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  1. Hi, great picture. Can I ask how you managed to get 240sec subs unguided? After about 5 secs using my eq5 I get trails. I do intend to buy motors but it would be nice to capture a DSO unguided in the meantime. Thank you
  2. Thanks again for all your responses. I do have pictures but won't be at my pc until Monday so can't show them till then. Happy-kat: loving the cheap webcam idea, love to see how that pans out. Rikm: thanks for the math. I think I'd heard that before but didn't want to believe it ;-). Given a clear night next week, when I'm home, I'll try again and post the pics on this thread. I did question buying motors first and then a syncscan but don't want to spend £90 now and then £300 in a few months time.
  3. Thanks for the response. Yes, I have a phone. no I don't have a remote shutter I use timer And no I don't have a motor drive. My camera is a micro four thirds so has no mirror. The trails all look to be through a shake rather than star movement and I wouldn't expect to see star trail at the short exposure time using the afocal method. I'm in the market for a syncscan but want to make sure I don't need to use a different camera. Thanks again.
  4. Hi, I have a 130p ds and a newly acquired EQ5. I use am Olly e pl1 which takes great terrestrial pictures but when attached to a scope or Ep (via t adapter) I always get slight trailing. The amount of trail is the same between 1 and 15 seconds (anything after that I would presume comes from celestial movement. The amount of trail is also only marginally better than I had using the EQ2 which makes me think there's movement in the camera (I use a timer when I take the pics). Do I need a new camera? A web cam isn't an option as I don't have the finds for a lap top. I don't want to spend my money on syncscan motors now if I'll still have this problem using this camera so what's the best used DSLR body I could buy. It would be used for Astro work only. Thanks
  5. Fantastic pictures. 3 & 5 are amazing, the detail is great. This is an example of what dark skies and good kit, used properly, can produce. Thanks for sharing
  6. Hi, Absolutely superb thread. It's what I've been looking for for ages, I take a couple of months off and up it pops!! I have a 130PDS and have had since October, switching from a Celetron 120mm Refractor. My moon shots aren't bad but I do struggle with anything over a couple of seconds exposure with movement. I have an EQ2 mount. "Aha, there's your problem" I hear you all shout, however funds dictate my kits quality. What then would be the cheapest mount for my 130PDS with camera? Would an EQ3 suffice or do I have to up it to EQ5? (this is for imaging rather than just Thank you
  7. I have a 130 PDS and an Olympus Pen EPL1, not the best pairing but I still take "recognisable" images. Knowing that a webcam, EQ5 mount (and upwards), computer, guider scope and syncscan software would be infinately preferable puts your own images into perspective! Feel free to look at mine on mine and a friends, with a similar set up, on my own blog.
  8. Great image. Clear and well processed.
  9. Seems quite obvious but I hadn't thought of that!! Thanks for your quick response.
  10. Hi, Amongst a new EP and barlow I got for Christmas I also received a #21 filter, which I asked for. As most of my imaging is lunar I thought it would be a good thing to have and visually it is stunning, however what little time I have had to use it I've found that I have struggled to find focus plus, and this may be a really stupid question, I wondered is it possible to "wash out" the orange but keep it's better contrast quality when editing the final image. Any help appreciated. Thank you
  11. Great shot Nightfisher. How do you like using the Pen DSLR? I use a PEN EPL1 which does take some good planetary shots but there is always a fair bit of movement when the shutter opens. Thanks
  12. Thanks for comments. Thanks for the links I've now just stacked my first 10second video of Jupiter. It's not great but the fact it's better than my stills means I'll now have a new project!
  13. Thanks. I did up the noise reduction to about 25 just to despeckle a little. I'll work on the blue limb.
  14. As promised; I think the first is better as I have "messed" with the second too much but it has bought out a bit more detail in the bleached out area. Thank you Al
  15. Sorry, I thought the link would work. I've powered down for the night and can't attach it via my mobile device. I'll try again in the morning. Moderators; please feel free to delete this post.
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