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    Default Tonight: Andromeda, Pleiades, Moon



    Took a few more shots tonight. First time mounting the 5se in polar configuration vs alt/az. Highest exposure was 45 seconds on andromeda, and I honestly feel as though I could have done even longer, as the alignment was pretty good (at least I think so)...

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    Nice pictures! I really like your shot of Andromeda!
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    cool pictures buddy.thanks!!
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    Very nice work. Thanks for sharing.
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    Very nice images...grats!

    I don't think you want to go more than 45 secs on the M31 images. You are just starting to get trailing (egg shaped stars) in your image. You might want to hone the PA a little more or do some drift aligns to extend your imaging time.

    Keep on looking up and have a bunch of fun while you're at it.


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    Thanks for the advice, Paul. Sxinias was saying essentially the same thing in his guides... 30-60 seconds with a good rough alignment, and possibly as high as 180 seconds with a perfect one. He said he hasn't been able to duplicate that again, and if he can't - I won't heh... Now, I'm most interested in numbers such as how many exposures to stack for each image to turn out decent.
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    Cool stuff. Nice moon shot.

    Now you need lots more subs (say 50) for Andromeda and at least 30 for Pleiades. Also, 30 darks and 30 flats.
    That should get the noise down quite a bit and 45 second subs is a great start.

    Bear in mind, more subs+darks+flats = less noise (NOT more image) so you can stretch much further in your imaging package and pull out the nebulous details and colours.

    For more "image", you need longer subs... but you should be getting a fair bit at 45 seconds. Of course, longer is better...

    Pleiades is my next target when the clouds clear.
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    Thanks Phil, this is just the kinda info I was looking for! Sxinias sent me some info as well, saying I should aim as well as I can for up to 400 exposures (best scenario). I think I will just try for one object per night. I nearly forgot the darks and flats last night. I need to make a better effort to take care of them. I also need to work a bit on centering the target.

    This may seem like a dumb question, but when I goto andromeda, and then fiddle with the direction controls a bit to move it to the center, it should track where I've moved it at the same speed / direction as it would in the spot it originally placed the target on right?

    PS... Andromeda was constructed from 50 exposures. 25 were 30 seconds long, the remaining 25 were 45 seconds long. Pleiades was 25 exposures of 30 seconds. Moon was 10 images stacked. Exposure was really fast... something like 1/250th of a second I believe. I can't remember the ISO offhand though.
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    I think I need to plan similar to this thread:

    Astrophotography with Azimuth Mounts

    For Andromeda, I should take 100 exposures at maybe 45 seconds (plus 2 seconds interval) or so, 30 darks, 30 flats at same exposure. 7400 seconds worth of exposures, a little over 2 hours. How does that sound?

    Maybe even do 130 or so exposures to account for loss due to wind/error/movement etc...?
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    I think I need to plan similar to this thread:

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    For Andromeda, I should take 100 exposures at maybe 45 seconds (plus 2 seconds interval) or so, 30 darks, 30 flats at same exposure. 7400 seconds worth of exposures, a little over 2 hours. How does that sound?

    Maybe even do 130 or so exposures to account for loss due to wind/error/movement etc...?
    I'd just go for it! - that plan sounds good to me.

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