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  1. I added another panel on to this last night. 2 panels comprising 10 x 20 mins Ha. ED80/QHY9
    7 points
  2. Hey guys and girls, my name is Brandon! I love astronomy and science - basically love the unknown, haha. I simply love to look at the night sky through binoculars, particularly the moon and Jupiter this time of the year... I am quite the 'noob' when it comes to navigating the sky and finding different points of interest however, but hope to expand my knowledge through the use of the program named 'Stellarium', these forums and the internet haha. Soon, I am hoping to purchase my first telescope. For anyone who is interested in what I have chosen for my first telescope (as I am essentially a be
    3 points
  3. Hey all! I'm Adam, just joined up recently having been lurking for a while trying to read up on a good first 'scope to pick! Had a pretty revolutionary moment a few months ago when my brother introduced me to Carl Sagan's Cosmos, giving me a love of astronomy I never expected! Every clear night I'm able to, I'm out there with my 10x50 binocs, checking out the obvious ones, Jupiter, the Moon, Pleiades, and even managed to catch a few glimpses of M31, although never for long because it's always directly above me and it kills my neck! Eagerly awaiting the arrival of my Skywatcher Explorer 130P,
    3 points
  4. Hi, I'm Aylish and I'm new here! I have a Jessops 800-80 Astronomical Telescope and have no idea how the hell to use that thing! Like seriously, I've taken it out once since last Christmas! I have a wide knowledge of astronomy, as in space, not how to see things. However, I really want to start astrophotography and so, here I am! Any tips/pointers would be much appriciated.
    3 points
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  6. Hello SL I've just joined SL but been interested in astronomy for 40+ years beginning with the astronomical society at school. The first telescope that I had was from Dixons a 'just over 2 inch' refractor courtesy of winning the golden goal competition at Everton (my dad promised he would buy it me with the winnings - sloppy back pass by Bobby Moore; David Johnson goal). I bought a Skywatcher 200P EQ5 this summer (not the best summer for clear nights!) and have been getting used to setting it up. The few clear nights recently have given me the chance to really try it out and I am most impress
    2 points
  7. Hi, I've been lurking on the forum for a couple of months now and the excellent advice available has helped me select my first scope and bag my first clusters and nebula. I’m now looking forward to many evenings with my Skywatcher 130p, BST Explorer eyepieces and copy of Turn Left at Orion. Wishing you all many evenings of clear skies
    2 points
  8. Hi all, back again after a long time off the forum because of nasties on the puter. All sorted now, The forum has grown some from the last time I was online, and boy has it got some members now. I remember when there was less than 50 or there about's. I still get out with the scope as mutch as i can, but being poorly for the last couple years has slowed me down a lot. Well I'll leave at that for now, and get some catching UP done. MickyG.
    2 points
  9. Very trying conditions last night! Windy, bad seeing and terrible transparency, but it was clear - beggars can't be... Taken with my Mak and QHY5v with a Tal 2x Barlow. PIPPed, AS!2 to stack and slight tweak of wavelets in R6. Not sure how to combat the beigey colour. Will try a different IR cut filter next time. Another 18 AVis processing whilst I type.
    2 points
  10. It's not the prettiest thing to look at... It's more about what it is than what it looks like - the fact that we can see it at all when it's 2.5 million light years away is pretty stonking... If you can get a view with the 'other two' in as well - M32 and M110 - it looks pretty nice though.
    2 points
  11. That is freaky, that is a perfect description of the dream i used to have..I think they stopped when I was about 6 years old...I wonder if we saw the same program that sparked it..perhaps The Prisoner or maybe a Doctor Who episode... I think we are mutual weirdo's!!
