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About hairycrab

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  1. Thanks fellas. The truth is I miss a lot of things about the UK. Buying astro stuff over the internet, the orange skyglow of London to name a few. Haven't got a chance to venture out to the desert at night, need a car first. Just got my local driving license last month
  2. Sob Sob I'm no longer a UK resident....the Leo Triplet was the last DSO I image before moving to Abu Dhabi (aka the desert) last February. Image from 300x45s exposures at ISO800. Taken using Canon 350D on the WO66 on Nexstar6SE mount. The same image cropped around the triplets
  3. That's a nice one. I have to get my 350D modded!
  4. I've been meaning to image double clusters since I saw them being discussed in a recent edition of one of the magazines (forgot which one it is, probably S&T). The good weather in London in the past week has allowed me to image a few objects, and two of them are double clusters. Perseus Double Cluster M35 and NGC2158 Scope is the WOZS66SD, Mount is the Nexstar mount, Camera is stock 350D, No. of exposures ~ 190, 30s @ ISO800
  5. I have the same setup (Astronomiser Long exposure cable + serial to USB converter) and it works alright for me. In DSLRFocus, after connecting the camera with both the long exposure cable and the standard Canon USB cable connected to the PC, go to Camera Control->Bulb Exposure Setup->Port Setup. In the Serial Port Setup part of dialog box select the appropriate COM port (most likely COM 5) and click Test Port. If the port is available, then click Enable Serial. If not, change to another COM port and click test again. All these are explained in the Manual (page 70)
  6. Marvellous widefield image. I agree the image is clipped/the sky is too black, but nice nonetheless.
  7. Thanks Martin. I have been able to take even up to 60s without trailing, but the Astronomiser long exposure cable I have doesn't work with the cheap ebay serial-to-usb cable I have. I've ordered the Astronomiser version so that will be solved soon. Light pollution might come in play for exposures >30s @ ISO800.
  8. Thanks guys! Yes, there's some detail there I managed to bring out in post processing, but I'll take longer exposures anytime. Right now, I'm using this setup as learning setup until the time is right for me to buy a proper mount.
  9. Very detailed....some pinkish nebulosity as well . Very nice!
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