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#1 donsinger

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Posted 05 July 2020 - 12:25 PM

Just getting back into imaging after a 12 year hiatus (prime earning years, kids in college, etc...), now that I am in retirement and have more time and $. I am amazed at the advancements, mostly in software....so many cool tools that make imaging so much easier than it was in the past, and more affordable!

 

I spent last night focusing the main camera and guidescope, checking PA with PHD2,  running the PHD2 Guiding Assistant, and running a trial imaging plan of M92 in APT....my setup includes a CEM25p mount, AT60 with flattner for imaging, ASI533MC camera, and using an ASI120MM for guiding. This setup weighs about 7.5lbs which is not taxing the mount.

 

I have a few questions:

 

-I plan to practice with my setup over the next week before leaving for vacation. Is leaving the scope/camera/etc..attached to the mount during this time ok (thus saving having to disturb things and saving setup time each evening)?

 

-To Use a LPR or not...I live in the hills adjacent to downtown Portland, so the skies are Bortle 8.....should I start off my imaging and processing adventure using an LPR?..I have seen conflicting comments about this...I know my processing skills are worse than rusty at the moment, sooo...

 

I guess the argument in favor of using an LPR right off would be, well, learning to use it as part of the work flow which addresses a BIG problem (i.e. Light Pollution)

 

The counter argument against using the LPR would be to re-learn processing skills until comfortable before adding another element into the mix (i.e. the LPR)...

 

Feedback appreciated.

 

Best

Don KF7DS


Edited by donsinger, 05 July 2020 - 12:27 PM.



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