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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?
  7. 2 points
  8. 2 points
    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.
  14. 1 point
    Another one from Loch More,this time a wee bit more vibrant and arty(farty) Vibrant Milky Way by Stewart Watt, on Flickr
  15. 1 point
    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
    I took my telescope (Explorer 150) up to my cub pack last night to show the young people Jupiter, it's moons and The Pleiades. They were enthralled with Jupier and it's moons and each of them were able to see and describe the banding and count the moons (we saw 5 last night) It was great to see them getting so excited and animated about what they could see through the eyepeice. We then moved on to the Pleiades and told them various stories about how the 7 sisters got their name. We also showed them a few constallations, how to find north/pole star from Ursa Major and got them looking for Satellites. We found 2... and using the laser pointer really helped here.... which ofcourse they loved. All in all a great couple of hours and some young minds/eyes turned skywards, which can't be a bad thing.
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  18. 1 point
    Gonna need a big box for my 250 PX
  19. 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
  20. 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.
  21. 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
  22. 1 point
    Now that is something else, a while ago i spent a while watching loads of Star/Galaxy/Weather timelapse's and this ranks up there with the best, Excellent work
  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
    I've been struggling for a year and you guys have solved it in 9 minutes. What a great place Thanks.
  27. 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
  28. 1 point
    Thanks everyone. All good advice, I will take a look at the book. I have the sky watcher 130p synscan goto scope, in a way I regret getting it because it's hard work getting it set up but once it has found the object then it is "fixed" on it, I have had some great views from it, my favourite being Jupiter with 4 on the moons. It looks amazing. It does use a lot of power and that is the reason I bought a good power pack.
  29. 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
  30. 1 point
    Congratulations Paul, I agree with the above, lots of detail there. Roy
  31. 1 point
  32. 1 point
    Woah. Sorry, keep forgetting your equatorial and driven! Someday you'll just have to get hold of a dslr body, so much potential for imaging - but one thing at a time. Its good though to have the options open, keep it in mind for future missions. Nebula's man, little pieces of art in the sky. Mostly unnoticed, until you point a telescope with a dslr attached at them and they just appear - some are very nice to look at and make great photo projects. The first time I saw something interesting in my eyepiece my declaration that I 'wasn't bothered about astrophotography' flew out the window and I was sticking anything that recorded images up to the EP - - but I think thats for a different thread. Regards Aenima
  33. 1 point
    I use a 9 x 63 binocular for scanning about , I've tried 15 x 70's and 20 x 80's but found them too cumbersome to use "freehand" . I'd advise a good pair of 10 x 50 or 9 x 63 over a lesser quality "bigger" bin. Steve
  34. 1 point
  35. 1 point
    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
  36. 1 point
    This country has the largest population of armchair astronomers you know.
  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
    Hi All, Got a shot this fine crescent Moon today just after Sunset. I was broadcasting online at the time. A bit of haze near the horizon stopped me from getting any Earthshine unfortunately. Baz.
  39. 1 point
  40. 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
  41. 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
  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
    I wasnt planning on doing any observing this weekend. The forecast looked a bit on the poor side, and the clouds were present as I headed off to bed. However, the arrival of my neighbour at 4am prompted me to get up and make a coffee. Whilst I was filling the kettle in the darknes, I noticed the sky was totaly clear. Whilst the ketle was boining, I got dressed and relocated the Dob to the back garden. Armed with a coffee I set about aligning the scope to Polaris. The plan was to look for M51 and M101. I tracked down M51 as a ghostly gossamer barely there at all, and no sign of M101. M81 and M82, however, were much more pleasurable. at 50x the can both be viewed at the same time. A real treat indeed. Afterwards, I decidedthat the crescent moon and Venus werent going to be visible with the Dob, so I opted for the 20 x 80 binos. Sat there with a coffee and the binos pointed at the moon was a rather sublime experience. Finally headed back to bed about 6.30. A stolen nights viewing!
  47. 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!
  48. 1 point
    Having just returned from a week in Snowdonia I have realised that my modest telescope is absolutely wonderful!!!! Like most novices I purchased a small telescope and then spent ages ( and an amount of money that I am not prepared to divulge ) on getting filters, eyepieces, collimators, webcams and other gizmos in an effort to improve what I could see. As I live in the centre of Reading, where the light polution is extraordinary, I thought this was what everyone does............ Little did I know. I have taken my 'scope to dark skies before ( in the NW highlands ) but due to lack of experience did not get the rewards I had from three nights observing in Snowdonia. All my usual tricks, such as using a light polution filter, etc. just showed that nothing makes up for a dark sky with a small telescope. By using just the 'scope and low/medium power eyepieces ( not the expensive types ) I was rewarded with stunning views of a number of objects. I found that I could not see the entire Andromeda galaxy even using a 40mm eyepiece with a 650mm focal length 'scope !! Forget the filters. I know that some might say "you were lucky to be able to travel and find the dark skies", but it is well worth just taking your 'scope and a couple of eyepieces to somewhere with dark skies before you start to invest in all sorts of paraphinallia ( not sure how to spell this ). Yes, I know it seems like a lot of trouble to go to, and I grumbled quite openly when the missus said we should take the 'scope with us. This would cause all sorts of problems packing the car for the week but I stand corrected as it was all worthwhile. Quite simply, don't blame your 'scope until you have tried it under really dark skies. You will appreciate just how good your investment has been.
  49. 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
  50. 1 point
    What about 'To an optimist we are all made from stardust. ... To a pessimist we are all made from nuclear waste "
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