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  1. I needed something big and bright to image last night with a 50% moon so this seemed the obvious choice. Probably not the best night to try and chase the feint nebulosity surrounding Andromeda but i think i caught a little. Takahashi Epsilon 130d Zwo Asi 071 pro Osc 130 * 150 second subs gain 50 Az Eq6. Sequence Generator for capture Stacked in App and processed in App, PS and PI. Hope you like it. Richard. Jpg for slower connections
    18 points
  2. M101 has been challenging to say the least, particularly because of the high LP around here causing my luminance frames to have all sorts of funky gradients and banding and also issues with colour balance. I think I'm relatively happy with this result for now, although I'll definitely aim for more data (at least 10 hours of luminance) to get better SNR, and maybe add some Ha. Equipment: Altair Astro 6" F9 RC Astrograph William Optics 0.8x FF/FR Starlight Xpress SX USB filter wheel Baader LRGB 36mm filters ZWO ASI 1600MM-C Hitec Astro Mount Hub Pro Avalon Linear Fast Rever
    17 points
  3. Hello all,as a totak noobie and not just green behind thr ears but all over ?. Ive had my first scope for 7 days now a 2nd hand skywatcher 200p dob, i only have the 2 eye pieces that came with it. I decided to go out in the communal garden again tonight asbthe sky looked good,i got out at 8.30 to give the scope time to cool down and get muself comfy. It was a lovely fairly clear night.And for the first time i managed to get Saturn in my finder scope after finally sorting out its alignment on friday, i started off with tue 25mm eyepiece saturn was tiny but i could cleary make out
    15 points
  4. From last night... 15 X 12.5 min, iso 400, DSS and PS. I used a CLS filter that enabled long exposures but it also (helped by high cloud) prevented any colour, especially those blues. Perhaps I'll try very low iso (100) next time without the CLS and see how long I can get to without over exposing.
    10 points
  5. After the opposition the diameter diameter display is quite fast as well as the phase increase. In this photo we can see Olympus Mons as an orange spot near 01:00 hs and at exactly 9:00 there is a clear line that at first I thought it was a defect in the photograph but then when I went to check I realized it was Aeolis Mensae which has a network of Valleys in that location. It is interesting to note how some formations changed their appearance due to the storm. https://www.astrobin.com/364789/0/?nc=user
    9 points
  6. My first attempt at imaging and processing a dark nebula, and probably my first really good run at the Atik 383L+ in some proper darkness. I imaged last night from 10pm so I had to content with the moon after midnight. I haven't used darks because I hadn't built a library of darks past 600s. Currently doing them now, takes a while at only 4 per hour! 18 x 900s L with Atik 383L+ 38 x 300s RBG with Canon 40d ED80 FF0.85x EQ6 It was nice to see some detail come through. Please feel free to offer advice. Processing with DSS and PS. I hadn't really a clue on how to proces
    7 points
  7. Was just mooching on FLO and noticed the BST Starguiders have an offer for multiple purchases. So I did the only thing that made sense, I bought the full range! I'm blaming you lot on here for constantly saying they're good value for money and worth having. ? Going to need a new case for them all now, curses.......
    6 points
  8. Astrodarkness is getting back up here. This is the first decently large data set I got with my new ASI071mcc pro, almost 6 hours over the last two nights, but with a half moon. First night I managed to get 29 x 3 min of RGB data (gain 150 offset 20) and the second night I put on a Ha fliter and got 52 x 5 min Ha data (gain 200 offset 20). So Ha through a OSC.... yes I know it is not optimal but it has 16 megapixels and is quite sensitive with low noise and what do you do if they do not sell APS-C sized mono CMOS cameras (yet). Chip at -15°C. Stacked and calibrated in PI. Processed in PS. This
    6 points
  9. Dave , I showed my neighbour Saturn last night ... he actually didn’t believe the planet had rings , so I feel I’ve actually educated one person already lol .
