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  1. Just received an ASI 120 as a joint present for my birthday from my family. Very pleased with its performance. Don
    15 points
  2. FINALLY finished my M31 mosaic - thank you Swag for pointing to the right mosaic tool! 5 frames, over 32 megapixels after cropping 99x 480 seconds @ ISO800 (~2-3 hours per frame) Modified Canon T3i Orion 200mm f/4 newt Orion Atlas EQ-G http://www.astrobin.com/218683/E/
    11 points
  3. I had the pleasure of helping out at a Bristol Astronomical Society public viewing event this evening. Around 30 members of the public turned up and we had some nice clear skies for a couple of hours to show them some of the Autumn sights. Around 10 members bought their scopes along and I bought my 12" dob. We were allocated a couple of targets each to show people (I had M57 and the M81/82 galaxy pair) but some errant cloud patches meant that we did go "off piste" from time to time ! (in my case to the wonderful globular cluster M15 and to M31/32 of course) It was so nice to show people these
    10 points
  4. So after any years of observing you think you must have seen the best by now. Last night blew me away. FIVE yes FIVE galaxies in the FOV that are much easier than the Stephens Quintet. Why oh why is this not as famous. The Webb Society magazine was my inspiration. Not expecting much from my home location I pointed the scope and BANG...a large fuzzy mess...the NGC 708 group in Andromeda. Here is a pic off the internet. I could see the Y shaped group of five galaxies. NGC 703 / 704 and 708 are immediately visible but 705 is tougher needing patience and high power. 709 was also just possible wit
    8 points
  5. Elephant trunk nebula in tri colour (red...h-alpha, blue...oiii, and green is sii), IC 405 in h-alpha, IC 443 in h-alpha, M1 Crab nebula in bi-colour (red...h-alpha, blue in oiii), and Rosette nebula in h-alpha. All pics were taken on 8-10-15, and was out til about 5-30 am. The equipment was William optics zenithstar 70ED with focal reducer. Filters were oiii, h-alpha, and sii. Camera was atik 314L plus mono. Thanks for looking!
    8 points
  6. This was one of my first targets when I started with AP one year ago. Made a lot of mistakes then so decided to give it another try Cropped version: Imaging telescopes or lenses: SkyWatcher 130/650 PDS NewtonImaging cameras: Canon 500DMounts: SkyWatcher EQ5 Pro SynscanGuiding telescopes or lenses: Orion Mini 50mm Guide ScopeGuiding cameras: Orion Starshoot autoguiderFocal reducers: Baader MPCC Mark IIISoftware: GIMP, Deep Sky Stacker 3.3.2, BackyardEOS v3, StarTools 1.3Resolution: 3092x1993Frames: 83x180"Integration: 4.2 hoursData captured on 2015-10-09, 2015-10-10 and 2015-10-11 using I
    8 points
  7. What a fantastic night with my sky clear to the horizon - minus 30 Dec (Fomalhaut easily visible). I set up the Orion VX8 on the SkyTee 2 mount and gave a really good outing to the Explore Scientific EPs especially the 24mm 68 degree and 6.7mm 82 degree - both new over the past few months. I started with M11 and then moved over to M16 (Eagle) and M17 (Swan). With M17 I used both the Astronomik O-III and the Lumicon UHC both of which gave a huge improvement. I then tested out the 6.7mm on M75 and M30 which gave a sharp view of the Glob but also the FOV was sharp to the edge in the f4.5 scope
    6 points
  8. This was tonight. 50 subs at 90 seconds, 20 darks, 20 bias, no flats, ISO 800 and a tiny bit of tweaking in GIMP.
    6 points
  9. Hi, I do, I'm using Lodestar X2 mono + 10" SW Quattro CF + G-40 mount I've got 3 so far: 15.10.2014 http://www.cbat.eps.harvard.edu/unconf/followups/J22394901+3812500.html http://www.rochesterastronomy.org/sn2014/index.html#PSNJ22394901+3812500 12.06.2015 http://www.cbat.eps.harvard.edu/unconf/followups/J17162885+0625585.html http://www.rochesterastronomy.org/sn2015/index.html#PSNJ17162885+0625585 19.08.2015 http://www.cbat.eps.harvard.edu/unconf/followups/J22412689+3917220.html http://www.rochesterastronomy.org/supernova.html#PSNJ22412689+3917220 Jarek
    6 points
  10. Soupy and Sam - nice job both of you - well done. Bet it feels good to be out doing a bit of imaging Pleased to see you got the Astrotrac going Soupy - I'll have to pop across to have a look at it going one evening. I managed to get Mercury, Jupiter, Mars and Venus before the morning light and clouds took them away this morning. It's come over really quite cloudy now.
