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Well, after what seems like forever messing with new software, a new CCD camera and finishing the obs, I finally have an image!!

I still have loads of work to do. There are serious issues with the collimation on my Equinox 80, as well as auto-focusing to get working (it seems like my Lazyfocus interface doesn’t like my Skywatcher Auto-Focuser). I mucked up the focus on this so it’s quite soft, made worse in the top left by the awful collimation

The good news is that the new obs works great, I can be packed up in 30 seconds, I can even automate it now. Setting up is now really easy since I’ve figured out how to do auto-alignment using CCD Commander and plate solving. Auto-focusing is the next step then I will have the automation sorted

Camera: QHY8 with Astronomik 6nm Ha Filter
Scope: Skywatcher Equinox 80 with Televue TRF-2008
Mount: HEQ5 Pro with EQMOD
Guiding: Orion ST80 with QHY5
Capture Software: CCD Commander, The Sky, Maxim DL
Processing Software: DSS, Photoshop
Exposures: 20 x 600 secs (3 hours 20 mins)
Calibration: 50 x Bias, 50 x Flats





  1. You have a nice astronomical station setup out side of your home. The photographs you have posted are professional quality. I would be interested to learn more about your astronomical station and the equipment you are currently using to obtain these photographs.

    • Hi John,

      I will put up some more info about the kit and processing. I’ve posted up a section about Plate Solving that you may find interesting


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