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About SyedT

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    Star Forming
  1. When this happens to me it's usually due to passing cloud.
  2. Thanks Nicos, I can give that a try. I did try imaging pointing straight up, and still got the same result with star elongation in all 4 corners and the sides. I suspect it's a combination of curvature and tilt?
  3. Can I just say, that yes I'm having a major issue with the Tak, but the responses I've received on this thread and via PM have been very helpful, going above and beyond to help out with sorting this. This is exactly why I've never needed to go to another forum!
  4. Thank you for running it through, much appreciated! Yes, I'm getting the feeling that this is a QC issue from Tak; quite a poor effort on their part considering the price really!
  5. Absolutely not acceptable! Thanks Ben! Have emailed him, will hopefully have some luck. Yeah, it's only recently that they've gone downhill I see... Not to worry at all! Please continue posting, I'm all for discussion. The more opinions and experiences I can get on board the better to be honest, would like to sort this. I think with the reducer and larger field of view you're at least able to crop out a fair amount. I expect adding a reducer to my train will only make things worse?
  6. For sale is my completely unused TS Optics Secondary Mirror Heater for 8"-10" Ritchey-Chrétien Telescopes. As my RC scope is now sold, I never got the chance to use this. Brand new it's £53 inc. postage, happy to accept £35 inc. UK postage. Cheers
  7. Hi all, I recently acquired a Tak FSQ85-EDX secondhand, and I'm using a QHY163M to image with it; there is notable star elongation in the corners and on the sides in a radial pattern, rather like when flattener spacing in a triplet scope is too much. However, since this has a built-in flattener, this shouldn't be the issue from what I've been told. The previous owner did note some slight elongation at the corners which I was ok to accept since I got the scope at a very good price. I've read around and opinions seem to differ as to the cause of this, ranging from replacing the focuser to sending it back to the factory for recollimation. Would appreciate any thoughts here. Images from a single session: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1H6JPMMc8C3C6iUxHBGIhcFquPnEtmzhl Cheers
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    Finderguider Setup

    Having upgraded my autoguiding setup, I have my older equipment for sale, i.e. a ZWO ASI 120MC-S + Skywatcher 9x50 Finder with bracket + Finderguider adapter. Still works perfectly! £160 delivered in the UK, pictures below. One of the screws on the finder has been damaged but still works fine for adjustment. Cheers
  9. SyedT

    M31 - Andromeda Galaxy

    Thank you! Thanks Olli! I think it probably does, but I got so sick of looking at it again and again that I'm going to look at with a fresh pair of eyes later!
  10. I feel like I've been chasing this target forever, and every time something would go wrong. Finally managed to capture it! Now that I'm sick of processing it, this result will do for now. I was mulling over whether to increased the overall image brightness a bit, but prefer a more contrasty look to bring out the dust lanes. I'm still working on sorting out edge star shapes (could be a focuser or rear element issue). Equipment: Takahashi FSQ-85EDX Apochromatic Quadruplet QHY163M + QHYCFW-2 Chroma LRGB filters Lakeside Astro Autofocuser Lodestar + Skywatcher EvoGuide 50ED iOptron CEM60 Hitec Astro Mount Hub Pro PoleMaster Software: SGPro, PHD2, PoleMaster, Stellarium Lights • L: 90*120s • R: 60*60s • G: 60*60s • B: 60*60s Dark, flat and bias frames applied Processed in AstroPixelProcessor, Pixinsight & PS Bortle 5 skies Feedback very welcome!
  11. As I have upgraded my guiding system, my current setup is for sale. It comprises a ZWO ASI 120MC-S, Skywatcher 9x50 finder with bracket, and finderguider adapter. One of the nylon screw heads on the finder is broken but works fine. £160 delivered. Cheers

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