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  1. The Blue Horse Head Nebula Imaged with the 105 f1.4 Sigma lens and ASI2600MC OSC 60x 300s exposures a total of five hours. Imaged remotely from Spain, processed with Pixinsight and Photoshop. Thanks for looking Peter Shah
    36 points
  2. A lesser know edge on galaxy in Draco similar to NGC891 Taken with an SW Esprit 150mm and ASI 183. LRGB: :200:90:90:90 mins. The galaxy has a perculair arc structure: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NGC_5907#/media/File:Ngc5907_stellar_stream.jpg Not a hint of it in my image though despite significant stretching, obviously needs much longer exposures and a dark sky Adrian
    29 points
  3. I was not planning to be out tonight with cloud forecasts but there was a brief window of excellent seeing and I though I would target some nebulas before we lose astro darkness. I wanted to see a few diffuse nebulas in Cassiopeia and Cygnus. I used my 25mm EP with the OIII filter from the start. I was after the Bubble nebula near M52. I could make a very diffuse nebulosity; M52 was barely visible with the filter on but some stars were coming through. I was expecting to see a more defined nebula but I was maybe misguided from the APs (seeing that time was not that great with clouds coming in a
    28 points
  4. Shot this over three sessions for 8.5hrs of integration. 1000 x 30s subs, 1x1 binned, gain 200 on my uncooled ASI234MC strapped onto my APM107/700. First time I’ve done the Needle and quite pleased though it needs a few more hours, but that will have to wait until next year as the UK dark window is closing fast now. Hope you enjoy this. Clear skies
    25 points
  5. Or, from NGC7023 to Sh2-136 for those that like proper designations The loss of astro darkness have made me dig a bit deeper in the data I collected this season and try to be creative by mixing data. I discovered that I had a RASA image from August 2020 of these objects to which I could add more RASA data of the Iris from October 2020 and also 5 hours of refractor data of the Ghost and surrounding creatures from 2018. The refractor data was added to about 50%, mainly as lum. RASA data collected 13-24 August and 21-22 October 2020 using a RASA 8 and ASI2600MC (gain 100). 320 x 2 min.
    25 points
  6. M27 Taken through a Altair astro Ascent 4" scope at f7 (714mm). 12 X 6 Min exposures. Mount CEM 120, PHD2. I also used a Baarder IR Filter to help control the stars. Still getting use to the camera as ive just recently got it (usually mono), will get a LP Filter soon.............hope you like.
    21 points
  7. Hi everyone Yeah, I know. yet another one of the collision, so apologies in advance. The excuse for this one was to try DarkTable's parametric masking. Yet another step away from the well trodden norm:) Anyway, here is 80 minutes either side of the meridian, dangerously close to dew point but somehow surviving. The atmosphere was super still last night which may explain a reasonable galaxy. Gave up on the stars! Thanks for looking and DSLR users, do please post if you're had a go at this. 700d on gso203 @ ISO800
    19 points
  8. Back in mid-March, and after a few months of scope and filter issues, I had just about reached the end of my tether when it came to poor QC from non-premium astro products. As a result, I ended up putting a pre-order in for an LZOS 105/650, with a waiting time of ~4 months, and a couple of Chroma NB filters. To tide me over in the mean time, I set up my Samyang 135mm f/2 lens and QHY268M for some widefield imaging. However, being in the middle of galaxy season meant there wasn't much to shoot, especially from my moderately light polluted back garden. One clear night, for a bit of fun, I s
    19 points
  9. Thanks again to @FLOfor super fast delivery A Baader BBHS 2” Prism, 2” T2 Nosepiece, ClickLock 2” T2 adaptor and ClickLock 2” to 1.25” adaptor... now all assembled, ready for the FC-100DC primarily
    18 points
  10. A very nice pair of Vortex Bino's arrived today thanks to Auntie FLO I got these mainly to check out the wildlife that surrounds me...they are tack sharp with great contrast and come with a nifty harness...will give them a bash for astro even though they are just 8X42mm
    18 points
  11. Happy birthday to me . ES 4.7 82 from fellow SGL’er @Size9Hex arrived safe yesterday, thank you Paul. Atlas of the Moon book, looking forward to reading more about my favourite target & a Sega flux planetarium from the wife so I can still stargaze on wet, cloudy & windy days, just like today.
