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  1. 24 points
    My first ever shots of the Aurora from the Isle of Skye last night. We had a clear hour with these between 10 and 11pm . Also a shot of the milky way Cygnus area which was stunning. There were some low cloud banks and whispy clouds but it was easy to see naked eye. Over Dunvegan bay quite a few clouds present but the Aurora was so bright it was like someone shining a light into the sky Over our digs for the week with the Pleiades just rising Cygnus over the bungalow. The milky way was stunning when the clouds cleared. Cheers all Damian
  2. 16 points
    Hello all! The weekend that just passed we went to my girlfriend's parents. The skies in that rural area are pretty much as good as you can get. I don't have an SQM reader, but Clear Outside estimates 21.91. I didn't take the EQ6R with me, I still consider it a big lump of iron, and the AZ-EQ5 should be on its way back this week as a Stellar mount. So I used the EQ5 which was left in the car for a while. While the tracking/guiding on the RA axis is quite good, the DEC control jumps a lot after multiple consecutive guiding commands, I blame the "enhanced" handset. So with all the drawbacks, I tried to do align the mount as good as I could and I put the 72ED with the ASI1600 on it and a finder-guider. Perhaps also focus could have been done a bit better, FWHM in the subs was 3.x. Below is a quick process from last night, no deconvolution yet and a purple area at the bottom that I have to fix. 58x120s lum, 30x120s each RGB. Last version:
  3. 14 points
    I got to see the Veil, East and West for the first time ever with some help. Darker sky than at home 10" Dobsonian Orion Ultrablock 2" filter (borrowed) A guiding hand to help this visual all manual observer to find them, thanks Ed. And wow, what a sight to behold, it is massive and so delicate and well wonderful. I just sat and observed and admired and kept saying me oh my etc. The delicate nature of the thing is what wowed me so much. I sketched too, probably got the image scale a bit off, but the sketches are small in my notes. Forgive the gushing, it has made an impression. My Vixen 30mm LVW was also in use and made me very happy too. I just wanted to share as its a real first for me and truly showed the 10" potential, which is proving the best thing Astro so far, well except for the above, but chicken and egg. As a final question, what filters do you folks use to see this and similar deep sky and why?
  4. 13 points
    First time at Galloway and first time at a really dark site that played ball. It had been sunny all day with wisps of clouds and a short sharp shower after that the sky cleared and as darkness fell the more the stars started to pop into view and what a view the milkyway was a river of stars first time I had seen this my Son and wife were amazed. Onto the stargazing I aligned with Capella and Caph just to make sure mount was playing ball went for NGC 457 one of my favourites and it was there. Did the Auriga clusters M36, M37, and M38 all looked way better than I have ever seen them. Got some visitors two lady`s and a gentleman never caught there names so I showed them a few of my favorite objects M57 this was brilliant in my 15mm they seemed to enjoy that but I wanted to blow them away, M13 this was spectacular stars where popping out the more you looked and only used the 15mm they liked that a lot. Double cluster NGC 869 and NGC 884 this too was spectacular so many stars they liked that said thank you and moved on. M92 this was superb I love this much missed cluster. Got a call from a friend who suggested a couple of targets. NGC 6960 The Western Veil half way to to the object the mount stopped completely I had no idea how but my power pack had no light on thought that was it for the night so went for a walk down to Ian (UpLooker) he had the Veil in his 12" when I looked through wow was that a site, told Ian what had happened he said check the fuse so I went back. I had two dew bands on one had got caught and pulled the cables out how I dont know so took that off realigned and went for the Veil again. Not as good as in the 12" but still very good using the 15mm and a UHC I could see the Witches broom. more importantly 52 Cygni cracking double 6.4` split but such a vast difference in sizes the 11mm split it but barely dusky orange primary with a secondary dot close very close tinge of purple. NGC 6992 wow this was spectacular and now a trick Nick taught me (cotterless45) type in 6995 and watch through the eyepiece the mount traces the curve of the Eastern Veil. two objects I have never seen in my scope M33 what a site spiral arms unbelievable Now my nemesis M51 and yes both components in the eyepiece this was one of the best nights. I was getting very sore now it was 10.30 I had been viewing for 3 hours so went for the last object of the night. NGC 7789 (Caroline's rose) the structure and stars in this cluster looked superb tonight just looked like a rose with curves of millions of stars. That`s it fantastic night apart from going the loo about 3.30 and seeing Orion as I have never seen before the nebula was as plain as day the curve of his bow the thousand upon thousand of stars was wondrous.
