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  1. Thanks for sharing. I was gutted when I saw how the moon phase had fallen but this gives me real hope!
  2. Thanks, I wasn't sure if twilight from the moonrise would be an issue or not... Makes me think that I definitely need to wait for at least the 8th.
  3. I'm traveling through Death Valley in early August this year and desperate to observe and image the Milky Way, however as chances have it I'm bang in the middle of a full moon cycle. From what I've read, a full moon - or anything near a full moon - is pretty much game over for milky way photography. So I'm clinging onto hope that there will be time slots when it's possible to get a glimpse... between astronomical dusk and the moon rising. There's not a huge amount of info out there on this so I'm hoping someone can help me out here with a confirmation of sorts... Will the Milky Way be visible between astronomical dusk and moonrise? I've calculated the [astro dusk and moonrise] times using sunrisesunset.com : (These may be an hour off with daylight savings confusion) 1/08/20 - 3.44-4.14am (30mins) 2/08/20 - No astro dusk 3/08/20 - No astro dusk (*full moon*) 4/08/20 - No astro dusk 5/08/20 - No astro dusk 6/08/20 - 9.27-9.56pm (29mins) 7/08/20 - 9.26-10.22pm (56mins) 8/08/20 - 9.24-10.48pm (1hr 24mins) 9/08/20 - 9.23-11.14pm (1hr 51mins) 10/08/20 - 9.21-11.41pm (2hr 20mins) 11/08/20 - 9.20pm-12.12am (2hr 52mins) I downloaded stellarium for the first time and have gingerly come to the conclusion that the Milky Way is out those times of night too. Can anyone put my mind at ease here? I only have one or two nights I'm allowed to go imaging in so I need to plan well! Also, anyone who's been out there around the same time have any tips/advice? My plan is to photograph around the mesquite flat sand dunes and Zabriskie Point regions - I'm thinking between the 8/9th due to trip logistics. Kit: A modest Nikon D5300 (unmodded) with a 14mm 2.0 Samyang lens. Tripod. Maybe even take my iOptron SkyGuider Pro if my luggage can take the weight hit. Appreciate any and all help.
  4. I was using Sky Safari to try and solve this myself and it said that PANSTARRS was much higher in Cassiopeia - is Sky Safari not as accurate with comets or something?
  5. I'm starting out learning to take nightscapes and I was testing out my new camera and lens tonight... There's a lot wrong here...no post-editing, I was testing exposure times and I butchered the raw files into jpeg so I could quickly upload - But, have I managed to capture something interesting here? Or is this some kind of artifact? Nikon D5300 on a tripod Samyang 16mm prime lens Iso 800, F2 Single frame at 20sec exposure (Bortle 6 sky with lots of streetlights around)
  6. Hmm, I don't think it's that though as the movement is motorised I'm going to take a video of it I think and post - might give people a better idea of what's going on.
  7. No tracking unfortunately - my go-to mount is knackered (thread for that here) so I'm manually tracking and shooting short exposures for now. I really just wanted to collect something to trial stacking. Perhaps nightscapes would be a better way for me to trial stacking as I can capture longer exposures from a static tripod?
  8. I do have a thread on the malfunctioning altaz dob but unfortunately no fix - https://stargazerslounge.com/topic/345508-goto-alignment-woes/ Port on the camera, not sure. I purchased a remote and it doesn't work and the port looks slightly damaged. My plan is to go to a camera shop to see if I can test it without buying more kit (potentially wastefully) Thanks for the link, I've seen that thread a fair bit. Really good inspiration - hence why I get carried away wanting to upgrade my setup!
  9. Just starting to play with stacking in DSS and I'm looking for some advice for a beginner... I inputted 60+ seconds of light frames but after I 'check all' and 'register checked pictures' it is supposed to display the total exposure time - as seen in tutorials I've watched - but mine just displays a '-'. No figure at all. I inputted 82 lights (0.77s exposure for each) however the final stacked image data shows at: 10s exposure (14 frames). Why is this? Is it disqualifying the majority of my shots? If so, is there a breakdown I get to see anywhere? Full disclosure - the images aren't great so this is most likely the issue, but I can't seem to find an answer through research so I'm turning to the community for clarification! (And I know I should be aiming for much more data, both quality and quantity - but my setup is very basic for imaging so I'm just playing and learning before upgrading.)
  10. Another reason I'm keen to replace the 5100 is that the remote shutter port appears to be broken and with only a 2sec timer available, that's not ideal.
  11. I don't, I'm currently working with a Go-to mount but unfortunately I've never been able to get it to work (that's a whole new unresolved thread) I'd have liked to have practiced with that before graduating, but the issues I've faced make we wary of jumping to a more complex EQ mount - I probably should take the plunge eventually. Thanks for the advice though, perhaps I'll stick with the D5100 and start getting serious about a mount. This is interesting - I hadn't considered going for a lense over a scope (I was always intending on going for a refractor set up because I currently only have a dob). Perhaps this would be a nice way to ease into DSO imaging without a big jump in extra equipment. Wouldn't a 135mm lens shorten the exposure time on a static mount well below 18 seconds though?
  12. I've used the D5100 with my scope plenty, but the goto on my dob is broken so short exposures and manual tracking makes it an uphill struggle (I was aware Dobs were not imaging scopes). I will be using the D5100 for learning nightscapes but I'm aware there is better out there and I wasn't sure if there was a camera that could do both (when I update my scope set-up)
  13. Can you get a solid camera which is good for capturing Nightscapes and DSOs? (And would this dual purpose mean an astromodded camera is out of the question? I'm looking for something under £600 and don't mind second hand. (I currently have a lowly Nikon D5100) (I'm starting with nightscapes and graduating to DSOs once I've upgraded my scope set-up, so I'd like to get this right first time and kill 2 birds with one stone if possible) Any advice would be great!
  14. Olly, yes in my first attempts that is what I'd do, but to no avail. So in an attempt to fix I'd readjust to make sure the alignment continues from the point at which the star is centred in the eyepiece.
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