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#1 bthrel

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Posted 05 May 2021 - 11:39 PM

So  first  try tonight, M92 and M51.. WO  Megrez 120mm F7.5, GSO 2" .5 reducer, ASI385 ..

 

 

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Posted 06 May 2021 - 07:41 AM

Congrats on the new camera. Is there a reason your captures are black and white, as the 385 is a colour camera?



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Posted 06 May 2021 - 07:47 AM

There is a reason they are B&W, I don't  know what Im doing yet ..LOL... last night was just basically testing setup, get in focus and try and view a few objects {success}...  Then heavy  dew set  in.. Reading Astrojedi's starter guide to sharpcap as  I type to try and better understand some  of the settings and workflow to try again tonight. Also to my inexperienced eye the GSO .5 reducer seemed to perform adequately with my scope, going to test without it tonight to compare some.



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Posted 06 May 2021 - 12:56 PM

Sounds good... It gets easier with time, but you are off to a great start.



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Posted 07 May 2021 - 02:45 PM

Congrats on first light and welcome.

Like the ‘hello world’ moment in c, getting any image out of a setup is actually a massive step.



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Posted 08 May 2021 - 11:44 AM

M51 again last night, starting to understand the relationships of gain/exposure and how to adjust the histogram

 

 

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Posted 09 May 2021 - 06:40 PM

What was your gain & exposure on your second try?



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Posted 09 May 2021 - 06:46 PM

What was your gain & exposure on your second try?

 

275 gain  at 15s, 13 frames 



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Posted 10 May 2021 - 04:02 PM

That's pretty impressive improvement over 24 hours bthrel!

 

I'm just starting out with EAA after many years of visual-only. Right now I'm at the stage of acquiring equipment and software and figuring out how to put it all together. I can only hope that my first and second nights are as good as yours. I'll be looking for your next post waytogo.gif

 

Thanks for sharing.



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Posted 10 May 2021 - 04:14 PM

That's pretty impressive improvement over 24 hours bthrel!

 

I'm just starting out with EAA after many years of visual-only. Right now I'm at the stage of acquiring equipment and software and figuring out how to put it all together. I can only hope that my first and second nights are as good as yours. I'll be looking for your next post waytogo.gif

 

Thanks for sharing.

Thank You. there is so much good information here on how to start, it just takes some time to glean through it. That and You Tube. Be warned once you get that hang of it you will find its kid of addictive. I already have a new camera on the way, ASI294MC PRO with a UV/IR Cut Filter as well as a guide scope to use with my existing 385. But like you I was 100% visual, but with 60yr old eyes it was getting harder and harder. However the last night out EAA'ing I did set my DOB up as well, still find a thrill locating objects with it on a dark night.

 

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Posted 10 May 2021 - 06:36 PM

Lots of great galaxy targets to get practice on ....You are right, it does get addictive.lol.gif




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