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Lupu Victor astronomy

Updated daily telescope images through celestron 8" telescope made with Nikon D80 and HDR camera Sony CX105 .Some images are processed with programs like registax or other programs for making mosaics or 3d animations.:) Lupu Victor astronomy

lupuvictor

lupuvictor

 

April 3rd 21:00 - 00:30 Birkrigg Common - Cumbria

April 3rd 21:00 - 00:30 Birkrigg Common - Cumbria Skywatcher 200p + EQ5 + SynScan April 3rd at 00:00 saw Saturn in opposition and at it's closest to earth for a year, at just under 750 Million miles away from the Earth. Like many other like minded imagers and astronomers I was out at a dark sky site for a few hours, taking in the spectacular wonder of our solar system! Saturn with it's truly stunning rings and Moons, Dione, Rhea, Tethys and Enceladus being the closest but Saturn has many moons, over 60 in total. Saturn will dominate the night sky this month. Still visible this month is the double cluster in Perseus, NGC 869 and NGC 884 and I checked the cluster out last night using the Skywatcher 200p and a wide FOV 32mm eyepiece, which just fits the double cluster into the field of view. NGC 869 is also know as "h Persei" is composed of over 350 stars and is over 70 light years in diameter and over 7,500 light years distant from us. NGC 884 is also know as "Chi Persei" and has over 300 stars in its group and roughly the same distance away as NGC 869. The double cluster makes for compelling viewing as it has many red giants and is a great hunting ground, I can spend hours looking at these two clusters and I always find something of interest. The constellation Perseus has many open clusters, Nebula and a Galaxy. The double cluster is a jewel in the night sky, low power shows it best and it is always one of my test objects for sky clarity. The great globular cluster in Hercules is visible and always worth a look and from a really dark site it produces some of the best views of a cluster in the night sky. My old 130mm reflector showed it well but mainly a fuzzy center with stars located around the edge. My 200mm reflector with a 10mm eyepiece fitted makes the globular cluster truly breathtaking, the detail leaps out at you, a nicely packed central core of over 1 million stars, take a second to think about that, over 1 million stars packed into this cluster! The cluster is over 100 light years in diameter and is roughly 25,000 light years distance from us. This cluster is also very old, 10 Billion years old! Nearly as old as the universe itself, which is estimated to be 13.7 Billion years. Even though the skies are getting lighter in spring, M57 in Lyra is still very good, The Planetary Nebula or Smoke Ring, is still unmissable, though losing definition as we move through the year. Two galaxies to view this month are M81 and M82 in Ursa Major; these galaxies are 8 Million light years away. M81 is a spiral galaxy and M82 is an Irregular galaxy. Using my 8" telescope and a 32mm eyepiece fits both galaxies into the field of view and from a dark sky site makes viewing these two galaxies a must this month. Another galaxy to check out is M51, the whirlpool galaxy. I checked this last night 03/04/2011 using my 8" scope and it’s an impressive sight, I found if you slightly defocused the image, the spiral arms are easier to make out. At an impressive distance of nearly 40 million light years away this galaxy is worth checking out. 2 Double stars next: 61 Cygni in Cygnus is one of the closest double stars to us in the night sky, at 11.4 light years distance. 2 Orange stars, the primary star is 5.5 magnitude the secondary is 6.4. Mizar and Alcor, magnitude 2.4 primary and secondary 4.0, an easy double for small scopes and binoculars. Ray Gilchrist

RayGil

RayGil

 

beginner telescope wanted to carry in flight one time

Hello, I wanted to buy a telescope for star gazing for my father in India. I am presently in US. When I buy it I should be able carry it with me as a checking luggage. This is my first telescope and wanted a good one for the beginner and long lasting .Please suggest me some option and let me know what I need to consider when I buy the telescope. I am looking at below $300 budget Thanks Raja

Raja14

Raja14

 

Have I ordered the right telescope?

I started looking into buying a telescope a couple of weeks ago and after looking around in the net I decided to order a skywatcher 200p/1000 NEQ5 with the hope that it was big enough not to be disappointed with what I saw. I also wanted in the future the possibility of adding a motor to the mount for tracking to tack photos.I´d like to know what you think of this combination. Is the mount any good for photos. Thanks :)

clearskytonight

clearskytonight

 

