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  1. 3 points
    Under the skies you had some of Stephans Quintet will be visible in your scope. Try the 8mm Delos and the 5mm XW, swinging the scope a bit to pick them up. They are faint...and can pop in and out of view, depending on the telescope. Pickerings Wisp is big and likes a wide TFOV- I use a Lunt 20mm HDC these days and it works really well and will illuminate your eye a bit better than the 17.3 Delos. Great report BTW!
  2. 2 points
    On 11-12-17 at about 6:35pm I spotted a satellite moving NW at culmination, elevation was 27 degrees. When I looked at it through the telescope, I was taken aback to find an annoying "reflection" in the eyepiece. I wondered what was going on when I realized that no other star, planet, or satellite had this type of reflection. After a closer observation, I came to the surprising conclusion that I was not seeing one satellite, but two satellites, following each other! The first thought that came to mind was that I was seeing the recently launched Cygnus 08-A about to dock with the ISS. However, it didn't take long for me to realize that none of them were bright enough to be the ISS. After finishing my observation, I did some digging. My research led me to believe that I had seen the pair of satellites called USA 238/NOSS-3 6 A and B. Evidently, they are spy satellites that use triangulation to track ships. Cool, huh? http://www.satobs.org/noss.html#Intro
  3. 1 point
    Most will say that a filter will not help you see galaxies and they will not help them stand out. I happen to disagree with this. I have a Lumicon filter that I bought about 5 years ago, maybe more. It is their version of the Street Lamp Filter, to help filter out the orange type of light that was once all around, well in Hull it was. I live in Bulgaria and have no lights to worry about these days. This filter though is marketed under the somewhat misleading name of a Deep Sky Filter, and yes I fell for it. Having said that though I really do feel it helps on target like M81 & 82 when using my 18 inch Dob, I also feel it helped a bit with 12 inch Meade SC when recently looking at M77 and the faint blobs ( several NGC's) around it. Lumicon by all account are maybe not what they once were so be careful what you buy if going down this road, old secondhand is the one to look for. Alan
  4. 1 point
    Got to grab what you can, very quite at the moment!
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  6. 1 point
    Happy New Year Everyone. So finally after 9 months processing, which included a full redo of the RGB blend, I have finished the 2nd Mega Mosaic to complement the 400hr Orion Mosaic myself and Olly made. This mosaic began in 2012 where I collected 30 panes of Luminance. In 2013 I completed 2 rows of RGB. Later in 2015 while taking imaging trips at Ollys in Les Granges, I finished the RGB panels, and I took Ha data to blend into the central rift area. I also took an extra LRGB column on the left hand side of the image. Like the Orion mosaic, this had data at 0.53m with added 1m resolution data for the Eagle, Swan, Lagoon and Trifid nebulae. Again this is the highest resolution image of this area of the sky as far as I am aware of. Thanks Tom. Flickr image can be seen here. https://www.flickr.com/photos/28192200@N02/24086292076/in/dateposted-public/
  7. 1 point
    For those who wonder what liveview looks like when using a modified Sony A7S on a fast scope like the Takahashi Epsilon 180 ED, here's your answer: https://youtu.be/z80vnWCLc3o I must stress that this is not a timelapse, so the quality is nothing like the timelapse videos you are accustomed to seeing - I recorded this in real time at 4 frames/sec at ISO 160000. It is exactly what you are able to see in real time on the back of camera LCD (except that YouTube has further compressed the original MP4 video) I used an IDAS D1 light pollution because my sky quality is not that good near the horizon. At a good dark sky site without LP filter, the video quality would be much better. There is a lot of amp glow when using liveview and/or video (many low light videographers are complaining to Sony) but this amp glow quickly disappears when taking long exposures. Mark
  8. 1 point
    The holy eyepiece of antioch. i have a 34mm version and it is already quite huge.
  9. 1 point
    It is a shocker. Mine made the ES82 30mm look small, although they're not too different in weight. It still feels like you put your face, rather than your eye into it, but I find it very comfortable. Itook this for those wondering how it looks compared to the rest of the ES MV/Meade clones: Russell
  10. 1 point
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