Quote:Paul - sounds sweet!! I'm still waiting for the skies to clear (looks like another week of armchair astrophotography), but I'll be content to live through your picts. I've got a whole list of things I wanted to do once it clears (more practice with PEMPro, working more with SkyX and TPoint, various lens tests - but once I see clear sky again I'll probably crack and just go for the imaging to remind myself of why I like doing this!
I'll post the pics as replies to this message, when I get them off that computer.
-Saad Paramount MX Starlight Xpress Lodestar Hutech OAG5 Losmandy G11 SBIG ST8300M. Tak FSQ-85EDX ATRC8 w/Moonlite My Astrophotography Gallery
Celestron CG-5⁴, CGEM², C6-N, C6, C8, Nexstar 8SE, 6SE, ONYX 80 EDF, Orion ST 80 A Vixen R130SF w/Porta II mount William Optics ZS110 ED APO, FLT 132 Triplet APO, SV70 ED SV115T20 Wicháhpih'a
I lost count of my scopes. Now I just want mobility. I came, I saw, I bought some interesting accessories, and put names to faces: NEAF 2012, ASAE 2012, SWAP 2013, ASAE 2013.
Quote:Maybe its just me, but the stars look slightly elongated to me.
Clear skies - Jim Crazy PNW imager !
A-P Mach1 on 12" concrete pier - ROR structure.
Tak FSQ85-EDX, Tak FS-128. Orion 8" f/3.9 w/MoonLite motorized - MPCC MkIII CCD:
SBIG 8300M/FW8, Astrodon 36mm LRGB, 5nm Ha, 3nm SII, OIII - Canon EOS 6D unmod SSI3, SSAG,
Skytools3pro, MaxImDLpro, PSCS5, PSPpro, TheSkyX, TheSky6, BYE, StarTools
Orion XX14g -for visual- diags, ep's, accy tubes, Binocs .
... and still the best wife I could wish for!
Photo: Qhy9 mono + qhy 5x2" filter wheel and Baader 2" LRGB, Ha, O3 and S2 filters , Meade DSI Pro 2 as guider, TS 9mm off-axis guider Binoculars: Nikon Action 12x50 Telescopes: Skywatcher Evostar 120ED f7.5 APO + TS 2" flattener Mounts: HEQ5 Pro Eyepieces: Nagler 11mm type6, Pentax XW 7mm, Televue 2X barlow 1.25"
Quote:I don't think they are round either...But, isn't this still a very good result considering everything (stock out-of-box CGEM, no drift align, no guiding, no PEC, and a 5min exposure)? How much better would a Tak EM200 do in this same test?Seems to me like the CGEM quality is pretty decent given the price point and the above results would be a good starting point to work from (guiding, etc.).Clear skies,
Quote:It's better than that - it's under 3 arcsec peak-to-peak.