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Satellite "DAICHI" (ALOS)

Hi I was taking a widefiled shot tonight by laying my DSLR camera flat on its back for a 60sec exposure at ISO400, F3.5. To my surprise, I caught the Advanced Land Observing Satellite "DAICHI" (ALOS), which apparantly is a satellite developed to contribute to the fields of mapping, precise regional land coverage observation, disaster monitoring, and resource surveying. See attached photo and flightpath from stellarium below. I also noticed a second satellite low down in the photo, but I am not sure what this one is, as its not on stellarium. Regards Neil

tibbs1972

tibbs1972

 

8/5/2011

Average seeing today from athens. The best phainomenon today are the big filaments. Too much gas and unstable areas. Two no number regions with sunspots right now. The other two is 11204 and 110203 at the west side. No big prominences today. Solar-007.eu - SOLAR OBSERVATION REPORTS

THEO-007

THEO-007

 

Newbie wants scope advice

Hi, I started out with a 76mm Newtonian scope last year, but was only satisfied with looking at the moon (everything else was a blur), so I sold it on - I have now got the bug again - but have narrowed it down to 3 or 4 scopes, a skywatcher 200p reflector (1000mm focal length), a Skywatcher 150p reflector (750mm focal length), a Skywatcher 150p (1200mm focal length), or a smaller 114mm synscan reflector. I have read the FAQ about newbies starting out using binoculars for a year. I can upgrade the Skywatchers after a year or so with a synscan kit. the main question is whats the difference between the 2 150mm scopes with different focal lengths, I have done all the maths and it seems the 150p with 1200mm length has more magnification than the 200p and the shorter 150p , but I dont understand what the difference is. Apologies for such a long first blog from a newbie, but I'm sure I'm not the first. BB

benbarter

benbarter

 

Egypt Stargazing

Im off to Egypt, Sharm El Sheikh on tuesday. My girlfriend and i have booked a few excursions, the one im most looking forward to though is a stargazing trip in the desert. They drive you out before sunset, put a little show on for you then set up some telescopes when it gets dark. I cant wait to see how the sky looks. Should be crystal clear with no light pollution at all. Just wish i had a decent camera! Anyone else been on this trip in Egypt before or similar trips elsewhere?

WhySoSirius

WhySoSirius

 

skywatcher 8"

I've heard its a good scope. what do you guys think of it. because I'm going to buy it. and do you think it is good(or moderate) for astrophotography? john

john123

john123

 

4 planets to see before sunrise east anyone?

http://earthsky.org/tonight Any one viewed this nice gathering of planets? little too low on my location not a good east view, reckon about 6 degree above horizon? i have got about 10 degree tops of houses in east. you will need to be up before sunrise 5.20am before there lost in the sun. Also noticed there some lovely nebula`s in Sagittarius if you get a nice dark morning.

mr saddo

mr saddo

 

Viewing - Thu 05th May 11

Decided to check out my Grab n Go gear and done some sun spotting. This is the first time for using it and it proved simple to setup, no leccy or any cables, just plonked it on the ground and a manual search for the sun. Turned out well for it's simplicity, a Meade Telestar RB60 on an EQ3, end shield off and a solar filter on, only problem is keeping track of the sun, no nipping indoors for a cuppa :) so SWMBO done the catering :). Just looking at the cloud cover on the net, doubt if there will be any clear sky tonight, but we can always live in hope :) As an afterthought, the Grab n Go gear is all secondhand and bought from various sources, recycling at it's best :).

The Sailor

The Sailor

 

Ursa Major Widefield exposure with DSLR

I had a go at just using the DSLR tonight with a 30 sec exposure, ISO of 200, and set to F3.5. Had a lot of trouble trying to get rid of the light pollution, but I'm pretty happy with the result. I managed to get through the clouds. The best result was from laying the camera flat on its back on a 10sec timer.

tibbs1972

tibbs1972

 

Viewing - Tue 03th May 11

Not so much gazing at the sky last night, spent most of the time gazing at the handset!! With the wind playing about the last week I spent the time fixing all the cables in the obsy, bundling them neatly and moving them so not in the way during observing. Well whatever I done had a disasterous effect on last nights viewing. Each time I got align done for some reason I lost power to the handset, there was a loose connection and this caused restets. The serial connection seems to be the culprit at the moment but last night I decided to pack up rather than fumble around out there so this morn will be the time to test, shake rattle and roll the handset and see what happens, I will also see about new solar filters for the rest of the OTAs :) Well redone the serial connection, put straps in to keep it together, shook the cables and the handset and all seems well :).

