 22 March 2019, I just couldn't wait to get an image of the Pinwheel Galaxy. My image was taken on 27/03/2019 with my Orion ED80 Refractor and Canon 450D, on my NEQ6Pro mount. ( As usual, at present, my images don't have enough hours put into them yet, because I am still figuring out how to plate-solve with APT ! Once I get plate-solving under my belt, I will start to get more data, hours wise, into my images ). My image below is approx 1 hours worth of light subs, composed of a mixture of mainly 70 sec lights, including some 60 sec lights and 40 sec lights, all at 1600ASA. I also incorporated 20 darks , 35 bias frames and 35 flat frames. Processed through APP and then GIMP. Regards, Steve
  15. Hi, I had these sort of problems when I first got my NEQ6 mount. I don't know why but do you know what works best for me, and as a result, my Go-To is spot on? One Star Alignment. I always ensure ensure my mount is Polar Aligned as accurate as possible, and then do the One Star Alignment. Might be worth a try. Regards, Steve
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