  5. 12 points
    What a fabulous night it was last night (Saturday 6th Oct) Everything worked flawlessly with no issues except for one green channel getting trashed from high cloud, that passed pretty quickly and I was able to continue. This shot is a simple RGB image, I do have plans to get some more data including Luminance and Ha to enhance the H2 regions. Im quite please with the core detail. Exposure time 7x 900s in Red, 7x640s in Green and 860s in Blue. Taken with my AG12 and H35 camera Click to view full res image Thanks Peter Shah RGB Managed to get 4hours of Ha 900s subs....click for full res version RGB and H-alpha
  6. 9 points
    After some encouraging comments I've added to my previous widefield of Cepheus. Shot using a QHY163m, Baader 7nm Ha filter, Super Multi Coated Takumar 55 f/1.8 on an HEQ5. Detail overlaid from previous Nikkor ED 180 data. Processed using PI, Registar and PS. This is a crop from around 10 panels and is definitely best viewed in full screen - native print size is around 5m wide so apologies in advance for the file size! ? Thanks for looking - as I've said before it's full of faults (coma, undersampling etc) but I've had a lot of fun with it and really like the 'educational' perspective.
  7. 8 points
    Another Ha image CTB1 looks like a spore bursting puffball (mushroom) to me. Usual x2 baby q & one 9.0 cameras with Ha 5nm filters 13hours of data. Mostly AA & for processing with a little star reduction in PS, reduced to 50%. Peter
  8. 8 points
    I feel like this has been a long time coming. I've only been doing amateur astronomy and a member of a local club for a little over a year. I just started doing photography back in March, well after Andromeda was out of position, but it's been on my list of targets since then. Recently, the weather has been pretty poor with the hurricane, the heat, and just lots of overcast nights on the weekends closest to the new moon. Fortunately, we had a few hours of gorgeous weather last night until the humidity almost reached 100% and started hazing everything out. This is the result of about 50 120-second frames at ISO800, f/6.3 using a Canon 750D and a 75-300mm EF lens at 300mm, mounted on an iOptron Skyguider Pro. Skies here are a Bortle 5. Frames stacked in DSS using calibration frames and minimally processed in Photoshop.
  9. 7 points
    Taken Saturday night through my Esprit 150ED with a Nikon D750, the first time that I've used this combination. I'd hoped to get several hours of data but had guiding (using a 225mm fl guide scope) and (self induced) SGPro connection issues and ended up only getting an hour of data. The final image is 5% cropped from full frame. Have to say that I'm quite pleased with the overall result. I shall come back to it when the Mesu arrives. Thanks for looking Dave
  10. 6 points
    Things just aren´t going my way right now... Yesterday night I noticed aurora activity rising quick so I hurried out for a chance to catch some nice images. We rarely get visible aurora this far south. I got a few really nice photos by a nearby lake (Bortle 3 skies) and then it happened... Just as the aurora REALLY started to spark, I moved my tripod a few inches to get a better view aaaaaand..... the tripod fell. Into the lake. With camera, lens and all Not only did I miss some of the best aurora action I´ve seen, it cost me my beloved Canon 6D and Samyang 24/1.4 lens. The camera was still running the exposure while underwater before it died and the lens had water inside it so no chance for recovery. Still, here is a shot taken about 30 seconds before disaster struck. Hope you enjoy it... I´m not there quite yet.
  11. 6 points
    What a difference Mars has been this time round, compared with 2014! Back then, at least Mars reached an elevation of 35 degrees, whereas this time round I can only just capture it in a brief gap between trees and buildings at an elevation of 12 degrees, shimmering in the haze. Which is why I haven't bothered to try and capture it till now. But I thought I'd have one go before it moves on. These are two images I captured with identical equipment - 250mm f/4.8 Newtonian, 3x barlow, IMG132e camera. About 3000 frames stacked in Registax. Mars was approximately the same size in both images, around 14.5". Back in 2014 I could make out the four big volcanoes, plus distinct cloud/fog patches and a load of surface detail. This time, well you can just about make out a polar cap and some vague shading. Roll on 2020, if I'm spared.
