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  1. Once I finally got the chamber sealed and dried out I could go down below freezing without frosting the sensor or circuit board. There was a temp sensor on the "cold finger" just below the sensor and it was connected to a temperature controller to keep the TEC at the desired setting. I typically ran the DSI-II TEC at -15C. If I decide to do this mod to my ASI-178 I will do something similar.
  2. Funny....I have been considering doing that to my ASI-178MM. I did a cooling mod to an old Meade DSI-II camera and it worked well. I could get it down to -35C below ambient. The hardest part was getting it air tight to keep moisture at bay.
  3. Great image !!! Are you using a cooled ASI-178 camera?
  4. I had one of those sheds and I was planning to do something like your project until a Texas thunderstorm changed my plans. It was ripped off the wooden deck and blown over a 6' fence before being deposited in the front yard.
  5. Impressive images !!! I hope you don't mind but I ran your image through Topaz DeNoise AI and it did a nice job cleaning up the noise. I try not to push the sharpening too much. I find Topaz very useful for lunar and deep sky imaging.
  6. I would buy that mount in a heartbeat if I was not on the other side of the pond.
  7. I am a bit of a "black sheep" since I like the square sensor of the ASI-533MCp. Most objects frame nicely with little "wasted real estate" on the sensor.
  8. Hi Adrian I agree....you can over process with any software so I tend to go for the minimum required to get an improvement in the image. You can see the details in the original image but they are fuzzed out a bit and Topaz with it's AI algorithms did a good job of bringing it out. Topaz is so easy to use and I am still experimenting with it to determine the most effective settings. After Before
  9. I recently found a program called Topaz DeNoise AI which I have been using to remove noise and sharpen my deep sky images so I decided to give it a whirl on some old lunar images. These pictures are single snap shots with an ASI-290MM and an old C8 under less than perfect seeing. The results are pretty interesting so I will be experimenting with this some more. "Wadayathink ???" Before After
  10. I posted an early version of this image but this is a revision after I ran it through Topaz DeNoise AI. 70 x 3 minutes (3.5 hours total) through an AT10RC and a ZWO ASI-533MCp with a Baader UV-IR filter. I was over sampled at .39" / pixel at 2000mm FL. The image was a bit soft due to the poor seeing but Topaz made a considerable difference. Captured and processed with Astro Art 7 and Topaz DeNoise AI.
  11. Here is the imaging rig used....AT10RC on an AP900GTO with an ASI-533MCp with a Baader UV-IR filter. Guider is an old University Optics 80mm "Kit Scope" with an ASI-290MM I call it the "Galaxy Canon"
  12. I am starting to process the 10 Gigs of image data I took last week while out in western New Mexico. The seeing was poor (2=below average) and I was imaging at 2000mm with an AT10RC and an ASI-533MCp with a UV-IR filter at .39"/pixel which is over-sampled for poor seeing. NGC4565 Flying Saucer or Needle galaxy about 65 x 3 minute subs after I purged the worst ones. Captured and processed with Astro Art 7. The image was soft and the fine details were fuzzed out until a buddy ran it through Topaz DeNoise and wow....what an improvement.
  13. Here is my AT10RC Galaxy Canon on my AP900 doing it's thing out under the DARK skies of western New Mexico last week.
  14. Yes the almost Bortle 1 sky (SQM 21.99) is why we make the 900 mile trip (each way) out there a couple times a year if we can. Being that dark certainly helps my images. I just bought 5 acres only 200 miles from home which is just as dark but not quite as dry so I am looking forward to much more quality dark sky time.
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