    6 points
  10. Hello All, Tonight and hopefully tomorrow night I was planing to see Phobos and/or Deimos. I have two windows of opportunity tonight, at 20:50-21:20 AEST and 00:30-01:00 to see Phobos and tomorrow around 20:00 to see both Phobos and Deimos. I covered half of my Ethos eyepiece opening with electrical tape to put Mars behind and look for Phobos. The shield worked a charm, but still Phobos did not pop into view at all. Visually I was unsuccessful to see Phobos tonight but imaging at 1/15th second exposure I might have not only caught Phobos, but also Deimos coming around from
    5 points
  11. On Friday last I managed To get 25 x 4 mins subs with my new camera. I was meant to be adding Oiii last night but have picked up man flue so was told not to go out on the pain of death! Here is the results so far, calibrated with darks and flats all at -15. Still seem to be getting a lot of noise but am pleased with the result so far. Hopefully all being well ill add the other filters and get some colour in the images as well as me! lol Framing is a bit poor but my excuse is I want it Now! any hints and tips welcome.
    5 points
  12. And just in time for Kelling, for the old foggie that I’m getting, a nice observing chair from RVO arrived just over an hour ago!
    5 points
  13. M31 Andromeda Galaxy imaged through a thin veil of high cloud. Not recomended- of course- but it's still possible to get a picture of sorts. imaged with 8" F2.9 GSO Newtonian scope, Canon 40D (full spectrum mod) 8x 180s subs @ ISO1000, from dark sky site in Mid Wales.
    5 points
  14. My EQ5 did that the bolt went under the paddle luckily a friend fixed it for me and what fix so smooth now.
    5 points
  15. Hi Dave, Very well done getting those two planets in your first week with the scope and for your excellent report too, thanks for sharing the experience on here. Good on you to share those views with your neighbours (and wife of course); I also had neighbours with their 6 year old daughter and the mum's parents round to look at Saturn last night. The daughter was meant to be in bed, but mum relented (well it is still school hols) and they all had a great time ?. I almost get as big a kick out of sharing the views with others as seeing them myself. Cheers, Geof
    5 points
  16. Its absoloutly real! Planet 9 was discovered a lifetime ago. It's just the political paper pushers trying to justify their pointless existance who are in denial. I've attached a quick pic through my i-phone and 30mm finder as evidence, and a more detailed close-up through my 100mm frac. ? IT'S COLD OUT THERE!
    5 points
  17. Hi Guys, I thought I would share with you the spoils of last nights observing, it was a very clear and calm night here in Suffolk and I took the opportunity to travel a few miles out from Stowmarket, to and old second world war airfield, were there is next to no light pollution, as a result I thought I would try to capture the Bubble Nebula. This Deep Sky Object has always been a difficult one for me, never really managed to pull it off, however with the aid of my Skywatcher 100 ED Pro Esprit Telescope complete with my Sony A7Rii Camera, atop my Skywatcher NEQ6 mount, using my Skywa
    4 points
  18. Hence the strong green colour,taken last night with a total of 1 hour of subs.Just glad to get someting. c80 ed and 1100d.
    4 points
  19. Now fitted with comfy derrière protector! Lol!
    4 points
  20. Gamma Cygni Dark Nebula in Cygnus 3.5hrs in Ha with Atik 314L & Starwave 102 f7 ED. Can you Spot the Impulse wake from the USS Enterprise? LOL ? Update: On Saturday i was able to capture some Oiii data to compliment the previous Ha data and produce this finished Bi Colour image. Total exposure now 8.5hrs comprising of. 21 x 10 mins Ha 17 x 15 mins Oiii Atik 314L & Starwave 102 F7 ED. Lee
    4 points
  21. Finally a beautiful night that I didn't have to work! I stepped out of the house and wow! I've never seen my Bortle 4 skies look so nice! Milky Way stretched all the way from the south to North past Cassiopeia. More stars than I've ever seen at this location in the 3 years I've lived here! Even the Andromeda Galaxy was naked eye with averted vision. Just a beautiful sky! I take Copernicus (8" newt) out and set up for the night. Now when I set up I set up! There are marks where I place the mounts legs to quicken my polar alignment. A comfortable chair in case I need one. A small table that hold
    4 points
  22. I think the best advice in this thread is to try what comes with the scope a few times before jumping into alternative / additional acessories. There are literally dozens of great things you can add to the scope but a bit of experience under your belt will help a lot to sort out which ones will deliver the best gains for you.
