Old 14-05-2024, 11:12 PM
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First Light with new setup

Hi All,

After buying a Meade LX90 in 2010 (nearly 14 years ago), I decided to upgrade to a dedicated astro camera a few weeks ago.

Last night, Sydney had a break in the weather so I finally managed to give it a try for the first "real" image.

Using the Meade ACF 0.68 reducer (which Meade finally released earlier this year), the focal length of the setup is 1360mm.

I am pretty happy with the result for a quick test after work (although it needs some more data)..

Telescope: Meade LX90
Mount: AZ-EQ6 GT
Exposures: 10 x 180s lights, 20 x flats and darks
Reducer: Meade ACF 0.68x reducer (release by Meade earlier this year)
Camera: ZWO 2600
Guide Camera: ZWO 220
Capture software: ASIAir
Processed in PixInsight trial edition
Polar aligned using PHD2 drift alignment

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Old 15-05-2024, 01:17 AM
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Mark well done, very nice
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Old 26-05-2024, 05:23 PM
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Mark you should be very happy with the image. A really nice image with good detail!
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Old 26-05-2024, 09:18 PM
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For only 30 minutes of data, that's a very good image! Love the colours in there, too.
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