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  1. 10 points
    Had a real struggle taming gradients with this one, lots of light pollution over here makes wide field work difficult, still it is what it is and still better than most UK skies. Taken through a Borg 71FL, the luminance is 12 x 15 sec and 12 x 600 sec using a QHY9 and the colour is 18 x 600 sec using a QHY10. Some of the brighter stars have a curious colour split which I can't remove, if anyone is able to give me a pointer I would be very grateful. Anyway for better or worse here it is, thanks for looking and clear skies. Mike
  2. 8 points
    I'd been keeping an eye on the weather over the weekend hoping to at least get out Saturday night, but the weather had other Ideas. Sunday looked better but work at 5am Monday morning wasn't good .I took the gamble and made the trip up to our usual dark site, joined by fellow society and SGL member Vicky050373. Arriving at around half 7 the sun had already dropped well below the horizon and there was a 50/50 split in the clear skies available. Should I set up or not well with the scope rain cover in the car I put the 22" in it's usual spot. The clouds then started to roll in and by the time Vicky arrived I was stood looking up at the grey wool with a coffee and what I thought was another set up practice run under the belt. Chatting away about my SWSP trip the week previous and her trip to Kelling we passed the time till at about 9pm the clouds gave tantalising glimpses of the heavens then eventually opened up holes long enough to swing the dob around and pinch a few views, some new some old. NGC891 just off Almach looked o.k. but in comparison to the views the previous weekend was poor. One of the finest edge on galaxies up there I was struggling to see the large central dust lane but did manage to pick it up. Vicky never set up her scope as it was pointless when aperture was available to enjoy the views and she managed to pick out the dust lane once her eye was in. It never fails to impress anyone the image scale you get using a bit of aperture and the 13E. Picking the clear bit's we took in Mirachs ghost (NGC404) which looked bright next to it's Orange companion. Old favourite M57 was the next jump. Just a test of seeing for me but looking half decent. M51 was lost over the god forsaken Manchester light pollution with just a tiny hint of spiral arms which Vicky never saw as the wispy stuff put paid to the views quickly. Dropping east and M56 glob was a nice sight and we both agreed a lovely object to compare to M13 which was next on the little list we compiled. The propeller was clear to see. Clouds were always ever present but we managed later on to revisit and pick out the galaxy just above NGC6207 which Vic thought was bright and a great little find. Andromeda was clear and the clouds gave us a 5min window which to get some views in, the gap between it and the satellites really shocked Vicky as I pointed out that she wasn't looking at M110 but M32. This Isn't a 4" frac I think I may have said I hopped up to NGC7331 one of my favourites and with that under our belts I intended to drop down and go for Stephans Quintet but a cloud bank wiped away any such view. Hey ho just an addition at around 11pm there was a very bright draconid that travelled straight through Pegasus approx twice the distance of the square. Spectacular although Vicky was looking at NGC7331 at the time With the woolley stuff getting worse a hop from the Andromeda galaxy to the blue snow ball (NGC7662) took 5mins. A little detail was there and we both agreed that given time and slightly better seeing more would've revealed itself. A darker core was visible with a little outer detail. Formalhaut (Piscis) and Diphda (Cetus) were on the southern horizon so we tried for NGC246 PN and NGC247 but both targets were just lost in too much atmosphere and haze. Finishing the night was a view of M33 which was clearly visible in the 9x50 finder. Through the scope the NGC's in the spiral arms were easy to pick out. Coffee stop and then dismantled the scope, we both headed home where I did a record time unload of the car ready for my shift in 4 hours! Worth it though
  3. 7 points
    " I'm going to wait until I have a bit more experience and then I will go for the 16". " Nooooo..... get the 16" now lol - they're dead easy to use - it's just a Newtonian on a turntable/rocker box - only bigger - no further experience require. They're fabulous - you can get superb views now and your smaller scopes can start gathering dust like they're supposed to hehe! (Or ignore my addiction to dobs and tell me to go away lol)
  4. 7 points
    I was just about to put my optics into a larger diameter tube as a cure for aperture fever!
