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  1. Doesn't look as small as I thought it would be, I'll give it a try, now I just need a clear night
  2. @alacant Yeah, I wish, money's a bit tight now, especially that school has now started for me, thanks for the advice though, I'm keeping my eyes open on used lens market, maybe something good for 50 bucks will pop up some time. @happy-kat That image looks good, I have taken some shots of milky way myself, turned out amazing, though what I am worried is that andromeda will be too small, hopefully it will be large enough to capture some details
  3. I have no clue how I achieved 500mb, I thought that was normal? Also sorry I can't make any longer exposures, this was already too much and a tiny bit of star trailing was visible in original photos. I will try the method of stacking multiple times with 100 frames each, I will post the results tomorrow. Also after looking at some tutorials I think with just my camera lens with wide fov I could get a better result possibly? The lens are nikon 18-55mm, not really fast but it might be better than very short telescope photos, thoughts on this idea? Also thanks for the tips @happy-kat I'm not sure what you mean by that but I was using a nikon 3300D, no barlow lens, just the telescope, I did crop the image because of stacking non guided photos creates weird stuff.
  4. So how should I stack them? Do I stack like 7 100 image photos and then combine them?
  5. I'm not sure how long the total exposure was, each frame was iso 3200, 1/2.5th second and taken from my 130p telescope, no tracking.
  6. Thanks for the tips, I will try the editing things you have told me, for now here's the source file after stacking: https://www.dropbox.com/s/pddiy9lirapyh1p/1.TIF?dl=0 Edit: I did stretch my image, unless I'm doing it wrong it still looks gray, I followed carastro's tutorial but still got a gray result, even with using a curve, I'm not sure if I'm doing it wrong or the image is just bad by itself, I thought it should have looked good with 700 stacked frames, though I may be wrong.
  7. So today was a really nice night, though I did take my pictures from my city they still have decent amount of detail. I took pictures of andromeda and stacked them, but while following this tutorial my image just turns out gray after stretching the data, what do I do? I cant just have a gray result picture? It's also my first time actually editing astro photos, so please go easy on me.
  8. Yep, I don't have the money on me anyways so I would've missed it anyways
  9. Are they still for sale? I think im too late and anyways I don't have the money at the moment, I have like 60 bucks but I could get like 300 in a year possibly, thanks for the offer anyways
  10. Thanks, sorry for late response, I would love to get a lens but they are so expensive. I cpild possibly by saving up buy a star tracker in a year but not lense, that's unfortunate, though I might try to get some second hand lens, I have 55mm lens myself but they don't zoom much, which is only good for the milky way not even andromeda
  11. I'm not currently planning on buying one but I am planning of buying one at some point, and I was wondering, what star tracker should I get? I wanted something for my 130p which is 4.2kg but best 'recommended' star trackers support up to 5kg, which is not enough for my telescope and a dslr. Are there any good options that support my telescope? If not then I'll have to buy a different telescope My budget is around max 450 eur maybe
  12. I was planning to buy one, but if I can build one for cheaper that would work too, though I don't have many tools, I have just a saw and sand paper which is pretty much all I have.
  13. I have decided to make a small star tracker for my camera and what I need now is a mount, I want something solid but not too expensive, I know this is a tight budget but could someone recommend me a decent tripod? This is what I intend to make: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vg3a0I0duMI Any suggestions are welcome!
  14. I have a laser dot finder so I'm not sure if that can work for sun, but I'm pretty sure there is no need of a finder, as you can point your scope towards the sun until the shadow makes perfect circle (hard to describe). Still, thanks for advice, I can't wait to get my solar filter!
  15. Thanks again for wonderful advice, my hopefully last question, which one of these should I buy? https://www.astroshop.eu/solar-filters/baader-sun-filter-foil-a4-210x297mm/p,2718 or https://www.astroshop.eu/solar-filters/baader-sun-filter-foil-astrosolarr-eco-size-od-5-0-140x155mm/p,54593
  16. Hello, I was wondering, once I get my sheet of filter, does it matter how I put the filter, like do I just cover the whole front with it or does it need a smaller hole? This is what I mean just in case: Edit: My thought process why I'm worried is because if the aparature is really wide won't it collect more light so to not damage my eyes I will have to make the hole smaller? Or am I wrong?
