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Forum: Post Your Photos! 5 Days Ago  
Night Orion
Posted By aitrus3
Replies: 9
Views: 296
A guided setup uses a secondary camera, telescope, and computer and it's sole job is to look at a near by star and adjust the motors appropriately to keep that star in the centre of the frame. All mounts have a little bit of error in them, even with the most precise polar alignment, guiding helps minimize the effects. the mount must still be polar aligned, so yes my mount was.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-13-2018, 07:06 PM  
Night Orion
Posted By aitrus3
Replies: 9
Views: 296
HEQ5 Pro mount. :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-13-2018, 10:44 AM  
Night Orion
Posted By aitrus3
Replies: 9
Views: 296
Thanks!
And yes they do! And there is so much that can go wrong! I somehow got my t-mount adapter on my camera the wrong way and it wouldn't come off :eek: I eventually got it off but not after some heart wrenching moments of twisting it this way and that, and got it back on properly. I need to inspect it all yet.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-13-2018, 09:47 AM  
Night Orion
Posted By aitrus3
Replies: 9
Views: 296
Still learning how to process these types of images. There is a program I'm wanting to get by I think Code Obsession. It works with PixInsight but is also standalone and it is a stacking program. much less expensive than full out PixInsight but I can do the rest of the editing in LR and Affinity Photo. Until that time, this may be the best I can get with this data I got last night.

On a positive note, my mount fix worked and it preformed nicely. I needed a little better polar alignment but the next time I go out it'll be better.

39x 80s frames @ISO 800
10x 80s frames @ISO 3200
7x 30s frames @ISO 800
Pentax K3II
Unguided
WO ZS 71 ED with Flat6A Flattener/reducer


Orion2018MidWay by Greg Murray, on Flickr
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-07-2018, 06:07 AM  
Landscape Triple Decker Falls
Posted By aitrus3
Replies: 3
Views: 179
Thanks! It was nice little hike down. Steep but nice. My 5 yr. old daughter had no problem. Beautiful little canyon and the perfect amount of water flow. Any more and I wouldn't have been able to get to the very base. I also have a second angle and I don't know which I prefer more:
This one below is actually a pixel shift resolution shot where I replaced the waterfall itself with a non PSR version.

TripleDecker-Edit by Greg Murray, on Flickr
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-07-2018, 06:03 AM  
Landscape I love fall colours in northern B.C.
Posted By aitrus3
Replies: 6
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It's gorgeous. Burns Lake is too, but my family has been on this side of the lake for 100 years so it's in my very blood. Quiet, peaceful, beautiful lake front...
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-06-2018, 09:59 AM  
Landscape I love fall colours in northern B.C.
Posted By aitrus3
Replies: 6
Views: 201
PSR shot. Fall colours on the family farm.

GREG1568 by Greg Murray, on Flickr
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-05-2018, 09:52 PM  
Landscape Triple Decker Falls
Posted By aitrus3
Replies: 3
Views: 179
Triple Decker falls in Wells Gray B.C.

TripleDecker2 by Greg Murray, on Flickr
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-05-2018, 09:51 PM  
Abstract Interesting take on fall
Posted By aitrus3
Replies: 2
Views: 168
Thanks bert! :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-02-2018, 07:17 AM  
Abstract Interesting take on fall
Posted By aitrus3
Replies: 2
Views: 168
I always try one or tow different kinds of shots during fall. Some turn out, some don't. They're certainly open to interpretation and taste, but I like to push my personal limits.
This is one of those. I liked how the light was falling on the hill across from me lighting up the few aspen trees that had turned yellow. But then I thought i'd also tilt my camera a bit to give it an interesting look and change how the Aspens splayed across the frame.


Take form it what you will.

GREG1486 by Greg Murray, on Flickr
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-30-2018, 07:36 PM  
Landscape Refelction chasing yesterday with my daughter
Posted By aitrus3
Replies: 5
Views: 224
Thanks all :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-29-2018, 06:20 AM  
Landscape Refelction chasing yesterday with my daughter
Posted By aitrus3
Replies: 5
Views: 224
Took my daughter on an adventure looking for sunset reflections. Found one just in time. Pixel Shift image.

Buse refleciton by Greg Murray, on Flickr
Forum: General Photography 09-26-2018, 07:14 AM  
Fixed my astrotracing mount
Posted By aitrus3
Replies: 4
Views: 424
it is an HEQ5 Pro. The black stuff is the first lubricant I tried to use: carbon. I didn't realize it wasn't like white lithium grease and literally blasted from the can spraying everywhere. I wasn't happy.

