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  1. Saturn from the Isle of Wight Not the best Saturn pic, but includes " free" moons thanks to long exp and wide field etc of DSLR. Moons are left to right, - Dione, Mimas, Enceladus, Tethys, Rhea and a nice orangey Titan .
    11 points
  2. This globular is often overlooked in favour of its nearby and more famous cousin M13. M92 was just a fill-in whilst waiting for some other targets in Cygnus and Vulpecula to rise above the high hedge to my Eastern outlook. This is a simple RGB composition, no Luminence frames taken, and 7 x 300sec for each channel. Images aquired using the NP127is @ f/5.2, guided with PHD2. M92's core is extremely dense and bright, and I've blown it with 5min subs. There's also a persistent blue hue to the core stars which simply did not want to be balanced out. ChrisH
    5 points
  3. Here one can observe many mountains and hills located behind the craters Le Gentil and Bailly. This region of the Moon both direct observation and photographic is decidedly one of the most rewarding results shows that making any observation or photography a pleasure. Stack of 102 frames in AS! 2 with processing using photofiltre and Irfan.
    4 points
  4. My mount arrived 30 minutes ago. :grin: I decided to take some pictures of the packing before the excitment of the day made me forget. The box containing the mount is made out of 10mm plywood covering a framed structure. The bottom of the box has a thick foam mould the is precisly cut to the shape of the mount. At the top there is a cross member that has a routered hole in the middle that fits onto the counter weight slot.When the lid is screwed on all 4 corners and onto the cross beam the mount canot be moved in the box whatsoever. The whole box was placed on a euro pallet and shrink wraped.
    4 points
  5. Surprised once again with good conditions on this night...a blessing considering how close to opposition this was. Would have been just that bit better if there were a significant storm happening at the moment as that is one thing I have yet to capture on the surface of Saturn. Next year I may have to modify the observatory as this is right on the limit of what I can capture and still maintain 100% light gathering into the OTA!! Thanks for looking. Regards, Pete.
    4 points
  6. Not sure if the pic upload worked..heres another go as a JPEG
    4 points
  7. Hi guys!I finally managed to decide I'm done processing my insane photoproject of digging deep inside M31.Long story short: One picture of M31, 27megapixel 2x2 mosaic, +3 months of imaging in crappy weather, 18 separate nights, 534 separate exposures, +150 hours of processing, 1233 manually annotated objects inside M31.(images in the end of this post, lots of "bla bla" first)I had a great start last autumn with loads of clear nights, which made me think it be a quick stab to make a 2x2 mosaic (my first mosaic btw) of M 31 since my f.o.v is to narrow to capture M31 in one frame...But pretty muc
    3 points
  8. Hi all I have just completed my 12" Cassegrain ATM build so I'm fairly chuffed. This is a diary post of photos of the build. I must admit that the scope is build from existing optics from George Hole and Sons of Brighton. The primary is a 12.5" f/2.7 and the secondary is 92mm diameter and its CoC is unmeasured. I bought these second hand from a chap on Astrobuysell for £250 two years ago. So this has been a bit of a shot in the dark since the only way to test the optics is really to make a workbench to hold the optics, which is as near as counts a telescope. I took the idea for a truss tube
    3 points
  9. http://sguisard.astrosurf.com/Pagim/Another_World_At_Night.html Stéphane
    3 points
  10. Hi, A rather hazy Gateshead sun this afternoon, not helped by some high cloud as well. I was very lucky to pull out this 9 pane mosaic through the haze and you can just see the fine proms noticed by Michael earlier today. They look slightly over the western limb so it might herald something big coming round. Lets hope for some clearer weather, it's hot as anything up here today and the mist reduces the contrast in the pictures greatly. Robin False colour Close up of the western proms
    3 points
  11. After few days of rain and storms the weekend of 4th was clear with only few small clouds passing through. The seeing was average and with a Sun with so many prominence (my favorite subject) i couldn't resist and spent several hours of saturday and sunday imaging. I just finished to work at the data, in the clip you will find the best prominence captures and a timelapse of the huge one, which keep us entertained for two long days. I suggest to see the HD version to better enjoy the spicules details. Hope you like it, all captured at 3 - 3.5 meter. Video HD The presence of few promninence
    3 points
  12. Hi all, At the science centre where I work, we've made a video designed to help absolute beginners to get into astrophotography using just a camera and tripod. I thought it would be worth posting here in case anyone finds it useful: Thanks, - Lee
    3 points
  13. Well, I'm back on it. I've been making some firmware improvements and hope to release them very soon - It looks like it might be a clear enough night tonight to test out the changes I have made. More AstroEQ boards are on order, arriving tomorrow, so I will be able to start getting back to people who have sent me messages.