  17. Yea, I probably framed it wrong, I meant what could go wrong in terms of product's quality, that if nasa uses it then it must be good no doubt, but anyways, thanks for the great responses, I will order this one from my country's store and I'll leave an update once I receive it and take some lovely photos. Thanks! https://www.ieskaties.lv/teleskopi/saulei/baader-planetarium-a4-20x29-cm-saules-filtrs
  18. Wasn't the wonky mirror the hubble's telescope's? I remember reading something like that and they fixed it by putting a reversed form converter lens to correct the wonkyness
  19. Thanks guys, I'm going to buy the Baader filter, I mean if nasa uses it what could go wrong? Thanks for the amazing advice, I'm looking forward to taking some amazing shots of the sun hopefully!
  20. I want to buy a cheap solar filter so I could take photos of sun, but does quality matter? And what to look for? Edit: I'm thinking of buying this, but is it a good choice? https://www.amazon.de/-/en/Solar-Filter-Telescopes-Binoculars-Cameras/dp/B01770FDAC/ref=sr_1_6?dchild=1&keywords=solarfilter&qid=1625365661&sr=8-6
  21. Thanks a lot for advice! This has been very helpful, at the moment once I finally get dark nights (I live in north side so at the moment I don't have any night) I'll try to take a photo of milky way, @rickwayne The photo's you showed look amazing! I hope I some day can take a photo like that. As for now, Jupiter and Saturn are visible, so I might try to take aa pic of that, as I won't need anything more than I have, I'm soon going to my dad's house, he lives in the country side, so there might be darker. As far as I remember he might have a go-to mount with a telescope he has, maybe it's good enough and I can take a pic of something hopefully. It's not a solution though as the telescope isn't his and I'm not sure if the mount is capable of that. Anyways, thanks for advice, I love this site, why is everyone here so friendly?
  22. Thanks for all the responses, apologies for being so late, I was asleep, but this vas very helpful. For now I guess I'm going to stick to my current way, taking short exposure shots and stacking lots of images, but knowing how expensive it is, there is zero way for me to get pretty much most of the thigs you've recommended me. Also as recommended I'm going to try milky way pics, with my camera and stock 50mm lens and a standard tripod, these thigs I do have. As for my camera, I have a dslr Nikon 3300D, sorry for not mentioning that. I have taken pictures of the moon, they turned out good enough in my opinion, but anything beyond that so far I've been unsuccessful. I hope maybe with time when I get out of school and can finally have a job maybe I will be able to afford the stand and stuff. I'm willing to put a lot of effort into this hobby, I love everything that's got to do with space and photography, so the time needed to figure things out isn't a problem. I'm thinking of becoming (maybe) and astrophysicist, but I'll see. Thanks for all your responses, wasn't expecting so much info! Hopefully I've answered everything too that was asked. I also have a pc, not a laptop though, just noticed that someone asked.
  23. I really want to get into astrophotography, but seems like by what I've been told, I need a tracking mount, so far all I have seen are going for 1k+, and that is not cheap, I thought they were maybe like 300? But that is expensive, are there any options below 300 Eur for starting out? I don't need a go-to or something like that, just the cheapest decent option. My telescope is Heritage 130p with stock mount.
  24. Hmm, I'll ask nikon sevice, hopefully I get it working, I love photography and now is the best time to do so, having no camera would suck
  25. So I went to the beach and my idiot self left my camera on my bag, and while I was swimming the wind picked up and blew a lot of sand on my camera. At first I didn't even think about that problem with leaving my camera exposed. But after a while I came back (it began to rain) and noticed I left the camera and quickly put it my bag, at this point it was VERY sandy, I cleaned the sand off with a brush. But the shoot button is stuck, I cannot press it or unpress it, it's stuck down and not moving, how can I repair this? Did I destroy my camera? I'm really concerned, it still works and takes photos fine, the button doesn't work though. Any suggestions? My camera: Nikon 3300D Sorry if this is the wrong place to ask about this, I couldn't find any photography websites where I can ask questions.
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