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#26 JamesTX

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Posted 14 October 2019 - 08:25 PM

Who needs a mount, this was taken with an unmodded Nikon D5300 sitting on the hood of a pickup truck and propped up with a sand bag, lol:

 

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Here's a shot taken with an AVX, an asi178mm and a SV70t.  This is 12x600" subs.  Sadly its all I got that night because my guide camera stopped working.  Also, the darks were not well matched.  Still the stars look pretty good for 10 mins subs.  I didn't have to toss any subs either, all 12 were keepers.

 

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This is more typical of what I'm getting with the AVX/ASI178/SV70T these days:

 

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#27 zxx

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Posted 14 October 2019 - 10:56 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/

 IOTD on AB of M31 last week done with the AVX.



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Posted 14 October 2019 - 11:04 PM

A couple shots with my iOptron SmartEQ Pro+, one of the cheaper EQ mounts with GOTO available. These are unguided.

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#29 Obi-Wan Kenewbie

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Posted 15 October 2019 - 03:28 AM

Love my Skywatcher Star adventurer!

 

Sony A7S, Jupiter 200mm f4
15x120sec iso 800
40x30sec iso 2000
80x30sec iso 3200

 

32778119555_4236a16f93_c.jpgInto a stream of dust by Star Surfing, on Flickr

 

69x30sec and an  nikon 50mm at f4 iso 2000

 

47005768392_e39b481a86_c.jpgThree friends by Star Surfing, on Flickr

 

31503653687_2a6b9327e7_c.jpgFrom Cassiopeia to Cepheus by Star Surfing, on Flickr

 

Sony a7s, nikon 50mm f5.6
Lights 60*30sec iso 3200
Darks 10*30sec iso 3200
 

46254525684_ee1a42eb5c_c.jpgOrion with a 50mm by Star Surfing, on Flickr

 

nikon 50mm f5.6 iso: 1000 8x120"sec

 

30046443425_b11af60435_c.jpgRed Wings Of Cygnus by Star Surfing, on Flickr

 

14 shots panorama iso 2000, 50mm at f4, 60sec each

 

48411184911_dcf7290593_c.jpgThe colors of the night by Star Surfing, on Flickr

 

25x30sec iso3200 f2.8 sony 85mm

 

27620257227_c53470123b_c.jpgcygnus region by Star Surfing, on Flickr

 

 


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#30 mackiedlm

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Posted 15 October 2019 - 03:43 AM

Love my Skywatcher Star adventurer!

 

Sony A7S, Jupiter 200mm f4
15x120sec iso 800
40x30sec iso 2000
80x30sec iso 3200

 

32778119555_4236a16f93_c.jpgInto a stream of dust by Star Surfing, on Flickr

 

69x30sec and an  nikon 50mm at f4 iso 2000

 

47005768392_e39b481a86_c.jpgThree friends by Star Surfing, on Flickr

 

31503653687_2a6b9327e7_c.jpgFrom Cassiopeia to Cepheus by Star Surfing, on Flickr

 

Sony a7s, nikon 50mm f5.6
Lights 60*30sec iso 3200
Darks 10*30sec iso 3200
 

46254525684_ee1a42eb5c_c.jpgOrion with a 50mm by Star Surfing, on Flickr

 

nikon 50mm f5.6 iso: 1000 8x120"sec

 

30046443425_b11af60435_c.jpgRed Wings Of Cygnus by Star Surfing, on Flickr

 

14 shots panorama iso 2000, 50mm at f4, 60sec each

 

48411184911_dcf7290593_c.jpgThe colors of the night by Star Surfing, on Flickr

 

25x30sec iso3200 f2.8 sony 85mm

 

27620257227_c53470123b_c.jpgcygnus region by Star Surfing, on Flickr

Those are fantastic and really show the capability of these types of mounts. This really is a great thread!

 

Your Cygnus region is very similar to the one I have posted further up but showing much more red - is you camera modified or is that just an atribute of the sony camera?


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#31 Obi-Wan Kenewbie

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Posted 15 October 2019 - 05:55 AM

Those are fantastic and really show the capability of these types of mounts. This really is a great thread!