  12. 5 points
    Just had a lovely session on the winter targets that are now coming into view in the early hours. These were the targets that I first tried out my NV monoculars when I got them in November last year so it’s nice to give them another go with the greater experience and better equipment I have now. This was also the first proper go with my Harder Digital Night Vision momoculars and chroma 5nm Ha filter combination. The views were fantastic - I compared side by side with my photonis 4g Night Vision and 6nm Astronomik filter and the gap between the two setups is large. The angelfish was clear and showed good detail with the Harder whereas the photonis was only just showing a trace of the nebula. On Barnard’s loop the full loop was clear and obvious in the Harder whereas the photonis only showed the brighter top half. This was on 21.0 SQM skies. There was just so much nebulosity showing everywhere with the Harder which I haven’t seen like this before. Lots of new things to have a look at in greater detail in the future. With my AP130GTX and 40mm plossl (with 5nm chroma) the views of the horsehead, rosette, monkeyhead, flaming star, heart, California, Pac-Man, the Cone and Lowers were also pretty fabulous. All photos were with my Huawei P20 Pro, unprocessed. I’m really chuffed with my new kit! One of my best sessions ever.
  13. 5 points
    Some time ago now I managed to return to the fold; but then my wife took ill with Parkinson's and Dementia. So I have been otherwise been preoccupied with caring. My Lady has since been placed into care because her lack of mobility means I can no longer move her around by myself, and the Council won't fund for two carers. Jean is fine as far as it goes, but I am slowly getting back into running the house in a somewhat organised fashion. It isn't easy, but I have now managed to get back to backyard observing. I got back to driving, but I noticed I couldn't read n umber plates any more. I can see cars, I know whether or not they are moving, I can see what colour they are and I can judge distances. But as I can't read number plates even with specs, Thus I have had to 'SORN' my car with the DVLA. So it's backyard observing and fitting my 'scope with a good pollution filter! Still I am back observing, and I will be getting a drive for the Sky-watcher. 90. (While saving for a 102mm. ) I think that will satisfy me finally, and for now I shall be trying for a picture of M42. Why M42? Just because it's handy to view from my particular viewing point. Great to be back, and I hope to be able to participate on the Forum as much as possible.. (That doesn't make sense but I am sure you know what I am getting at! Cheers John in North Brum
  14. 5 points
    My last reprocess--out of data. I was never satisfied with this. It was collected with TOAQ 130 and the STT 8300. It has over 20 hours of data--30min subs. I used virtually no noise control, yet it appears like it has too much. Not sure why--maybe focus was not spot on? The palette gave ne trouble as well. The new version is an improvement I think--if only for the saturation and palette. Still not happy with full resolution viewing (edit--just looked at full res. --not as bad as I thought--much better than previous I think) New Old
  15. 5 points
    I managed to capture just shy of 4 hours of data on VdB 141 from my back garden which are under Bortle 6 skies. Tuesday is forecast to be clear all night with 0% moon. Would it be worth continuing to capture data, or will it be a fruitless endeavour under my skies? I'm intending to be imaging from 20:30 till 05:30 so i should have enough data to keep the noise under control. Or should I just image another target? Unfortunately my views are limited to the North and East. Cannot image to the South or West. This is my best attempt with my data before noise becomes too much of a problem. I've also uploaded the stacked, un-stretched tiff if anyone would like to have a go with my data (although it is a rather big file. Image details are 45 X 300 second subs. Darks, flats and dark flats applied. QHY183C camera, William Optics FLT98 carbon fibre scope with HOTECH flattener and no filters used VDB 141.tif
  16. 5 points
    A few weeks ago I started work on this with the H-Alpha under full Moon conditions, and despite that Moon, got great contrast. However OIII was very washed out. Last night I was able to finally start grabbing OIII data and have created this "work in progress" Bi-Colour blend. It's made from 2*16*720s in Ha and 2*16*720s in OIII, with the aim of getting SII and increasing the data capture to around 30*720s in each channel. Now here's a question...where the heck is the "Elephant's Trunk", I look at this from every angle going, and I see E.T.'s finger, Mufasa on pride rock, and most strongly a long haired woman, with her back to us, the left hand structure forming her neck/shoulder and the lower region a skirt....but no darn trunk!
