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  1. Hi all, I'm finally taking the leap into guiding and am looking for guidescope recommendations. I have a SW 200PDS, HEQ5Pro mount and an EOS1200d for imaging. I also have an ASI290MC which I've been using for planetary. I purchased an adapter to attach my ASI290MC to the SW's 9x50 finder but the threads are a nightmare and I'm struggling to focus. I'm conscious of overloading the mount so something lightweight which doubles as a finderscope which I can just attach my ASI290MC to would be ideal. Does anyone have any suggestions for this rig? If so, would I need anything else like dovetails etc. Thanks in advance
  2. First attempt at imaging mars. Pleased to have captured some details considering the ongoing dust storm. One very dusty marble at the moment! Equipment: SW 200PDS, HEQ5 Pro, ASI290MC + IR-cut filter.
  3. Hey everyone, Previously tried Jupiter with EOS1200d but was disappointed with what little detail I could get. Decided to get an ASI290MC and wow, was blown away! First two images below were with 2x barlow and, by pure luck, include Europa transit and the great red spot. Third image is prime/no barlow with Io to the left. For comparison, the last image was my first attempt at Jupiter just 2 weeks before. What a difference having the right tools for the job makes! Equipment: SW 200PDS, HEQ5 Pro, ASI290MC + IR-cut filter. Process: 90sec vids with Firecapture, PIPP, stacked and debayered with AutoStakkert, wavelets in Registax. Still loads to learn but very happy with my first attempts. Now to try Saturn....
  4. Thanks for the processing and detailed steps, much appreciated! That is interesting about the horizontal banding! I am indeed using a Canon(EOS1200d). I will certainly take a look at those plugins and books too! Have only viewed all the above processing attempts on my phone so far, can't wait to flick through them om the laptop and compare. Really is a stunning galaxy! Thanks everyone
  5. Wow, thank you so much Adreneline! This was my first ever galaxy shot and for that reason I think it will always be my favourite now! I'll need to take a note of those steps and try recreate for practice. Glad that my focussing is okay as i'm still just focussing by zooming in on a star (Arcturus on that night). Hopefully get a bahtinov sorted soon.
  6. Hi everyone, This is the 2nd ever DSO I have captured (the first being Pleaides). I have very limited experience processing images after stacking. I have attached some of my efforts to draw detail out of M51. There is only around 30mins of data in the TIF file (30x60sec @ ISO800, Skywatcher 200DPS), 10 darks and 10 bias. This is all I could capture before the clouds rolled in. I have tried following some youtube tutorials but am struggling to get rid of the grey-ish tinge to the image and reduce the noise. There also seems to be a dark horizontal band across the image which I think might be a stacking artifact ? I am using Photoshop and have mainly been adjusting levels and curves but not quite sure where to go next. If anyone could give some advice on processing M51, what processing steps they normally take etc.....or even have a quick go at processing it that would be amazing. Thanks in advance Autosave001.tif
  7. Thought I'd provide a follow up on this one. Thanks to your advice above, I managed to track down M51 last night. My star alignment was poor first time around (thought I had aligned to Arcturus but it was a nearby star...don't ask haha) but with all sky plate solver I was able to figure this out early and redo my alignment! Only managed around 30x60sec subs before the clouds rolled in but was just so glad to see the whirlpool pop up on BackyardEOS! Had a quick play at processing today. Need to study more processing tutorials but chuffed with what I managed to pull out from such little data Thanks again!
  8. Ahh thank you, much appreciated.Looks like they tools could come in handy. So I was on the wrong side of Ursa Major, jeees! Learning curve indeed. At least I captured something
  9. Hi all, Novice here, 2nd attempt at imaging DSO. Aimed to capture M51 last night but think I might have been off target. I thought my polar and synscan alignment was pretty good and synscan seemed to be on target for other objects. Can anyone tell me if I was off target or just didn't get enough data? I have tried matching the surrounding stars to other images of the area but can't seem to figure it out. I have attached the .tif output from DSS. I have played with levels and curves but can't reveal anything yet. If it's bad news, can anyone at least identify the faint fuzzy for me? Thanks in advance Details: Skywatcher 200PDS + HEQ5Pro mount Lights 60x60sec ISO 800 10 darks, 10 bias Autosave.tif
  10. Thanks for the pointers Olly! I was certainly battling haze and low cloud towards the end. Glad my focus was okay though as I haven't got a bahtinov yet so just zooming on stars to focus. I had used a laser collimator at the end of my last session but as i'm having to dismantle and reassemble my set up each time, there's every chance I could have knocked it. Also didn't have time to setup laptop for BackyardEOS so was touching the camera to shoot (albeit with a 10sec timer). I'm looking forward to attempting my first galaxy. Do you have any recommendations for a first target? Andromeda is obscured by trees for me at the moment. Andy
  11. Hi, First post on SGL so hello everyone and thanks for all your posts. They have helped me greatly to hit the ground running with my new hobby! This is my first ever DS image taken on 4th night out with my scope. I spent the first 3 sessions practising setting up, polar aligning and imaging moon etc. Last night I nearly never ventured out because of the moon and cloudy forecast but so glad I did! When aligning my finderscope I stumbled upon M45 and decided to give it a bash. Managed around 40subs before clouds rolled in and moon came up but very chuffed with my first result! Criticisms and advice more than welcome Image + Processing: M45 Pleiades 01/04/18, from back garden in southside of Glasgow ~40 x 30sec subs 10 Darks DSS + Photoshop (Messed with curves, levels and used Gradient Xterminator) Equipment: Skywatcher 200PDS HEQ5Pro mount CanonEOS1200d
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