Astrophotography Thread

Discussion in 'Photography & Video' started by holdennutta, Apr 27, 2019.

  1. holdennutta

    holdennutta Member

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    There's gotta be a couple of us kicking about in the forums. I know of at least one other. Might be good for a more southern hemisphere biased place to discuss.

    I have only been dabbling for a few months since I got my gear. It's been pretty disgusting weather since so haven't had too many decent sessions. yet.

    Current hardware setup is:
    • Skywatcher HEQ-5 Pro mount
    • Skywatcher BD ED100 900mm refractor scope
    • 0.85x field flattener and reducer
    • Piggybacked ZWO 280mm guiding scope
    • ZWO ASI 120mm autoguider camera
    • Literally the cheapest Windows 10 laptop I could find with 64gb hdd to run all the control apps (Acer Spin 11 I think it is)
    Current software:
    • Astrophotography tool
    • PHD2 Autoguiding
    • EQMod
    • Stellarium and StellariumScope
    • Pixinsight for all the processing.
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    I don't really have a decent image to share yet. I've been focusing mainly on Carina Nebula for the time being because it's big and bright. I managed to get about an hours good exposure time one night and then 90min more exposure time a second night but being a noob I forgot to check my field rotation and can't integrate the two sets without losing a fair bit of periphery :(


    Please tell us what you have!
     
  2. die_piggy

    die_piggy Member

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    Awesome to see you posting!

    We have similar setups as you know Holden. I currently have the following:
    • Skywatcher HEQ-5 Pro mount
    • Skywatcher BD ED80 600mm refractor scope
    • Piggybacked ZWO 280mm guiding scope
    • ZWO ASI120MC-S USB3.0 Colour
    • I am currently hoping to use my Surface Pro 3 to run it all, but with only 1 USB port I'm not sure it will work out unless I use a powered hub (reducing portability)
    I had a lot of trouble getting my guide scope focused, but finally managed to get that sorted...just in time to hurt myself at work. With 3 fractures across both arms, I don't have the strength to play and probably wont be able to for another 3 weeks or so. The concussion I caused myself at the same time has definitely addled me, as I have been struggling to sort out the software while I'm incapacitated and struggling more then I should be!

    Anyway it would be great to see if anyone else is around, post your location if you are too, might be worth a meetup if anyone is relatively close by!

    EDIT: I'm In Liverpool, Sydney
     
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    holdennutta

    holdennutta Member

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    Damn! That's a terrible thing to happen, mate. I hope you heal quickly!

    I was going to PM you and see how you were going but decided I'd just make the thread.

    Surface Pro 3 at least has a USB A style port though yeah? Could be worse and you need to use a USB C hub. I wouldn't trust one of them as far as I could throw it in my experience with the ones on my Macbook Pro.

    I'm in Oxley, Brisbane.
     

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