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I had my first attempt at having a go at Orion last night. Reasonably happy with results; 10 frames mix of 20s and 5s at ISO800 using canon760d and Evolution 8, quickly assembled in Lightroom but no editing. My own thoughts are that: 1. need to practice more on focus (big yes!) 2. perhaps raise iso to 1600? 3. perhaps increase exposure times to 30s - 1M? 4. should i use mirror-lockup on the camera; reading conflicting info on the web? 5. should i invest in some of those fancy filters I see on the market? I'd be interested in feedback around the exposure time suggestions for my telescope in particular.
I am planning on imaging the Orion molecular cloud complex this spring before it goes away again. It's always been my favourite collection. I'm interested in hearing advice/ tips/ suggestions on the best course of action to capture this in the best possible way. ie. what exposure times, Iso etc, would yield the best results. I have some basic equipment so hope to make the best use of it possible with help and guidance. I'll be using: Nikon D90, Sky Adventurer, Nikon 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 AF-S DX, or Nikon NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4 Lens. I have DSS and PsCS6 and LightRoom 5 for editing after. I'd like to get at least 2-3 hours of data over the coming months. how would you go about this?
I have been using a Phillips SPC900NC to capture images of planets like Jupiter with reasonable success using Wxastrocapture and the settings as suggested in their user manual. Thus in Exposure neither Full auto or Auto exp. are ticked, and under Colours whether instead of Freeze the Outdoor, Auto or FL (what is that?) options might be better?
Hello there, I'm planning to use my Canon eos 450d for deep sky astrophotography attached to a telescope and need to know which settings to use including most importantly the custom function setup, I have searched everywhere on the net to find this info but to no avail. Any help would be very much appreciated. Kindest regards, Paul.
Having just read this great guide here on PHD:http://stargazerslounge.com/topic/188777-phd-guiding-basic-use-and-troubleshooting/ Would people be willing to post up their settings so as to give people a known starting point that works or at least a good starting point?As I think it's hard to know what settings to choose in PHD. Something along the lines of: Webcam model: SPC900 Type of guide scope: 9X50 Skywatcher finder scope Then list your settings for PHD This way,it can be kept all in one place for future reference.Sound like a good idea or a non starter?
Hi, I am at the moment trying to set up "Dithering" on my APT. I am presently using a Canon 600D, with Orion ED80 Refractor, mounted on my NEQ6PRO. Please note, I have not yet progressed to Guiding - NO GUIDING Do I basically select "APT Dithering" and maybe leave all the other settings at Default? Most grateful if anyone can let be know which settings I might need to adjust, and to what values. Finding it all a little bit confusing ! Many Thanks Steve