    4 points
  23. Orion will grab you hard, throw Pleiades and the Double Cluster in on the same night and you may even need some rehab before bed.
    3 points
  24. Well, someone`s hooked....The planets are a great talking point. Wait until the Orion nebula is visible your`ll be hooked on DSO. Des
    3 points
  25. Hello again, this is the scope I think I will get. A few people on here have mentioned the 127 Maks and I think it will have more chance of getting used as it seems very portable and easy to store when not in use. I know it’s not great for DSOs but I will have fun finding the smudges. https://www.harrisontelescopes.co.uk/acatalog/skywatcher-skymax-127-azgti-telescope.html#tab-3 If im making a mistake or you think there is a better scope for the money please let me know. I’m not buying until December so no rush. Thanks again for your valued help and advice.
    3 points
  26. Yup, full house. Only thing I didn't get was the Barlow. Got a nice one already. 7 ep's for £280 just so you know, proper bargain me thinks!! ?
    3 points
  27. My better half has told me to start saving so on that logic I had better get my credit card out.
    3 points
  28. LoL ...... based on that theory I must have saved a fortune over the past few years ? thank you Gus.
    3 points
  29. Ha Ha, why am I not surprised ? Good on yer, proving that Yorkshire folk aren't all tight fisted ? Steve
    3 points
  30. Actually Gus I was told spending vast amounts of money relieves the symptoms!!! ?
    3 points
  31. Well this is what I've got so far, Next weekend Open Door... Starting at 9o'clock and clockwise. 1- Helical(ball bearings) 2- Reversed Crayford 3- Collapsible focuser - dual speed 4- Rack and pinion 5- Crayford driven with a rubber O-ring(planes are Tie-wraps) 6- Timing-belt driven focuser 7- Regular Crayford - dual speed 8- Helical(ball bearings - with dual speed function) 9- Helical (with threads) In the centre are three reduction adapters('springloaded')
    3 points
  32. No problem. Another thing about winter is the air also tends to be drier.
    3 points
  33. Thanks so much everyone,you guys are amazing and im genuinely touched by the encouragement and advice and tips. Ive been a good boy and resisted buying cheap eye pieces from ebay.decided if ic can get mid range price or good 2nd hand eye pieces thats the way im going to go.But im not going to rush,i still have to get a chesire and turn left at orion. Hoping to get a ppi pay out fingers crossed. I was telling everyone at work today about seeing saturn most of them not impressed but the odd person was quite interested. Yep last night was amazing for me on a personal level.Ev
    3 points
  34. Can't help but see so much misunderstanding here , perhaps the result of too many an eager TV producer with CGI overuse (Chris - aka McCavity may well throw brick bats at Brian Cox) - there is no confusion within the scientific community. The "Big Bang" theory is the populist name for the conditions which cosmologists and particle physics regard as defining the earliest state of the universe. If you look no further than that catchy name then confusion and misinterpretation will certainly prevail. As for evidence, the "Big Bang" / the Lambda CDM model (Standard model) is imho th
    3 points
  35. The problem with winter viewing is if it a beautiful clear night you tend to have a lot of high level atmospheric turbulence that can limit seeing. But with that being said, I've had my best sessions in the winter. Usually after a storm front passes through ,if you look at the sky, you'll notice it clear with a very slight hazy look. That's when it's time to get the scope up. The haze is because of a lack of turbulence. The seeing is usually phenomenal and the very slight haze tends to not really affect the scopes ability. Just dress warm and make sure to let the scope cool down enough. Hope t
    3 points
  36. Had a go at the ringed wonder tonight.
    3 points
  37. My treat is a 2.5mm. I've only got to use it twice before, but those times left me speechless! That's not an easy task!
