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  1. 39x5min + 12x1min + 17x30sec + 10x10sec subs + darks @ ISO800 Modded 1000D @ -2 degC Canon 400mm F5.6L @ f5.6 Celestron CGE mount. CLSccd clip in filter. Stacked in DSS and processed in PixIsight. Orion Nebula by meg rac, on Flickr
    8 points
  2. Just been setting up my dob with my new setting circles and wixey. Line up polaris push to where Andromenda meant to be and boom slap dang in the eyepiece just off centre. Quick check with Jupiter boom right there again. Absolutely delighted that this is so easy took me 5 mins to collimate, 5 mins to align magic. So it clears up later for me and clouds floating about right now but all set for later
    3 points
  3. "Unlike a lot of people on SGL, I am of the opinion that in many ways the mount is more important than the optics" I disagree Richard - I reckon a lot of folks on SGL would agree with you that imaging starts with the mount lol
    3 points
  4. Good Morning Just a short hello by way of an introduction. Returning to Astronomy which was a pursuit of my youth. Now that I have time on my hands I thought I would jump back in at the deep end. So joining SGL seemed like a good idea. I have dipped in and out as a visitor for the past few months and am amazed at the wealth of information to be found here. Enough for now except to say that my equipment comprises of a Celestron C9.25 together with an NEQ6 Pro mount. Looking forward to picking some brains. Oh yes, and some clear skies please if you can fix that. Cheers Mike
    2 points
  5. You are a legend!! Just taken delivery off the binos :-D if I said I loved you would that be weird? Lol. In all seriousness. Thank you!! One of the nicest things anyone's done for me in a long time :-D they will be well used. Thank you again!!!! Just goes to show there are nice people in the world xxx
    2 points
  6. Taken this week from my back garden, I think I got the exoposure all wrong on the moons and teh colour is not quite right but i was pleased to get all four moons.
    2 points
  7. Hi all! Remote is cool! This was shot under not so good conditions from my automated balcony setup while I visited a friend, 650 km away from said balcony. 22 x 5m Lum 18 x 5m R 14 x 5m G 15 x 5m B Tak FSQ106EDXIII, SX wheel, Baader filters, SBIG ST-8300M on an unguided 10Micron GM2000HPS - as usual ;-) Processed in PI. It needs some more data to get to the fainter arms, I think. Will get it soon (or not depending on the weather). Better res here: http://filer.frejval.../M33_LRGB_3.jpg /per
    2 points
  8. A single 300s 7nm Ha narrow band sub of B33 Orion & the Flame nebula. Pleased with the amount of detail still left after smoothing out the camera noise (ISO 3200) and also the wide field achievable with this rig. I think the cold weather is starting to help now and keep the DSLR cooler at night! Fuji IS Pro full spectrum camera & 12" F2.9 scope.
    2 points
  9. Yidoboy, I use the double exposure method I start by taking a 3 min AVI of Jupiter, normally only the brightest monns are visable in this AVI then I adjust exposure for the moons and run another 3 mins AVI, I have found thsi second one can be shorter as there is not much detail I can get on the moons with my SW150. Once I have both processed through registax I combine them using PSP or Gimp. Unless you have a really large appeture I have found this is the only way to get a proper exposure on both moons and planet, I have also found that there is detail to be extracted from the moons on nights
    2 points
  10. I have a metal case and chunk of foam and now have some e/p's worth putting in a case. Not sure how to go about it. Wether to cut a hole so they stand on their end, cut a long hole so they are on their side half in or fully in. What have you done?
    1 point
  11. Last night was the first clearish night for a couple of weeks so I gave my new Revelation Astro 12" F4 a quick go. I'm reasonablly impressed with the scope it really is optically quite fast. This is the first time I have been able to see some of the DSO's I'm imaging actually through the camera eyepiece! Imagine my delight when I could clearly see M27 & M57 through the viewfinder. The selection of photos below were taken from a semi-light polluted site (Milky Way just visible at zenith). All are full frame, single subs of 60 seconds with a Fuji IS Pro camera @ ISO800. No darks or flats app
    1 point
  12. I just joined the forum. I have been stargazing for several years, I use an 8" Zhumell Dobsonian. I joined because I am always eager to learn about equipment and things to observe. I am a member of my local amateur astronomy club. I get out just about every chance I can; upstate New York weather, work, and family obligations permitting.