lyra and M57

Hi all after waiting for a few months now lyra as shown her self,and what a thrill she was wow weeeeeeeeee ,i ran in side once a seen vega pop in up above the forest at the back of my house the tingle on the back of my neck was unreal.tea in hand and the daggers of the mrs i shown her what all the fuss was about in my books ,her lifted eyebrows said it all.an hour or so later there lyra was in all her glory,hands shake in a leveledb both the gemreds,spun the base round lifted the icy tube up to 23 degrees and held my breath scanning between sulafat and sheliak i checked sterluruim, for the numbers ,spun the base and a tweak of the tube and there it was the best dohnut i have ever seen. m57 the ring neb,if any one rembers the old he man cartoon,by the power of grey skull and the big bolt of lightning,let me tell ya i felt the tingle of that flash people have told me its just a round smudge, its not it does have a a hole in it plain as the hole a once had in my shoe ,that a side the doubles of lyra are great to at and there`s, a double double a gap of course but they was easy they form part of the little triangle of stars around vega easy to see tonight with the old eye balls,the gemred with the sensor works a treat the angle one for the tube works well similar to the wixey ,ive seen one and they are a bit naff looking the gemred just feels abit more solid and heavy ,well to sum tonight up the ole ring neb wow its really set my passion on fire for the stars above for any one thats never seen it make a note to have a look next time it will surely turn grown men to tears we are truly blessed us on earth to see these things and a feel it humbles me to think were just a tiny litle blue ball whizzing through space,we get caught up some times with life and forget about where we at in the grand scheme of things . if there a sgl award for the biggest smile its got to be my award tonight rember tonight the 4th saturn is gonna be out and on show all night it is on oppssition thanks still smilling pat :D

todd8137

todd8137

 

Saturn i will video you! 3 april

Hi all ,well a wa up till around 04:30 we had a great clear skyand high mag see in conditions set the scopes up and got the coffee on and fired it all up well for some reson the 90mm refractor just would not focus with the cameras or the web cam .a new the dob would be a challenge as the web cam makes it shoot through the screen so of a go , after 2 hours of twisting turning i headed for the kitchen to warm up and check the footage so far a new soon saturn would be high in the south eastish and would be better a started with eps to start with and got some great views a could see a couple a moons one to the right and one close left a thought get the web cam. well the web cam did not pick them up well in one vid may be it could be a dead paixel or just wish full thinking,any way here the link for the video a did manage to pull a few pics out some of the vids and ya cam just see some detail on saturn no cassinni doh a want to see it on vid naked eye ball at the eep cam but the low res vid cam ,can not any way what a night a loved it saturn did not disapoint one bit a hope it stays clear tonight as a no were a went wrong last night so tonight "should be a breeze",i wish heres the link for the vid on you tube it is long hope ya make it till the end cheers now pat:hello2:

todd8137

todd8137

 

Solar Filter

I've got some solar filter film coming this Week. I'll have a go with the Baadar ND 5.0 type first. Here's my idea for the filter and housing.

tibbs1972

tibbs1972

 

Redoing the pier

As I am now changing from a CG-5GT to a NEQ6 the pier need to have a bit lopped off, not easy as it is concrete :(. Anyway, this afternoon I decided to get it done and got the electric saw out, yes thats right, the electric saw!! It's one of those all singing and dancing thingys you put in whatever blade and has a powerful motor. Well the motor may be powerfull but the blade was another thing, not only that but in a confined space and at a height not conducive to old age, my arms gave out after my body was shattered my flying bits of concrete. I ended up using a lump hammer and bolster and after five minutes it all happened, top off and ready for a cleanup. The next installment next week when I prepare the top for the new mount.

The Sailor

The Sailor

 

Solar viewing

After going through the menu on the NEQ6 I realised that the sun was not on the menu. Went out today and using Stellerium I clicked on the sun and waited, the mount zoomed away and hit it spot on. Hitting identify on the handset it went through it's routine and reported nothing there :( . Was not able to determine if lt stayed on traget for long as clouds came and stopped viewing in it's tracks. So, something to think about at a later date :).

The Sailor

The Sailor

 

It finally happened!

