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  1. 18 points
    I am the subject of article on the daily mail site. The story was syndicated and I had no control over the papers it was featured in. I've been a member of this site for years and can attribute much of what I have learned to many people here so It's a real shock that I should see such negative and ignorant comments, but I am very thankful to those who have defended me. The reporting in the papers has been terrible, and pretty much everything that was written besides my age and name is false and changed from paper to paper. I got into astrophotography to connect myself to the universe and that connection feels a little infected now. I have not made use of the last few clear nights as a result. I do not have an obsersvatory, or even a shed! The photo of me was taken in that conservatory because it was raining outside (not the place to setup expensive electronic equipment). Let's clear up the 'Star Spikes' issue. I originally started taking astrophoto's with a Skywatcher 200p newtonian and a canon 1000d dslr. This obviously produced star spikes from the secondary mirror vanes and it was an effect that I loved. A year later when I switched to an Equinox 80 refracter I was dissapointed at losing the spikes so set about reproducing them using homemade vanes. This did not work to well so now I occasionally use software to add them in. I am an artist and a photographer, not a scientist and will often enhance things to increase the visual and emotional response to my work. Besides, whether your spikes are produced using physical vanes or software, both are artificial effects! Thanks again to all those who had the brains and strength of character to see through the nonsense.
  2. 6 points
    Thanks everyone for your support it has helped a lot to relieve the blues and restore my passion. I won't let this experience stop me and I'm sure it won't be long before I am back outside catching light again. I certainly will not be having any further dealings with newspapers thats for sure. Hard to believe how this escalated just from taking advice to send a pic into the local newspaper. Thanks again people Tommy B.
  3. 5 points
    Been a while since I have posted an image here, weather and work but last night was a great night, best in a long time. Having now upgraded to a Lodestar X2 and have managed to get at least some guide stars though my OVL OAG on the EdgeHD 8", this scope is a real challenge to guide not helped by the design of the iEQ45 as get a lot of backlash with the weight. This is the result of a difficult night getting everything running, first sub not in till 1.30am. Kit EdgeHD 8" / OVL OAG Guider with Lodestar X2 / QHY8L / Hutech IDAS P2 filter all sitting on an iEQ45 Mount Captured in SGP and processed in PixInsight 20 x 300s Subs 59 Darks /Bias 29 Flats Thanks
  4. 5 points
    first attempt at this target and quite pleasently surprised - I would just like to get something shorter and wider to fit the whole darned thing! The scale is truly inspiring! Conditions were very nice last night Image is 20 x 180sec exposures at ISO800 on Eos 1100D @ 900mm focal length. Stacked in DSS and a little DPP in Neb3, before finishing in Gimp.
  5. 4 points
    Venus, Jupiter, Luna, near 0515hrs:
  6. 4 points
    All observations using AA6RC at F4.5, using SX Lodestar-M, Astronomik CLS filter and Lodestar Live V0.10. All images are as seen at the telescope, no post processing has been applied (stacking performed live). All images have had live-view dark frame subtraction applied, the darks where collected as I was setting up my mount and waiting for darkness to fall. M52 6x30s median stacked. The open cluster M52 contains around 193 stars and is thought to be some 35 million years old. The cluster resides in the constellation of Cassiopeia nearby to the next target for the night so served as a good ‘warm up’… NGC7635 / Caldwell 11 - The Bubble Nebula The Bubble is a HII emission nebula, whereby the bubble is created by the stellar wind of the massive very hot central star. This process is also causing the whole nebula to expand and glow. Single 30s exposures show the nebula well, but the bubble shape became much more apparent with each exposure. Switching to sum stacking, and setting a wide display dynamic range, it was fun to let each exposure come in and see the bubble start to appear and take shape. Darkening the background also helped to bring out the bubble shape, at the expense of the background nebulosity. I am not sure which version I prefer, the sum or median stacked. I think each one highlights the bubble in a different way. This is an object I will return to with a different filter(s). NGC7023 / Caldwell 4 - The Iris Nebula The Iris Nebula is a reflection nebula in the constellation of Cepheus, whereby NGC7023 is actually the cluster of stars that reside at the centre of the nebulosity. 