I looked into belt drive, and maybe in the future I will, but I just can't do the $170 upgrade right now. So the simple fix was the way to go, not to mention that almost all of the error in tracking comes from the worm gear and not the spur gears, careful adjustment of backlash is where it's at. Hyper-tuning the worm gears is probably a better approach than replacing the spur gears.


as to the point of brazing/soldering. That's a no-go. Yes, it's all metal but it's all different kinds of metal (shaft being hardened steel and the motor mount being soft aluminum). Epoxy is the recommended method that belt drive makers say to use to fasten the tensioner shaft to the same motor mount, so I used it to fix my 'little' mistake.

And yes, this is a very hefty and well built mount and in recent models they changed the way that this gear's shaft is mounted to avoid this situation that I found myself in. The gears shaft in my older model was threaded into the motor mount but also held in place with a set screw in behind. I missed the step in the instructions that said to remove the whole motor assembly before trying to remove the gear for cleaning. When I went to unscrew the shaft from the mount, I broke the end off inside the motor mount because I failed to loosen the set screw in the back. Newer models it is not possible to do this.
Oh well, problem fixed on the cheap, all runs smoothly now and much quieter than it ever did. Waiting for a new moon and clear skies to test it out.
Forum: General Photography 09-21-2018, 07:50 PM  
Fixed my astrotracing mount
Posted By aitrus3
Replies: 4
Views: 424
Finally got to fixing my tracking mount today. In lieu of spending a lot of money, I simply epoxied the transfer gear shaft into place. This was because I broke the threaded end off inside the motor mount when I was stripping it down to clean and grease the gears.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-21-2018, 07:41 AM  
Nature The Cygnus Wall
Posted By aitrus3
Replies: 11
Views: 281
Awesome! I need to get my mount up and running!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-18-2018, 06:56 AM  
Landscape Corfe magic
Posted By aitrus3
Replies: 7
Views: 269
Beautiful.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-18-2018, 06:48 AM  
Abstract Pentax.Art
Posted By aitrus3
Replies: 10
Views: 665
I avoid the in-camera stacking at all costs. You have much less control over the final outcome.
Magenta cast is normal for susnet/sunrise exposure stacking I find though. It looks like that big one didn't move much so the colours of sunset will be greatly enhanced.
I love this location! I could do so much here!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-18-2018, 06:41 AM  
People Music and one portrait
Posted By aitrus3
Replies: 6
Views: 649
Beautiful! Love her eyes, they certainly tell a story.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-07-2018, 08:04 PM  
Landscape Chase Creek
Posted By aitrus3
Replies: 9
Views: 268
Thanks!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-06-2018, 06:58 AM  
Landscape Chase Creek
Posted By aitrus3
Replies: 9
Views: 268
Thanks Fries! The girls were throwing rocks into the plunge basin while I poked around looking at different compositions. Getting here wasn't easy without my waterproof boots! But well worth it; it was the last shot I tried.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-04-2018, 10:59 PM  
Landscape Chase Creek
Posted By aitrus3
Replies: 9
Views: 268
Thanks Bertie!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-04-2018, 05:42 PM  
Landscape Chase Creek
Posted By aitrus3
Replies: 9
Views: 268
I've now photographed this creek under all seasons and all possible light combinations and this one is by far the best lighting. We went here today after our first parent teacher interview for our oldest daughter going into Kindergarten! Crazy. Our daughters both love rivers, creeks, waterfalls and lakes.


ChaseCreekSept18 by Greg Murray, on Flickr
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-04-2018, 06:59 AM  
Nature The Cocoon Nebula shot with a stock K3ii
Posted By aitrus3
Replies: 5
Views: 237
Love it Pete.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-03-2018, 10:29 PM  
Misc First fall leaf
Posted By aitrus3
Replies: 1
Views: 133
This is too early this year. focus merge 10 images in Affinity Photo
Finally got to pick up my camera! :)

firstfallleaf by Greg Murray, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 09-03-2018, 06:52 AM  
August K-1 Giveway Thread #2 Duration
Posted By aitrus3
Replies: 51
Views: 1,350
Define "meaningful"? I've had a lot of fun along with a bunch of others in posts that weren't so serious. And the posts that are serious tend to have folks fighting more than anything.
As for pictures, we are a mixed bag, so I don't care if an inexperienced person posts a picture I deem as being not very good. Someone else might find it enjoyable and we are all learning. I tested the waters in Photo critique and only one or two folks had anything meaningful to say, and pretty much walked away from it with not much actual ideas that'd help. So why not just have fun when everything serious is so drab, dry, and boring on the site?
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