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  1. I mentioned in a previous post that my 2nd favorite target was Thor's Helmet. I have done it with FSQ106 but the FSQ130 allowed me to improve (in my opinion) on the detail I could pull out. I have seen some fantastic & detailed images of Thor's Helmet with quite large scopes - but I am extremely happy with what I managed with a 5" refractor. Again - not my most recent image - but 1st time showing it here on SGL. This with FSQ130 & FLI 6120 camera: Total 15 Hours: Ha, OIII, R, G, B.
    10 points
  2. I got one more night of Ha imaging on this area. Moon was darn near full but together with the rest of the data it turned out really well anyway. Got my focus spot on so the details really tightened up. Very happy with this one. Now I only have to get as much (or more) O3 data. Go away, moon! 60*300s Ha (Astrodon 3nm) ZWO ASI1600MM-Cool Canon EF 300/4L IS lens
    8 points
  3. Well I tried for this last year and after having a few hiccups aborted and put it off until another year. Well this has come out different than I expected, I looked at many of the beautiful images by others on here and Astrobin and really wanted to put my own stamp on this, I wanted the colours to be subtle but heavenly without being garish, not to everyone's taste and I will probably look back and think/know I can do better. This was captured over three nights with a full moon and I tried to time the filters for when the moon was more prolific. I have got some RGB data for the
    7 points
  4. Hydrogen alpha only, 30x300s for 2.5h exposure last night. Postprocessing in PI; cal, subframeselector (all good, so just marking weights), cosmetic correction, staralign, localnormalization, integration, very light DBE, MLT denoise, ABE, histogram+curves, TGVdenoise. Was a bit twitchy about background extraction on this, given the nebulosity in the background, but I think this is quite a pleasing result.
    7 points
  5. I [almost] hesitate to embarrass myself with this effort. But post and be damned! Milky overcast with teasers. The French would probably call it Malteasers. Non?
    6 points
  6. Back in 2008 i decided to purchase my first large aperture refractor, and at the time back then had my heart set on a TEC140 from the US after reading the glowing reviews over on the CN forum. They were a premium price, (too much in fact) and with no UK dealers around then i decided against importing one privately. I opted for a William Optics FLT132 (one of the early models) and it served me very well, and despite a few niggles, it provided me with some memorable views. Fast forward 10 years, and is often the case in this hobby i had quietly amassed 6 telescopes and var
    6 points
  7. Made an attempt to sketch a few of the brighter stars, seeing as the full moon was out and the sky wasn’t suitable for deep sky observing. Experimented with diffraction spikes on Vega, Capella and Arcturus to get a nice bright look to imitate the view through the reflector scope. Overall very enjoyable!
    5 points
  8. This is my progress on my first Observatory. I am making it up as go along. It will be 12" x 8", including a small warm room. It will ahve a rolloff roof the first photo is a smaller design which has since grown a little. Hopefully I would like it water tight by the end of Oct? Time will tell how good it turns out!
    5 points
  9. Double cluster 1hr 54 x3 min exposure bortle 6 Tecnosky 70Q canon 1000D DSS , Startools
    5 points
  10. This from a nice session on Friday 13th. Seeing was rather good for Jupiter and Saturn given the low altitude using my Stellarvue SV102ED and binoviewers. Nice GRS transit and Cassini looking good on my second target. Got a few friends in as well - Albirieo, M11 M13 Polaris double -( first time - never looked before - DOH ) AZ GTI played ball and I’m impressed with this ere OTA. thanks. John
    5 points
  11. Heya, Mostly cloudy today, rained off and on, couldn't get a serious session in. I was doing visual with my PST while the kids were playing in the yard. Noticed a fine prom, maybe a deteriorating hedgerow, on the North of the disc that was pretty bright and had a lot of definition and it seemed paired and the second to it looked like it may just lift off at any time so I watched it a while. I tempted fate and took a peak with a bigger scope and managed to see it. Seeing was dreadful since it was 2pm in the afternoon. Truly bad. But managed to get a little bit of something to go off. I did
    4 points
  12. Supposedly it was going to be clear here the weekend . Friday night was pretty good and my rig all worked fine , guiding no problem ..however last night ( Saturday) although it was supposed to be clear there seemed to be some high cloud around and in-laws told me today that when coming back on the island In the early hours - 1-2 am , there was a lot of mist across the area. Consequently it was a hellish night and had to keep pampering the guiding .. i even rechecked , mount level and Polar alignment at 1 am .. I was imaging IC1396 and had gathered some good data on Friday and was hoping f