10x30s median stacked exposures show the faint whips of the outer parts of the nebula, which are mostly dark brown dust (in deep astrophotos). The inner part of the nebula is very bright, I am thinking this is another object that may well benefit from the forthcoming non-linear display dynamic range controls in LL, in that the bright central portion can be preserved whilst highlighting the fainter whips of nebulosity surrounding the bright centre. M108 Time to go galaxy hunting. Firstly some familiar faces in Ursa Major. M108 is a barred spiral galaxy which is seen pretty much edge on from Earth. The galaxy is a member of the virgo supercluster, has an active galactic nucleus and is thought to be around 45 MLY from Earth. I tried both 30s and 45s exposures, deciding that the 6x45s median stacked image gave the best detail. Some of the dust lanes in the bright centre of the galaxy can easily be seen. Visually, this galaxy is a vague smudge from my back garden, with little or no detail visible. Electronic observation transforms it completely! M82 M82 is a starburst galaxy and is part of the M81 group, and is in the process of merging with M81 which is the primary cause of the starburst activity. The galaxy is around 12 MLY away, and made headlines earlier in the year due to the type 1a supernova observed in the galaxy (see one of my previous posts for an image - and tons of others online). Very little remains of the supernova bright spot now. 45s exposures were used for a total of 8x45s median stacked to try and spot some of the fainter outer parts of the galaxy. M15 A quick pitstop to the globular cluster M15 in the constellation of Pegasus. This was party to re-sync my mount as slewing to different parts of the sky often shows inaccuracies in the GOTO (likely due to the fact I do not pay much attention to levelling the mount). It would have been rude not to have spent some time on such a lovely globular though, so here it is 3x30s median stacked. I would have normally used 20s exposures, but I only captured darks for 30s and 45s, and I was starting to get cold so didn’t really want to wait around the extra time to grab 20s darks. M15 is quite a fascinating globular, being one of the most compact and is home to 100,000+ stars, some of which are variable and pulsars. M15 also contains a planetary nebula, which was the first discovered (inside a globular cluster). The cluster itself is some 12 billion years old. NGC7331 / Caldwell 30 Back to galaxy hunting. NGC7331 is a spiral galaxy in Pegasus and is very similar to our own Milky Way. It lies some 40 MLY away. Some of the spiral structure is visible in the 20x30s median stacked image, and this structure became more visible during the period of observation. Tuning the white level, several other galaxies can be seen in the image (see annotated), particularly NGC 7335, NGC 7336 and NGC 7337. A fascinating image, which is probably why I kept looking at it for 10 or so minutes. I think this has fuelled a galaxy cluster addiction (although some of Martins images had already got me hooked). Stephan’s Quintet / HGC 92 Onto the last object of the evening, Stephan’s Quintet, a grouping of five galaxies in Pegasus. Four of the galaxies form a compact galaxy group which was the first ever discovered. The bright foreground galaxy (NGC7320) is not part of the group, but is just visually in the line of sight. This spiral galaxy is around 40 MLY away. The four interacting galaxies are some 300 MLY away. The four galaxies are undergoing merger, and one of them is falling into the centre of the group at several million miles per hour. This naturally causes huge shockwaves (bigger than the Milky Way), evidence of which is in very deep professional multi-spectrum images. One of the galaxies looks like evil eyes to me. Again I find this a fascinating image, and thinking about the universe in such grand scales. I got quite lost in imagination which is one reason the image here is 12x45s median stacked. At this point I was frozen so called it a night, but it was a very enjoyable session and I shall be doing more homework to find more amazing galaxy clusters to hunt down. I also have a lot of test data to work on the new display processing controls upcoming in the next release of LL - the main issue here being time to work on it!
