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My Second Attempt at Imaging - M51


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Here's my second image - M51. 26 minutes ISO 1000. I finally managed to set up and use the Polemaster and it made such a difference - no bad back from trying to peer through the polarscope for a start

Very nice too 👍

That's a very good M51, well done 👍

Thanks everyone. I did a lot of research before I started down this line and it is paying off so far. It was a bit overwhelming at first as there's so much stuff out there but I've tried to break it down to manageable chunks. Until the other year I'd been just visual and then I read about EEA and bought the Atik Infinity. Using that was an eye opener, no more bad back peering through the scope and also viewing the objects in colour, seeing M27 was a wow factor moment. The Live viewing made me want to capture the images and I realised that the Infinity isn't built for imaging so I took the plunge and bought the Esprit 100ED and the Nikon D750 as it seemed going down the DSLR route was the best option for a beginner. I am now thinking of getting a ccd or cmos camera sometime, it's just a matter of choice and how much to spend. I'm thinking of either the Atik 460EX (second hand as I can't really justify the expense for a new one), ZWO ASI 183MM-PRO, QHY 163M or possibly the ZWO ASI 1600MM-PRO.

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