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  1. It might be mildly off-topic, but after multiple weeks of work we managed to put up my first large-scale print of a DSO (Eagle nebula in narrowband) as a surprise gift for my mom's 69th birthday. With help from my twin, dad and uncle, transporting the thing was almost more of an adventure than the earlier phases of the process. Doing everything out of sight of my observant mom also proved to be an interesting challenge. Glueing the image to a ~3m x 1.5m slab of pressed wood Resurrecting old comics to keep everything down as the glue dried Transporting the mons
  2. Thanks! And indeed, as is often the case, the less saturated it becomes, the more natural it looks. I still havent gotten the hang of the base darkness (I feel the image is still too bright), but I feel contrasts start to blow up as soon as I drop the base luminosity...
  3. Update! I was able to add some hours on the edge panels and clean things up a bit: 21h (12h Ha, 4.5 O3, 4.5 S2)
  4. Started out as a narrower shot centered on the pillars, but because of bad alignment and programming on my mount, I ended up capturing the sides of the nebula as well (nice thing to discover in the morning that you took 2h of images of... not what you hoped for...). I finished up with some more images of the sides but the corners are still messed up (next time the weather allows I'll try to add some more integration time off-center to improve the bad noise and color shift)... Total integration: 14h (8.3h Ha, 3.3h O3, 2.6h S2) EDIT: Updated version below
  5. A quick and dirty trick for a rough polar alignment if you don't see Polaris and you have set up a perfect "home position" as in the video Jiggy 64 linked to: Put the mount in home position, be as precise as possibleturn it on and don't calibrate anything Slew to a known star (if you're NOT polar aligned it will get nowhere near that star :D) Use the Alt+Az adjustments to align manually the scope to that star Repeat for another star somewhere at 90° from the first one You should now be roughly polar aligned
  6. A bit late to the party, but just to give a bit more detail: Park Position: Position of the mount with weights all the way down, scope pointing straight up (toward the pole if it's perfectly polar aligned) Home Position: Where the mount thinks [DEC: +90°0'0" & RA: 0h0m0s] is. In an ideal case this is exactly at the Park Position which and it means you never have to star align anything Star alignment: The procedure to tell your mount where the origin of the sky [90°0'0" x 0h0m0s] is, or how "off" the Home Position is from the Park Position Current Position: Where the
  7. After working on collimation of my RC for a week, all under an ever stronger moon that started out just in front of it, I think I'm at the limit of what I have learned to do so far. So here is NGC 2174/5, the Monkey Head Nebula in Narrowband TS RC 8" + 0.67x reducer + ZWO ASI1600MM-Pro & Astronomik filters 11h for Hydrogen Alpha, 7h for Oxygen III and 3h for Sulphur II
  8. That is one gorgeous image Gina! I love how well the broad nebulosity contrasts with the tiny details (for example the Crescent and the fainter veils on the bottom part of the image). Sadr is so well controlled that it almost disappears in the middle of the composition (rather than burning everything to smithereens, which is more my experience :D). Also: incredible image for a supermoon night!
  9. Wow! Glorious colors and the amount of details is simply stunning! I love the moon one day before or after full, as it has so much more depth, and you've captured that beautifully!
  10. A simple comparison of yesterday's moon with a smaller version of itself from last year. (I was actually a day late last year so it's not exactly full)
  11. Thank you David! I just had one of those epiphany moments where you tell yourself "So THAT's how that works!". Very clear images and it totally makes sense! Also indeed, it seems like they've made those screws with the exact purpose of digging in through the metal (the black ring next to the spring in your first image seems to be a witness to that ). So basically the "lock" screws are mainly staying flush with where the silver screw are so that they dont move back, and in the other direction the spring is making it keep its distance. If I might think aloud here, that means that if yo
  12. Looks indeed like a balance issue or a gear skip problem in the mount: if the weight is not well balanced (or TOO well balanced) the mount might skip one gear tooth from time to time, which gives you the tiny line to the side you see. Depending on how big/small the issue is it could only pop up every couple of minutes or so.
  13. Hehe I totally understand and I think we're indeed speaking at incredibly different levels of expertise. I think that what you say is even more true for the "cheap" RCs compared to similarly priced scopes, where with enough time spent on them they can outperform the quality of refractors or newts, but at the risk of not getting to that point before abandoning ship. What David showed us is indeed how you get another step forward, but I also think that at that level there are other questions that come into play as well (from guiding, to processing and everything in between).
  14. Hey Tom! First of all, what a monster of a scope! Following a tip from David on the other thread on RC collimation (seems to be a popular sport these days!): To skip the back and forth between secondary and primary you can take out the secondary entirely (mark the position of the screw so you can get back to the right spot, and do a rough count of the turns you do when unscrewing) and aim the laser to the center of the screw hole where the secondary would be (the real center of the mirror, not where the small ring happens to be right now). This means that once that is done you
  15. Hi Luke (and Malcolm!) I think it would be a shame if the take home message of this thread were "Collimation of RC is a PITA, better forget about it". As a complete newbie, I have actually tremendously benefitted from reading a few pointers here (@david thanks a lot!) and am coming out with the feeling that it's actually easier than I would have thought before. I sat down twice to try to improve things, and each time I was understanding things better and the results have been improving enough that I wont be trying to adjust it anymore. If this thread motivated me to revisit collimati
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