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  1. *£1300 including recorded delivery to the UK; or £1250 if you can collect from central Bristol.* Hi all, I’m looking to sell my ZWO ASI1600MM-Cool plus accessories as a bundle. I’ve had a great time with this camera, but now have a baby daughter that is leaving me zero time for astro imaging! So I’m parking the hobby for a few years… but I’ll be back! A lot’s been written about how good this camera is so I won’t reiterate all that, except to say that I’ve had a lot of success coupling it to my ED-80 ‘scope and HEQ5 mount. I image from central Bristol and the light pollution is horrendous, but this camera and the narrowband filters bypass that problem rather neatly. Here are photos I’ve taken with the camera: The core kit I have is basically this: https://www.firstlightoptics.com/zwo-cameras/zwo-asi1600mm-pro-usb-3-mono-camera-efw8-125-lrgb-filters-125-ha-sii-oiii-filters-bundle.html Note the link is for the “Pro” version, which is slightly different to my one in two ways. One, the Pro has an in-built heater for the sensor. I bought one separately for mine, which of course I’ll include. (https://www.firstlightoptics.com/zwo-accessories/zwo-anti-dew-heater-strip-for-asi-cooled-cameras.html). Two, the Pro has a larger memory buffer, but I never found the lack of this to be an issue with my usage. https://www.firstlightoptics.com/zwo-accessories/zwo-holder-ring-for-asi-cooled-cameras-78mm-diameters.html Also included is a slightly different version of this holder ring. https://www.firstlightoptics.com/zwo-accessories/zwo-nikon-lens-adapter-for-efw-asi1600.html And an adapter so you can attach Nikon F lenses. https://www.firstlightoptics.com/astronomy-cables-leads-accessories/lynx-astro-mount-power-cable-for-sky-watcher-mounts.html And this very useful cable! I've taken plenty of photos so you can see exactly what you'd get. First, here's the back of the camera: And the front, showing the sensor and heater: This is one side of the Electronic Focus Wheel. All seven filters are mounted: And the other side: Here's the Nikon lens adapter: And the camera holder: These are the cables it comes with. On the left we have the Lynx Astro cable, with a dual-tip; one for the camera, the other for the heater. Then we have the EFW cable, and blue cable for camera to computer -- both of which are originals. The blue cable is annoyingly short, so I'll throw in a longer one too. Here's the EFW box and included accessories: And finally, the camera box and included accessories: Approx. price breakdown if bought new: Camera and filters bundle: £1716 Holder ring: £49 Nikon lens adapter: £45 Lynx Astro Silicone Power Cable: £19 Total: £1829 I’m asking for £1300 including recorded delivery to the UK; or £1250 if you can collect from central Bristol. Payment via PayPal or bank transfer. If it doesn't sell after a few weeks then I'll consider offers or splitting the kit.
  2. 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?
  3. The Wizard Nebula An emission nebula 7,200 light years away and my first proper project of the new imaging year. Really happy with it as I’ve had a steep learning curve with new kit so really pleased to see this image come together. It’s also the first time I’ve imaged it. 72x180s subs collected over 2 nights 24/25th August in my Bortle 7 back garden, Whitley Bay, England Calibrated with darks, flats and dark flats in DSS and processed in SiriL and Photoshop. Lacerta 72mm f/6 APO ZWO ASI1600MC Pro at -15C gain 200 iOptron CEM25p ZWO 60mm guide scope ZWO ASI120MM-S guide camera Altair Astro 2” Tri Band OSC Filter Data collected in APT and guided with PHD2
  4. 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!
  5. 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
  6. Here is an image I took last month, around 8 hours of data. Taken with an FSQ and ASI 1600M Cool camera
  7. Hi everyone, I've been beavering away on a couple of images, one of the Pacman nebula and this, my first Horsehead. Shot over several nights in my back garden. Terrible weather meant a big gap between imaging nights - it's amazing how you (or is it just me?!) forget the little details in just 8 or 9 days... Lum data is lacking a bit and I couldn't tame mighty Alnitak. But I like the result. Anyway, a number of firsts here - first completed image with the Lakeside focuser, first true tests of APT's recently added auto meridian flip (works great!) and first time using Astro Pixel Processor for calibration and stacking. APP is a contender - very easy to use - I threw all my multinight multifilter data at it and it chugged through it all with the minimum of fuss! 4.9 hours of HaLRGB data. L 108x15", R 41x60", G 84x30", B 81x30", Ha 35x250". Thanks for looking!