  17. 4 points
    Still finding films that were forgotten with the rush amid the exhibitions of orchids and constant trips to São Paulo.
  18. 4 points
    One is the Hyades and Aldeberran in Taurus, two are the Pleiades again in Taurus and three is Cassiopeia Dave
  19. 4 points
    I intended doing a write up but David has done one so much better than I could, so I will just add a few things. David and Martyn's photo tips were excellent and with a few examples of images they had taken they left me to experiment and I snapped away happily for an hour or so with long and short exposures with varying ISO settings. I was very happy with some images (it's amazing how good they look on a 2.5" monitor.) I had varying success with focusing but thought I had done well. Sadly when I got home and transferred them to the desktop I couls see focus was atroshus attroshius atroscious very bad. I understand I need a decent wide angle EF-S lens for the best results so will be getting one when my meagre funds stretch to it. Another valuable lesson was not to bring lots of food, especially frozen fruits and berries which tend to defrost and spread red stains all over the tent. (really sorry about that David.) Edna and Hannah (Her grand daughter) went to Tescos when I got home - and Saw something I might like (a self inflating blow up doll sorry BED and that was another item which David recommended as he had found one cheap at Tescos. Guess what David I now have a self inflating blow up bed ready for next years star camp. Anyhow folks here's two of my attempts of imaging the milky way, straight from the camera, no processing and badly focused. At least I'm happy with it. Thanks Martyn, David and everyone for the encouragement and for the invite to see the most glorious night sky I have ever seen. What a beautiful view of the Milky Way. Will I be going again..... You better believe it!
  20. 4 points
    NGC253 taken 6/10/18 in bortel 4. Can't seem to bring out the star forming regions, and the focus is a little off. This was thew first time I'd imaged this galaxy.
  21. 4 points
  22. 4 points
    Another couple of shots straight from the camera. The lights on the Isle of Harris in the far distance. Estwing doing a widefield shot of Cygnus with the Aurora in the distance.
  23. 4 points
    http://aurora18 015_DxO by calvin hall, on Flickr
  24. 4 points
    I am flabbergasted! I have wanted to shoot M78 ever since the beginning, and have had a couple of starts, but never finished. Time would go by, uncalibrated subs would be lost, camera angles changed--a million things. So in my perusing of my data, or what's left of it, I was shocked to see that I actually had some Rand G and B subs of M78. Not many mind you--but at least some. The lum wasn't calibrated and I have long since lost the calibration frames. So, just to see what I have I registered the subs I had and integrated them. For me, this is a very small amount of data. I had to crop more than I wanted--so the restricted FOV is even more so. TOA 130 at F7.7 with STT-8300 Red: 17 10min Green: 15 10 min Blue: 6 10 min I used a synthetic lum by integrating all subs and made an LRGB image. Needs way, way more data. But for what it is, I am pleased. I would say full res viewing would be a psychologically damaging endeavor. But I have not downsampled. I know there are a whole slew of things wrong with this image--it is not really finished. But it will never be more finished than this. I will shoot this target again and try to do it justice. There is no detail in the bright regions. On and on. I am just happy I have something other than a reprocess to post!!! For good or ill, here it is...
