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Posts Made By: Ivan Ong

July 1, 2011 12:34 PM Forum: Equipment Talk

Optional Accessory or Due Diligence?

Posted By Ivan Ong

Might be useful for poker!

October 31, 2011 11:56 AM Forum: Digital SLR AstroPhotography

My firsthumble DSLR IMAGE HA

Posted By Ivan Ong

Good start. I've never tried this before- how did you achieve focus and how long was that exposure?

December 1, 2011 08:54 PM Forum: CCD Imaging and Processing/Deep Sky

NC253 from Chile

Posted By Ivan Ong

Wow, amazing dimensionality to this photo! Going down to the Southern hemisphere for astronomy is like going through a secret door to another part of the celestial candy store.


May 7, 2012 03:05 PM Forum: Digital SLR AstroPhotography

M 51 with C11

Posted By Ivan Ong

Most impressive! Great detail and color.

December 3, 2012 01:51 AM Forum: Digital SLR AstroPhotography

Canon 60Da

Posted By Ivan Ong

IC434 and M45 are large objects and your NP101 should do it easily. ISO 1600 at 5min exposures from dark skies would do. Take at least 20x frames, use darks and flats. M1 is very small- you can try it with your C8, but it will need good tracking. Might want to use the reducer lens.

Good luck

Robert Harrison said:

I am looking at purchasing a 60Da. Anyone have experience with the unit on objects such as IC-434, M1, and M45?
I have a Televue 101, 102 and a Celestron 8 to try it with and reasonably dark skies.


January 23, 2013 02:13 AM Forum: Equipment Talk

Pronto Vs Televue 60

Posted By Ivan Ong

Hi Margaret,
I have owned two TV 60s. They are optically great scopes, but the aperture is small and thus it's good mainly for quick views of the night sky. For birding they are great!

February 28, 2013 02:45 AM Forum: Refractors

Orion Vixen 102FL Fluorite

Posted By Ivan Ong

I upgraded mine to a two speed Feathertouch. It tool them a while to machine the adapter but the end result looks nice and blends well with the original black Vixen tube. And yes, it is a huge difference to the original focuser.

May 10, 2013 12:11 AM Forum: Digital SLR AstroPhotography

I need Help with astrophotography!!

Posted By Ivan Ong

Hi Rob,
Congrats on your new camera. May I ask-
(a) were you using an equatorial mount
(b) can you post an example photo?


September 13, 2013 01:58 AM Forum: Digital SLR AstroPhotography

Canon 60D

Posted By Ivan Ong

Depends on ambient temp. If hot (above 60F), maybe try ISO 800 for 3 min. If cold, you can go to ISO 1600. Also shoot in RAW. In RAW there is no need to worry about white balance. Don't forget dark and flat frames!