Nov 8

NGC 1499 California Nebula

Finally a fog-free night… After tighten the DEC axis stiction a little bit (I loosened it too much), my GEM28 shows again very well performance, constantly. So, for the moment I’ll keep the belt tension as it is. And no crash or freeze during the whole session ๐Ÿ™‚ But I’m almost sure it will crash […]

Oct 28

GEM28 – Latest Update Part VI

Basically, I could stop testingโ€ฆ finally! After 3 1/2 months reading manuals, forum exchange, adjusting almost everything, buying new equipment I reach now 100% sub exposures utilization. And after initial reluctance, I also adjusted the DEC axis stiction, which increased the DEC performance again. Only the occasional dropouts/freezes/crashes are still happen sometimes! Even with the […]

Oct 12

NGC 891 Silver Sliver Galaxy

This kind of object makes me wish for more focal length ๐Ÿ˜‰I hope soonโ€ฆ After my Tests Part V I started to capture this fascinating galaxy. Unfortunately the “almost-crash” took around 20 minutes of valuable time… whatever, I like the result ๐Ÿ™‚ Total integration time: 2h 46′ Details

Oct 12

GEM28 – Latest Update Part V

Go to GEM28 – Latest Update Part VI And the show must go on ๐Ÿ˜‰ Here are the results of my last two tests. On Saturday it started and ended cloudy, Sunday was a perfect night! Thats great, because I was able to adjust parameters right after the first sessions data analysis and test it […]

Oct 11

M 45 Pleiades

After around 90 minutes shooting M 34, the Pleiades came in sight (M 34 slowly disappeared behind the roof anyway). So I decided to switch to the Pleiades at the same settings. This way I can use the same flats and darks for both targets. Lesson learned: take flats directly after every target! Dust or […]

Oct 10

M 34 Spiral Cluster

Finally clear sky after a week of bad weather. I tested again a new gear mesh adjustment. After the tests I slewed to M 34 spiral cluster. Details

Oct 6

Stacking Multiple Sessions

My latest Cygnus Loop, Lion Nebula and Caldwell 9 images contain data from multiple sessions. Since I don’t wanted to use my old combining method, I tried a new approach (and maybe a better one…) which is suggested in various PixInsight forum threads. So far, it seems to work pretty well. Nevertheless, there are various […]

Oct 2

GEM28 – Latest Update Part IV

Go to GEM28 – Latest Update Part V Finally I get acceptable results with my GEM28. Even if I have to adjust the DEC axis a little bit more, the performance yesterday was outstanding. My new setup seems to work fine. After the recordings I started a regular session (IC 1805 – Heart Nebula). Surprisingly […]

Oct 1

IC 1805 Heart Nebula

New equipment and clear sky! What more do you want? ๐Ÿ˜‰ After a few MGEN recordings I targeted IC1805 Heart Nebula to start a session. This time I could use every sub exposure. No DEC trails anymore. I’m so happy. During the whole session I used the 22Ah power tank to power the GEM28 again, […]

Oct 1

New Setup

Update April 11, 2022: Sky-Watcher Explorer 130PDS My latest setup, a Sky-Watcher Explorer 130PDS. Finally an upgrade after years of using my 400mm Canon lens ๐Ÿ™‚ To be honest, my new setup was a “happy accident”. A few days ago I ordered a new guide scope with metal tube rings to replace the current one, […]