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I was out recently in what felt like the first clear sky in years and got ~109 min of data on M31, minus 76 frames due to a 12mph wind, which left me with 69 min of data (each shot is 45 sec with ISO 200 tracked with skywatcher star adventurer). As mentioned in the title I captured all these images in a bortal 8 location, used an unmodified canon eos 400d and the skywatcher 75ed as the scope (with a flattener). I've attached my edit (warning: it is not great at all + slightly overedited to see what details are even there), and to be my surprise it looked very similar to an image of M31 with only 20 min of data which i captured a month earlier (both of which i used DSS and photoshop for). Now this may well have something to do with the way i edited it in photoshop or a different setting in DSS or just the fact that 49 more data doesnt make much of a difference considering im in a bortal 8 location, maybe you guys could help on that. I've attached the link to the original files (in the folder called 18.2.2021) as well as the stacked image from DSS (https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/12NT4TmLCXvTfOXNPE_l8UWPRpgO2VjLe?usp=sharing). I didnt capture any flat images but have dark and bias frames, all in their correpsonding folders in the attached link. It would be greatly appreciated if you guys could see if there is more data in this then i have managed to 'extract' using photoshop. (If you use different software and try and edit these files please tell me what you used) If there isn't then maybe do you guys have any images of M31 (or similar) from very light polluted skies that you could share here? (If so i would if you could share the full exposure time and gear that would be great)
Im not exactly new to astrophotography but I am definitely new to stacking images. I first tried deep sky stacker because it seems it's what everyone uses. Almost every time I've tried stacking it only wants to stack 1 image cause of a star detection error. I made the detection threshold so it would detect the most amount of stars and it doesn't help. I read other posts and thought it was a focusing error on the stars so I made sure to focus the image as much as possible and the error still pops up. The Orion nebula picture is one of a data set where I tried to stack and the error came up but the stars are very clearly visible. Any suggestions?
DeepSkyStacker 4.2.4 Beta 3 is now available.
Welcome to DeepSkyStacker 4.2.4 Beta 3
The main changes in this release are:
Fix to display Exposure, f-Stop, and ISO setting from EXIF tags in TIFF files. Update libtiff to 4.1.0 Automatic detection of CFA matrix based upon FITS keywords such as BAYERPAT, COLORTYP, and MOSAIC (for Meade DSI colour cameras). The FITS File tab of the Raw/FITS DDP Settings dialogue has changed. If you de-select the tick box for: "Monochrome 16 bit FITS Files are RAW files created by a DSLR or a color CCD camera", then automatic detection will be used. You can override this by selecting this option and manually selecting the CFA pattern to be used. All the other settings on that tab are now always available for modification. The exposure time is now correctly displayed for FITS files with the exposure time in microseconds (keyword EXPOINUS). Display a warning message saying that DeepSkyStacker won't de-Bayer 8-bit FITS images. Change code to read TIFF files in strips instead of by scanline. This can reduce the time to read the image by as much as a factor of 3. Refactor the code to decode the TIFF file we just read and also use OpenMP. Time to decode the image reduced by about 4-5 times. Refactor the code that writes TIFF files and use OpenMP to speed it up. Also write the output file in strips rather than scanlines. Substantial performance increase. Refactor the code that reads FITS files to make it easier to understand and also use OpenMP. Only a marginal performance benefit. Major bug fix - calibration frames were either not applied or incorrectly applied when using Super-Pixel mode. Clear skies
I just got an old kenko telescope cheap and I was thinking of going about modernizing it a bit. (okay its not very old)
Since the equatorial mount that came with the telescope said it supported attachment of a R.A. motor, I was thinking of putting one on but I couldn't find any information on what kind of equatorial mount this is, is it EQ1, EQ2 or EQ3?? (pictures below)
If it is EQ1 or EQ2, I was thinking of maybe attaching one of the simple type EQ 1/2 RA motors. (the economical types) Though I understand I need to ad hoc an adaptor to keep in place.
Also, I've read those are adjustable in the rotation speed... just how adjustable are they?
Any help would be great, Thx
Looking for a 12" DOB (or larger) which can be transported to Prestwick, Ayrshire. Any brand, as long as the telescope is optically sound and in good working order. I'm a reliable buyer who has bought and sold on this site before.