Welcome Andy. There are no stupid questions no matter how stupid you may think they seem. Others may want to know the same thing but are too afraid to ask, so they blunder along hoping someone else will ask
Yep, you will certainly have frustrations, but heaps of fun too. Weather is my biggest frustration lately
Enjoy your time here and feel free to ask whatever you want
__________________________________________ Ken James - Snake Valley Australia CAMERAS: Samsung SCB-4000, Mallincam Xtreme & Xterminator, 3 different Revolution Imagers, 2 ToUcams, SX-5c, Canon 350d, 2 different IMX224's (an RI & RT) and an RT178. Broadcaster on NSN as 'Snake Valley Australia' HERE --> www.nightskiesnetwork.com/ - Video Astronomy Website: ballaratman.wix.com/videoastronomy
Geez Andy, I'm green with envy ... that's one heck of a beginners setup!
Great first image mate. As Ken said colors look very nice. That ASI1600 cam is a nice one. Many on the live broadcast site NSN prefer the 1600 over the newer 071 (if you haven't seen that the link is at top of the forum menu bar). So good choice.
Re the star trails on a 6 sec single image .... check Tracking is turned on and the rate is Sidereal. Also, I see you have StarSense on that rig ... that will map the stars and where they are in the sky, but you also did a polar alignment didn't you? And after polar aligning then you did another star alignment, right?
Welcome Andy. Some good folks here with lots of great experience that they are willing to share without judgement or criticisms. Is your ASI1600 the mono or color version? You have some nice equipment. Start out simple and master the basics on your mount and then move on to the more complex setups with cameras, computer control, etc.. Be methodical and don't hesitate to ask questions of the group.
Luling Skies Observatory www.lulingskies.blogspot.com/ 29° 54' 19.25” N - 90° 22' 6.66” E ===================================== 10" VRC CF riding a G-11 with Gemini 2, Meade 6" SN LXD-75 with Moonlite motorized focuser ZWO ASI071MC-Cool, Mallincam XT-418 (upgraded Extreme X2), Meade DSI II