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Steve 1962

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  1. Excellent image Gav! Lovely and smooth with loads of detail in the galaxies. Welcome to the dark side! Steve
  2. Thanks Barry. Mrs L was threatening to sell all my kit unless I made use of it...and it’s good to be back!
  3. 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
  4. 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!
  5. 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!
  6. 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
  7. Steve 1962

    Even more refractor galaxies . . . M51

    That's a beautiful image Barry. Refractors Rule!
  8. Steve 1962

    DIY ASCOM Driver for Aurora Cloud Sensor III

    Hi I've just received a report that the driver exe file linked in the original message is infected with a virus. My machine and the file scan clear at my end. Would anyone out there be willing to give it another scan to see if they can find anything please? Many thanks in advance. Steve
  9. Steve 1962

    M51 - Which Version - Please help me decide!

    I also prefer version 2 Gav. As others have said - maybe it could do with the star colours from V1 and tad more saturation. Whatever you decide, they're both cracking images. Steve
  10. Thanks Steve @sloz1664 Pleased to hear you got your solution working!
  11. Hi Jake @SnakeyJ I'll try and post some pictures tomorrow. You're absolutely right about the CNC drive belt acting as drive and built in encoder - my code relies solely on the number of motor steps per degree of rotation, - which is based on steps per belt tooth x belt teeth per degree - simples. The belt was bonded using Gorilla Glue and was held in place with all of the household's clothes pegs until the glue had set. Hope that helps - photos to follow! Regards Steve
  12. Lovely image Carole. It's interesting to see the L, the RGB and the LRGB separately. I also like the idea of collaborating on images - it seems a very sensible way to go given the appalling UK weather. Steve
  13. I'd buy the best Dob that £500 would buy (would you get a 10" for that amount maybe??) and draw up a list of dream eyepieces as a future Christmas and birthday present list. Steve

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