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#1 Ethanwyh

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Posted 14 October 2019 - 04:18 AM

Hi all,

 

As a proud owner of a budget GOTO (iEXOS 100) mount, I haven't been seeing much love for such budget mounts as of late. Many people argue that such mounts aren't capable of AP (yes you know who you are).

 

I think it's only fair to encourage those who are new to astrophotography that even within a budget, anything is possible laugh.gif

Prove them otherwise!

 

(As such this thread is for the greater convenience for beginners and amateurs for inspiration)


Edited by Ethanwyh, 14 October 2019 - 04:19 AM.

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Posted 14 October 2019 - 04:36 AM

This was probably close to 8 months ago, when I first got this mount.

Also first light from this mount without autoguiding.

 

Eta Carina

120s subs

Canon 60D + 600mm F/7.5 Achro

 

Eta Carina Sequator.jpg

 

 

Next attempt at unguided subs before getting an autoguider

M8 Lagoon Nebula

120s subs

Canon 60D + 600mm F/7.5 Achro

 

Lagoon Sequator.jpg

 

 


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Posted 14 October 2019 - 04:49 AM

Last image before I headed to a dark site for wide-field astrophotos

M20 Trifid Nebula

 

Canon 60D + 600mm F/7.5 Achro

120s subs

 

Trifid Nebula jpg.jpg

 

 

Took the iEXOS100 with me to an island nearby, (Bortle Class 4 was as dark as it could get around this area)

First is a widefield shot on a William Optics Z73 with a Canon 60D

 

90s subs as the weight was reaching the mount's max recommended payload for AP.

 

Carina Updated.jpg

 

Next up is a widefield shot (55mm) on a Tamron lens @ F3.2

Clearly a mistake for leaving the aperture wide open as I lacked sufficient knowledge on Comas at that point of time!

 

120s subs

 

Rho Ophuichi submission.jpg

 

 

Thanks for viewing and I hope that such ameteur photos can inspire many of you who are looking to enter/dabble in astrophotgraphy.

 

When I first started out, I was lost and clueless as to where I should start/which equipment best suited my needs and expecations.

 

Needless to say, I'm glad that through trail and error (and extensive searching on forums such as CN), I'm slowly improving and trying to spread the word of positivity for 'AP on a budget'. Previously, I was hesistant to show my AP when I saw a handful of decent images done by beginners and amateurs getting roasted and bashed by some users online. (Not here but rampant elswhere) Such stigma surrounding budget mounts/AP should be eradiated!

 

Thanks for viewing and share the love!


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Posted 14 October 2019 - 06:34 AM

Great idea for a thread, hopefully it will be taken for what it is meant to be and not become inundated with folks telling us we would do much better with a Mach 1 Mount. (well duh!)

 

So here's my contribution - both posted on these forum previously but neither eliciting much interest.

 

Denb Sadr Region EOS1100d (un modded), Kit 18-55mm lens at about 40mm on a A StarAdventurer Mount

26 X 120s at ISO1600, Stacked in DSS, processed in Photoshop. (Can you spot the cygnus loop?)

 

Cooling Towers final vvsj.jpg

 

and.....


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Posted 14 October 2019 - 06:42 AM

..... The Eagle (M16) and Omega (M17) nebulas in widefield.

 

Canon EOS1100D, 70-210mm Canon EF at about 200mm, star adventurer mount,
24 X 60s at ISO800  20 darks (no flats)
Stacked in DSS, processed in photoshop

 

M16 plus crop sj.jpg

 

Not brilliant I know, but as per the spirit of this thread, perhaps an encouragement to beginners like myself.

 

Cant wait to see the other images posted here.


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Posted 14 October 2019 - 07:01 AM

Canon 600D, Carl Zeiss 135mm F/3.5, iOptron SkyTracker, 6x2min

 

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Posted 14 October 2019 - 07:02 AM

Canon 550D, iOptron SkyTracker, Tamron 70-200 @ 100mm, (single) 5 min, ISO 400


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Posted 14 October 2019 - 07:15 AM

I absolutely loved this thread.  Thank you to the OP and everyone contributing. 

 

Should be bookmarked and linked to in every "how do I get started in AP thread". 


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Posted 14 October 2019 - 07:24 AM

I absolutely loved this thread.  Thank you to the OP and everyone contributing. 

 

Should be bookmarked and linked to in every "how do I get started in AP thread". 

Aye John, but I think you and I both know where this is likely to end up going!


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Posted 14 October 2019 - 07:38 AM

Aye John, but I think you and I both know where this is likely to end up going!

 

Maybe, maybe not.  Let's relax and not anticipate problems before they occur. 

 

I have to say this has been hugely informative for me.  I had no idea that these little trackers was so capable, and might pick one up for tirps.  Many of these pics are really good.


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Posted 14 October 2019 - 07:44 AM

Ethanwhy:

Took the iEXOS100 with me to an island nearby, (Bortle Class 4 was as dark as it could get around this area)

First is a widefield shot on a William Optics Z73 with a Canon 60D

90s subs as the weight was reaching the mount's max recommended payload for AP.

Image is Eta Carina, as scope is ZS73, where have the diffraction spikes come from ?

 

Ask as I am sure I have seen another image maybe with the same scope and again diffraction spikes.

 

To the topic, the little trackers are fine as long as the exposure time is sensible and the setup is done well.

What seem to happen is some sort of race for the longest possible exposure and that results in trailing and other problems. The key is really keep it sensible. Unfortunately not a common ingredient.


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Posted 14 October 2019 - 07:55 AM

Don't know if this fits/counts.

 

I bought a beat up Vixen Super Polaris GEM head at a swap table for $70.

