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  1. LRGB and Ha The Horse Head Nebula In Orion. Imaged with the 12.5 RCOS @ f9 and FLI 16803 36x 600 in Luminance and 12x 900s in each RGB total 15hrs. High haze effected some of the data but the weather in Spain hasn't been at its best. This scope I did a complete strip down and refurbish including a nice shiny recoat of it's stunning Zerodur optics ...that was a very nerve racking day I can tell you. Thanks for looking… Peter Shah
    50 points
  2. Hi all, just a quick effort between the clouds last Sunday. Lucky to get anything as the conditions were so poor. 114 minutes in 2 minute subs gain 0 Asi2600mc through the Tak Epsilon 160, mounted on an AzEq6 Captured with Sgpro, stacked in APP and processed in PI,PS and APP. Regards, Richard. New Version
    39 points
  3. Heart Nebula in SHO over December and January. Derwent Valley Durham ESPRIT 100 Zwo Asi1600mono Heq5 stellar drive 21 hours 600 s processed in PixInsight
    32 points
  4. Imaged from Spain, The Lion Nebula taken with the William Optics FLT132 at f5.6 and the QSI-660WSG Done in the usual Hubble palette. 2.8hrs in Ha and OIII, 3.5hrs in SII, just over 9hrs total. Processed in Pixinsight and Photoshop. Thanks for looking Peter
    31 points
  5. Whilst waiting for clear weather, I decided to reuse some data that was previously acquired by my Skywatcher ED80 and my Esprit 150. I used the Esprit data to get maximum detail on M106 and its companion NGC4248, whilst I reprocessed the ED 80 data such that the resultant background showed very faint objects. The ED 80 data is LRGB whilst the Esprit data also contains a Ha blend into the red channel. On the processing side, I used RegiStar to align the Esprit 150 and ED 80 images and then used Pixinsight's Gradient Mosaic Merge to create a seamless image. Alan M106
    30 points
  6. This time last year whilst on a dark sky skiing holiday I remember looking at the Rosette thinking how amazing it was and that I'd need to image it again. Ive had to settle for roughly 2hrs on each channel as the weather gods haven't been kind recently! Thanks for looking, Ken
    28 points
  7. I have to admit that I knew little about Astronomy Now until @ollypenrice asked me if he could use my Squid image to illustrate the possibilities of the new generation OSC CMOS cameras (ASI2600MC in my case) in the January issue. One bonus for me was that the magazine sent me a free issue and I liked it a lot. I also noticed that they had a gallery section, so I though why not give it a try. Apparently they liked my image so it is now in the March issue and they gave me a 15 pound voucher. I have now spent that and a bit more on a yearly subscription (after Swedish customs have ensured me that
    28 points
  8. This is a target I first saw last year, and , well, just fell in love with it. I never thought I could ever get it other than through a paid subscrition to some set up high in the Andes somewhere. At the end of January though, I was delighted to find out I could just about do it from my back yard in SE Spain....if I was prepared to go 'low'. Working at under 28° altitude (as and when possible over the last two weeks) I am delighted to have got this target . (I may yet try improve on it - but that wont be a big change and it won't be anytime soon).
    28 points
  9. Can't really say this is a shot of M81 and M82, although they are both smack in the centre of the field! Ultra wide field Integrated Flux Nebula around M81 and M82. Imaged from Spain with the 105 sigma Lens and the ZWO2600 OSC, 5hrs total exposure, 300s subs. I've also reprocessed my old data set taken with my AG12 from the UK, I merged the two to bring out some colour in 81 and 82 Thanks for looking Peter Shah Reprocessed version with better star colour and background contrast showing some of the fainter stuff Original Process
    28 points
  10. M42 and NGC1977 - The Orion Nebula and the Running Man Nebula. Imaged 10th Feb 2021. 3 hours Luminance in 600 second subs binned 1x1. 45 mins each of RGB in 120 second subs binned 2x2. 4" frac and Atik mono camera. Processed in Pixinsight with a full set of flats, darks and bias.
    27 points
  11. I bought myself a Takahashi FC-76 DCU from FLO on Thursday night. I’d been obsessing about a Tak for a while, especially since reading the recommendations by @DirkSteele and@JeremyS. It arrived today, and I can’t even articulate how excited I was when I saw the box, opened the ‘box origami’ and finally beheld the magic within. The Certificate of Inspection with the autographs of Mr Takahashi and colleagues was the icing on the cake! I’m planning on using this as an ultra portable setup for travel, and putting it on my Giro Ercole mini with a (yet to be purchased) lightweight tripod. Q
    26 points
  12. The weather has been absolutely shocking here in the NE since christmas. So when I had a clear window of about 2 hours last week I took the opportunity to try and grab an hour on M42, in the end I ended up with 18 x 2.5 minutes subs. So here it is: Stock Canon 80D and SW 72ED on HEQ5 Pro No filters were used and the image was taken from my Bortle 8 garden.
