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Greg H

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  1. Very nice, goes to show you can get some good broad band deep sky images during a full moon. I was imaging the same object at the same time with the same camera. I only manged 4h total integration time and my results are not quite as good as yours.
  2. I put my C925 outside 4 hours before dark. The artifact did not appear, so it must have been a thermal effect. Thanks all, this had been bugging me for a while. I'm embarrassed at the newbie error, but delighted to be able to identify the cause.
  3. Thanks all. I'll put the telescope outside several hours before turning in to the stars. @dweller25 I like the idea of insulating the OTA, I might give that a go too.
  4. Michael, Thanks. Temperature is not something I considered. The scope is kept indoors. In this case it had been outdoors for an hour, with an outdoor temperature of about -1 C. I guess that may not be enough. I'll try out your suggestion on the next clear night, probably not until at least Saturday. Thanks again.
  5. Hello all, my first post here. I have a Celestron CPC 925, which I bought new in 2008. I used it mainly for visual and some casual astrophotography. In about 2012 the arival of my daughter and busy career took me away from astronomy and the scope was left to gather dust. My interest in astronomy was revitalised by Comet Neowise in 2020 and I've started to get into more serious astrophotography. But, the scope has an optical artifact/defect in the out-of-focus disk of stars that looks like a crack. I can see no obvious physical damage to the corrector plate or primary mirror. I've not ye
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