 

Your Cygnus region is very similar to the one I have posted further up but showing much more red - is you camera modified or is that just an atribute of the sony camera?

Yes mackiedlm my a7s is modded. Ony the first and the last picture were shot with a stock a7s.


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#32 klaussius

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Posted 15 October 2019 - 09:42 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

 

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That's quite impressive. How did you get rid of the CA on the Achro in that shot?

 

I'm planning a trip and I won't be able to take my reflector, so I'll be limited to my old trusty 70mm achro, which I ditched because I could never get a handle on that CA. I'm planning to upgrade to a ED at least, but I can't fit that on my budget yet. So any tips will be more than welcome.


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#33 Ethanwyh

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Posted 15 October 2019 - 11:57 AM

That's quite impressive. How did you get rid of the CA on the Achro in that shot?

 

I'm planning a trip and I won't be able to take my reflector, so I'll be limited to my old trusty 70mm achro, which I ditched because I could never get a handle on that CA. I'm planning to upgrade to a ED at least, but I can't fit that on my budget yet. So any tips will be more than welcome.

Hey man,

 

I happened to own a SvBony CLS clip in filter for Canon APS-C, it works like a charm!

 

I do have some shots without the clip in filter and managed to colour correct for the CA in Photoshop. Not the most convenient task but it does the job.

 

If I have any tip to offer, that is: I load the mount east heavy as it does improve guiding accuracy by a huge margin for my iEXOS100.

Note that all of my shots on the Z73 was almost reaching the mount's max suggested payload. (19lbs)

 

 

Looking forward, I decided to get a dedicated QHY 183M. Will post it soon!

 

 

I too have 'upgraded' to a William Optics Zenithstar 61 Apochromatic Doublet. Reason being that while an Achro will still do reasonably well with the QHY 183M, stars tend to bloat and i certainly did not want to watse the potential of this amazing camera (quite a bang for the buck!)

 

And also afterall, this thread is for what you can do with a budget mount/tracker regardless of any imaging equipment/accesories we all have ;)

 

 

Happy shooting and happy posting :D

 

Clear Skies!


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Posted 15 October 2019 - 09:53 PM

Acquired by a friend and processed by me.

 

SkyGuider Pro

WO Z61

Canon EOS RP

155 x 60sec

PixInsight

 

Full size:

https://drive.google..._2c?usp=sharing

 

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Posted 16 October 2019 - 01:45 AM

Thanks for starting this thread. There's a lot one can do with a budget mount.

Here's one of my recent pics of the galactic center.

Canon EOS R, 50mm f/4.0, 315 sec (single shot, no stacking), mounted on iOptron SkyGuider Pro.

 

Galactic center

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#36 RJF-Astro

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Posted 16 October 2019 - 06:06 AM

Nice images all! I have only one to share, made with the SW Star Adventurer. From my backyard there is too much light pollution for widefield, so this shot was made during a holiday. I do plan to use my 72ED on it, with guiding. Did a test recently and it worked out quite nice, but it has been rainy ever since.

 

The image was made in bortle 4 skies, with my Fuji X-T20, Mitakon speedbooster and Samyang 135 2.0 at F2.8. I have no external intervalometer yet, so I was limited to 30 second exposures, 163 in total (1.4 hours):

 

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Posted 16 October 2019 - 07:26 AM

Those are quite impressive images smile.gif



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Posted 16 October 2019 - 07:40 AM

Nice images all! I have only one to share, made with the SW Star Adventurer. From my backyard there is too much light pollution for widefield, so this shot was made during a holiday. I do plan to use my 72ED on it, with guiding. Did a test recently and it worked out quite nice, but it has been rainy ever since.

 

The image was made in bortle 4 skies, with my Fuji X-T20, Mitakon speedbooster and Samyang 135 2.0 at F2.8. I have no external intervalometer yet, so I was limited to 30 second exposures, 163 in total (1.4 hours):

 

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Thats a cracker! So much red - is your camera modified?



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Posted 16 October 2019 - 09:50 AM

Thats a cracker! So much red - is your camera modified?

