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  1. 19 points
    Hi guys Pretty happy to inform that I succefully debayered my first ever 550D and...oh boy does it perform! This is just a little over 2 hours quick and dirty processing (14x10 min. @ 1600 ISO made with the mono 550D, this camera is still assembled with the frontal LPF1 original IR cut filter and has no cooling, I'm studiyng a way to apply cooling and I will do it soon The image was captured on my extremelly light polluted back yard with the mighty SW ED80 with 0.8 reducer (480mm f/l) @ f/6 and it's a stack of 14x19 min. subs @ 1600 ISO (13Cº on the exif info). The sensor still has quite some cleaning work to do but overal the sensitivity is exceptional and I'm a bit in shock here, I was expecting a sensitivity drop due to it's smaller pixels, I'm glad to inform that it didn't, in fact it's quite stunning, 10 min. on a f/6 system with a 7 Nm Ha filter shows a very good signal, can't wait to try it on my 200 mm f/ 4 newt Exciting times ahead! Hope you enjoy, Luís
  2. 15 points
    Had a great day off putting this together and sorting myself out with it. I haven't looked through it yet but so far I'm over the moon with it. I had to set it up indoors because of the weather. Here's a few pics.I took some close ups of bits so you can see a bit more detail than just the final version. I set everything out on the Dining Room table first The mirror box came like this, cotton wool between the mirror and the cover, & cotton wool pads protecting the mirror by the clips. It was wedged in the box with little foam wedges. There are two collimation wheel bolts like the one top right plus another for which you need an allen key. The secondary mirror was wrapped in a small plastic bag two secondary collimation wheels plus an allen key version The secondary heater and the connector. I bought the focuser separately I had the encoder hardware supplied as part the spec, (except the encoders & cables which I bought separately). This is the altidude encoder arm and encoder which is connected to My Nexus Push-to system. Turntable with Azimuth encoder arm. Below is the transport tensioner. I'm 5' 9" and the focuser is bang in line with my eyes so no need for a ladder, unless I can put it on my EQ Platform which I haven't tried yet. Hope you like them, I'll do a review once I've had a chance to use it. whoops left one off, this is it folded down for storage. The altitude arms come off of course but I'll probably leave them on at home.
  3. 14 points
    After many, many attempts and nearly giving up I finally saw the Horse Head nebula and I must say it is a great challenge and test of sky conditions. One of my favorite sites, the quarry, was 10 deg colder than home- I lucked out and hit a nice bubble of transparency @ 21.2 mag and -33c. The 25mm TV plossl gave great performance on the Veils "thin thread" earlier on in the season so I knew the EP was up to the task and my Astronomik filter showed other faint nebs well. Still, I had no luck so many times, I had accepted I may never see this object-what a surprise when I saw IC 434 under Alnitak! I couldn't believe it so I settled in for a serious try at the HH. The faint funnel ("V") shaped nebula had a rounded notch out of it near a group of 3 stars and I found holding my eye back a bit from the eyecup helped for some reason, I went back to it numerous times to confirm that I saw it. Its larger than I thought it would be, with the edges rounder than I had envisioned. I look forward to seeing this object again (I hope) - I think the Flame nebula might be a good indication of someone's chance, it was very good tonight anyway. Many other DSO's viewed during this frigid session, but the prize of the evening was the HH for sure.
  4. 13 points
    I have finally started processing various projects gathered at the end of last year. This is the first of them, M45 - The Pleiades, gathered on 23rd and 24th November 2014. 80ED with reducer, QSI 683-WSG and Baader Filters. RGB = 12 x 300s each L = 23 x 600s Total integration time = 7hrs 50 minutes It should have been 24 L subs to take it to 8hrs, but one sub was wrecked by a bright satellite trail that wouldn't come out in the stacking. I use Nebulosity3 on the Mac and used the Standard Deviation Filter at 1.5, but it was still too evident in the stack. I often see that people can remove sat trails in stacking, but that remains a dark art to me... Any advice greatly received! I have wondered and looked and pondered whether that brightness towards the bottom of the screen is a gradient or nebulosity. I came to the conclusion that it is nebulosity. What do you think? Please let me know what you reckon to the image - is the colour any good, have I overshot the mark with the sharpening? I am always keen to get the best out of the hours spent on this hobby, so please don't hold back with the criticism. I have learned most when people question aspects of an image. I hope you like it though!
