The EQFocuser started as a DIY project powered by Arduino and ASCOM. It is completely compliant with ASCOM and so far this is the focuser that I’m using with my telescopes. I have a couple of variations that are using different types of motor depending on the need. The project is open source and you can download the drivers and sketch files here https://github.com/EverettQuebral/EQFocuser
The image below was corrected using PixInsight’s Deconvolution to fix/correct the raw data that was later added as Luminance frame for the SHO combination. Also the combined imaged was later exported to Photoshop CC2018 with a little bit of Smart Sharpen filter. Overall the image looked clearer and have more detail than the previous two.
So far the image below is my favorite that I actually ordered a 24×30 canvas print. The result was very easy to the eyes and really loved the combination of blue and gold.
This image depicts a very fire’y core of the nebula, while the bluish clouds are perfect for blending in the background. Didn’t do much on this as it is very well seen in the star halos (magenta) and the background gradient fix actually made the image worst, but this image was invited to the Flickr’s Explore Gallery where it got a lot of Fave’s
I’m starting a new project which is the Flaming Star Nebula. The object rises from the horizon at the very early time of the day and the only way I can capture this is when I do everything in automation unless I’m not going to sleep. So far what I have is the Ha which turned to be very good. The S2 frames doesn’t really look good and probably need more time to capture some data. Anyway this is just my first pass on my Ha data and the result is already promising.
I couldn’t get the processing right. I don’t know what I’m missing but struggled a lot in getting the SHO palette working together. Anyway, so far this is what I got and hoping that I can get more data in the next couple of nights.
I got a huge tilt in both of my imaging train and thanks to CCDInspector to validate my hypothesis that there’s a hug problem in the imaging train of both of my astrophotography setup. The camera I used for both is the ZWO ASI1600M-Cool and it’s good to see that the curvature is different meaning that I can eliminate the camera as the source of the problem. I may also need to use my Canon 5DMarkIII and Canon 7D/SL1 cropped sensor to validate my findings.
Explore Scientific ED127MM
This could be my next project this weekend and will take the opportunity because it’s full moon, no image capture.
I couldn’t believe of eh curvature and amount of collimation for both of my astrophotography rig.
Oct 1 2017, The AstroImaging Channel in a processing challenge using the Cave Nebula data provided by Eric Coles. The same data that won the Astronomy Picture of the Day. I used the Ha, O3 and S2 channel using the Hubble Palette for the result that can be seen below in the image. Processed with PixInsight and Photoshop.