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Steve 1962

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  1. Steve 1962

    Hello from England

    Hi Dave Welcome to the forum from Somerset. As others have already - we know all about the weather here! Nice kit by the way! Steve
  2. Steve 1962

    G65.3+5.7 A weak SNR in bicolor

    Amazing image and staggering patience! Thanks for sharing this - it's a new one on me. Steve
  3. Steve 1962

    M33 in RGB **added Ha**

    Wot? No L?? Stunning image and sympathetic processing. I think the colour balance is pretty well bang on. Steve
  4. Steve 1962

    North American Nebula in SHO - first attempt

    Great images - well done. My preference would be somewhere between the third and fourth version. In my view the third one is slightly oversaturated and black clipped, while the fourth is slightly undersaturated, but less clipped. Steve
  5. Steve 1962

    The Bubble Nebula HSO

    Lovely image Martin - very crisp and I love the restrained palette - very natural looking. Steve
  6. Steve 1962

    A Windows 7 Pelican in Ha

    Thanks for your comments guys. Sounds as though I’m not alone! I’m very happy to be back up and running. Just planning a large mosaic in Ha for this winter’s project.
  7. Steve 1962

    My First M42

    Lovely image of M42 - well done - that's a fabulous first attempt!
  8. Steve 1962

    A Windows 7 Pelican in Ha

    Thanks @Demonperformer! Pleased you like the image. Yup - I'm very happy with the Chroma filters. I'm a bit surprised at how few people seem to use them to be honest. I think my problems were down to W10 running on old hardware, and I'm pretty sure that all would have been ok with a new laptop - but I just didn't want to send the ££ - so it's probably my doing really. Steve
  9. Steve 1962

    A Windows 7 Pelican in Ha

    I've been successfully running my observatory with a five year old laptop for a few years and, when Windows 10 was launched, I auto-upgraded it from W7 to W10. BIG MISTAKE!! I had continuous driver problems, updates restarting the computer in the middle of imaging sessions, it didn't like Per's 10u ASCOM driver particularly and it was so SSSSSSSSLLLLLLLOOOOOOWWWWWW. The main problem was that the problems were inconsistent and sporadic. Clear nights would invariably find me cursing and fuming about Microsoft rather than imaging. I tried everything and even started to doubt the camera, filter wheel and mount - but it was just awful. I got to the point where I was so frustrated that I started to think about jacking the whole AP thing in. Anyway, before selling my be-loved kit I took a deep breath and "downgraded" back to W7 with all that entails. I finally got a free night with no cloud on Tuesday.....and for the first time since going to W10, I had a problem free night...until the un-forecast (is that a word??) fog rolled in. This was the result: It's 6 x 30 min subs using an Atik 460ex through a TAK FSQ106ED @f3.6 and a 3nm Chroma Ha filter mounted on a 10u GM1000HPS. Acquired in SGPro and guided in PHD2. (yes, I do know that the mount is capable of running un guided - but I like the reassurance of a nice graph to watch how my 30 min subs are going). It was quickly processed in PI with no calibration frames. Oiii will follow next clear night. I'm feeling quite pleased with it - so I don't think I'm ready to sell the kit just yet.....or go back to W10! Happy days (nights!) Steve
  10. Excellent image Gav! Lovely and smooth with loads of detail in the galaxies. Welcome to the dark side! Steve
  11. Thanks Barry. Mrs L was threatening to sell all my kit unless I made use of it...and it’s good to be back!
  12. Steve 1962

    Horsehead nebula in Narrowband

    That is simply jaw dropping Sara. I really like the palette. It gets a definite thumbs up from me. Steve
  13. Thank you Mikey, Peter and Ian for your kind comments You're right @mikey2000 - the whole thing is a bit "red" and the stars have quite a lot of blue halo around them - once I get some "L" I plan to sort this out with some colour calibration and star reduction. Thanks @iansmith- I'm very lucky - I just love my Atik 460 - it's so low in noise that I hardly ever bother with calibration except if I'm going after really faint stuff!
  14. Steve 1962

    Markarians Chain testing out my new rig

    It looks to me as though your new kit works very well Peter. Feeling very envious of your trip to La Palma. Have a great time!
  15. After one of my recurrent breaks away from imaging, I finally got out two nights on the trot last week and collected 12 x 600 secs each of RGB of NGC 5474 (and M101) and added in 12 x 1200 secs of Ha from last year. Since the weather has reverted to type before I managed to gather any Lum, I've done a "quick" and un-calibrated process of the data using Pixinsight and (as an experiment, blended the Ha in using Photoshop). The full size is on Flickr here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/perrybarn/41592186182/in/dateposted-public/ I'm quite pleased with the result - especially the tiny detail in NGC 5474 (bottom right hand corner). I've got plenty to do over the next few cloudy nights because although my obsy kit worked well after its long break, I've finally lost it with W10 so I've decided to revert back to W7. Wish me luck! Once that's done, I'm going to throw some Lum at M101 (and little NGC 5474 of course) at the next opportunity. Acquisition kit details are as per my signature. Hope you like it. Cheers Steve

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