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  1. Rosette in NHO

    Been working on this again, still with old data. Loads of gradients that I can't seem to get rid of. I dumped a lot of [NII] subs that had rubbish stars, elongated and trailed. TS 80mm f/4.4 six-element astrograph, 3nm Astrodons, ASI1600. I think I ran 5 min subs at max DR. Captured in Maxim DL processed in AstroArt5. Sigma Add stack, multiple gradient removals, ans several Histogram Stretch iterations. Need more data. I have 2 hours of decent HII, but I want to add new [NII] and [OIII]. C&C welcome, and suggestions for further work. The JPEG looks nothing like the FITS I was working on, or how it looks on my monitor from Windows Photo Viewer. Pah!
  2. Esprit testing on Orion

    Happy to see the stars again last night, though cirrus clouds were everywhere. With some luck I got some (short) time with lower cloud density and I pointed the scope towards the Orion. 32x30s usable longest subs, 15x10s for the core and I also used 14x20s taken on the 25th to remove the big halos caused by the brighter stars seen through clouds. I could not expose longer, I only had my DSLR and my EQ5 mount, no intervalometer. The second picture contains some narrowband data I had, which I added in a very small amount to the RGB image. Ha as red and O3 as G and B. This is taken through another lens and it is just an experiment. The scope seems to perform very well. I can't wait to see what I can get in proper conditions, but it seems that I have to wait a while for this. Clear skies! Alex
  3. Season greetings! Got my 80 Esprit around one week ago and yesterday was the first clear-ish night since. I came to my parents' for Christmas and here the skies are much better. I went to a hill nearby where our galaxy was visible. I had an EQ5 which I didn't polar align very well. I tried to start my RPi3, but it didn't connect to my mobile router so I had to forget about it. I was limited to 15s or 20s subs. The scope is quite heavy, heavier than I expected, it doesn't balance well with a Canon 550D attached. I had to tighten its dovetail towards its end as much as I could and the setup was still camera heavy a bit. Anyways. I left it to cool for maybe half an hour and it didn't reach thermal equilibrium perfectly. Focuser is very good, no slip with the DSLR and tightening it doesn't shift focus. No tilt either. I bought my scope from FLO and checked by Es. Here are some pictures taken through it, I only had the camera, no visual stuff. M45 is 151x15s: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1CbAuNQCGkQPSsPB11UOBkye3Y8EnzNDL M42 is 14x20s: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1dVgAxK8LQ4jXqPDlv2G0CVjV88UnsU9u M37 is 10x20s: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1iITFwXffhGvAi4dUbE_qR9_9VQVJszPT All ISO1600. Darks and bias, no flats. Today are exactly 2 years since I took my first astrophoto. Quite some progress since then. Clear skies and happy new year! Alex
  4. Funny thing - I have an ASI1600 + EFW and am connecting to SW coma corrector which requires 55mm spacing. The camera is 6.5mm the EFW is 20mm, total 26.5, so 28.5mm spacer required - sound correct hopefully? But the suppllied spacers are 21mm and 16.5mm which doesnt help (and doesnt seem correct even for a colour ASI1600 with no EFW) There is also a 11mm female/female adapter and a very short 1.5mm male/male adapter, so I guess I could use the 11mm F/F followed by the 1.5mm M/M + the 16.5 giving 29mm but this seems a bit complicated! Just wondering what other folk do - I cant be the only one with this problem. Any thoughts please?
  5. IC1396