    1 point
  13. Evening All, I’ve still got my 'L' plates on, but thought I’d post my best Jupiter to date. I’m really pleased with it as it was sort of proof of concept for me. I wanted to try stacking the standard SW 2x Barlow with my Tal 3x to produce a bigger image with the SPC900, process, and then reduce. I’ve seen people get some great results, and so I thought I’d give it a try. I do struggle with the Bahtinov mask as the central spike always looks kind of warped with the SPC900. Has anyone seen this or have any suggestions, please? I think I’m always a fraction out of focus. This was shot at around 2
    1 point
  14. Went out for a smoke and noticed how beautifully clear it was so dragged the scope out for s look see. Andromeda was v. good so decided to have a look at pliaedes as I can't normally get a great view due to some trees ( that got chopped down last weekend) and lp Utterly utterly epic view! So crystal clear and spilled out if the fov of my 25mm ep. Reaaaaaally need a 32mm now. I was blown away. After spending 30 mins staring gobsmacked at that I turned to the big W and saw some fuzzies and other stuff I had never caught before. Gonna ref my sketches to stellarium and identify what they are. I ma
    1 point
  15. not sure about that John, but thanks - nice of you to say! hard but rewarding work.
    1 point
  16. Thats looking excellent Shane I wish I could produce stuff like that - I can just about make a bird box or two and even then the birds didn't oblige this year I can see that David Lukehurst could have some competition soon
    1 point
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  18. Visual variable star observer. I'm interested in using a ccd on my 6 inch helios refractor and doing 'v' filtered variable star measurements.
    1 point
  19. Sun White Light 10th November by sologuitarist61, on Flickr
    1 point
  20. Gina, I have the full set of 5nM Astrodon filters. The Astrodon HA 5nM filter is an absolute stunner - it's fantastically impressive with sharpness and clarity. The 5nM Astrodon OIII is more fussy and I suspect that this is the case with all OIII filters. Others have already raised the issues, but mainly Moonlight is the biggest problem with OIII filters and the stars tend to bloat a tad more as well compared to a HA filter. If I were buying right now, I'd go for a 3nM OIII - it's just more critical with this filter I think.
    1 point
  21. Good work, I pulled the trigger and got one myself as well (CLS-CCD version). Just need clear skies now...
    1 point
  22. That's cool Scott - if it's a "special" case then I too wouldn't be concerned about the money - it obviously has a lot more meaning to you
    1 point
  23. Congrats Chris. Full report on how you get on with it expected of course Steve
    1 point
  24. I'm never sure what to call such an image... RGB suggests I've used seperate RGB filters, which I haven't. HaOSC or HaColour maybe? :-s Aaanyway, I started collecting the Ha several weeks ago and finally got a chance to "finish" it off on bonfire night (after the fireworks had subsided!) I was later treated to a celestial firework in the form of an incredibly bright meteor which crossed most of the sky at very high speed before breaking up into 2 or 3 pieces. 32x4m Colour 27x10m Ha Camera: Canon 450d modded Scope: SW 150PDS Mount: Vixen GP Guiding: Orion finder guider + SPC900 PS:Holy diffract
    1 point
  25. Yes, that strikes at the very heart of the matter. A lot of people (well, OK: numerically a lot. As a proportion of humanity a microscopically tiny fraction) would like to see human exploration of other moons/planets. However, if you were to ask those individuals to pay for it, the number would shrink dramatically. So if there were (say) 100million people who say they would like it to happen, and the cost was (say) $100 Bn then I doubt if any of them would be willing to stump up their share - given than almost all the the "talkers" would walk away.The question that's never been satisfactorily
    1 point
  26. Pick and Pluck foam is pretty useful - but if you catch the sales in Maplins you can usually get a whole new case with ready fitted p'n'p foam for £20
    1 point
  27. Hi Mike, welcome to sgl and the forums, some nice kit you have there Clivr
    1 point
  28. My best set of images using my Celestron NexImage (which is a rebranded Philips in an astro-friendly case) was similarly October last year (15th to be precise). There was exceptional seeing. At the same time I managed to take a large number of images and make a time-lapse movie. I even made a "making of" video and stuffed it on YouTube! :-) http://youtu.be/i9SROEO09HM
    1 point
  29. If only it's we're as simple as forgetting to put 10p in the meter ... We had to end the membership of someone recently and they didn't like that very much. It appears that they set an automated program going to access SGL around 100,000 times in 5 minutes. This is a Denial of Service attack I think (although don't quote me on that), this caused the SGL database to struggle under the load. Both Grant and our ISP spotted the attack and took action and we were only offline for a few minutes. Please don't who, as I'm not going to say, and I do not know enough about the technical side of things to
    1 point
  30. This may seem odd but in creating an imaging setup the least difficult and least expensive part is the telescope. Mount first, camera second. (Some might reverse optics and camera but I wouldn't.) The 200P will work fairly well on an HEQ5. The H is important because it brings the finer stepper motors which make the autoguider work properly. If you go for a lesser mount and stick with AP you will certainly replace it and buy twice with attendant losses. A better mount for your scope would be the NEQ6 simply because it will cope better with wind and the weight of the 8 inch Newt. However, if you
    1 point
  31. Just been reprocessing my Jupiter avi from 2nd November. I'm proud of what this beginner scope and SPC900 can achieve.
