Technology - sweet and sour.

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  1. ASIGN_Baz

    ASIGN_Baz "Maker of awesome stuff"

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    Had a really, really REALLY bad night. Everything went wrong. Crystal clear night ALL night WASTED on glitches.

    • PHD tracking program kept tracking west and losing the guide star, even though it was bright and sharp. Pointing accuracy of the mount was so bad I could not find a single target.

      Right ascension and declination keys on the hand controller are reversed with no obvious way to change them back, so up down is left right and vice-versa.

      Drift alignment was tedious to say the least as the adjustments on the mount are clunky and difficult.

    Very capable mount, but VERY poorly designed for alignment and solid lock once there. Up until just after 3am trying to fix it all. No joy. Still scratching my head and filled with a loathing for technology that works then all of a sudden stops for no apparent reason. Another one of those nights I'm fortunate there's no bulldozer sitting in the cul-de-sac with the keys in the ignition.

    As the telescope was misbehaving last night, I ended up processing images from the previous two nights.

    The Lagoon Hydrogen emission nebula is a giant interstellar cloud in the constellation Sagittarius. It is one of only two star-forming nebulae faintly visible to the naked eye.
    The Lagoon Nebula is estimated to be between 4,000-6,000 light years from the Earth. and is 110 long by 50 light years wide.

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    The Trifid Nebula is a hydrogen II region located in Sagittarius. Its name means 'divided into three lobes'. The object is an unusual combination of an open cluster of stars; an emission nebula (the lower, red portion), a reflection nebula (the upper, blue portion) and a dark nebula (the apparent 'gaps' within the emission nebula that cause the trifurcated appearance.
    It is approximately 5000 light years away from Earth.

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    The Sombrero Galaxy is an unbarred spiral galaxy in the constellation Virgo located 28 million light-years from Earth. The galaxy has a diameter of approximately 50,000 light-years, 30% the size of the Milky Way. It has a bright nucleus, an unusually large central bulge, and a prominent dust lane in its inclined disk.

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  2. Nikon223

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    Love them all. Very impressive!
     
  3. adz

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    Awesome stuff Baz! M104 looks quite exceptional :thumbup:
     
  4. Coopz

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    Great shots:)
     
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    ASIGN_Baz

    ASIGN_Baz "Maker of awesome stuff"

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    Thanks Gang. I still need refining but I'm well on my way.

    Baz.
     
  6. forbaz

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    never really seen much of this stuff but those 3 shots look great. The last one is stunning!
     
  7. mrthong

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    loved the last one! the narration to them makes it even more interesting :thumbup:
     
  8. sejanus

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    hats off to you. this stuff makes wedding photography look easy.

    I used to have a eq6 mount and battled it for ages. Drift alignment is rocket science.
     
  9. Uranux

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    Wow, they look awesome!
     

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