  7. 4 points
    Finally made 100 Messier objects last night with M75 having seen the much more difficult M74 the night before. Not sure how I've missed M75 before as it was clearly visible even in the bins. In fact I double checked to make sure I had the right target. The final 10' are going to be next to impossible from home I think - they are all low in the South where I have a poor view, but good to get to the ton at last.
  8. 4 points
    Me with the C11 not long after I got it.
  9. 4 points
    forgot the pic in old style sepia just for effect
  10. 3 points
    My last acquisition from few nights ago - 15x1200 sec in Ha, target - Wizard Nebula. OIII and SII will follow.
  11. 3 points
    Damien peach has captured a lovely image of the comets tail here http://sen.com/thumbs/1280x0/img/damian-peach1408890677.jpg
  12. 3 points
    Comet Jacques C/2014 E2 last night in Cassiopeia. 100 subs of 20sec guided on a background star and stacked on comet head. Modified Canon 350D on Tak Epsilon 180ED with IDAS LPS-P2 filter accidentally left in place. Mark
  13. 3 points
    Hello all, I'm a middle-aged man from Surrey, (originally Dudley, but that's a long story), and I've been trying to convince myself not to by a telescope for about 4 or 5 years now. I have been playing around with an old Canon DSLR for a few years, and particularly enjoyed night shots lit by streetlamps and car headlights, and had a how-could-I-have-been-so-stupid moment when I realised I could get stars into a shot if I could keep the shutter open beyond 15 seconds or so. I wanted a bit more reach, and ended up with a big Sigma 500mm lens so I could take Moon shots - but part of the search for more reach kept bringing me back to the telescope shop in my local town. I resisted the urge, especially when the young chap in the shop told me I'd need to shell out about a grand for what I wanted to do, and that the instrument I'd need would barely fit in the back of my little car! But now my eldest is at the age when the questions get more and more difficult to answer, She starts Proper School in September, and I'm fully aware of my duties to ensure there's education going on at home. My wife is keen for us to pass on all the bits and pieces we learned along the way, things like playing guitar for me and painting for her. Then our litte girl starting asking about the planets... Cool excuse, huh?! The years of telescope resistance were over! So I called up my local Telescope shop, and asked a few questions, got a few answers I didn't like about price and function (a four year old isn't going to be able to wield an eight inch Dobsonian no mattter how precocious she is), then I started wandering around the internet and ended up here. I did a LOT of lurking. I found out about what my expecations should be, and I found Quatermass' blog from here, which showed me why I should leave imaging well alone for the forseeable (the time and effort thing is just not possible right now), whilst simultaneously becoming a massive fanboy of the images in the blog. However the forum also helped me work out that I needed a portable 'scope that I would get some use out of despite work and kids and cloudy skies, and I narrowed it down to a couple of choices. I called my local shop, and they said they had something in stock, probably have it in two days time. Hmm, ok, I'll place the order. Then I had a bit of a deeper look at the forum, and realised I'd make a different choice if the opportunity arose. Nothing major, but I was starting one hell of a wishlist. I saw a sig on a post here that made me chuckle; welcome to SGL, sorry about your wallet... A couple of days later, no 'scope. I called the shop, Oh, it's still on order so 4-5 working days, for an item they had "in stock"? I cancelled the order, or at least tried to - you'll have to return it when it's delivered as it's coming direct from the warehouse. I was browsing FLO whilst I was on the call, so I was immune to the nonsense on the line. One quick question to FLO was answered equally quickly by Martin, then I was pressing Buy on an order for a Skywatcher Heritage 114 Virtuoso, and a couple of accessories. Talk about prompt delivery; I placed the order at one pm BST, and I was calibrating my red light finder less than 24 hours later. (And I'm still waiting for that 'Scope from the local shop to come so I can send it back) So for the last three or four nights I have started my education in the night sky, ready for the autumn months when my daughter will want a quick peek at the moon or the stars before bedtime. It turns out I didn't really need that 8 inch Dobbo, or the super-sturdy equatorial mount and imaging equipment, nor the box of eyepieces or the computer guide to show me the sky. I could happily use all that stuff, but I don't need it. I saw a satellite traverse the view through my 25mm ep last night whilst I was wandering between the stars of Ursa Minor, and I was happy with my lot already; I am completely, totally, utterly hooked. I am a middle-aged man from Surrey, and I feel like an excited child, thanks to Martin and all at FLO, and also thanks to everyone who has asked or answered a question on these forums.
