Wouter van Reeven replied to the topic 'Mount model' in the forum. 11 hours 27 minutes ago

Well, it would save time which can be used for imaging. On the other hand I usually only image one object per night so I have at most two of these moments (when I start and after meridian flip). So I don’t really mind.

FYI I don’t have a fixed setup and I put it in the backyard when I want to image and take it down next morning. So every time I image I have to do a polar alignment and create the mount model. Since the sequence starts only after end of dusk I don’t want to waste time building a mount model.

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Wouter van Reeven replied to the topic 'Mount model' in the forum. 13 hours 17 minutes ago

I never build a mount model. I simply rely on plate solving to slew to my targets.

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Wouter van Reeven replied to the topic 'Oh, there is a gallery :-) Orion/DSLR' in the forum. 2 days ago

WOW fantastic! Especially the processing. I have rarely seen such a stunning pic of this nebula. Very nice how the intensity in the (much brighter) centers matches the faint outer regions!!!

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Wouter van Reeven replied to the topic 'Pacman nebula and Iris nebula' in the forum. 2 days ago

The details usually are in our signatures ;-)

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Wouter van Reeven created a new topic ' North America and Pelican mosaic' in the forum. 3 days ago

I created this two panel mosaic in September from Southern France. These are 36 x 5 minutes on North America and 22 x 5 minutes on the Pelican with my Canon EOS 700D/WO ZS 71 combi.



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Wouter van Reeven replied to the topic 'Re:M 33 from my SQM 20.2 backyard' in the forum. 3 days ago

Thanks!

Actually I am trying to move away from PI for stacking. Recently I bought a license for Astro Pixel Processor (APP) which has a much simpler workflow than PI and superb results. I didn't use it this time since it gave bad results because of the flats. But I made a North America and Pelican mosaic that I will post here next and I used APP for stacking and then PI for post-processing since I don't have PhotoShop.

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Wouter van Reeven created a new topic ' M 33 from my SQM 20.2 backyard' in the forum. 3 days ago

I used a modded Canon EOS 700D and a WilliamOptics ZS71 ED on a HEQ5 with belt mod to take this pic of M 33. I wanted to take 60 images of 3 minutes each but due to DSLR connection problems (not a complaint, just a statement) I only got 22. Plus my flats were taken wrong (my bad, I used a too short exposure) so I had to retake tonight them which introduced some artifacts in the background because I already moved the telescope with the camera attached though I didn't touch the focuser. Thus I needed to suppress the background a lot leading to some haze around the bright stars due to the mask used.

Nevertheless it is a result that I am very content with, to say the least. All stacking and post-processing was done in PixInsight.


Cheers, Wouter

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Wouter van Reeven replied to the topic 'IC1396 (Elephant's Trunk nebula) - DSLR' in the forum. 3 days ago

Great image! Personally I would try to ease on the colours of the stars but that's a matter of taste. Well done nonetheless!!!

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Unfortunately the QHY9 filter wheel still doesn't work properly. The very first time I connected the camera and filter wheel it did work. Changing to a different filter actually made the filter wheel turn. But after three or four changes the filter wheel stopped responding again. I restarted KStars and reconnected Ekos but to no avail. The filter wheel is completely unresponsive again.

Jasem, perhaps I could talk to QHY directly and ask them for support for my old QHY9 camera. Could you help me contact them or do you prefer to do that yourself?

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Wouter van Reeven replied to the topic 'How do you work with fits files under linux' in the forum. 3 days ago

I started with Pix Insight about 1,5 year ago and now am looking into Atro Pixel Processor as well. It is much more user friendly than PI, cheaper and at least as good for stacking. PI does offer a LOT more though in terms of post processing.

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Wouter van Reeven replied to the topic 'Cigar galaxy' in the forum. 4 days ago

Nice one! Glad to see you're up and running again.

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I guess it is a matter of trying out. For me I hope that the QHY9 filter wheel starts working again under Linux. Fingers crossed :silly:

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