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Old 10-02-2019, 11:02 AM
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from last night
I really don't know what this object is? I wandered around till I found this.
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Old 10-02-2019, 12:44 PM
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Its a hugely under exposed image of the Homunculus Nebula which is
embedded in the Eta Carina Nebula. Here's an image I took years ago.
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Old 10-02-2019, 05:19 PM
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That’s a beaut raymo. Really shows the miles and miles I have to go before I’m gonna get something that good!
ues I realise it’s under exposed to the max, it’s just getting the time to figure out what the f I’m doing. there are some things I’m still trying to wrap my poor feeble brain around. Gotta get using sharp cap down first then try guiding and longer exposures when I’m a bit more knowing. If I can’t make it second nature to do the first steps, there is no point moving onto the next step.
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Old 10-02-2019, 09:35 PM
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The last sentence is the most important in your post. Get a foolproof basic
imaging routine up and running before moving on. For various reasons most imagers start off with a DSLR, and some, who are not after perfection, stay
with one.
In your case, get your polar alignment routine second nature, same goes for whatever method you are using for focusing. With your ED100 you should
be able to routinely get round stars using subs of around 40-60 secs, and
sometimes longer. Forget guiding until you master the basics, especially,
and most importantly, basic processing, which is as important as gathering good data in the first place.
Incidentally, my image is a JPEG taken with an 8" Newt, 10 X 30secs
unguided using a DSLR; close to as basic as it gets.
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Old 10-02-2019, 10:41 PM
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You are getting there

Get a T2 mount and attach a DSLR
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Old 14-03-2019, 07:17 AM
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G'day Steve, great thread!

I'm just about to splurge out on a scope and mount myself, and am also keen to have a crack at astrophotography. I'm blown away by the shots you're getting as a beginner. Inspiration to dive in and give it a crack!
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Old 16-03-2019, 07:49 AM
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Thanks Sean. I’m pleased my meagre offerings provide some inspiration.
I’d like to have updated this thread but I’ve been so busy with moving house and 12hr days lately.
And now I got a couple of days spare it looks like we may finally be getting some rain out here.
Fingers crossed it will be a clear night for the worm moon.
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Old 21-03-2019, 02:33 PM
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The best thing I ever did was to put one full setup together, zip tie a powerboard and all the adapters etc to the mount legs, and get some caster wheels so I could wheel it in and out while all set up. I have a set position marked on my deck for each tripod leg so I can get it close to a polar alignment (which is then quickly nailed down in sharpcap). This reduced my setup time from, say, 45 mins to 5 mins. It let me just wheel it out when things looked OK, and in doing so I then used my rig consistently every other night for a few weeks. In those few weeks I learnt more than I had since I started a few years ago. Now I know it all works, so just have to wait for the moon to go away again.

It isn't that inspiring to think "I'm going to spend 1.5 hours in set up and pack up time, just to get my autofocus working", but if you're straight to working on your next issue within 10 minutes it gets a lot more tolerable (ie no three month breaks from the hobby because you spent night after night trying to get the one issue resolved).

I'll see if I can take some pictures so you can see what I mean.
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Old 30-08-2019, 09:25 AM
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Wow. Havenít posted in here since March.
Life has been busy lately with moving house. Good news is Iím out of town now where things are much darker at night.
Plans to start an obs now I have the room.
Went to the local auctions last weekend and picked up a 6inch skywatcher dob for 60 bucks. Eyepiece is munted, and mirrors are a bit dirty but still works quite well. Pleased with that.

Also managed my first pics of Jupiter over the last couple of nights, pretty happy with how they came out. Iíll try to post a pic of it when I can.
Anyways, Iíll try to keep the thread updated a bit more now we are settled out here.

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Old 30-08-2019, 06:52 PM
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Old 31-08-2019, 09:21 AM
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Haha. I wish I could show off. !
I’m sure there is plenty to be done to improve
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Old 31-08-2019, 09:58 AM
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That photo of Jupiter is a heck of a lot better than I can manage, Steve.
All I can do to try to take photos, is hold my cellphone near the eyepiece, and hope I can see something on the screen, to take a photo of. So far I've had a marked lack of success at that.
Because of the design of my scope, the max weight the focusser will support is 250g. Any more, and the plastic plate the focusser is on, will start to sag. Most cellphones are well over that by themselves, without counting the weight of an eyepiece, and a cellphone holder. So all I can do is hand hold the cellphone above the eyepiece, with the camera looking at the eyepiece.
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Old 02-09-2019, 09:37 AM
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pic of Saturn from the other night
I reckon it came out ok. was experimenting with a heap of captures with different settings so I could see how things were affected. this is prob the best from the night
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Wow ' that Saturn photo looks great to me , well done Steve !

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Old 10-09-2019, 06:54 AM
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thanks bobby..
thought id post up a new capture of Saturn from 2 nights ago
came out a bit better than the last.
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Old 10-09-2019, 11:45 AM
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They both are tops , I'm having trouble deciding what one I like best ?
Take another please .

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Hey Steve, nice shots of the planets there. the 2nd Saturn is more detailed but I like the colour balance of the 1st. The nebula is the Keyhole Nebula if I'm not mistaken, and the pic nicely approximates what can be seen visually (stars are sharper usually though). Catching the Homunculus is not easy with a 100mm but might be possible - just. You need good seeing and some idea of what you are looking for. It's a tiny object with a huge dynamic range, and it's actually in your image, along with Eta Carinae (the bright orange star).

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Old 15-09-2019, 03:18 PM
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Tried my hand with the dslr last night on trifid neb.
Result is below!
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