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  1. Ok, just a bit of fun, and the rules will be suitably twisted so I stand a chance of winning Some years back I bought three 60mm scopes for £15 off eBay, just to play around with. I never really did anything with them as I didn’t want to spend more money on rings to mount them etc Anyway, over time various bits of kit have assembled themselves, generally as surplus bits from other kits, effectively free of charge. The bit I can’t claim is cheap/free is the mount, my lovely Unitron 114 AltAz which takes the little Prinz 550 very nicely, but that’s where I shall bend the rules.
    2 points
  2. Hi all I have taken advantage of clear skies to again revisit a target that I first visited last year and after three attempts to process have settled on the image below. Because of the rising moon and incoming poor weather I decided to bin the colour filters rather than revisit them several weeks later. This image is taken using a Meade 80mm APO, ASI 1600MM Pro, Baader filters, HEQ5 (rowan upgrade)l, ASI Air Pro and made up of 2h 45m of luminance, 1h 30m of RGB (Bin x 2), with 3h 15m of hydrogen alpha blended in. Jem
    2 points
  3. I looked out of the bedroom window late this evening, just to check conditions (as is my habit), and was surprised to see a vivid noctilucent cloud display! Having grabbed some gear and rushed out, unfortunately it took a while to find a suitable vantage point - as I'm in a valley. However I did manage to grab a few pics before the clouds faded. This is slightly cropped 10-sec exposure at f/5.6 and ISO 400. Canon EOS 5DMkIII and 100mm lens. Regards, Mike.
    2 points
  4. My impressions from an IMX462 are quite favourable (got the ZWO version, but I guess that most editions will be comparable). I use the ZWO IR cut and IR 1.25" pass filters. If you want a larger sensor, the IMX464 offers double the megapixels (and it would be very useful in Moon mosaics etc), at least Player One sell a planetary camera based on this sensor. N.F.
    1 point
  5. Have had two runs with the Vixen now, but yet to really power it up. Promising though I think. This from the 15th, in daylight after work. Was all packed and finished well before dark. (Early AM start to day). Seeing was forecast to be good and it was. My results this night at least as good as after sunset was on the 16th. (for another post) This was from my driveway. First up, prime shots with Vixen VMC200L , 290MM camera. and IR742 filter. Details pretty good I think? IQ suffers a little from the low contrast daytime raw data, but I am pretty happy with these otherwis
    1 point
  6. I very much appreciate your comment. Despite more than a year of imaging and processing I am still very much working out how to process the images themselves. I think capturing them is the easier process, although from what I see on these forums I am sure not everyone agrees. My first attempt at this target was using an achromatic scope and DSLR and the difference is stark but I am still learning how to process the final image. I still have some way to go but I always appreciate feedback. Jem
    1 point
  7. We don't get many clear nights so I have to try no matter what time of year, although our observable sky view is limited by houses/trees/streetlights. Here's NGC5466 from the 12th & 16th June. About 2 1/2 hours total. Canon 600d DLSR (astromodified), IDAS D2 filter, SW200dps & Bortle 7 skies. NGC5466 is notable for it's 'blue' horizontal branch. It's quite a loose globular cluster & has lost many of it's stars due to tidal perturbations. Cheers Ivor
    1 point
  8. Lovely to be out there imaging following sunset on the 15th in the warm summer air BUT the seeing was rubbish as several others have noted. This is the best I could pull together using a x2 barlow on an ED100. The smaller craterlets are not there but its a record and there's nothing any of us can do about the atmosphere. Visually, at low power, it was a great sight
    1 point
  9. Thanks for the heads up. My tent could do with an airing.
    1 point
  10. I'm still imaging, and against all sensible advice still imaging galaxies, albeit bright ones. This is a WIP on M63, using the 2 hours of Nautical darkness still available from my location. By the time the moon gets out of the way to continue this one, the nights will be getting longer!
    1 point
  11. The site is book marked. My camping trips this year are near St. Asaph, in North Wales, Ravenstonedale in the Yorkshire Dales and near Craven Arms, Shropshire. I may try this one if I get a free weekend. Thanks.
    1 point
  12. Thanks. Not yet as my Astro budget has gone towards an 80mm refractor, it’s worth saying that the 13mm Delite works incredibly well in this scope too. It’s my workhorse EP in both scopes. I’m almost certainly going to get another though, I think the 7 or 9mm would be best, I’m erring towards the 7mm. I’m hoping one shows up in the for sale section.
    1 point
  13. Taking the dogs out at 2am I saw my sky was decent. Grabbed the camera and tripod used ISO6400 at 25 secs. You can see how the lights from the fire department next door light up my place. Just seconds after taking this, an incredible meteor streaked right through the same area. If I had been 10 seconds slower setting up, I would have captured it too! After this I viewed the two gas giants, then some fuzzies around Scorpios and Sagittarius! A really nice morning.
    1 point
  14. Great idea. One more: Put it in an ad or commercial and set it up backward:
    1 point
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