    2 points
  12. Generally as you increase in price you'l get crisper views, then wider views, then crisper wider views, then crisper ridiculously wide views. By crisp, i mean slightly better contrast and less haze (you might not notice these things until you try the new ep). Some eps will have smaller areas of crispness, fading to softer focus at the edge of the field of view, and the distance until the soft area is generally what makes the difference. Cheap eps can give great views, but if they turn soft in the outer 50% of the field of view then they won't be very pleasing to the eye. So you can have cheap
    2 points
  13. I used to have the very same dream as a child, giant ball bearings on flat seemingly endless surface with nothing to hide behind and a strange eerie sound. The most predominant and the only recent one i recall is one where i am wearing glasses but realise that i don't actually need them to see but at the same time i can not take them off, i have in more than one dream forced myself to remove them and realised after a few seconds of focusing my eyes are okay but i still put them straight back to feel comfortable. I had laser surgery in 1997 and wore glasses for 8 years and the only time i took
    2 points
  14. Steve Something else which I dont think gets talked about as much as it should do is getting a good observing 'technique' sorted out. If you are pointing your scope at challenging objects like M33 then some basics like these will make all the difference - Look after your eyes, so really letting your eyes get dark adapted and using very dim red lights to read your Telrad map (dont let laptops/ipads/iphones anywhere near your eyes even if in night mode!). Averted vision, when I first started I thought 'yeah yeah how much difference can it make?! Well it makes a HUGE difference! Scan the area un
    2 points
  15. Very nice. Lovely detail on that central AR. By the weekend I should be able to see the Sun again because the water will have risen so high that the lookout post on my ark will be above the clouds. James
    2 points
  16. The below link offers lots of useful info for the beginner that will help answer lots of questions. OBSERVING BASICS
    2 points
  17. Reprocessed this to try and bring out more colour.
    2 points
  18. This is my first attempt at imaging Jupiter. Didn't go too well, gave up on trying to use webcam with 2.5x barlow so this was taken without it. Struggling with lynkeos software which I'm using to stack images on a macbook pro. Will keep trying until I get something I am happy with and then will try with the barlow again.
    1 point
  19. I have the ETX105 premium. Cracking little scope great for just grabbing two buttons and 2 minutes for it to align and off I go. I have the 12" dob whichto be honest is not that long to be up an running with. Put my own circle and an inclinometer so its a quick alignment really. I tend to spend a bit longer on objects with the dob. I do a quick tonights best tour on the etx. The 105 is at the limit of being portable through most of the forum reading. Getting the back pack for it and the reason for getting it was if we were going camping I can through it in the car. As a grab and go its bang on
    1 point
  20. I have built a grab and go set up using the following:- 1. An existing fairly robust photo tripod 2. Opticstar AR80S http://www.opticstar.com/Run/Astronomy/Astro-Telescopes-Opticstar.asp?p=0_10_1_1_52 3. An Ascension ALTAZ head http://www.opticstar.com/Run/Astronomy/Astro-Accessories-Telescopes-Ascension.asp?p=0_10_5_1_1_110 The set up is quite light and works well with the refractor - I have used the mount fairly successfully with my S/W Mak 127 for planetary - although it really could do with a firmer tripod. I am also considering using the tripod and mount as a platform for the binocs. Hope
    1 point
  21. Hi Vince I haven't had it long but I'v found it not to bad the image is pretty good but you have to remember its only a small scope but saying that I'v seen m31 & m42 with it its pretty good on planets the only thing I will say is the motors are a bit noisy and I might be wrong but I think most people say meade scopes are like that
    1 point
  22. Fantastic. Crisp and detained. Nice one! Sent from my GT-I9001 using Tapatalk 2
    1 point
  23. Wish I could get colour like that, great image!
    1 point
  24. 1 point
  25. OK..your a weirdo..Muhahahaha I don't really know, I never remember dreams and I am convinced that I do not dream, the last ones i recall were as a child and they really were weird...I think i may have seen an episode of the Prisoner or something as the dream involved being chased by giant ball bearings...not sure if that was a sign i would be an engineer, but coincidental... I would admit to "daydreaming" sometimes when work is slow or I am waiting for something..or in a very boring meeting, and that often entails not being on the planet...so I suppose I am as weird as you... Up the weirdos
    1 point
  26. Yeah i think it must be pretty low by now, I looked at it a few months ago so must be. With M11, for me it was the way it jumped out at you in averted vision. But M35 just fills the EP and looks beautiful.
    1 point
  27. All astronomical targets are focused at infinity, so there is no difference between a solar system planet and a galaxy millions of light years away. The red dot finder needs to be aligned with your scope. First point your main scope at the moon or a bright planet, then centre the moon/planet in your eyepiece. Then you adjust the red dot finder and put the dot on the moon/planet. This aligns your red dot with the scope. IMHO, don't bother with equatorial mount for your scope. Your scope's optics isn't worth it. A basic EQ3-2 mount cost £175 and you will still be limited by the poor department
    1 point
  28. I store my C925 horizontally in a big IKEA plastic box. A couple of pillows provide the padding. http://www.ikea.com/...6319/#/90102971 I have never heard of storing the scope horizontally will strain the mirror support. If anything I think storing vertically will strain the focusing mechanism, because the weight of the SCT mirror is supported by the focusing mechanism when the scope is vertical. Anyway, the scope would have been designed for either, so don't worry about it.
