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Stub Mandrel

The EQ3 DSO Challenge

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10 hours ago, Stub Mandrel said:

... another one bites the dust!

I think the point of this thread has been achieved. Those who say that an EQ3 mount is unsuitable for astrophotography are demonstrably talking rubbish.

It's an ideal route into learning the ropes with the expectation of being able to get images you can genuinely be proud of.

Having now got a little experience with the HEQ5 I can honestly say that the differences are chiefly that the EQ3 needs more frequent tweaking, as it is less tolerant of being out of adjustment than the HEQ5, particularly in DEC, and that the aluminium tripod is inferior to the stainless steel type.

The EQ3, on a steel tripod, matched with an astro-modded camera and a 130P-DS is a relatively affordable and rewarding route into deep sp[ace astrophotography.

Its a great thread, visual proof that the EQ3 is worthy of excellent images. And hopefully will continue to guide other EQ3 users.

There will be others along. I have sold my EQ3 now so can't post new images, spent the money on a 200PDS :o 

So a few of my favourite EQ3 images for the thread too. 

Nige.

 

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19 hours ago, Nigel G said:

Its a great thread, visual proof that the EQ3 is worthy of excellent images. And hopefully will continue to guide other EQ3 users.

There will be others along. I have sold my EQ3 now so can't post new images, spent the money on a 200PDS :o 

So a few of my favourite EQ3 images for the thread too. 

Nige.

 

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😮 Impressive!

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Got the EQ6 yesterday.. What a monster! 😁

 

 

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All set up, forecast was good but the clouds have rolled in. Neighbours are having a party as well so Blackpool illuminations!  I was going to have my first attempt at the Eagle Nebula but it may have to wait. 

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Been very quiet on here recently, pesky summer.  Anyway, I was so pleased to get back out a few nights ago, and I'm over the moon with my attempt at the pillars of creation in the Eagle Nebula. So low, and houses and trees limiting my time to just 80 x 20 sec exposures ISO 1600 plus bias. It's not Hubble, but it's mine. Bonus Wild Duck Cluster to round off a bird themed DSO few hours. 

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Well done @Peco4321, it's a target I've tried a couple of times but unlike planets any DS at that elevation here comes out lost in yellow soup 😞

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