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  1. 3 points
    Had some good seeing on the evening of the 10th / 11th Nov. Took a lot of avis using different settings with my 8" sct and DBK21. I realised after processing that i had enough frames to produce a very rough and ready animation of Ganymeade entering Jupiters shadow. Not very good quality but i thought it looked kinda cool. Have also posted my best image of the nights work. Martin
  2. 3 points
    Hello Everyone, I am happy to join your community as I recently moved to London and looking forward for any astro events. Better to watch HD fullscreen with sound I am looking forward to continue timelapse & photos in UK skies. Gear used: Nikon D700 Tokina 12-24 F4 Nikon 50mm F1.4 Nikon 35mm F1.8 Benro tripod Thanks
  3. 3 points
    Pick it up, hold firmly and carry it in carefully without dropping.
  4. 3 points
    It was done the same way as you get a picture of yourself in any tourist spot, you ask a kindly passing local inhabitant to hold the camera and take a shot of you.
  5. 3 points
    It was apparently stitched together from multiple images with the camera arm in different positions allowing it to edited out. That, or it was actually taken by someone in the warehouse in Arizona where they're actually keeping it whilst they pretend the mission is progressing. Or it was aliens James
  6. 2 points
    I have added them to my Xmas list for Santa (along with a zippo hand warmer), in the hope of finally finding the andromeda galaxy (and a few other things but andromeda is something that I want to find but for some reason can't find it with my telescope, I know that some say it's better to see through bins). I have read some reviews and they all seem to be positive and they will not cost to much money. I was wondering what you pro's think of them?
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    I use a 22mm pipe collar to extend the focuser diameter. Works a treat. PlumbSure Pipe Collars White For 22mm Pipe 5Pk £3.49 (a 5 pack may seem a lot, but the plastic lugs can break) Allan B&Q site http://www.diy.com/n...?skuId=11988303
  9. 2 points
    Now settled down nicely at +10C EXIF T and I'm running a darks test run Back on schedule again
  10. 2 points
    I have to keep my looms tidy at work, Channel separation and routing etc. Rear of main equipment racks Airbus A319.
  11. 2 points
    Stuart (I assume you are Stuart as a wifes name probably isn't Stuart), don't get me wrong but a location (town) in your signature would be very useful. For all you know someone within 200yds of you could be a member here and able to show you how to set it all up. It does happen I bought an eyepiece once and when asking for the address found they were 7 minutes away, we didn't bother with the postage and I got a coffee. Another thought is that several clubs run workshops to show people how to set up and use their scopes. One close to me does it if you contact them and arrange it and donate them £5. Another is Guildford who I think run them on a regular basis if you are down that way. So options could be available based on where you are.
  12. 2 points
    I have a goto mount, it sings and dances and goes exactly where I want it to every time. Its a grand thing. I have used it to observe many a great object. However, I have just made a dob base so I can learn the sky properly again, like I knew it when I was a kid. I'm looking forwards to going surfing again. I miss having the full picture in my mind. I know where things are but I don't have a true mental map in my head, that, is jewel to be treasured. For me goto and push to are two totally different things. Goto is a highly effective way to get to view everything you want to see. Its a grand thing when clear skies are rare and you want a good jolly around or, continuous uninteruped study, knowing that when you pack up you go in with a head full of awe and wonder. Push to with a good old fashioned star atlas close at hand, a red lamp shining on it, learning to walk your own paths and roads through the universe..... simple, mind blowing bliss! Depends how you like your wine... journey or destination .
  13. 2 points
    Gents, after a chat with my mate at Nasa, He sent me a copy of the "Unphotoshopped" original image.
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    Hi everyone, I am Suman and am from Bangalore, India. Iam a scientist by profession and my area of expertise is in numerical simulation. I have been fascinated by stars for a very long time. A couple of years back I've bought a DSLR exculsively for astrophotography and enjoy spending time in taking photos on starry nights. I've always looked out for forums on astrophotography to develop skills and I am pleased to join this community. Hope to have a wonderful experience here. Btw I run a flickr site (although I do not update it frequently ) www.flickr.com/sushant_vk/ Cheers Suman
  16. 1 point
    While chatting to Sara about controlling bright stars I realized that I originally took this image with Yves a couple of years ago before I'd started using the RGB-only idea on field stars. This target is blessed (or cursed) with fine stars abounding, all determined to proclaim themselves brighter than the target galaxy! A prime candidtate for the RGB only system, which is what you see below. TEC140 apo, Atik 4000 OSC and mono, HaLRGB. Can't remember the exposure times but there was planty of data. Olly Crop
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    Just managed to get most of the Heart & Soul in the frame using 200mm at f3.5. 19 lights of 120s at ISO 6400 and 13C stacked without any calibration frames in DSS and stretched, cropped and resized in PS. Saved as PNG.
