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By Stub Mandrel
34 2-minute subs, no darks. Exif says 6c so the sensor was probably somewhere between -15 and -20C!
Begging for a few more hours!
By Victor Boesen
As said in the title I know that this question gets asked a lot of times. I want to know what to do.
My confirmation(don't know if that's what you call it in English) is in 59 days, and I need some help whether to wish me one thing or another.
What am i looking for?:
I want to get into "serious" astrophotography, however I still don't want to stop doing visual. I have a scope now that needs to get swapped out(bresser 150/1400, poor quality) but I don't have the money to have both a scope for astrophotography and visual. I was thinking about the star adventurer mount(I have a nikon d3300+kit lens and 50mm 1.8+a sturdy video-tripod) because of its easy setup and portability. Then I could put a skywatcher dobsonian on my list as well to get a better visual scope. I think that this would be a good way to start, but I am 14 years old and I don't have the money to buy equipment all the time. So the problem in my case would be that I wouldn't be able to afford a real mount and scope for astrophotography right after I get the star adventurer and a dobsonian unless I save up money for a long time and get broke right after buying the equipment.
This leads me into my next "solution". Then I was thinking about selling my visual scope and putting the eq5 pro on the list instead. Then I don't know whether to chose the 130p-ds, 150p-ds or the evostar 80ed to go with the eq5 pro. I am really blown away by the quality and images by the evostar 80ed, and I think that it's a really good beginner astrophotography scope. Or is it? It costs a lot more than the 130p/150p-ds does, and the reflectors would also be a better visual scope wouldn't they? of course I still want to have a visual and an imaging scope, but if I chose one of the reflectors then I guess I wouldn't need both right now, would I?
I want to make the right choice both mount and scope, and if the evostar 80ed+eq5 pro is the best choice then according to you, then I would just have to buy a dobsonian as well(which wouldn't be that big of a deal if just the evostar 80ed+eq5 pro is the best choice).
Hope that you want to spend some time reading this, and feel free to ask me about anything!
By Stub Mandrel
My apologies for the noise on this image, my excuse is that this is 80% only 31 frames (120 secs, 800iso, 130P-DS) taken with the moon up and haze increasing before a complete white-out of cloud this evening. My first session for exactly two months! Rotten shame about the noise along the bottom (I think my mirror is the cause and has to go now!) as otherwise it would be almost passable.
By Stub Mandrel
They said it couldn't be done!
I won't pretend this is perfect but it's 90% of 106 2 minute subs on as astro-modded Canon 450D DSLR using an EQ3 mount at a suburban location, and the transparency last night was poorer than the previous evening. NGC133 and its dust clouds are NOT supposed to be the sort of target you can get with this kit.
I know it isn't perfect and doesn't stand up to images with double-figure hours of narrowband subs, but it does have the dusty bits in the right places if compared to Olly's recent image. If I had 20 hours of subs at a dark sky site what would this image be looking like?