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Stevec35
05-03-2012, 10:28 AM
Believe it or not I bought a FSQ106ED last September and this is the first opportunity I've had to use it. Most of the delay has been due to the weather but there have been other factors too. Last night was completely clear in Canberra which is pretty amazing given the 200mm we've had in recent days.

On the whole I think this image turned out pretty well given it's the first time I've used this scope. Some minor adjustments for focal plane tilt may be necessary but I'll get to that later.

I'm afraid it's Eta Carinae again.

Cheers

Steve

http://members.pcug.org.au/~stevec/ngc3372_STL11K_FSQ106.htm

strongmanmike
05-03-2012, 10:34 AM
Oh well, better late than never as they say :thumbsup:

Nice first result Steve, I can see some lovely new work coming from sunny Canberra in the coming months ;)...what about your Tak E180..??

I notice the framing is a bit off (well from the conventional central object look anyway)..is that the self guide chip not cooperating again or your artistic side?

Mike

Stevec35
05-03-2012, 10:48 AM
Thanks Mike. I didn't pay too much attention to the framing as I wasn't sure how long it was going to stay clear. Don't know if the E180 will ever see the light of day again. Anyone want to buy it?

marco
05-03-2012, 01:00 PM
Nice one Steve, now that you are down-scaling your focal length you must find imaging at wide field a breeze :)

Clear skies
Marco

gregbradley
05-03-2012, 01:21 PM
Very nice Steve.

The reducer is a great accessory for the 106ED and it suits the STL11 camera well.

Greg.

Stevec35
05-03-2012, 02:20 PM
Thanks Greg. I take it you mean the F3.6 reducer. I was thinking of getting that.



Thanks Marco. I haven't done any wide field imaging for ages and it is certainly a different experience.

Ross G
08-03-2012, 04:58 AM
Great shot Steve.

Detailed and sharp.

Ross.

telecasterguru
08-03-2012, 07:04 AM
Very nicely done. Great detail.

Frank

Paul Haese
08-03-2012, 02:24 PM
Looks promising Steve. I really like the contrasty look to this initial work.

Stevec35
08-03-2012, 02:57 PM
Thanks Paul, Frank and Ross. It seems to be finally clearing up in rainy old Canberra so maybe I'll get some more data in the next few days.

Cheers

Steve

tilbrook@rbe.ne
08-03-2012, 04:45 PM
Hi Steve,

Amazing image, it actually reminds me of the day of the trifids, even more so than the trifid nebula.

Cheers,

Justin.

Stevec35
08-03-2012, 06:38 PM
Thanks Justin