Timeline

Here you will find the whole timeline of all necessary acquisitions and major events in my journey to Astrophotography (list can be not exhaustive and I might miss things since I had to reconstruct the first year of my journey)

The timeline is publicized in chronologically descending order with the newest entries at the top.

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Official Launch of darkskies.space

2018-06-18

Official Launch of darkskies.space

Today I officially completed most of the initial content and launched _darkSkies Astrophotography under the official address https://darkskies.space. Thanks for being here, I really appreciate…

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36mm LRGB filters

2018-06-01

36mm LRGB filters

With the vignetting and the huge headache that the 1.25″ filters cause me with the 383L+ I finally took the plunge and switched to a…

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Move to Switzerland

2018-05-24

Move to Switzerland

Due to work I moved to Switzerland into a new apartment where I can even image from home!

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New Coma corrector and switch to M48

2018-05-05

New Coma corrector and switch to M48

Since I was unhappy that I still had M42/T2 threads in my whole setup and wanted to keep it interchangable between the DSLR and the…

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First image by The King

2018-04-23

First image by The King

This was the very first experiment with my setup in The King configuration, imaging with the D5100 and the 383L+ at the same time. For…

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D5100 running off the main power supply

2018-04-19

D5100 running off the main power supply

Since I really didn’t want to keep the D5100 running off normal batteries (and swapping them out mid-session…) I got a dummy battery and a…

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The birth of The King

2018-04-14

The birth of The King

Since my long term goal was always getting into dual imaging I finally decided to take the jump and get some proper mounting plates to…

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Full rewiring of my battery box

2018-04-04

Full rewiring of my battery box

I was really unhappy how my battery box was at that point, lots of cables and no modularity at all. Lots of unsafe connections. So…

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Acquisition of a dimmable Flat Panel

2018-03-17

Acquisition of a dimmable Flat Panel

Since I struggled a lot with my flats (reflections, dust, bad corners, you name it) and I boiled it down to the point that I…

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New guidescope and rail

2018-02-01

New guidescope and rail

Since the small Apo was still on its “foot” that came from the factory and was very unstable, especially in windy conditions, I decided to…

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Finishing my DIY Li-Ion Battery build

2018-01-04

Finishing my DIY Li-Ion Battery build

With a lot of Li-Ion gathered and tested, all measured and grouped up I got the Vruzend Li-Ion battery kit which requires no soldering to…

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Making my setup remote controlled

2017-12-05

Making my setup remote controlled

As it became very cold outside during the winter and I really didn’t want to be bothered standing outside all the time while my mount

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Begin of my DIY Li-Ion battery build

2017-11-18

Begin of my DIY Li-Ion battery build

Since I got really tired of carrying the 10+kg AGM battery and some friend hinted me that it’s possible to create a Li-Ion battery which…

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First Narrowband image

2017-11-17

First Narrowband image

After -of course- gear-related weeks of cloudy skies I was finally able to get an image in. The 383L+ first light was as well my…

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Arrival of the Atik 383L+/ EFW2

2017-11-04

Arrival of the Atik 383L+/ EFW2

So just barely after I got the D5100 I actually managed to get an really excellent deal on the 383L+ with the EFW2 and a…

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Acquisition of the Baader MPCC

2017-10-30

Acquisition of the Baader MPCC

Due to the heavy coma on the Newton, which I was absolutely not happy with, I got the Baader MPCC used. It could directly connect…

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Second D5100, RIP first D5100

2017-10-25

Second D5100, RIP first D5100

Since I managed to break my first D5100 I had to get a new one… don’t ask. I was not careful enough disassembling the old…

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First image with the Newton

2017-10-14

First image with the Newton

Even without a coma corrector I just went and wanted to capture a single image with the Newton to test out its brutal focal length….

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Begin of the build of the Battery Box

2017-10-10

Begin of the build of the Battery Box

Since the EQ6-R needs way more power and cannot be run on 4AA batteries like the Star Adventurer I had to buy a much larger…

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Arrival of the SkyWatcher EQ6-R

2017-10-05

Arrival of the SkyWatcher EQ6-R

Since I was able to get a really great deal for the EQ6-R I got a beefier mount much much earlier than I actually expected…

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First telescope shot image

2017-09-23

First telescope shot image

With the new scope I finally managed to get a first proper shot done. Even if it still has some issues, especially with the distance…

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Modification of the D5100

2017-09-14

Modification of the D5100

Not long after the scope arrived I also received a hot mirror to replace the IR filter inside the D5100 to capture more H-Alpha. The…

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Arrival of the TS Optics 70mm APO

2017-09-09

Arrival of the TS Optics 70mm APO

Unexpectedly soon after I got the guiding working I ordered the 70mm TS Optics Apo including a flattener and all connectors for the Nikon D5100….

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Added guiding to the Star Adventurer

2017-09-02

Added guiding to the Star Adventurer

With a makeshift adapter I managed to add guiding to the Star Adventurer using a 50mm finder scope repurposed into a guidescope and bought as…

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First PixInsight processed image

2017-08-10

First PixInsight processed image

Unhappy with the performance of Photoshop and Lightroom for postprocessing I decided to take the jump and get the trial of PixInsight, which after reading…

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Acquisition of a new Manfrotto tripod

2017-08-01

Acquisition of a new Manfrotto tripod

Since the Amazon Basics tripod was way too flimsy, I got a used and way sturdier and heavier Manfrotto Tripod with a new ballhead/panhead. It…

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DIY Dobson mount complete

2017-07-17

DIY Dobson mount complete

After 3 days of work I finished up the Dobson mount which I planned, built and painted completely myself. It soon got its first test…

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Acquisition of the SkyWatcher 200mm PDS

2017-07-12

Acquisition of the SkyWatcher 200mm PDS

Since I wanted to do some visual observation with a long term plan to actually shoot images with a scope long term, I got me…

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First Long Exposure Test

2017-07-08

First Long Exposure Test

With 1 minute exposures and my basic processing skills I shot the M39 cluster with 15×1min total. An experiment at 200mm which turned out quite…

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Acquisition of a 200mm lens

2017-06-30

Acquisition of a 200mm lens

For just 40€ I got a 200mm lens since I was close to getting the Star Adventurer and wanted to do more of deep space…

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Arrival of Star Adventurer

2017-06-30

Arrival of Star Adventurer

Star Adventurer arrived and was promptly put on the Amazon basics tripod, finding out that it gets quite unstable with that kind of load. Also…

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Begin construction of a manual barn door tracker

2017-06-24

Begin construction of a manual barn door tracker

Started to build a manual barn door tracker. A project that was halfway finished and then abandoned since I was able to get a used…

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Ordered a proper tripod and intervalometer

2017-06-20

Ordered a proper tripod and intervalometer

Being fed up with the bad tripod I had I ordered an Amazon Basics tripod with detachable ballhead as well as a cheap chinese third…

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Took first “real” widefield

2017-06-15

Took first “real” widefield

Equipped with the D5100 and the 35mm prime I was able to catch my first proper focused widefield image of Ursa Major.

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Acquired Nikon D5100

2017-06-14

Acquired Nikon D5100

Bought my first own DSLR, the Nikon D5100 with a 18-55mm kit 35mm f/1.8 prime lens with the primary reason to take images of space.

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First astro image taken

2017-06-12

First astro image taken

I took my first astrophotography image with a borrowed Nikon D40x and a cheap Hama tripod

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