 

Thanks! No it is not modified actually. From what I have read online the Fuji x-cameras are more sensitive to IR than average. I have not seen any actual graphs or official numbers.

 

The downside of x-camera's with x-trans sensors is that registering and stacking takes very long. And until recently DSS did not support the X-T20 so I had to stack this image in Sequator. It does support the Fuji since a recent update.


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#40 Ethanwyh

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Posted 16 October 2019 - 08:55 PM

Here's a go at capturing the milkyway on a 24mm lens, Canon 60D with the Star adventurer. Tough to capture under Bortle 8 skies!!

20x 1min subs

 

20Aug Milkyway.jpg


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#41 Ethanwyh

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Posted 16 October 2019 - 09:07 PM

Here's one of my 'first light' from the QHY 183M on the iexos100. SOme oblong stars as smaller sensor size + 600mm FL + max payload capacity pushed this mount to its limit. But it kinda shows the capability of such a mount :D

 

 

NGC 2244

 

23x 300s

7nm Ha Optolong 1.25" mounted filter

 

NGC 2244 in Ha.jpg


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#42 Ethanwyh

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Posted 16 October 2019 - 09:15 PM

Next night with the same set-up- but only pointed at a different target.

I upgraded to a Z61 thereafter when I found a sweet deal on the classifieds here.

Weather hasn't been cooperating recently but it's clearing up, hopefully by next weekend I'll be able to produce some projects here on CN

 

 

 

B33 Horsehead Nebula

18x 300s Ha
5x 300s Oiii

Horsehead Nebula HOO purple.jpg


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Posted 17 October 2019 - 12:32 AM

Humble compared to others here but I did these using an Celestron Alt-Az go to mount with up to 30S subs. (Most were at 10S subs)

Carina

carina
 
Tarantula
Tarantula nebula
 
Lagoon
Lagoon and Trifid
 

Omega Centauri

Omega Centauri

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Posted 18 October 2019 - 04:44 PM

Ethanwyh,

 

Nice work  !  :-)


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Posted 18 October 2019 - 07:15 PM

Vixen GP2 photo guider:

 

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Astrotrac (not that cheap, but unguided):

 

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Posted 19 October 2019 - 03:15 AM

Next night with the same set-up- but only pointed at a different target.

I upgraded to a Z61 thereafter when I found a sweet deal on the classifieds here.

Weather hasn't been cooperating recently but it's clearing up, hopefully by next weekend I'll be able to produce some projects here on CN

 

 

 

B33 Horsehead Nebula

18x 300s Ha
5x 300s Oiii

attachicon.gif Horsehead Nebula HOO purple.jpg

 

Still enjoying the iExos 100? Been looking for a beginner GOTO mount that can handle a ST80mm, DSLR, and *maybe* a small guiding setup. I will eventually move away from DSLR to a narrowband monochrome camera.


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#47 Ethanwyh

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Posted 19 October 2019 - 05:30 AM

Oh yes definitely! While upgrading to a higher capacity mount is tempting (given the fact that I mainly image from my home ), this mount is definitely a go getter for those spur-of-the-moment imaging, especially during CloudyNights when you’re suddenly blessed with a 3 hour clear sky in between. You can’t imagine how many of such incidents have happened.




It has definitely handled my 600mm refractor at 19lbs payload nicely. I never did any precise PA, all were rough alignments due to my location.


This mount is already performing well enough to have me stepping into narrowband imaging with a dedicated Astrocam :)
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Posted 21 October 2019 - 10:00 PM

Excellent. I was considering this so that I can image this winter while I save for a "forever" mount (something in the $1500 range). That way if I get out of the hobby for some unforeseen reason, I'm not taking a massive hit on a used mount. If it can handle 19lbs for you, it should handle my light payload without any effort. At most I might buy one of those WO Z61 scopes this winter (after a guiding setup). 



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Posted 01 November 2019 - 01:38 AM

NGC2244, Rosette Nebula captured last weekend (with some clouds)

 

 

QHY183M

William Optics Z61 + Astrotech 1.0x FF

Optolong 7nm Ha 1.25"

iEXOS-100 guided with Orion 50mm guidescope

 

2 hours total integration time with 5 mins subs

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