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First ever galaxies, I will get better (I hope)


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Two galaxies in one pic and numb toes too! M81 and M82. Single frame image with my Dslr, I just got this image before my battery died typical! I know its really not that good or very well processed (will try again after some sleep :)) but again its a start (and I had the dreaded LED streetlight shining bright as the council still haven't dimmed it or shielded it as promised :angry: )

Single shot image with Canon 650D DSLR

ISO 200

120 Secs - non guided

Coma corrector

SW 150PDS on EQ5 pro

Taken using Backyard EOS

Processed (in a way!) in Paint shop PRO X6
 

Anyway here it is :unsure:

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m8103.03.14 by VikN46, on Flickr

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That's really good.

Can i suggest you list all your kit that you used to get this shot, then you are eligible to be entered into POTM. (Picture of the month).

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Ade - you can observe M81/M82 in a wide, low power, eyepiece. You can also get the Leo Triplet in the same field of view for a "3 in 1" experience. :)


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Ade - you can observe M81/M82 in a wide, low power, eyepiece. You can also get the Leo Triplet in the same field of view for a "3 in 1" experience. :)

 

Yep done that, M81 + M82 in the same field of view with my 13mm ep!

 

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Hi


our estate is just changing over to the LED lights, they seem better than the old orange sodium lights (I can actually see some stars in the north now)although I only have a small pair of binoculars at the moment, will they put some kind of shield on if you contact them, sorry for asking but have not heard that they do that before.


regards


Rick


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Hi everyone, thanks for the encouragement! Need to get my guide camera and PHD liking each other a bit better seems a bit hit and miss at the mo and didn't work when it mattered last night :(, so looking forward to being to see what I can get with much longer exposures, best I have got is about 200 secs unguided at the mo.


 


With regard to the LED lights mine is in an alleyway next to my house and the light is on, not only does it light my garden up like a beacon it also shines straight into my conservatory/dining room its that bright we can eat our dinner with the lights off! So this is the reason I wrote to the council with as didn't think they would give two hoots about my hobby, they are sorting it but its taking a long while.......I was also fortunate to notice a few up the road had been changed and took before and after pics for proof of how much brighter they were.


 


Thanks again all! :)


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I couldn't get PHD working with that setup so switched to Metaguide instead. It's not quite as straightforward but when you get it going it does work well.

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Oh ok, will download it and try again! Thanks for the advice. In PHD it recognises the camera (which was a battle in itself!) but then will not connect to the mount ( using 'on camera') any idea if this is because it has to be set up in a particular  order?


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That's the right order but it didn't work for me. Something that caught me out in Metaguide was not putting the declination of the object in if using ST4. It would not calibrate. Once I'd reread the docs and added it in, it worked straight off.

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