    6 points
  11. Took advantage of the opportune alignment of the Uranian moons last night. Although I am slowly coming to grips with the EQ mount, I didn't want to lose the opportunity through having problems with it, so I used the SE mount, and the ccd without reducer. For some reason DSS refuses to stack more than one sub at a time - no idea why, but that means that this is just a single sub, processed with master bias, and a few adjustments applied with the DSS post-processing tools. (1) original image (2) moons labelled on cut-down version (3) screenprint from CdC for comparison Thanks for looking.
    5 points
  12. A few pictures from last night. Not as good a show as a few nights ago but still quite good . Taken with a panasonic gx7 camera - 20mm lens at f2.2-20secs- Iso1600 Thanks for looking Ian
    5 points
  13. My Quick fix! It was aurora with Vicky and Terry night. I decided to have a go at collimating my 130 ED! So took 5x 49secs subs unguided (4mins total exposure time) with my 5D to check the star images. Image is a crop in. Noisy, light polluted and quite naff but it was fun. Need another fix
    5 points
  14. Just climbed into bed after a long night shift. Took the opportunity to have a search for Mercury as the eastern horizon was free from clouds. I was pleasantly surprised to find I could see it naked eye and through the finder the unmistakable illuminated disc so definitely Mercury and not a star. Four planets and two of Jupiter's moons. That's another one to chalk down. Night all.
    5 points
  15. I´ve put together a time lapse movie (although I can´t get the quality as good as I want it. Might have to do with Moviemaker ) This movie covers most of the stuff I´ve caught during the last two years - aurora, DSO, comet, meteors, the moon, noctilucent clouds etc. Hope you like the movie. Don´t forget to select 1080p and full screen!! https://youtu.be/pTmcciu7Qyk Thanks for watching!
    4 points
  16. The Omega Nebula Took this photo of the Omega Nebula during September 2015. 4.5 Hours of Ha 45 Min of RGB Telescope: Skywatcher P250 Mount; ASA DDM60 Camera: QSI583 Mono Filters: Astrodon Ha 3nm, RGB Gen2 http://www.flickr.com/photos/101543943@N04/21957544470/in/dateposted/ Thanks for watching! Haim
    4 points
  17. Eastern Veil Nebula NGC 6992 in Bi colour. The Ha (24 x 600s) was taken on night of 30 September and the OIII (21 x 600s) on night of 8 October at our club camp in Suffolk. Taken with Megrez 90 with 0.8x FR and Atik460EX with Astrodon filters. Dave
    4 points
  18. Nice to see Mike Dorothy & Dai today, thanks Dai for the loan of the event shelter.
    4 points
  19. I finally got an adapter made, purchased the LP filter that Celestron offers for this astrograph and got my first set of 9, three minute subs of M31. I wanted to see what the size of the FOV would be and I was really amazed! Anyway, it was partly cloudy at Starizona last Saturday and the light pollution dome of Tucson was a big factor so I had to throw out three of my subs. But, for a total of 27 minutes of data and some quick processing, I think this system shows some promise. I had been posting my Hyperstar images here last fall and since December the weather has been not very cooperative he
    4 points
  20. Be bringing these with me John, you can try them all if you haven't splashed the cash before then, haven't got an 8mm but the 6mm is quite nice. Dave
