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#1 BurningChrome99

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Posted 13 February 2019 - 12:27 AM

Still very new to astronomy, EAA and Cloudy Nights. I've had the OTA and mount for about 6 months and the ZWO ASI224MC arrived on Jan 31. Couldn't wait to try it out. The first image, M42, is from that night. Since then I have had several opportunities to (windless days) have a look. Very happy with the performance of the XLT150 reflector, but focus is challenging. I am pretty happy with the cg-4 and with sharpcap pro polar alignment is a snap. Anyway, thank you this community - lots of wisdom here, and encouragement to give this a try.

 
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Posted 13 February 2019 - 12:49 AM

Welcome aboard BurningChrome99.
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Posted 13 February 2019 - 12:52 AM

Good start! And +10 waytogo.gif's for SharpCap Polar Alignment!

 

Welcome to Cloudy Nights...you source for AP headache cures!


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Posted 13 February 2019 - 02:18 AM

Good start! And +10waytogo.gif's for SharpCap Polar Alignment!

 

Welcome to Cloudy Nights...you source for AP headache cures!

 

...and your source of information & encouragement to open up your wallet for many astronomy-related expenses things knowledge. grin.gif


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Posted 13 February 2019 - 08:27 AM

...and your source of information & encouragement to open up your wallet for many astronomy-related expenses things knowledge. grin.gif

While gut-rehabbing two houses for/with my son, one of the important things I told him is:

 

You can't do the job properly without the right tools.

 

Determine what 'job' you want to do with AP, and get the tools, or adjust your goals. grin.gif



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Posted 13 February 2019 - 09:17 AM

Welcome BurningChrome99 to CL and the EAA forum.

You will find a lot of support here while embarking on a great adventure.

You mentioned in your post you had difficulty focusing. Are you using a Bahtinov mask?
This is a cheap and essential piece of equipment in your EAA quiver. This device when used with the Sharpcap Bahtinov mask focusing utility should make focusing a snap.
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Posted 13 February 2019 - 09:24 AM

I have been looking at them. I agree that would help. The Omni XLT 150 has a single speed focuser, which I think is also a part of the problem. A moonlight 2 speed is on the way. 



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Posted 13 February 2019 - 10:55 AM

Great effort! One tip: when live stacking, click the checkbox in the live stack histogram "Logarithmic Horizontal Axis" which will expand the histogram which facilitates finer adjustments of the Black, Mid, and White level dashed yellow lines.


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