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About Radar

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    Termination Shock
  • Birthday 02/27/1973


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    Astrophotographer Extraordinaire
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    Perth, Western Australia
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    Working in Spectra Physics BioTechnology
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    C14 XLT with Peltier Cooling, QSI 683-wsg, Astrophysics 1600GTO, Sirius Observatory, Solarmax 90 DSII BF30. Optec Rotator

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  1. Beautiful mate. I have never heard of that feature before. At least someone is getting some photons. 5 or 6 weeks we have been clouded out which is quite bad by Perth standards. Ray
  2. What about a cheap little fan heater to run during the imaging session. The tiny amount of rising heat would be enough to stave off any moisture that would dew your scope up, but not enough to cause bad seeing during your imaging run. I've used a little fan heater like this many times. By the time the hot air reaches the air in front of the scope it has cooled down, but its enough to keep the scope dry. Ray
  3. The good old dew! I'm very lucky with a dome, it really assists with preventing dew but the dome does nothing to prevent cloud. After a solid 7 months of clear skies and tons of imaging I've had cloud solid for over a month now. But that's okay, winter has almost hit its peak and we should be back on the up and up shortly (if the weather gods would oblige). Ray
  4. Beautiful effort Greg. Ray
  5. Crazy situation Dave. I wish you both all the best with this. Ray
  6. Sorry mate I think I missed the deadline. Didn't even know about the voting. Ray
  7. Very interesting Eric. Certainly more detail. I haven't added lum to it yet which I'm hoping will also bring out the detail but when I do I'll run these two processes as well and see where it takes us. Thanks for the feedback. Ray
  8. Interesting. I won't be able to view this properly because I am on an iPhone down the beach at the moment but will check when I get back. Ray
  9. How funny is it though that when you are processing an image and starring at it for so long you can lose a proper grasp of what it is supposed to look like. I process, leave things for an hour and come back. Really gives me a fresh insight when I do this. Ray
  10. Epic region mate. Very Hubble Deep Fieldish (just made up another word). Ray
  11. I can't see any on my screen either. Ray
  12. Cheers guys. I agree with the green Greg, I am steering away from it much more these days. I'll run one of Noel's actions on the stars shortly. Overall very happy with the cosmic feel the photo delivers. Ray
  13. Here is an NB image with no luminance added yet. About 3 hours per channel. Took a while to accumulate all the data and I throw away quite a bit that doesn't cut the mustard. I use CCD Inspector on every sub frame that comes in and I make live focus adjustments throughout the imaging run to ensure focus stays tack sharp. I do PA, collimation before every imaging run these days. My pier will suffer from PA drift as well due to temperature changes at the FL of 4 metres, but I'm overcoming all these challenges and loving it. Admittedly once the observatory is open, I do most of my AP from the couch with Teamviewer on my iPhone. There are some beautiful foreground dark nebulae (top centre, left and right sides and lower left) that come out well because of the bright background. I've done this object before in RGB but never in NB and never up this close, but I'm impressed with how active and dynamic the object is. I could still probably tighten up those stars and reduce the red halos but I'm happy with the result. C&C's welcome as always. Ray
  14. Glad you liked it mate. I have a great home theatre setup to watch these types of movies on and it really makes a big difference with sci fi IMO. Ray
  15. M11

    Great resolution mate. So many stars. Ray