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#1 Toddeo

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Posted 14 May 2019 - 12:21 PM

Finally, some decent seeing at 2:00 AM. Taken with the '69 Q3.5 and Neximage5. No barlow, 4000 frames captured with iCap5, stacked/processed with Registax6.  Attached are a few photos , showing my crazy "go-to" set up for the Standard Questar. It works really well!

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Edited by Toddeo, 14 May 2019 - 05:58 PM.

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Posted 14 May 2019 - 12:50 PM

Those are very nice!



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Posted 14 May 2019 - 01:03 PM

Holy crap!! Those are great...👍👍

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Posted 14 May 2019 - 02:35 PM

Wow, just wow.

 

Those are excellent images, Toddeo!  Thanks very much for sharing!

 

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Posted 14 May 2019 - 04:09 PM

Wow waytogo.gif bow.gif



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Posted 14 May 2019 - 06:13 PM

Wow indeed! Great job Toddeo! bow.gif



#7 Toddeo

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Posted 14 May 2019 - 08:48 PM

Thanks!  I've been trying for over a month to get some "good" seeing and put the "Q" through it's paces. I get up in the wee hours of the morning and what looks like decent seeing, turns out to be crap! Hopefully, it will only get better!grin.gif  


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Posted 15 May 2019 - 07:40 AM

Great images!  And the go-to mount is very cool - 

 

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#9 Mike Allen

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Posted 15 May 2019 - 08:47 AM

Really nice images.  Thank you for sharing them.



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Posted 15 May 2019 - 01:19 PM

impressive details! waytogo.gif

 

I note the lack of barlow to achieve such level of details. I'll try as well



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Posted 15 May 2019 - 03:23 PM

nicolasM, I have the Neximage5 and a few different ZWO cameras. I always get better results- no matter what the target is- by never using a barlow. I keep seeing other peoples images that are using 2x - 5x barlows, I get nothing but "mush" when using a barlow- no matter what type of scope used(refractor, SCT, Mak), so I just use the camera and focal length of the scope.                    Todd


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Posted 15 May 2019 - 07:35 PM

nicolasM, I have the Neximage5 and a few different ZWO cameras. I always get better results- no matter what the target is- by never using a barlow. I keep seeing other peoples images that are using 2x - 5x barlows, I get nothing but "mush" when using a barlow- no matter what type of scope used(refractor, SCT, Mak), so I just use the camera and focal length of the scope.                    Todd

More magnification = exponentially more difficult focus in my experience. Plus, I personally prefer a smaller crisper image to a larger fuzzy one. YMMV.



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Posted 16 May 2019 - 01:13 AM

nicolasM, I have the Neximage5 and a few different ZWO cameras. I always get better results- no matter what the target is- by never using a barlow. I keep seeing other peoples images that are using 2x - 5x barlows, I get nothing but "mush" when using a barlow- no matter what type of scope used(refractor, SCT, Mak), so I just use the camera and focal length of the scope.                    Todd

an additional optical element implies additional optical deffects, that's certain.

 

but what's about the image sampling by the sensor? it means we should select smallest pixel camera



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Posted 19 May 2019 - 04:06 AM

Your images are ridiculously good! I didn't realize the Neximage 5 had such small pixels. Great details! You inspired me to get out there tonight (early this morning) and image Jupiter and Saturn. Looking forward to seeing a lot more of your images! V/R Terry

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Posted 19 May 2019 - 01:51 PM

Terry- Thanks.  I don't know what it is, but I get better results on any object with the "lowly" Neximage5- than I get using my three other ZWO cameras.confused1.gif


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Posted 19 May 2019 - 06:24 PM

I may have to go out and buy me one. I know people complain about the QE of 40%, but if it works well with the Questar, that's all I'm looking for. Plus, the cost doesn't damage the bank account too much!

 

V/R

 

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Posted 25 May 2019 - 02:18 PM

You captured much detail-- I am really excited to see more of your work Todeo!




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