    1 point
  29. What a great panorama... Astronomy Picture of the Day andrew
    1 point
  30. Thanks for the comments guys. I have to admit that I prefer Jupiter with its north pole upwards, but sometimes I just like to mix it up a bit and go all old school! Cheers, Chris
    1 point
  31. I think this year has been pretty bad, but you're giving up now? Just as we're coming into Winter when skies are darker for longer? This is the time to stick it out, at least until March, matey.
    1 point
  32. Loads of detail there, very nice. The colour does look a bit yellow to me, so I hope you don't mind I had a little tweak with gimp using curves (stretched blue a bit, and green a tiny bit, plus a little sharpening)
    1 point
  33. Just out of interest - how do you get those 'spikes' on the main stars - is that some kind of photoshop filter/plugin? I quite like the look - especially for targets like M45 Mike
    1 point
  34. Alot of objects really are faint fuzzies that your eyes will just detect as a faint wisp compared to the back ground sky, use the lowest power EP you have, roughly point the Telrad in the general direction then just sweep around until you can find it. Some objects dont respond well to higher magnifications (like M33) but if you do a little research into the objects you plan to view then you'll soon have a rough idea what you'll see when you look through the EP. Planning makes a huge difference, scribble some notes (object magnitude/surface brightness) onto the Telrad map which will help you wh
    1 point
  35. Hi Adam and welcome to Sgl, I would like you to come take a look at are group http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/ We have members forms notts we have a cople a great dark sites and we meet up regular at are dark site at Belper come and join us where a great group cheers pat
    1 point
  36. I dream wierd things all the time, not just astronomy related! I had a dream I remember where I spent hours viewing Andromeda (at some point my telescope disappeared and my eyes were the eyepieces!). I would occasionally look away and when I looked back it had got closer and bigger, and then it started changing shape, like it was dancing. I then semi-woke and muttered to my wife about Andromeda shuffling around the quilt covers or something (apparently)
    1 point
  37. My first ever Orion nebula taken tonight with a Canon EOS 60D with Samyang 500mm mirror lens. 11 x 5sec subs @ ISO 1600 + 5 darks. Not on a par with many of the images here - but it's my first and I'm chuffed to bits as it's first light with my new 500mm lens which I'm just playing around with to see whether it's any use for astro photography.
    1 point
  38. Don't forget that everything you see gets warmer ( redder /more yellow) as you get older and your natural lenses age. I had my lenses replaced last year and the difference between each eye where one eye was modded and the other off the shelf, was quite dramatic. Both eyeballs have been modded now, and the colours are so much nicer (cooler)
    1 point
  39. Taken with DFK21AU618 and stacked with AS2: Lunar Craters by ejwwest, on Flickr
    1 point
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  41. You see a photo like this on the web ... ... and all you can see is light pollution.
    1 point
  42. Great first images - much better than my first! The bubble nebula is almost entirely an emission nebula, so not an ideal target. If you want nebulae, I would go for reflection nebulae such as M45. Surely it must... [spot of googling] yep, second menu, review.
    1 point
  43. How about this? http://www.amazon.com/Constellations-Charts-School-Specialty-Publishing/dp/0768212596 Helen
    1 point
  44. Hi and welcome to SGL!
    1 point
  45. Hello Stingray and welcome to SGL!!
    1 point
  46. The ability to return goods to online suppliers is part of the contract they agree to when they sell at a distance (mail order/internet). You can cancel the contract within 7 days of receipt and return the goods to them (after inspection). Unless they inform you otherwise, they are responsible for ALL postage costs. They can however make it part of the contract that you pay return postage by informing you beforehand. Some seem to think this is an unfair burden on retailers, but the consumer needs to be able to inspect goods which they pay for and then decide whether they want them. Retailers a
    1 point
  47. Good point Did I mention that my alarms link to a servo that opens a kennel door to two hungry Rottweilers?
    1 point
  48. Hi Mark, Please accept my apologies. Your order arrived Sunday and we are still playing catch-up after the SW Astro Fair. I have noticed that you haven't claimed your SGL discount so have just refunded £47.49 Will call later today regarding delivery.
    1 point
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