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Jamgood

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  1. I read this thread from start to finish when I made up my mind to get the 130PDS, while waiting and after owning one. (It took a while to get through) For Flats, I use an old Tablet sat on the top of the scope. It has worked well for me with DSLR and Dedicated. (It a TV Tablet, slightly larger than the average) You can use what you have at hand though. Laptop/Computer Screen, Light Box, a brightly lit wall, morning sky, etc. I've rarely had issues with Dew. I have a dew shield on the end and where I position my scope, I have a wall and some bushes around me that seem to help isolate my gear. Once or twice when it has been really cold my old DSLR the CC would dew over a little in the early hours. Image Framing is down to personal choice I suppose. You could leave the camera attached permanently and do mosaics or rotate. I mostly rotate mine and use Stellarium for the field of view and orientation. Welcome to the club!
  2. Postman brought me some HD monitors. No clouds attached to this purchase, as yet.
  3. I have the SVBony IR/UV Cut filter. Cheap and cheerful and works well with my ASI294MC Pro. Amazon Link I was going to go for the ZWO 2" IR/UV Cut but I thought I'd give the SVBony a try as some of their stuff is quite good and gets pretty decent reviews. Like you say though, lots to choose from.
  4. There is that but you forewarned me about that when you helped me when I was a puppy at that stuff.
  5. I concur. Once you grasp it, it becomes a very easy tweak here and there to make everything line up. I was literally pulling the last few strands of my hair out when I first started, convinced I was doing more harm than good. The good thing is you can't really break anything and anything you do wrong can be restored. Just take your time and it'll be fine. The best thing I did was give my laser to my cats for a toy. A collimation cap and a cheshire are all you really need. Maybe a concenter eyepiece if you're struggling with the secondary. Once the secondary is sorted, leave it alone. Nowadays, I just use the cap.
  6. I've been working on a 6 panel mosaic of the Veil Nebula during these lighter nights and what really started as a practice more than anything is turning out quite well so I'm keeping at it as and when I can. Only get around 2hrs of usable darkness each night so it has been a slow burner. I'm currently up to 2hrs per panel of data but the last combine and stretch I did was 50mins each. This is that result of that.
  7. I had a quick look after finishing my imaging plan. Just managed to grab a couple of shots of it before the sky got too washed out.
  8. This is my first post down here. (I usually post around the top end of the board) Anyway, this is my first attempt at a mosaic and it is still a work in progress. Imaging on this as I type. I'm just coming up to 2hrs of data per panel but it's a long hard road as the nights get shorter. This stack below is two nights worth of data at 50mins per panel and I'm really pleased with it so far. I've also learned a few new processing tricks along the way. 10x300sx6 Light Frames (50mins Per Panel) Cooled -10° 40 Darks 40 Flats 40 Dark Flats Sky Watcher 130PDS HEQ5 Pro with Rowan Belt Mod ZWO ASI294MC Pro TS-Optics GPU Superflat Coma Corrector Optolong L-Enhance Orion 50mm Guide Scope & Orion Star Shoot Auto Guider Pegasus Powerbox Advance Astro Photography Tools & PHD2 Astro Pixel Processor & Photoshop
  9. I bought a used HEQ5pro from someone on here and it was a decent mount to start with. Regular guiding of 0.8 which is more than acceptable but in my mind, I was always going to do the belt mod to it. A week later it was done and it now guides at 0.4/0.5. How much of a difference you'll notice with those numbers I really don't know but I know I have nice tight round stars and that's what's important. The sound was never an issue for me as the mount is outside and I'm not but the noise reduction was huge. Those gears are noisy little buggers. Slewing is not really any different but settling after slewing is much nicer. Tracking is much smoother. No sudden spikes during corrections. I say it's a worthy upgrade to make the mount the best it can possibly be without sending it away for some crazy hyper tuning or something. If you do go for it, buy the pinion extractor as well. It'll save you a lot of time and you won't have to put much cash in the swear jar. Took me 30 minutes to do both motors after watching a few video's so I knew what I was doing well ahead of time. (Before I owned the mount in fact)
  10. I use to run my HEQ5 via a 30ft 12v extension cable, it only received 11 volts and it never skipped a beat. I've since change a lot around and now it gets a steady, regulated 12v and still doesn't skip a beat. I can't see how increasing to 13v+ will make much of a difference. There will be a min/max power for the mount to work sufficiently and as long as your supply is within the boundaries, it should work fine.
  11. That's not bad at all. The secondary mirror could be tweaked a little but for observing, that should be pretty decent.
  12. Still hanging on in hope.....looking up into the gloom.
  13. Clouds to the left of me, clouds to the right. Here I am stuck in the middle with a telescope waiting patiently in hope.
  14. Same in Derby. Not even a brief glimpse through the clouds.
  15. Exactly the same issue here. Can't find the damn thing!
  16. Clouded over here completely. Watching two live streams.
  17. Can't see a thing. Got the scope set up and pointing in the direction but only seeing clouds here.
  18. From the album: My Pics

    Veil Nebula 6 Panel Mosaic taken over two nights on the 7th & 8th June 2021. A work in progress......
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  20. Very nice. Just done a 6 panel mosaic of the Veil Nebula myself. Great target.
  21. Two nights worth of data so far on my first 6 Panel Mosaic of the Veil Nebula. I'm really pleased with this so far. I've also learned a few new processing tricks along the way. 10x300sx6 Light Frames (50mins Per Panel) Cooled -10° 40 Darks 40 Flats 40 Dark Flats Sky Watcher 130PDS HEQ5 Pro with Rowan Belt Mod ZWO ASI294MC Pro TS-Optics GPU Superflat Coma Corrector Optolong L-Enhance Orion 50mm Guide Scope & Orion Star Shoot Auto Guider Pegasus Powerbox Advance Astro Photography Tools & PHD2 Astro Pixel Processor & Photoshop
  22. Started working on my first Mosaic last night. 4 panels of 30minutes and 1 of 10minutes. (I ran out of time to do all 6 as the sky started to get bright) Looking forward to adding to and working on this. This is straight from APP. No extra processing as yet.
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