  14. 3 points
    I see a Dolphin leaping out of the water. Tuesday 19th August 2014 - 23:00 Seeing around 3.5 Asahi Pentax 8x40 Bins. FOV 9.5* ( as stated on Bins but I have a feeling it might be closer to 8*) Sorry for the poor quality of the picture but the camera on my ipad is not very good. Avtar
  15. 3 points
    Hi Every one, I was treated to some clear sky's last night which was just what I needed to get my photon fix. I was plagued by a band of cloud that just seemed to hover over my Target last night, with clear sky's all around it, for a change my Patience paid off. SW Evostar 80 ds-pro with 0.85 reducer flattener, Qh8yl ccd at -20 focal length around 520mm. Sitting on top of a eq6 pro, guided 14x 10 minutes 1x15 minutes, darks and flats used Processed in DSS, Pi, and Pe Paul At 100% Bigger https://www.flickr.com/photos/kazastrophotos/15018143845/sizes/o/in/photostream/
  16. 3 points
    Hi Tommy, I'm sorry to hear how this experience has bothered you. I was saddened at the small mindedness that was demonstrated earlier in this thread and to that end reported it to Admin as unacceptable as well as going against the friendly nature that is generally so prevalent on SGL. Please don't take to heart the comments made. Unless we are capturing data for scientific reasons then you are an artist, you shouldn't have to defend any of your processing. Don't let anyone pull you down. Stay true to what you enjoy doing. Onwards and upwards Tommy. Regardless of the factual nature of the article you should be proud that you even had the opportunity to show off your images. Well done and stick at it.
  17. 3 points
    Mine will have to be a two part picture. One on the day my retirement present arrived. The other, with a scope at the beach on Holiday, both happy occasions.
  18. 3 points
    The 18" waiting for sundown, this, a 100-mile drive from home:
  19. 3 points
    Something to while waiting for the Sun to rise ... 1000D + Tal 100RS + 1.4 x Barlow . 1/160s @ ISO 100 , 80/100 , Reg 5.1 , Gimp 2.8.
  20. 3 points
    I vote mine as worst picture!
  21. 3 points
    As requested 'Count Nicula' I was very happy with my new scope on that night...
  22. 3 points
    Now, now boys, it's not all blokes with scopes. Hubby took this the night I got the scope.
  23. 3 points
    Definitely get hold of a copy of 'Making Every Photon Count' available from the book section of the FLO website. Read it ..... twice .... before you even spend a penny. Then think very hard about what you want to achieve. You've mentioned in your OP that you want to take 'amazing shots' - Have a look in the imaging section and decide just how amazing you want your images to be. Pick some images and look closely at the gear they used to achieve that, it's normally listed. Then think about budget - Do you have the ££'s to achieve the sort of 'amazing shots' you have seen? Of course, great shots mean different things to different people, it would be good for you to know just what level YOU want to achieve. After that think very hard about if you have the time to dedicate to this. It is madly frustrating for starters, although we generally love it!! Then think about processing the image - Probably 80% of a wow image is seriously down to processing in my opinion. I know of imagers who can take many, many hours processing one image. Do you have the time, patience and dedication to do that? This may sound a little like an odd post, but once people mention amazing shots my thoughts instantly go to perfection. That costs money, time and effort. Perhaps you would be happy with less, in which case you can adjust your expectations and gear accordingly. I hope this makes sense. I'm not trying to stop anyone trying imaging, far from it but I think that an injection of realism is always good to have.