    3 points
  38. It's pronounced Ex-Spen-Sive. ?
    3 points
  39. Well if 'dwarf' planet 9 exists already, surely so do 10 and 11 (can't recall how many spherical asteroids there are!)? So this would be 12? Sounds like a big challenge anyway.
    3 points
  40. I've recently signed up to the Slooh.com astronomer package and while you don't have the control and the option to capture any really long subs that you get with iTelescope, you do have potentially 20 hours per day imaging time, unlimited 'missions' (slots) and they've got some pretty decent gear. Their big scope on El Teide doesn't do well in the wind, so you lose a fair amount of subs but what you do get out of it is pretty good. For 20 quid a month you can't go wrong. While I'm waiting for the big scope to provide some data for a project I'm working on I decided to fill in with this on
    3 points
  41. Since May I have been imaging around the constellation of Cepheus to capture some of the many Sharpless objects and dark dust areas there with my modified Canon DSLR, and my Star Adventurer mount and CG-5 mount. Two clear nights in the past week finally allowed the completion of the project, a 7-pane mosaic stretching from the nebulosity near Mu Cepheii to NGC 7822. To Stephen O’Meara the visual association of IC 1396 and open cluster Trumpler 37 close by Mu Cepheii resembled, “... a large blossoming flower in a moonlit garden covered in frost.” (page 521 of ‘Hidden Treasures’). How very
    2 points
  42. I’m soooo looking forward to Orion ..
    2 points
  43. Milky Way - 1 frame tweaked in LR CC Mars to the left Canon 6D MKII, 16mm, f2.8, ISO 2000, 50sec Skywatcher Star Adventurer Mini
    2 points
  44. So how many did ya get then? Did ya goes for the whole hog of ‘em! <sorry, wasn’t to try to sound like a pirate there or anything! Hehe! >
    2 points
  45. Congrats! Last weekend I went to a friends farm out in the countryside, and had the clearest view of Saturn I have seen thus far. Personally Saturn looks the best of all of the planets when you have good seeing.
    2 points
  46. Similarly.. My 5mm X-Cel delivers 406X which is also the max of my 8" SCT.. and also get used rarely with a jaw dropping view, but when the clear night comes... WOW, just WOW...
    2 points
  47. There is not a single summer session that I have not observed Saturn. It's simply majestic. Either at 240x-300x up close and personal with my bgo's, or at 50x floating in star field with ES24/68, it is always stunning!
    2 points
  48. I'm hoping to arrive Thursday afternoon. I'm planning to bring my 6" F10 Ha scope, a 5" F15 triplet, 20x80ED binoscope and a 6" F5 SW refractor. Middle'ish of Yellow field if anyone would like a look. ?
    2 points
  49. i used a 6mm viewing Saturn last night , on my 250mm Dob , it was a little hard to achieve a sharp focus , and i put that down to a number of things... the planet being a bit low in the south , a lot of LP , and of course the atmosphere .. but , all in all i got a really nice view and managed to see 3 moons . I honestly cant wait for clear nights in late Autumn . Getting up at 5am every morning is a curse when you want to spend the night looking at stars and planets .
    2 points
  50. I had a look at the stacked image, and i don't think the image is too red. The colors were just not aligned well. As far as ISO you're correct, the 80D is a bit special there. It's actually OK even at ISO100 for astro use it seems. However, i still think it's important to increase the ISO to get the signal above the noise floor if you're unable to do so by increasing exposure (correct me if i'm wrong). I had a quick go at your pic trying to separate the soul. Far from perfect processing, but the soul is for sure there! Did you check if your scope/camera/filter had dew on it? If not,
    2 points
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