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On 19/11/2019 at 02:25, dyfiastro said:

3D printed a rear cap

Hi. Meanwhile, at the budget end of the range, a black shower cap. 3 for €1.

18 hours ago, spillage said:

any images

Elegance defined!

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Just a few of the goodies ive had from the 130pds over the past few months:            

All images have been made with a Canon450D (unmodded), on a HEQ5 PRO goto, 9x50 finder guider (QHY5). Me and my garden gnome: several M51 crops: M97 & 108: M81 & M82 (& NGC3077): M81

Not great pics from me, but this is what i got so far since beginning with AP in august this year. No guiding and maximum time of expousures 30 sek.

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I managed a couple of hours on M45 the other night while very clear. Took the opportunity to do some visual with my 200p dob. Luckily the below freezing temperature inhibited dewing on the 130's secondary.

 

 

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2 hours ago, bendiddley said:

Does anyone store their 130PDS in a padded bag? If so what do you use? I've got a geoptik one for my 200PDS, need something similar but a bit cheaper! :) Cheers.

I hang mine off a hook on the roof of my workshop.

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cork is commonly used as a cushion for the mirror. if you look carefully there will be at least 3 cork pads. The one you can see might be a little out of position but the gap between the mirror bottom and the white aluminium cell should be even all round if they are in place.

search "cork in mirror cell" if you need more reassurance

If you want to see what a mirror cell looks like when the mirror is removed there is a 8 inch cell for sale on Ebay with pictures showing the three cork pads next to the collimation screws. Ebay number

193101423641
 
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On 03/12/2019 at 08:50, alacant said:

Hi. Meanwhile, at the budget end of the range, a black shower cap. 3 for €1.

Elegance defined!

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Hi

Does the black shower cap work OK then ? Could be just what I am looking for !

Thanks.

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1 hour ago, Spaced Out said:

shower cap work OK

Hi. yes. Note, there's an elastic band to hold it in place.

These design types seem to have made the diameter of the cap stretch to the size of an average human head, with little regard for preventing light entering the mirror cell of a 130pds. Ridiculous.

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On 02/12/2019 at 13:46, alacant said:

A dreamy rosette, but unfortunately running out of frame. The nebula extends further than suggested by kstars. Or -far more likely- I entered the focal length incorrectly in the first place. Maybe a two frame mosaic?

Comments for improvement always appreciated.

Thanks for looking.

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It's a wonderful render of the rosette and the star colour is good. 

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4 minutes ago, matt_baker said:
13 minutes ago, vernmid said:

Just the standard one that came with the scope.

Fair enough 😃

Sorry should've clarified, I meant for the guide scope

At a guess, and after carefully studying the photo for several seconds, I'd guess it's the same length as the standard one that came with the scope 🙂

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2 hours ago, Heizel said:

What guide scope will be better- 50/190 or 60/240? My camera is asi120mm mini (3.75 pixel size).

The smaller one will be fine, I use a 50/183 with a 120MC and guide to ~0.6" when the sky is nice and clear.

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2 hours ago, Heizel said:

Last question- can i put this tube to celestron avx? Will handle it for ap well?

Yes, it's possible.

With careful balance, I've done 600s guided subs with that combination and a MILC/DSLR.

YMMV

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9 hours ago, 8472 said:

Yes, it's possible.

With careful balance, I've done 600s guided subs with that combination and a MILC/DSLR.

YMMV

600 sek i think its enough lol  :) thanks

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I can't believe that this thread is still going strong after 111 pages of discussion and pictures.

Looking to get back into the astrophotography, anybody got any tips for keeping bright stars from blowing out? Especially in areas such as the Horse Head Nebula.

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40 minutes ago, Galen Gilmore said:

I can't believe that this thread is still going strong after 111 pages of discussion and pictures.

Looking to get back into the astrophotography, anybody got any tips for keeping bright stars from blowing out? Especially in areas such as the Horse Head Nebula.

Welcome home Galen!

I've found that 99% of the time its really a case of being careful with stretches. Use curves not gamma and keep the upper part of the curve from levelling off.

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That way I've always managed to keep Alnitak separate from its companion, even with 5 minute exposures.

Of course it's easy with a Ha filter...

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