    Here is an image I took last month, around 8 hours of data. Taken with an FSQ and ASI 1600M Cool camera
  6. Hey fellas I have a 1600mm cooled version. I was spending Last couple of nights in field trying to do some AP, but the camera didn't work. Everything seems to be ok. I have temperature's info, the 120mm data comes in flawlessly, EFW works just fine. But when camera finishes the exposure it hangs on downloading. I reduced usb traffic, no luck. I switched programs, sharpcap, SGP, nebulosity and even maxim-dl. I switched cables, and again no luck. I took my rig home, set up evertything and camera works just fine. Everything is ok. I took 40, 4 min frames, not a single problem. Then I took it out last night, tried to capture, and again it fails to download and hangs on downloading. It is getting really frustrating. Could you please help me out? Regards, Rez
  7. All, last night was cold and clear but the seeing was not as good as last Sunday, a lot more moisture in the air, I headed out at 10:30pm, when the local sports field turns off its floodlights and spent about 2hrs capturing more data. I got Orion Constellation back in view and I used APT Framing tool to help replicate the framing from Sunday's session and shot a set of RGB subs and further L subs, 30s, 15s,10s, 1s and 0.5s to try and get some dynamic range into Orion Nebula. All the subs were taken with ASI1600 set at unity gain and at -20degC and still using my Samyang 135mm set at F2 mounted on AZ-EQ6. No guiding used. All capture controlled by APT. Been quite a process this evening to stack and process all the different exposure sets, but enjoyable none the less I used DSS to stack, RegiStar to align and combine RGB, PS CC for all processing with plugins for AstroFlat and HLVG. I posted the Ha version at beginning of the week, I've uploaded a full resolution JPEG, it doesn't stand up to pixel peeping, I think I slightly mis-aligned one of the L frames when combining to get some dynamic range into Orion Nebula - I combined about 40% Ha onto a copy of the Red channel using Luminosity option to merge then replaced the Red channel of the colour image with the HaR mix. Although this is a completely different set up and FOV this is its not in the same league as @ollypenrice and his M42 au chocolat earlier this evening, which was absolutely stunning by the way, I think I have managed to capture a dusting of cocoa powder with my efforts with around 5 hrs of data capture. Anyway thanks for looking and hope you like it, plus any comments absolutely welcome Bryan
  8. Everyone, This is only my second real attempt using my ASI1600MC with 5 filters, LRGB and HA (7nm), prior to this Ive been using a un-modded Cannon 600D with my 106mm APO. But this image was taken with a Samyang 135mm lens, many people talk about how good it is at f2 and I am very pleased with how my image has turned out, it is by no means perfect in any sense, there are gradients all over due to light pollution from two distribution warehouse parks, to my north and south west and skyglow from Milton Keynes to my South East. However, this is where I live so I have to work within the limitations of the location. Image details Andromeda Galaxy M31 Tuesday 15th August Camera ASI1600MC, set to unity gain Capture software APT L 60 subs R 40 subs G 40 subs B 40 subs Ha 60 subs A total integration time 2.5 hrs of data The LRGB subs were 30s unguided on my azeq6, that I got tuned by David Woods at DarkFrame, @Woodsey65, I wasn't pushing for longer subs on the visual side as at unity gain more than 30s gives me a very washed out image due of course to the light pollution. I used 60s subs with the Ha(7nm) - they are all Baader filters. I then took 20 darks, 30 Bias and 20 Flats for each filter and used DSS to register and stack the images, I used the APT Flats assistant with a LED flat screen and two sheets of A4 paper to take flats next morning. I used Registar to register all the resultant images and used Registar to combine the RGB files than went into Photoshop CC2017. I had to buy Registar after struggling to align everything in PS and combine RGB. SGL search to the rescue and Registar was highlighted as a very useful tool - and yes it took away the alignment pain I had been fighting for half a day. I have Gradient Exterminator and used it at various points in my processing, but there are still issues with gradients due to light pollution and possibly my flats. This was also my first time including Ha data, I followed Steve's, @steppenwolf process by mixing R and Ha in a new file and replacing the R channel in final image with the resultant R+Ha mix, phew... it takes time to understand all this stuff. Below is the full image and a cropped image of M31 and a pic of the equipment used, the stars look reasonably round, bottom left a bit out of shape, I think I got good focus with help of a Bahtinov mask and the APT focussing tools. The micro adjuster from Teleskop-Express was also a good recommendation from SGL members. I would be interested in comments around reducing the gradients, and of course any other pointers to improve next time.
  9. Good day all, During the first half of June I worked on this 4 panel mosaic of the LBN 239, 241, 243 complex in Cygnus. Besides the bright component ic1318a it was a test for my new asi1600 on some fainter nebulae. I think the small cmos camera is holding up pretty good. Very little noise, I did not use any noise reduction in the post processing. The calibrated frames have been stretched and stitched together in PS. Details: Scope: 10" f/3.8 Newtonian CMOS: ASI1600MM-Cool @ -20°C Filter: Astrodon 5nm h-alpha Exposure: 20 hrs total (5 min subexposures binned 1x1); Unity Gain setting / 5h for each panel Resolution: 0.82 arcsec/pixel A higher res version can be found here. https://pietervandevelde.smugmug.com/Pics/Deepsky-1/i-MpNmG6t/4K Thanks for taking a look, Regards, Pieter
  10. A few 'firsts' for me here:- First ever RGB image First ever image processed in Pixinsight - all thanks to HarrysAstroShed tutorials First 'proper' use of ASI 1600MM-C with Mini EFW First image through the OpticStar 127mm Apo R,G and B - 30 subs each @8 seconds with ASI1600MM-C set to unit gain, offset 21 and @-20C I have a lot to learn (many more tutorials on Harry's site, the LightVortex site and also Warren Keller's book) - but its a start. Now - How do I get my luminance image (60 subs - other settings as above) incorporated Next time I'll get the framing correct to get the Horsehead too Neil
  11. I took my first Ha image last night and tried to combine it with data of the same object taken previously. First, the Ha image (consisting of only 3x5min subs) just looks like a luminance ....but not as good Second, when i combined it with the old data in PI....I really did laugh out loud (or hahaha as noted in the title). Can anyone suggest a tutorial on LRGB/narrow band imaging either here or on the web - I can find them but if someone knows of a good one (and that's what this forum is for right?) then I'd really appreciate it. Thanks David