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Nicola Hannah Butterfield

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About Nicola Hannah Butterfield

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  1. As @dannybgoodesaid it is probably best to save for the mount first, as any astro photography is tricky at the best of times. However, that said images can be done with non-driven mounts, when I started earlier this year, I had a Skywatcher 200P on a static HEQ5 mount along with a canon 6D, using a high ISO (sensor sensitivity) of 6,400, I managed to obtain this image of The Orion Nebula. It is a stack of 80 1/4's exposures, stacked in Registax, this seemed to take for ever as has been mentioned previously I had to constantly adjust the scope and wait to settle, but not it was an eq mount so a little easier to follow the object as I only really had the one axis to worry about. I also managed this image of Venus using eye-piece projection, detail are equivalent focal length of the scope was some 18m (yes 18m) @ f/90, shutter speed 1/60th and the ISO 12,800, note this was a single exposure opposed to a video sequence which can then me stacked. I would imagine, that similar can be achieved with either the 550D or 600D as there was no computer control, the only other thing I had for the Orion shot was an interval timer, so I would frame the scope so as the nebula moved through the f.o.v. I would take several short exposure whilst it was close to the centre of view, then re frame and repeat. Hope this helps in your decision.
  2. Can I ask what equipment and how many frames. though I suspect in Bedfordshire though London might be effecting the air quality, though that depends where in Bedfordshire and where Jupiter rises in relation to those two places, at I guess I would have thought maybe looking towards Chelmsford.
  3. Thanks, my computer in the shed decided to through a wobbly, hard drive failure, so I got an ssd drive which got delayed in the post, it will help speed the old thing up a bit, but lost all last week and the back end of the previous week, drive arrived Tuesday 28th April, so just got it setup and connected to scope, still imagining software to install, but it looks like no pressing need with the forecast, and I have painting to do,
  4. Thanks. It's pretty bad I think, Upton where I life is a bortle 6 and I am on the fringe at that, but looking south is really bad, North and east are ok, north is over the house, east over houses but about 100 yards away. Thank you. I look directly over Donny to the S.E. this was merely a test to see if I could do video with the setup I have, once I got my head round a basic work flow in registax, the software did the work. Yes there was quite a bit of atmospherics that morning, I did a brief video of the moon and that was shockingly bad. Thank you, but like I said, it wasn't really an attempt, just a test, surprising how easy it was really, given the position of Jupiter relative to where I am
  5. Don't forget The Hyades located around Aldebaran, quite large though
  6. SRGB IEC61966-2.1 I think is the standard, I presume the first two are native to your laptop, you will have to forgive it a get a few things wrong, such awhile since I did this. One of my monitors, the one I am typing on is set to HP w20 LCD monitor, but has the option of SRGB IEC61966-2.1, I don't think it would make much difference but try it, you can change it back.
  7. @adam1234 Choose either Adobe or sRGB these are standard colour profiles, it is possible your monitor may have a slightly different one, if it is different try the adobe, it's what I shoot in on the camera, though it and srgb are the same in practical terms.
  8. If you want to dabble in a bit of of astro photography, the 150PDS would be a good starting point with visual in mind, you could do the same to a degree with the 150P, just photography can be a little more difficult, as I said the mount can be upgraded, though a more substantial mount would be advised if want to do photography later. If it is only visual undriven biggest dob you can afford, 6 or 8" dobs are not that large to use and could do imagery like I have shown, though not really advised as there are very few objects in the night sky you can do it on and it would really get frustrating, you really need to know what your equipment is like;y to produce, that means a good understanding in photography (sorry if you already are) You can mount a dslr to either the P or PDS version of the Sky Watchers, the PDS version is more practical for photography due the focal plane being slightly further back. P.S. glad you them, just wanted to show you don't need £1,000's just patiences and understanding of what your doing, still much to be said about old school photography.
  9. @adam1234 Hows this. adam1234_owl_nebula_ABE.tif
  10. Sky Watcher 200P with kenko 1.4 converter, Canon 6d just how the rig was set up. Southern aspect whilst pretty unobstructed from North East to ssw, there is a lot of lp. Got this a few weeks back similar direction. Only got the driven mount early March, and as you know clear skies don't happen every day
  11. I have to say though the seeing was pretty bad. looking across the valley (well not really a valley, more a depression in the ground) across Doncaster, and never having done this type of imaging before, I guess not a bad result.
  12. Thanks Dave, still a bit of C.A. in it though, I seem to get it on the planets and the moon, not sure if it's the converters camera or barlow or an effect of the mirror possible not collimated quite right. @MarkARThanks.
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