  24. 2 points
    another small step taken today, a few more to go still! actually i think it was a 20 not 16 pane mosaic, stitch with Autostitch, usual set up Coronado PST/DMK21au618 & X2.5 Powermate. each pane is 1000 AVI's stacked around 400 per run. a pretty poor end result, in terms of brightness balance. but absolutely delighted to actually get a mosaic stitch together for the first time! the advice about the "overlap" needing to be at least 25% seems to have helped hugely. not sure what i can do about the brightness variation other than adjust each image before stitching. i did think maybe producing duller images when capturing, but i was worried about the lack of contrast in the final image. next stop - a more balanced image and then proms with it! any advice gratefully recieved as always!
  25. 2 points
    First decent image of Uranus this year so far. Sadly, little or no surface detail appears to be apparent. Seeing conditions were not great and a lack of a ADC may be an issue. Enjoyed the challenge, though not the surprisingly chilly summer morning.
  26. 2 points
    Hi all After three months of learning I hope I am now in a position to start my first serious project, there is so much more to learn still but have to commit to a serious image at some point. I chose IC1805 due to its position through the night which works well for my location. Managed to grab about 4 hours of data last night but after checking on 14X600 secs subs made the cut (I am on a loan mount and waiting for robofocus so not to concerned by this loss of data as I know that will improve. I am planning on 5-6 hours in each of the NB channels. SO this image represents about a 1/3 of the data in HA I am planning on. As I am focusing on the data quality and not my editing skills I have kept my editing to a minimum rather than making it look over processed. This is just a work in progress so expect to have to do some more editing on final version. However, for now I have just run Pixinsight - Deconvolution with PSF, Star mask for deranging and luminance mask. Run this as a tweak rather than enhancement with low settings @ 20 iterations. Photoshop - Star and noise reduction, high pass, levels and curves. Any feedback welcome especially on Pixinsight which I have just acquired but know very little about. Cheers Paddy
  27. 2 points
    Friday and Saturday night was pretty good, the first taste of an Autumn sky, not 100% ideal becuase I still got buzzed by the odd cloud bank - but still a goot run! First, Ive gotten round to processing the data for comet Jacques, a tricky little blighter to get right when its your first go at a comet. Secondly, a first stab at M31 for this year (still a little low) - just 80min worth so there is still a long way to go on that. Once the lum is complete for it, I will drop the colour in from last years version. Thirdly was M16, a spur of the moment decision since its something i havent tackled properly this year, at the moment it stands at just under two hours (needs three to be sure). And finally,the top-up for the Veil (still on first pane) to take it up to 3 hours per channel - I will post an 80ED crop of the broom for comparison. 130pds, Atik 383L+, NEQ6, SWCC 0.9x Thanks for looking! Rob C/2014 e2 Jacques + Soul Nebula 10x60 (lum stars & comet) L 4x900 Ha x2 panes M31 Andromeda 7x600 L (slight cloud damage) M16: Eagle Nebula 10x600 Ha NGC6960 - Veil Nebula 24x450 Ha & OIII (Synth Green) Now, a crop of the 130pds broom (three hours worth) : And finally, a crop of the 80ED version (also three hours, same camera):
  28. 2 points
    Here's another quick capture with my PST/QHY5-ii, 1000 frames @ 30fps, with yesterday's sun compared. A bit more activity coming over the eastern limb.
  29. 2 points
    We've finally now got both observatories up and imaging together in time for the winter season , after a lot of work and headaches! These are the first ha results taken on the same night. M33 is a stack of 8 x 10 minute exposures, taken with the Atik 460EX through the Tak FSQ106N, processed in PS and PI. The cocoon is a stack of 16 x 10 minute exposures, taken with the other Atik 460EX through the 6" Ritchey-Chretien, again processed in PS and PI. M33 needs more data, as we started the run a bit late and lost a couple of subs due to satellite trails- looking forward to getting the colour run for both images too. All comments welcomed. Dave and Zoe
  30. 2 points
    Quick capture the other morning of the moon just above the horizon.
