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  1. I missed that question earlier, so here goes... That's the really hard bit. Each frame is in it's own layer and I adjust the contrast and brightness until they almost match. Then I use gradients on the adjustments to apply them with different strengths across the frame. This works most of the time. When I can still see some of the joins I then delete "splodges" of the upper layer so that the offending difference is no longer a straight line. I've done that twice in this image. When it isn't a straight line it becomes very difficult to see.
  2. On my first attempt at this, in 2018, I just moved the camera sideways until the right side of the frame was where the left side had been for the previous frame. This was the result:- I not a mathematician, and I spent ages trying to figure out the effects of photographing the inside of a sphere. In the end I decided that the answer was much simpler. The camera is on a polar mount, and the whole thing rotates as you move East or West. As you get nearer the Pole, the effect increases. To fix the problem, I didn't resort to any fancy maths. I have a two stage system. I plates
  3. My limited experience is that over sampling won't make the stars bigger. However, I spent last Spring imaging at 2000mm with 6nm pixels, which I think was 0.6" per pixel. After a few images I changed to 2 x 2 binning and the only difference that I could see was smaller file sizes and quicker processing times. There was no noticeable difference in star size, and to be fair, they really aren't as "pin-point" as images taken at a shorter F/L. You've hinted at tracking problems. I suspect that this might be an issue. If you have PHD2, then what sort of RMS" do you get? Some nights I ha
  4. Click on image for full resolution. After spending years trying to capture a mosaic of Cygnus, I've now managed to do a similar job on Cepheus in 6 weeks, which is very pleasing. I've still not managed to grab all the frames first time around, because I underestimated the amount of exposure that each frame would need, so I had to do some of it twice. I did have a quick go at this a couple of years ago, but I really didn't understand the fact that the camera would need to be rotated for each East or West movement. (I'll show the non-rotated result below the main image) This is
  5. I got myself a Pi a couple of years ago. It wasn't up to the job of running my kit at the pier, but it did serve to get me used to the idea of Linux. I bought a cheap refurbished Dell laptop for £280.00 and I haven't looked back since. I am running Ubuntu 16.04 on the laptop and it has been absolutely flawless. The only real problem that I had with the Pi was the speed of transferring the image files. It really was painful. I'm using Indi, CCDCiel, Cartes du Ciel, ASTAP and PHD2 on the Linux laptop. I use VNC to access it from indoors. Finally, I am using SAMBA to map the
  6. Superb image. Very nicely processed.
  7. don4l


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  8. I wonder if you are on an out of date version...? Click "Edit" -> "Devices setup" and the following screen appears:- There is a "New" button (hidden by the drop down above) that allows new profiles to be created. The red arrowed button then allows you to select which one you want to use.
  9. I use CCDCiel. I like it for several reasons. It really appears to be rock solid. I have managed to crash it once in about 16 months. Even then, I just restarted it and everything just carried on. It operates as a true independent client to either Indi or Ascom servers (or both at the same time!). I like the way that it communicates with Cartes du Ciel. After it platesolves, it can display the current image frame in Cartes du Ciel, so I know precisely where I am imaging. For multi night sessions I usually have the first night's image as a background image in CdC. Once the frame is
  10. Difficult question. I do like the colours in the second, but the first reveals things in a way that I haven't see before - and I really like that.
  11. I like what you have done with the colours. Lovely result.
  12. I don't know much about solar imaging, but those images make me want to learn. I find the top image quite mesmerising.
  13. Thank you. I agree about the top row. I wasn't going to image it, but it seemed to add something. The wispy bit around the bright star in the top left looks very interesting. I hope to get back to that part and do something with it.
  14. Thank you, Olly. I'm quite chuffed that you commented on the 3d effect. I was trying to emphasise this in the processing.
  15. Thank you. About 12 - 14 hours in 2008. All fairly useless due to halos, bad focus and general incompetence. The above image has about 14 hours, gathered last year and this year, I've also got 5 hours of OIII which is in the two colour panels. I think that I would need about three hours OIII per panel, so I am not at all confident that I will get that done in the next couple of years.
  16. I cannot see that the NII makes any difference either. I did an experiment the other night with some data that I have on the Crescent area. I subtracted a 3nmHa from a 7nm. The result was inconclusive. There were no fine structures at all, and the result could have been the result of different data stretches, or even slight flat field differences. As an aside, last year I did an image of the Veil with 1 hour of Ha and 2 hours OIII - expecting the OIII to be much weaker. This year, I have taken another 2 hours Ha, but I haven't been able to improve the image at all. The Ha on it'
  17. Thanks. Yes, it is all Chroma filters. I had thought about 3nm filters for a long time, and couldn't justify the cost. I first got the Ha and almost immediately ordered the OIII. With hindsight, I should have ordered the OIII first. The 3nm filters made as big a difference as a new camera would, or a new telescope, for example - especially in heavy light pollution.
  18. You're not wrong. I have started, and I like what I've managed so far, but for the life of me, I cannot remember how I processed it. If we get enough clear nights with no Moon, then I'll collect more OIII, but I don't think that I'll ever get beyond 4 panels.
  19. This has been a long term project for me. I first had a go in 2008, but failed miserably - on many fronts. Filters with halos, no platesolving, and total confusion about the effects of imaging the inside of a shpere all proved far too much. I came back to it in 2018 and gathered some data. Last year I got a bit more. This year, things went very smoothly, so I am putting it to bed for the moment. This is sixteen panels. Most of them are 45m binned 2x2, but the middle ones are about 70m 1x1. Stacking and ddp stretching was done in CCDStack. All other processing was done in A
  20. My SII filter produces awful halos. I cannot quite justify a new Chroma one yet. I was thinking of doing some experiments using a green filter as a third colour channel.
  21. Very nice, Carole. I'm getting some Ha on the same area at the moment, and I was wondering if I should try for some OII. I think that I shall have to try.
  22. I haven't used the standard 18-55mm lens that came with my Canon since I got the "nifty fifty". It's a fantastic, incredibly practical lens for general use, (and did a good job of Neowise). Having said that, if I were using my eos250d for Astro, I think that I would get the Samyang.
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