April 1st, 2011 After watching one of my favourite science fiction movies of all time "Alien", I decided to take out my telescope. It was around 10:00pm and since the night sky doesn't become dark till later, this was the perfect time. Orion was already very low to the horizon. It was with ultimate respect that I gave it a wave goodnight. The final curtain was falling for my dearest constellation since the center stage will soon be ready for the spring / summer night sky. I sat in my astro-chair watching the stars as my eyes became accustomed to the darkness. I can't do this comfortably during the winter months because of the cold which made this particular moment that much more divine! I knew where my next deep sky challenge would be: M44, the Beehive cluster. I told myself that my eyesight was NOT going to be a barrier this time and since the moon was nowhere to be found, neither would there be any celestial interference. With my back facing west, I decided to take a small detour to knock on Saturn's door. It was bright and very welcoming but the meeting wasn't as exciting as I had hoped. As I looked through my eyepiece, the fact that my telescope needed collimation (the mirrors need to be realigned) screamed under my skin. Soon my collimator would arrive. Soon, very soon,... My thirst for something a little father tugged once more and I set my viewfinder to the north. My target resided in the constellation of Cancer. For some reason, I had trouble distinguishing it's stars. This baffled me since my area is usually relatively free of light pollution. A little push here and a couple of quick glimpses there, and,.. Oh there goes a satellite! Oh yeah back to the cluster,... I had found it! Once again, the light bothered me. Turning around I looked to the west and,.. :eek: HOLY ---- !! :eek: (Mind you if it really had been blessed fecal matter, Steven's pictures of the event would have surely never come out this good!) All winter, the news announced solar activity, and many nights I made my way outside to be welcomed by clouds. After sometime, I pretty much told myself that "I would see it when I see it". The fact that I had my back to them. completely unaware all this time doesn't show me in my best light. I call myself a backyard astronomer and don't even take the time to look at ALL the regions of my backyard? I guess I became too involved in my quest to locate my little Messier Object that I neglected the (ahem) big picture of things to the west!

stolenfeather

stolenfeather

 

My viewing

Clear skies late last night enabled me to get my new setup out of the kitchen and onto the patio. Can't use the pier in the observatory yet as it needs to be modified to take the NEQ6. Done all the normal setup procedure and got the mount into action, am very impressed with the lack of noise, actually had to look to see that it was slewing. The align procedure was was very simple, thorough and quick and I was pleased to see all tagets come up almost centre in the eyepiece. The only problem I had was dew but carried on regardless checking that all was well for the transfer to the pier, comms between the mount and laptop was first rate. The only quesion I have is should I start buying 2" EPs, there is an adapter for 1.25" and I have them in abundance, time will tell.

The Sailor

The Sailor

 

Which scope?

Am looking to buy either a Celestron Advanced C8 SSGT XLT on a CG 5 mount or Celestron Nexstar 8SE on the alt/azimuth mount. I will probably image at some time and have been told an equitorial mount is necessary for imaging as the alt/azimuth won't track accurately enough. The Nexstar looks easier to set up and is much lighter, but if it can't be used to image then the equitorial option seems the way to go. Can anybody advise please?

stoneybroke 15

stoneybroke 15

 

crayford hell

well were do a start,i decided to by a low profile crayford to better the scope and help with my pics adventure,well just put in a normal 1.25 ep in is a hassle and takes a good 5 mins to get focus because not only ,do you have to pull the ext tube all the way out,but also the 1.25:holderthat the ep sits in what a hassle the 12"dob was so easy to set up with the rack and pinion focuser.i had a long 2" skywatcher t adapter which was just to long when use in the cannon camera and ended up by in the short 2"one from flo.that was fun and games in its self but got that sorted all was fine the camera gets great focus. so my next headache started with the cape instrument uw80 f30mm ep , i thought this would make a great first 2"ep and after a bit of "duff advice decided to buy it for near on 55 quid, only to find out this time it can not get far enough away from the crayford even with the tube fully out, it would get focus if a held it just above the focuser so what to do ,do a by a ext ring just for one ep or by a star diagonal and use it in the 90mm meade frac ?. when a did end up getting focus it was usless the stars in the middle were fine,but round the edges rubbish the pain in side was welling up so a called it a night.a see flo do Baader T2 Extension Tube am not sure if these would screw on to the bottom of the 2 inch ep, to give me a bit more lenght am sure some one will put me straight ,as these ext tubes come in all lenghts but i do not think these are what they are for . (add in lenght to my 2" ep) so my troubles will end with this some day any ideas why the 2:cape will not get focus a no it needs to be longer at the bottom so it van,get further away from the low profile crayford . update 5th April hi got a 80mm exttnsion tube delivered and theres no prob at all nowthe 2"eps get perfect focus the web cam is 100 times better the cameras are fine a was gona get the 50mm one glad a did not now after get in the tape measure out and some card just to see how much travel was needed it was 53mm phew,every thing works fine now and i take back all what a said about the crayford but think befor ya buy this may be a prob for you to .........

todd8137

todd8137

 

ALL CHANGE

Good to tell summer here in uk, constellations changed, got used to orion, pliedies, Perseus etc, going to have to learn another section, out last night laid on floor with binoe`s could not make any thing out, mind you rolling clouds did not help, i will have to study Patrick moors year book 2011. Hoping for a crack at Venus and moon this morning, and may be Saturn, but it was raining heavy here in York, been low cloud cover here this last week, mind you tonight looks promising clear blue sky's @6.15pm.

