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  1. 4 points
    One of the best loved Victorian amateur astronomers was the Rev Thomas William Webb who wrote 'Celestral Objects for Common Telescopes'. Webb was a rural clergyman in Herefordshire and a few years ago Janet and Mark Robinson produced a lovely book called 'The Stargazer of Hardwicke'. The Webb Society is named in his honour and a few years ago I was asked to visit Hardwicke (to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the book) and show objects in the nights sky. It is so dark in Hardwicke with no light pollution. If you are in Herefordshire its worth visiting the Church where he was Vicar. Book details ISBN 0 85244 666 7
  2. 4 points
    My second image from 7-1-16 - done with my dual rig Processing was a bit of a tour de-force, as I did both Ha and Oiii from both cameras, and there was also a meridian flip in all filters. Husband hasn't seen me all day, I have been sitting at my computer processing. a) Atik314L & WOZS71 + x 0.8FR b.) Atik460EX & ED80 + x 0.8 FR Ha 31 x 600secs (a = 14 x 600, b = 17 x 600) Oiii 15 x 600secs (a = 2 x 600, b = 16 x 600) Sii 13 x 600 (a only) Total integration time = 10 hours. PS: Just notice I missed cropping the edges, will do that tomorrow, have had enough for today. Carole
  3. 3 points
    Having had no luck getting a decent image of Andromeda so far, so I am pleased with this. 14 X 5 min, iso 800, DSS, Photoshop. My third image from yesterdays all nighter. It is not framed perfectly, but I can't get it all in anyway on my 150 pds. A Star 71 would be nice if anyone wants to donate one to the Stargeezers coffers! One more to process, but as I was up til 5.00am, I think its time for bed.
  4. 3 points
    Its a very very unlucky time to get into the hobby right now. I was so lucky when I bought my scope, the jet stream was behaving itself and I got lots and lots of viewing in. I achieved first light within 1/2 hour of getting home on a lovely afternoon moon ! The first year I got so many views, this year has been rough to say the least. There is currently no sign of an end to this continual bombardment of weather fronts as the longer term forecast pretty much has the jet stream oscillating front after front onto us. On a more positive note, between fronts when the jet stream drops south, the free floating particulates in the air are at a low, the transparency should be good so these small in-between sessions should be taken advantage of. It takes finer planning as sudden downpours are never that far away. My interest remains high even in times of frustration, however I do feel a little sorry for people who got scopes over the festive period and have not had a good opportunity to really cut their teeth on this great past time. The good times will come, I am personally looking forward to a window of opportunity that lasts more than 3 hours Times like this often allow me to grab the Burnham's Celestial Handbooks from the shelf, and gain some inspiration from the late Robert.
  5. 3 points
    I'd be looking for a shop that knows optics and can answer questions such as: "What type of mirror does this telescope have?" "What is the warranty period?" "Does the telescope have 2-inch focuser with a 1.25 adapter?" "Who manufactures this telescope?" If the telescope is made by any of the outfits already mentioned - such as Meade, Celestron, Skywatcher, or Orion - you are looking at a good quality telescope with a good warranty so you can get your money back if it doesn't perform properly or is outright defective. Buying a telescope with a brand-name no one has heard of, here in SGL, I wouldn't go near it. You were acting quite intelligently to come to us to ask. Good job! Keep looking, Dave
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  7. 2 points
    If the cool box is sufficiently stocked with beer you shouldn't notice the cold.
  8. 2 points
    My god Chris are you just going to keep quoting your posts all day till you get it Mark
  9. 2 points
    Now I wonder who will be the biggest poster... Should start up a book on it... 11/2 on Ursula... 6/1 Chris... 3/1 on double poster Damian.