  5. 13 points
    Well after a long time imaging I have decided to call it a day and sell off my stuff to move on to other interests but I wanted to say a most sincere thank you to all my friends that I have met on this forum over the past 5 years. This forum is such a great place to learn about the hobby and meet others and dont think I would have achieved half of what I have done with out the stargazer lounge and all the great people I have met on here. So thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of you. Im still going to carry on my observation of the night sky with my local astronomy group but the imaging is not being replaced with some serious fishing this year, at least when I am night fishing now I will understand what up there in the night sky and beyond.
  6. 10 points
    No stars... 1 min subs stacked by aligning on the nucleus. Olly
  7. 7 points
    Hi fellow SGL peeps. I have been under the radar for a while as my work laptop was replaced and all my software was installed on it. It has taken me about three months to re-install everything. I have decided to go down a slightly different route this time. I have purchased a samsung netbook (2gb, atom 1.6) for capture, which I have setup with APT, EQMOD, PHD and AT. For processing I have installed DSS, Photoshop CS5 and Image analyser on a virtual machine using virtual box (pretty cool free piece of software from Oracle.) So setting everything up and getting it all to work has been a journey, it's amazing how many different settings their are. This forum came in very handy finding everything again. Luckily I have booked marked many pointer on here. So this last Saturday all my software was installed and ready to go, the weatherman claimed that their would be some clear weather for 3 to 4 hrs. While setting up, I struggled with my guiding, I think I got the balance all wrong, so I was playing around with it until after I did a meridian flip. (got the wrong east side heavy ... doh!) Then realised that the guide scope was not aligned with the main scope. like way off. Lined this up in a hurry as I was worried about the amount of time I had left before the moon would be up. Lastly did some drift aligning, to try get the polar alignment better. This target was right on the equator and just about to pass the meridian. Man talk about doing gymnastics, both mental and with the mount, trying to get this to work. At this point I was really in a hurry to get it all going (about 3 hours of setup), which is not great considering I used to be able to get up and running in 45min. Finally I get a it all running and I head off to bed. Post my first set of stacking this morning i noticed a couple of bugbears! Unfortunately the moon was at 56%, which caused some later images to washout abit and I had to throw away about 20 images. In all the rush and phaffing I did not focus all that well, so my stars look as if they are hollow! My kit has been lying under my desk for 3 months collecting dust. I really should have cleaned my reducer and lens as it had 5 or 6 blots on it, which where big enough to triumph over the dithering. As usual I never took any flats, which would really have helped with this image. So given all the phaff ... I think it is amazing what you can do in Photoshop! (Edit - Click on the image to see the larger version)Let me know what you think and if you have had similar experiences!Dark skies
  8. 6 points
    Hello World As a novice to the sport, 2014 was my first year in, so I have started with a very budget kit. These are shown on the bottom of each image. General kit bag consists of a 127MAK reduced to F6.7 and a 80ED reduced to F4.5. These light scopes give me a range from 360mm FL through to 1200mm FL. I run these on a old EQ5Pro via trusty EQMOD, which is corrected by a 50mm Finder guider and a QHY5ii. My aspirations for this year ... still in new years resolution mode ... is to get a mono CCD. (Yes I know a CCD cost more than all my kit put together, but to progress it must be done.) Here are my best efforts (Click on image to see full screen), counting down, Entry number No 5: Western Veil (N6960) - Sep 2014 This was the most frustrating of images, which I spent days gathering and weeks processing and it still fuzzy and lacking in detail! Entry number No 4: Hercules Globular Cluster (M13) - Jul 2014This was such a awesome picture, I did it on a whim, with only 35min of data and it kicks the lama's @ss.Entry number No 3:Leo Triplet Galaxies (M66) - May 2014This image was a real labour of love (over 7 hours), which I printed and stuck up on the fridge, it my favorite, but not my best.Entry number No 2:North America Nebula (N7000) - Jul 2014This surprise entry was taken on a hot summers night, without evening knowing if I was on the right place. When I first processed this image i almost fell off my chair, as it was by pure accident that it has turned out this well.And the Winner is:Andromeda Galaxy (M31) - Aug 2014Every amateurs, test of finesse, the crux of DSLR and the object that some people obsessively pursue.This was meticulously planned for the right weather window and seeing and in my opinion the best executed of the bunch. Thank you for looking and see you all next year with better images. Dark Skies