    3 points
  14. Well after yesterdays frustrating single sub effort, the weather gods were kind to me and I had a clear night again. So back to crescent to make amends. 22 * 10 min subs on the QSI 683 with a 3nm Ha filter on the MN190. This is more like it :-) John
    3 points
  15. I offered my contribution as an example of why one shouldn't post things that need thinking about after having already started the weekend. If you know what I mean... I only got worse as the evening wore on, but at least I wasn't posting here..... at least..er...I don't think I was...!? The shame of it is that it was my trade until 4 years ago
    3 points
  16. Just had a go at another Mars from a couple of nights ago, looks a bit better than the first one but still not good. Still muddling through RG6, not a clue what I'm doing Dave
    3 points
  17. Here are two images of Saturn from Saturday night (17-05-14). They are both with the C8 edge, 2x barlow and 60D, processed in PiPP and Registax6. 1000 frames. First one is with BYE: And second one with Crop Mode video in EOS Utils: I think the colour difference is that I was more agressive with the red reduction on the crop video one. I am using a modified 60D, hence the colour imbalance. Not sure which I prefer - they both have their appeal and are both far from what I would really like to be producing! Seeing on the night was not great at all. Having said all that, this is my first image o
    3 points
  18. ... and STL camera, from Chile. 6h20min exposure : http://sguisard.astrosurf.com/Pagim/M104-TOA-STL-SGU-TDE.html Stéphane
    3 points
  19. I would add that all design and workmanship were made exclusively by me!
    3 points
  20. had about a hours viewing last night, skys were very poor, you could only see the main star systems and not all of them, mars was ok, but you couldnt see saturn naked eye, just to give you a bit of a idea of the sky conditions. did a rough colimation check which was quite good, due to the conditions no point adjusting. first target mars, due to the thin cloud this helped no end as a natural filter, very good surface detail polar cap and the dark regions very dark. quite serprised with the ep, i thought it had adjustable eye position like the delos but non just fixed, but it was perfect no blac
    2 points
  21. Not happy with my Mars runs and processing tonight, but the Saturn looks pretty good to my tired eyes. The usual F20/4000mm with the SW Exp 200P and QHY5L-IIM. Frame rates were between 35 for R, 30 for G and in the low 20's for B (despite cranking up the gain). Possibly a little over done on the post processing - I'll take another look tomorrow
    2 points
  22. Switching to mono cam captures at the moment, but couldn't resist sticking my old DSLR on for a another go at Mars. (so much more fun and easier to frame with a DSLR but alas it has capture limitations). C11 Canon 5dMK11 video via BYE, projected via 20mm plossl. 500 frames.
