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  1. The data was captured on 22. & 23. of Feb. My first one this year and the first after 5 months of not being able to set up. It consists of 35 300s exposures using an UHC Filter and 10 500s exposures in Ha for luminance. Picture was taken with a ZWO Asi294MC Pro color on my Omegon Pro RC with a 0.8x reducer at ~1300mm focal length, riding on the IOptron CEM60. Stacked in DSS and processed in Photoshop. Personally I'm not to happy about the processing as there's a lot of grainy noise I can't get rid of. If anyone can point me to a good tutorial I'd be very grateful.
  2. I still don't own a filter wheel (guess I should really get one)... I imaged in two sessions and swapped out the filters in between. I use 2" Filters screwed into the imaging train. The 294Pro is a really solid camera, sadly I'm currently bottlenecking it with a rather badly collimated scope
  3. I followed this guide for my EQ5: or you could just buy an EQDirect cable. With these cables you plug into USB on your Laptop and into the RJ45 on your mount without the Handcontroller
  4. Oh... Ooohhh... I should do at least some google image search... Terribly sorry. I was assuming the EQ3 Pro had the same ports as the EQ5. In that case a simply USB to serial adapter and the included serial to rj12 would probably be the easiest method. Maybe the EQDirect cable could work if you swap the ethernet jack to an ethernet port though... but that's just guessing Edit: Isn't the Handcontroller connected through a ethernet cable to the box on the tripod? In that case a EQDirect cable should do the job. Hard to find a decent sized picture...
  5. I built my own EQDirect cable following this guide: If you know how to solder this is a super easy way to connect the mount. You can directly plug the RJ45 plug of this cable into the mount and don't have to use the handcontroller at all.
  6. I think the closest thing to what you're looking for is a "Demonstration Membership" at ITelescope... Though as I understand it you can only "look" through the scopes and you get no control over the scope. I can't imagine there's a site that offers their telescopes for free and if so they'd probably be booked out for quite some time
  7. I'm almost certain it comes from the camera itself cause no matter where in the sky I'm pointing it's always in the same spot. At first I suspected my filter had a defect but on further inspection I found nothing. as vimvb said, darks should fix it
  8. I will be adding calibration frames to the data in order to bring out more of the nebulosity and do a proper processing of the data, this was just some quick and dirty work to figure out how a luminance layer works.
  9. Decided to add some Ha and tried my first LRGB image... ~35 x 300s Ha frames added. Also played with the color balance. I think I'm slowly getting where I want to be.
  10. Really nice details, especially the ice caps on mars. Hope I can produce something similar tonight but I think my scope is simply not designed to deliver good planetary images.
  11. I have never done it with a Laptop, but I always just swapped my harddrives into my pc after upgrading certain parts. Only when I switched the motherboard windows complained about the "fingerprint" as symmetal mentioned but iirc it only prompted a message and was able to migrate to the new motherboard. You'll probably run into driver problems ( video/audio/network ) but should be able to uninstall unneeded drivers and reinstall the proper drivers. I'd suggest to make a backup of your acer harddrive and just try it. If some error messages pop up try to find a solution and if it gets to tedious just reinstall everything on the new laptop.
  12. The last two days offered pretty good weather so I started to collect data on the bubble nebula. My scope gave me a bit of a hard time at first. Collimation seems to have gotten worse since I last used it so I had to do some on the fly adjustements which gladly turned out ok. Image was shot with a ZWO ASI MC294 Pro Color through a Omegon Pro RC 203/1624. No filters yet, planning on adding some Ha for luminance. Image consists of 68 frames 300s each at unity gain settings, no darks, flats or bias yet. Stacked in DSS processed in Photoshop.
  13. Will do after I run some more tests next time I'm out. Also did switch some parts between focuser and camera.
  14. That's the weired thing... they don't show up on my darks. Will have to inspect my filter once I'm done with shooting tonight.
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