  8. Imaging with a 106mm telescope with pulse guiding I have been posting a few images since I started using the ASI1600MM Cool about a year ago, but they all used my 135mm Samyang lens. In the new year we had a few clear nights and although I wanted to carry on with the mosaic of Barnards loop in Ha7nm, the trees in the hedgerow behind my house became part of the frame – not a good thing. I looked at Star Gazers Lounge for inspiration and many images in January were being posted of the Rosette Nebula, so I slewed over to that, with the 135mm lens and started imaging. The result was ‘ok’ but I felt that the nebula got lost in the stars in such a wide field image. So I decided to put my Astro Tech 106mm EDT APO on the mount and set up for pulse guiding and get up close and personal with the Rosette Nebula. The 106mm scope/guiding wasn’t completely new to me as this was the setup I had used for my initial DSLR imaging. The full run down of the set up is below. Capture configuration Telescope AT106EDT Riccardi 0.75x reducer/flattener Camera ASI1600 MM cool Baader LRGB Ha(7nm) filters Guiding AT72ED Lodestar X2 Mount Skywatcher AZ EQ6-GT I run everything from a Microsoft Surface Pro3 with a single USB3 connection to a USB3 powered hub. The capture software I use is Astro Photography Tool alongside Carte Du Ceil and PHD2. Within APP I also have setup the plate solving and linked that to CdC, I can then use Goto++ to get on target very quickly. I also use the framing mask tool so I can fine tune the aim of the FoV to get repeatable results. This all works quite well, but I always sync the mount and software, so for this sequence of captures I used Zeta Orionis to sync everything up, then I can use Goto++ effectively. Guiding was ok, I need to understand it a lot more, but I have managed to set it up and get guiding accuracy RA 1.4” RMS and DA 0.72” RMS. What I have to try and improve is that the correction pulses are quite large and occasionally says I have to increase the maximum correction pulse duration. PHD2 reports that I have a polar alignment error of 1.5’ arcmin. Image Details The imaging was carried out over several nights between 9th – 17th February 2018, sky quality was at best variable so the subs were quite a mixed bag. However I captured quite a large number of subs and had to cope with the Rosette transiting the meridian and being obscured by a large bamboo hedge, so I had to meridian flip to keep target in FOV, but kept camera in same position (I don’t have a rotator, or wanted to create a completely different set of flats for flipped images) with the result that the captured subs were a mix of pre and post meridian flipped subs, but stacking software can take care of the inversion. Dataset Baader 1.25” filters L – 60subs @60s R – 88 subs @60s G – 122 subs @60s B – 84 subs @60s Ha7nm – 74 subs @90s Flats - 30 Darks - 30 Bias -100 The ASI1600 was set to -20degC and unity gain. over a period of 4 nights captured a total amount of data for the image of 7.75 hours, however the sharp eyed among you will spot the weakness in this data set – Luminance – I did not capture enough, why, because I was obsessed in getting colour captured , but due to the issues with meridian flip and guiding after meridian flip I ended up with incomplete data sets, FOV offsets and inversions, so I ran my RGB capture plan on two separate capture runs. However, once I got all the RGB, the clouds rolled in and by mid-Feb the moon was too bright for luminance capture and as each day goes by the Rosette headed westwards and into the light pollution bubble from the big logistics warehousing area on edge of town -sigh…. Stacking Up to now I have been using Deep Sky Stacker, DSS, however with this Rosette project I found that the DSS stacked images had a lot of noise. I had been reading about Astro Pixel Processor, which Sara Wagner has been using and posted several video tutorials. I decided to use this and have no regrets, yes it has a lot more processing steps and configuration options, but they all make sense and for my subs gave a significantly better final stacked image to take into the next processing stage. Registration I use RegiStar, I came across this application when reading posts by Olly Penrice, it’s a one trick pony, but it is a brilliant trick and getting all the base stacked images precisely aligned before you start more detailed processing. Misc I also ‘found’ another very useful piece of software, called Straton, it removes stars from an image and you can then process the nebula without over stretching the stars and losing colour. I played with this quite a bit as another great use is when blending Ha into red channel (and sneaking some into luminance as well) it helps avoid getting holes in stars as the Ha stars are so much smaller than RGB. Photoshop There are so many ways to process an astro image it is not my intent to detail workflows here. I use bits and pieces from many sources, including processes from Steve Richard’s Dark Art or Magic Bullet. I have Noels actions, Google NIK plugin, Hasta La Vista Green and Astroflat Pro. My biggest effort goes into reducing the crazy gradients I get on my images due to sports field floodlights, logistics warehouse lighting, and the usual street lighting issues. NGC2237 Rosette Nebula So after many, many evenings of processing, reprocessing, trying different blends and masking techniques I leave you with my ‘final’ NGC2237 Rosette Nebula thanks for reading and getting here, this is the JPEG version with a very light crop to remove stacking artifacts, the PNG was nearly 70Mb so I decided not to post that Bryan
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. Hi everyone, This has been on my hard drive for some months, so nice to have finally got round to processing it! Shot over several nights in January in my back garden. NGC 281, also known casually as the Pacman Nebula, is a bright emission nebula and part of an H II region in the northern constellation of Cassiopeia and is part of the Milky Way's Perseus Spiral Arm. It lies about 9,500 light years from us and is 48 light years across. As the final version, I've gone for a crop, which I think holds up well, though I'll include the wider fov version in the next post. I used a more natural colour blend for this image: R = 76%*Ha + 24%*SII G = 100%*OIII B = 85%*OIII + 15%*Ha For some reason, I was not expecting much from this image, but the result looks like it will be one of my favourites...the narrowband data was really good! Captured using APT, stacked using APP and processed in Pixinsight. 5.4 hours integration time. Link to full details and higher res version. Thanks for looking!
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. Good evening to you all, Last night I acquired 30x180s on each RGB so now I have a total of 37x180s each RGB, 60x60s lum from last year, 55x180s lum from this year and some shorter exposures for the core. That means ~5:33h of RGB and 3:45h of lum. All taken with the ASI1600MMC and the 130PDS newton, horrible gradients when using the light pollution filter. I mean really horrible and uneven gradients. I also have a horizontal line at about 1/4 from the top reflected from somewhere. The image below was stacked and merged with APP, I also made a synthetic lum from the RGB and included it in the final lum file. Processing can be improved, for sure, but I have also another thought. Would maybe another 6h of luminance data be worthy on this target? Or should I move to something else, maybe M3 or M92? Clear skies, Alex Astrobin: https://www.astrobin.com/341636/ Edit: almost 4 more hours of lum. Edit2: 7 more hours of lum.
  16. 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
  17. 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
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