    26 points
  13. Rosette and Cone Nebula wide field. I came across a great image of this area today and thought now that's a nice field, so rushed out when I got home and managed to capture a quick 90 mins of data tonight before Orion went behind our trees. 9 x 10 mins with my Samyang 135mm f2 lens @ f2.8 & Atik 383L CCD camera + Baader 7nm ha filter. Guided, captured, stacked and stretched in MaximDL, processed in Photoshop. Work in progress along with a few other projects ive got going around Orion at the moment, but quickly running out of time for this season so may have to wait until the next winter to
    25 points
  14. To think I came close to selling this fine telescope (Bresser AR 127L) when all I needed to do was buy a Geoptik Nadira Observing Chair! Makes it really easy to use the 'scope at high altitude - the lowest setting is about 23cm. Fabulous bit of kit, with six positions in total, nicely made, sturdy, adjustable and comfortable back, and so easy to move the seat - it simply slots into the holes in the back. So now the slow, long focus frac is not only easy to swing about on the Skytee II, it's also a joy when used over a wide range of altitudes. Great 'scope, coming in for a lot mor
    25 points
  15. Finally got around to processing my attempt at a Mars animation from all the way back in October, Would have gone on longer but was interrupted by cloud. Think that was what put me off, thinking it was incomplete. Turned out well though, for a first attempt, some frames were awful but I have included a couple of the frames that look really good. I know that the south pole is at the top but it just didn't look right the other way around! Taken with a asi120mm through a C9.25 with best 50% of 10000 frames in each RGB channel. Mars Oct 2020.mp4
    25 points
  16. For me- this was a hard one....so I am not sure how it will go down. I tried it in January and gave up (even though I obviously kept the data). Again now, very recently, I went back to it until the weather (humidity mostly) has put a stop to any imaging once again. Last night though, I actually combined the Jan & Feb data - even though the imaging scale and the camera rotation had both changed considerably. APP did a fantastic job...bringing everything together ..... and then with quite a crop....I came up with a result. (Total time: 23½ hours). More details & larger image @ https://
    24 points
  17. I don't know if this would be considered as cheating on another level, but here I go:) Since I also have an interest in weather satellites and radio astronomy I regularly receive weather images from Russian, European, Chinese and American weather satellites. Some time ago I became aware of a European satellite imaging the sun in extreme ultraviolet and dumping the images when in range of Belgium (location of headquarters). This is all done at a frequency of 2235MHz and can be received with moderate equipment. Here is my first image received from the Proba 2 satellite The noise i
    24 points
  18. Two panel mosaic of IC405 The Flaming Star Nebula, IC 410 The Tapoles Nebula plus IC417 The Spider and NGC1931 The Fly in Auriga. Imaged through my Esprit100/SX46 GT71/ASI1600mm over 9 sessions between late November and early February. 3hrs Red, 2.5 hrs Green and Blue, 25hrs Ha (as the moon was virtually ever present when it was clear) and 3.5 hrs Oiii. Processed in Pixinsight APP and Photoshop. To enhance the Flaming Star's reflection nebula I also added in 3 hrs each of Blue and Green taken last January with my Esprit150. Thanks for looking Dave
    24 points
  19. So after 7 weeks of unremitting cloud I finally got the new camera outside. for all of 90 minutes before Orion started to get too low and clouds started to build again. But at least I got an image. This is 15 each of 180s, 120s and 60s. I did that partly to get a handle on how the camera performs and of course to try to get some detail in the core. SW 80ED, NEQ6, ASI2600mc pro, L-eNhance It is stacked in APP using the Ha-Oiii colour algorithm then a very quick hash through in Pixinsight. Overall I'm pretty happy with it - a bit grainy when you zoom in hard and I'm not sure
    23 points
  20. A family social "zoom" call was scheduled for yesterday evening and of course it coincided with the first clear skies for a little while. Family has to come first though so I popped a scope (my Vixen ED102SS refractor) out to cool down early on and got on with the virtual socializing. By the time I was able to get outside, the moon had dipped behind our house and Orion was well across the sky as well. I could see that the transparency was not the best and it got worse as the evening progressed, unfortunately. So, as pushing for the more challenging DSO's was probably not going to pr
