Category Archives: Astrophoto

Orion VX12 Base Plate


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Now it has been a while since I upgraded my mount to the Skywatcher EQ8, One of the main reasons was so I could use my Orion Optics 12″ VX12 Newtonian for imaging. So with the mount all ready for use, it was time to set my Orion Optics VX12 Newtonian onto it in preparation for deep sky imaging. One of the things I needed to do was to mount a guide scope. After considering the various options, I decided to order the Orion 350mm Base Plate so it could be used to fit my Skywatcher ED80 as my guide scope. Continue reading Orion VX12 Base Plate

ZWO ASI1600MM-cool – first light


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It has been a very long while since the ASI1600MM-cool camera arrived with me. Its arrival however has coincided with cloudy skies or rainy nights, which when coupled with the longer days and shorter nights, meant that it has been nearly impossible to do any testing of deep sky imaging with this camera. But on Friday night, the sky became very clear with no clouds overhead. Hence I took out my portable setup to try imaging with this camera. Continue reading ZWO ASI1600MM-cool – first light

Flaming Star nebula and IC410


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Having reprocessed quite a few different DSOs with Pixinsight, this time round it is the turn of the Flaming Star Nebula (IC405) and its neighbour IC410 with its open star cluster NGC1893, both in the constellation Auriga. These were captured between 14/3/16 and 25/3/16 over many nights, as I only started imaging it when my other target became too low to image. Continue reading Flaming Star nebula and IC410

LBN581+ LBN589 – processed with Pixinsight


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With clouds and rain the predominant theme in the weather in UK recently, there has not been an opportunity to do anything more than surfing the net and doing processing with Pixinsight of the data that I’ve managed to capture up to now. I decided to process LBN581 captured in narrowband, which is my preferred imaging spectrum for wide-field images. Continue reading LBN581+ LBN589 – processed with Pixinsight

Skywatcher EQ8 declination backlash adjustment


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On Saturday because I had my Skywatcher EQ8 telescope mount polar alignment sorted, I decided I had to check and adjust the backlash in declination before mounting my Orion VX12 12″ Newtonian onto it. There were somethings I had experienced during polar aligning the mount which led me to believe that there were some issues which needed to resolve. Continue reading Skywatcher EQ8 declination backlash adjustment

My new telescope mount – Skywatcher EQ8


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About a month ago, I invited my oldest daughter and wife into my observatory. I explained to them that my Celestron CGEM could not cope with the weight of my Orion Optics VX12 12″ Newtonian telescope. They took one look at my telescope and the mount and started laughing at me, saying that small mount can’t be expected to hold that large telescope. That sealed it for me that I needed change my mount. Continue reading My new telescope mount – Skywatcher EQ8

Cone nebula – reprocessed with Pixinsight


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Recently with my Celestron CGEM removed from the telescope pier to allow for the fitting of the adapter plate for my new telescope mount (post to come soon), the wet weather that we have been experiencing, and work commitments, I have not had a chance to do any Deep Sky imaging. Hence it is great that I have plenty of data to work with and get even more experienced with using Pixinsight. This time round, I worked on the data I had for the Cone nebula. Continue reading Cone nebula – reprocessed with Pixinsight

Soul nebula – reprocessed with Pixinsight


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Having spent a fair bit of time perfecting my workflow for narrowband images using Pixinsight, I think I’ve pretty much found the sequence that work for my system. Hence I have reprocessed the many narrowband subs of the Soul nebula, to produce the images below. Continue reading Soul nebula – reprocessed with Pixinsight

ZWO ASI1600MM-cool – Gain


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The next test I wanted to do with the ZWO ASI1600MM-cool, was to test its gain settings and compare it with my back-lit CMOS ASI178MM-cool. Also, I thought I would post images taken in daylight (albeit using an Astronomik CLS-CCD filter) to show the amount of grain or noise at each gain setting up to Gain 500. Continue reading ZWO ASI1600MM-cool – Gain

ZWO ASI1600MM-cooled


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Over two months ago, I became aware that ZWO was coming up with a cooled larger sensor imaging camera which is even more suited to astrophotography. Obviously I was very keen to test out this camera, named ASI1600MM-cool. Courtesy of Zoltan from 365Astronomy, and Sam from ZWO, I have been given the privilege to test this camera out. Continue reading ZWO ASI1600MM-cooled