  19. 1 point
    They must all be clouded out like us
  20. 1 point
    Most meteor showers seem to be at their best about 1 -3 am, by which time Ihave usually fallen asleep on the settee tired from all the waiting
  21. 1 point
    Hello to you from the UK. The last thing the folks here want to do is to put you off from taking up astronomy. But looking at the details of that telescope, it will very likely do just that, sorry. I really do think that you would be better advised if you get some binoculars instead, something like 10x50, thats 10 times magnification, and 50mm diameter front lenses. The binoculars wont show any planetary detail (apart from perhaps showing Jupiter's moons as tiny points of light) but will show you the main features of the moon, great view of large objects like the Pleiades star cluster. Sorry again to disappoint you, maybe this is not what you are hoping to hear. Best regards, Ed.
  22. 1 point
    Congrats lhuchison, echo the above sentiments about your great selection of scopes The C8 should be perfectly behaved on an EQ5... a nice wide and/or long focal length EP (depending on your sky glow) would make a great addition
  23. 1 point
    I had the same problem with Bodes, the first time I found it I had to use the GOTO on my Celstron Mak to confirm that it was real. I can find it fine now I've perfected my star walking (it is a long one from Dubhe).
  24. 1 point
    For clarity/edge performance/ghosting, either saturn/jupiter. For clarity/CA, the moon. For light transmission, any dso really, though m31 is easy since you can use the dust lanes to compare. For colour rendition, a nice double like albireo, or a nice orange star like betelgeuse. For any other abberations, the double cluster does well to fill the fov with stars usually.
  25. 1 point
    I have the SW 150PL which comes with a 6x30 finderscope. Since I got the 9x50 upgrade I can see a lot of the fuzzies (well clusters anyway) in the finder before I even go to the EP. That's certainly true of M13 and M15 and the 3 clusters in Auriga (M36 - 38), I can see those three, just about, at once in the fov of the finder. Bode's galaxies are a different matter. I found them the first time with sheer pluck in the early evening with 350 watts of kitchen spotlights at my back - I've never been able to find them since! They're a real challange because they don't show up even in the finder in my darkish skies, and there are no nearby bright stars to hop from. I'm sure I'll get them next time though! I don't think there's a consensus over using the finder exclusively vs. using the EP exlusively. It really is down to what works for you, I'd say.
  26. 1 point
    The scope had been out for several hours so it should have cooled down. Despite the bad seeing I produced an okay image.
  27. 1 point
    I've been struggling for a year and you guys have solved it in 9 minutes. What a great place Thanks.
  28. 1 point
    That's lovely Paulo - very 'gently' processed but so deep - I think I'll use this as a reference and de-do my own along these lines....! Thanks for posting. Damian
  29. 1 point
    I think I'd only get a full frame for regular photography, and use it in AP aswell. I would much rather get a real CCD and filters for pure AP.
  30. 1 point
    Very nice work indeed! Baz.
  31. 1 point
    It's a worthwhile thing to do, apart from as a record, if it keeps you concentrated at the eyepiece. It took me quite a while to realise that, to see more than the the main features, you really need to spend a long time studying a planet. The saying "the more you look, the more you see" does seem to hold true
  32. 1 point
    The 20-minute subs went OK. I ditched two due to wind shake I am very pleased with that considering that focal length is 0.62x2350 = 1457 mm, almost a meter and a half. I'm letting this go now. Grand total is: L: 8x5m, 15x10m, 12x20m (all 1x1) R: 7x5m, 5x10m, 3x10 (last 2x2) G: 6x5m, 6x10m, 6x10m (last 2x2) B: 6x5m, 5x10m, 6x10m (last 2x2) I got some more nebulosity out of it, but I'm going to give up now. The one at the top of the thread is most pleasing to the eye, this one has more "stuff" in it ;-) Next, I am putting the Tak on with Jonas Grinde's reducer that takes it to 387mm FL anf f/3.65. I'll go for "some nebulae" And about monitors... Yes Coco, it looks fine on mine as well, and if someone finds it a bit too colorful and still has a good monitor, then I respect that opinion to 100 per cent, that's for shure. This hobby is all in the eye of the beholder, sort of. /per Higher res at: http://filer.frejvall.se/LRGB-All-2.jpg
  33. 1 point
    Congratulations Paul, I agree with the above, lots of detail there. Roy
  34. 1 point
    We should be able to get you up an running in no time. First of all knowing exactly what kit you have, is it a motorized one with goto, or a manual one? Maybe post a picture of it if youre unsure of model? First of all, you need no knowledge to enjoy the stars. The knowledge slowly builds up as you go along. I basicly only knew the Big Dipper when I first took my DSLR out for wide fields. If you want to plan your viewing a bit you should really download the free and excellent program Stellarium from www.stellarium.org. There you can enter your location and time and see what's available in your sky at any given time. The EQ mount's polar axis should point towards the celestial pole (the pole-star is very close to this point). You only need to do a rough pointing for visual use. Exact alignment becomes vital first when you start photography. You won't need a Telrad in the beginning, but if you get serious, its a bit more intuitive to use than a regular spotting scope. Alignment is the hard part if you're going to image stuff with a motorized mount. The hard part for you I would guess to be finding specific objects you're unfamiliar with, and know what to expect. It can take people a few tries to find their way around some objects, and once they find them they can get underwhelmed, after having fallen for the pictures in the ads, expecting hubble class visuals. The hard bit would also be to stop yourself from overspending once youre well and completely hooked Really looking forward to hearing how you get along. EDIT: I forgot to add, if you want an excellent book on the subject of visual observation, and what to expect, Turn Left At Orion is the recommended by the community.