    23 points
  21. This is a two panel mosaic where I used one of the panels from my recent mosaic, containing Barnard 14 (with IC2087), and added a new panel (the bottom half of the image) dominated by Barnard 18. These nebulae belong to the Taurus Molecular Cloud. 12 hours of total integration time with the RASA 8 at f/2 brings out quite a lot of light and colour even in dark nebulosity. Imaged 10 - 14 Feb with the RASA 8 and ASI2600MC (gain 100) without filter. 180 x 4 min. Stacked in PI and processed in PS and PI. I also post an annotatded low-resolution version grabbed from Astrobin. Fro
    22 points
  22. M78.......... Stand back.....don't look at this one too closely. This is somewhat over processed - but it was necessary because of very 'noisy' data.....my fault once again for imaging in very high relative humidity (> 90%). Imaging telescopes or lenses: Takahashi FSQ130ED Imaging cameras: QSI 6120i Focal Extender / Reducer: Tak QE 0.73x Astrodon Lum: 60x120" Astrodon RGB: 3x20x120" Integration: 4 Hours
    22 points
  23. Another clear night and with the moon no shinning much, I was out looking for some DSOs. I got out just after 10 with my 8" Dob and since I had not spent much time observing the North I decided to focus on DSOs around the Ursa Major. As a beginner it was my first time to put a plan together, last minute since the weather was rubbish with rain all afternoon, of targeting a narrow area of interest. I adapted my eyes in the warmth of dark sitting room and the night sky was glowing with stars (I think the rain had really cleared the atmosphere). As many of you know, although a beginner, I am fasci
    22 points
  24. Last week saw some clear skies, even though the Moon was a bit on the bright side, and I managed to get in some imaging time with my new camera. I'm still very much new to the CMOS OSC camera so more time is needed to fine tune the settings. This is the best of the weekend's images and is 68 x 180 second subs at 120 gain, using flats, dark flats and darks. Stacking in DSS with post-processing in PI. Mount: SW EQ5 Pro Scope: SW Evostar 100ED DS Pro with 0.85 reducer/flattener Camera: ZWO ASI294 MC Pro Cooled to -10°C with only a UV/IR filter and imaging through APT
    22 points
  25. Tecnosky 125/975 F7.8 FPL-53 ED Doublet APO Refractor Arrived this morning from Astrograph. First impressions are it’s a very solid and well made scope. Finish is a WO like pebble finish not gloss white. Focuser is a smooth 2.5” R&P and has a 2” twist lock on it. Comes with a typical Vixen dovetail bar but have Losmandy plate ready to fit and also a StellaMira carry handle. Scope is bench tested by Tecnosky and then checked again by Astrograph. Manufacturers blurb. The Tecnosky 125/975 FPL-53 Doublet is a bargain in the 5" refractor class. With FPL-53 Super ED g
    21 points
  26. Work has been pretty hectic lately, and with the weather as it is there have been limited opportunities to observe. Tonight, I was not expecting the clear skies that treated me as I stepped out to put the bunnies to bed, and the crescent Moon looked lovely low in the West. Thinking that I would miss the chance, I then remembered my Unitron AltAz mount and the trusty Telementor. This was all pretty quick to setup, although I had to mess around a little to reach focus with the Leica Zoom, finally screwing it directly to the prism via the T2 thread to shorten the light path enough. Away
    21 points
  27. I finally modded my 550D last week, so this is also my "new first light" with it. 78x 180s exposures at ISO 800, and i mixed in some Ha from a stack of 16x 600s at ISO 1600. Captured with the Explorer 200. Was struggling a bit with light pollution, but didn't feel it was bad enough to throw in the CLS filter, and i think it turned out quite OK after all.
    21 points
  28. Another clear night and this is 10 x 180s of SII, Ha and OIII; pre-processed in APP and processed in PI and Affinity. As always C&C welcome. Thanks for looking. Adrian
    21 points
  29. Hi everyone, It looks like most of the UK got some clear skies this weekend, even though it was around a full moon I was still glad to get out and at least have a go! - I hope you all got the chance to get out too It gave me the opportunity to try and make a video also which I've been enjoying doing recently I imaged for two full nights, dusk til' dawn, and in the end captured 104x2m subs on M42, and 300x2m subs on M51. - very tiring! I'd made a mistake on night 1 and accidentally recorded that night's data all at 300 gain! - I noticed on night 2 and put it
    20 points
  30. And here we go. One box with lots of padding material and there is another box inside that: And in that box is another box and a foam box with: My brand new 125 mm f/7.8 TS doublet. Nice.
