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Latest Deep Sky objects with Trius 694

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Hello everyone,

I was able to get out again recently and run a few sessions with students.  The images below are labelled, and are from our less-than-perfect suburban site on campus using both a Celestron CPC 800 (8" SCT) at f6 and various Borg refractors (in this case, primarily a 77mm Borg EDii) at f4 with a SX Trius 694 monochrome CCD camera.  All shot with an alt-az mount using SLL software for capture/stacking.  No post processing other than the usual on-the-fly adjustments.

I'm using the Trius 694 in 2x2 bin mode, mainly because SLL doesn't seem to want to work with it using any other binning mode.  Luckily, it seems to work fine in 2x2 and I'm generally happy with the results, though I find with the fork mounted CPC that the need to use a diagonal makes spacing of the reducer/camera tricky, and I'm not getting as well corrected or reduced a field as I'd like (I'm using an Antares 0.5x reducer, but I'm only getting f6 out of it and still see artifacts at the edges).  Any suggestions are welcome!

Cheers,

Greg A

 

Flame.Horsehead_2018.2.21_11.10.09.jpg

M1_2018.3.6_22.02.27.jpg

M13_2018.3.6_23.45.19.jpg

M42.Runnung.Man_2018.2.20_22.34.37.jpg

M51_2018.3.6_22.40.22.jpg

Whale.Gx_2018.3.6_22.59.03.jpg

NCG.2403_2018.3.6_23.38.19.jpg

M82_2018.3.6_22.27.49.jpg

Whale.Pup.Hockey.stick_2018.2.20_23.34.01.jpg

M104_2018.3.7_00.10.31.jpg

M63_2018.3.6_23.05.44.jpg

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Thanks!  I often come back and look at M63 - I love the structure in it, and am always trying to pick up a little more of it if I can...  :-)

- Greg A

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I am amazed at what can be captured with such short exposures.  The range of targets is really interesting. I have not come across the Whale , Pup and Hockey stick before

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Hi Greg,

Very nice results with the 694.  I was wondering how it was working after you posted a ways back about the disconnect problem in bin 1x1.  There was a recent post in CN from a guy who was trying to use the same camera and I posted this:

https://www.cloudynights.com/topic/610481-helpful-tips-for-operating-starlight-live-live-stacking/?p=8441180

I think you use a Mac.  Did you ever try it with a Windows machine?  I was always thinking about trying the color version of this cam.  If you have to bin 2x2, I think you lose the color.

Don

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On 3/10/2018 at 18:48, HiloDon said:

Hi Greg,

Very nice results with the 694.  I was wondering how it was working after you posted a ways back about the disconnect problem in bin 1x1.  There was a recent post in CN from a guy who was trying to use the same camera and I posted this:

https://www.cloudynights.com/topic/610481-helpful-tips-for-operating-starlight-live-live-stacking/?p=8441180

I think you use a Mac.  Did you ever try it with a Windows machine?  I was always thinking about trying the color version of this cam.  If you have to bin 2x2, I think you lose the color.

Don

Hi Don,

I'm still "stuck" in 2x2 binning mode, unfortunately (?).  I am a Mac guy, and have not used it with Windows.  

Someone who had the Atik version of the 694 (Atik 460ex OSC) posted some results using Atik's Infinity Software:

https://www.cloudynights.com/topic/607284-using-atik-infinity-software-with-an-atik-460ex-colour-camera/

Cheers,

Greg A

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