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#1 Mert

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Posted 29 May 2020 - 05:19 AM

Hi all,

 

Yesterday night I had a clear night and I setup on the balcony

again, the only place where I can do something.

This time the target choosen was M81.

Unfortunately that made my scope point towards the city lights

of Pamplona, so the overall quality is lousy at best.

If at my favorite dark place Holmberg IX would have been much

brighter.

But, I had a very good session where everything worked at perfection,

NINA autofocussed extremely well and also my autoguiding was

better then ever. ( between 0,9" and 1.3" this from the balcony )

Setup used was:  RC8 with reducer CCDT67, ASI1600MMC

and UVIR filter.

What makes me puzzled is the strong Halfa response, even without

an apropriate Halfa filter thinking1.gif

Here is the link to the full resolution: http://lammertus.epi...-balcon-web.jpg

 

Stay well,

Mert

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Posted 29 May 2020 - 07:08 AM

beautiful photo, beautiful details and colors.
thank you and well done.



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Posted 29 May 2020 - 09:28 AM

Thank you James,

 

Glad you like it!


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Posted 29 May 2020 - 01:35 PM

Very nicely resolved Mert! You have produced a lovely image even in your light polluted location.

   Be safe!



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Posted 29 May 2020 - 01:51 PM

Thanks Mike, much apreciated!

 

I was trying out the latest beta of NINA to work on my autofocussing and

it really performs very well!

Also the latest version of PHD2 works very good, guiding has improved!

 

Stay well,

Mert


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Posted 29 May 2020 - 05:29 PM

I am trying to get the courage to try out N.I.N.A. . Auto focus is very tempting. But my current sw works so good...!

  Maybe I will take the jump!



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Posted 30 May 2020 - 02:47 AM

What SW are you using Mike?

 

For me it was a big surprise when starting with NINA, it has

marked a before and after at least for me!


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Posted 30 May 2020 - 03:52 PM

What SW are you using Mike?

 

For me it was a big surprise when starting with NINA, it has

marked a before and after at least for me!

I use Eqmod with Stellarium and Nebulosity 4 . And Phd2 , Astrotortilla for plate solving. I don't mind going out every hour or two to check focus. I use a Batohnov mask for focus. If I had a permanent set up I would no doubt have a fully automated system. But I will leave the mount setup covered , and I bring my scope and camera inside each morning. 

    It takes me less than 10 minutes to attach the imaging scope and guide scope and get everything running.

 But NINA is tempting.... I have a Pegasus focus cube on my refractor. But I don't have a motorized focuser on my two other imaging scopes. Hyperstar system and my Orion imaging Newt.



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Posted 31 May 2020 - 01:47 AM

That's about the same setup I used before switching to NINA.

I used CDC, Eqmod, Astrotortilla, PHD2 and APT.

While my eyesight is getting worse over time I needed a solution

for focussing and that was the motivation to switch to NINA.

I have never been so happy I did!

 

Stay well,

Mert



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Posted 31 May 2020 - 04:07 AM

I did a trial setup using Stellarium, Eqmod, NINA + Astap for platesolving

and PHD2 and it works straight away.

Might be worth some thinking about moving onwards to NINA? :thinking:

 

Stay well,

Mert



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Posted 31 May 2020 - 05:45 AM

Ok, just found out I had the filters interchanged, so this image was taken

with the IDAS LPV4 filter, now things fall into place referring to the "strong"

h-alfa response.




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