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New PC, should make stacking a smidge 'snappy'. Needs to get here soon, getting withdrawel!

MB: Asus X99-A/USB3.1 Intel X99 (Socket 2011) DDR4 ATX Motherboard

CPU: Intel i7-5820K 3.30GHz (Haswell-E) Socket LGA2011-V3 Processor

Mem: Team Group Elite 16GB (4x4GB) DDR4 PC4-19200C16 2400MHz Quad Channel Kit

GPU: Asus GeForce GTX 970 TURBO OC 4096MB GDDR5 PCI-e

SSD: M.2 Solid State Drive: Samsung SM951 128GB M.2 PCI-e Gen3 8Gbps x 4 AHCI
For OS / Core Programs

HDD: 2x Seagate 2TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache HDD
Data Storage, low priority programs
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+Paul Stewart Just because it's VR reqdy, suggests nothing at all! 😜
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Sat on my laptop looking at my Ha data for various projects, and you know what, I generally prefer the black and white data to the final colour composite..
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Stellarium isn't really helping right now - WHY YOU NO HAVE ABELL CATALOGUE!! Trying to pinpoint the Medusa Nebula, and having to enter the co-ords manually.
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Cartes du Ciel is what I use to do star alignment and target locating when I am driving the scope, I normally use Stellarium to work out if a roof is going to be blocking a low target or to get a grasp on my field of view.

Abell 31, 33 fascinate me, and seem just about in the realms of my tracking, imaging capability - if you will, a test for my scope/setup.

So not quite outgrown Stellarium, afterall I have more NGC/Messier objects I've never seen or touched yet.
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So Celestron make good scopes, and I desire an 11" beast to up my planetary imaging resolution and light gathering power.

The regular SCT is £1550, the Edge HD version is £4295...baring in mind that I use a small sensor camera anyhow...thinking the regular choice is a fiscally sound choice between those specific to.
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12" LX200-ACF f/10 , cheaper than the HD with a bonus 1" of aperture :)
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Between 2013 and last night, I have made a point of trying to image Saturn near opposition in order to capture it's slow tilt towards northern hemisphere summer.

Four years, compressed in to four frames, but as it tilts, it gets lower on the horizon from here in England, so it also gets fuzzier and fuzzier, mostly due to blue light scattering, I think next years image sequence will be made from just the R-channel data.

Every shot taken using a Meade LX90 8" SCT, 2x barlow and ASI120mc.
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Brilliant
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Set my scope up for imaging and drew funky light patterns as I checked cables over before letting it do it's thing!
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Well there goes my plans for telescope hardware, PC died after 7 years of long service.
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I recently switched from my aging laptop to an iMac in the observatory and my stacks are FLYING. They used to take 4 minutes, now they take 4 seconds to burn through 9,000 frames. Would've made that recent jupiter animation ordeal a bit easier I can tell you.
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Shot with my Coronado Solarmax II 60 telescope, 2x barlow and ASI120mm camera.

AR2546 is the only visible sunspot on the sun currently, and is a beast at some 25,000km + in size.
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Wicked cool animation!! +Chris Kennedy​
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Broke my focus mask, had to order another one, FFS!
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Thinking about saving for an OTA, around 800-1200mm, f/5-7 - good for imaging, any recommendations?
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http://www.takahashiuk.co.uk/Reflecting-Telescopes/Epsilon

Taka hashing Chris. Great for imaging. A little more expensive but worth every penny mate.
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Mercury Transit

Between 9:30 and 16:30 BST I recorded the #Sun through my Coronado Solarmax II 60 telescope. By some miracle, the sky was mostly clear, with high hazy bits of cloud in the sky, slowly passing through, by 16:30, heavy cloud started to roll in.

So whilst I didn't get all of the transit, I got a good size chunk.

I shot a 30 second video, every 150 seconds, and after removing the few that didn't stack due to clouds, ended up with 101 usable frames to produce this time lapse of the Mercury Transit.

I shot 134GB's worth of video data.

So this took a little while to process!
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Awesome work... incredible!
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The moment you do a test stack in DSS, and notice that re-shooting data for the Crescent Nebula has resulted in sharper details and gorgeous round stars, you realise it was totally worth it - my body clock disagrees, but totally worth it!
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British freelance photographer, amateur astronomer, traveller and barman!
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I am passionate about astronomy and travel, love to photograph the universe around me, from people close to home, right up to galaxies far, far away.

Life is to be explored, enjoyed and horizons broadened, which means I am probably going to need a bigger telescope some day.
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Travelled the World, Photographed Galaxies
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