  5. 6 points
    A bit naff, but I couldn't sleep last night... came down for a glass of water to be greeted by a beautiful clear sky so grabbed my HTC M8 and held it against the window as still as I could and took 10 x 4 second iso 800 lights and a dark. Thought I'd try it with DSS this morning.
  6. 6 points
    After a decent grab of 2599 there was just time for an er indecent grab of 2598 and 2600 through the thin cloud:
  7. 6 points
    Loads of data today! Some close-ups of the AR's using the Lunt wedge, QHY5, Baader UV/IR cut & #56 Green Filter. Best viewed at full res
  8. 6 points
    Can't believe this. Day off work and the Sun is out for a good half of the day! Bound to rain the rest of the week. Even caught a little bit of flare activity in AR12599.
  9. 6 points
    cloudy firstthing but started toget some blue gaps at 10pm. seeings still very good in the gaps. kit- ed80, 1.5x barlow, lunt wedge, 1200d in mono and 1:1 crop mode and shot in jpeg cos i like to be different , 75 frames staxed in regi and coloured in photoshop, the close ups are just crops. thanks for looking and i hope you all have clear sky and good seeing. charl. coloured. mono. coloured invert. action crop 1. action crop 2.
  10. 6 points
    Taken from my home LP location, to try out a Newtonian I bought back in March and not used yet. Ha 9 x 900 secs Oiii & Sii each 7 x 450 secs binned Atik 314L & SW 150P NEQ6
  11. 6 points
    Writing f5 like that you could easily get confused into thinking they were. Astronomers write 16" f/5 this shows that the second figure is the focal ratio of the first figure (which is the diameter of the primary element or aperture), not the photographic speed (f stop or aperture ) of a camera lens which could be written 2030mm f5 Confused yet .....???? What a riot this is eh
  12. 5 points
    So I can't get my 130P into balance due to it being from an AltAz goto mount originally (£30 from astroboot) the tiny dovetail puts the tube in the wrong place with a camera fitted and the wrong rotation also. I acquired a £147 3D printer kit from eBay a week or so ago, and honestly it's required far less fettling than I thought it would to get acceptable prints so within a day or so of it arriving it's producing prints with correct dimensions. So this weekend I printed out some tube rings, designed on onshape - which is a proper CAD package for free and cloud based can't recommend it enough - it's like solidworks. It's even usable on your tablet. I've also printed a baht mask although it was a right pig to get off the heated bed... Anyway happy days, next project will be a 3D printed tracker for SLR and lens I think so I can have a portable grab and go setup for the unexpected imaging windows.
  13. 5 points
    Both weather apps promised 6 hours of clear skies last but managed just over one before the clouds rolled in, and stayed! Managed to get two images that both need more data but both are acceptable, to my eyes anyway... M33 is 5 X 10 min, iso 1600, 72mm ED-R, 100D (modded). DSS and PS. The milky way includes NGC 7822 at top right and should also have M52 and the bubble, though I cant see them. 10 X 5.5 min, iso 800, 50mm 1.8 usm lens at F5, Canon 1200D (modded), DSS and PS.
  14. 5 points
    M-31 is the nearest large galaxy and the most luminous member of our local group. It is distant from Earth by 2.5 milion light years and is thought to be as massive as our Milk Way. It has magnitude 3.4 and apparent size of 3.1 deg x 1 deg. This image has been taken from the southern hemisphere ( Lat of -23 deg) in an exceptional night, with a TMB 92mm f/5.5. The luminance sub was 10x600sec and the RGB 5x10min bin 2x2 each channel. Thanks for lookig, Fernando
  15. 5 points
    Not great conditions, but beggars cant be choosers especially at this time of the year! Some reasonable gaps early on, but they didn't last long. Camera and Firecapture both decided to play up as well Celestron ED80, ND5 filter, DMK21au618+No58 green filter.
