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  1. I have a Celestron C8 and it does well for viewing but then there is always aperture fever or refractor wants in 127mm or bigger . Personally i think a refractor gives sharper viewing and imaging . But then you have size to consider. I’d love to have a good 5” or 6” scope for viewing but my SCT is alot easier to move around . But some galaxies really need that aperture for really good viewing . 

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  2. I have too many film image packages to go back and find my first DSO but i got my first film camera a Pentax K1000 SLR back in November 2002 and this was my first successful capture . A Leonid meter going through Orion constellation .



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  3. On 25/03/2020 at 17:15, Ags said:

    Just documenting my progress. Here is M3 - 21 x 2 minutes SER sequences of 333ms frames at 360 gain. I kept the best 75% in Autostakkert, then stacked the 21 resulting TIFFs in Deep Sky Stacker (after cropping all the TIFFs to the same dimensions). I also shot 6 minutes of darks and lights at the same gain and 333 millis. I shot in 2 minute sequences because Autostakkert doesn't handle field rotation. After a night of cropping in Gimp, I may pay for Registar...

    I think my focus could be a little better, maybe. If we get more clear weather these coming weeks I will try to add color.


    I know your second image was better but this one surprised me cause my first scope of decency was a Bushnell 5-1/2” newt and M3 was the first DSO i ever saw and it was just slightly dimmer than this but i was so excited that made my decision to get my Celestron C8 . After that it took awhile to find it again but i bought Nightskies by Terence Dickinson and that’s how i started learning the night skies ! That was in 97’ . I still have both those scopes but i retired from astro work last year . Need to sell them but just can’t get the energy though to do that yet :( . 

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