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About Danjc

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  1. New tripod and a crystal ball for predicting clear skies
  2. Just bloody realised that after decorating the kitchen I haven’t put the blackout blind back up. Quick bit of DIY incoming
  3. Set up and ready For a good night......
  4. Sounds pretty much like my garden and sky conditions.
  5. As the title really....I captured 4 hours a couple of weeks ago (bottle 6) 2 hours lum & about 40 minutes each RGB. I wasn’t expecting the dust to exactly leap out but maybe a little more than I got from my processed image. I have read that this target is probably better suited to being captured in darker skies. I realise the more data the better but I’m not sure to keep going with it over a few more nights or to turn my attention to a Galaxy. I didn’t save my processed image so can’t post but can share the stacked LRGB data. ASI183mm pro @ unity gain 120s subs for all. Dan.
  6. Clear outside is telling me that I have darkness until 03.49 so going to plough on........
  7. This data is from late last year and my original final image was not the best so I have eventually got round to re processing it. I'm still not 100% happy with it but much better than the original. Lum 44 x 120s Red 15 x 120s Green 15 x 120s Blue 14 x 120s
  8. I can’t comment on the ZWO filters but when I started with mono I couldn’t afford everything in one go so just bought my camera and a Baader Ha filter just to get me going. The camera (if ZWO)should come with an adapter to accept a single filter so not essential for an EFW straight away (for me anyway). One thing I will say as it was also mentioned to me was do you plan on going narrowband and broadband ? If so a 7/8 position wheel will be better from the off. I did go 5 position but got a used one for a £100 but will need a larger wheel in the near future. May be worth mentioning your choice of camera as slightly bigger filters work better with certain sensor sizes.....but someone with more knowledge than me will be able to advise better than me on this.
  9. I made the transition from a DSLR to mono last year and was initially apprehensive especially with what a lot say “I can’t be doing with all the faff” but does require an initial outlay of some more £££ It genuinely isn’t a faff and with your filters in an EFW this and your camera just connect to the scope and that’s the difference in setup. Image acquisition is just a case of setting a plan up in your software and away you go pretty much the same as an OSC. Processing is more in-depth but the way I see it is there are so many crappy nights that I can’t get out due to weather that there is plenty of time to learn new/practice processing skills. As @wimvb has said you can shoot all filters in one night so as a rough example LLLRGB and just repeat this over and over again ....no need to capture Lum one night Red another etc. Not the most technical post but these were some of my initial concerns before I made the decision to go mono and I’m more than happy with my choice.
  10. I got the inside Pixinsight book off amazon also for £19. Inside PixInsight (The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series) https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/3319976885/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_ddVtEb16DWF56
  11. That’s what I thought to and at £52.99 I thought sod it.
  12. 50mm prime lens that certainly didn’t break the bank. Hopefully it’s half decent .......
  13. It will be interesting to see the UK prices and I’m sure it won’t be long before @FLO let us know along with a UK release date. Hopefully there will be some reviews along soon as well probably from the well known YouTube channels. If a new scope was/will be on the cards one of these would be preference though StellaMira 85mm ED2 Triplet
  14. Apologies if you have already done so but have you tried moving the OTA up the tube rings ? Also one of the rings can be moved on the dovetail bar to allow for even more movement of the OTA. When I first got my ED80 I had a DSLR and FF/FR on the back and managed ok to balance with a little adjustment.
  15. I wish someone would turn up the contrast and brightness on this hologram so It would combat this pesky light pollution and have a better view of the night sky....
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