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About PembrokeSteve

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  1. Iris Nebula - 20/04/18

    I would be very happy with that! Regards, Steve
  2. Hi, Is there some list by Month and Approximate Time available, that gives the best and most convenient stars for carrying out a " 3 star alignment". Tonight I had the experience of Arcturus and Capella coming up on my Skywatcher SynScan handset, including Vega, which for me was not yet visible. I had to skip Vega to choose another star. Then my handset gave me loads of not well known (and probably feinter) stars, which was confusing, when you have not got a clue if these stars will be visible either! Any advice here appreciated, Regards, Steve
  3. Hi, Thinking of trying to get my hands on something a little better than GIMP for my Astro Image Processing (something that supports 16 bit images). (and basically Adobe Photoshop is too expensive for me) I expect this has been discussed many times, but does anyone use Cyberlink PhotoDirector 9 (£47.99), or Serif Affinity Photo for Windows (£48.99) for their post DSS Image Processing? The reviews on the above programs are very good indeed on the internet (ie) Tech Radar I look forward to any recommendations or advice from those that might know please. Regards Steve
  4. Is Full Frame Better for Telescope Imaging?

    Many thanks for the advice given. Was later shocked to see how large the Canon EOS 5D actually is...it is like a built like a brick! My Orion ED80 focuser would struggle with it's weight I think. I will probably be better off sticking with my Canon 450D and getting it modified for about £90 quid. Again many thanks, Steve
  5. Hi, This cloudy weather gets one browsing at cameras and drooling over what better cameras you might possibly buy in the future (this astro imaging hobby means = you are never happy with what you have!) Anyway, I have a Canon 450D DSLR which I am very happy with, and it delivers me good image results through my Orion ED80 Refractor and Vixen VC200L VISAC telescopes. MY QUERY:- Would I notice much improvement (image quality wise) if I were to pick up a secondhand "Full Frame" DSLR (ie) say a Canon EOS 5D? Would a Canon EOS 5D be much better than a Canon 450D? Does a Full Frame camera only give a better result if doing "wide angle camera lens" shots of the milky way etc? or will a Full Frame sensor improve image quality for subs through the Telescope? Regards, Steve
  6. Saving Your Work Query

    Hi, How do all you Astro Imagers on this forum "SAVE" all of your precious hard earned work? So far i have bought three Toshiba mini portable hard drives to save my Astro images on. Do the majority of you also do this to safely back up your images? I have started to save my images within created folders (ie) named "Astro - Mar-2018" etc according to month and year. I then name my finalissed processed image (the image that I feel "is the best" I have processed) , as follows :- M42-02-24-2018_20.15UT_VixenVC200L_Canon450D I also keep a manual log book, cross referencing the above File Names (ie) detailing exposure information, amounts of subs, darks etc. My final image is Always saved as a seperate Tiff and a seperate JPEG. Am I on the right track here, in what I am doing? Grateful for tips and advice. Regards, Steve
  7. My First Deep Sky Images

    Hi, Many thanks to forum members for taking the time to give me feedback and excellent advice. Thanks again, Steve
  8. Hi, I am finally getting to grips with my new NEQ6Pro Mount, getting into the routine of polar aligning etc. and during the last week or so, I managed to get some trial shots done. The first sight when seeing your images come up on the camera (my Canon 450D unmodified) preview screen, after taking an exposure is an amazing experience. I have only used my handheld RS60 shutter release so far and have been counting down the exposures while kneeling down next to my scope. Now that my "Astro Imaging Anxiety" is calming down a bit, I intend to use APT for my next session ! While taking my images there were a few moments when I thought the camera had "packed in" on me, until I realised that I had left the cap on the telescope after shooting my darks! I bet this has happened to everyone! From what I have done so far, I am getting the feeling that the actual imaging with scope and camera in the garden is the easy bit and that the processing work afterwards, is the hardest. I am at last getting a better understanding of processing using DSS and GIMP mainly thanks to this forum. Below are some of my images - all taken with my Orion ED80 via Canon 450D. The larger M42 was shot through my Vixen VC200L (which I have had some trouble balancing using the two counterweights that came with my NEQ6Pro mount) All images were taken at short exposures until I gain more experience. M42 taking by Orion ED80 - x 7 subs at 30 secs and x 4 darks , ISO 800 M42 taken by Vixen VC200L - x 3 subs at 1 min and x 1 dark , ISO800 M81 taken by Orion ED80 - x 6 subs at 1 min and x 4 darks , ISO800 M1 taken by Orion ED80 - x 4 subs at 1 min and x 2 darks, ISO800 Regards, Steve
  9. Mighty Dusk Moon 27-2-18

    Great images! Do you have an observatory? Regards, Steve
  10. My First Ever Deep Sky Image - Why No Colour?

    Hi, Thanks to those forum members for the last 3 posts - for your very helpful advice concerning DSS. Regards, Steve
  11. Fantastic Images - I live in a coastal area and your photos have given me a few ideas! Perhaps I can get some fishing done at the same time! Regards, Steve
  12. My First Ever Deep Sky Image - Why No Colour?

    Hi Many thanks to Vlaive and wxsatuser for your help and advice. As Vlaive suggested i will now check out my DSS settings. I have much to learn. All these cloudy evenings in Wales will come in handy for me to improve upon my processing ability. Thanks again, Steve
  13. Hi, Finally got to use my NEQ6PRO Mount with my Orion ED80 Refractor and Canon 450D on Tuesday 13th February. I have been waiting patiently for this night since the middle of October 17, when i got my new NEQ6 mount. Since then the weather has been foul, and on certain evenings when it was momentarily clear, there were off-putting high winds. If it was not high winds we had constant "short notice" hail and rain showers. I did not dare try to set up my new mount, until a calm clear evening appeared. Anyway my lousy West Wales weather finally gave me the break i needed and i put my new set up into action. After all this time had had virtually forgotten what to do, but i did my polar alignment o.k and got my ED80 locked onto M42 in Orion, and took some basic 30 sec subs at 800ASA. Just to see how things worked i shot 7 lights and 4 darks at 30 secs each. I was pleased to see the images that i had just took, were coming up sharp and in colour on my Canon 450D preview screen, which was encouraging. Anyway i afterwards previewed my M42 images on my Canon 450D camera and a programme called UF Raw, and the individual 30 sec images all showed plenty of colour. However after stacking them via Deep Sky Stacker - the final stacked image came out in black and white (devoid of the colours showing before stacking). After going through some post image processing using GIMP (i actually used some guidance from the excellent book "Making Every Photon Count" which refers to GIMP) , i failed to bring any colour into my final image. Is this because i did not take enough subs? Next time i intend to shoot loads more subs and for a longer duration - by doing this, will i then get a final stacked image showing some colour? Something that i can work on to get the colour image i want? Any advice much appreciated, Regards, Steve See my photo below, result after stacking, with no processing applied, what happened to the colours? m42_13feb18CROP.Tiff
  14. SkyWatcher Synscan WiFi Adapter

    Hi, Not sure if this has already been covered already - if you attach the Synscan WiFi Adapter to the Skywatcher NEQ6PRO Mount, will the Polarscope illuminator still function? or does this only become illuminated when using the Synscan Handset? Regards, Steve
  15. Lights, Darks, Bias, Flats Query

    Many thanks for your advice. Much appreciated. Wish this weather in West Wales would improve. Clear sky's it seems ..so I think, lets get my new NEQ6 set up and do some test shots with my Canon 450D.. I go outside and it has clouded over!!