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1 week 3 days ago #109409 by richardsweeney
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Still testing and tuning the Epsilon 130, I believe I have a pinched mirror due to over tightening the mirror clips. I also want to mask out the mirror clips to remove the reflections around the brighter stars so still work to do.This is just 3 hours in 180 second subs. I upped the gain to 100 and trialed using dark flats instead of darks. I ended up with a much cleaner stack than before so i might continue with gain 100 and gather some short exposures for the stars.Asi2600 through a Tak Epsilon 130 mounted on an AzEq6Processed in PI, APP and PS.Richard.

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1 week 3 days ago #109412 by Kinch
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As we spoke elsewhere, I know what bugs you about this one - but in truth it is only that big star that one might notice. I meant to ask...."using dark flats instead of darks".....would you not use both?

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1 week 3 days ago #109413 by richardsweeney
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Kinch wrote: As we spoke elsewhere, I know what bugs you about this one - but in truth it is only that big star that one might notice. I meant to ask...."using dark flats instead of darks".....would you not use both?


As this sensor is so clean i tried using my master dark flat as a master dark. Flats pre calibrated with master dark flat. 
About the stars, I made a little foam mask that now sits between the mirror and mirror clips. It just sits a few mm beyond the clips and essentially masks them out. I do lose some aperture doing this, so it's just a trial. Effectively changes focal ratio from F/3.3 to F/3.44. 

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1 week 2 days ago #109415 by Until_then-Goodnight!
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Hi Richard, 

Many thanks for sharing your beautiful image with us. I very much enjoyed reading about how you produced it... Great stuff and keep them coming!

Clear skies, 

Darren. 
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6 days 21 hours ago #109421 by richardsweeney
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Until_then-Goodnight! wrote: Hi Richard, 

Many thanks for sharing your beautiful image with us. I very much enjoyed reading about how you produced it... Great stuff and keep them coming!

Clear skies, 

Darren. 


Thanks Darren, i must start putting more details in with my images.
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