The Sailor

The Sailor

 

Located M44: The Beehive Cluster

Extemly clear night tonight. I haven't seen so may stars shining since January. If I didn't have to work tomorrow, I'd be out later. I've Located M44, the Beehive cluster in cancer with my Monocular. One of the few clusters almost visible with the naked eye, as a sort of smudge. Another Messier notched up. :)

tibbs1972

tibbs1972

 

2nd April pics

hi all i gave up try in to get m57 with the dob,i got one pic thats so so,in the end i got the tripod and decided to just stick the camera on it and a way i went heres the efforts from last night pat http://s473.photobucket.com/albums/rr93/todd8137/2nd%20april%2001%2030hours/ the shot of lyra was stacked 7subs forgot the subs time but overdid it on the curves

todd8137

todd8137

 

Located M31 : Andromeda Galaxy

Just a smudge through the Monocular, but really pleased to finally locate it. I located Andromeda by following the line of stars out from Mirach. I can't get a better view, as the line of sight is above a 24hr Cement factory, which obliviously means lots of light polution. Pleased I finally located it, as it's the one galaxy I wanted to spot. Ok, a sense of achievement tonight, off for some sleep.

tibbs1972

tibbs1972

 

Located M39: Open Cluster in Cygnus

I located the M39 open cluster tonight with my 10x50 Monocular. I have to admit, I'm having more luck locating objects with the Monocular than with my telescope. I looked first between Deneb (Cygnus) and Alderamin (Cepheus) for p1 Cyg and p2 Cyg and then looked to the right of p2 Cyg. Hey presto, there was the M39 open cluster, just visible with my Monocular. I also used Stellarium for the first time tonight instead of the Celestron Sky X software that came with the scope. Stellarium is much easier to use.

tibbs1972

tibbs1972

 

Back from Holls, Great session!!

