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  1. Hi SQL, Thanks for reading this. I'm in need of tons of advice before I decide on my next full setup. This is my current setup: Sky Watcher 150/1800 Skymax Pro Eyepiece: 28mm 2" LER & Agena 8-24mm Zoom Eyepiece (can attach camera on it) Others: 2x Barlow lens & Optolong Sky Glow & Moon Filter Orion Starseeker IV GoTo Computerized Alt-Azimuth Mount & Tripod ZWO ASI034MC Nikon D5000 with 2 lenses (18-200 3.5-6.5G & 50mm 1.8D) And I also recently bought SW Star Adventurer Astro Bundle which includes: L Camera Bracket Polar Scope Polar Illuminator Scope Adapter 1lbs Counterweight EQ Latitude Wedge So far I have yet to test the SA since the weather here is not quite 'friendly', but I think with my current Nikon D5000 with both lenses should be good enough for me to get started right? As for my 1st setup, I'm quite satisfied with planetary viewing & imaging. Considering the capability of my scope's FL and the mount type, so far I have successfully imaging very good Moon in details, Mars (tiny one), Saturn and Jupiter. My next plan is to get 2nd setup consists of EQ mount & short FL scope to get decent DSO like Nebulae & Galaxies. My target is HEQ5 and Sky Rover 60ED APO. So it will be: 1st Setup: Planetary viewing & imaging SA Setup: Milky Way & some DSO's like Orion Nebula, etc. 2nd Setup: DSO like galaxies, clusters and other faint objects. What do you guys think? Need your opinion. Million thank you in advance! -Clear Skies-
  2. I have bought Agena 8-24mm zoom EP. So far I have no problem with the EP. At 8mm + 2x barlow, viewing planets on my Mak SW 150/180 give me good viewing. Not sure about imaging the planetary though but with my scope FL, at 24mm cannot fit the moon in full disk. Need to find wide angle EP around 42-50mm I think.
  3. Wow!. Thank you guyss... I'd never know there are such apps/software that can do all the processes easily ... Even Photoshop also has this feature.. Poor me. Will definitely try all available applications and see which one is convenient enough for me. Again, million thanks for the great help! God bless you all guys.
  4. Hi SGL members, As per above subject, can anyone help or teach me the correct and proper way to combine lunar image taken in separate FOV to make it into one full disk? The reason is because my telescope FOV cannot capture full lunar image. My Equipment Used: - Sky Watcher 150/1800 Skymax Pro - Nikon D5000 Here are my steps: 1. Capture 8 frames of upper half of the moon 2. Capture 8 frames of bottom half of the moon 3. Using AutoStakkert, I stack both separately to make it two TIFF images. Here are the result: Upper Half: Bottom Half: 4. Using Photoshop, I combine both TIFF images manually: - Create new document - Copy both upper and bottom half image and paste into the new document - Manually aligning both images to make it one full disk. - Adjusting levels, curves, sharpness, etc etc and here are the final result: It took me almost one hour to manually combined both images plus the processing part. Apart from getting full frame dslr or eyepiece projection say around 42 - 50mm which can fit the moon in my scope's FOV, is there any other correct and proper method? Or is that the only way for combining the lunar disk? Thank you in advance to all SQL members. Really appreciate your feedbacks. Cheers
  5. Opps... Sorry my bad again. I've attached wrong photo of equipment setting. Have edited the post once again. Yes, I'm pretty sure with SA mount I can do the longer exposure. But with my current set up (see updated 1st post), I don't think alt-azimuth go-to mount can do the long exp without leave trailing in stars right? In another note, thank you very much sir for the tips. So I guess I'll have to take the shots again tonight possibly 100 shots per frame?
  6. Hi Mr. Waldemar, thank you for the reminder. I've edited the post. Sorry for the mistakes. So do I need to turn off my dslr auto cleaning sensor setting, take lights, cool my dslr down for a while, then turn on again and take darks?
  7. Dear Mr. Tony, Sorry my bad and mistake ... Ok, edited! Thank you for the reminder.
  8. Hi SGL members, I hope this is the correct section to post this. Last night I had my first successful try on Orion Nebula, using only Nikon D5000 AF-S Nikkor 18-200mm lens. My setting is in manual mode: ISO 1600 Exp 8 seconds Aperture F5.6 White balance 6000 Zoom 200mm Focus on infinity RAW image format Equipment Setting: DSLR Nikon D500 AF-S Nikkor 18-200mm Tripod = Alt-Azimuth Go-to Mount Did all the necessary setting (stars alignment) The setting is similar like this: Ok then in order to avoid star trail, in the go-to menu, I choose to track Orion Nebula. So I take 10 frames x 8 seconds of Light, Dark & Flat. using shutter release cable. Weather is good. Clear sky no clouds. But exposed with first quarter moon light + few street lights located not so far away from shooting location. After finished taking all the shots, I only use AutoStakkert to stack the images. Followed the tutorial. After finish, this is the result with no further enhancement: 1. 10 frames x 8 sec (Light, Dark & Flat) 2. And this is 10 frames x 8 sec (Light & Dark, no Flat) So beginner like me I'm quite impressed considering this is my firsts successful attempt. Really hope to get feedback from experts here. I know further enhancement using Photoshop, Lightroom etc. will produce a better result but cannot find any basic tutorial for that. And on top of that, I know that using Star Adventurer will produce more and more excellent result, it's just I'm not there just yet. Please comment, thank you in advance. Cheers SGL.
  9. Hello João, greetings from Malaysia. Welcome to SGL. I am new too
  10. Hi Mr. Alan, Understood. So I guess I’ll just stick to the stock lens kit first before investing on Samyang lens. Maybe can find 2nd hand with good condition. Thank you Sir
  11. Ok in that case once I get my DSLR (Nikon D5300), I will get suggestion for the most ‘economical but excellent’ lens for me. Thank you all.
  12. Welcome bro. Let’s learn together. I’m from N. Sembilan. Have a nice browsing
  13. Hi Mr. Galen, Thank you for the link. Wow I don't know there are such Imaging Tools available. Very helpful especially for me. Thanks a lot once again.!
  14. Hi Sir, Yes, budget is quite tight right now. Sorry for this noob question, but what is vintage prime lens? Is it achievable if I just use the DSLR stock lens kit for starter? Thank you.
  15. Thank you Mr. Geordie, I've checked market price for item 3-5. New is around $500. That's roughly times 4 in my country currency. Maybe can get those items at 2nd hand price around $200-300, I think. Thank you sir for your response.
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