    18 points
  12. With the summer quickly approaching and with Cygnus making its way back into the night sky, I went over some data captured 2 years ago. For the RGB I used a full spectrum modified Canon 600D with an IDAS LPS-D1 CLIP filter and for the Ha, the astromodified Canon 700D with a Astronomik 6nm Ha clip in filter and for both I used the cheap nifty fifty, canon 50mm f1.8 @ f4. RGB - 10x600sec ISO800 shot in Eversley, Bortle 4 Ha - 36x300sec ISO1600 shot in my back garden, Bortle 6 The cameras were mounted on a eq3 Pro mount and guided by PHD2 Thanks for looking! Emil
    17 points
  13. Hi, here is my new little baby scope a Heritage 150p. It was a long wait ! I had hoped it would come with just little baby clouds, instead 8/8 with howling gale and lashing rain This is only partly unboxed, further on in I am puzzled that the locking screws adjacent to the collimation screws are loose,, not nipped up , some reading up on collimation may be needed !
    17 points
  14. A new RA erecting finderscope, IR cut filter and ZWO IR 850nm pass filter. Thanks FLO. Got fed up for arching and bending my neck over the RDF. Preparing for the late Summer appearances of Jupiter and Saturn.
    17 points
  15. The dream machine has arrived! I’m very happy now after a near year of health scares, I’m alright, I had a mri scan to prove it! so along with my Lunt HW 1.25”…c’mon ye sun! This now means my Celestron C80 ED R is up for grabs, will place it in the ads tomorrow. chaz
    17 points
  16. Arrived yesterday and in perfect condition, from a fellow SGL member (thank you @Size9Hex)... an ES 6.7mm 82 This will sit alongside the ES 4.7, in my grab and go set
    17 points
  17. Had this delivered today, just need some nice weather now,
    16 points
  18. Another arrival today, thanks @FLO... a Lunt 1.25” Herschel Solar Wedge... thought it’s about time I tried some solar viewing
    16 points
  19. Another eyepiece for my turret! I am one eyepiece away from a full rotation!
    16 points
  20. I am told by the vendor that due to COVID, shipments are delayed. Some alternate methods have been employed to help manage the volume. Fortunately, my package has been visually confirmed to be in transit to its destination. It has been over 6 weeks now, but they still can't estimate an expected date of arrival.
    15 points
  21. Fantastic service off @FLO yet again, put in my order yesterday for these 10x50 binoculars yesterday, and just delivered now.
    15 points
  22. With clear skies and a good forecast I started off at M57, looking good down to 180x. Still couldn't make out the central star but it was still pretty low in the sky. Went over to Leo and tried again for the triplet. I could tell the transparency was better as I could see some oval shape to M66 with the 15mm BST. M65 was just visible but still no sign of the "burger". I'm starting to wonder if that's a step too far with the skies here. Had a nice view of M13 though, barlowed the 15mm for 180x - outer stars nicely resolved, then went over to M92 looking great at the same power.
    15 points
  23. Very excited to be embarking on a new facet of this hobby with this new camera, may have a few questions later !
    15 points
  24. While waiting for the Amazon refund for the totally misscollimated binoculars above, the pair ordered direct from Opticron UK arrived. £89 inc. next day Parcelforce delivery.