27th April 2011 This blog entry sees me travelling 300 miles north to the Scottish highlands and my father’s croft in Perthshire. This place was a big factor in me investing in my equipment as it lies in the centre of the highlands and the nearest proper town is about 40 miles away as the crow flies so light pollution is zero and the elevation is about 245m with big swathes of sky viewable at night and picture postcard views of the loch and mountains in the daytime. Weather reports promised clear skies for the next 5 days and everything was crossed for some decent viewing. After re collimating the Dob. (the last 20 miles or so sees some pretty rough roads) on the Wednesday when we arrived and having a quick look at Saturn and a few other favourites before bed I knew I would be in for some viewing over the course of my stay. Our first full day and skies were clear from the outset. We set up a horizontal viewing platform on the flat barn roof and everything was zeroed in waiting for nightfall. With the kids finally in bed, inky blackness soon flooded the sky followed by the mottled mosaics of a billion pin pricks of light and a faint river of vivid luminosity running roughly north to south. I had a list of things I wanted to see so I started with a few favourites to check everything was in line M3, M51 and M81/ M82. Everything was where is should have been except clearer, brighter and with more detail than I’d seen before. Next I moved on to the Leo Trio of galaxies (NGC 3628,M65, M66) for a short stay and then to the Virgo cluster that had annoyingly eluded me in the light polluted skies of South Cheshire. First was M85 then I began to work my way down though M100 then Markarian’s Chain and beyond ticking off all of the ‘M’ numbers as I went. This really is a stunning piece of sky and very confusing at times, there is just so much going on with fuzzies galore filling each view. After finally exhausting Virgo the battery in the finder computer decided to give up the ghost so I had a bit of a point around at stuff I could see without the scope and quickly found the stunning Beehive cluster and breathtaking Double Cluster NGC 869 (Spotted with my eyes!!) After replacing the battery and downing another Red Bull I felt I was on a roll and decided to see how many of the messier index I could find. After a quick 2 star alignment I started and M1 and went for everything above the horizon... By the end of the night I had identified and noted 55 of the 110 Messier objects (Half - Spooky), including some breathtaking nebulas and galaxies in great detail. Andromeda Galaxy was well worth the wait to appear below Cassiopeia and the beautiful and perfectly formed, tiny Ring Nebula was as clear as a bell. Frost bite, fatigue and caffeine overdose took its toll by about 4am so I had to call it a night shortly after. A quick rundown of identified objects from the night in index order: ·M3 – GLOBULAR CLUSTER ·M5 – GLOBULAR CLUSTER ·M10 – GLOBULAR CLUSTER ·M11 – WILD DUCK CLUSTER ·M12 – GLOBULAR CLUSTER ·M13 – GREAT CUSTER IN HERCULES ·M14 – GLOBULAR CLUSTER ·M17 – OMEGA NEBULA ·M18 – OPEN CLUSTER ·M27 – DUMBBELL NEBULA ·M31 – GREAT NEBULA IN ANDROMEDA ·M32 – GALAXY IN ANDROMEDA ·M34 – OPEN CLUSTER ·M39 – OPEN CLUSTER ·M40 – WINNECKE 4 (unsure as to what it is??) :iamwithstupid: ·M44 – OPEN CLUSTER ·M49 – GALAXY ·M51 – WHIRLPOOL GALAXY ·M52 – OPEN CLUSTER ·M53 – GLOBULAR CLUSTER ·M56 – GLOBULAR CLUSTER ·M57 – RING NEBULA IN LYRA ·M58 – GALAXY ·M59 – GALAXY ·M60 – GALAXY ·M61 – SPIRAL GALAXY ·M63 – SUNFLOWER GALAXY ·M64 – BLACK-EYE GALAXY ·M65 – GALAXY ·M66 – GALAXY ·M76 – LITTLE DUMBBELL NEBULA ·M81 – BODES NEBULAE ·M82 – BODES NEBULAE ·M84 – GALAXY ·M85 – GALAXY ·M86 – GALAXY ·M87 – GALAXY ·M88 – GALAXY ·M98 – GALAXY ·M90 – GALAXY ·M91 – GALAXY ·M92 – GLOBULAR CLUSTER ·M94 – GALAXY ·M95 – GALAXY ·M97 – OWL NEBULA ·M98 – GALAXY ·M99 – PIN-WHEEL NEBULA ·M100 – GALAXY ·M101 – GALAXY ·M102 – GALAXY ·M103 – GALAXY ·M106 – GALAXY ·M108 – GALAXY ·M109 – GALAXY ·M110 – GALAXY ·NGC 869/ 884 – DOUBLE CLUSTER ·NGC 3628 - GALAXY Waiting for dark.. Daytime view from platform.

mylatestwhim

mylatestwhim

 

new to all this

hi peeps just brought a skywatcher 250 goto dob, just want some advice about what eyepieces to buy apart from the 2 that come with it as standard, any help would be appreciated , thanks , crune

crune

crune

 

ISS Flyby 2159 30th April 2011

Caught another flyby tonight by the ISS. The space station was in view for about 2 minutes tonight. Still an amazing sight. I took some 0.5 sec exposures. I think I could just make out some sort of outline when I used my Minocular. Amazing ! Regards Neil

tibbs1972

tibbs1972

 

saturn iphone image

i was out last weekend (friday 22 april) gazing at saturn again and thought id attempt to take a picture of saturn using my iphone, and after a LOT of camera phone hovering managed this. i was using a barlowed 9mm ep at the time on my nexstar 130. i know its a crude image compared to many others on here, but its a start, i didnt even think it would work this well!

WhySoSirius

WhySoSirius

 

It arrived!

First, let me just say that I am never ordering from this company again. They said that the item was "in stock" yet I waited for 7 weeks. Sigh,...but today, IT ARRIVED! :hello2: The Orion Starblast 4.5" Altazimuth Reflector Tabletop Telescope is definitely not as grandiose and my 10" Sky-Watcher but for my camping excursions,.. it shall do quite well! It came with 17mm and 6 mm Explorer II eyepieces and a Starry Night Software. Nice little program but when one uses Stellarium,.. who needs anything else right? A review? That will have to wait for now. I am about to take the plane for a well deserved vacation and the skies will be cloudy till then. So for now,... it definitely LOOKS like it will deliver on those hot summer nights! :) Anyone out there tried one of these before? What should I expect? Isabelle

stolenfeather

stolenfeather

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