    2 points
  23. Taken on holiday in Fuerteventura on the 3rd of May 2014. This wasn't on my target list but where I had set up to avoid the wind my view eventually became obscured in the south/east so I had to choose a different target and so chose this...only had a limited time on it before dawn started to break. Usual kit: AstroTrac TT320X-AG unguided Baader modified Canon 650D with Astronomik CLS-CCD LPS Clip filter Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens 27x 90 seconds lights at ISO800 20x darks 20x flats 20x bias Slightly larger version can be viewed by clicking on the image... Crescent Nebula by StuartJPP, on Flic
    2 points
  24. Here are a couple of images of the Mars/Saturn show from the 15th May. The Tharsis volcanoes are poking nicely through the clouds on Mars. regards Peter
    2 points
  25. Well, this is my first reasonable Mars, take the other night using OO Europa plus QHY5L II Stacked in AS!2, wavelets in Registax5, post processing in GIMP. Below is the Firecapture log if anyone is interested, or if there are any points I should change. It’s all been a steep learning curve from using my old and trusty SPC900. Comments on improvements most welcome. Lee FireCapture v2.3 Settings ------------------------------------ Camera=QHY5LII Filter=L Profile=Mars Diameter=13.19" Magnitude=-0.82 CM=67.9° (during mid of capture) FocalLength=7970mm Resolution=0.10" Filename=230840.avi Date=1
    2 points
  26. Had to wait 'til mid-morning for a shot , seeing very rough but the result were OK .... Full res ... http://www.astrobin.com/full/96599/0/?real=&mod= 1000D + Tal 100RS + 1.3 x Barlow + ND3.8 + OIII. 1/250s @ ISO 200 , 11/100 , Reg 5.1 , Gimp 2.8. SPC900NC Mono + Tal 100RS + 2 x Barlow + Scopium wedge + Continuum + UV/IR Block. SharpCap , PIPP , AS!2 , Reg 6 , iMerge. Day by day album ... http://www.astrobin.com/users/steveward53/ 118/137 ...
    2 points
  27. 2 points
  28. 15 ? :eek: :eek: By the time you have read the last one the weather will have changed and you would have to start all over again. :grin:
    2 points
  29. Its been a long time but I've had so many hurdles making this scope(but it has been fun) and the largest one has been trying to persist with the Baader MPCC mk3 coma corrector. The last time i posted an image here it was looking good but that was only because i was using a very small 50mm secondary as i was waiting for a larger Antares one to turn up. The problem with that test is it stopped the scope down making life easy for the corrector. If you have an f4 newtonian and want good stars then get a good corrector like a Paracorr or a Wynne. I didn't have the money for the Wynne system so i we
    2 points
  30. Nah, we are not all like that Husband and I get what we can afford, when we can afford it, I never ask him how much he spends at Screwfix, Machine Mart, B&Q etc etc when the parcels arrive or he brings toys home, he never asks me, I like to think neither of us would go OTT with our purchases.
    2 points
  31. Spain is a great place and having moved here 4 years ago from the UK I can absolutely recommend it. There's a few of us Brits on the forum from Spain and pretty much covering most of it's parts. Is it good for astronomy? Depends on where you are. If you go inland then the skies will be nice and dark. Rent or buy? If you were asking about now, then the houses to buy are at a low price and buying is a bit of a no brainer, but in 10 years time? I don't know. I would suggest that wherever you move to renting is a good idea for 6 months to a year while you find you feet and are really sure about th
    2 points
  32. Since I don't feel like doing the full processing of all the data so far accumulated yet I'm posting the result of my last imaging session from a couple of nights ago. This is just roughly processed 50x5m unbinned Lum subs, stacked in DSS with flats, quick play with Ps and saved as PNG in two versions - whole frame resized and most of the DSO cropped to about 1200px wide for upload here.