  25. 3 points
    Hi all, Been a while since I have been on the site – work has been really busy these last 18 months, and although it’s still manic, things are slowing down a bit!! Viewing my previous posts, you will see that I was in the market for a new scope to adorn my EQ3-2 mount that I had purchased ages ago now!! Well, things didn’t turn out as expected, and while I am still hoping to get a scope, hopefully at Christmas if Santa is kind to me (I have been a good boy lol!!) I decided to get a pair of Binoculars to fill the gap! Budget was tight, and I did want a pair of larger aperture bins. A lot of reading up on the internet, and I settled on the Celestron Skymaster 20x80’s. I already have a pair of 10x50’s so was after something with a bit more power, and larger objective’s. The skymasters seemed to fit the bill, and the price was right as well! I dropped into Rother Valley Optics with my cash on the off chance they would have a pair in stock – they didn’t, so I left my details, and less than 24 hours later, Adam from the shop called me to say they had a pair in! I drove over to their shop, tried them out outside the shop, as I had read that some pairs are known to have collimation issues. These where perfect, so I parted with my £99 cash and went home with them! First class service from RVO, and I will be using them again when it comes to getting my scope – thanks guys! So, onto the bin’s. They came double boxed up, and within the branded box inside the plain box, the bin’s were securely packed in foam and wrapped in plastic. They come with a basic carry case, which won’t protect them from hard knocks, but will keep the dust off them while not in use. The eye pieces are protected by a one piece cover, while each large objective is covered by its own, separate cover. There is also a basic neck strap, but it appears quite flimsy, and I won’t be using it. The bins have a built in tripod adaptor, on an adjustable slider, meaning they can be securely attached to a tripod and balanced up. Weight wise, they tip the scales at just over 2.6kg. This isn’t hugely heavy, and while I did use a tripod for some observing, when I wanted to look at things nearer the zenith, I hand held them, and did so for quite some time. I didn’t feel they were overly heavy, even after prolonged use. It seems that new scope curse also affects owners of new binoculars, as I had to wait 5 days for clear skies!! I went out at about 10:30pm into the back garden, and while the side of house has a street lamp directly over the hedge, round the back its cut off, and quite dark. I began by finding M31, which at is currently nearly at the Zenith. I could see the central core clearly, and with some averted vision, make out some finer details in the disk. Moving on to M45, the Pleiades, that was just rising over my neighbours fence – what a sight!! Even though it was quite low down, the cluster filled the view, and I could see loads of fainter stars within it. Moving through the Milkyway, the view was filled with thousands of stars and star clusters!! I was really impressed. I intend to go to a dark sky site up in the Peak District, just north of Ashbourne when time and the weather permit, to get some proper dark sky viewing in! I have not yet been able to look at the Moon or any planets through them – the Moon hadn’t risen by the time I turned in, and is now a very small waning crescent. I will have to wait a bit longer, and will update the review once done. Mars was up, but low in the sky, and due to the street lights, swamped with LP. With terrestrial viewing, they provide bright and crisp views. While there is some CA when looking at things with bright edges, general viewing wasn’t affected in any way. I plan to take them to my local nature reserve to test them out on some wild life as well. I am also a bit of a plane fan, and when time permits I park up near East Midlands Airport to watch the aircraft coming and going – these will be great for that, set up on my tripod for easy viewing! Conclusion – the Skymaster 20x80’s are a decent pair of binoculars. While they don’t have the build quality of more expensive ones, treated well I can see no reason why they won’t last for years. They actually come with a 5 year Celestron guarantee anyway! For causal use when you don’t want to set up the main scope I think these fit the bill nicely, and I would recommend them to anyone. Cheers all Nige
  26. 3 points
    On Saturday last I had nice clear skies and spent a good view hours observing and went searching for the Cats Eye Nebula for the first time in Draco Starting with the 24mm Meade I initially didn't see it as it resembled a green\blue star Moving onto the the 15mm and then 8mm EPs it revealed some structure - a bright core and a green\blue halo - very striking to look at and I preferred the view without the OIII filter as it lost its striking color through the filter Very nice DSO to observe and would recommend hunting it out
  27. 3 points
    Finally, after overcoming a large number of issues with my remote setup at Martin Pugh's "Heaven's Mirror Observatory" in Yass, New South Wales (Australia) my Trius SX-46 and TEC180 are singing (in no small way not for the expert help of Martin). I decided on a fairly easy target to increase the odds in my favor. I hadn't quite realized that this isn't a very easy target to process being quite rusty. I think it's safe to say that I spent 4X the time in processing compared to collecting (ca. 3 hrs each of RGB, 5 min subs). I used CCDStack, Pixinsight, and Photoshop CS-5. A link to the full size is below. Thanks for looking! Peter Equipment: TEC-180FL, TEC flattener, SX Large FW with Astronomik Deep Sky RGB, Trius SX-46 Paramount MEII, TheSkyX https://www.astrobin.com/full/369759/E/?nc=user
  28. 3 points
    I have continued to image Mars as it moves away. It is getting smaller, but on the other hand I don't have to get up in the middle of the night, the dust storm has subsided, and it is gaining significantly in altitude. Here is a series of images taken in September and early October, all taken with a C8 SE, ASI120MC, +ADC, processed in Registax 6. The seeing was often poor, but seemed better on Oct 3.
