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LordLoki

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  1. After a long time finally have some time and a clear sky. Set my eyes on orion after 2 hours in the cold, fighting platesolving issues and trying to remember how to set up my scope correctly I can finally get some pictures For now a picture of my laptop with rge first 20 second exposure after framing
  2. I know it's a while ago but I just saw this. Thanks for the feedback I just started with editing and thankful for any tip.
  3. Thanks I am flattered. I saw a picture of the horse head nebula you have done in another thread and that's one of my favorite shots
  4. Hi all, It's a while ago since I started this thread lots of work and then holidays. But I thought I leave an update for anyone else struggling. Reading the answers I felt that I wrongly blamed the equipment and should listen to the ancient wisdom of computer science that says. 95% of all issues are between monitor and chair So I went back to reading to see what I not doing right. Turns out Bias flat and dark frames have a huuuuuge impact on the quality of the stacked image. Did a couple of darks before but never bothered to do flats and bias since I read somewhere it just makes it easier in post if you add them. Now I know that is a massive understatement if not completely wrong. Before I ended up with a mess after doing some stretching and it took me hours and hours just to get a picture that does not totally suck. But it still was not pretty Below the pictures of M31 first with just a stretch second with a bit more processing. Still need to work on processing but I am very happy with the outcome Thanks to all of you and for everybody else who starts this hobby and gets frustrated. Don't give up there is a lot to learn but it pays off in the end
  5. Hi daemon, Nice pictures I am surprised how good they came out even without calibration frames. I am a beginner too and my first attempts did come out fairly poorly. Post processing mostly made it worse. Couple of weeks ago I even asked here in the forum if I should get a new camera but people told me most likely the error is somewhere else. Previously I was just using 5 darks no bias no flats etc. On Monday I also went for a shot at M31 this time with all the calibration frames and it came out much better. 30 lights 640 ISO 240s unguided. 10 darks 40 bias 30 flats on Canon 60d unmodded. Edit: scope is explore scientific Ed80 and sky above my house is bortle 4 First pic is after stacking with 1 quick stretch in Adobe Photoshop Second pic is after a bit more of processing which I am a total noob in but I find its not too bad.
  6. Hi all, I have a question regarding imaging without an eyepiece (I think it's called prime focus). To give you some background I got an adapter which does not fit my scope so I made it fit using every man's best friend Duct Tape!! So I can put it where the diagonal normally goes In. Problem is that I get a lot of blur around the edges and sometimes strange artifacts. Not sure if a field flattener would solve that or it is coming from taping up the adapter see pictures Since the adapter is for eyepiece projection I can screw the front onto my T2 adapter and put the camera directly into the diagonal. Question is if this works and if so if it has any disadvantages. See pictures below for better understanding
  7. @Icesheet yeah maybe you are right I can be a bit impatient if stuff does not work out. I am used to learn new things relatively quick and if it does not work out one is quick to blame technology instead of his own mistakes @carastro I have not checked outside country services since I am reluctant to ship my camera abroad and Switzerland is not the cheapest place in the world @Ivan Hancock really nice picture I wish I could get a shot like this. But it gives me hope seeing that is possible with unmodded dslr @Adreneline thanks for sharing. I think the asi 1600 will be my choice too but for now I can't spend that much again without getting in trouble with the wife Thanks for all your input. I think I will be patient for the moment stick with my dslr unmodded and practice. Also share some pictures In The forum to get some feedback and help on what I can improve
  8. Hi Geoff, Thanks for the post. I do my polar alignment now mostly at dusk since it makes it much easier to get Polaris in the polar scope. As for alignment I now use the mighty power of platesolving in APT and that works super very well. But I also worked on my 2 star alignment and doing it at dusk helps a lot. Greets loki
  9. Hi all, I got my first scope recently and spend basically every night, where the sky was not full of clouds, outside to get a grip on the basics like polar alignment, plate solving etc. And I can tell you it was not always fun and I have the theory now that astronomy stuff is only that expensive to prevent people to kick there telescopes when frustrated But as with all things practice makes perfect. I am finally able to get myself aligned properly platesolve my to wherever I need to be and get my target centered. Now I am shooting with an unmodified Canon 60d. And the quality of the images feels horrible. I looked up what it would cost to get it modified and it would land around 350-400€ Now I am wondering if its worth getting the camera modified or if I can invest 600-700 into a color ccd and be better off? I know that in the end I will want a mono color ccd with filterwheel but given the fact that I just started out with this and mono takes a lot more time and adds complexity like how much exposure per color etc I am not sure if this would be a good point to start with. So what do you think as seasoned experts? Mod the dslr go for cheapish color ccd or wait a bit get whatever I can out of my unmodded dslr and go straight for mono filter wheel etc? Thanks in advance. Ps gear is in the signature
  10. Hi all, Just want to keep you all updated and leave my experiences here for others. Today is not a good night here for stargazing but it's not horrible either so I thought it's a good idea to test out platesolving. It took some fiddling with APT and drivers for the mount etc but then I got it rolling. Will write more details about the process and the issues in a separate thread but after a lot of trial and error I managed to point at Deneb and from there I plate solved myself to the North American nebula. Shitty conditions today for imaging but I don't care will shoot a couple of 60s subs and see what I can make of it. I think that I mess up the polar alignment in the beginning because I am always just a bit off. For example when I goto Vega it landed on lyr. When I did goto on north a American nebula I landed on 75 cyg. But platesolving and goto++ brought me to the right place from there
  11. Thanks it was my first day with the scope after hours of trying to get polar alignment and star alignment I was frustrated a bit and decided to go for the big bright full moon Still took me a while to get to see it through the scope. Then spend another hour to get focus because I never did eyepiece projection. But then finally I got this picture and I was a very happy man
  12. I used the Focus section in Backyard EOS once i had figured out how many distance i needed to see at least some giant out of focus bubbles . That worked well for me once i got the hang of it. On the Moon i also used the Zoom. Did not manage to get as nice of a picture as yours but i was proud given that was my first shot through a telescope. Have to say was a great night and the pictures i managed to get could be worse. Also attached my very first telescope picture from last week of the moon.
  13. Uhh something new to play with You guys are awesome and so is this hobby. I'm still out shooting some random stuff although daylight is creeping in and the moon is rising above neighbors roof
  14. I tell you I can only do it at daytime at the moment. I have big issues identifying stuff in the sky Currently taking images of some star or galaxy which at this point I have no idea anymore what it is But it's a good night anyway learning by doing is the Motto. After 2 hours alignment and trying to focus the God damn camera I just put the wide angle eyepiece in and toured wildly through the sky trying to find Vega, Deneb and stuff that just looks nice. Then pointed at something put the camera in and just took some 50s exposures. Let's see what I can make of it in the end. Maybe someone can tell already what I am looking at here
  15. Allright got it. Will keep that in mind for the next time also very difficult for me because view is a bit blocked to get something far away but I will manage it
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