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Here is my best image so far of M42 using the Orion Starshoot DSVC II through my Orion 127mm MakCass. The stars are a bit overexposed but the nebula stands out beautifully. This was one of the first opportunities I had to try out my new single-axis drive on my mount for astroimaging. I cranked up the sensitivity of the cam to the max and selected color output. I was really excited by the result. A nice little camera. Enjoy! I composed the musical landscape as well Regards from Galaxy Central, Reggie
Recently acquired a StarShoot Solar System Colour Imager IV and have never used such a device to image - finally got a brief chance to last night. I had a long day at work, so between 20:00 and 22:00 I had a power nap and then set off for the field behind my house with my gear in tow. After setting up and starting my drift alignment a cloud rolled in exactly where the Moon would rise, and stayed there until 00:45 - my frustration was audible at this point as the rest of the sky was perfectly clear, literally the only cloud in the sky was directly in front of the Moon - but decided to stay up to catch a glimpse! Thankfully the cloud shifted and I plugged in the SSSSCIIV - focus was tricky due to wobble introduced every time I touched the OTA, that and the sky was boiling - I've never really done much lunar photography beyond a few DSLR shots and never "zoomed in" so much before. The view despite the boiling atmosphere was fantastic - reminded me why I do this stuff all over again! Indeed this is the RAW video of my boiling sky - how would you rate the seeing conditions based on this video? The AmCap settings remained untouched and I started recording some videos - indeed just seeing the Moon like that on my laptop inspired me to try streaming video to people, or putting it up on a big screen at a star party so multiple people can enjoy the view at the same time. The night got progressively colder and the mist rolled in, low to start and then utterly obliterated anything below 10 meters - the dew that gathered on my scope was insane, and I decided to pack up before anything shorted out or it became utterly pointless to image anything but haze. I've never used RegiStax either - indeed, blind mucking around at 4-5am is what created these images. I'm not sure if my focus was off, my Registax skills being no existent caused problems, or the seeing conditions would be rated as "bad"? But in my inexperienced opinion, I didn't really get that much detail. Also I don't know the Moon at all well and find a few online resources rather awkward to use - can anyone tell me if I captured any well known features?
After a 2 month wait, we finally got some clear slies last night so I had a chance to finally try out the Orion Starshoot autoguider. Sadly, I spent a long and very frustrating night just trying to get the darn thing to guide properly, but wihout success. I was getting great tracking results from my HEQ5pro mount on its own, round stars on any exposures up to about 30 seconds, but as soon as I engaged the tracking scope, it was driving it all over the place (see attached pics). I'm using the 50mm guidescope that comes in the "Orion Magnificent Mini" kit, and I made sure to enter the correct focal length (which I believe is 162mm) into the PHD2 software (not 50mm as I've read others have accidentally done ). There was zero wind last night, so I can't really blame that. Everything seemed to be done-up tight, although I have just started using the HEQ5pro extension tube to avoid tripod leg collisions, which together with the Explore Scientific AR152 refractor scope, does make for a very tall setup, but I think I can discount that because it still tracks really well without the autoguider engaged. A lot of the PHD2 tools and controls are a bit of an alien language to me, but I spent most of the night trying various settings and running some of the built in tools and following the reccomendataion, but to no avail, not even a slight improvement. Does anyone have any ideas how to get this autoguider to work? Would really apprciate any pointers - ideally without abbreviations, as they'll just make my brain hurt even more that it already does Much thanks in advance.
One of my favorite planetary nebulae is rising in the northeastern sky (above that big oak tree)! The ghostly M57, the Ring Nebula, approx. 2300 light-years away and between 6,000 and 8,000 years old (when the outer layers of the parent star exploded), shot on the Orion Starshoot Deep Space Camera II (at maximum sensitivity setting in color) through the Orion StarMax 127. Original music: "Apochromatic (dub version)". Enjoy! Reggie
For sale Orion autoguider package in excelent condition £200 delivered. Included in box:- Orion StarShoot autoguider Orion 50mm Guide Scope USB2 cable RJ11 cable Software disc