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Imaging with the 130pds

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Brill shot. Hoping to try my !30 PDS in anger tonite, weather permitting!

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Hi,

I was out last night giving my new 130PDS its first light, using my unmodded Canon 700D. Had a few problems stacking (discussed in another thread) but have come up with some pleasing images. This is nowhere near the limit of what DSLRs can do, but it's not bad for a comparative beginner with his first newt.

You'll get pinpoint stars ok as long as your polar alignment and guiding are good, and you use a coma corrector. I used the SW own make 0.9 one, which takes the scope to F4.5. For guiding I got an adaptor from Modern Astronomy which allows one to use, in my case, an Orion Starshoot autoguider with a standard SW 9x50 finderscope with excellent results.

Anyway, here are my first light results from last night:

Wow! That looks great!! :)

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Cheers Louise :)

Just having a little think about where to point it next..... hmmmm.

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very nice rob i love the colours and the vibrance great picture mate 

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Wow, you guys are really getting on well with these little newts, im on my second one and cant even get it to focus a 1.25 ep (just like the last one)

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Have you tried an extension peice?

Sure I read that else where where a member was using an eye piece they needed a 2 inch extension.

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Wow, you guys are really getting on well with these little newts, im on my second one and cant even get it to focus a 1.25 ep (just like the last one)

I had similar, found that I needed an extension that was half way between the provided  extension piece and just using the 2" to 1.25" adapter. Got the length by extending the focuser as far as it would go (without the extension piece) then undoing the locking screw on the EP and moved it back a bit.

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I had similar, found that I needed an extension that was half way between the provided extension piece and just using the 2" to 1.25" adapter. Got the length by extending the focuser as far as it would go (without the extension piece) then undoing the locking screw on the EP and moved it back a bit.

Weird.. not had a problem focusing mine - except in dodgy conditions!

What eyepiece(s) have you tried?

I've got a 1.25" BST Explorer ED (f=12.5mm), and just use the 2" -> 1.25" adaptor.

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Wow, you guys are really getting on well with these little newts, im on my second one and cant even get it to focus a 1.25 ep (just like the last one)

Have you tried an extension peice?

Sure I read that else where where a member was using an eye piece they needed a 2 inch extension.

i made a post here when i tried to use the 28mm 2" eyepiece and couldn't focus. Louise told that it was needed to use the supplied 2" extension tube to focus it, and then it  was ok.with the 1.25" eypieces i had no problems focusing at all, just used it with the 1.25" adapter and without the extension tube. there is a picture of it in a post i made in this topic. here is the link:

http://stargazerslounge.com/topic/210593-imaging-with-the-130pds/?view=findpost&p=2600440

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Started this one last night, just one hour per pane (x2) - and by the looks of it, still a way to go yet in order to get the noise down. A victory for fiddling too, as my corner stars are more than OK now :)

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Rob: I note you can see the Milky Way - at least sometimes! I don't think I've seen it since I was a child! Maybe one day...

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Rob: I note you can see the Milky Way - at least sometimes! I don't think I've seen it since I was a child! Maybe one day...

Only around the zenith, it presents itself as a misty patch/streak. On nights like those I know my data will be good, in fact it was so good last night I havent used any flats for the Tulip (naughty me!). No such luck tonight, its looking a little soupy as the jetstream is bang over us at the mo. So ive decided not to set up as that would only serve to damage the image.

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Only around the zenith, it presents itself as a misty patch/streak. On nights like those I know my data will be good, in fact it was so good last night I havent used any flats for the Tulip (naughty me!). No such luck tonight, its looking a little soupy as the jetstream is bang over us at the mo. So ive decided not to set up as that would only serve to damage the image.

Well a misty patch is better than nothing! My neighbour just came back from a trip to South Africa. He visited the Karoo - many miles from any artificial light. Of course, what he saw in the heavens was amazing. He said he thought of me. Very thoughtful of him! Still, I have to make do with pictures :(

Cheers

Louise

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You should boogie on down to SGL XI then, even though there are darker places - the view would make your eyes pop out on a good night! :)

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You should boogie on down to SGL XI then, even though there are darker places - the view would make your eyes pop out on a good night! :)

Alas, I don't have a tent and, even if I did, I've no easy way of getting there...

Louise

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Pokey pokey! :D

Keepin' the flag flying for the 130:

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On a side note, its quite interesting what you get when you type "130pds" into Google and click the images tab :) a lot more astro images than there used to be!

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Pokey pokey! :D

Keepin' the flag flying for the 130:

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On a side note, its quite interesting what you get when you type "130pds" into Google and click the images tab :) a lot more astro images than there used to be!

That's a real beauty! Looking forward to testing my recently bought 150PDS, even if I'm disqualified from this thread :)

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My poor offering to this thread: M13 from a light polluted not-quite-dark just before it descends too deep into the murk.

M13_2015-08-23-crop class='bbc_url' title='External link' rel='external'> https://flic.kr/p/xu13fW

4x subs 30s @ ISO 800, no darks.

Pentax cam.

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Looking alright Jim, be on standby from wed onwards - we might me in for some clear stuff!

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Thanks! Better get some early nights in then, I guess...

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The promised clear sky has arrived, just topping up the Crescent.... a stack of 16 should be good enough if the Moon doesnt wreck it. Im pointing straight up, so there' s a possiblilty I could get away with it.

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M15

Scope 130pds

5 x 180 secs

2 x darks

20 x bias

No flats

M15 CS2

M15 CS2crop

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