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  1. 8 points
    Currently wellplaced to the south in Cetus is one of the first variable stars to be discovered in antiquity eg Mira = omicron Ceti "long period VS". It's currently about minimum light [AAVSO] of m9.2 but due to it near IR radiation as a red giant on my unfiltered 20s image it appears grossly brighter by many mags and tinted bluish. Visually it appears as bright as the marked star to the left. A degree or so west in Quasar Q0214-033 @ m16.8 hiding close to a mag 13.5 star @ distance of 3.7BLY - see inset. The captured light began its journey when primative life began on Earth ! Two faint gx to the SW, Nytecam
  2. 2 points
    After months of reading and thinking what scope to get I got a good deal on a new Skywatcher Skyliner 250px auto-tracking. I'm so happy! Now I just have to wait for the clouds to go away here in Sweden... It just fits in the trunk of my Kia Cee'd 2015 Great! I don't have to leave my wife or kids at home, no telescope in the seats I used the foam from the original box to build a support for safe transport.
  3. 2 points
    Another from last night, same subject, same scope but different camera. The scope was Meade 125EDT with the QHY IMGOH mono at prime focus. This is a mosaic of 8 panes, each pane 800 from a 1000. Its a little noisier than I usually like, I should have taken longer runs (about 2000 frames) but I was trying to get all panes in before a bank of cloud came over. In fact the cloud was just encroaching on the last part of the southern highland pane. Still it was enjoyable taking and processing the image
  4. 1 point
    Ta folks, I'm pleased with it. Had to do the mosaic manually as the panes wouldn't photomerge in PS. Oh and the 125 is a typo, should be 127 doh me and my sausage fingers
  5. 1 point
    I use the linked program, put in your location, tick off what type of DSO your looking for and it will display a list of what you can see...... http://www.whatsup.ricksastro.com/
  6. 1 point
    Great shot with the 125 there Phil
  7. 1 point
    Good stuff. The first of many cracking sessions for you with the new scope I hope.
  8. 1 point
    Lovely report, just shows what the very best basic Newt can do. Check out beta Monocerotis and NGC 2301 ("Hagrid's Dragon") next time you're in Monoceros, Nick.
  9. 1 point
    Following on from Sara's brilliant image of this, I have a wider view. 45x2 mins each RGB. 65x3 mins Lum.
  10. 1 point
    A red dot finder for the individual to use works fine and doesn't risk aviation.
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