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  1. Thanks for the amazing quality data! Really enjoyed processing this one. Here's what I did in Photoshop: Created RGB image Lots of curves/levels adjustments Made stars slightly smaller Used a few actions with the Astronomy Tools Action Set Processed Lum data separately and then blended with RGB data
  2. Yeah that makes sense. The compression of a JPEG probably adds too much noise, which DSS picks up as a star because the background will be very grainy. Then trying to align on the noise will be an impossible task!
  3. What setting did you change out of interest? Glad you got it working
  4. What setting do you have selected in the Results and Alignment tabs in the Stacking Parameters window? I made a video tutorial for DSS about 12 months ago which you hopefully find useful https://www.astroexploring.com/deepskystacker you might be able to skip to about the 7 minute mark to confirm your settings for stacking. HTH
  5. Depends where you’re setting up? I regularly leave my rig going while I head off to bed, I wouldn’t be able to do the hobby otherwise due to work commitments. Never had any issues. Of course I check for possible cable snags, if a meridian flip is needed etc before leaving it but my garden is pretty secure so I don’t have concerns regarding theft.
  6. Thanks for the replies so far. Just to clarify a few things: The requirement for 2 inch filters comes from wanting to upgrade to a dedicated astro cam soon. At the moment I have a couple of clip in DSLR filters, and I don't want to keep buying clip ins as I'll need to buy them again later when I get an astro cam. The mount I have is an HEQ5 (belt modded) Why a refractor? Just personal preference atm tbh. It will be my only scope so I want it to be a refractor, if it was a second scope I would look into other scope types like an RC or Newt-Mak In terms of targets I like
  7. Hi everyone! A bit of context. I’ve been imaging with the Sky-Watcher Evostar 72ED for nearly 2 years now. I’ve been happy with the images I’m getting with this scope and DSLR but feel it’s time for a change. The natural progression that I felt was right was to buy a dedicated astronomy cam but I feel the telescope is the next obvious choice because my scope is the older model with the longer tube assembly and so I can’t use 2 inch filters with it, which puts me at a bit of a disadvantage as I’d be left with a great camera, decent scope but light polluted images. I need help decidi
  8. Here's my entry. I've never processed a NB image before so this was an exciting thing to learn on a rainy Saturday afternoon! It's taken about an hour to do while I figured out what on earth I was doing with the stars, still couldn't get it right but here's the process I followed using Photoshop: Change each individual image to an RGB 16bit image Adjust curves and levels, trying to ensure levels are similar across each image Load each image into its respective RGB channel in a new file Made the stars smaller by selecting highlights, then using the minimum filter (2 pixe
  9. I assume your camera isn’t modified? You’ll find that a modified camera will show flats as a pink tint due to the over exposure in the red channel. This happened with my camera, I had grey flats until I got it modded. Filters will also give a different colour of flats. For example if I’ve been imaging using my L-eNhance then my flats will give a blueish colour. I always try and get my flats about a third of the way in from the left if possible but as I’m using the white t-shirt method I get slightly different results each time depend on how bright it is outside. If yours are in the middle t
  10. I’m planning on making a light pollution video on my YouTube channel in the next couple of weeks. I can point people to the petition in that. I’m not sure what effect it’ll have as I have just under 5k subscribers, but it’s a start! As pointed out above, the vast majority of people don’t particularly care about the night sky so I plan to look at it from a health, environmental perspective and just general awareness. Not sure how it’ll land but it’s a topic I’m passionate about!
  11. I recently started using this bundle myself and have nothing bad to say about it. It’s a great little bundle and I’ve managed to successfully guide with it no problem. I use it with a Sky-Watcher 72ED and HEQ5. I have a couple of YouTube videos about it in my channel if you wanted to check them out. My channel name is Astroexploring. Nick
  12. These filters are perfect for a DSLR. I use the similar L-eNhance with my DSLR and intend to upgrade to the L-eXtreme at some point
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