    15 points
  25. Just arrived from fellow SGL member (thanks @Dantooine ) and excellent as always A Nagler 22mm T4, which should be a good fit for the FC100, in place of the Panoptic 24mm
    14 points
  26. Hi, perhaps the last DSO imaging session for me until the late Summer. I had M104 or M3 in mind, M3 would have been the better choice on altitude alone and equipment but I didn't want to pass this target up if I managed to locate it within frame. However, I did catch M104 in frame despite being unable to see it through the EP, it was a bit of click and hope at the highest ISO setting then a little re-centering. By far, the most distant object I captured so far. The below consists of 147x light frames at 18s exposure (~44 minutes) at ISO800, along with 40x flats, 40x darks and 40x bias.
    14 points
  27. This beautiful galaxy is located in Coma Berenices, about 56 million light years away. One of my favourite galaxies, it's definitely got the Wow! factor. Imaged over 2 nights, while trying to avoid the Moon! 44 x 300s, with darks, flats and dark flats. Total exposure time 3 hours 40 minutes. Processed with ASTAP, SiriL, Starnet++ and Photoshop. 11" SCT at 1700mm, ASI294MC Pro and Optolong L-Pro filter. Thanks for looking! Tony.
    14 points
  28. Well at last I’ve got a couple of Morpheus. I’ve been wanting to try these for a long time. First impressions.. they feel gooood
    14 points
  29. This happened a few days ago on Mars. The little drone / helecopter Ingenuity made it's 5th flight and the first where it flew to a new landing site some 129 metres from the Perserverance rover. Quite a remarkable image IMHO:
    13 points
  30. Hello folks I finally got the chance to get the color for M81, so here is 4:20h in 26x10min L subs, 1hr each RGB, so a total of about 7:30 hrs (7 G subs), C11 on EQ8 R Pro, Atik 384L plus, OAG guided by ASI 294mm pro and PHD2, no Moon, processed in PS CS2, slightly cropped (rim artifacts). C&C welcome. Andy
    13 points
  31. Took delivery from the postie of my long waited (10 years to find) Meade 5000 SWA 40mm. With thanks to @coliea its a beautie!. Thanks ... Very happy. The quest continues for the remainder to be found.
    13 points
  32. Reflection nebula in Cepheus, about 1300 light years away. The nights are getting shorter and I just managed to finish before twilight started this morning. This was not easy to stretch without introducing noise. It could probably do with another 4 hours of exposure time to fully bring out the dust clouds. 50 x 300s with darks, flats and dark flats. Total exposure time 4 hours 10 minutes. 11" SCT at 1700mm, ASI294MC Pro and Optolong L-Pro filter. Thanks for looking! Tony.
    13 points
  33. 13 points
  34. Delivered today, nice 4" ed, with nice add ons, lovely machined off axis guider and nice finder, the focuser is a monster, well pleased.
    13 points
  35. M27 the Dumbbell nebula 3hrs worth of data in 3min subs no calibration frames. Explore Scientific 102mm Triplet HEQ5 - Guided PHD2 / Dithering APT ASI533mc cooled to -20 L-enhance filter
    12 points
  36. Hi guys An image from 20th April when we had some clear skies and good seeing Here is the link to the full sized photo: https://pbase.com/nicksmith/image/171588941/original.jpg Don't know how many people still read this forum, but thought I would post here for old times sake. Got a load more recent photos if anyone is interested!
    12 points
  37. Image not edited (EAA) what you see is what you get. Got it last night very low in the sky, at only 5º lat and within 1 minute i had this image on my laptop screen. Dobsonian power. Omega centauri globular cluster NGC5139 the largest and the most massive known globular cluster in the Milky Way at 17k light-years distance from Earth. 19x4s zwo 294 12" dobsonian in eq platform
    12 points
  38. Hi everyone. A report from a week and a half ago, before all this wet weather arrived! Beginners report here, first timer. I thought might be useful for other beginners, maybe some folks might have some advice for me too. I thought I can just stick a post on here with what I have seen, mainly for my own records, but also happy to hear any advice until the local astronomy club gets going again. Please spare my rambling as I am talking through my process of self teaching! So, on Thursday evening, the skies here were fabulous. I pottered out for a look about 9pm and quickly familia
    12 points
  39. This was way shorter integration than intended ending up at just 2 hours. With the 80 ED FL of 510mm its really a bit on the small side so a moderate crop included. I really struggled with the background - I think because of high haze and short time on target SW Evostar 80ED, NEQ6, ASI2600MC 40 x 180s C & C appreciated.