  9. 5 points
    It's been a while since I posted in the Lunar section so considering the Moon is the only object iv'e been able to image recently then this is an appropriate time. We had some calmer weather on the 29th of December (and the 30th) where the seeing was fair to good for a time from my location so I made the most of it and captured quite a bit of data over the two days (around 200Gb). This has taken quite a while to work though!! These are two small mosaics (3 panels for the Apennines and 4 for Aristoteles and surrounding region). Hope you like them and thanks for looking. Pete
  10. 5 points
    Saturday (10th) saw the second use of my newly modded DSLR, this time the Horsehead Nebula, a DSO that had had previously been out of reach for me! Was on cloud nine with the initial results. Anyway, would like to improve further so all comments welcome. Details: SW200PDS on HEQ5 Pro Finder/guider with QHY5 PHD 2 guided (on-camera) APT running modded Canon 100d with Astronomik CLS CCD clip-in filter. 15 x 500s @ ISO400 Stacked DSS Levels and crop in PS CS3
  11. 5 points
    Nice sunny morning first thing, managed a couple of videos before the heavens opened up, this is the best of the batch, seeing was about the best it's been for a while for 10min's Usual rough and ready processing, must spend some time redoing old stuff to try and improve it Dave Quark / ST80 / PG Bfly One more from today tried different processing but just bought out more noise
  12. 5 points
    A quick shot from this morning at around 06.45am with interesting terminator details. The atmosphere was all over the show, but at least there was no cloud for a change! 66mm ED APO Baader Hyperion Zoom Sigma DP3M A-Focal - Single Shot Paul
  13. 5 points
    I finally had a few hour gap in the clouds and couldn't resist capturing this lovely comet! I was struggeling with the color balance, as it kept falling over to the cyan/blue side, while as far as i know it's supposed to be more green(?). I tried to correct it, but not sure how far off i am, and wich verson looks best? Either way i'm quite happy with it. Taken with the 550D and the Explorer 200 PDS. 40x 30 sec @ ISO 800, flats and bias added, no darks. Stacked in DSS, processed in PS.
  14. 4 points
    Evening all I had the genius idea to try the Iris in wide-field. Not normally and LRGB person but went with it - likewise little experience with the dark nebula processing. After many attempts I finally got subs flat enough to stack (gradients in RGB are not pleasant!). Found the target very challenging but think it is starting to take shape. Ideally I would have used less noise reduction but seeing was poor last Saturday with a great deal of cloud dodging. About 5 hours data 3 of which Luminance rest RGB. Comments and critique welcome as ever. If anyone is an expert in processing that dark areas would welcome some feedback on how to enhance. Best I can muster for now though. Paddy
  15. 4 points
    The day started with heavy cloud but cleared to reveal beautiful sunshine.... just as I started teaching at 9.30. The solution? Take the students out into the car park with me! It was a great success, and to my great surprise, the seeing was pretty good, even though it was not long after sunrise. The second image is with the 3X Barlow and hence is rather soft,
  16. 4 points
    Hi folks I am very happy! Tonight I have seen Comet Lovejoy! :D I could just, only just, make it out with the naked-eye using averted vision, but with my 10x50 bins it was a fine sight! A large coma, a hint of a tail, and a subtle hint of green shading .... This is the first comet I've ever seen so clearly (as a starry-eyed teenager I did catch a glimpse of Halley's Comet)! I'm really looking forward to more views of Lovejoy as it continuous to brighten Along with lovely views of the Pleiades, the Hyades, the Orion Nebula, the Double Cluster, and winter star fields ..... An evening to remember! Clear skies to all! Donaldo
  17. 4 points
    Et Viola Just need to do a bit of fine tuning to get it running smoothly but everything is working as it should .
