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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:01 pm 
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First, here's the scope.

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Next, the image.

1x180 sec sub with Canon 350D

1 - it's out of focus, needs sorting next time.

2 - It was done on a Nexstar SE mount, hence there is some field rotation

3 - My ISO was 800. 1600 would have reduced the exposure time and hence the field rotation.

Nevertheless, I'm quite pleased as this is the first time I've captured the Running Man (even if he is a bit blurry) :))

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Helios 102mm refractor with Lunt B600 CaK diagonal
Coronado PST DS, Altair Astro 80 ED
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:15 am 
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Brian, we can never have too many Brian's ! Your image of M42 here is one of the most evocative that I have seen. It looks like a little window where the curtains have just been drawn back on a glimpse of something great and mysterious. What a capable scope that is and it's obviously in the right hands. Kind thoughts, Bob


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:02 pm 
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Thanks Bob for your lovely and poetic response. :) I'm going to have some fun with my new gear! Clear skies! :D

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Helios 102mm refractor with Lunt B600 CaK diagonal
Coronado PST DS, Altair Astro 80 ED
ZWO ASI120MM camera, Canon 350D
Gallery: http://www.astrobin.com/users/smerral/


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:07 pm 
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Brian, your image is really interesting to see, showing some lovely detail around M42. The telescope looks like a well engineered piece of kit too. Look forward to seeing more images.

Best wishes, Jeff.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:28 am 
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Thanks Jeff. I've now ordered this piece of kit, so this should solve the field rotation and allow some longer exposures. :)

https://www.harrisontelescopes.co.uk/acatalog/skywatcher-star-adventurer-astrophotography-bundle-20120full.html#SID=1711

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Celestron Nexstar 8SE
Helios 102mm refractor with Lunt B600 CaK diagonal
Coronado PST DS, Altair Astro 80 ED
ZWO ASI120MM camera, Canon 350D
Gallery: http://www.astrobin.com/users/smerral/


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