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shaunster

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  1. Great shot, very impressive for a DSLR IMO
  2. That thin line is what I was aiming for, it makes me want to give it more data. Thanks for noticing
  3. Hello everyone, what with the glorious weather recently I have show the veil past 2 nights This is probably my least favorite part of the veil complex but I haven't imaged this part before. It taken with my 314l+ and ZS70, guiding with qhy5 and ST80 on a HEQ5. Baader filters, its 10x1200s HA and 11x1200s O3. I have two versions, the first is a standard HOO (Ha/O3/O3) image, the second is a more exotic blend of Ha/O3+Ha/O3+Ha, I did it to create some different colour as im not a huge fan of strong reds in these images, after all I am the artist Hope you like it and may this weather continue please
  4. Buy and sell for profit? - Hang him now.. If someone offers you the asking price, who cares why or who is buying the item?
  5. Like the post above me says, you probably got most things wrong and blamed the camera, you would in all likeliness have had bad results with a canon as well. You simply cannot compare images taken with different cameras, different scopes and on different nights and expect them to be the same. A lot of the final result is in the processing, gathering good data is just the first step on the road to a good image. Give 10 people the same scope and same camera and you will always see 10 different results.
  6. your quote does not reflect what he said does it...
  7. Thanks everyone It was mapped Ha = R / O3 = G / Ha + O3 = blue (Ha was layered onto O3, opacity set to 30%, blend mode lighten.) Its not an exact thing, I just play around until I get a look I like. I do not like strong reds so I tend to tone it down a little. Sub length depends on how bright the target is really, I dont go less then 600second for narrowband stuff though. Forgot to say I was using a reducer so it was shot at F4.8.
  8. This is my first colour image since last year.. so I thought id post it up Its 19x 600s Ha / 9x600s O3 WO zenithstar 70 (old style) on HEQ5, Atik 314l+, 1,25" baader filters The O3 data was poor and added some noise to the image but I quite liked the outcome and with these endless cloudy night you have to make use of any breaks..
  9. I think if he and the BBC want the show to continue in the years to come then the show has to modernise and move on quickly, SPM is a legend in the S@N world but now that people can barely understand what he says I think its time to move on. It will be a sad day but is much needed IMO.
  10. Yes it should, but if the cheapest camera will always net you a choice of guidestars then you have to question the worth of buying the expensive camera. I think the more sensitive cameras are better for use with an OAG myself, for the standard ST80 or finderguider setup then a QHY5 is perfect..
  11. I think its safe to say all my banging on about a CCD paid off then
  12. Most people find the QHY not very sensitive because when using it with PHD (as most do) it defaults to 50% gain, you have to set it manually to 100% or whatever each time you image and the camera miraculously becomes more sensitive, most people who say the QHY is not sensitive, or found no stars with it had the gain set to 50%. I live in heavy LP and never once have I failed to pick up a guidestar with my QHY5 and ST80.
  13. We had these new lights for about 2 years now and they are not as good as everyone makes out, on a moist night they shine very large domes of white light high into the sky, they are also super bright, if you have one that shines into your garden then you are screwed for any observing, and finally the white light these new lights emit cannot be filtered out with a LP filter so in the end they make our views of the sky worse, not better. Your image gives the impression that the white light just falls to the ground and does not light up the surrounding area, thats not true in reality, they are so bright its like daylight outside within 50ft of these lights. Anyway thats my view on these lights after living with them for a while now..
  14. Hope you can get the problem sorted ASAP, apart from that its a brilliant start to CCD imaging IMO
  15. Looks to me like the cooling was not on or you have calibration problems and you are adding this noise yourself, can you confirm if the cooling was on and how you calibrated the images?
  16. Loving the new shot, much more natural looking with good star colour as well!
  17. Great image of a difficult target
  18. Actually you can get a QHY8L for £899, thats a reasonable price for a large chip cooled CCD camera, it blows any DSLR out the water and is quite cheap when you consider the cost of a new DSLR + modding..
  19. Why did this turn into nebulosity vs artemis capture anyway? Nebulosity is paid for software and artemis capture is not, you would expect nebulsosity to be 'better' but the fact that it is being discussed like this shows just how good atiks software really is.
  20. Both are good in terms of build quality based on their previous cameras. Atik are very good IME, very freindly and helpful if you do have problems, and they are nearly always cheaper than starlight which tends to be quite expensive in comparison.
  21. Canon UK website reports a price of £1175 actually, UK people pay more as usual
  22. Well the 285 based cams are a lot better, thats why. Anyway good luck
  23. Are they both the same length exposures? Was the cooling on etc?
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