  18. 4 points
    I've been going round in circles with this one. From taking a couple of hours data I have 60secs of LRGB each! Oh well, I'm amazed I got this much out of it, probably will try again when/if its clear next. 60Seconds LRGB MN190+383L+ DSS + PS
  19. 4 points
    So your Astromaster has a focal length (as advertised) of 650mm (distance from mirror to where light is focused) To work out your magnifications, divide the Focal length (650mm) by the size of the EP (also in mm): 650mm / 20mm = x32 magnification 650mm / 15mm = x43 mag 650mm / 10mm = x65 mag 650mm / 6mm = x108 mag so what the barlow does if x2 is to take the 650mm and double it. Then do the math again: 1300mm (double the effective focal length) / 20mm = x65 mag 1300mm / 15mm = x86 mag 1300mm / 10mm = x130 mag 1300mm / 6mm = x216 A lot of people just double the initial magnification though ;-) if the barlow was x3 then it would be 650mm x 3 (1950mm) and then divid by the EP mm size. I think you have a good range of powers there bearing in mind the x50 mag per inch of aperture (your scope has a 5 inch mirror...5 x 50 = x250 mag on the best of nights.), though the EP's that come with the scope may not be the greatest of quality. So my advice would be to use the scope and enjoy it for now, and look into some mid priced eyepieces in a few months of so. Do some reading up on here (or ask questions). If you are new to stargazing, I would recommend the book Turn left at Orion. It has a lot of basic telescope maths that may help you, as well as showing you where to find objects in the night sky.
  20. 3 points
    The only real victory here is I guess that it stayed clear all night and what a clear night it was. My first 7 Planets, The Moon and a naked eye comet, that can't happen too often? In the order of view, Venus, Mercury, Lovejoy Neptune, Mars, Uranus, Jupiter, The Moon, and Saturn which is not as low as I thought it may be. Even managed some sleep between Jupiter and The Moon. Alan
  21. 3 points
    1 hour in 120 seconds subs.
  22. 3 points
    Thank you everyone some time off fishing rather then imaging will be a nice change and I can always go imaging at my local astro soc so its not that bad really. If any one out there would like to know what I think 5 years on it would simply be this, Astrophotography is one of the most wonderful hobbies I have done and although it can be very frustrating at times the rewards far out weigh the problems. When I look up at the night sky now my mind can picture clearly all the wonderful Nebula and Galaxy's cluster etc that are up there hidden in the stars, totally priceless to have that experience. I have seen things up there that have absolutely blown me away and that I will never forget. We live in a truly amazing universe long may it fuel our passion for discovery and adventure.
  23. 3 points
    Skywatcher 200P dob - £278..... Orion Nebula, Lovejoy and Jupiter with moons and two bands - Free..... Time spent with your 7 year old - Priceless Two thumbs up, Miguel
  24. 3 points
    Decent seeing despite the forecast ... Full size ... http://www.astrobin.com/full/148040/0/ Full size ... http://www.astrobin.com/full/148041/0/ Full size ... http://www.astrobin.com/full/148042/0/ 1000D + Tal 100RS + 1.4 x Barlow + ND3.8 + OIII. 1/125s @ ISO 200 , 53/100 , PIPP , AS!2 , Reg 6 , Gimp 2.8. Day by day album ... http://www.astrobin.com/users/steveward53/
  25. 3 points
  26. 3 points
    Shouldn't that be a witch hunt I'll get my coat.