    4 points
  21. Did you mean the image was noisey G or the company lol!
    4 points
  22. It's not brilliant but it's not bad, I need to reprocess I think. 42 images stacked ranging from 80secs to 10 secs. ISO 1600 Good night guys hope you like it. I need to sleep I'm up at 5am [emoji33][emoji33][emoji33][emoji33][emoji33][emoji33][emoji33] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    4 points
  23. Great wide field Neil. Look forward to your M31 Sam, I mangled a half an hour on the veranda here is a quick (over processed ) image of Andromeda taken using Gains Astrotrack and my canon 60D with stock 250mm lens, 4min exposure with 1600 ISO
    4 points
  24. The other night's sky gave an opportunity that couldn't be passed up, with the transparency clearing the longer I viewed...until I quit at 4am. After studying Pegasus for a few hours the bright stars of Orion emerged, first time viewing this favorite object in a while, and I must say the UHC gave up a unique view of the complex area. This UHC shows an extent of nebulosity that is quite amazing... much more than the OIII under dark skies and M42 was no exception. I must first say that I like viewing this object with no filter as more defined edges in the wings etc show, I can easily see the low
    3 points
  25. Excellent observation Mark and thanks for the heads up, I'll have a go on this group when I get a clear sky in the coming days. As acey has explained, our eyes need to see a certain size to distinguish these tiny galaxies from stars. R.N. Clark's "VISUAL ASTRONOMY OF DEEP SKY" has more details, this link is of good guide for me
    3 points
  26. A while ago a friend of mine sorted me out tickets to attend a lecture by Jim Lovell in pontefract in a couple of weeks. I just read that apparently Brian Cox will host a Q&A after the lecture!
    3 points
  27. -> Telescope: LX200GPS 14" - Hyperstar 3 -> CCD: ATIK 16HR -> Guiding Telescope: SkyWatcher 4" -> Guiding Camera: Meade DSI 2 -> Guiding Software: PHD Guiding -> Filter: Astronomik Lum, Ha, Red, Green, Blue -> Processing: MaximDl / AstroArt / PhotoShop CS3 -> Exposures: 17hours -> Date: 7, 9, 10, 12, 13, 21, 23 Apr 2010 (7 nights) -> Place: Athens Greece HOO: Hellenic Online Observatory GAC: Greek Astronomy Club http://www.greekastronomy.gr
    3 points
  28. Hey if you lot are meeting up I want to come... But I have no babysitter!
    3 points
  29. 3 points
  30. Yes, totally naff Gain - don't even know how you dare post such rubbish on our quality thread! Honestly, wow! Brilliant job. Did you do that after we had left, as the sky did seem to improve somewhat later on. Hopefully, we'll get a clear evening one day this week for me to get the WO out for a play. Damian - can't believe you are back up and posting again - you must have only been in bed a couple of hours, or haven't you even gone to bed yet? You are getting too cheeky - I'm keeping my eye on you lol
    3 points
  31. Had another good session last night although I still need to work on the CCD, a whole new learning curve for me at the moment but I did have it firing off some subs at M76 so I'll have a look through those later. I swapped it out for the DSLR & had a go at the Crab Nebula for the remainder of the session until the clouds came in at just after 3:00AM so at least I had an early night lol. Feelind tired again this morning so plenty of tea , coffee & fried breakfast needed to wake mne up lol. Just a quick dirty process of a single sub of M1, I'm hoping with the rest of them stacked it's g
    3 points
  32. I agree with Calvin, last time out i was going to uproot trees armed with a to do list. However I locked on the M13 and spent 2 hours looking at it with the 8mm, words fail me as to what it was like but Calvin and Steve (swampthing) have been telling me these things for as long as i have had the scope. I think it was Steve that told me the other scopes will collect dust.
