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Paramount
2011-Dec-06, 08:23 PM
Hi
I have managed to put together an LRGB image of M45 using some old luminance date that I took with the Takahashi BRC-250 and Starlight Xpress H36 that I took a couple of years ago along with some LRGB data that I took in October and November with the FSQ106ED and ML8300, during this second session my Paramount stopped working and I'm waiting for confirmation from Bisque as to whether I need a new adapter panel board before ordering one. This has been a very up and down two weeks for me as I lost my beloved boy Hunter (German short haired pointer) to advanced lymphoma and we have since got a new addition to the family 'Floyd', a GSP puppy who is keeping us busy.
The details for the image are as follows
BRC-250 and H36 data --- 20x5 minutes luminance taken in November 2009
FSQ106ED and ML8300 data --- 15x10 minutes luminance and 12x10 each for RGB taken in October/November 2011
I decided to combine as I wanted a bit more luminance and I think the difraction spikes from the BRC-250 add impact to the image, but this is a personal thing
Here is a link to the full size image
http://www.pbase.com/imaging_the_heavens/image/139940206/original
Thanks for looking
Best wishes
Gordon

http://www.imagingtheheavens.co.uk/userimages/m45lrgb1000.jpg

RickJ
2011-Dec-06, 10:11 PM
I don't know which is worse. Losing a pet or board in the Paramount. Fortunately the latter hasn't happened here.

Nice job combining data from two different systems.

Rick

Paramount
2011-Dec-06, 10:43 PM
Thanks Rick, losing Hunter was worse, he can never be replaced although Floyd is certainly helping to ease the pain. A new board for the Paramount is on its way
Best wishes
Gordon

RickJ
2011-Dec-07, 03:40 AM
At my age I've lost a lot of pets. None can be replaced. After 7 decades of losing pets I'm sort accustomed to it by now. Had to put down our diabetic cat last winter when it had a stroke. Was only 14. Youngest pet I've lost. I still step over the spot in the bedroom it used for a bed. My wife though always has several pets around the house so it is never empty of them. We've not replaced this last loss. At our age going from 3 to 2 has made things a bit easier on us. More freedom as well. A cat that needs shots three times a day greatly limited what we could do. The cat it replaced lived to 20+ years. How many more than that we don't know as it was a near dead cat when we found it having been beaten severely to a pulp by some idiot. $2000 in vet bills and it survived for 20 years. Was full grown so likely a lot older. That one was the hardest I think.

Still I'm so used to the Paramount just doing its thing night after night without a hiccup of any type the thought of losing it for a while is quite scary. Can't think of any mechanical device I've owned that has been so dependable for so long. A grease change once a year is all it needs to keep going and going.

Rick