    4 points
  13. Morning all, Thanks to the beautiful work of some members here (Ruud, Lurcher, Mike JW) I finally made two attempts at lunar sketching, one of Theophilus near the terminator and last night of Kepler's rays at full moon. I found both drawings very challenging. I'm only using graphite - it will take a lot of practise before I try more demanding techniques like charcoal and stippling. I'm not happy with either sketch (and their inaccuracies) but I wanted to post them so that hopefully I can look back and see some improvement. Despite the frustration its wonderful to have fou
    4 points
  14. Not the best idea perhaps being a full moon tonight but after receiving my new shiny p2 filter from FLO and clear skies i had to give it a go. All captured in Sharpcap with master dark and flat. 294 mc pro at -5, 12 second exposures 49-50 stacks at bin 1 and gain of 100-150. All images saved as viewed. Bubble Nebula ( deffo one of my favourites ) Coathanger Iris Nebula M15 M27 Pacman Nebula Considering it was a full moon and in bortle 8-9 skies i am thoroughly impressed with this filter. Looking forward to the next
    4 points
  15. Hopefully the last 6” APO I’ll ever buy it sure is a beautiful scope
    4 points
  16. Well final installment for 2019. The final gardening has happened, top soil in and levelled for a seed bed, grass seed sown after a wait and its now germinating and a bed of green. The single small Crab Apple is in the corner, awaits a small Cherry to join it on the opposite corner. As for 2020, well, I have ideas but need funds to do this as well as the Domestic Managers approval. I will update this thread in 2020 I hope. Best thing I have done in a long time, very pleased, makes me a happy camper indeed. Thanks for your kind comments and encouragement over time in this
    4 points
  17. None of us needs to justify our telescopes or projects IMHO- this looks like a fantastic telescope in the making.
    4 points
  18. I've downloaded the APP Trial and trying to get my head around it's adjustments. Even now with this image I've headed for PS to get it a little nearer (Moon didn't help). ASI294NC Pro, AA115EDT-APO, CEM60 Std. APP + PS 3x 600s, 4x 300s, 8x 120s Gain 122 offset 30
    4 points
  19. Here are a couple from my session last night in Pembrokeshire. The second one was taken by a kind chap who happened to be doing some widefield AP at the same time and emailed me the image.
    4 points
  20. Having collected this Dream scope the APM LZOS 152 the day after my Holidays I’ve just got round to setting it up for a nice nights viewing as I have Monday off work I thought I’d have a nice session oh boy was I wrong clouds every where and I had all bases covered the vixen for nice wide field the APM for well everything and the Dob still hoping it clears before bedtime
    3 points
  21. only small proms on show today, seeings fair here no wind. kit starwave 102, quark, asi120mc. thanks for looking. clear skys. charl.
    3 points
  22. Afternoon everyone. Newcomer to the forum and this is my first post, from my first time viewing the sun. This image was shot with my Google Pixel 2XL phone, through a 150mm reflector telescope and 32mm plossl eyepiece with deep yellow filter. Looking forward to catching some spots!
    3 points
  23. Image from last night. Ha 20 x 300s Oiii 20 x 300s Sii 20 x 300s just stacked in PixInsight and a splash of colour added. Further work needed. John
    3 points
  24. I bought an iOptron CEM40 mount back in May... there was a bit of a production issue with the first one so Nick at Altair Astro had to source me a replacement (he was great, as ever, by the way) but that took a while... Once it arrived I tried imaging M13 to add to my Messier images and as a shakedown for the mount but a problem with my filter wheel meant that I collected a LOT of one channel so I didn't really have anything to post... and then cloud, and work, and cloud. Long story short, this weekend has been the first in a long time where I've been able to capture some data. First an
    3 points
  25. After finishing with the APM 80mm triplet, I added a counterweight to the Vixen Great Polaris mount, and attached the C8, and inserted the ASI183MC with my Vixen Flip Mirror. The extra length means the C8 will be working at roughly F/11, near ideal for the ASI183MC (and my ASI178MM too). This mosaic required just 12 panes, it is a huge reduction from the 45-pane behemoths I needed to make with the ASI178MM (in B&W). The ASI183MC really comes into its own here. I grabbed twelve SER files of 500 frames (normally 1000, but the external SSD was refusing to run at full speed), and stacked 25% o
    3 points
  26. The conversation went something like this: Wife: What on Earth are you making? Husband: It's a new speaker cabinet! Wife: Where on Earth is it going? Husband: in the lounge! Wife: !!^@@$**@!!
