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ampleamp last won the day on November 16 2014

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  1. I purchased both these from FLO just less than one and two years ago respectively. They were intended to be part of building a dual system, have a bigger sensors and get me into cmos, but i much prefer ccd and am sticking with my trusty twin H694s. This is the start of a rationalisation of kit which i will progress over the next few weeks. ZWO ASI 1600MM Pro is in excellent condition and tbh has hardly been used. It comes with a 3m usb Lindy cable, the padded case, a power cord, half the original box and two usb transfer cables. £850 delivered. WITHDRAWN FOR NOW - ZWO ASI 1600MM Cool is in very good condition. It comes with It comes with a 3m usb Lindy cable, the padded case and a power cord. £750 delivered. If anyone wants any more details etc, give me a shout. Obviously they are separate sales and I am not expecting anyone to have them both!
  2. Outside I use SkySafari, and yes, visible naked eye though obviously better in binoculars or a scope.
  3. The clouds cleared around midnight for me so I dragged myself outside and I admit it was a struggle. My rebuilt obs has no NE view due to trees so I found a tripod, my old Nikon dslr and a set of binoculars and set to find Neowise. I spent the first hour messing with different setting on Capella as I still couldn't see anything even from an elevated position the garden to find a gap in the trees. I used the remaining time to view Jupiter, Saturn, noctiluscent clouds, even the ISS sped over, and the sky was improving all the time. With my bias being towards imaging it was lovely to use my eyes for a change. I was like a kid when the comet came into view and those first few seconds after I found it were just fabulous - happily nobody saw this . Can't wait for this comet to rise up the sky so I can use my scopes on a tracking mount. The images attached are some fairly rough views of just three seconds (and still enough star movement) so at 300mm fl a tracking mount is definitely required. I didn't change anything for the lightening sky and with the exception of a couple of wider shots at 70mm fl, all images were taken between 0315 and 0330 at ISO 1600, f5.6, focal length 300mm and all 3". The gif is made from 80x3" jpg over aroind 7 minutes so I could show the family the travel. I would love to get better at imaging this but for a manual clunk-click approach I am pretty pleased. I truly enjoyed the night and am kicking myself for nearly not being sufficiently motivated in the first place.
  4. Thanks very much wimvb. I do use PI so can take a closer look
  5. Thanks Olly. @gorann thank you very much. That is quite an improvement. Hands up re the stars. I hadn’t correct a mechanical issue - pretty sure it was a slightly shifted PA problem - and have now stripped down my widefield kit ready for being moved into the new obs but that’s another story. I am intrigued by what you did there and didn’t know that such an improvement could be made. You are right in that the whole star field loses its intensity and calms the image down. Not knowing anything about PS, this is far from standard to me but will find a tutorial somewhere.
  6. Thank Martin, I will look into the limits as maybe I am being a tad too ambitious.
  7. Thank you. The Long Mynd is very dark and it would be great to have those skies at home though living next door to an army camp does have its advantages. Maybe not dark enough for this type of target however. Like you I have a multi scope rig so that isn’t being dismantled anytime soon but it would be a really good exercise to compare home with LM. Maybe i will give it a go as you have me thinking (and that’s never good!).
  8. Thanks Martin; i will be going back to see if i can make anything better of this but didn't want to keep doing the same thing over and get no improvement. Trouble is that there is literally nothing visible, certainly on individual subs and pushing the data is everything here; or just loads more data from a better quality sky???
  9. Mandel Wilson 2 is just a part of a much wider region of Integrated Flux Nebulae in northern skies and as another challenge/test to myself i decided to see if i could see any never mind get even come close to the lovely image @Barry-Wilson produced nearly a couple of years ago, except mine was taken between two towns in Shropshire I could really do with some help/advice on the granular nature of some this (and some others) image. It was imaged at 1.67"/p with a Tak100DF and an Atik16200 assisted by an FSQ85/QSI683 yet to my eye it appears granular and I cannot yet work out what process I am over or under-doing. As with all the recent weeks, clear skies have been at a premium and those that are have carried haze or high cloud. There are 125 x 300" L, and 30 x 180" each of RGB. Thanks for looking and especially anyone who can offer suggestions.
  10. Good result, especially given the state of the recent Shropshire skies. Everything seems like a fight at the moment so hope your dual kit piles in the data. That’s what it’s all about, , and enjoying it.
  11. Thanks for the comments. Alan, it is a lovely object and my image doesn’t even come close to doing it justice. I underestimated the RGB importance and have lost out with the surrounding dust. Maybe I will get a chance to add some more, maybe not, but this one I would like to get in close. Carole, thank you, those large stars gave me a lot of trouble and in the end I just stuck with them as I lost more than I gained.
  12. I decided on one last challenge before my POD goes and for some unknown reason i went with NGC2170 the Angel Nebula. Its too low which when combined with persistent high cloud made life challenging. I have tried to stick to fairly neutral processing but that's not for me to judge. Taken from my triple rig over a couple of evenings in late January, this is 147 x 300" L, 19 x 300" R, 24 x 300" G, 26 x 300" B. I really could have done with more RGB but work and moon conspired against me. thanks for looking
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