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    The Sky at Night monthly guide is very good as is Turn Left at Orion. You will be better off having some idea of what you want to look at, but be flexible. Star hopping is the best way to get to know the night's sky, but takes time and patience. Have a mix of targets that you know you can find easily and some that will take time and effort. If you head out with a list of difficult targets you'll only get disappointed. Sometimes the most obvious targets are the best! I spent some considerable time studying Jupiter the other night. The longer I looked the more detail I could make out. Cheers
  37. 1 point
    Ah yes - but you have the luxury of a permanent set-up Olly. Carrying my mount and scope in and out of the continually, I've found one of the biggest time savers is to have the cables bound in to a loom. One (or two now in my case as I do now have seperate looms for power and data) bound loom to uncoil, all of the connectors in roughly the right place, and one loom to coil at the end of the night is a massive time saver for me. Otherwise the cables end up in a tangled mess or I spend forever carefully coiling them (and then bagging them in zip lock bags to stop them getting tangled up with everything else) or on lazy nights when I just need to go to bed and cut corners it's spagetti for breakfast!
  38. 1 point
    Hello, Update on the situation: The council very promptly fitted light shields to the streetlights I requested! It has certainly improved things although as one streetlight is at an angle to my house the side of the light is the main contributor of the glare and the light shield at the front doesnt reduce this. I am going to contact them again and see if they can do anything to combat this. Last night my telescope dewed up very quickly so the observing session was cut short although it was such a beautiful clear night. The milky way was incredible! And I could easily see Andromeda with the naked eye. So whilst I am getting streetlights dealt with I am still very grateful to live in a place which is not too bad light pollution wise. Dan
  39. 1 point
    Let's get this into perspective. I'm a newbie, I use an EQ5 unguided with both st80 and 200p (not at the same time. I can get to 100 secs with 100% success (no bad subs) with either. Example of my poor attempts: orionsword101112a by Perkil8r, on Flickr
  40. 1 point
    Where do we draw the line? When does it stop being an eyepiece in a focuser, and become stuffing a telescope inside another telescope? Lol
  41. 1 point
    Hope it's not 'Mondias' the home of the 'original' Dr Who Cybermen.This was a free floating planet-in effect a planet-spaceship.They used to scare me even more than the Daleks as a kid.We could always hide behind a gigantic sofa,I suppose!
  42. 1 point
    I am going to contact FLO to get them to change it. I did nothing wrong and should not need to be taking the mount to bits....
  43. 1 point
    The best skies i can remember was back in April 2010 (???) when the Icelandic volcano erupted. There wasn't a single plane in the sky for days. No contrails to spread out and ruin the sky. Even during the day, the sky was bluer then i had ever seen.
  44. 1 point
    " Baseball fan?" Dana Twins and Phillies? I have some family in Minnesota and they are Twins fans of course ... I live near Philadelphia so I am gradually converting from a Yankee fan to a Philli Fanatic ... We go to about 6 Phillies games a year. Regards, Pete
  45. 1 point
    Not really an input regarding the OP's question, just a tip on a good zippered cable tidy. It stays soft even in the cold and has plenty room for all your cables. It doesn't snag either unless something needle sharp catches it. Found it on eBay.
  46. 1 point
    Another piece of advice is to keep looking at the DSO. More and more detail comes out the more you look. Also try and look at it from the side of your eye, so not directly at it, but slightly to the left or right - there is a greater density of the rod cells away from the centre (which has more cones, good for seeing colour). The rod cells are responsible for night vision, so you see more in the night by the rods. Not looking directly at the DSO means you actually get more detail!
  47. 1 point
    I have ordered a iOptron NOVA GoTo for my EQ5. When it arrives I will have a dual motor drive for sale.
  48. 1 point
    never marry an astronomer they make the sky cloudy or unhappy. frustrated , always have a cloud hanging over you ,then WELCOME TO ASTRONOMY
  49. 1 point
    What about 'To an optimist we are all made from stardust. ... To a pessimist we are all made from nuclear waste "
  50. 1 point
    Selling and buying, is what is says If you have something to sell at a price that is acceptable to you and someone comes along and buys it , does it matter who buys it ? Same with buying, private or trade, if you are happy with the price and condition, job done again
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