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Broke the third crank mechanism! The dome is just too heavy! I wore out two round holes for a crank handle into oblong holes in just a few complete rotations. Two 1/2 inch holes through mild steel rhs turned into 1/2 inch by 1 inch oblongs.
So now i have built a SUPER CRANK MECHANISM out of two 25mm roller bearings side by side. I'll be getting Ron to put it on the site for me, on the support ring page.
Thanks to my good friend Ron (Tailwag) at www.aussiepeople.com and his awesome guidance in web development, A.S.I.G.N. Observatory website is now ready to go it alone with its own dedicated domain name.
Henceforth, the new address for A.S.I.G.N. is www.asignobservatory.com I would love it if you included this link on your websites if you have them...(Nothing like a free plug, hehehehe) Incidentally, I have a links page on mine, where I would be happy to return the favor and include your links.
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, to everyone for your advice and support along the way. This little project just started off as a home project, that became a passion, obsession and a runaway train that has developed into a beaut website that is ever growing.
I had no idea that it would open so many doors and take me where it has. I have learned so much from people like all of you about photography techniques, processing software and telescope equipment. I am blown away by the fellowship of the beautiful astronomy community worldwide!
I am ever grateful for the friendship and camaraderie of all the amateur astronomers I have met on the forums, and will continue to be a contributor to my peers, adviser to those starting out and student of those more worldly than I.
Post by Chicago Astronomer Joe on Aug 19, 2007 2:37:21 GMT -6
First off, I find your astrophotography just amazing.
There is not much I can add but here are my less than expert opinions...
Lower the ISO. It means a longer exposure, but the overall sharpness will be better and less post processing to eliminate the noise. I recall you do all manual tracking. Quite an arduous effort and easy for me to advise.
Both longer exposures and more exposures will bring out this space cloud in all it's glory. I don't know how many exposures Deep Sky Stacker will accept.
Have you done exposures in different filters?
Too cool man...
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Joe, I have had nothing but problems trying to send message to you also. everywhere I turn the things set up need more passwords, verifications and such. I cant seem to get a private message to you to set up a login. I tried using lowercase and still nothing. it just keeps taking me back to the home page with invalid stamped all over it.
This thing is better protected than the Pentagon!
... I know its not your fault mate, but it is very frustrating.