  16. 5 points
    Lot's of blue sky today but not where the Sun was hiding, showed it's face a couple of times. Dave coloured this one to try to disguise the awful seeing
  17. 5 points
    Hello all, Bodes is a favorite of mine - I had previously imaged this target with a different OTA but was never quite happy with the result. When I obtained the Esprit 120 I decided to give it another go. Comments and critiques welcome - exposure information can be seen here: http://www.meadowlarkridgeobservatory.com/hidden-pages/bodes-galaxyesprit120/ Thank you for looking.
  18. 5 points
    Just got a break in the clouds. First up, the lovely 2599!
  19. 5 points
  20. 5 points
    Following on from Gnomus' postings of his processing of the Pacman nebula in bicolour and the Hubble palette it was my turn to have a go at processing the same data. Steve had read about the CFHT (HOS) palette in Warren Keller's new book so persuaded me that I should give it a try. I wasn't sure quite what to expect and was completely unprepared for the wildly coloured image that popped up on the screen when I combined the three colour channels. Unfortunately we discovered that referring to this as Ms Pacman wasn't an original idea but it still seems very apt. I worked mainly in PixInsight before transferring to Photoshop for LCE and some minor and targeted sharpening at the end. Not sure what to make of the image but it is certainly different.
  21. 5 points
    Always makes me pay attention when this happens.
  22. 4 points
    Just thought I'd share this, a 3-panel mosaic of the Mare Imbrium region taken earlier this year: (click through for original). Equipment as per sig, taken with the QHY through a 2.5x barlow. I really like how you can just about make out Hadley's Rille in this pic, I've always been fascinated by it. I've got a close-up pic of the Rille as well, am currently toying with ideas of how to present exploded detail in a picture. Hope you like, Stuart
  23. 4 points
    A very short run with the Lunt following the white lights earlier on. The usual set up Lunt50mm D/S, DMK21au618, stacked in A/S2 sharpened in ImPPG, finished in C/S2
  24. 4 points
    Progress OK so I selected standard stacking instead of mosaic which knocked 100MB off the FITs file, which then opened instantly in ST. Also set RGB background calibration and got colour! However, I then read an ST instruction which says to set for no colour calibration so trying without that setting now. Anyhoo, a bit rough and noisy but there's colour
  25. 4 points
    Hi. ST works only with linear -un-stretched and uncompressed- files. For DSS ensure you are saving as FITS and have nothing selected for your camera in the FITS dialogue -unless you are stacking FITS files.
  26. 4 points
    Interesting thread.... and perhaps a wake up call for the forum more generally. The way we use the forum (and other fora) is undoubtedly changing and we need to be sure that we don't lose what we have as a result. Personally, I read far more now on my phone or tablet rather than on my pc, and as a result post less (both in number of threads and the number of words!) because it is trickier than with a keyboard (where I am now). I tend to 'like' rather than comment. The forum would rapidly die if everyone was like me! But this thread has also raised an issue I hadn't thought about before.... When I read, I start with the unread content - likes don't bump the thread in the same way as comments, so if I miss it when it is first posted then my only real chance of catching it is if someone else posts. So, I suppose the message for me is that because I (we?) value the forum and want it to survive and grow I need to actively contribute much more often. Thanks for raising the issue!! Helen
  27. 3 points
    Hello After processing a film on the subject the result was not good, but he dragged one that ultimately was much better. This is in IR 685 which leaves a little margin to do better with less turbulence. Once again it is my best picture of this area. Good walk over. The lighting in the axis showcases the rilles perpendicular to the detriment of the main rille in which we begin to see details. the lunar Alps were likely formed by a sudden collision that created the giant impact basin known as the Mare Imbrium or Sea of Rains. Have a good day. Luc At 75% : At 100% :
  28. 3 points
    Hi All, Got this between clouds, seeing not to bad. peter
  29. 3 points
