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Everything posted by floastro

  1. Hi Martin, My ASA 12" is from year 2007. The native focuser was a JMI NGF xTn 3" replaced with an ASA OK3-Z. My OK3-Z was catastrophic. The OPTEC LEO is an incredible focuser for imaging. Florent
  2. Hi guys, After my TeleVue NP101is ( http://www.poigetdigitalpics.com/photo-equipment3.html ), i decided to change the focuser of my ASA 12" newtonian reflector. The native focuser was the ASA OK3-Z for heavy imaging train. But i had several big problems with it, mechanical problems, impossible to do automatic focusing, backlash..... etc. It was impossible to me to use the huge KAF-16803 chip of my Moravian G4-16000. And with the mechanical problems, i had a shifting of my imaging train inside the OK3-Z focuser and the CCD chip was not aligned with the optics even if my collimation was great with the CATSEYE kit. After several nights of tests and when i found the real problem, i decided to change the focuser by a high-end focuser : a low profile focuser. 2 choices : one FLI ATLAS as on my TeleVue but very expensive or the new low profile focuser on the market released by OPTEC, the TCF LEO. The LEO specifications are the same that the FLI except for the price, the LEO is 50% cheaper. After a few mails with Jeff from OPTEC, i ordered their last version, the Split-Clamp, of the LEO designed for heavy Wynne 3" corrector for newtonian. I calculated the effective length for the adapter installed between the ASA OTA and the LEO focuser. The adapter has been made by Precise Parts in Florida. The last weekend, with the Full Moon, i installed and tested the OPTEC TCF LEO on the ASA 12"N f/3.62 . All is OK now with a high precision Auto focusing. I can use my 16803 chip now on my newtonian. A few images of the mounting : This is a test of 300sec of subexposure taken with the G4-16000 CCD camera / ASA 12"N f/3.62 with its ASA 3" Wynne corrector / OPTEC TCF LEO. Full 4K x 4K image, no cropped : http://www.poigetdigitalpics.com/Fichiers_Divers/t_NGC7000_RED_[2019_09_14]-001.jpg Florent
  3. Hello Olly, Thank you. ? I live in the Loiret (45). I am 5km of Pithiviers and 40km from Orleans, 90km from Paris. My G4-16000 is optimized for my Televue NP101is for large fields. Now, i optimize it for my ASA Newtonian. Florent
  4. This is one only 5min. of sub exposure processed. Can you confirm that is the M87 jet ? Florent
  5. Very nice details in the galaxies. The processing is soft and good. Florent
  6. Thank you all ? I hope to continue this image and to take short exposure to see if i can show the M87 jet. Of course i keep you posted about it. Thanks. Florent
  7. Thank you so much. Optimized this instrument with a huge CCD chip is very hard, but after a lot of effort the results arrive. I wait a clear sky to continue this image and to take the RGB frames. About the CCD Acquisition information, i created it with MS Word. Here in France, several amateurs has created similar things but not clear to me. I created mine with the essential information. Thanks once again. Florent ?
  8. Hi guys, This is the first lights of my ASA 12"N f/3.62 (purchased in 2007) with my Moravian G4-16000 CCD camera using one KAF-16803 chip of 36mm x 36mm (4K x 4K). The adjustments, collimation, ASA OK3-Z pression screws, asked a lot of attention. For a precise collimation, i use the CATSEYE XL & XLKP kit. This is the first 3hrs of exposures taken the last weekend in one night. The second night was too windy unfortunately. Full Resolution image in 4K x 4K here : http://www.poigetdigitalpics.com/Fichiers_Divers/integration_NGC4438_DBE_3HDR_CompositeAplatie2_Spikes2-Modifier-Modifier-Modifier.jpg Full Resolution Annotated image here : http://www.poigetdigitalpics.com/Fichiers_Divers/NGC4438_new_image_Annotated.jpg All the information below : Enjoy ! Florent ?
  9. Thank you all and thank you for your offers. ? You can see my first posts on the forum here : https://stargazerslounge.com/topic/328167-my-first-saturn-jupiter/ https://stargazerslounge.com/topic/328209-m13-and-its-galactic-area-with-the-g4-16000/ https://stargazerslounge.com/topic/328153-sh2-171-ngc-7822-with-g4-16000/ Florent
  10. Thank you Richard. Oh yes, my picture of King of Wings. I used my Nikon D750 Full Frame with my Samyang 12mm f/2.8 fish-eye AE FF lens. ? Florent
  11. Thanks Paul. About the diffraction, maybe the optics of the TeleVue or maybe the CCD chip of the G4-16000. I had these diffraction on the fits images. Florent
  12. Thanks Scott. A lot of work to achieve these results. ?
  13. Thank you. I hope the weather will be better, i would like to take new pictures with my G4-16000 and to continue my tests with my ASA Newtonian reflector and this camera.
  14. Thank you Guys for all your welcome ?
  15. Hi Guys, I present you the second image taken with my Moravian G4-16000 camera mounted on my modified TeleVue NP101is. Images and technical information below. M13 globular cluster and its galactic area : Full Resolution image 4k x 4k here : www.poigetdigitalpics.com/G4-16000/M13.htm Full Resolution image here : http://www.poigetdigitalpics.com/Fichiers_Divers/M13new_image_Annotated.jpg Enjoy ? Florent
  16. Great image ! The second has a very good colors but the first has more details. But the both are well defined. Your RC works fine ? Florent
  17. Thank you Pieter. Oh yes, the new imaging train is solid as a rock to support the big G4-16000 and the FLI ATLAS focuser. The TeleVue NP101is works perfectly now. ?
  18. Thank you. Steve, i am a newbie in the planetary imaging. That's only my first shots. I never took planet images before ?
  19. He he your welcome ? Even a small scope can deliver great images ?
  20. Thank you so much ? I love the Mak scopes ans i love this Mak. Outstanding optics and a very small shifting. A great tube. I've got an ES 2x focal extender but not used at that time because the atmospheric turbulence was too high the last summer with the planets at a low altitude.
  21. Hi all, This is my first shots of Saturn and Jupiter taken the last summer with my new ZWO ASI178MC. Equipment : -Sky-Watcher Maksutov-Cassegrain Ø150mm /1800mm -Sky-Watcher NEQ5 PRO Goto mount -ZWO ASI178MC camera -ZWO ADC corrector -Pierro-Astro electric Focuser Focus v2 controlled by the PC station in ASCOM. -Imaging Software : FireCapture -Integration Software : Autostakker 3 -Processing Softwares : PRISM v10 / Registax 6 / PhotoShop CS6 / Lightroom 6 - Wide Gammut Monitor for processing : NEC SpectraView Reference 272 (27") calibrated with x-Rite i1 Display Pro colorimeter Saturn : Sequence of 11,000 images. 8,800 added with a sub-exposure of 88ms/image. Focal length : 1800mm Jupiter : Sequence of 6,000 images. 4,800 images added. The exposure time for each image : 40.7ms. Focal length : 1800mm
  22. This is the B&W version taken with the Astrodon Square 50x50 Ha 5nm filter : Full Resolution image in 4k x 4k here : http://www.poigetdigitalpics.com/G4-16000/sh2-171HAlpha.htm
  23. Thank you so much John. I am astrophotographer but Artist photograph too ?
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