  10. 2 points
    yea, i should be able to use the scope from inside the house, but as I only use it for visual observing its a bit point less, unless i can remove an eye somehow and put it at the eye piece lol
  11. 2 points
    My first year, lots to learn about how to get the best from my gear and processing. DSOs are definitely the hardest things to get right. Hope these prove its worth having a go at DSOs with an EQ3 mount, even if an EQ8 would have done better ;-)
  12. 2 points
    I have had a brilliant 2015, with an Atik 414 added to the Canon. 18 months since first looking through a telescope and I am more enthusiastic now than when I started! Mosaic Double Cluster: Bodes Nebula (M81): A holiday Milky Way widefield Iris Nebula and finally, HST narrowband PacMan: Looking forward to 2016, although the weather needs to improve a LOT Thanks Matt
  13. 1 point
    Hi All I'm looking at my first scope. I'm in Dublin so in the middle of the city and we dont have any astronomy shops to go to, so looking at them is difficult! Anyways, I have a few ideas in mind as to what I want to do. 1. Look at the solar system 2. Some DSO 3. Be able to do some astrophotography. I have some ideas but someone might be able to steer me in a better direction. I was looking at the http://www.firstlightoptics.com/reflectors/skywatcher-explorer-200p-eq5.html From what I can see its upgradable but I don't know if I could get away with http://www.firstlightoptics.com/reflectors/skywatcher-explorer-150pl-eq3-2.html I know that the EQ5 mount is better than the EQ3-2 but that the heq5 is whats really needed for AP. Would I get away with an EQ5 ? The 200p is about my budget at £419 / €556. Its over €700 here in the one online shop we have ! I've seen it elsewhere for £389 incl delivery I have a Canon EOS - D60 camera I dont want to go down the GoTo road. It might be easier but I wont learn a whole lot and I'd rather put the money elsewhere. I had looked at Dobs but for tracking the EQ is where I want to be I did get a pair of Celestron 20x80 binos and saw some dual stars around Orion but they are not collimated so going back to Amazon. I might be able to get some help with them at the net Astronomy Ireland workshop next week. Thanks in advance
  14. 1 point
    I thought share a few pictures of the moon with you. All were taken holding my Samsung galaxy s5 up to the eyepiece. I haven't done any processing or anything else with them. Hope you like them. D.C
  15. 1 point
    Managed a quick look with the SM-II 60mm DS, and was treated to a great view of a fairly active disk. Several plage areas and filaments were scattered across the disk, with a very nice AR around the sunspot visible just NE of centre. the show was stolen by a massive filaprom on the NE of the limb. It almost looked like an arch seen from above rather than the side. I hooked out the 8x32 sunoculars and could spot two sunspots, so at least something to see in white light as well. Clouds rushed in before imaging kit could be set up, but I am pleased to have seen something at all
  16. 1 point
    Or, why not steal some Hubble data to improve your images? While waiting for clear skies (today we got 20 cm of snow), I have like apparently many other Stargazers played around with old data. After realizing that I could not do much more to improve my latest M42 image, and trying to get inspiration from the numerous M42s published on the net, I stumbled on what Wikipedia says is "one of the most detailed astronomical images ever produced: NASA/ESA's Hubble Space Telescope version of the M42 that took 105 Hubble orbits to complete. Even if it is a mosaic, it is far from capturing the whole nebula and the Running man is way out of reach. So, I decided to join forces with NASA and ESA and expland their field of view a bit. It was also a good Photoshop exercise for me. Here is my latest version of M42 and the Running man. Here is the Hubble M42 And here they are living together in perfect (?) harmony
  17. 1 point
    And it's sold already - didn't think it'd hang around long at that price as it was about half what you'd expect to pay for it new.Shows you have to snap these things up if you want them
  18. 1 point
  19. 1 point
    I'll have to bring the gas cooker and a packet of bacon on an observing night Sent from my SM-G901F using Tapatalk
  20. 1 point
    Stars are not bright enough in that image, likely you wouldn't get diffraction spikes on that even with a Newt :-) ChrisH
  21. 1 point
    First thing on my list would be a Telrad I would not be without mine.I wouldn't bother with a box set of ep,s as you probably won,t use half of them and there not that good quality,Prehaps go for a 18 or 15mm BST Starguider £49 on eBay very good ep and take it from there.you could also download stellarium for free. Oh and anything to get rid of these clouds, Clear skies Jonn
  22. 1 point
    Some really nice dust around the horse there and blue reflection, an accomplished image!
  23. 1 point
    You (probably) have a high background on all channels, so likely you need to use a different stretch ('Wipe' in StarTools, 'DBE' in PixInsight, 'Levels' in PS) to remove it then stretch what remains. ChrisH
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  25. 1 point
    Oh lol. I meant I was skint lol Sent from my SM-G901F using Tapatalk
  26. 1 point
    If it's one a month then the weather gods owe me 2 clear nights from the last 3... I'll take them now please. ChrisH
  27. 1 point
    I'm undecided myself my usable scope is time consuming to set up
  28. 1 point
    Thanks Martin. Here's hoping for the good weather......... If we do get a few nights, I may well try the RGB again - I am not entirely happy with the stars, although the whole image of course looks a lot better without the website image degradation. It makes me wonder sometimes - the images I see on this site which really impress me - what they would look like without that degradation.....absolutely fantastic I would imagine! Chris
  29. 1 point
    Is it best to get one that has a parabolic mirror?