    Well, I think it looks like a Balrog anyway (JRR Tolkien's Demon Spirit from the ancient world). Televue np101is at F4.3 (.8x reducer), SBIG STT 8300 with Astrodon Series IIE LRGB Filters: 15 hours, 20 min exposure time Lum: 36 X 5 min & 18 X 10 min (1x1) Red: 21 X 10 min (1x1) Green: 19 X 10 min (1x1) Blue: 16 X 10 min (1x1)
  30. 3 points
    Lovely clear skies this afternoon and this evening so got one of each and a high res down the terminator with the 2.5x barlow. Had a beggar of a time processing the daylit moon, brain stopped working but I got there in the end, thanks for the screenshots Charl no darks or flats on the hi res and it shows at fully full size. Also the 3 panes aren't fully blended for levels etc but I'm pleased enough for a quickie. Rupes Recta stands out nicely which goes along with the visual views I had too. A very pleasant PM it was too Daylit Inverted daylit Nighttime Inverted nighttime Hi res terminator (clicky for full size)
  31. 3 points
    Today i attempted for the first time, to stitch two photos of the sun together. The WL shot is taken through an ST80 refractor using an altair GP Cam colour. I ended up taking two videos covering the whole disk, then using Registax, ended up with two photos which i sent to Gimp as layers. I am fairly pleased with how the WL shot has come out. I tried following the same procedure with the Ha scope. However my two final photos didn't appear to have the same sort of colour/saturation/brightness. No matter how i tried to even this up the "join" still shows in this pic. I will repeat this at some point and see if i can improve. Thanks for looking :-)
  32. 3 points
    Even had the PST out for a session today. Hopefully someone will do this properly later!
  33. 3 points
    These images were taken on the 7th of October, except for the last one which was acquired on the 6th (worth scrolling down for). The seeing on the 7th was highly variable, whereas on the 6th it was excellent. These are stitched mosaics and single framed shots. The variable seeing prevented me from doing my usual animation on the 6th, this time of AR2599. I actually found AR2598 to be visually fascinating, with its abundant plage regions. Thanks, -Charles
  34. 3 points
    NGC 7640! Unfortunately for this interesting barred spiral it shares it's line of sight and constellation from earth with M31, in Andromeda. What a shame! There is virtually no information on this object out on the internet I could see, it doesn't even have it's own English Wikipedia page! The distances quoted seem to be a mixture of guesses ranging from 19-49 million ly and no mentions at all of the very interesting looking tidal curls towards the right hand limb of the galaxy. It appears that it is roundly overlooked by both professional and amateur astronomers alike. My image is 17 hours of LRGB captured during September and early October with my 6"RC, Atik 460ex and Baader LRGB filters. Images captured in SGPro, constructed in Pixinsight and processed in Photoshop CS5. Who with me in forming a "Friends of NGC 7640" group? I hope you enjoy!
  35. 3 points
    Lovely report Damian, and perfectly sums up a thoroughly enjoyable evening despite a bit of cloud dodging and a bright moon! The views through your 22" blew me away, and it feels like you are seeing objects anew. Just to see the propeller in M13 was something I have never experienced other than from the results of my imaging. You truly cannot beat getting your eye to the eyepiece and enjoying first hand the views that such a scope offers. Indeed, it certainly isn't a 4" refractor lol. It was the first time I had seen some of the objects, such as NGC891, and the scale in the EP was something else! As Damian said, I honestly could not believe I was looking at M32 when I was convinced I was viewing M110. Seeing the spiral arms in M33 was something I've never seen visually either, and I even picked out NGC604 within M33 - brilliant. It's left me with aperture fever and I can't wait until the next time
  36. 3 points
    Kim has the right idea?. , Talking of a 12" on this post is just being a lightweight?.
  37. 3 points
    I have the TS60ED on my StarAdventurer, from Teleskop Express. Lovely little scope. All those other options are way too heavy for it, as your 383 is no feather either.
  38. 3 points
    The trigger has been pulled ........!
  39. 3 points
    hay Guys, come on over to the lightside, we do loads of chatter there in the solar sec. clear skys ,charl.