    3 points
  27. Yeah, I was sure fasting dancin when I told the wife the 24" was ready to be picked up
    3 points
  28. Out from 22.10 to 11.00 pm, when hazy high altitude cloud took over, not quite full Moon - 99.7 illumination. If anyone took the trouble to look at the terminator around this time, there were some interesting features on show, particularly in the north (even N of the pole) where the libration was favourable. Worth the effort as some of the features are not often on show, even though they are rather elongated and foreshortened due to the libration. I can't remember observing Cleostratus, Boote, Regnault, Desargues, Pascal, Brianchon and Sylvester very often !! There were also some nice
    3 points
  29. Hi all Got a few days in august with nice weather. Captured this one as it was on my todo list. I think I gets some decent pictures with my Canon 700D but I would like to get a better camera,problem is the weather at my location (southern Sweden) and the more or less the constant haze. I really would like to get a mono and do some narrow band pictures but I am hesitating because of the weather, but living in a light polluted area this would be a great option. Taking pictures in NB will have me do 4 times exposure time compared with today and given not one clear sky since this pic
    3 points
  30. Good luck, it really is “good sized” Nebula. Makes a change from the usual Horse obsession. As mentioned @GavStar provided us a good picture (with house roof included for scale), https://stargazerslounge.com/topic/325834-using-two-night-vision-monoculars-as-a-binocular/ The meissa/angelfish Nebula is on Orions shoulders. Wait for the most transparent skies and check easier nebulae like the monkeyhead or Pac-Man. Sometimes it’s dark, but the nebulae don’t want to play. You night also want to swing down to the seagull in CMaj, be interesting to hear how people do! Peter
    3 points
  31. I have never succeeded at rendering a narowband image with RGB stars--until now. Well, at least this is my best attempt. It was complicated a bit by the fact that the scope was slightly miscollimated--but only slightly. I don't have much luck with RGB images with RGB stars--can't seem to achieve a full stellar saturation--my stars are usually white with colored rims. So I had to work on the RGB image a bit to get nice stars (it looks terrible on its own--but the stars trabsferred nicely). The stars don't look very colorful at normal viewing--but when enlarged, the stars are colored, so no
    3 points
  32. Camping poles and tarp arrived today to try to shield that blooming LED streetlamp you can see on the right blaring away in my front garden. Hoping to test it a little tonight and see hows it goes! <fingers well crossed>
    3 points
  33. The theme for the 30th challenge - September 2019 - is Celestial Motion! Start Date: 1st September 2019 End Date: 30th November 2019 Rules: The theme this time is Celestial Motion - we want to see star trails, time lapses, animations, comets, transits, planetary movement - anything that shows off the movement we see in the night skies. Images, animations, videos, sketches all welcome Prize: A personalised mug for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places featuring your image kindly provided by our sponsors FLO and a virtual trophy for your signature. -- RULES All data must be
    2 points
  34. Hi all, I thought I'd better introduce myself before I start spamming questions at the various boards. I've had a break from astro related activities since my first attempts in 2003-2006 or so due to young kids (for whom daddy being up all night isn't ideal when he's then tired and grumpy the next morning before they even start their day!). Back then I used an LX90 on a wedge with an Atik 2HS and LRGB filters to do mostly galaxy imaging but with the obvious limitations of that equipment - long focal length even with a reducer and dodgy tracking meaning short subs and many wasted. However I was
    2 points
  35. Lovely start to the night , but packed in with huge moon glow. Last target , the naked eye, omicron Piscum ( https://www.universeguide.com/star/torcularisseptentrionalis ) . A huge glaring giant of a star in Pisces just about beat the Moon ! Kicked off with a stunning view of Saturn , beautiful disc and gorgeous rings. Just absorbed playing about with a 5mm LVW ep to give x200. Cassiopeia ...Σ3062 ,lovely clear 1.6" split. WZ Cassiopeiae and a lovely orange carbon star with a wide companion. Checked out iota Cassiopeiae, just stunning seeing at high power, gripping triple. Got a x40
    2 points
  36. Yes - I know there are some negative points that can be raised about this image - but for once....I am thinking positive This was from a bad night at the end of 2017 and I did not think I could make an image with the data I took home. My goal was a colour image, which I did, but recently realised that putting the data into solely mono form....well... it just worked better. I hope you can look at it.....and see the 'positives'.......