  27. 3 points
    Hi and welcome to SGL - Glad that you found us, sounds like you are having great fun and that's what it's all about regardless of perceived kit quality. The best scope you have is the one that you use!! Look forward to seeing you around
  28. 3 points
    bambuko, I believe that they are talking about something like this.... Miguel
  29. 3 points
    Ok, Polaralign (JD version). Its pretty easy, and you dont need to be concerned with transits etc. And its good enough to PA for an imaging run lasting all night with no dropped subs. A quick runthrough: 1) Enter your Lat/Long, this will be the only time you need to do it. It will then display where polaris should be at that particular time (takes time from your system clock). 2) Looking through your polarscope, rotate the RA axis slightly so the crosshair in the polarscope is like the crosshair on polarfinder (like this: +). Take a moment to get that right. 3) Now use the alt/az adjustment bolts to put Polaris on the outer circle in your polarscope - where polarfinder says where it should be. 4) Now rotate the RA axis back and forth a bit..... does Polaris stay on the line? If it does, job done! If its strays a little, return to the + position and tweak. Then check to see if it stays on the line again. You can afford a little drift off the line, in fact a slight mis-alignment can help with the guiding (gives the guider and motors/gears something to do). The whole process is done and dusted in just a couple of min.
  30. 3 points
    Gary, just wondering out loud. Although I'm not into AP, I have read many times on SGL that before venturing into AP it is worth reading Making Every Photon Count. Perhaps this would be a cheaper option to start
  31. 3 points
    all taken from mid September 2014 with my shiny new ATIK 383l+ NGC 281 IC 1396 ic 5070 M42 & the running man Rosette nebula getting there and still having fun
  32. 3 points
    2014: Year of the small Newt (130pds) Had to have a little think about what to use, hopefully ive picked the right ones Atik 383L+ used for all pics. Heart Nebula: Pelican and North American Nebula: Heart and Soul mosaic (10 panes): Andromeda: IC1396 Mosaic (4 panes)
  33. 3 points
    My favorite images from my first year imaging NGC 6888 The Crescent Nebula Narrowband by VikN46, on Flickr M42 DSLR - Reprocessed with Pixinsight by VikN46, on Flickr IC 1396 PHOTOSHOP CROP DSLR by VikN46, on Flickr m45 neb 3 1.1 by VikN46, on Flickr
  34. 2 points
    fedex delivered my new lunt 50mm solar telescope from flo this morning , looking at the weather forecast l should get a chance to use it tomorrow. looking forward to it.
  35. 2 points
    Thought I'd share this before I call it a night. I might have taken around 300 images of this tonight and will have a go at stacking and processing tomorrow. Its 60s, 1600 ISO, unguided, unmodded 100D in a 200p on EQ5. The wind didn't help much but the moon hadn't risen and for once everything seems to work. Also the first time I've used APT, what a great piece of software that is. And one day I'll figure out how to make images in my posts look a little bigger.
  36. 2 points
    Taken on 02.02.2014 7 x 900 secs Ha subs bias, flats,Cosmetic Correction. Stacked and processed in pixinsight was trying to make it look sharper but give up in the end and settled for this one for my final processed image. The weather was not the best on the night due to cloud and misty conditions but was lucky to get some clear skies so I made the most of it. Larger image can be found here http://www.flickr.com/photos/nightcasper/12291799006/#in/photostream/. Any comments welcome Dave Camera: QHY8L CCD cooled to -20C Guiding: MaxIm DL 5,9x50 Finder Scope,QHY5 Mono with IR filter ( Finder Guider ) Optics: Skywatcher 200PDS, Skywatcher coma corrector Filter: Astronomik H Alpha Filter 12nm Mount: Skywatcher AZ EQ6-GT GEQ & Alt-Az Mount connected to the Sky X and Eqmod via HitecAstro EQDIR adapter Image Acquisition: Maxim DL 5 Pro Stacking and Calibrating: Pixinsight 1.8 Processing: Pixinsight 1.8
  37. 2 points
    There's nothing quite like the joy of a Dobsonian - I've had one nearly a year and am now a convert. I feel your pain with the dark site thing - M31 in suburban London is a blurry let-down, although it is quite cool in and of itself. Transparency can yield surprises though - M32 is an easy one to pick out and a couple of times I've even managed to find M110 from the park. Best things to look at under light pollution are the planets and the moon (As you've found out) and planetary nebulae which tend to have low surface brightness. Oh, and invest in a UHC filter - a real game changer. It brings out the wispy nebulae from London and it made things visible in my ST80 I never thought possible... DD
  38. 2 points
    A really informative read http://www.prairieastronomyclub.org/resources/solar-observing/observing-the-sun-in-h-alpha/
  39. 2 points
    Im probably going to be a little controversial here and say no. IMO fans are a waste of time. I had one on a scope and it made zip difference to anything except in aiding the primary to dew up and become unusable.I have no intention of ever fitting one to any of my home built scopes.
