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zerro1
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First light with my Quantix
      #5184886 - 04/22/12 02:30 PM Attachment (29 downloads)

WOW this thing is sensitive
AT6RC with the TRF-2008 reducer
I figured 60 send subs would be short enough
18 minutes total
no darks, flats or bias used.

It was nice to finally get to test this camera out. I learned a lot, and have a lot to learn


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Re: First light with my Quantix new [Re: zerro1]
      #5184890 - 04/22/12 02:32 PM

Wow! I am even able to see some galaxies in the background. Very well done Robert!

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Re: First light with my Quantix new [Re: zerro1]
      #5184930 - 04/22/12 02:54 PM

That's a clean image for no calibration files added!

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Re: First light with my Quantix new [Re: rigel123]
      #5184963 - 04/22/12 03:33 PM

Hi,

Yuh, the Quantix is uber sensitive. Bright objects can be had with minimal exposure. Flats will become absolutly necessary for dim objects as the exposure time goes up. If you dont have a light box better make one.

Envy the fact you got imaging time in. Glad to see you tried a cluster. I was going to go after one with my Quantix. I saw some earlier clusters shot at roughly the same exposure with the same result. Looks like sub one min for bright objects. Might want to play with the gain some too. Congrats on geting it up and running.


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zerro1
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Re: First light with my Quantix new [Re: sullij1]
      #5185379 - 04/22/12 08:23 PM

Maxim DL made it a little easier to work the camera, (once I figured it out). It's a little too automated by default, so I had to de-configure it a little. The Dell laptop with the PCI expansion dock worked great. I've got to get some other things configured too. I still had my other laptop as a guide computer and just used the Dell as the camera control.

It was nice to finally get some sky to run it under


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Re: First light with my Quantix new [Re: zerro1]
      #5185495 - 04/22/12 10:12 PM

Did you have to fix any blooms? Were you able to set the cooler temperature through Maxim?

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Re: First light with my Quantix new [Re: jrcrilly]
      #5185679 - 04/23/12 01:07 AM

Nice shot, and an impressive smooth background for no darks, etc...

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zerro1
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Re: First light with my Quantix new [Re: NorthBoundTrain]
      #5192781 - 04/27/12 01:22 AM

Hi guy's, sorry this got slammed down the list, and kind of went "out of sight out of mind".

John: didn't have any blooms at all @ 1 minute exposures gain on 3. I never even considered adjusting the cooling as it was reporting -34.9C. I'll have to look at that...
I struggeled at first (being a complete newb with MaximDL) you have to go to the advanced settings in the camera setup and check the box(camera has shutter) before it will successfully connect the camera .

I'm going to keep an eye on the Weather Satellite, possibly take another trip east tomorrow. I now have a UV/IR filter so I can work with the small refractors.

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Nice shot, and an impressive smooth background for no darks, etc...




Thank You Chris
I certainly don't have anything else that can compare! it is a sweet quality image that it puts out!


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kowspot2000
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Re: First light with my Quantix new [Re: zerro1]
      #5193771 - 04/27/12 05:38 PM

Great shot! Lots of little galaxies hiding there as well

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