    20 points
  31. This is a two panel mosaic of dark nebulae in the Taurus Molecular Cloud. The relatively long total integration time at f/2 brought out quite a lot of colour and dust. The nebula to the left is Barnard 14 (containing the bright IC2087) and the one to the right is Barnard 10. The long stretch of dark nebulosity at the bottom right is NGC1539. From Wikipedia: The Taurus Molecular Cloud is a molecular cloud in the constellations Taurus and Auriga. This cloud hosts a stellar nursery containing hundreds of newly formed stars. The Taurus Molecular Cloud is only 140 pc (430 ly) away from earth,
    20 points
  32. I'm sure many will recognize the kind of session I had in the weekend - when the weather for once plays ball, technology will fight you every bit of the way instead.. Have just had a lot of trees to the SSW & W of my garden trimmed down, vastly improving my field of view in those directions, so itching to have a go at some southern targets before they disappear for this season. Friday I was out for the first time since mid-October. Target the Rosette Nebula. Routine session; good polar alignment and no real problems. Only annoying thing is a gradient in the image I can't remove w
    20 points
  33. This is 3.5 hours using the dual Esprit 150 rig and ASI 178 cameras. Lum 32 x 3 min RGB 13 x 3 min each I currently dither on the RGB scope every 3 subs so I'm dropping 1 in 3 Lum subs, but I will try pushing this out to 1 in 4 or 5 as I couldn't see any appreciable walking noise in the final image. Calibrated and stacked in APP, processed in ST 1.7 and AP, I ran it through the PI image solver and annotation scripts to try and identify the numerous background galaxies, but it missed quite a few. Thanks for looking.
    20 points
  34. It's my 30th birthday today and as such my fiance had this astronomy themed cake made for me!
    19 points
  35. Well, it's going to be clear, and the scope is out, so why not point a camera at it
    19 points
  36. First completed image for the season, and the first completed image with the ZWO ASI 071MC Pro! Taken from our backyard with the SpaceCat, using the Optolong L-Enhance filter. No calibration files besides bias (flats would be a good idea, but I don't have a good way to take them yet). Roughly 7 hours of integration time over 2 nights, 15min subs. Processed in PixInsight with finishing touches in Photoshop. Struggled again quite a bit with the background, which I suppose is not really uniform in the area anyway. Despite the L-Enhance being a multi bandpass filter, I couldn't really ge
    19 points
  37. This ended up being a tortuous experience which i wouldn't let go. Ultimately over (too) many evenings, this is a four pane mosaic of LDN1495 taken with my multi-scope-wide-field rig which was pulling in three times the hourly rate of data. Approx 50 hours of Lum data and 40 hours of RGB were used to tease out some details. These totalled - L - 132x10' and 160x7' and 128x6' R - 271x3' G - 264x3' B - 264x3' This may seem excessive and it is. However i managed to not have enough data to reliably stitch the top to the bottom and had to reshoot a central strip so i guess if i
    19 points
  38. One hour each - LRGB60x 60sec = L12x 5min = RGBExplore Scientific ED127mm w 0.7x reducer/flattener = 652mm fl. f5.25ZWO ASI1600mm, Baader LRGB filtersProcessed with APP.
    19 points
  39. I had a clear patch last night, and despite a flurry of other issues with my gear, I was able to capture a total of 13x300s subs on IC410 with my new QHY268M and Antlia 3nm Pro Ha filter. Shot at gain 56 offset 10. This is the full field of view, only cropped to remove stacking artefacts around the edges. Uploaded in 1:1 for all your pixel peeping desires Shot with my Esprit 100 and CEM40. Very happy with the camera so far! I do notice the halos around the bright stars at the bottom of the frame, and have got in touch with Antlia about them. CC welcome, as always
    19 points
  40. I managed to pick up a second hand 3nm in the for sale section here. I know that 3nm is not ideal at F/3.3 but I was looking for a filter that would work well under moonlight. First I wanted to check a bright star for haloes so I went for Alnitak. All looks good here I think. After watching the Hoys Stargazine episode I wanted to make a contribution so I slewed to the Rosette Nebula. I had to shoot though gaps in the clouds but still managed to get 32 300 second subs. Shot through an Epsilon 160 with an Asi 2600mc. Gain 100. Processed in APP, PS and PI. Over
    19 points
  41. Hello again, As the galaxies are starting to get higher in the sky, I started to point my telescope a bit more towards them. The first that I can say I have enough data to produce a decent image is M106. Because @wimvb pointed out that my M97-M108 photo had some objects that are very far away, I took the liberty to go online and try to find how far some of the objects in this photo are. I was quite shocked to find that I captured a 19.5 magnitude quasar, 7C 121446.70+472852.00. I added it in white writting to the annotated photo and I also cropped a part of the large photo to sh
    19 points
  42. A composite I put together to show what's hiding in the constellation Orion. The middle panel is a short exposure which roughly corresponds with the number of stars that can be seen from a truly dark site. The right hand panel has an hour of H-alpha data blended in in an attempt to show the sheer scale of Barnard's Loop and the Angelfish Nebula in the sky, although it's not possible to do it justice in a photo. I also put together a version to support the CPRE 2021 star count.