  31. 2 points
    We achieved some excellent viewing last night. This helps to keep "the usual suspects" at bay. In addition it's a useful resource to keep for the month and next year, hurrah ! Nick.
  32. 2 points
    Cloud has rolled in, hope it is just temporary, otherwise comet Jaques is not going to be a goer tonight. Still it has given me time to process the second mosaic, this one taken 30 minutes after the first just before 7pm. The last shot was taken just as the sun was going behind the roof of a neighbours house, but lucky for me the last frame was at the top. The tilt adapter is certainly getting rid of the Newton Rings, but I am not sure if tilting the camera is contributing to the dark corners. I did alter the tuning to try to minimise them on this shot. I took a few close ups from the stitch disc, pushed the brightness and contrast to bring out the proms. First the ones from 6:30pm The same prom at 7pm The big feint prom on the other side, first at 6:30pm And then at 7pm Robin
  33. 2 points
    + 1 for thinking about where you would use it, home, park, further, are there stairs, space to store, a portable grab and go may never be resigned to the cupboard even if at a later date you get a much bigger telescope. Also your budget does it need to cover all items for this hobby? If so don't spend it all at once, a reflector will need collimation (a cap with hole cheapest approach) you might want one improved eye piece.
  34. 2 points
    Something like this would be in budget........another £50 would get you a nice Dob.... £150 http://www.firstlightoptics.com/beginner-telescopes/celestron-astromaster-130eq-telescope.html The extra £50 would get this.....Much better..... http://www.firstlightoptics.com/beginner-telescopes/skywatcher-skyliner-150p-dobsonian.html
  35. 2 points
    Hi all. Still getting to grips with processing Full narrowband data (this is only my second full narrowband data set). Lots of info on the net and with this process I have lost track with how many methods are mixed into the result. The SII and OIII data was Shot over the last month or so when skies allowed and Ha was from 2011. the image started out as RGB maped as SII,Ha,OIII SII = 21 @ 900 seconds Ha = 19 @ 900 seconds OIII = 19 @ 900seconds Shot through my 10" newt @ 1200mm Thanks for looking. Mike. I have the Ha data to do a mosaic but not sure if I can fit in the time to get the rest of the narrowband data.
  36. 2 points
    I got my folding flat pack caravan home yesterday so wasn't sure what to expect as it hasn't been opened since the mid 90's. No flower power in this one so welcome to the 80's!!!! Looks tiny compared with the other one but it's very clean considering it's age, not sure if I'll be using it at the star party as there's some fettling that needs doing to it but you never know.