  40. 3 points
    A 3" F5 is the cause of aperture fever, not the cure!.
  41. 3 points
    Had a reasonably clear last night so had a second stab at M31. I've got to grips with the Auto Two Star alignment via camera live view much better now. I found a grid overlay option which allows me to put the alignment starts absolutely central and I then carried out a precise goto align on Mirach as suggested by the mount. After slewing to M31 I took a few subs to confirm alignment and it was very good. I stepped up to 30secs exposure this time as per Ians suggestion, accepting that I would lose some subs to trailing. In total I captured 225x30s lights + 50x30s darks. Flats and dark flats were carried out prior to lights, 50 of each. Total light frame capture was limited due to physical camera/mount interference at 60° Alt. My setup is still tail heavy so come payday I'm planning on getting an ADM dovetail to shove the whole lot forward so it balances better and will increase available alt. I did note however how the mount accelerated in alt later in the session and field rotation got faster. Threw the whole lot into DSS about 11pm and went to bed. Had my stack waiting this morning so put it through ST and got the image below. Much better than last time, calibration frames certainly reduced gradients & vignetting. Still finding ST a little clunky, so just got a trial licence for PixInsight and will have a play with that over the next month or so.
  42. 3 points
    We had such a great night yesterday with my Xterminator, I thought I'd brag a bit. Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association was scheduled to support the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association's annual Star Night at a special location called the Peace Garden. This is a quiet, isolated 1/2 acre of trees in an otherwise economically depressed high crime area. It was built, and continues to be expanded and enhanced, by the students of Sunnyside School District, supported by the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association. It was the brain child in 2003, and continues under the leadership, of a wonderful lady named Beki Quintero. The process is that on Saturdays, the kids volunteer four hours of work on the gardens or building the benches and walkways and any manner of improvements. In return, local merchants have contributed funds for the improvements and parts to repair the kids' bicycles or, if they don't own a bicycl e, for a few more hours work they can earn a bike. I've been a volunteer at Star Night for over ten years, except for one. During our session, we are usually visited by Tucson Police Department anti-gang foot patrols who enthusiastically thank us; one told me "Tonight they'll think about the stars instead of flying knives and bullets." Another reason for sharing our presence in outreach. https://healthyschoolscampaign.org/chicago-focus/engaging-students-in-the-outdoors-with-tucsons-peace-garden-5985/ There were three of us scheduled, but the weather started bad in mid-day and seemed like it would be rainy until after 8 PM, so we were given the option of not coming if it looked bad. Since my role is not only with a scope, b ut to be a cultural story teller, I couldn't duck my chance or let Beki and the kids down, so I left home in a driving rain and drove the 30 miles south. There were some patches of blue, but rolling rain clouds as well, so I had no hopes of scope time. I got there about 5:20, and there were some blue patches over the Peace Garden but although looking stationary, the clouds were mobile and some ugly. Then a young lady volunteer from UofA showed up, her first time there, and we talked a bit about the history and purpose of Peace Garden and Beki showed around 5:40 followed by the other core group of volunteers. It didn't look like a good night for telescopes, so I was going to stick around for story telling. The young lady from UofA and I put together about a hundred luminaria, used there in place of the park lights when scopes are present. The other volunteers distributed the luminaria at the speed of light while both st udent and adult volunteers completed the setup (refreshments, power line running, and a dozen other functions). By now it was well after 7 PM and the sky was dark and clear. It was decided to give the scope a go along with the story telling, and a Tucson Police Department sergeant and an officer, and several of the adult and youth volunteers carried all my stuff over to the labyrinth because of my weight lifting limits from surgery. I got the 10" SCT working at f/5 with the Mallincam Xterminator perfectly on the first quarter moon, and the 19" monitor had the giant lunar poodle visible (I rotated the camera to perfectly match the lunar orientation), and started the story telling. In honor of the great lunar view, I did the comparative stories of the Navajo and Yaqui Sun, Moon, and star