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Posts posted by mark7331

  1. I'm an EQMOD/CdC user and it's working pretty well.

    This may be a stupid question but are you pressing 'Sync' when you've centered your alignment object? If so do the objects then show up in EQMOD when you've synced them?

    EQMOD should have 'Append On Sync' set for the 'User Interface' if you're using CdC.

    Hope this helps.


  2. I have thought of a compromise which means I can keep the EQ6, and that is to maybe get a 12" to replace the 10. This may keep some of the options open others have mentioned and give me that bit more aperture I am after?

    I bought my NEQ6 with a 12" Newt. Works fine. You'll probably need an extension tube for the counterweight shaft (NEQ6 comes with one) and more weights as mine takes four of the 5kg weights to balance it. The only other thing you may occasionally need is a ladder to get to the eyepiece. :)

    Hope this helps


  3. Hi albusdl. As dag123 said you're scope and equipment are fine. You'll be able to see a great deal of objects from our solar system and beyond.

    A simple way to work out what to explore is though planetarium software such as Stellarium. You can become familiar with your local sky before you get out there with your scope. Some things to look for are the Messier objects: M57 (the ring nebula), M27 (the dumbbell nebula), M51 (the Whirlpool galaxy), M31 (the Andromeda galaxy) and of course M42 which you mentioned in your post.

    You can see the objects I've listed in binoculars so a scope like yours should give you a lovely view.

    Total darkness is not absolutely required. I image and observe in less than perfect conditions without problems as many members do but you many need to invest in light pollution filters to help your views improve.



  4. Thanks again everyone. :)

    I recon if you throw in a layer of 10 sec or so subs to show the trapezium stars it'll be just about perfect.

    Cheers Ben, I'll give it a go when it's clear next.

    Beautiful, what are these clear skies you speak of?

    They're a sort of mythical beast. I didn't believe they existed until last week. :)

  5. What a lovely image and the wavelet transform really pulled out the detail in the core. Very nice.


  6. I'm amazed at the level of detail you've pulled out of M31. Wonderful.

    I don't know it this is useful but all I can suggest is when recently taking M42 I took 2 minute exposures and the core looked pretty blown out but when processing with PixInsight I used a HDRWaveletTransform to reduce the contrast on the core. The result was the detail of the outer nebula was clear and the core was visible with detail without a whitewash.

    Here's a quick run of your core image with the wavelets run.

    Hope it helps



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