    19 points
  43. Hi, just took delivery of this Altair 30x100 bin and Fotomate VT990 tripod. I'm really chuffed with both. Par for the course the weather hasn't been great but I've managed some delightful views of the Pleiades, Orion nebula and some great flat wide field views of stars within Orion. The fluid head works very well indeed.
    19 points
  44. Close up of the Horsehead Nebula, tricky being a dark object against, well more dark space. I originally took 12 exposures and just wasn't enough so added more back in 2016. processed today. The swirly rings are from some reflections, The old coatings are degrading on the scope which doesn't help but not too distracting. Taken In HA though an old Meade LX6 8" f6.3 sct reduced to f5. 31x600 second exposures Arik One-1 Baader 7nm HA. #atikcameras #meade
    19 points
  45. Very happy chap today. Actually dithered quite a bit whether to buy the StellaMira 80mm (crayford focuser) or an alternative however circumstances deemed the StellaMira as the one to be. Ooh it's lovely. Plus a few other bits - Scopetech Zero, ADM clamp and a Baader finder shoe. Thanks to the contributors on the various posts at SGL as to suggestions for appropriate mounts and clamps.
    18 points
  46. Discovered in 1788 by William Herschel, NGC 2419 is one of the most massive and brightest globular clusters but appears as a dim 9th Magnitude object due to its large (275,000 light years) distance from Earth. The bright blue star to the left of NGC 2419 in the image below is HD60771, which is much closer, being only 350 light years distant. In 1944, the American astronomer named it the “Intergalactic Tramp”, since it was once (erroneously) thought not to be orbit around our galaxy but rather wandering the space between Earth and the even more distant galaxies. More recent observatio
    18 points
  47. The attached image shows the bright winter stars that form the Winter Hexagon. It was captured from a dark location in Caithness in northern Scotland on a particularly chilly night (-12 deg C), but the view of the star filled sky made it well worth braving the cold. This single long exposure was taken with a soft focus filter over the camera lens in the style of astrophotographer Akira Fuji. I like how the filter makes the brighter stars more prominent, helping the constellation shapes & star colours become more distinct. The image is a single shot captured using a static tripod, DSLR
    18 points
  48. Afternoon all. By Bresser AR102S arrived in great condition today courtesy of @Commanderfish - I now wait patiently for my mount & tripod to arrive. And even more patiently for the weather to improve!!! Im now going to knock on the door of the *frac owners club thread* and see if they finally let me in Regards Baz
    18 points
  49. Yesterday I spotted a brief gap in the rain and clouds around 8:30pm. I keep my 20x80 ready for such opportunities so I went out. There was no time for even a monopod as the clouds were literally racing across the sky. I sat in a reclining chair and balanced the weight of the bins on my eyes looking up at Cassiopeia (the only patch of sky which was clear for longer periods). I spent about 30 mins outside with interruptions from clouds but I'm happy that I revisited many of my favourite clusters in this rich constellation. So I decided to write a short (and not at all comprehensive) tour o
    18 points
  50. I have been hoping for a decent night sky ever since my 200p dob arrived in early December – it finally happened! Arriving home at 8.00 on Saturday, I couldn’t believe my luck. I checked for imminent cloud banks and then ran around madly, getting the scope outside, wrapping up in lots of layers, and instructing family to turn off all non-essential lights. Even more amazingly, by the time I had everything in place, the sky was still clear. I am really fortunate to be in a Bortle 3-4 area, although there is quite a lot of light around from neighbours, street lights and so forth, but
    18 points
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