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  1. Thank you maw lod qan and bottletopburly for the kind words! I don't know about talented, but maybe experienced! I'm approaching 3 years into this exhilarating hobby and, certainly for the widefield refractor setup, I have a process for capture and processing steps that I've settled on which gives nice results! As you know, a LOT of trial and error needed to get up to that point! SCTs are a different matter...
  2. Hi Andrew, Just as a follow up to show the improvement on the CEM25P Edge combo, here was my second attempt at a galaxy, M81...with further refinement and improvements to the overall rig, this scope can definitely work on the CEM25P...you've got to want it though! Thanks for the kind words!
  3. Hi there - sorry to take so long to get back to you. Moving from a refractor to the Edge has been a massive challenge - lots of new things to learn. Very fussy with the reducer and spacing. Needed a more sensitive guide cam when using an OAG at 2032mm! All of the above! My mount has had DEC issues for a while, but if it didn't I think I could get it to work on the CEM25P. However, a new mount is my next priority, probably something like the CEM70 to get the most out of the scope. With the Edge HD on the CEM25P, you would need some extra counterweights and as long as your mount is mechnical
  4. Thank you Paul and Crackabarrel...yes a pretty satisfying result from a not promising location! Also not helping is my mount which is struggling now, next to no South movement in PHD2...will need to open it up and try to tighten the DEC belt...but thankfully, this focal length is very forgiving!
  5. Hi Everyone! This has been a disruptive year for me (even apart from the pandemic) resulting in a house move right in the middle of nebula season! But while temporarily staying at my mother's house with my equipment, I managed to get a couple of nights' worth of data of M31 from her garden in Tooting, South West London. I lost quite a few subs to...foxes triggering the neighbour's security light! But got a good amount of data. This year I managed to get more Ha into the image by masking the stars and blending it with the red channel. 8 hours of LHaRGB data - captured in Bor
  6. Et voila! Revisions including the DSE script - I think it is a nice finishing touch - thank you again Mark!
  7. Thank you - that script was meant to be the last thing I did, but I somehow forgot! You’re right, there are some areas in the image that could benefit from it.
  8. Hi everyone! It's been a while... After struggling (and mostly failing!) with trying to image with an SCT for most of this year, I decided to go back to what I know for nebula season - my trusted widefield refractor! Blissful simplicity! I opted for the Hubble palette for tmy first Wizard, with a notable processing step being the first time use of StarNet in PixInsight for some starless treatment. Worked well! The final version is a crop - I'll include the original FOV in the next post. Shot from my back garden over the couple of clear nights we had this week, using a CEM25P, W
  9. I have one of these - easy to install and calibration simple. Frustratingly I've yet to produce a finished image yet with this setup due to calibration issues, but I can say that my capture software (Voyager, SharpCap and NINA) have worked perfectly with the autofocuser. I used SharpCap to find first focus and since then the other capture software gets on with it. Voyager, in particular, autofocuses intensively when producing it's V-curves at speed...the last night I imaged, Voyager must have autofocused 20 times as I specified, each time churning out a V-curve within a minute and the FWHMs
  10. My CEM25P would keel over at that point!
  11. Thank you! I was just happy to see any stars at all in PHD2 after a night moving the ASI120 up and down on the OAG stalk to no avail! The guiding seemed incredible on the smaller scope too - was getting something like 0.2-0.3 pixels...flat blue and red lines...like the best ever! But one of the things I learned in the last few days, is what the numbers in the brackets in PHD2 means...i.e. arc seconds error...and why that is more important, so the smaller guidescope magnifies the error in arcseconds, which leads to bigger pixel error on the imaging scope at such a long focal length (if I've
  12. Thank you! It's been painful at times before getting the first image, but I've learnt an enormous amount...both mechanically and software wise, PHD2 settings, getting platesolving to work at this scale, etc. As you say, I can definitely see where the improvements will come from!
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