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    Hey Bob:

    Thanks for all the great tech support this fall! That last two hour session really brought the pieces together. After our last online session, I started taking a slew of images on several different targets. Here's one of the first complete, all-ACP gathered images I did since September. Thought you might like to see how it came out:



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    Grant, this is so spectacular !
    I think I should close down my observatory and just look at your website...

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    Good heavens! And I mean it ha ha. There was a time when I doubted that you'd be able to get going with SCP. I can see that you have land the results are simply spectacular. Thanks for posting.
    -- Bob

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    Grant, What a wonderful achievement and fantastic image! Seconding what Bob said, I also recall the struggles you've had getting to this point. This picture is worthy of an APOD submission. Good work.
    Dick
    www.VirgilObservatory.us
    Pier-mounted Meade 12-inch SCT "classic"
    w. focal reducer to f/5.3 ~ FL 1630mm
    Optec TCF-S focuser
    SBIG CFW-8A and ST7-XME
    FOV ~ 15' x 10'
    H-alpha, BVRI, RGB & Clear filters
    MaxIm and, of course, ACP!
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    Thanks for the kind words guys. Bob, I couldn't be more thrilled. A lot of the problems were with FocusMax failing. Turns out there's a table that defines the minimum and maximum exposure times. Those maximum exposure times were way too short for narrowband imaging, causing the focusing to fail. I upped the exposure table times up to 30 seconds as well as increasing the base minimums. Now, FocusMax is working with individual exposure times upwards of 13 seconds. Now that FocusMax is working, everything else is falling in line.
    Last edited by Grant Hiestand; Dec 1, 2016 at 02:55. Reason: spelling

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    Hooray!!! I applaud you for both your perseverance and your artistic talent as well :-)
    -- Bob

 

 

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