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Hi All,

Haven't been able to get out much recently due to consistent cloud cover, however managed to get a few hours on the Heart Nebula the other weekend.

Guiding been giving me some issues recently leading to the odd star shapes, got greedy with subs I think.

Recently implemented Plate Solving and Dithering, quite the game changers, well worth the effort.

Gear: Nikon D5300 + WO ZS73 on HEQ5Pro, WO 50mm Guidescope + ASI 120MM

Software: APT, PHD2, Stellarium, Photoshop 2020, Starnet++

Exposures: 

83 x 180sec (4.15hrs total)

25 x Flat

30 x Bias

Any thoughts or criticism welcome, thanks for looking.
 

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20 hours ago, JemC said:

Nice capture, I've just done 3 hours on his target but not tried to process them yet,  

Thanks, would be interested to see how it would come out with a modded DSLR, looking forward to seeing it.

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Very nice 👌  have been targeting the same object over the last week due to it being pretty far from the moon. Plate solving is definitely a real game changer... add automated focusing too and it's time to go inside and go to sleep and leave the rig running!

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48 minutes ago, CraigT82 said:

add automated focusing too and it's time to go inside and go to sleep and leave the rig running!

I don't think i could do that, i'd worry that something goes wrong or the weather changes 😀

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13 minutes ago, JemC said:

I don't think i could do that, i'd worry that something goes wrong or the weather changes 😀

Yeah I know what you mean. The other night I came inside and went to bed then woke in the morning to find the laptop controlling everything in the middle of a forced update... luckily it started towards the end of the sequence and I didnt lose too many subs. 

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2 hours ago, CraigT82 said:

Very nice 👌  have been targeting the same object over the last week due to it being pretty far from the moon. Plate solving is definitely a real game changer... add automated focusing too and it's time to go inside and go to sleep and leave the rig running!

Cheers, don't think I'm brave enough to be leaving it completely unattended though even with auto focusing hah

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That's come out nice,

I take it your Nikon has been modified,

You should have a little more data in there for just over 4 hours of subs, 

I would have thought.

What  iso did you take the subs at.

well done 

Paul

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On 04/03/2021 at 15:57, ultranova said:

That's come out nice,

I take it your Nikon has been modified,

You should have a little more data in there for just over 4 hours of subs, 

I would have thought.

What  iso did you take the subs at.

well done 

Paul

Cheers,

Its a stock D5300 no mods, just shot through an IDAS LPS D2.

I might have to revisit it so, didnt want to stretch it too hard.

Shooting at ISO400 at the moment

 

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