    2 points
  33. Here is a pict of my F10 scope on the CG-5. Yours is twice the length of mine.Must be a bit of a hand full.Under rated mount the CG-5. Had my C11 on it before this. Steve
    2 points
  34. Superb imaging John - (note to self) must take out a mortguage on a 3nm filter...
    2 points
  35. Well, if we're being pedantic (I'm also a former pedagogue): #1 7-Day shop advertises them, accurately, as "Chest and neck supports" in the title and less so as "Neck-pods" in the blurb. It never calls them "Neck tripods". #2 "Neck monopod" would also be inaccurate, given that "-pod" = "foot" and the "foot" of the "chest and neck support" rests on the sternum. I give you the... ta-daaaa Neck-slung Sternopod (As an aside, it's one of the things I take along to my "Binocular Astronomy" talks - nothing like a bit of "hands on" to dilute the tedium of my voice - and several women have told me t
    2 points
  36. On fire Alexandra, super disc and nice proms. Sarah, I am willing to bet Alexandra has a superb manicured lawn/borders as well? 12:00pm meet up at IAS sounds like a plan. I am hoping to get there by 11:00am, but it is a good 3.5 hours from here, can't have Steve bagging all the bargains. Robin
    2 points
  37. And like wine you can get dragged into all the minor things that may not actually appeal. Ultimately with a wine you want something that is pleasant to drink. The Aussies proved that, they made a wine that you just sat down with and drank it. Depth, age, character all went and it was Is it enjoyable to drink. Eyepieces are the same, you want one that is pleasant to look through and delivers a pleasing result. With both there are I fear "Overbearing aromas of pretentious rubbish!" As Mr Glenister remarks.
    2 points
  38. Well I managed to connect the PGR Grasshopper 3 (687) to the LS60DS. Following Alexandra and Colmic's helpful posts on Solarchat it connected no problem in both Flycapture and Firecapture. This is literally just the test run stacked in AS!2. I stacked about 50% of 400 frames. Need to get used to focusing and the whole Gain/Gamma malarky, but I am just pretty pleased that it all works. Thanks to all those that have posted helpful tutorials online as well. Kieran Kieran
    1 point
  39. I would make sure they realize that if anything has happened to your item they are responsible for any losses to you under their insurance and you want it sorted asap. if they dont have it sorted really fast contact the place you ordered via as they are the ones who can make a claim against the delivery company and sort out a replacement if the item has been lost/stolen/broken etc. I normally ring them and the delivery place with anything like this as they tend to be able to get the delivery places to deal with your issue faster than you can. they dont mind hiring incompetent staff but dont li
    1 point
  40. The RA axis is moved during polar alignment only to put the polar scope reticule in the correct position for you to use the alt/az bolts to align the mount itself. You don't have to move the ra axis, you could just adjust the az/alt bolts until polaris lies in what looks like the correct position on the reticule circle - however doing that requires a certain amount of guestimation which can be reduced significantly by letting eqmod position the reticle bubble in just the right place by rotating the ra axis. Once you have the mount polar aligned just move it back to your normal starting (home
    1 point
  41. I don't know for sure that it's compatible with your autofocuser, but there's a Skywatcher crayford focuser on the Astro Boot at the moment for £45. It might be a decent upgrade for not much cash. It's about a third of the way down. James.
    1 point
  42. sounds like one happy man with a big frak cracking reports and cracking scope Dave!
    1 point
  43. Very nice accomplishment, you have to be really pleased with this! Martin
    1 point
  44. A stonking image - All parts of the image are well controlled and the areas of nebulosity all around are showing through nicely. A lovely Crescent John, you lucky thing
    1 point
  45. Great image with the 200P. The polar banding has come out well. regards Peter
    1 point
  46. Nice bit of colour coming through on the smaller image. Can I just ask, did you use the filter that came with the camera? I imaged Saturn for the first time last night and turned out yellowy, greeny colour.
    1 point
  47. hot off the press a couple of rough and ready proms from an hour ago, 2000 frames stacked around 500 no processing at all other than wavelets. the first proms a beauty, the second was very faint and i had to really push the settings to show it.
    1 point
  48. I use a bent strip of Aluminium with a 1.5mm hole drilled in it - filed and painted to look pretty, with a paper "target" stuck on. It is held on to the top of the tube ring by a camera "clamp" bolt. It works perfectly:
    1 point
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