  40. 2 points
    Pratice leads to perfection, hehehehe Also a huge magnifying glass and a steady hand helps
  41. 2 points
    that is a stunner, very impressive, but how on earth do you go about de bayering a colour camera ? you must have nerves of steel.
  42. 2 points
    Nigel, First off a good selection of scopes for visual use (and the HD versions are imaging ready....though see below). The Edge 800 is a nice scope (and not as little as you think). It has done well for me in terms of imaging the lunar surface, and just started to have a go at planetary. Both lunar and planetary use small CMOS cameras to take lots of frames and then you stack them (choosing the best ones). Both the 800 and 925 are great for this aspect: What can the Edge800 do? (when you also have a CMOS camera) so this is with the 800...the 925 would get you closer....: However when using a DSLR at prime focus its a different story. Jupiter looks like this (without a barlow): Now bear in mind that really only certain planets really are close enough, or large enough to be imaged with scopes....that shot is a 640 x 480 pane..and you can see how small Jupiter is, though will be bigger in the 925....then add in a barlow and you can get quite close. Think someone once said the minimum size to really do justice was 11inch...though I am happy with what I can do at present. The AVX mount Looks complicated.... The Advanced VX mount....superb. It is also my first motorised EQ mount. I had a manual one with my TAL's and learnt the basics of setting one, point north, etc, and its not that difficult. The alignment process takes a couple of goes to get to grips with, but its like anything new. It is good to know the night sky as you know what stars it is trying to align off, but these days stellarium will help with that....or use your phone to tell you. It really is a nice piece of kit. I move mine around and set-up when doing lunar, and just do a solar system align (IE of the moon) and its good enough for that task). DSO is another matter. What do you want to do (now and in future)? I think it depends on what you want to do, as no one scope is perfect for all imaging. The SCT scopes are considered slower (in terms of F/ratio), and have a long focal length (the edge 800 is 2032mm) therefore really ideal for lunar and planetary imaging (with the 925 being considered a very good scope and the exception to the 11 inch rule). Galaxies and clusters (IE DSO) really need faster scopes and wider fields of view (hence why I have the Edge800 for when the moon / planets are around, and the WO Star 71 (f/4.9, 350mm focal length for when its not!) The most important part of any imaging is the mount. AN EQ mount is considered mandatory for imaging (so the evolution is not so good being an Alt/Az). Thoughts before buying anything: You could start by just attaching your camera to a driven mount, and take some great wide field images with your camera equipment. no need for the telescope straight away...The mount is the key. If you have some great lenses, then have a look in the imaging wide field section on the forums to see what equipment people are using and ask some questions. I think it might be wise to get yourself a copy of Making every photon count if you really would like to start taking images. This is kind of the imagers bible, and shows the kind of equipment and thoughts for DSO DSLR imaging, and CCD imaging. My gallery is on my profile if you want to see some more stuff from the 800....of course though....I do want an Edge14 now ;-) Good luck with your choice...what a wonderful dilemma to have ;-) Regards
  43. 2 points
    Jupiter Europa and Ganymede! A fot who was waiting processing and surprised me because of the excellent resolution that were the moons. The planet was not in such detail but the moons Beyond Good round were a very pleasant tone. I emphasize that the whole picture has been processed in one take with no separate processing done to the planet and moons as it is common to see there! Stacking 2585 frames in AS!2
  44. 2 points