    3 points
  33. Nice shot Soupy...hope you enjoyed the Astrotrac! Next tim .try a stack of 10x 3mins exposures!
    3 points
  34. OK all complete and even managed to do a PA using the AstroShed method and all seemed easy enough. I guess it helped I was actually using Polaris for my calibration. One very strange thing I noticed... I bought the uprated altitude bolts as recommended and fitted these when I bought the mount. It seems like the lower bolt (the one with the round handle rather than the ratchet effort) seems to be too short It is screwed in fully yet there and when if I tighten the other one up until its fully engaged then it means I'm not at the right altitude. To give some numbers.. Going by the scale I'm at
    3 points
  35. I must be odd then Mike - I can see the whole field of view of my Ethos eyepieces without any trouble at all. I just put my eye to the eyecup and there it is, field stop edge to field stop edge. I can't say the same for other 100 degree eyepieces that I've tried and the 110 degree Myriads definitely needed some eye / head turning. Not the Ethos though. I'd have got rid of them PDQ if they were uncomfortable to use as I'm not rolling in cash but I really love using them and can put in a 3-4 hour session with them no problem at all I'd have got rid of them if their optical quality was not top
    3 points
  36. Better conditions this morning (no cloud!) so had more time to properly nail focus and also slip in a Venus before the Sun took over! Quick process of the last Jupiter at 7.24am and Venus at 7.30am (no filter). Auto Dob & 3x tv :
    2 points
  37. So, I was up at 5.30am this morning to make an early start on my trip across the Pennines to Manchester - well work does pay the bills... Looking out of my kitchen I immediately noticed that Venus, Mars and Jupiter were in a fantastic position in an almost clear sky. Needless to say I grabbed my Firstscope (saving up for a sw 200p) got the 4mm in and got a great view of Venus phase, Mars as a proper orange and Jupiter with 3 moons visible!!! Yes, I was later to work as expected! You can't quite see Mars from my phone pic as I got in the car... AWESOME!!!!! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
    2 points
  38. Had a quick H-alpha session just now, and the disk looks pretty quiet. The fairly low hedgerow on the south-eastern limb I imaged on Sunday has turned into quite a nice filaprom, and another short, stubby prom is visible on the north-east. On the disk, a large area of quite angry looking plage takes centre stage (albeit just below and to a touch to the east of centre). Off-band a small sunspot can be seen in that area. A few filaments adorn the disk, but they are fairly short.
    2 points
  39. Wasn't there a whale in Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy!! Len
    2 points
  40. I have decided to go and become an impulsive purchaser! As soon as I get home I will be ordering the ieq45. I blame the recent pictures for being better than I could ever do before - I'm going to break it to the missus gently in a few months - she loves abroad, she won't know the difference [emoji16] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    2 points
  41. Nice AP Gain wish mine were all that bad Mark
    2 points
  42. Just sent a thank you note to Jeremy direct. I had a great time, met people, made some useful contacts, and would thoroughly recommend them to a beginner or someone who wants to make a fresh start in the hobby. You don't have to be in the BAA to go (it's slightly cheaper if you're a member) but you will get a propaganda leaflet or two pushed your way maybe (only joking). Best wishes, A
    2 points
  43. I'll get beer you get buttons Vicky can bring crisps. If anyone else wants to pop up please bring some treats
    2 points
  44. I can't believe it too Vicky, woke up early by a delivery driver at just before 11 with a parcel for the next door neighbour! Hey ho I'm sure I'll get some sleep one day or night even (would have to be cloudy though) Don't know what you mean cheeky lol!
    2 points
  45. Haha! Lets just say I couldn't get a word in! Hehe Just kidding Vicks... We were all stood in silence in awe of the beautiful heavens above!
    2 points
  46. See G your quite naff is our amazing pic! I need some Astro tutorials
    2 points
  47. Cheers for lending it to me G. It was quite easy to use and set up. Loved having a go with it. Need to get a proper intervalvometer now instead of just a remote switch.
    2 points
  48. I don't have ethoi, but I have 3 naglers plus powermate and all these options are medium-high power eyepieces. I much prefer observing DSO with wide afov eyepieces because they let me see the target and its context. Swapping between eyepieces of very different afov is something I don't like because it makes me think about the eyepiece rather than the target. This is for me at least. For very bright objects (surely the sun, but also the moon), I found I prefer simpler schemes and a 50 deg is all what I need. In these cases, I see less scatter light, more neutral colour and higher contrast. Whe
    2 points
  49. Ethos has a big following on SGL, don't join the flock and be a sheep goose!! I'II tell ya why..... The human eye cant see 100˚ so you don't see the whole object in one go, you have to kinda look around. The problem with this is that as you look towards one edge you lose sight of the opposite edge, quite a lot of people who don't enjoy 100˚ say they have to move their head around just to see the field stops!! Imagine doing that all night!! Some people struggle with nudging a dob around, last night you were watching the Dumbbell at x230 with your little 8mm TMB, I can honestly say that you
    2 points
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