  37. 2 points
    this weekend my kids decided they were going camping & fishing up at Loch Doon (Galloway Dark Sky Site) so I decided to load up and head with them was pretty well geared up as we had one of our generators with us and some mod con's like microwave and hob etc and I had the van with airbeds & heaters arrived about 3pm and found a great location to park up and great views 360 deg set up the mount pointing roughly north and as the Lat & Long is only slightly different from my home I left that for now fired up the generator and plugged everything in only to find my laptop keyboard that had got wet the day before during a shower decided that half the keys would not work correctly so couldn't even get by the windows login had to mess about for 30 mins to get logged on and talking to the scope etc lined up on the sun and wasn't too far of target and focused the best I could with the glare on the laptop screen and ran a load of solar images and seen some nice spots as the sun went down I went and made some dinner waiting for darkness started seeing Vega then Altair appear then Arcturus still under a darkening sky then they started popping out everywhere as it finally got dark what a difference to my home conditions overwhelming to say the least decided it was time to align and try my luck and this is where things started to go wrong the finder was off by a mile and had difficulty sorting it as there was so many stars in the FOV to be sure I was on the correct target eventually I managed to set up on Altair and tried Astrotortilla to see how far off I was and resolved down to 1.03s I thought not bad, ran a 30 sec sub as a test only to have massive star trails Ok I'll try Alignmaster again had issues identifying the target stars against the backround but finally managed to get it to finish on Vega and got the corrections Az was easy enough but the Alt bolt was very stiff and I had to take the pressure off to get it to move wasting the alignment. tried again but the combination of bolt issues and not being 100% if I had the right target or not led me to abandon polar alignment and just go to visual observing spent a couple of great hours looking at the now fully lit up milky way above me before I started to get Dew around 2pm and was getting cloudy as well so called it a night even though I only got some solar images I still enjoyed the outing and can't wait to go back but more prepared and ready for the things I found out last night I hadn't thought about or planned for in advance, and have a lot of the setup done in advance (setting up a location in the software etc) and a decent compass as the App ones are useless (another lesson learned) conclusion as an imaging trip it was a fail but over all great time, just even being able to look up and see all the stars was a real WOW moment
  38. 2 points
    Here are a couple of pictures of the manual 300P flextube. I upgraded to this at the time from 8" of aperture. I was also a little hesitant concerning nudging, as my former C8 was on a tracking mount albeit quite rudimentary. Never looked back, I have always enjoyed manually slewing a scope and love the freedom of movement, simplicity and light grasp on DSO's provided by dobsonians.
  39. 2 points
    Disclaimer. No connection with The Astronomy Centre-Todmorden.
  40. 2 points
    Lovely and clear in Daventry last night too. I had the refractor out trying to split a few uneven doubles, some more successfully then others, but of course that's the point ;-) At the end of the session I sat back and used the mark one eye ball on the Milky Way. The double cluster and M31 were clearly apparent. Strange thing was that I caught a fuzzy hint on the corner of my eye amongst the W of Cassiopeia, pointed the scope at it, and there was C/2014 E2! Luck? I've had the PST out this morning too and there's lots to see. It's struck me that I've been pretty lucky with clear nights this year, long may it continue :-)
  41. 2 points
    My attempt from last night David
  42. 2 points
    Try standing in a dark (dark as in cant see 3 feet in front of you)field holding a piece of meat on a triple thickness leather glove when this comes in to land. even for the size of him he still flies silently with no wooshing from the wings of anything. first few times was really freaky
  43. 2 points
    Had good views of the comet here last night, found in 10x50's and then in the 16" SCT. None of the visitors had ever seen a comet before. Result!.
  44. 2 points
    Fab night down here too, even had M13 naked eye :-). Spent a lovely couple of hours trawling around Sagittarius
  45. 2 points
    Amazing night here as well...M31 and the double cluster were easy naked eye objects...one of the top 5 seeing nights of the year I would say...due to the lovely clear NW polar maritime airstream...until that volcano blows!
  46. 2 points
    Police?? must of just missed them! Great night thanks lads and thanks Damien for the tutorial on using my mount must bring better batteries next time!! Rick
  47. 2 points
    Gents, I got what I thought was Jacques a couple night ago and thought it was very bright. Hope it was Jacques I was observing. In Cassiopeia. It was through the 16" though so maybe that was why. Not much of a tail though. Made me think why Charles messier started ruling out the other objects as Jacques looked like a bright galaxy to me. Barry
  48. 2 points
    Seems OK, must be you , perhaps the scope is too big Dave
  49. 2 points
    Me, usually much less scary looking, in back garden, bottle of cider, no early start, LB 16". Should look happier really. Looking forward to a late one, clear forecast, late moonrise, oh yes! Barry
  50. 2 points
    Living alone, this presented quite a challenge, requiring two or three mugs of tea, the point and shoot at various locations on bits of furniture with the self timer and nothing to show for the effort. However, the tea kicked in, and I remembered collimation techniques. And so in the interest of a 'true Scope selfie' I give you.......(viewer discretion advised)
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