    Hello Simon - you are probably not far away from me! There have been a few threads on here about astigmatism and observing. I started one recently re the possibility of using contact lenses and, in fact, I have just returned from an appointment with the optician. I have astigmatism in both eyes but one (the right) is worse than the other. I also need glasses for reading so I have varifocal lenses. But for some reason and despite everything that I have read about long eye relief etc, I simply cannot get used to using glasses to observe either with binoculars or a telescope. I always feel that I cannot get in close enough somehow. But I then need glasses to read the handset, use the Tetrad and read a star chart or make notes. So I am constantly putting my glasses on and off. So I decided to try contact lenses. I have tried some in this morning and was simply amazed how comfortable they were despite never having worn them before. The ones I tried were not the final prescription that I agreed with the specialist optician today and I will try those next week. They consist of one for one eye for distance/astigmatism correction and one for the other for reading/astigmatism. This sounds odd but I tried it this morning with the optician's specs and it seems to work. I can't help feeling that I am not getting the best view out of my scope by not wearing glasses so I will be interested to try them. I have one of the TV Dioptrix correctors that I bought some time ago but it only fits my 6mm Radian and, to be honest, I can't see much difference. I have since learned that astigmatism has less effect on short focal length eyepieces (and the 6mm is the shortest I have!) but I didn't know that at the time. I am reluctant to buy more expensive TV eyepieces just to fit the Dioptrix! I am not worried if the contact lenses don't really improve observing much - at least they will mean that I don't have to keep putting glasses on and off. Also, in the brief trial this morning, it felt very liberating just walking around after years of wearing glasses. I will report further on the lenses. I am not suggesting that you need those - it could be that long eye relief eyepieces and glasses will work well for you. Cheers Kerry
  45. 2 points
    I've just acquired this filter slide off Astroboot quite cheaply which will give me a chance to play around with 1.25" filter comparisons more easily. I have the TV Planetary, Mars, and a polarising filter to switch between. Will update when I've had a chance to use it. Stu
  46. 2 points
    Aw I loved using the telescope as a little kid, even if it was more of a "guided tour." It might sound dumb but it kind of gives you a sense of perspective in the solar system, you know? As opposed to the planets and such just being faraway abstract concepts. Good on ya DS!
  47. 2 points
    Well done! I waited what seemed like half a lifetime to see Halley, expecting wonderful things, and in the event I saw nothing at all. And to this day I still remember the massive disappointment of fruitlessly scanning the night skies for Kohoutek in - what was it - 1974 or thereabouts? By the time Hale-Bopp came along I had reached such a level of cynicism about comets that I nearly didn't bother looking. But that, in the event, was a lovely comet, so all was forgiven. And thankfully Lovejoy was, I think, never predicted to be on the scale of those others, so frankly any view at all has been a bonus as far as I am concerned.
  48. 2 points
    Hi, I got my first confirmed view of comet Lovejoy finding it quite easily in 10x25 binocs and also with the naked eye, just. Through my binocs it looked a small smudge of light, quite fuzzy and slightly blue (perhaps a blue green), but I couldn't see the tail. With the naked eye, it was just visible, but that was all. My visual limiting magnitude is about 5.5, so pretty pleased to have seen it with the naked eye. I wouldn't have been able to locate it by eye if I hadn't found it in my binocs first. Mind I would have struggled to find it with binocs had I not spent the last 3 hours imaging it with a C11 although it was quite bright and visible in the guidescope (finderscope), now processing the results and will post in the imaging section tomorrow. Best of luck finding it if you can get out over the next week, it has made its closest approach to earth and is on its way to the sun now. Robin
  49. 2 points
    I think I saw it , was it a green ish fuzzy blob like this ?
  50. 2 points
    My only 2 images of 2014 using my C11xlt are. M82 The cigar galaxy. M76 The little dumbbell nebula.
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