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paul16mj

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Minor Planet

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Post Fri May 04, 2018 6:50 am

Astrophotagraphy without auto guider

Hey i just got a new mount and tested it out yesterday, I photographed M92 with suprising results

I was able to take 30 second exposures and the startrails were not that bad at all.
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I had a lot of trouble with the polar alignment since i had no idea what i was doing.
My polar scope just gets loose as i turn it to line up with the small circle

Also can i photograph larger galaxies and stuff without a star tracker?

Im using a 8inch newton
Bresser Pollux 150/1400
Skywatcher AZ-EQ6 GT
Canon 450d EOS (with adapter)
25mm plösl oculair
10mm plösl oculair
6mm Plösl Oculair
Sky-Watcher light pollution filter
Mannfrotto 290 light camera tripod (very good quality)
DSS and Registax
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Europa

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Post Sat May 05, 2018 12:00 am

Re: Astrophotagraphy without auto guider

Not sure if there is a problem with the site, but I don’t see any images.
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h2opolo

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Post Sun May 06, 2018 9:49 am

Re: Astrophotagraphy without auto guider

Yeah your images are not showing up. You have to use the little "Img" button up top and then put it there or better yet use the upload attachment down below. Make sure that your photo is no more than 800 pixels or it will not load.

Quite honestly if you are serious about photographing things in the sky you really need to track it with an auto guider. I'm not sure what is going on with your polar scope swiveling around, you might need to really tighten that down.

Doug did a great video years back on how to collimate your polar scope and get it set up correctly. Go to YouTube and look up his channel and look around down towards the bottom and you will find that video. If you get lost or have more questions just send me a message and I'll help you out any way that I can.

It was not that long ago when I was where you are and blasting this site with hundreds of questions trying to figure it out.

Sean Molony
www.redstickastro.com
Carbon 127, GSO RC-8, Stellarvue 130 EDT, WO GT71 & Zenith Star 61
Losmandy G11G
NEQ6, ST80, Lodestar X2,
QSI 690 & 683
Astrodon Ha, SII, OII, LRGB
Shoe size 11.5

Website http://www.redstickastro.com
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paul16mj

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Post Sun May 06, 2018 1:50 pm

Re: Astrophotagraphy without auto guider

Thank you for the reply, I watched this video over 10 times. but my polar finder is different. It uses the new reticle with a clock like vial in the centre.
Bresser Pollux 150/1400
Skywatcher AZ-EQ6 GT
Canon 450d EOS (with adapter)
25mm plösl oculair
10mm plösl oculair
6mm Plösl Oculair
Sky-Watcher light pollution filter
Mannfrotto 290 light camera tripod (very good quality)
DSS and Registax
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h2opolo

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Post Sun May 06, 2018 2:17 pm

Re: Astrophotagraphy without auto guider

Have you given any thought to buying a polemaster camera. Never again will you have to deal with getting on your hands and knees and your alignment will be spot on all the time. I see them on sale on cloudy nights all the time.
Carbon 127, GSO RC-8, Stellarvue 130 EDT, WO GT71 & Zenith Star 61
Losmandy G11G
NEQ6, ST80, Lodestar X2,
QSI 690 & 683
Astrodon Ha, SII, OII, LRGB
Shoe size 11.5

Website http://www.redstickastro.com
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paul16mj

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Location: Netherlands breda (noord brabant)

Post Sun May 06, 2018 2:37 pm

Re: Astrophotagraphy without auto guider

I cant afford this right now. I just bought a mount. and am now looking for a new scope. after that the guide systems will come.

Polarfinder will have to do for now. Though i need to know how
Bresser Pollux 150/1400
Skywatcher AZ-EQ6 GT
Canon 450d EOS (with adapter)
25mm plösl oculair
10mm plösl oculair
6mm Plösl Oculair
Sky-Watcher light pollution filter
Mannfrotto 290 light camera tripod (very good quality)
DSS and Registax
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h2opolo

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Post Sun May 06, 2018 4:10 pm

Re: Astrophotagraphy without auto guider

Have you downloaded the small program on the homepage that shows you where to put Polaris in your scope? I lived off that little program for the first several months until I finally got a polemaster
Carbon 127, GSO RC-8, Stellarvue 130 EDT, WO GT71 & Zenith Star 61
Losmandy G11G
NEQ6, ST80, Lodestar X2,
QSI 690 & 683
Astrodon Ha, SII, OII, LRGB
Shoe size 11.5

Website http://www.redstickastro.com
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MikeM

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Post Mon May 07, 2018 5:49 am

Re: Astrophotagraphy without auto guider

Paul, if you can afford $2, there is a small app for iphone called Polar Scope Align Pro. It will show how to align the reticle in your polar scope. What's great is that it has a variety of reticle styles, i.e., Orion/Skywatcher, Takahashi, Losmandy etc. I've use it and it works well. It also has a routine for Daytime/Polaris not visible where it will get you very close to where it should be set up. I've used it also and it gets me reasonably close. Well worth the 2 bucks.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/polar-scope-align-pro/id970161373?mt=8
Clear Skies!
Mike

AT8RC -- FSQ-106N
G11
Atik 383L+ - EFW2 - OAG
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