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  1. James , did you ever get to the bottom of this? Also, do you know of any good tutorials showing how to use the scheduler to create target selections and imaging runs then flip, re-align and continue imaging. I have recently made the move to Ekos ant the moment I am creating my imaging runs on the camera tab but I am manually getting targets, plate solving and setting the guiding going, then starting the run.
  2. I have given APP a go and found it to be really good and quite straight forward to use, however, when I enlarged my M27 image I found what appears to be a hot pixel stacking artifact. I don't know where I went wrong. I followed Sara's tutorials, I think I must have missed something. I think I need to do another trial.
  3. Looks good. I wish there were more videos like this when I started out. It would have been really useful. I have since made the move to a Raspberry Pi running Stellarmate OS then connect and control everything through Kstars with Ekos. Great video though.
  4. My stars are usually pretty round before my re-alignment and my initial error was over 7 minutes. It was a very brief clear period last night just enough time to do a few iterations of the alignment routine. My last image before the alignment was the Crescent Nebula, 10X600s exposures in Ha.
  5. Making the most of a brief gap in the clouds last night. I ran the Ekos polar alignment tool on the EQ8 in the observatory. After a few iterations I have got the error down to 1 minute 32 seconds of arc. My question is, do you think this is good enough or do I need to get it lower, if so what should I be aiming for? Thanks Darren
  6. stellariumscope does't seem to work with the latest versions of stellarium, I have had to go back to version 0.13.2 as I had an old copy of this in my downloads folder.
  7. I think it's the fact that Celestron have greatly improved their wedge, but even the new version comes no where near the quality of the orbit wedge.
  8. If it's still available when you have the cash drop me a line it's protected in the observatory so no rush
  9. Cheers Olly this one has been gathering dust since I got the Eq8 last year, and it has the polar arm and astrotrac polarscope
  10. Anyone want to make me an offer its a shame for it to be just gathering dust in the observatory
  11. Looks like no one is interested in quite surprised as its not much more than a Celestron HD wedge but far better engineered
  12. I have recently changed my setup to allow more flexibility in my imaging setup, I have deforked my Nexstar 8 GPS and mounted it with my other scopes on an EQ8. As such my Orbit Wedge is now just gathering dust. So it is time to let it go. Orbit Wedge The Orbit Wedge is suitable for both the Celestron fork mounted SCT scopes such as the Nexstar & CPC scopes upto the 11 inch units and the Meade fork mounted scopes such as the LX90 and LX200 scopes. A couple of videos for the original Orbit Wedge can be found on YouTube http://youtu.be/UEvu57kUDGQ
  13. I'm in an extremely lp area I'm near the driving range at the Trafford centre I use a lp filter on the camera nose piece. Everything setup wise is the same as the canon image apart from the camera. I will try to redo the calibration and stacking but if the data looks dodgy I may be better starting again Darren ------------------------------------------------ Twitter: @SalAstroSoc @Astronut1639 www.salfordastro.org.uk Nexstar 8 GPS ADM MDS Rings & Counter Weights, Skywatcher ST80 & Synguider, Canon EOS 1000d, Dew Heaters & 4 Channel Controller, Orbit Wedge, Observatory and not
  14. Try the histm prefixed versions as these have been aligned and cropped to suit using nebulosity. I did use flats and bias but no darks The image posted above is the canon version that I am trying to better, I know it is very noisy. I do not have access to the individual subs from here I can upload them tonight, but they did all look ok I inspect every sub prior to stacking, I then check each stack prior to aligning these. Darren ------------------------------------------------ Twitter: @SalAstroSoc @Astronut1639 www.salfordastro.org.uk Nexstar 8 GPS ADM MDS Rings & Counter Weights,
  15. I have recently moved to an Atik One 6.0 with baader LRGBHa filters form a canon dslr and I am a bit lost with the processing. I have had some good results on M81 & M82 with the canon M81 & M82 by Darren Carver, on Flickr So I thought I would have a go at the same target with the Atik. I thought I had got lots of good data with reasonable star profiles each channel containing at least 10 5min subs L, R, G, & B and 10 10min subs of Ha. I have followed several of the tips that Olly has suggested about combining the Luminance with the colour and several online videos about levels &am
