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  1. Hi, Recently I've been able to get out under the stars and test my new Altair 102 triplet - however, I've noticed some odd star elongation and it's really got me stumped as to what's causing it. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1rze_Lwnlm4LBiV2mer5gnLEQ2pKaRain This was the first test frame I was able to gather a couple nights ago. As you can see the stars are evenly stretched across the frame, going in the same direction. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1BAE7u88qT0PBkm2jBS1atBiV8WVMftx9 This was the first frame I got from last night, and the stars looked a lot better. All I did was swap out the two 1mm baader derlin spacers I was using for just a single 1.6mm one, thinking the two stacked together might have been causing tilt or something. But later in the night have taken that initial sub I noticed the streaks came back again! I was looking at the same target, just a little later in the night and it occured again. Here's another frame of pinwheel to show it does it even towards the zenith. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1kmJ9eN-d6PIeLPJ-G4pounnHZoCTjrdh I'v ruled out tracking and guiding issues, as I can see the elongation even in a 1 second exposure, just as much as in a 3 minute exposure. Any ideas? It's got me stumped. Seeing that the stars were OK at the start of the night, could it be something to do with the scope getting cooler and the metal contracting? I'm not using any dew heaters. Edit: Added stretched files: Cheers, James.
  2. Hi, I've been messing around trying to get the spacing correct between my TS photoline 0.79x corrector and 1600mm, now that it's better I have noticed some tilt. It seems the stars are good in the top left corner and the central part of the frame, but all the other corners not so much. How does one go about adjusting tilt? I've also attached my imaging train - I'm using some push fit adapters, could that be causing it? Or do I just need to adjust the spacing very slightly to negate the tilt? And yes I have a dovetail bar zip tied onto the finderscope bracket, don't judge me it was for balancing,
  3. The second set of screws, closest to the end of the tube.
  4. Yeah, I was quite suprised at how large they are! I managed to get hold of William Optics and they instructed me to loosen the lens cell screws by an 1/8 turn. I did so and tested it last night, seems to have sorted it I think! The conditions were terrible, so only managed to grab some quick tests before it clouded completely.
  5. http://www.opticstar.com/Run/Astronomy/Astro-Telescopes-Ascension.asp?p=0_10_1_6_30 Hi all, I found a good looking deal for one of these telescopes second hand. Was just wondering if anyone has had any experience with them or know about them. Cheers, James.
  6. Okay, thanks - that makes sense. Yes, I have a dew heater on at all times and always see these effects.
  7. Hi all, Apologies if this has been asked before, but I've come to notice these odd artifacts on stars with the William Optics Z73. It almost looks like something's protruding into the light path? Come to think of it, the stars do look rather bloated and quite large - is this just inherent being that it's a doublet? This was my first hack at LRGB. Cheers, James.
  8. Great, thank you both. I am leaning towards the baader, but of course SW is still an option. And thank you for the offer @Spaced Out - I'm sure I'll ask more questions if I buy it, lol.
  9. Awesome! That picture looks mighty fine
  10. Cool. As @Stub Mandrel just said I probably will just have to buy a CC again, I've realised just how bad the coma is without one. Did you require any extra spacers to get the right backfocus? Would you mind sending a picture of it?
  11. Awesome! Thanks for the reply. What Coma Corrector do you use out of question?
  12. Hi all, I've been thinking about cracking my 130pds out again for imaging with my asi 1600mm. Any other users of the 1600mm and this scope? And would an adapter like this be okay for connecting the cam? I want to test the scope out before purchasing a CC again. https://www.firstlightoptics.com/adapters/astro-essentials-2-inch-t-mount-camera-nosepiece-adapter.html
  13. I never thought about filter sizes, thanks for bringing that up. I also came across the QHY 163m variant. Does this have the same, larger backfocus requirement?
  14. Nice, that's quite a range of different cameras! I'll try find some reviews on the Altair versions. If not, I'll probably go for the ZWO considering its great reputation.
  15. Cheers Adam. I'm looking at the Altair astro 183m now. It's a little cheaper than the zwo and comes with a nice case. Seems all the same to me, are there any caveats you know of with the Altair counterparts?
  16. Okay, thank you. That's nice for just one hour!
  17. Hi, I'm considering taking my first step into the money pit of mono imaging, but I'm stuck between two options. The 183mm or the 1600mm. Currently I'm using a William Optics Z73. The 183mm is more appealing to me at the moment because of the price, I could buy it along with the filters and it would still cost less than the 1600mm alone. I like the FoV of the 183mm as well, as most objects fill the view with that sensor and my scope. But I heard somewhere that the 1600mm is more sensitive? Or Less noisy, can't remeber. Either way, is the 1600mm going to be that much better or not? Or is it just down to the size of the sensor? Also, what models are best for either of these cameras? Considering the ZWO, QHY and Altair options I wouldn't know what's better. Or is it just down to price and availability?
  18. Okay. Thanks for the input everyone! I'll try looking into the Omegon scope more, but I'm leaning towards WO. As @blinky said, at least I know what i'm getting.
  19. Hi everyone, I'm in the market for a new apochromatic refractor for widefield imaging. At the moment i'm set on the William Optics Z73, but then came across this: https://www.astroshop.eu/telescopes/omegon-apochromatic-refractor-pro-apo-ap-71-450-quadruplet-ota/p,60855. I've not heard of this brand before, does anyone here own this telescope or know about it? Price point looks great for what it is though. Any other recommendations for a widefield refractor to take into consideration? Cheers and clear skies, James.
  20. Yeah, I've done that already, looks like I'll need a few more mm off then, thanks for the heads up!
  21. Oh right, okay that makes sense. Thanks again for the help! Clear skies
  22. Update: If anyone was curious about what this could be, it was down the the belt. I had to take it off, flip it around and adjust the tension again and the clicking was gone. Glad the drop didn't cause any damage!
  23. Just gathered a few more test frames, that weird coloured blob seems to be moving across the frame?! Now another bright blob around Vega has just popped up! These are some nasty looking reflections, but I don't know what's causing them. L_0009_ISO400_120s__20C.CR2
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