creation, as well as the Yaqui sun wanting the moon to be his girlfriend and the condition she set. The Yaqui culture has the Sun and Moon in place for the creation of the Earth. For the Navajo story, in addition to the legend of the people themselves creating the Sun and Moon and flying them into position, I added the concept of coyote as trickster in the lore of most tribes, and his scattering of the Navajo First Woman's stars leading to the custom of grandparents teaching the children. I threw in the color of the coyote story (involves bluebirds and a magic lake, coyote getting a blue coat but he doesn't follow all the rules and ends up with dusty brown forever except, if you peel back a coyote's fur, there is still a blue layer next to the skin. The moon creation, and all the education about the Mare and dry craters followed, and we saw some drift into solar collimation in the reflected sunlight and suddenly become beacons in real time, using ALC = 4000, so there was a bit of excitement along with the Late Heavy Bombardment and Intermediate Bombardment lessons. One ad ult asked for a deep sky object so I aligned on Vega and demonstrated the awesome view of Mallincam's M57 (The Ring) image. This took about 20 minutes as batteries in the wireless electronic controller died (spares 100 yards away in the truck), Telrad batteries actually fell out, mount brain lost it's mind and needed three tries at Vega, and accidentally disconnecting the monitor power. But the wait was worth the OOHS and AAHS on The Ring and the stellar evolution story. Despite the still present high humidity/low transparency, all I had to do was set the AWC and then MAN on white balance and increase the integration time by 5 seconds over the normal 0 gain setting for a perfect Ring. So, the night was saved in grand style thanks to persistence and an awesome instrument. Several of the Peace Garden staff helped me haul my stuff over to the truck. I love this place, its island of peace and love in a tough economic area, an d especially the great efforts by the TPD officers and their close interaction with the local folks. Since we started doing this group13 years ago, I've only missed one due to a schedule conflict, but this is such a unique group of volunteers I never miss an opportunity for a Beki hug.
  43. 3 points
    I slept most of the afternoon yesterday so this left me being wide awake later on so around 1:30 I peeped outside and to my surprise it was lovely and clear. I wasted no time and got the scope set up, this took a little longer than normal as I had not yet unpacked anything from last weeks SWSP, even so l all was set within 15 minutes and left the scope tracking whilst I went and put some warmer clothes on. I was using a 110mm refractor (baseball bat) 21mm & 8mm Ethos, the conditions were pretty good and had no dewing issues. Even the old metal chair I was using stayed dry. I was using Sky Safari via wifi and fortunately this keeps a log of everything you observe so I didn't have to write anything down, here is a list of what I observed in 3 hours:- Alnitak 1.7 magnitude Variable double Sigma Orionis 3.8 Variable double Rigel 0.3 Variable double (at this point I was going to abbreviate " variable double" but for some reason I thought it may not be appropriate) Cursa Beta Eri 2.8 magnitude double The Pleiades -M45 SAO 111113 9.1 mag (impressive skies) Orions Nebula - NGC 1990 HR1861 5.3 magnitude double 31 Orionis 4.7 magnitude variable double Cone nebula (I didn't see anything at all but I know I was pointing in the right place due to the wonderfully accurate goto) NGC 2244 Lowers Nebula (once again an nebula free view) Betelgeuse 0.6 magnitude variable double star HR1911 magnitude 5.8 double star. I will not bore you and myself with listing anymore, but this does give an idea of just how lazy one can be with the aid of technology. All I need now is an app that lets me download my history, or learn how to use my current app as it may already be capable of doing this, so I can cut and paste my sessions into any observing reports thus putting laziness to a new level. Joking aside I had a nice time slewing around the same area of the sky, the goto accuracy and the functionality of the app really do give a nice alternative making the whole of last nights session very enjoyable indeed. Shaun
  44. 3 points
    Indeed, no argument - I've been there and done it. When I was a teenager (and to paraphrase Douglas Adams) in a terrible miscalculation of scale I bought a big Dob - a 14" Dark Star. My parents weren't thrilled to lose their dining room to it, and they named it Dusty Bin. But despite that, my dear old Dad would help me load it into his car on clear weekends and drive me up to the dark Northumberland village where my grandparents lived, set it up, then hunker down in the car and go to sleep while I soaked up ancient photons. It was spectacular - but quite an undertaking.