    2 points
  37. After acquiring the data for the big mosaic, I made one final 906-frame SER file (clouds curtailed the last few) of Tycho and surroundings, and stacked 25 % of them in AS!3 and processed as before. Natural colour: Saturation enhanced: And again: and again: and just a little bit more: Do click on them for full resolution! The last one is very similar to the 2017 IAPY contest winner in the lunar category. I am really impressed at what this camera can do, grabbing vast swathes of lunar surface in huge detail
    2 points
  38. Last night the skies cleared, so I set up the Vixen Great Polaris mount with the 80mm F/6 APM triplet, with Meade 2x TeleXtender, and the new ASI183MC camera. Conditions were way better than my smash and grab session the night before, and after midnight the moon cleared the trees and I was in business. This apogee full(ish) moon fits neatly onto the chip of the ASI183MC, and at F/12 the focal ratio is just about right for the small pixel size (2.4 micron). I grabbed about 1000 frames and stacked 25 percent of them in AS!3, using its RGB align for the first time. I sharpened a B&W version i
    2 points
  39. Without wanting to sound facetious, the tool you need is “cutting up a bit of 10mm ply, banging a couple of nails in it and then cutting the nail heads off to make the pins”. I don’t know what the proper thingie is called either but making my own has worked in the past!
    2 points
  40. Thanks guys. I can only guess it is where people put the filter in the image train ? perhaps they are placing it too close to the camera. My image train is: camera ->21mm extension ->16.5mm extension -> baader mk III cc -> idas p2 as you can see, no problems with reflections ( shrugs shoulders ) I normally wouldn't go eaa on a full moon myself but i wanted to test this filter, glad i did now I will say it is the easiest time i have had with any cls/uhc filter colour balancing, it allows me to be a little liberal with the saturation. In my opinion the phrase ' you get
    2 points
  41. Beautiful scope, TB, and great story. I felt exactly like you when I had the chance to buy a mint FS128 and mount a couple of years ago. I had to sell most of my kit to fund it, but it was worth it, and just thinking of the coming winter season with it, and Orion & Co now that I am retired, sends a tingle down my spine. Enjoy your wonderful new TEC! Dave
    2 points
  42. The tri-pier is a must when using longer scopes. It is a bit of a handfull to level at first, and you need a fairly even piece of ground. (but some leveling on plastic or wooden tiles works well!) In May I went to my favorite dark spot and took both Ioptron mounts: one to image (Esprit 80ED on IEQ45 pro) and one to sketch (C11 on CEM60)
    2 points
  43. Stu I wanted a challenge the night before last with the Full Moon virtually sat on top of Psi 1,2 and 3. With the Apollo 15x70 I could just about star hop to Phi Aqu but could not see Neptune. However, with the Heritage 130 starting with a ES68 24mm and then my TeleVue 8-24 zoom + Baader 2.25x I could see Neptune. I was really quite pleased with that especially with the Full Moon.
    2 points
  44. 2 points
  45. I can't rate TEC too highly. You'll have a ball with this one. Olly
    2 points
  46. After some fiddling with settings and focus the results were really amazing (compared to what I managed to produce before): Here is a sample video of an entire night: I’ve also managed to capture a few nice meteors since. Here is a big one:
    2 points
  47. Fashionably late to the party Just booked, Fri & Sat night.
    2 points
  48. heres a starless version...
    2 points
  49. 130 pds and 294mc pro with idas p2 filter. Best 15% of 1,500 frames. stacked in AS3, sharpened in registax and processed in photoshop.
    2 points
  50. I've got QHY8L too. What length exposures are you using? Nice image
    2 points
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