mr saddo

mr saddo

 

I confess

March 30th, 2011 Last night was my 51st time acclimating and using my telescope. I must confess something, I have been a bad astronomer. You see, telescopes have no magic to them. However, like many illusionists, they work with mirrors. Once in awhile (about every two months or so) or according to need, the user makes sure that these mirrors are indeed aligned properly. In true astronomical terms, this is called collimation. I confess, all this time,... I have never done it. If truth be known, like a neurosurgeon attempting to "make that first cut", I have been quite intimidated by the whole ordeal. However, I have waited long enough and it had to be done. I attempted to check the alignment of the mirrors last night but deep down inside, I knew I didn't have to. This was long time overdue. I called the store I usually deal with for my astronomical needs for three reasons today: The telescope I had ordered to use during the summer had not arrived yet. It had been exactly one month since I had made the order.
My new Barlow lens had not been delivered either.
I wanted to order a little jewel that would make my collimation experience less painful, a Hotech Laser Collimator.
Now, why on earth would I order from this particular seller again if I had waited so long for my previous items? I've dealt with him before and he's always been dependable. He apologized over and over again stating that he had not received the items from his supplier yet. Why don't I go directly to the supplier myself? My passion for astronomy is still in it's infancy stages making suggestions / recommendations greatly appreciated. As I learn, I believe that I will feel more secure with my purchases in the future. However, when it came to the collimator, the seller actually congratulated me stating, "that it was indeed the best". Collimation was near to impossible last night. At first I thought that my eyesight was still giving me trouble because of my latest MS relapse but in the end, it had nothing to do with my own vision at all,... the humidity levels were extremely high making any clear image impossible. So here I sit waiting for my purchased items to make their way to the isolated north. The Barlow is greatly needed since the one I have been using all of this time, has developed a crack (I never dropped it so assume that this was caused by the differences of heat and cold over time). I also wait impatiently for the collimator. The neurosurgeon has been far too patient and an incision is due. Isabelle callmenurse.blogspot.com

stolenfeather

stolenfeather

 

359 or 360 teeth.. just how do you count them

On the face of it easy, but in practice less so. In my case my drive system has been slightly lagging the stars and I'm trying to work out exactly where the error lies. It looks like the error is around 2% so worm wheels on their own don't account for it, but it could be part of the problem I thought it might be that the worm wheels got swapped when the mount was refurbished, in which case the mount would be running a tad slow. So how do you count 360 teeth?.. and trust your answer when you're done.. Solution: reprogram the drive to slew the mount through 360 degrees.... then I know it's done 360 worm revolutions, if the mount has come back to the exact same spot it started at then it's a 360 tooth worm wheel. Result: 359 teeth. So it's not that. I did however establish that it slews at 2.5 degrees per second... I can live with that :D So why is it slow?.. well analysing the various processor signals it looks like it might have been missing an interrupt every so often, and these are used to get the timing spot on. At 40 interrupts per microstep and one missed interrupt per microstep that makes a 2.5% slippage. So a bit of assembler to speed up processing and now there's no lost interrupts.. I won't know if it's right until I can star test it again. It's bound to be cloudy for the next fortnight. Sorry... Derek

rfdesigner

rfdesigner

 

Villanelle to Cosmology

SUPERLUMINELLE :dontknow: -- James Ph. Kotsybar The Universe is expanding, Faster than the limit of light, Beyond common understanding. Cosmology is demanding. Its study is by no means slight. 'The Universe is expanding. Physics’ heroes, quite outstanding, Have applied their full mental might Beyond common understanding. There’s no point in reprimanding, As we gaze out into the night, The Universe is expanding. The truth of fact is commanding. Whatever is has to be right, Beyond common understanding. Einstein’s physics notwithstanding, Much quicker than what we call bright, The Universe is expanding Beyond common understanding.

Poeteye

Poeteye

 

aspen reflector telescope

Hi i am new to astronomy and a complete beginer. my 9 year old daughter wanted a tele scope for her birthday and i have just brought an aspen 130x1000mm telescope with an eq2 mount . the scope did not come with a manual can neone help?

SkyeAtNight

SkyeAtNight

 

japan and acrucy

since it was rumered that japan's continet had shifted about 8 ft closer towards the united states wouldn't that through of the longitude and ladatude grid off because of the shift

spacefreak

spacefreak

 

help ep

anyone----2inch ep 70-q --70 fieldview..made by orion--38mm 100.00 is it worth getting........t.y.:headbang:

a2unhappy

a2unhappy

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