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PembrokeSteve

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  1. Hi, See below some of my best Moon Shots from my imaging session of 8th June 2019, taken while waiting for Jupiter to appear. All images taken with my Intes MK67 Maksutov telescope, via my ZWO ASI 178MC camera. Regards, Steve
  2. Hi, Just processed this evening. ( anything to escape the Mrs! ) Image taken using my Intes-Micro MN56 telescope and my ZWOASI178MC camera on 11/05/19 at 21:19. Below Photo:- Montes Appenninus seen emerging from the darkness, leading one's eye to Montes Caucasus and to the two large craters Eudoxus and Aristoteles. Mare Serenitatis is to the to the right. Regards, Steve
  3. Hi, I took a load of images on 11/05/19 at various resolutions etc. using my ZWOASI178MC camera, via my Intes-Micro MN56 Mak Newt. After I had run my 7.27GB video data through Autostakkert, the resulting "conv" Tiff image ( 20% of 1356 frames at Noise Robust 3 ) looked rather overcooked, (ie) ( it looked as if unsharp-mask had been over-applied ) Usually the Autostakkert "conv" Tiff image, is always the one I select to process further for my final image. This time I decided to have a go at processing the "non conv" Tiff image, which I usually always ignore. I tweaked my "non conv" Autostakkert image through Gimp, then Arcsoft Photostudio 5.5 ( which I picked up free, with a Canon digital camera many years ago ). I then converted the photo into Black and white, and got the below result. In summary From what at the beginning appeared to be a failed lunar image, now seems quite a good image. Got to admit this processing work can drive you insane!! Whole evenings seem to get obliterated from doing it ! I am now left with dozens of images, which I consider as failures, and will now have to to delete ! Regards, Steve
  4. Hi, Many thanks DP concerning the Darks advice. Thanks also to Olly, I will spend some time doing a re-process, and see what I can come up with! Not sure if my 1st initial stretch that I do in APP, prior to saving my FITS image as a Tiff is causing me to clip the black point. Again thanks, Steve
  5. Hi, Here is my first attempt at the Leo Triplet from 5th May 2019. I suppose rather sad compared to what is on this forum, but a start for me, Lol ! Image composed of: 60 x 70 second Lights, 10 x 50 second Lights, 10 x 70 second Darks, 1 x 50 second Dark, x 30 Bias and x 30 Flats. Orion ED80 Telescope, NEQ6 Pro, Canon 600D, using APT no guiding. Processed in APP, tweaked in GIMP and Arcsoft Photostudio 5.5 Regards, Steve
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. Hi Imaged on 12/04/19 using my Intes-Micro MN56 Telescope, with ZWO ASI 178MC camera. Regards, Steve
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. Superb Image - Cant wait to have a go at it with my Orion ED80!
  22. Hi, Thanks for your replies, looks a good scope for the price, though a Coma Corrector would be required as well. I have an Orion ED80 Refractor, so I know just how good Orion (USA) scopes can be. All the Best, Steve
  23. Hi, Recently saw an Advert for this telescope in a back issue of a Sky and Telescope magazine. It got my attention because I have been reading a lot about the Skywatcher 130PDS recently on this forum. The Orion f/4 Newt looks a fantastic piece of kit and seems a decent price at about $399 But... who sells this in the UK? ORION TELESCOPES (USA) 6" f/4 ASTROGRAPH NEWTONIAN "A photographically fast Newtonian reflector, built around a 150-mm parabolic primary mirror, made from B270 glass, that reaches thermal equilibrium quickly. An oversize 63-mm (mirror axis) secondary provides excellent field illumination for larger DSLR or CCD cameras. A 2-inch, dual speed focuser is designed to hold heavy imaging accessories without slippage, with a steel reinforcing plate eliminating flexure. Scope weight = 12.7 pounds and comes complete with tube rings, Vixen style dovetail mounting plate and an 8 x 50 finderscope". Also, how does this Orion scope compare with the Skywatcher 150 PDS? Interested to hear some feedback about this Orion Newt and how good it is for imaging. I expect is is good, very good, but does anyone know? Regards, Steve
  24. Hi, Many thanks again for your advice. Was thinking about all of this today, when I suddenly remembered APT giving me an on screen pop up notification to "turn off electronic shutter delay" (I think the APT notification actually warned me that by keeping shutter delay on could increase sensor noise) Like a fool, I ignored the message , at the time fearing vibration could cause blur and so I continued with my APT exposure plan leaving shutter delay ON at "4 seconds". I think this may be why I had such awful pixel noise in my light subs and darks. I will make sure shutter delay is at "zero" next time. Regards, Steve
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