  16. Stunning Darren ------------------------------------------------ Twitter: @SalAstroSoc @Astronut1639 www.salfordastro.org.uk Nexstar 8 GPS ADM MDS Rings & Counter Weights, Skywatcher ST80 & Synguider, Canon EOS 1000d, Dew Heaters & 4 Channel Controller, Orbit Wedge, Observatory and not enough clear nights
  17. Cheers I get very strange results when I stretch each RGB separately over in the LRGB Processing thread it has been suggested that you just combine the RGB files then stretch I'm going to give that a try. I got quite good results on this target with my dslr I'm surprised by how much I'm struggling with the RGB version Thanks Darren ------------------------------------------------ Twitter: @SalAstroSoc @Astronut1639 www.salfordastro.org.uk Nexstar 8 GPS ADM MDS Rings & Counter Weights, Skywatcher ST80 & Synguider, Canon EOS 1000d, Dew Heaters & 4 Channel Controller, Orbit Wedge,
  18. Cheers I've been stretching the individual RGB files before combining. I was getting some very strange results. So once I've combined I can use similar processing to my dslr process Thanks that helps a lot Darren ------------------------------------------------ Twitter: @SalAstroSoc @Astronut1639 www.salfordastro.org.uk Nexstar 8 GPS ADM MDS Rings & Counter Weights, Skywatcher ST80 & Synguider, Canon EOS 1000d, Dew Heaters & 4 Channel Controller, Orbit Wedge, Observatory and not enough clear nights
  19. I'm new to LRGB processing after using a dslr for years. I'm finding the processing a bit confusing I have posted these questions in another thread but it seems more appropriate here, my questions are Do you combine the RGB in Photoshop straight from the alignment/stacking software or do you stretch each channel 1st ? Do you process the combined RGB as you would a dslr image then add the streched/processed ha to the red channel? Do you process the lum image then add it to the RGBHa image as a luminance layer? All tips would be very helpful as at the moment I'm finding it harder to process ccd
  20. Great image I have a similar setup and similar data on this object that I'm trying to process I have a couple of questions as I have only ever imaged with a dslr before. Do you combine the RGB in Photoshop straight from the alignment/stacking software or do you stretch each channel 1st ? Do you process the combined RGB as you would a dslr image then add the streched/processed ha to the red channel? Do you process the lum image then add it to the RGBHa image as a luminance layer? All tips would be very helpful as at the moment I'm finding it harder to process ccd images than dslr ones. I think
  21. Looks like you've got to the bottom of your eggy stars great picture mate Darren ------------------------------------------------ Twitter: @SalAstroSoc @Astronut1639 www.salfordastro.org.uk Nexstar 8 GPS ADM MDS Rings & Counter Weights, Skywatcher ST80 & Synguider, Canon EOS 1000d, Dew Heaters & 4 Channel Controller, Orbit Wedge, Observatory and not enough clear nights
  22. Thanks I had a play with the EQ8 tools and managed to set the home position so that both scopes point at the pole stellarium is now reporting the correct position Darren ------------------------------------------------ Twitter: @SalAstroSoc @Astronut1639 www.salfordastro.org.uk Nexstar 8 GPS ADM MDS Rings & Counter Weights, Skywatcher ST80 & Synguider, Canon EOS 1000d, Dew Heaters & 4 Channel Controller, Orbit Wedge, Observatory and not enough clear nights
  23. Thanks Olly I've had a play this afternoon and managed to do it. Both scopes pointing to the celestial pole and stellarium & EQmod reporting the same position. Darren ------------------------------------------------ Twitter: @SalAstroSoc @Astronut1639 www.salfordastro.org.uk Nexstar 8 GPS ADM MDS Rings & Counter Weights, Skywatcher ST80 & Synguider, Canon EOS 1000d, Dew Heaters & 4 Channel Controller, Orbit Wedge, Observatory and not enough clear nights
  24. I've finally done it, went for the EQ8 in the end. It's all installed in the Obs just waiting for some clear nights to tweak the PA then I can run it through its paces. Thanks for all the help an advice. Darren ------------------------------------------------ Twitter: @SalAstroSoc @Astronut1639 www.salfordastro.org.uk Nexstar 8 GPS ADM MDS Rings & Counter Weights, Skywatcher ST80 & Synguider, Canon EOS 1000d, Dew Heaters & 4 Channel Controller, Orbit Wedge, Observatory and not enough clear nights
  25. How do you use this to set the Auto Home position if you have a dual side by side setup. I basically want the auto home position to have both scopes pointing at Polaris like a single scope setup. I know that I could rotate the saddle manually through 90 deg however if I do this then the saddle fouls the dec clutch. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks
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