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#1 zerro1

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:44 PM

a shocker, clear sky last night. Guiding was downright spectacular with the mini-guider, Meade DSI V1, and PHD. Most of the time, I'm pretty happy with an RMS of .07 to .09. Last night on this session it was running at .05! I was thinking "oh no something is wrong". I shot 21 subs, and they are all in the stack.

21 X 5 minutes
Flats, Bias included
LXD75 mount
Stacked in Images Plus, post CS3
From and Orange LP Zone
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#2 rigel123

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:55 PM

Congrats! Gotta love it when things fall in place!

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 10:13 PM

Holmberg IX is peeking out there too. Nice image!

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 10:18 PM

Vert nice !

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 11:34 PM

Congrats. It called for clear sky's here till 11. Bah! It was cloudy by 6.

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 01:59 AM

Looking good!

#7 zerro1

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 10:10 AM

Thank You- Mike, Warren, bouffetout, Erskin71, and Chris! I'm dying for a dark site trip, so it was great to have a good night in the LP zone without having to use a narrow band filter and the mono cam. Would have been nice to get more subs but it was heading into the trees(Washington- the Evergreen State) a couple of 100 footers about 25 feet away.

Erskin71: my Clear Dark Sky chart completely missed on this one, the forecast was partly cloudy. in reality= It was just beautiful. My guide scope frosted over though because my dew heater strap for it broke a wire. was till guiding but I knew it wouldn't last, so I shut down.

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 10:21 AM

Good job on that one :)

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 12:00 PM

Very nice Robert. Glad you got decent weather

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 12:08 PM

Nice image! :) Robert that is twice recently! Yikes! My mount is on the way back here but wont arrive until next week, not great here last night for imaging but I could have gone with eyeball and done nicely for a few hours.

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 01:30 PM

Great! I only managed to get L and R last night. Beautiful image!

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 01:36 PM

Thank You Hilmi, Terry, and Jim!

Jim: I think all of us in the NW are entitled to a better upcoming season after the last 3 years we've endured. My first year at this was my best. since then it's been a struggle to get two good nights a month at any time of the year. I can't justify trying to troubleshoot a problem and loose a night imaging so I just switch gear if I have a problem.

Hope your mount brings the clearing sky with it!

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 01:43 PM

Great! I only managed to get L and R last night. Beautiful image!


Thank you Chris!

I struggled with the decision to use the QHY8, or hook up the Quantix and try some LRGB...(I went with safe :grin:) I want to try the Quantix/LRGB on my SCT @ f/10, this spring.

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 01:46 PM

Here comes galaxy season! Very nice capture!

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 02:16 PM

Zerro,

Safe is good :) Here is what I managed to capture :D

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No Darks, no Flats... and only 24 minutes of data!

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 06:39 PM

Zerro,

Safe is good :) Here is what I managed to capture :D

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No Darks, no Flats... and only 24 minutes of data!

Nice!

Isn't the 100% fill pixel a thing of beauty!! :grin:

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 09:43 PM

Yes!!






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