    12 points
  40. These two galaxies in Ursa Major are of lenticular and barred spiral design approximately 52million light years from earth. I like the warped s-shape of NGC3718 in particular - pretty unusual. Images were obtained in two hours of integration time (120x60 secs at ISO800). Canon 650D. SW200P. Optolong L-Pro filter. DSS and Photoshop. Gerr.
    12 points
  41. I've been astro imaging for a while now, but somehow never got round to doing clusters. Had a shortish window the other night (6th May) and I've got my 200P on the go at the moment so gave it a whirl. RGB only, wasnt sure about exposure so went for my default 60seconds. Lost quite a few subs due to cloud and a period of wind. Also I notice that I have the same issue as Ive had with my refractor ie that subs after the meridian dont quite match properly which I've discovered seems to be due to sensor tilt. It barely shows if all the subs are AM or PM but its really obvious if I do a flip ha
    12 points
  42. Moving up in the world with my new ASI2600MC, not a great time of year to get it though I admit with astrodark set to leave in the next week or two. Plenty of time to build the dark and bias library though.
    12 points
  43. AKA - The Sombrero Galaxy (M104). The Sombrero lies at the southern edge of the rich Virgo cluster of galaxies and is one of the most massive objects in that group, equivalent to 800 billion suns. The galaxy is 50,000 light-years across and is located 28 million light-years from Earth. First attempt at this one and with it being low in the southern sky a bit of a challenge!! However, it rose briefly above my neighbours wall for a couple of hours and my scope was quickly put into action. Moon was waning crescent but it was a bit gusty which effected my guiding (0.6 - 0.7 rms
    12 points
  44. After a lovely few days away in North Somerset, picked this up on the way home (coincidence we were away and just happened to be a large hunk of metal nearby for £50 that was collection only ) Now to figure out an adapter for an EQ6-R mount and then I can break out the pre-mix concrete.
    12 points
  45. New Star Adventure Mount yesterday from FLO
    12 points
  46. Hi all, I treated myself to a new toy which arrived today (thank you FLO). It is a beast compared with my HEQ5 Pro. I wanted a larger payload to comfortably handle another toy that I am waiting for - also to future proof the option of visual which I plan to do a little later in life. Apologies in advance to those residing in the Essex area for the hideous weather that I have just summond! Regards, Jonny
    12 points
  47. More bits for the travel setup; TS-Optics AZT6 manual alt-az and C255FMO carbon fibre tripod:
    12 points
  48. This little beauty of an upgrade for my az gti mount arrived today from Auntie @FLO. Now my scopes will be well secure and no more marking my dovetails to pieces. Now just to regrease the worm and cogs inside with some white lithium grease and maybe fit a plastic washer to RA axis to stop some minimal binding and she'll be perfect. I can even fit my big losmandy plate on it should I want to.
    12 points
  49. Today the postie delivered my new to me Celestron Axiom LX 23mm eyepiece. Having just bought the 31mm recently and being delighted with it, I also decided to go for the 23mm from the same seller..I've wanted another Vixen LVW22mm for a while, but they've become as rare as hen's teeth..if the Axiom 23mm is as good as the 31mm (and reviews suggest they are), I should have similar LVW22mm performance, but with an 82 degree fov. These Axiom LX's are BIG, heavy 2" eyepieces: but they are very well made, with machine engraved script into the aluminium cases, and a wonderfully smooth helical eye
    12 points
  50. More time to play around with AVI's taken during the recent nights of good seeing. I like to think I've pulled a little more detail out of the images but you can spend hours playing around with these. All good fun though. Taken with x2 barlow through an ED120
    11 points
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