 

I adapted it to fit on a cheap surveyors tripod, made a dovetail clamp, and unbent one of the worm shafts. I then converted it to GoTo using OnStep. Total cost was about $200.

 

I use it for EAA live stacking with a 4.5" f4 Newt, and a low noise IMX224 camera. The combo lets me take short unguided 8s exposures which are very forgiving to tracking errors. SharpCap takes care of the long-term tracking errors by star aligning the frames on the fly (see the black bar on the left).

 

M20 1/2Gain 8s x 66 =528s

 

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I couldn't be happier with this little resurrection mount.

 

 

 


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Posted 14 October 2019 - 09:31 AM

Hi all,

 

As a proud owner of a budget GOTO (iEXOS 100) mount, I haven't been seeing much love for such budget mounts as of late. Many people argue that such mounts aren't capable of AP (yes you know who you are).

 

I think it's only fair to encourage those who are new to astrophotography that even within a budget, anything is possible  laugh.gif

Prove them otherwise!

 

(As such this thread is for the greater convenience for beginners and amateurs for inspiration)

Great idea, taking into account the equipment AND the sky conditions should always be considered when evaluating an image. I believe most here do take that into consideration, if the information is given.

 

This isn’t really a beginner type situation, as it is more of astrophotography on a budget (as you mentioned, but others will miss that point).


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#14 Ethanwyh

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Posted 14 October 2019 - 09:53 AM

Ethanwhy:

 

Image is Eta Carina, as scope is ZS73, where have the diffraction spikes come from ?

 

Ask as I am sure I have seen another image maybe with the same scope and again diffraction spikes.

 

To the topic, the little trackers are fine as long as the exposure time is sensible and the setup is done well.

What seem to happen is some sort of race for the longest possible exposure and that results in trailing and other problems. The key is really keep it sensible. Unfortunately not a common ingredient.

Sharp eye right there! You're right, normal refractors don't have diffraction spike. I added it during post processing (as I have a penchant for diffraction spikes)

 

Will include in the edited post waytogo.gif



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Posted 14 October 2019 - 09:58 AM

Wow! It's amazing what you can capture for a relatively small investment..

Thank you for the inspiration!

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Posted 14 October 2019 - 10:03 AM

Don't know if this fits/counts.

 

I bought a beat up Vixen Super Polaris GEM head at a swap table for $70.

 

I adapted it to fit on a cheap surveyors tripod, made a dovetail clamp, and unbent one of the worm shafts. I then converted it to GoTo using OnStep. Total cost was about $200.

 

I use it for EAA live stacking with a 4.5" f4 Newt, and a low noise IMX224 camera. The combo lets me take short unguided 8s exposures which are very forgiving to tracking errors. SharpCap takes care of the long-term tracking errors by star aligning the frames on the fly (see the black bar on the left).

 

M20 1/2Gain 8s x 66 =528s

 

gallery_280529_10253_53374.jpg

 

I couldn't be happier with this little resurrection mount.

Aye this is the purpose of this thread!

 

 

I'm very much amazed and really glad to see every one slowly chiming in. Please look out for and advice any newcomers looking for personal opinions on your set-ups :D

 

 

 

P.S I've upgraded my camera recently to a QHY 183M. Goal? To try to squeeze the most out of my current budget GEM iEXOS100 & Sky Watcher Star Adventurer Pro to prove that yes, it is fully capable of handling such set ups at modest Focal lengths: guided or unguided 

 

Happy Posting everyone!


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Posted 14 October 2019 - 10:20 AM

Here's a few to add to the pile... All done with my Skyguider Pro, Canon 600D, and intervalometer.

 

I just posted this one in the DSLR section a few days ago. Cassiopeia and heart/soul nebulas. Also Pacman, double cluster... all kinds of stuff in this region. Skyguider pro, 50mm canon lens, 5 minute subs.

Cassiopeia and neighbors

 

Veil nebula in OIII. Skyguider pro, Asahi Super Takumar 135mm f/3.5, Optolong L-eNhance filter, 3 minute subs. I tossed the HA data because it was so out of focus, but the OIII band was sharp.

Veil nebula complex in OIII

 

Widefield mosaic of Cygnus, 5 panels. 4 of the panels were with my Skyguider Pro and 50mm lens, 5 minute subs. The fifth panel was the Veil Nebula with same achromatic 135mm lens above, 2 minute subs.

Cygnus Region -widefield mosaic

 


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Posted 14 October 2019 - 02:33 PM

Here are a few with my iOptron Skytracker, DSLR, 135mm lens

 

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Posted 14 October 2019 - 02:39 PM

My AVX mount, disparaged by all (but loved by me).

C8 Edge with HyperStar   100 10s subs.

 

Sorry, I only have a link....

 

https://www.astrobin.../full/yxnwe0/0/


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Posted 14 October 2019 - 02:42 PM

Here are a few with my iOptron Skytracker, DSLR, 135mm lens

 

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Wow, those are simply fantastic.


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Posted 14 October 2019 - 04:55 PM

lol, here we go            M31 CG-4 guided 4min exposures pentax K50 ED80 red zone

 

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Posted 14 October 2019 - 04:58 PM

M51 CG-4 guided 4min exposures pentax K50 127mm F9.4 1200mm FL refractor red zone

 

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Edited by zxx, 14 October 2019 - 06:41 PM.

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Posted 14 October 2019 - 07:27 PM

A smattering of shots using an original model iOptron SkyTracker

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Posted 14 October 2019 - 08:04 PM

A smattering of shots using an original model iOptron SkyTracker

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Nice set, were you using your 180mm or 85mm?


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Posted 14 October 2019 - 08:20 PM

Nice set, were you using your 180mm or 85mm?

Both.

First three were the 85, last three the 180.




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