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  1. 4 points
    Hoping to come over tomorrow afternoon to say hello to everyone. I went over on Sunday and met Tich for a cup of tea so things are looking good for a great social get together again. Checking on different weather websites we might be lucky to get some clear spells and it looks extremely positive for some solar observing. See you tomorrow - I am looking forward to my 10 minute drive. A nice P.S. its nearly 9pm and I have just been outside and the sky is starting to clear so hopefully someone at Lucksall tonight might get a bit of observing.
  2. 4 points
    The car is packed and I can't believe how much I managed to get in it... 16" Dob, 11" SCT, 8 fracs, 4 tripods, observing chair, 5 flight cases, beer-drinking chair, tent, beer and whisky. Not sure where my clothes are going to go but will figure that out in the morning. See you all tomorrow afternoon
  3. 4 points
    Misses M and I have just returned from 4 fantastic days in Iceland. One night we went out on a guided tour to see the Aurora and we were not disappointed. Here are a selection of some of the images I managed to capture All pictures taken with Canon 1000D with Samyang 10mm lens.
  4. 3 points
    GSO 305 mm - Canon T3 - 20 x 3 min ( 1 h) - ISO 800 - OAG - Skyglow filter - Coma Corrector NGC 2133 and 2134 - Some carts say to be open clusters, others say to be globular. File with 1.4 Mbyte with image scale 0.65 arcsec/px: NGC2134-FULL
  5. 3 points
    That's nice of you Mark. I'm bringing Vodka with me See you there mate
  6. 3 points
    High altitude clouds and strong winds caused below-average seeing conditions during the much-anticipated double shadow transit of Io and Europa across Jupiter's disc.
  7. 2 points
    While at The Astronomy Centre with Peter Drew yesterday using his 6 inch PST Mod to observe the large prominence, I also took a few pics of the surface detail. I thought I'd post one here for those who may wonder what such a scope could produce. The shot below was taken in rather bad seeing with my Olympus E-M5, single frame, 1/400 sec, 200 asa. I would imagine in someones hands who takes video files and stacks the best images the results would be fairly spectacular - certainly much better than this offering.
  8. 2 points
    Heres my take on yesterdays activity, Lunt60tha scope. Full disc was taken with my mirrorless CSC Olympus OM D EM10 and the prom detail was with my QHY IMGOH cam barlowed 2x The full disc is my best yet with the little Oly despite poor atmospherics
  9. 2 points
    I hope to catch more Lum tomorrow evening with clear skies forecast at the moment - here is a relatively quick process of the Leo Triplet M66/M65 NGC3628 group with 6 hours integration from last night. This is only the second time I have used 600s Lum subs and my skies can just about withstand that duration if I have good transparency and no moon. The tidal tail of NGC3628 is just beginning to reveal itself; it sure is faint. I was inspired to see if I could capture this feature after seeing ShineOn's image and also Olly's magnificant image (amongst other great captures too). Details: William Optics FLT132 at F5.6 QSI683-wsg and Astrodon LRGB filters 18 x 600s Lum 12 x 300s RGB each Avalon Linear Fast Reverse SGP and PI Thanks for looking and fingers crossed for more clear skies .
  10. 2 points
    You should always blow first - to remove any material that might scratch the lens / coatings when you wipe.
  11. 2 points
    Thanks Pete its nice to get something decent after so much fuzz! Here is the first image with more frames stacked (25% of 13000 instead of 10%).
  12. 2 points
    just a thought guys/gals. if anyone is after a cover for there scopes i have just bought a brilliant one from halfords. its nice and soft, heat reflective and doesnt allow condensation to build up http://www.halfords.com/cycling/bike-maintenance/bike-storage-solutions/bikehut-all-weather-multi-bike-cover and a smaller one http://www.halfords.com/cycling/bike-maintenance/bike-storage-solutions/bikehut-all-weather-single-bike-cover just a thought so you can leave them out all day and night
  13. 1 point
    I'm ecstatic that I finally got a chance to see the aurora - I usually miss them whenever they make an appearance! It gave me a chance to try out my new lens (Samyang 14mm f2.8) with my Canon 70d, and I can tell it's going to be a firm favourite! Having never imaged the aurora before (and generally being pretty useless with processing software) I wasn't entirely sure how best to process them, but I think they turned out ok in the end!
  14. 1 point
    In relation to my recent Polarex classic telescope purchase, I educated myself on the Unitron, Polarex and Weltblick brands. That's how I noticed a neat little scope at the german https://www.ebay-kleinanzeigen.de/s-anzeige/teleskop-weltblick-fernrohr/268630165-242-4818 This is a pre-Unitron/Polarex Weltblick and not produced by Nihon Seiko. It has a "circke K" mark, that I am still digging into. It seems that the Welt Blick brand was put on a whole range of Japanese telescopes all the way back to the 60s (Maybe even 50s). As far as I know, the scope I have purchased is mid / late 60s. The scope invoked that "must have it" feeling, and I probably should have saved my 100 Euros for my 16" Dob savings project. But now I can't wait for clear skies and a "double star split shootout fest" with my Carl Zeiss, Polarex (not arrived yet, not worried yet...) and this "Circle K" enigma. The photos taken in a garden are not of the scope I purchased but from another source.