  45. 3 points
    Me and Vicky had a good night with patchy seeing and quite good transparency. Just in after unpacking car in record time. Work in 4 hpurs yipee!
  46. 3 points
    I quite often just click, like this, because I cannot add anything useful. If I post an image I don't expect loads of replies, if replies do come, hopefully they are helpful and not just saying great image. Although if someone says great image I don't mind.
  47. 2 points
    I think DS imaging is thriving. I say this because I run a very small business, no more than a cottage industry, in which I offer facilities to all kinds of amateur astronomers and the take-up is mostly (but not entirely) from imagers. It was like that from day one, thirteen years ago. Well, that's me and my business. What about here on SGL? Yes, I think Barkis may have a point in implying that imaging has slipped a bit and Maximidius may have a point in suggesting a cause. Cause, effect? Hard to distinguish. Chicken and egg. Let me go off on a tangent which many will find predictable and yawnworthy, coming from me, but if you believe something (and I do) you should say it. There are too many people 'out there' advocating DSLR imaging. The arguments have been rehearsed to death but this is a predominantly UK forum and the UK is plagued by light pollution. The only high powered weapon against LP is narrowband and the only high powered way to do narrowband is with a mono camera. At the moment that probably means CCD but change is in the air. DSLRs are getting better, some are downright excellent in fast F ratios, but I strongly suspect that they lie behind an undercurrent of despair amongst UK imagers. Mind you, I haven't been back to the UK for a while (I've 'gone native!!!' It might be Monique's cooking...) so maybe it is also the weather. But we have one major magazine which strikes me as wedded to DSLR when that simply is not the way forward for many UK imagers. Don't beat me up over the price of the kit. I know what stuff costs and I can do nowt about it - but I recommend CCD. Voila. Go on, throw things at me!!! Olly
  48. 2 points
    electric blanket, heater (yeah I feel the cold), roll of gaffer tape (serves a multitude of uses), not so much a what to bring but a what to get out of the car...EVERYTHING. anyone who thinks it's ok to open the car and set off all the lights because they forgot to get their ep's out is sadly mistaken. you will make no friends and probably more than one adversary.
  49. 2 points
    why dont they use a 50mm finder scope for the hubble, save them a lot of money, must email them
  50. 2 points
    There was a time when Imaging was huge here, a thriving Picture Of The Week competition was the driving force behind it. Members regularly featured in the Astronomy Magazines, and rewarded with their achievements highlighted in our Published Members Section. Of course not just Imaging led the charge, many had their recorded observing sessions also published, Letters to the Editor, also a popular feature frequented by members comments on various topics. Imaging still thrives on our forum, and hopefully the Imaging Competition will be reinstated, but probably a Monthly affair. Much has taken place on SGL, not least the complete installing of new software, and much else that did, and still does occupy a great deal of Admins. time. So please don't be disheartened, the future is bright, and the Buzz will return. As for comments, or more to the point, the lack of them, of course it's sad when a few words can't be written to at least recognize the effort someone has made to bring a picture of a deep sky object to our page. A little goes a long way, and everyone likes to be noticed. Of course some images are so professional in their production, words seem to fail us. However, the authors of these super Images know full well their capabilities, and certainly wouldn't be miffed if a comment fell short in praise. I have no Idea how many Likes have been issued by members, it must be thousands, but let's face it, it is an easy way out. Personally, I don't care much for it, and I know I am in the minority, and a bit of a fraud, because I do use it too, although I would not miss it if it disappeared. Anyway, chins up guys and gals, things can only get better. It's quite good now isn't it?? And a Star Party coming up this month too.
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