Originally Posted by TheDecepticon
Great shot and shows good potential from you and your equipment.
Colours could be a bit stronger and better framing would make it way better.
Graham, I try to process minimally as too often I see images of M20 with psychadelic colours that I dont like.
Originally Posted by astronobob
Top result from the Burbs Allan ! I must look into dealing with LP, bit of a pain driving out wst ? ? Great to hear your up and running ?
Originally Posted by batema
It looks fabulous. Did you do any layered masking to get the stars in the center of the trifid. Also can you tell me what mount you are using as I love the look of those GSO 10 RC and I have a EQ6Pro and wonder KNOW that I would be really pushing the weight aspect as well as using a QHY-9 how did you go with attaching the camera to the scope. Did you upgrade to the feathertouch focuser?? Sorry for another question but where did you buy the scope from and service from this place??
Mark, when I process I generally generally just do levels and curves and then a little sharpening and leave it at that. I just made sure that on the final stretches I pinned down the Trifid central stars so that they didnt blow out on the stretch. I regularly use a Meade 10"SCT and the 10"GSO RC on an EQ6 mount with a 72mm guide scope on top of that. The EQ6 can handle the weigh as both scopes come in at the same number of Kg. You need four counterweights to balance with a bar extension as well.
I have a Moonlight focuser on all my three scopes with DC motors and find they all lift thw weight of my cameras with no problems. Ive found that the best focal reducer for both the Meade and GSO scopes is the o.67x reducer/flattener from Astro Physics (CCD67).
The camera just goes straight into the 2"opening at the back of the focuser.
I got the scope from Andrews Comms and they were great to deal with (Luke) as I have purchased a lot from them and they are consistently good from my point of view.. Hope this helps