  15. 1 point
    All set up, late pm, fingers crossed. Consumed some pie for dinner, then went out. Only bothered to do a 1-star alignment, then set GoTo to the nearby M44. (I know it's an easy one, but I also wanted to run some EP checks.) Target found - spot on. That 9x50 finder is fantastic. The 40 and 32mm EPs are meant to perform about the same, but I noticed the 40 made fainter stars appear clearer, no doubt on account of the greater brightness at lower mag. Then the big test, using my new ES 24/68. Fainter stars were again clearer with this, presumably because of the enhanced contrast at higher mag, and the panoramic view of such a beautiful object was stunning! What a cluster, what an eyepiece! Finally a quick squint at Jupiter, and in for some warmth and a beer. A very satisfying short session! Doug.
  16. 1 point
    All packed and ready to roll! Should arrive sometime tomorrow avo.
  17. 1 point
    Due to land about 3pm Friday, and looking forward to it! Haven't even thought about packing the car yet but it's getting close. Might get a few galaxy tips off you Mark as I'll be right next door
  18. 1 point
    Actually got motor with it just havnt got rnd to fitn it to my mount
  19. 1 point
    Think it's th 2nd scope only my 1 has RDF on it
  20. 1 point
    Yea it's a 130mm 900mmf
  21. 1 point
    Very nice. Well done. Do you rember which moon that was that caused the shadow on Jupiter? As it has a reddish hue I'm thinking Io. ?
  22. 1 point
    I think there will be a few more than 38 when im finished, here is what a 3x3 mosaic should buy me: And thats just the NGC and IC galaxies
  23. 1 point
    Nice image. Yes it's common but it never gets old. Thanks
  24. 1 point
    Update. Upon checking my Min and Max slew settings in skyportal for some reason the max was set at 30 degrees, no wonder it wouldn't goto much lol
  25. 1 point
    Very nice comeback image Jake! Good to see you back in the saddle!
  26. 1 point
    As others have said I feel your frustration too. For me it’s the unpredictable British weather and the way it changes every hour or so! As Peter mentions above, Monday was meant to be clear from 6pm, then my weather app said 8pm then 9pm. Finally by 10pm it was clear. Other times I have just packed it all back up but having purchased a new CCD I was more stubborn than usual. I try to mix it up a bit with observing. Then other night I had a good tour of the moon and then started to star hop to double stars. I even saw my first true triple star system. I spent about 15minutes looking at it and then going back and forth after reading the description in my Sky Safari app. Anyway hope you stick with it and just remember you are not alone!
  27. 1 point
    Hi Iapa, I'm using a 200PDS mounted on an HEQ5 mount. Not sure how that set-up measures up to your mount. I would say mine is pretty much on the limit of what the HEQ5 can handle, once I attach my Canon EOS 500D and my guide system (I use the finderscope which came with the 200PDS and have added a Lacerta guide cam and box of tricks which hangs off the OTA) the counter weights are almost at the end of the balancing arm. That said, I've managed to get steady images up to 5 minutes exposure with that set-up, although LP trims that down to 3 min for effective imaging. If I were looking to upgrade my set-up I'd be looking for the next level in terms of mount sturdiness, probably the NEQ6 or equivalent. I'm happy with my 200PDS as I can get some good detail on these faint DSOs. Most likely a future purchase may be to buy a scope with a wider field of view to get the likes of M31 into a single frame (I need a mosaic of at least 4 to get a good full image of M31). That said I've only been doing this astro-imaging stuff for less than six months so realistically I ought to get more out of what I've got rather than expanding too rapidly. The DSOs below are examples of what I can do with my set up (all stacks of 3 min exposures - galaxies are c. 100 subs, M42 is from about 30 if I remember correctly) and then a fair amount of time spent in front of Pixinsight to stack and process. Happy imaging.
  28. 1 point
    Hi Steve and welcome to SGL
  29. 1 point
    I still don't see this sticking out of the back of a TV85... but I'll give it plenty of time to sink in
  30. 1 point
    hi guys new to this planetary imageing i decided to mod my Microsoft Lifecam HD3000 i tried it out last night dont think i was focused right and to be fair i have no idea what settings are supposed to do what atm i used sharpcap focused best i could and started to caputure then stacked them all with AutoStakkert this is what i ended up with i think i needd practice hahaha
  31. 1 point
    Had my first glimpse of Jupiter tonight bright white with three just as bright moons very exciting. I used my Celestron Astromaster 70 AZ not the best of scopes but I am able to set up and have a quick viewing session and gave me the the enthusiasm to get out of the house and into the freezing cold again lol. Can't wait for summer tho! Pic was taken with an iphone soz not so great... Anyone else got a pick of Jupiter this month please post
  32. 1 point
    Great info - thanks. As I love using my 17mm Ethos, and all the Ethos EPs seem to have the same eye relief, this might work well for me. I have a 8mm Ethos lined up for acquisition next week; I'll see if I like that one just as well.