  29. 3 points
    Another shot of this popular Nebulae, this time to include a bit of Wisp. Again shot with a canon 1000D and ED80 at F7.5. Approx six hours in 450 sec subs. Fully calibrated. I kept the colour subdued,as not a fan of brightly coloured Nebulae, i think it looks false. Its certainly a busy starfield. Mick.
  30. 3 points
    You guys make my day! Very happy I was not totally wrong and starting to get the navigating the sky skill started. Thanks a lot again. Expect more question in the future, because I have fallen in love with the sky Good night yall
  31. 3 points
    That’s right, the blue circle covers M31. This one shows Cassie outlined, plus the DC
  32. 3 points
    Thick as *Fog* or what, and not the clouds! I'm sure I might be the only one, and yet its been four Years since my reference above, so I really don't mind mentioning the fact (in order to help others) just in-case someone has even 'thought the same' but dared to ask? I've only just realised, now, tonight, that the Clear Outside Avatar in my signature does not auto-update! the image is static....Doh! I'm certain too that this fact has even curtailed a few observing sessions due to my ignorance lol. ?
  33. 3 points
    Brings back memories of my 1st observation of the Veil - I just had a 100mm refractor back then ! It's a wonderful and complex object to observe and your sketches look spot on. If you get a chance, try an O-III filter on it - even more impressive ! We were observing the Veil on Saturday night with my ED120 and an O-III filter at low power - stunning Great Sky & Telescope article on exploring this object here: https://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-blogs/explore-night-bob-king/explore-veil-nebula/
  34. 3 points
    We have decided to revert the format of the challenges back to how it was before - this seemed to encourage more participation and more discussions. There are only a handful of entries in the globular competition so far, if you have already entered please could you re-enter using the new method. Thanks, Grant
  35. 3 points
    A couple of night ago, I awoke from my "fell asleep on couch" and checked the pre-dawn skies: A quite wonderful "New Moon in the old Moons' Arms"! A.k.a. Earthshine! I tried a quick PIC with my "200mm @ 1/10 sec" handheld, but it was not quite as inspiring as the "visual splendor" shall we say... lol ?
  36. 3 points
    It was unbelievably bright with a hint of colour in the pillars. The camera picked more of the colour up but a fantastic sight.
  37. 3 points
    Things Look better and better. Next to collect is APM HDC 13 mm. Regards Luke
  38. 3 points
    We have Aurora up in that there Skye tonight. Managed some photos so will post a few when I can. Hopefully you guys will get some clear northern facing skies to see them.
  39. 2 points
    Hi, On september 29th i set out to take my biggest challenge so far imaging the moon. Making a full res mosaic at a 6000mm focal length. The reuslt you find in the below link: Equipment used: CFF Cassegrain 300mm f/20 + ZWO ASI 174 + Baader orange filter software: Firecapture, Autstakkert, Lynkeos, Photoshop https://www.astrobin.com/369490/C/ in total 48 panels were stitched together. For each panel 5000 frames were captured totaling over 500Gb of data. For each panel the best 500 frames were then stacked in Autostakkert. Afterwards all frames were stitched together in photoshop. Something I did manually. I tried to do automatic but for some reason it never worked out well. Even doing it manually required more than one attempt. Then the full mosaic was cut up in 9 pieces to be processed in lynkeos for deconvolution processing (full image crashed the computer). Those 9 panels were then stitched together again for final processing in Photoshop. The result is, even though I say so myself, very satisfactory. Not yet perfect as I did hit a few bumps. Like a secondary mirror of the cassegrain being covered in dew, and less than perfect seeing conditions. Enjoy, and don't hesitate to share your thoughts. Clear skies, Wouter.
