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  1. 3 points
    Aurora showing on the Shetland Cliff Cams (very slow to load this evening thoiugh must be a lot of people viewing) So heads-up in N.Scotland https://www.shetlandwebcams.com/cliff-cam/ Here is one I captured a few minutes ago.
  2. 2 points
    Jupiter, march 08-2018 the best! Careful processing of the two best photos of the 12 captures made to get that GIF I posted on AstroBin Many details visible on the north pole and across from GRS. https://www.astrobin.com/full/337675/0/?nc=astroavani&real=&mod=
  3. 2 points
    Pick a constellation that is in prime position then research all the objects you will be able to see including double and multi star systems very rewarding. Write them down like kerry said then make quick notes use a soft pencil in case of dew pen will tear the paper. Get yourself a big diary then write it all in after your session you can always go back to it then if you get a different scope or different eyepieces to compare with or see objects you missed.
  4. 1 point
    I've just seen the travelling Museum of the Moon exhibition in Leicester, and I highly recommend it. It's a high resolution 7 metre diameter 3D model of the moon that you can walk around, and it's simply gobsmacking. I took along my Vixen 2.1 x 42 super-wide angle binoculars, and Pentax Papilio 6.5 x 21 close-focussing binoculars and spent hours looking it over - great views of both near side and far side. I think it's in Leicester for another week, and in Glasgow for an extended period starting some time in May. If you're into lunar observation you'd be crazy to miss it.
  5. 1 point
    TBH I dont know. I fitted the Rowan belt kit to my HEQ5 and it was definitely worth it - much quieter, smoother slews, better guiding - I would expect the same to be true for other mounts but I dont have first hand knowledge.
  6. 1 point
    Just did a little bit more processing on this image seems a little less blue now and a bit crisper.
  7. 1 point
    Venus and Uranus will be in conjunction, less than 4' apart, close enough to fit within a low power telescopic view. It will be a challenge to see Uranus at magnitude 5.9 in the evening twilight. Use Venus as your guide. A great astrophotography event!
  8. 1 point
    Two books to start that will be perfect are these...forget turn left at Orion..I think it's rubbish... This is the best book by miles to begin with. The next you have S&T pocket atlas...it's fantastic and cheap enough to deface, I add notes on sticky paper to help prepare for a session like so
  9. 1 point
    As I had some spare time lately I decided to dive in some old data and I liked to look again at the Eclipse data that I shot last summer in the US. Finally I was able to make 2 images in which I tried to make an attempt to catch what I had experienced during the eclipse. That's quite tough because an eclipse is really a very moving moment that goes through whole your body, but I have the feeling that I somehow succeeded a bit. One image is already on the wall here (and on some walls in the US ) and the other will follow soon I think... I really hope to experience this some time again in the future.
  10. 1 point
    Lovely clear sky - got 8SE from shed, set up, aligned on Betelgeuse and Procyon at 7.25pm. As usual, ran a test of GoTo on a familiar target, M67 King Cobra (open) Cluster in Cancer - small, dense, dozens of clear stars (and many more less so), very nice. Target for the evening was Leo galaxies, starting with M105 (face-on elliptical) - a very pale, fuzzy patch, south of HIP 52683 and (to east) the close pair HIP 52744/6. Transparency was getting poorer by now, but AV helped me pinpoint the galaxy, as did moving (with motors) and tapping the 'scope. I then tried for the Leo Quartet (or some of them anyway) - got the right region, west of a parallelogram of stars, so knew exactly where to look for NGC 3190. Tried tapping and AV again, also increasing the mag, and dropping it to x48 for more exit pupil, all to no avail. A glance at the sky showed why: extensive cloud cover! So an encouraging start stalled this time out. But there's usually something on show even with lots of thin cloud about: La Superba, Y CVn, one of the brightest carbon stars - very orange indeed! And.... M35 in Gemini - another compact open cluster, similar in appearance to M67, also very nice, and with NGC 2158 OC immediately SW, comprising about eight stars. Then finished after 1 hour 20 minutes - not quite what I'd planned/hoped for, but still very satisfying. Doug.
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