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  1. 47 Tucanae, 70 x 30s x RGB, 130mm APO refractor @ f/4.5, ASI 1600 MM Pro Spring is coming! The weather is still a bit mixed but we had a few clear nights. Hopefully we will have summer weather soon! 47 Tucanae was my target the last nights. It is a bit low over my neighbours house and when she starts her fireplace I can forget that part of the sky. But she must have used a blanket last night and finally I got some nice shots of 47 TUC! Nicer Version Clear skies, Ecki PS.: The external link points to the image on my website. The image will be automatically adj
  2. I have a new mount, an Astro-Physics Mach2. It is supposed to be installed in my future observatory. But the observatory construction has not yet started as Covid19 has slowed down the approval process substantially. Of course the new mount and a buddy finishing his observatory (no approval necessary for him - lucky [removed word]) has brought us torrential rain. We need it so I won't complain. On Monday it looked like a clear week was coming up, so I put the Mach2 outside on the Eagle pier. Since I am familiar with the Astro-Physics mounts and software this went without a surprise. But I alw
  3. Very nice image Lucas. I am just processing M16 imaged with 590 mm. I turned a little bit green after looking at your details. Ecki
  4. Tom, Interesting problem to have - too much data. This is going to be a tough nut to crack. But locking at the current result well worth the effort! I am curious to see what you make out of this. Maybe start with the RGB and use starnet on the NB? Regards, Ecki
  5. Thank you all for the nice comments and "likes". This was imaged while we were on strict Covid19 lockdown. It certainly helped with this image. No airplanes, nearly no evening traffic and the quietness was almost surreal.
  6. Thank you for the warm welcome!
  7. Omega Centauri My first image here in the lounge! This April was a great month for Astrophotography. My main challenge is moisture in the sky (90% humidity) and of course as I image from a bottle 8 zone, light pollution. At 11 pm everything is most often soaking wet and I normally call it a night. But the weather in April was better and I managed to get a couple of hours of good data every other night. Here is a higher resolution image: https://voelcker.com/omega-centauri My "export to jpg" process definitely needs improvement! Details: Acquisition: 130mm Apo
  8. My name is Eckhard and I live in Cape Town, South Africa. At the moment I am setting up my rig in the garden whenever weather permits. I am busy planing a roll-off observatory and I hope I will be finished by the end of October. My main interest are the deep sky objects of the Milky Way. I started with Astronomy 30 years ago with a Meade LX200. While I travelled for many years back and forth between Europe and California, my LX200 stayed in California. I had wonderful evenings and mellow nights under the stars. After I moved the telescope to Europe this stopped, the sky in Berlin wa
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