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    Ah Grasshopper, next comes catching flies with chopsticks.
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    Thanks everyone for the nice words and I'm hooked. Have a new Astro-Tech 6" f/9 Ritchey-Chrétien astrograph that should be here sat so can't wait to try that out, also going to set up guiding on that scope and see what happens. Should be fun,exciting,disappointing and challenging all in one. Hope to take a lot more subs this weekend and try different setting in DSS and play with them more in photo shop. This last pic was just 7 30sec 1600 ISO subs shot in raw format and stacked with basically the default settings in DSS. So I do have a lot to learn ahead of me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sxinias View Post
    Congratulations.... Feels good to get everything working and that first shot. What were your exposure times and what ISO did you use?

    Before spending a lot of money on a new camera just to get live view, why not go to eBay and buy an inexpensive 3x right angle finder for your Nikon? The extra magnification will help you get a focus and the right angle will make viewing through the finder much easier.
    Thanks and thanks for the right angle viewer idea.(Sometimes you look right over the simple fix) ordered today. BTW I found your first shot, very nice. I used a 30 sec exposure and 1600 ISO. I'm using Nikon's NX control to control the camera and it will only let me do a 30sec max. I have Maxim DL 5 that will also control the camera and let me shot the longer exposures and guide. I still have a lot more to learn with that software yet.

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    Tom awesome capture and stack!
    You are addicted now and as Jen says you will be catching flies with chopsticks, or to be more precise - capturing photos from millions of light years away on 3 balanced chopsticks on a place called earth

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toml08 View Post
    I'm thinking about picking up a Canon with live view. Seems like it would make focusing a little easier. Can't wait to get back out and try again.

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    Great shot Tom! Nicely done and a LOT better than my first effort at a stack. I still suck at stacking and just stick with single exposures, so I'll leave stacking advice to others in here.

    On the Live View front, I'll offer some advice though. I have a Canon with Live View, and it does help a lot with focusing, once you get the trick of it.

    The issue with Live View is often times at your actual exposure settings, you can't see anything in Live View to focus, as not enough light is coming through in real time for you to see. I found that switching to Bulb mode and a high ISO (1600 or higher), lets enough light in on the fly so you can see to focus. Those settings will over expose your actual image so you wont want to use them for imaging, but once you have obtained focus, you can switch back to your actual exposure settings for a good photo.

    Another tip is to pick a bright star in the area of the DSO you are going to photograph, and focus on it first. It's much easier to obtain sharp focus on a bright star, than a hazy DSO. Once you have sharp focus on the star, then switch over to your DSO and the focus should be good for the DSO as well, with little to no fussing with it necessary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghostryderflyby View Post
    Great shot Tom! Nicely done and a LOT better than my first effort at a stack. I still suck at stacking and just stick with single exposures, so I'll leave stacking advice to others in here.

    On the Live View front, I'll offer some advice though. I have a Canon with Live View, and it does help a lot with focusing, once you get the trick of it.

    The issue with Live View is often times at your actual exposure settings, you can't see anything in Live View to focus, as not enough light is coming through in real time for you to see. I found that switching to Bulb mode and a high ISO (1600 or higher), lets enough light in on the fly so you can see to focus. Those settings will over expose your actual image so you wont want to use them for imaging, but once you have obtained focus, you can switch back to your actual exposure settings for a good photo.

    Another tip is to pick a bright star in the area of the DSO you are going to photograph, and focus on it first. It's much easier to obtain sharp focus on a bright star, than a hazy DSO. Once you have sharp focus on the star, then switch over to your DSO and the focus should be good for the DSO as well, with little to no fussing with it necessary.

    Clear skies and keep the images coming! We love to see them!
    Thanks and Thanks for the input about the Live View and focus. I'm really thinking about picking up a Canon not just for the Live View but there also seems to be a lot more support out there as far as software goes. Thanks again for the great input.

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    Hey Tom great effort, it gets alittle addictive. Small steps all the time is how I am progressing, but every small improvement keeps me coming back.
    BTW if your looking for a Canon, I bought a Canon T2i a couple of months ago and I'm loving it very much. It has liveview which is awesome for focusing as you can zoom the liveview while stood at the scope. Also movie crop mode is very useful for planetary video.
    Whatever you go for, its all part of the fun, look forward to seeing more of your shots

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    Quote Originally Posted by sxinias View Post
    Congratulations on your new Astro-Tech 6" f/9 Ritchey-Chrétien astrograph.
    Thanks can't wait to try some imaging with it. Had it out last night just for some quick viewing and the views were great. I was surprised at the brightness and sharpness of it for viewing. Hope to get some pictures with it this weekend.

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    Hey Tom great effort, it gets alittle addictive. Small steps all the time is how I am progressing, but every small improvement keeps me coming back.
    BTW if your looking for a Canon, I bought a Canon T2i a couple of months ago and I'm loving it very much. It has liveview which is awesome for focusing as you can zoom the liveview while stood at the scope. Also movie crop mode is very useful for planetary video.
    Whatever you go for, its all part of the fun, look forward to seeing more of your shots

    Cheers and clear skies to everyone
    Thanks, I'm finding it very addictive and just learning step my step. It's very easy to try and get a head of yourself. Thanks for the input on the T2i that's one I've been thinking about picking up, sounds live you're very happy with it. That's what's great about this board is everyone's nice input to all us newbies.

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