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Laurin Dave

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  1. You’re welcome.. I have two of them a 100 and a 150 both great scopes and thinking about getting the reducer for the 150..
  2. Neil, you need either the flattener or the reducer (which also flattens) ... if it were me I'd get the reducer to go with that scope and camera, it will have a fov 1.7 times as big (and will get all of M42 Running Man etc) still have a good pixel scale of 1.2 arcsec/pp which is fine for galaxies and will also be a faster system.. Maybe trickier to get backfocus set up but QHY do a very good set of spacers for this purpose.. HTH Dave
  3. Yes... that what I was told for a chip the size of an Atik460..
  4. You'll need either the 1x flattener or the 0.77x reducer/flattener with that, depends on what camera you have /fov / sample rate you want ... £196 or £299..
  5. I’d just do 1-4 if I were you.. and as another thought what filters are you using (some are too tall and rub on the faceplate) and are they securely located
  6. If you’ve not done so perhaps recalibrating the filter wheel will help.. Dave
  7. Very nice Goran, the Ha really lifts it.. Do you know what's causing the Bhatinov Mask like spikes on some of your brighter stars? @tooth_dr had similar on one of his recent images taken with the same camera Dave
  8. Interesting comparison and quite a difference .. I’d guess that the big halos in the Oiii are reflections off the filters with the smaller artefacts being caused by microlens/sensor window reflections
  9. If new it comes with 11 mm and 21 mm T2 spacers and a 16.5mm T2 to m48 spacer which with the 6.5mm camera back focus gives 55 mm
  10. Do you not have the 8mm thick M66 to M48 DSLR adapter? This is usually screwed onto the flattener and takes it to 55mm required backfocus and ZWO cameras come with the necessary extension tubes to give 55m
  11. For further comparison here is another Rosette shot last Saturday night from Bortle4/5 in the UK and with the Moons at 76% and near the Hyades.. 20x 1200s , Astrodon 5nm, Esprit100, SX46 (Kaf16200 ccd) Mesu... luckily the Rosette is bright. Somewhat lower SNR than Olly's but still pretty good.. If the Baader really is 4.5nm then it ought to be pretty close to the Astrodons.. With your Oiii and Sii filters if you do get halos there are processing methods to mitigate them including of course StarNet., there are plenty of excellent SHO images around that weren't taken with Astrodons or Chromas. Also you might find, like I have that you much prefer imaging in "natural colour" .. Dave
  12. Despite having numerous Astrodons in both 1.25" and 2" I'd agree with Steve.. save your money and put it towards that new ASI2600/QHY268 mono camera... I would expect that the absence of any microlensing artefacts around bright stars will be far more noticeable than any improvement you might see from using Astrodon NB filters. Dave
  13. That might be a side effect of microlensing with the camera o.. in my experience its worse with Lum, but is dependant on exact scope/reducer/filter configuration,
  14. HI Tom I've just checked my M45 and the Blue nebula is RGB 20:30:40 or thereabouts... What scope and camera are you using? Dave
  15. I'd agree ... look at the newer CMOS cameras which do not suffer from the microlensing (which I believe the Horizon does) and which also have higher QE.. alternatively you might pick up a bargain CCD as folk switch over to the 455/571 chips, there was an Atik KAF8300 on here last week at a very good price and there have been KAF16200 cameras about too .. the 10 or 20 or 30 minute subs required with these are not an issue with the Mesu ... although cloud always can be... Also the Esprit120 can do full frame ... Dave
  16. If the filters aren't parfocal then I'd expect that the FWHM you get with the luminance filter will be worse than the individual RGB filters, how much worse will depend on how well or poorly colour corrected the scope is.. It will be in focus though, or as in focus as it can be. Also if you are shooting LRGB then generally it is best to shoot L when the target is highest/the seeing is best and the effects of the atmosphere are at their least. Also I'd have thought that the photons that come through to constitute your luminance will depend on the colour of the target.. you can see this by looking at an unstretched RGB image eg in a random sample within the core of M42 the RGB ratio of a Red bit is 80:25:35 and a Blue bit 30:32:38... HTH Dave
  17. I've wondered about this too... just Googled it and Don W says both @PhotoGav and @tooth_dr suggestions work but that the 'track object' in Skyview only works for Moon Sun and a couple of planets (doesn't say which ones) Dave
  18. Hi Adam I'm using Darks and 100 Gain and it seems to work fine.. I suspect that for bright stuff that Darks are somewhat optional although you'll need to use them or bias to calibrate flats. SGPro shows as B&W .. its a bit alarming at first Dave
  19. Hi Olly Based on what it managed to do on Steve's data the Pixinsight Photometric Mosaic script might be worth a try on this, the script could use your wide field M31 RGB and Lum data to remove complex gradients from the high res panels.. HTH Dave
  20. Steve kindly sent me his data so that I could try out the new Pixinsight Photometric Mosaic Script that I mentioned in an earlier post. I already had an M31 taken with my Esprit100/SX46 which captures nearly all of Steve's fov in one frame. After registering everything together using Pixinsight's Platesolving and Mosaic by Co-ordinates scripts I firstly used the script and my M31 data to remove the gradients from Steve's higher res data, I then used the script again to combine the High res data as a mosaic and finally again to pad out the high res data with a wider star field. The resulting L and RGB images were then processed in Pixinsight and Photoshop.... Here's the result.... not perfect with a number of joins and other artefacts visible if you pixel peep but otherwise speaks for itself and the power of the the new script.. Great detail from the Esprit150 too.. Dave Edited 19Jan21.... reprocess to remove the magenta halo which in my rush to post last night failed to notice... also added a version with Ha data With added Ha jewels..
  21. I’d suggest you email Starlight Instruments with the dimensions of your focuser and seek their help .. you’ll get the right answer that way .. they’re usually pretty quick to respond
  22. Does your scope have a Riser between the Adapter and the Focuser? Have a look on the Starlight Instruments website to see what these are .. the Riser is basically a tube that puts the focuser at the correct distance .. if you have the flattener this should screw onto the focuser draw tube direct (via what’s known as an End Cap).. so the configuration would be scope.. adapter.. riser.. focuser.. end cap.. flattener.. spacers.. camera HTH ps I don’t think the Skywatcher reducer will screw into the Starlight draw tube ..
  23. That's very good, excellent considering how new you are to all this. Well done Dave
  24. I’d just give it a go Andy and see what you get.. btw a larger fov will make gradient removal easier
  25. And its free! I cant see why you 'd lose any detail on your target Andy .. your image scale will be 0.8arcsecpp but you'll be seeing/mount limited any way Dave
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