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  1. I very much appreciate your comment. Despite more than a year of imaging and processing I am still very much working out how to process the images themselves. I think capturing them is the easier process, although from what I see on these forums I am sure not everyone agrees. My first attempt at this target was using an achromatic scope and DSLR and the difference is stark but I am still learning how to process the final image. I still have some way to go but I always appreciate feedback. Jem
  2. Hi all I have taken advantage of clear skies to again revisit a target that I first visited last year and after three attempts to process have settled on the image below. Because of the rising moon and incoming poor weather I decided to bin the colour filters rather than revisit them several weeks later. This image is taken using a Meade 80mm APO, ASI 1600MM Pro, Baader filters, HEQ5 (rowan upgrade)l, ASI Air Pro and made up of 2h 45m of luminance, 1h 30m of RGB (Bin x 2), with 3h 15m of hydrogen alpha blended in. Jem
  3. Good afternoon I've been revisiting targets this year following an upgrade of equipment and development of my knowledge on my astrophotography journey, and the latest on my list is NGC6888, The crescent Nebula. My acquisition is fine but my processing skills still leave something to be desired. Just when I tihnk I am starting to get somewhere, I then stumble to the point that I take many attempts from scratch to get a reasonable image from the data. I'm using an old copy of PS (CR2) and Affinity Photo to process currently so have decided to download a trial of Pixinsight to see i
  4. The is a nice mage. You have some good detail and have managed to control the stars well. I do suspect that you may be able tease some more detail of the nebula out of this one. Below is a single sub of the Eagle Nebula taken in July 2020 using a modified Canon 1300D. Jem
  5. If you are looking for portability and low price then I would suggest something like the Skywatcher Star Adventurer or iOptron Skyguider Pro. There are other options but these two are popular and there is a lot of information out there about them. You may benefit by looking at Peter Zelinka's Youtube channel because he has made a lot of videos that review, use and compare these two mounts in particular. Jem
  6. Good morning I've managed to dodge the clouds long enough over the last week to take a wider view of the Bubble Nebula region. It is taken is an 80mm Meade APO (480mm) using an ASI 1600MM Pro and guided on an HEQ5 (belt mod). This image is made up of 2.5h of each LRGB and 2.5h of Ha mixed in. Thank you for looking.
  7. It can depend on many factors but what the skies around your location are like is going to be a factor. Markarian's Chain is very much due south in the early night sky at the moment I would hazard a guess that you have some light pollution in your southern skies. I may be way off but the fact that you have gradients all around the image may be that your mount flipped as it passed the meridian, meaning that you were initially collecting light pollution on one side of the camera and then the other after the flip. From my location I have a similar problem to my north. There are plug
  8. To be honest it doesn't look too bad. Using your TIF I have given it a very quick stretch and removed the green caused by the colour camera. There are some gradients which I have quickly removed using AstroFlat Pro but these don't look terrible. Probably light pollution in your area. Otherwise the data looks ok to me.
  9. Good evening I have been blessed with a lot of clear skies recently and so I have taken advantage over the last few days by re-visiting the Iris Nebula, to improve on my first attempt last year, and attempting my first globular cluster with M13. Both were taken using a Meade 6000 80mm APO, ASI 1600MM Pro, HEQ5 (belt mod) and edited in Photoshop. NGC 7023: Lum 65 x 180s, Red 54 x 180s, Green 56 x 180s and Blue 47 x 180s. M13: 50 x 60s of each LRGB. With the Moon approaching he first quarter I am hoping the squeeze in one last target this
  10. I appreciate your feedback. I attempted this once last year using a DSLR and L-Extreme filter and really struggled to bring out the detail. It was far easier this time using mono and filters, particularly Ha. I primarily used photoshop to process this. I have read previously, and have advised others myself that using Ha as luminance will wash out the red, and found this myself when processing the horsehead few months ago. However, in this instance I experimented with several different blends involving luminance and ha and this was the best result. I quite like the fact that the col
  11. Despite it being very low in the sky from my location currently, I decided to give the Elephant's trunk nebula an early attempt. It is made of of 2.5 hours of each RGB and 6 hours of H-Alpha data taken using a Meade 6000 80mm and ASI 1600MM Pro. I also took 2.5 hours of luminance but when I processed and integrated this I felt it produced a worse image and so I decided to stick with Ha for the luminance layer. I am still learning how to process mono images and had a few attempts at this before settling on this version. I am sure that it can be processed better but I am happy ou
  12. A quick search makes me think it is a USB Mini-B, something like this. I have one of these, which is really useful due to the length, but I am sure there are cheaper options about.
  13. That s a beautiful image. I bet that you wish you had processed this sooner.
  14. Good evening I have been working on this image for over a month in between other targets and therefore it represents the longest project that I have attempted to date. I came up against significant gradients and so it was a battle to get it to where I have finished, but unfortunately the colours are not entirely flat. I will probably end up having an another attempt in which I manually flatten each of the RGB channels but that being said I am still pleased with this attempt. It was captured using an Meade 6000 80mm APO with 0.80x reducer, ZWO ASI 1600MM Pro, HEQ5 (belt mod
  15. I have been blessed with four nights of cloudless skies over the past week so I have taken advantage of them by capturing M51, despite the blustery conditions. Generally I am very happy considering the size of the scope that I am using to capture this. This is made up 4.5 hours of luminance, 2 hours of Red, 2 hours of green and 2.5 hours of blue. Taken using a Meade 6000 80mm APO, HEQ5 (belt mod), ZWO 1600MM It is 10 months since I purchased my deep sky rig and M51 was one of the first targets that I imaged, albeit with a different scope and using a DSLR, and I have inclu
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