Quote:Hi PhilIt is amazing how much Ha can get the unmodified DSLR with hyperstar in just 30 minutes.What ISO did you use?Glad you fixed the problems with your hyperstar.Best regardsAlfredo
Orion Atlas with EQMOD
QSI 683wsg-8, Astrodon Gen II LRGB, Ha
Celestron 8SE with some eyepieces. Neximage 5 Unmodded T2i/550D Orion Sirius EQ-G
Celestron 925 EdgeHD Hyperstar
Canon T1i modified by Brent Oliver
Quote:I found a Horsehead shot I did a while back with my C8 Hyperstar.
Truth is the cubed root of Verbosity.
Dark Arts Observatory, Brockport, NY - Skyshed POD XL5 with iOptron iEQ45 Mount
Scopes: C8, C5, SV110 ED, EON-72 ED, ST 80, ATRC6, Megrez 90
Quote:First of all, you are all awesome to take your time to share you experience with me. It is much appreciated.
Thanks to Tel for the info on Light / Dark / Bias frames. And as for the camera I would love to get one of the nicer, smaller profile CCD's but the price difference is pretty steep and not sure I can justify the price at the moment along with the scope. Maybe I can graduate to one of those later on. The 314e is a one shot color which I thought would simplify things for a beginner staying away needing to add a color wheel to the mix. I understand that my field of view will be different using hyperstar and that I can always go back to the secondary miror setup if needed but also wanted to avoid having to purchase an auto guider which I understand is highly recommended if not using a hyperstar due to the FOV and length of exposures needed. Is that a correct assumption?
Midnight Dan, I will have a look at the link you posted thank you for your input. I think the CD's sound like just what I need.
Alfredo, I actually think the DSLR (Cannon Rebel XTi) is having some issues. It was a hand me down from a relative because she said the sensor needed some cleaning or maintenance. I also understand (correct me if I am wrong) that the CCD cameras designed for astrophotography have a chip that is geared at a different band (spectrum) of light than a normal DSLR camera correct? And since my main goal is to really just use it for astrophotography going with CCD seemed like a smarter place to put my money.
Thanks again for everyones input. I am really excited to get started in the hobby once I have a good base to jump in from (and can convince my wife that I really need to spend the 4k to get setup