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NickMorris

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  1. Polar alignment isn't crucial either as the mount corrects for polar misalignment. If the mount is off the pole by a way then field rotation will occur between first and last subs which will mean cropping when stacked..... One user ran his rig with 55 arc minutes of polar misalignment. cheers Nick
  2. Thanks for looking Tony, appreciate the comments, The subs were 15m for L and 10m for RGB. Unguided imaging is possible with a 10 Micron mount if you have a very stable rig and run modelling software that places synchronisation points all over the sky. The mount then creates a 3D model internally that tracks the sky extremely accurately. It is subject to other factors like a tripod sinking into the ground which will throw the model off as happened to me at subsequent nights at Kelling. Normally you would just run a model again during twilight... If you look at some of ChrisLX200's posts recently, you can see some of his narrowband images that are 30 minutes unguided! all the best Nick
  3. Many thanks Carole, Unguided was possible due to the 10micron mount and a 70 point model....very handy when the sky gets patchy. No lost guide star, just throw out the clouded out subs :-) All the best Nick
  4. Beautiful detail in that Sara! Many congrats Nick
  5. Tweaked the black point a bit, I think this one is better? Cheers Nick
  6. Hi,I thought it was about time I finally posted an image. This was taken at Kelling Heath Star Party recently and many thanks are due to Phil J and Martin (Baz) from East Midlands Stargazers who helped me sort out some tilt in my optical train, cheers Guys!I haven't spent much time learning post processing so would welcome criticism and pointers from more knowledgable people.It was shot over two nights with a 5" APO reduced to 698mm FL and consists of :-24 x 900s Luminance10x 600s Red10 x 600s Green10 x 600s BlueFlats, Darks and Bias framesAll unguided Thanks for looking,Nick
  7. The big green tent is still drying out in the living room! Luckily we left on monday otherwise it would have been far worse the following day....... Cheers again Nick
  8. Very nice Phil, Thanks again for all your help collimating my focuser, Cheers Nick
  9. Well said that Admin type person.......each to their own....... Automation IMHO is the only way to gather enough data with the weather that we have in this country and also balancing a working life. Can't wait to see your output once ACP is up and running - Good luck with the project! all the best Nick
  10. Hi, I have been speaking to Wayne at Starlight instruments and they have confirmed their HSM-TAK (handy stepper motor) will work with the FSQ-85 original focuser. I am not sure of compatibility with the Mount Hub Pro but I have several of these HSM's and it is very handy to be able to disengage the focus motor for manual operation at times. Sara, do you have any CCD tilt issues with the QSI and FSQ-85? hope that helps, Nick
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