I have been imaging using my SkyWatcher Startravel 102mm refractor on a Go-To Synscan alt-az mount and Canon 600D DSLR since just before Christmas 2015. Having since read, "Astrophotography on the Go" by Joseph Ashley I have been inspired to use longer exposures, typically 30 seconds at ISO 1600 and to take more images per object (up to 200 light frames) weather permitting. I use Deep Sky Stacker to collate frames and subsequently process the master image using StarTools. I hope this album of images shows improvement upon my earlier attempts.
Since April 2017 I have been using a SkyWatcher Star Adventurer (SA) mount on an old Celestron heavy duty tripod to image DSO's with my Canon DSLR. At Christmas 2017 I received a modified Canon 700D DSLR and an Astronomik clip-in Ha 12nm filter to complement my UHC filter. I am continually impressed by the accuracy of the little SA mount.
In January of 2018 I began using my old CG-5 Go-To mount to take images and later swapped the original Celestron polar scope for an modern SkyWatcher type which has made polar alignment faster and more accurate.
I have only ever caught anything but the Moon as small pinpoint lights, though I have caught the moons of Jupiter and Titan using a Canon 40D and an EF 70-210mm f3.5-4.5 lens. so I am entering a new era with the SW 200P and NEQ6 Pro Goto mount, with the view to possible getting the Jupiter Saturn conjunction on the 21/12/2020, I guess I have some time to iron out any problems before then.
Images taken over ten years or so - so far! Until 31st October 2019 all the DSOs were taken using an Atik 314L+ camera through various telescopes. Planetary - when added - will have all been take using a ZWO ASI120MC througha Meade LX90-8".
I joined in the "Beli Brezi" camp near Ardino, Bulgaria, in July. It is an astronomical camp, attended by many students and scientists from all over the country and abroad. I participated in the Meteor Visual Observation Group. We were supposed to observe DEL, CAS, ANT, CAP, PER, SDA and PAU. But with the rest of the group we noticed a lot of sporadic meteors coming from the constellation Cygnus (Swan). We began our exploration and finally concluded that this could be a new meteor shower. It can't be Kappa-Cygnids because they are in August. And the characteristics of the meteors were not the same as those of Alpha-Cignids. My question is, did anyone watch anything like this between July 22 and August 3? If yes, please contact me!