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  1. 490EX, EFW2, OAG, 0.73x reducer, T2 tilter and 495mm dovetail still available.
  2. Time to go back to a refractor?
  3. A used (almost new) ASI 294MC-Pro has come up on AstroBuySell: https://www.astrobuysell.com/uk/propview.php?view=171091
  4. Bortle 5 locally, but quite close to skyglow from a Bortle 6/7 city centre area which is where the Pleaides are now. The LP removal tool in AstroPixelProcessor helps a lot with tackling this, but invariably I do end up having annoying gradients!
  5. Yes, the filters are very good, I fully recommend them. They're 36 mm so there's clear vignetting present but it's easily tackled with well-exposed flats.
  6. M45 - Pleaides Cluster: 49x180s (2h27min) Luminance, calibrated and stacked with background LP removal + minor cropping.
  7. M45 - Pleaides Cluster: 49x180s (2h27min) Luminance, calibrated and stacked with background LP removal + minor cropping.
  8. No worries. I'm also using the 1.01x EDP Flattener which gives an overall FL of 455 mm.
  9. First proper test run on Markarian's Chain. QHY268M with Chroma Luminance filter 36 mm + Takahashi FSQ85-EDX - 13*120s + 49*180s (total integration time 2h53min) @ binning 1x1 in High Gain Mode @ Gain 0 + Offset 30. Processed in APP: Below is a raw vs calibrated sub (bias + flats + darks + bad pixel map): Bias frames seem to work very well, so no need for dark flats!
  10. Got lucky last night with some clear skies after work, so I thought I might as well! Want to capture 10 hours in Lum as a minimum. Glad it's sorted!
  11. Sorry about the delay, work has kept me busy! You're lucky to have Bortle 4 skies, that will really help in terms of capturing fainter details. In terms of cameras, you can try one of the ZWO or QHY colour cameras. I'd personally start with a colour sensor simply because of your budget, as with a mono camera you'll then need a filter wheel and filters which will increase costs considerably. Two websites to use to make your decision would be: https://astronomy.tools/calculators/field_of_view/ and https://astronomy.tools/calculators/ccd_suitability The first one will allow you to
  12. Finally a successful test run! I've been wanting to capture Markarian's Chain for quite a while, and this is a good start for me. Really liking the field of view that this sensor gives me with the FSQ85, and I'm sure the 1.01x flattener is helping in terms of star distortion and field flatness. QHY268M with Chroma Luminance filter 36 mm + Takahashi FSQ85-EDX - 13*120s + 49*180s (total integration time 2h53min) in High Gain Mode @ Gain 0 + Offset 30, processed in APP: Below is a raw vs calibrated sub (bias + flats + darks + bad pixel map): It seems that there
  13. SDK update may help. Did you have the 268M connected to a program when you opened this up? I noted that when I have the 268M connected in SGPro and I open up the settings, that box is greyed out. It will only let me change the mode after disconnecting the 268M in SGPro.
  14. Hi there, Welcome to the hobby! It would be good to know what equipment you currently have, where you image from and what night sky targets you have in mind. Cheers
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