    1 point
  32. You could start by having a look at Tententerre's own site, Binocular Sky. Has good advice on evaluating and links to other sites with reviews http://binocularsky.com/binoc_choosing.php Cheers Neil
    1 point
  33. you would be much better off using your webcam for planets and using the DSLR on deep sky objects.
    1 point
  34. As I have been outed I would just like to say that I am not a saint or an easy touch. A couple of weeks ago a A rather nice gentleman called Alistair Rae sent me ans Eq1 table mount he refused to take payment or even postage and did not even put his address on the package so I could not send him a cheque. As I was unable to pay him back I thought I would pay it forward. So if this thread is anybody's fault it is his So thankyou Alastair I passed on the bins out of simple guilt as such a nice gesture needed to be reciprocated somehow. Sorry for outing you but she started it.
    1 point
  35. Just for fun, in the last 20 mins or so, i grabbed my 8SE and put my Oiii filter on and aimed the scope at the Rosette. Low and behold, there it was in all its glory. Its the first time i have ever seen it apart from images. It was exactly where i expected it to be. I'm loving my Oiii. I was so excited that i forgot to check out M42 with my UHC.
    1 point
  36. The cause of the problem has been found and has been eliminated
    1 point
  37. I find SAT24 quite good.
    1 point
  38. I then added it to the DSLR image I took a year ago with the ED80 to produce an HaRGB image:
    1 point
  39. My interest goes back to the early 1970's, but my first image was probably this one of Hale Bopp in 1997. The yellow glow top left is a lens artifact from a near by street light. Taken with a 35mm automatic camera.
    1 point
  40. When you get home from a darksite after the other half has left for work.
    1 point
  41. ....when your favorite sound is the high pitched whirr of an EQ mount slewing. ....when you - as opposed to the rest of society - look forward to a long dark winter. ....when the word Nagler makes you salivate uncontrollably.
    1 point
  42. Wow. They look good! Well here is mine, as promised. Couldn't get a capture tonight as the clouds closed in (again) so I'll post my best yet. Not good seeing so lacking a bit of detail. Run through Virtual Dub to get rid of trashed frames then Registax followed by PSP.
    1 point
  43. I love my hawke 8x42s. At first i wasn't sure the aperture would be enough, but the glass is awesome and makes up for it. Great for birding too
    1 point
  44. cheap here. thats where i get mine. http://www.ebay.co.u...=item416a24dcbc http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/280953672105
    1 point
  45. You see potential OTA's everywhere! Loose a tree, add a mirror!
    1 point
  46. Hey Claire, like a few have said, the stars are going nowhere! Just get out as much as you can and take in the beauty that is right over our heads. I am lucky enough to have a scope, but sometimes just lie back in a deckchair and try to take it all in, and when you understand a bit about what is happening out there, it is awe inspiring to say the least. It sounds like you have the passion for astronomy, if not the equipment, so if you enjoy it now, imagine how much you will enjoy it when you finally get some bins or a scope! Try and get out with others on here if you can, have a look though a
    1 point
  47. .... your social calender revolves around eclipses and the phases of the moon.
    1 point
  48. A couple of points - you can take darks at anytime, just record the temperature at which they were taken and you can build a "darks library" over time. I take mine in the garage using a remote timer - just set it up and let 'em run. I use 2min and 5min subs, so I have taken darks for these at every 5°C from -5 to +20°C. I always image at ISO 800 so all mine are taken at this setting. Just remember to put the lens cap on the camera!! You will need at least 30 Darks at each setting. Saves you wasting good imaging time too! Flats must be taken with exactly the same optical train as your lig
    1 point
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