  33. 1 point
    A pair of galactic neighbours from the constellation Coma Berenices, NGC 4725 in the top right, is a large spiral galaxy, distinct in that it only has a single spiral arm. NGC 4747 in the lower left, is being warped and dragged apart by the gravitational influence of it's larger companion, displaying plumes of stars and dust being torn away from it's centre. 18.5 hours of exposure time from January, February and March 2016, with an Altair Astro 6" RC and Atik 460ex. Captured in Sequence Generator Pro and processed in Pixinsight and CS5.
  34. 1 point
    One warning - if this has already been said, my apologies: If you opt to replace the small bolts in your secondary on a SCT with Bob's Knobs: Remove only one bolt at a time - replacing each as you go along. If you remove them all at once - you can manage to drop your secondary-mirror assembly inside the OTA. I also suggest you always work with the front-end of the scope either level or pointed downwards somewhat. This so if/when you drop something - it doesn't hit the corrector. Hope this helps, Dave
  35. 1 point
    The EM 5 strikes again, well done Paul. Petes scopes are certainly different
  36. 1 point
    lovely image and a fantastic guide , ive been trying ot pin point m101 for ages, no problem now with this
  37. 1 point
    Thanks guys here is a snippet of the animation using 6 images though I will have 16 in total when everything is stacked. These are straight out of wavelets : Thanks Simon didn't realise I'd posted this thread somewhere else!
  38. 1 point
    lol. It's to keep the Jaffa cakes safe until I drive down. Upon which they shall be distributed in small concealed caches around the campsite squirrel style so that no-one but me knows where they are.
  39. 1 point
    I've repeatedly found it easy to discover a new interest, get ridiculously over-kitted in a short time, study hard, learn a lot, enjoy it immensely...and then discover that there are limits not only to what I can do, but also what I want to do - and what I actually need to do just that (sell the rest). The actual "doing", being in the moment, is the point. Don't get me wrong - pottering around with a shed or attic/loft full of gear that doesn't get "properly" used can be a lot of fun - so if you like pottering, potter away and don't waste brain cycles pondering the sense of it all . Must agree with others here - make it easier for yourself to have fun. What if this was the very last time you could observe? Would you be that bothered about the "big picture", or the "sense of it all"?
  40. 1 point
  41. 1 point
    Very nice indeed. Some more fuzzies definitely there
  42. 1 point
    Cheers Alan much app tht advice are th vixen EPs costly
  43. 1 point
  44. 1 point
    I use a similar type of pier, albeit a different model http://www.altairastro.com/altair-skyshed-8-observatory-pier.html, & it happily supports my Paramount MX+ & a fully loaded Celestron C11 Edge. My T-point model gives me a SKY RMS & PSD of under 12 & if there was anything wrong with the pier I would know about it. My pier sits on a modest 30" of embedded concrete & I filled the hollow tube with bags of sand for extra dampening. The design makes polar alignment a breeze. I made a graduated degree scale & added that to the pier so its easy now to fine tune alignment although I've not done this for a year which proves its a solid mount. If I had any doubts I would have got rid of the pier very quickly so all is good. I quite like the rats cage type configuration as it is fairly straight forward to level the top & I've not had any perceived problem with vibration or movement. This also makes a useful space to put power supplies & other small items under the mount. I have a four port cigar type lighter adapter & various power supplies under the mount. All in all a worthy additional to your observing happiness.
  45. 1 point
    That muesli looks good. Is that the lite one?
  46. 1 point
    Bootes, maybe not the most interesting constellation out there but it's the first constellation I ever identified the first day I had my telescope. Arcturus is an important and beautiful star for me, brings back a warm thoughts.
  47. 1 point
    Tough question as I also enjoy the progression of the seasons and seeing the return of old favorites in the morning sky. I do love the splendor of Sagittarius, and the shape of Scorpio. Deep sky treats a plenty!
  48. 1 point
    On one occasion I used it at maybe 25 feet in a warehouse. The thing is to test it on a good scope before you try the project scope. If you get clear diffraction rings on the good one then the test is good. Olly
  49. 1 point
    Thinking of that, I've purchased 2*curry and 2*hog. As I'm hoping to bring my better half, however there is a chance that she'll not come, so just giving a heads up that there is a chance of a hog and curry that'll be unclaimed.
  50. 1 point
    Here is my finished job...
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