  30. 1 point
    Just to add - the image needs cropping as you can see borders from the registration process. Try taking shorter exposures but more of them. There are ways of processing to keep the core from burning out. I can't put my finger on one now but there are tutorials around with M31 as an example. All the best! Louise
  31. 1 point
    Hi Matthias Looks pretty good to me! Wish I could take something so good... I dunno, maybe a tiny bit green and a weeny bit bright. It's all a matter of taste, I suppose. I did a quick adjustment in Paint.net - shifted the green a little in levels and pulled the curve down a little bit: Yours is probably better! Images never look so good on here anyway. I usually post mine as .png. It's worth calibrating the monitors you use for image processing - there's usually a built-in routine for doing that. Louise
  32. 1 point
    Think he also qualifies for a certificate for the most boring post!
  33. 1 point
    He was just chatting to his self really. I think we should reset the forum count to zero and start all over again and ban Chris for cheating Mark
  34. 1 point
    I asked the same sort of question beginning of 2014 963 comments later. New scope brings the bad weather [emoji17] http://stargazerslounge.com/topic/207446-when-is-this-weather-going-to-end/page-1 Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  35. 1 point
    Looks like some kind of dodgy meat lol. Matt.
  36. 1 point
    Best go clear all the emails out of my inbox now from tapatalk telling me about all your Rubbish posts Chatting about nothing. I don't think you should give Chris anything for the 10,000 post as it was Rubbish and Iv just cleared 41 emails Mark
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  38. 1 point
    I recently bought a pair of 15 X 70mm binoculars. The weather did have a little something to do with this. I can grab them faster and catch a quick view - before the Monsoon-God sees me and lets go again. These low-cost Celestron Skymaster's are pretty good! Did ya hear me, M-G? Dave
  39. 1 point
    Hope you don't mind, i also had a bit of a play with it in PS (i've been processing M31 myself recently so was interested in the challenge). As the others have said, it's all about using Lab colour in PS to get the right balance. Colours are the hardest part of M31 in my opinion. I also used some of Carboni's tools as well. It was tough to say the least!
  40. 1 point
    Hi and welcome to the forum. As mentioned above some idea of a budget would help and I would suggest that you ask your question over on the Beginners and in particular the "Getting Started General Help and Advice" section. More people regularly visit that section than here and we wouldn't want you missing out on useful advice. Astrophotography as an area of inquiry does come with an initial steep learning curve along with the ownership of an accurate motorised mount that is capable of tracking deep sky objects. Alternatively, solar system objects can be imaged using a simple video camera which can also be processed using some free software that is available on the internet and of the two represents the cheapest route in to imaging. If you want some idea of what people are using to capture great images, take a quick glance at members equipment signatures over on the imaging sections and you will get a pretty good idea of what the consensus is. Imaging is great but it does come with its own disappointments and researching up front to get a handle on it's complexities will certainly help ensure that you buy the right kit, so that your first image of a black hole won't be the one in your wallet! "Making Every Photon Count" by our very own Steve Richards will certainly point your in the right direction and as you don't live in the U.K his book can be purchased from here. Clear skies and hope you enjoy your stay here.
  41. 1 point
    some say Damian has only ever posted 10 times, but his post count is 3,672
  42. 1 point
    Come on people only 40 more posts to go. Can't make any nights this week Dawn is away, however forecast for tomorrow gives a couple of clear hours. Went for a walk up Emley tonight, some very nice clear bits but the wind was up. I was pointing out loads of stuff to Dawn, she was impressed for once!
  43. 1 point
    Thanks! Nope, sorry...Tigers fan since my childhood
  44. 1 point
    I followed a bunch of tutorials I found on youtube for the processing, which help a lot. ISO was 1600.
  45. 1 point
    I'm very rusty but can tell you what a nimbus or Cumulus constellation looks like!
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    The Project Gutenberg has quite a few titles on astronomy. Check them out here. I just downloaded Myths and Marvels of Astronomy, by Richard A. Proctor, published in 1896. The books on Project Gutenberg are historical in their own right, and almost always contain sections on earlier developments in astronomy (That's how these older books are!). Some titles are on amateur astronomy. Each book is available in different formats. I prefer "EPUB with images" for on my e-reader. Enjoy reading.
  48. 1 point
    Job done, a lens brush, Baader fluid, and about 20 lens cleaning tissues later... ChrisH
  49. 1 point
    Hi Steven Mike here from Thurrock in Essex and like yourself I got my first scope this xmas and tonight was my first night using it from the back garden. Most of the stars on show seemed quite hazy and so I decided to just wait for the moon and ignore trying to set up my goto mount. It finally announced itself at around 10pm in the middle of my neighbours tree, which just left a few degrees until it went behind the nearest building.....! What I did get however was a smashing first view ever of our moon as the clouds were kind to me for the short time I had. My wife came out too for a look and we were both gobsmacked. The moon is worth the price of the scope on its own, and so the rest of the universe is for free !! I'm sure you will be really pleased when you get your first view. I have concluded that my back garden is not a great viewing platform....off to my dad's place in the wilds of Hereford for the New Year and the scope is getting packed.
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