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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.
  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
    Hi Everyone. I just bought myself a pair of Skymaster 10x50 Bins for £12 today. Bought them second hand and in immaculate condition, I got them as a pair of 'grab and go', and to accompany my other kit. I think they're a bargain, has anybody got these bins??? I think they are the 'Up Close' model. Clear Skies.
  17. 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.
  18. 1 point
    Managed to get 15 x 5 minute subs of the flame/horsehead nebula in Orion some darks and flats I tried some different procssing in Nebulosity and PS. One is more natural and one more agressively processed with levels. Original tif are quite a bit smoother --------------------- Processed --------------------------- Not so much
  19. 1 point
    Hi Dan and welcome to the friendliest astro site around. Everything you'll ever need to know is here. Just ask, however basic it may seem. (might just take you up on that plumbing advice sometime ) Best of luck Jason
  20. 1 point
    in this country i just ignore cool down time as it often ends with scope at ambient under cloudy sky, i now just grab the scope's and set up and view what i can, wether its affected by thermals in the tube or not. better to have a chance of viewing something than waiting for 30-40 mins to get the scope to optimum temp .
  21. 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
  22. 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.
  23. 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
  24. 1 point
    Since my last writing, I've broken down and sent if off for a look by Orion. They replaced the Motherboard...and now it seems to work..though why a MOBO would go bad.... DBB in Chicago
  25. 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).
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  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
    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.
  30. 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
  31. 1 point
    Congratulations Paul, I agree with the above, lots of detail there. Roy
  32. 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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    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
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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
    This country has the largest population of armchair astronomers you know.
  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.
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    Hi Mark, welcome to sgl Clive
  41. 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
  42. 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
  43. 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!
  44. 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....
  45. 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.
  46. 1 point
    Yea, Dana, I follow all the Colorado sports teams. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD
  47. 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.
  48. 1 point
    Unfortunately, focal reducers and Newtonians do not mix well which is why you are not finding anything on the net.
  49. 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.
  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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