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#1 SBacon

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Posted 05 October 2017 - 06:09 AM

Well, I went ahead and ordered a GEM for wide field shooting.  Since Meade doesn't make an entry level GOTO GEM mount, I opted for the iOptron Smart EQ Pro 3200.  All the reviews were mixed about it but I thought I would give it a shot.  After setting it up and doing a quick polar alignment, I set the Canon T5 on it and slewed to M31 and started tracking.  I choose M31 because the moon was at 96% Tuesday night so I needed something bright.  I took 91 shots at ISO 800 that were 60 seconds each.  Any longer exposures began to be washed out by moonlight. Star trails was very minimal which means Deep Sky Stacker was able to stack all 91 shots.  I was very pleased with the performance of this little drive.  I am looking forward to the next opportunity under dark skies to see how long this thing will track without star trails.

 

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Posted 05 October 2017 - 06:30 AM

Hi Steve!

 

Looks great to me. :)  You sure cannot tell that the Moon was that full in the picture.

 

Thanks,

 

Bill


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Posted 05 October 2017 - 09:12 AM

Good photographer! ;)


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Posted 05 October 2017 - 09:27 AM

Yep!!:)


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Posted 05 October 2017 - 05:32 PM

Steve, great photo
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Posted 06 October 2017 - 04:42 PM

Thanks guys.  I am still nowhere near the quality that Mark Sibole is at but it is a learning curve and I am enjoying the heck out of it!  My wife is getting more into it especially after the eclipse.  She even said I ought to build an observatory!  I 'bout fell out! :D

 

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Posted 06 October 2017 - 06:33 PM

Take her up on it before she changes here mind! ;)


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Posted 09 October 2017 - 06:01 AM

Already started drawing up plans! :D






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