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  1. Bought a Red Dot finder from Omegon for my dslr to help me find targets easier. The hotshoe adaptor I had already didn't fit but made it work easy enough by removing the foot and then attaching.
  2. My interest in the nightsky has always been there but only this year has it taken off like a rocket! So there are some things I do remember and some things I have only recently discovered because of my new hightened interest so I'm going to list a few of them too, as they did 'strike' me so to speak I saw Hale Bopp with my own eyes. I just couldn't believe what I was seeing if I remember, like, noway! A real comet, kind of reaction. I was living in Southampton at the time and if I'm not mistaken it wasn't fully dark either. Amazing. Then there's the Solar Eclipse of '99, and the thing tha
  3. I bought my first dslr earlier in the year, a 700D, and recently had a little look at some newer models. Then I quickly realised, as Matt above alludes to, that it won't help me much if at all seeing as I still have much to learn, especially when it comes to editing, and even basic stuff like framing. So my 7 year old camera certainly isn't limiting me at the moment. These older cameras are perfectly capable to keep a novice busy for a good while before needing to upgrade or spend big. So I think there will always be a market for them for a good while yet as more people get into astrophot
  4. Awesome mate. I'm glad you got it. I'm sure it will serve you well. I look forward to seeing some new and improved images when you get to give a it a good run
  5. I've been taking quite a few pics using the minitrack but my editing skills are so bad they always come out rubbish. So, I've spent the last few days on Lightroom and Photoshop actually learning stuff slowly and created this monstrosity from the same stack of images as above. I like it though and it's a start.
  6. That PC in the OP is vastly overpriced. If on a budget get a Ryzen 5 3600, 16GB DDR4 3000/3200, and any of the MSI B450 MAX motherboards. This is a good base to work from, and cheap. Ryzen 7 3700x is a great cpu but needs fast ram to get the most from it and 2400mhz is as slow as ddr4 gets. It will prevent you getting the most from it. Still a big improvement over a laptop i5 (which is much slower then a desktop one) but could be better.
  7. Thanks for the words of wisdom and support and the plugin tip. I didn't really know what stretching was and had to look it up. Before I've often wondered how pulling the image like elastic would help anything haha I've spent hours in photoshop today and watching videos and understanding more bit by bit. I have quite a few sets of images of various targets waiting for some decent attention. I'm determined to get better at it over this coming winter season. As for the Minitrack yes it's a nice bit of kit and does indeed just fit on a tripod. I used it originally on a cheap pan head tripod
  8. Hi, I woke up at 0425 this morning for some reason and instead of going back to sleep I decided to look outside and noticed it was clear, so crazily thought it would be a good idea to image Orion for the first time. I knew time was against me before our own star would start to brighten the sky so got dressed and threw everything in the car and 10 mins later was out of town and under bortle 4 skies. I quickly set up, did a rough polar alignment and managed to get 30 minutes or so of exposure before packing up and heading home. A quick Sequator and Photoscape X later and I got this image. It's h
  9. Nice one. I'll be spending lots of time on Orion as the year draws to a close. Can't wait!
  10. That looks stunning. Makes me wonder if there's a system within Andromeda where the aliens there are doing the exact same thing with our own Galaxy and showing it off.
  11. Winning picture looks totally fake to me, and like any computer generated image will not last the test of time. There are countless far superior images posted in these forums everyday.
  12. Great set up. Looks crazy complicated to me with all the wires everywhere but that's the name of the game I suppose. WIshing you many enjoyable nights within it's confines!
  13. Well the wedge arrived this morning so I just set it all up for a looksy. I think I'm all set now for some clear nights. Some pics of the setup and a bonus image of Andromeda I did a few weeks back before I got the wedge and replaced the tripod. I've now got Lightroom too so had a little play with it a few days ago so sorry for the overblown stars etc. Im looking forward to improving not only the images I take but also the editing.
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