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#1 Ballyhoo

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Posted 16 October 2019 - 11:31 PM

I would love to know, was it exchanging a standard refractor for a Tak? An Atlas Pro for  a Mach 1? A quad band? PI ? anything.  Is there anything you might mention as being capable of revolutionizing the average imagers experience? In my case, it was upgrading my mount from an AVX to an IEQ45 Pro and I think that was just because I went from a mount that is not greatly suited for imaging to one that is capable a main-stream imaging.  The Triad filter also was a great help for when the moon is prominent. Pixinshight was a revolution for me in processing my images.

 

 

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now if someone would just design a cumulus filter I would be genuinely smitten.


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#2 raguramm

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Posted 16 October 2019 - 11:35 PM

My EQ6-R Pro - no more guiding issues!
My Moonlite - way crisper images
A simple plastic box and a USB hub- cable management and a place to put my laptop, made setup a breeze

MOST IMPORTANT: sharpcap pro! From struggling with drift alignment to a 2 second PA.
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Posted 16 October 2019 - 11:39 PM

Guiding

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Posted 16 October 2019 - 11:45 PM

Observatory. 


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Posted 16 October 2019 - 11:47 PM

Adding a guide port to my CG-4 mount HC.



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Posted 16 October 2019 - 11:51 PM

For me it was Astrotracer, a feature built in to the camera I bought (Pentax K-3II). It made astrophotography easy and removed my usual excuses for not getting out and doing it.



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Posted 16 October 2019 - 11:56 PM

Upgrading to RST 135



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Posted 16 October 2019 - 11:59 PM

The advent of the autoguider..

Now I don't have to spend hours all contorted and be sore the next day..

 

The majority of people imaging today would not be doing it if they had to manually guide ..


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Posted 17 October 2019 - 12:01 AM

TeleGizmos scope cover - minimizes yard-based tear-down, reduces friction to take pics!


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Posted 17 October 2019 - 12:05 AM

Having a fully automated remote imaging system in an observatory located in a pretty good dark location.  I can still run the system just like it was in the backyard but now I get a good night's sleep while taking images--even when my backyard weather is terrible.

 

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Posted 17 October 2019 - 12:10 AM

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#12 Ballyhoo

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Posted 17 October 2019 - 12:11 AM

The advent of the autoguider..

Now I don't have to spend hours all contorted and be sore the next day..

 

The majority of people imaging today would not be doing it if they had to manually guide ..

I suspect most are not even familiar with what is involved in manual guiding.



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Posted 17 October 2019 - 12:26 AM

I suspect most are not even familiar with what is involved in manual guiding.

I suspect that most today are not familiar with what is manual....


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Posted 17 October 2019 - 12:27 AM

The one purchase that changed my whole imaging experience was HyperStar


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Posted 17 October 2019 - 12:33 AM

A DSLR... compared to a regular SLR loaded with hypered TP2415 film.

And autoguiding!

Francesco


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Posted 17 October 2019 - 12:55 AM

Autoguiding. 

 

Coming in second was converting from manual setting circles to goto.



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Posted 17 October 2019 - 01:36 AM

Imaging

  • Celestron CGEM => Losmandy GM811G
  • Manual Guiding => Auto-Guider / PHD Guide => PHD Guide 2
  • Canon XSi => Canon T3i => Canon 6D = > Canon 6D Ha Mod
  • Deep Sky Stacker => ImagesPlus => PixInsight
  • Bortle Scale 5 => Bortle Scale 1
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  • StellarVue 90T-CF2.5
  • BackyardEOS
  • SGPro
  • ASCOM

Visual

  • Meade DS10 => Classic Celestron C8 => Meade LX200 => Obsession 18"

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Posted 17 October 2019 - 01:41 AM

Autoguiding. 

 

Coming in second was converting from manual setting circles to goto.

And after goto comes plate solving! 

 

Revolutionary technology. And free! I can't believe all these amazing software engineers who put their efforts out there for all of us to enjoy with no charge for their contributions. 


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Posted 17 October 2019 - 01:41 AM

There are two things beyond the basics that made things vastly easier for me. They were auto focusing and plate solving. No single hardware purchase has had anywhere near the same effect on efficiency and image quality.

 

I do love my two big mounts but I also loved my two mid priced mounts.

 

 

Rgrds-Ross


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Posted 17 October 2019 - 01:45 AM

EQ6-R

OAG

Sharpcap PA

Pixinsight


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Posted 17 October 2019 - 03:52 AM

  • Optolong L-eHhance dual NB filter- in my LP area
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Posted 17 October 2019 - 04:36 AM

Polemaster and Sharpcap polar alignment!!! Made my "imaging life" much easier!


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Posted 17 October 2019 - 06:50 AM

platesolving for exact positioning night after night and electronic polar scopes because I was never good at visual ones or drift aligning a portable setup.



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Posted 17 October 2019 - 08:12 AM

I think there have been many breakthroughs and game changers for me.

First it was a better mount. Then it was auto guide. Then cooled camera, autofocus, better optics, remote control, observatory, etc...

Now I'm pretty happy with my gear and don't think I'll be touching anything for a while. I'm ready to enjoy what if got and get the most out of it.
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Posted 17 October 2019 - 08:41 AM

I suspect most are not even familiar with what is involved in manual guiding.

I was trying to test an algorithm I hadn't written yet, so I "ran it" on my head, and manually guided the scope to try it out.

 

This is what came out, after a bit of love (35min total integration time). Nice PoC, and it convinced me to write the **** thing next time.

 

I know what you mean.

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