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  1. From the album: Kevin Hurleys Deep Space Objects

    First attempt at imaging Andromeda galaxy. It doesn't fit fully in the frame. Captured 40x 30s subs of lights plus 10 darks and 7 flats. Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker for total of 14min 45s. Processed in Startools but struggled to get the colour looking right.
  2. From the album: Kevin Hurleys Deep Space Objects

    M45 Pleiades. Captured using Nikon D3200 at prime focus of Skywatcher 150P on EQ3-2 with RA motor tracking (no guiding). Total of 79 x 10s subs at ISO 800 aligned and stacked in DeepSkyStacker to give 7min 20s. Processed in StarTools. Thin and high cloud for some of the subs. Taken at 3:30am on Sunday morning Aug 30, 2020.
  3. From the album: Kevin Hurleys Deep Space Objects

    M65, M66 and NGC 3628 - The Leo Triplet. Photographed on May 14. Skywatcher 150P with a Nikon D3200 at prime focus. EQ3-2 mount with RA motor drive (no guiding). 19 subs at ISO 800 - 30s each. Aligned and stacked in Deep Sky Stacker to give resulting 4min 30s exposure. Processed in Startools to crop, bin, stretch and colour balance. This was my second time around to process this image - starting to get the hang of Startools now.
  4. From the album: Kevin Hurleys Deep Space Objects

    M13 taken with Nikon D3200 at prime focus of my Skywatcher 150p mounted on EQ3-2 with RA motor drive (no guiding). 12 subs (30s each) aligned and stacked in DSS for total of 180s. Processed in startools - binned, cropped and stretched.
  5. From the album: Kevin Hurleys Deep Space Objects

    M51. Skywatcher 150P with Nikon D3200 at prime focus. EQ3-2 mount with RA motor. Unguided. 10 x 30s subs - aligned and stacked with DSS into a 2min 30s exposure at ISO 800. Post-processed with Startools - binned, cropped, stretched and colour balanced. This is an updated processing of previous image posted here.
  6. From the album: Kevin Hurleys Deep Space Objects

    M27, the Dumbbell Nebula. Using Nikon D3200 at prime focus of my 150mm aperture F/5 Skywatcher 150P on EQ3-2 with RA drive and no guiding. 5min exposure from best 10 of 20 30s subs, aligned and stacked in DSS. Post processing using Startools - stretched, binned, cropped and colour balanced.
  7. From the album: Kevin Hurleys Deep Space Objects

    M57 Ring Nebula. Nikon D3200 at prime focus of a skywatcher 150p. Mount is EQ3-2 unmodified with RA motor drive and no guiding. 3min30s exposure at ISO100 after aligning and stacking in DSS. Post-processed in Startools to stretch, crop, bin and colour-balance. Quite a moonlit night and sky not fully dark. Will go back and try again another time.
  8. From the album: iPhone 6 Plus Photo's

    Here is the first photo i have taken using my 'scope! I have sharpened up the image a tad in Photoshop
  9. Clear skies were forecast for most of the night so I decided to give the 150P a go at the telescope targets (which I failed to get anywhere with using the ST80, that was mostly due to a bad night though). Found the first target, the Crab Nebula (M1), something I had not seen before. Not brilliant seeing conditions, on a better night may even be able to make out some structure, but tonight it just looked like a grey blob. Other highlights of the night include my first sighting of the Great Red Spot - evident as a pale gap in the upper cloud belt (as seen in the telescope). It was at the correct time for the spot to be visible so I assumed this was it, as it is not red at the moment. Also managed to get decent views of the Orion Nebular, the Fish's Mouth and Trapezium stars, although could not focus fully using the 5mm due to seeing conditions. Tried for the Owl cluster but the clouds were already rolling in and seeing conditions had taken a dive. Jupiter had a big halo around it and my optics were dewing up (even my glasses).
  10. I have just ordered a 150P from FLO and pending its arrival I am reading up a bit on them, it seems that some people have noticed an improvement in contrast by flocking the inside of the tube, and also that fitting a dew shield is recommended. I can acquire a suitable dew shield, no problem there, but I have a question or several regarding flocking. What would I need to do in order to flock the inside of the tube? Do I need to remove the secondary mirror or anything else, and would I need to just cover the entire tube inside so that no original paintwork is showing? How difficult is it? Should I apply in sections, and if so does it matter how large or what shape the sections are so long as they are edge to edge? How many rolls of the flocking sheet that FLO sell would I need for the 150P? Should I flock the outside too? (I saw a post where someone wrapped what looked like pipe insulating foam around the entire OTA) Thank you for any advice!
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