  40. 2 points
    Saturday night presented one of the clearest nights here in quite a while. I set my 8" newt, Copernicus, up and polar aligned. My first target for the night was comet 64p Swift Gehrels. I swung from my reference star to it's coordinates. Unfortunately my luck with comets this year has been bad. I rest and swung back to make sure I didn't screw up my coordinates. At mag 11.5 it should be well within the ability of my faithful friend. But alas I was to remain cometless. I then went in search of my next target, M 103. I was quickly on it. The 4 brightest stars popped right out and appeared to have a haze around them. Since I hadn't been out long, I stayed at the EP as my eyes night vision improved. The haze slowly changed into stars. Many quite obvious, while others needed averted vision. A few were even stellaring in an out. It was such a beautiful little open cluster. I just observed for a bit before I did any sketching. My next visit of the night was to Juno. I set on Aldeberon as my reference and then dialed in Juno's coordinates. Hmmmm nothing there but stars. I matched up the starfields of not just Juno's position, but also the surrounding areas to confirm the right place. I looked and looked, but no Juno. She should be obvious since she has a mag of 8.09 and a nearby star is 8. She should only be slightly dimmer, but still noticable. I stayed at the EP for a couple hours trying to see if it would appear even if only stellaring. Nothing... Then the stars began to dim and dim and dim.... What in the world is going on?? I look at the EP and noticed it was fogged up. After clearing the lense I look in the scope again, but everything is still dim. I ponder this for a bit trying to figure it out. I remove the EP to look it over. It looks ok. I happen to glance towards the focuser and see it! My secondary is fogged up! In over 20 years of observing, I have never had a secondary fog up. After clearing the mirror, I pop the EP in and use RA to bring Juno's position back into view. Still no Juno. In that particular direction is a small light dome from an expressway. It's hardly noticable. Could that be the problem? Everything looks brighter around me. No, I don't think so. It's never been and issue in the past and all looks brighter since I'm dark adapted. I started to think about sizes. Juno only has an apparent diameter of 0.3 archseconds, hmmmmm. I throw the 26mm EP into a 2x Barlow and try again. Wait... I'm seeing more things..... There it is! Right where it should be! A tiny speck in Juno's position! It was a long hard fought search, but I found that gorgeous little rock right where she should be! I immediately set to sketching the view. I wasn't going to miss the moment of victory! I'm still befuddled why at it's magnitude that it wasn't obvious, but it didn't matter since I found it. It was now time to find my last subject for the night, M1 Crab Nebula. I went back to Aldeberon and plugged in M1's coordinates. There it was hanging like a fuzzy oval among the stars. It was just noticable. I tried my broadband and narrowband filters to see which gave a better contrast. It was close, but the BB won out. I kept the 26mm EP in since it was such a gorgeous scene with it hanging there surrounded by stars. Frankly, it was so mesmerizing I forgot I had other EPs hahahaha. I finally pulled myself out of it's power and did a quick sketch. By this time it was getting late and my eyelids we're starting to droop. I packed up my gear and said goodnight to a gorgeous sky.
  41. 2 points
    it's behind you!...is it Panto season?
  42. 2 points
    True! But a nice place for my astro books to sit none the less!
  43. 2 points
    Lovely , always a thrill to catch the Veil. Look closely at 52 Cygni , you'll find it to be binary, old Nick.
  44. 2 points
    Just checked Ra motor and there was a bit of slop in it. I have eliminated that with trial and error just need try it out again now hopefully this has sorted it.
  45. 2 points
    This is the Stephen Tonkin article that @SteveNickolls refers to above. https://www.pressreader.com/uk/sky-at-night-magazine/20180419/281758449863863
  46. 2 points
    Well, I'm not jealous at all...
  47. 2 points
    Two years on the trot...it's rubbish up here..
  48. 2 points
    NGC 869 & NCG 884 The Double Cluster in Perseus These open star clusters lie at a distance of 7500 light years Imaged using Skywatcher Equinox 80 Pro ED and Altair Hypercam 183C Pro A total of 20 x 120 second and 30 x 300 second exposures
  49. 2 points
    Lovely image, nicely done! I’ve not heard of the Woman walking away description but it seems quite clear to me even before you described it. I’ve always assumed the Elephant’s trunk was the part I have highlighted, could well be completely wrong though!!
  50. 2 points
    http://aurora18 019_DxO by calvin hall, on Flickr
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