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  1. I have to admit that I knew little about Astronomy Now until @ollypenrice asked me if he could use my Squid image to illustrate the possibilities of the new generation OSC CMOS cameras (ASI2600MC in my case) in the January issue. One bonus for me was that the magazine sent me a free issue and I liked it a lot. I also noticed that they had a gallery section, so I though why not give it a try. Apparently they liked my image so it is now in the March issue and they gave me a 15 pound voucher. I have now spent that and a bit more on a yearly subscription (after Swedish customs have ensured me that
    20 points
  2. Tecnosky 125/975 F7.8 FPL-53 ED Doublet APO Refractor Arrived this morning from Astrograph. First impressions are it’s a very solid and well made scope. Finish is a WO like pebble finish not gloss white. Focuser is a smooth 2.5” R&P and has a 2” twist lock on it. Comes with a typical Vixen dovetail bar but have Losmandy plate ready to fit and also a StellaMira carry handle. Scope is bench tested by Tecnosky and then checked again by Astrograph. Manufacturers blurb. The Tecnosky 125/975 FPL-53 Doublet is a bargain in the 5" refractor class. With FPL-53 Super ED g
    15 points
  3. Very happy chap today. Actually dithered quite a bit whether to buy the StellaMira 80mm (crayford focuser) or an alternative however circumstances deemed the StellaMira as the one to be. Ooh it's lovely. Plus a few other bits - Scopetech Zero, ADM clamp and a Baader finder shoe. Thanks to the contributors on the various posts at SGL as to suggestions for appropriate mounts and clamps.
    14 points
  4. Box opened. Will start a new thread I think. “Tecnosky 125/975 F7.8 FPL-53 Doublet APO - First Look”
    11 points
  5. Tecnosky 125 and friend. The 125 and CC8” should make a nice pair. And the Lacerta wedge for white light solar.
    10 points
  6. Hi all, please find attached images from the 21st February using the lunt DS and 80ed K-Line scopes. Zwo Asi 178mm was used to capture all images. PH CS2, Autostakker3 and ImPPG was used to process the raw Avi files.
    9 points
  7. Part 1 of my recent 'mid-life crisis' purchases arrived today. It's a second (or 3rd/4th) hand Meade Field Tripod I found for sale here in Ireland. It's a beast, the top plate that comes with it is huge (I don't have small hands!) but thankfully it also comes off. I swapped some email with Meade in the UK and then the US, and they say this tripod is able to take up to 30Kg. So it should be fine for my 130P! For the price I got it for, I couldn't resist, it should be a tripod for life. And quite a bit more stable than the aluminium SkyWatcher tripod I currently have. The fun part is connecting
    9 points
  8. Courier dropped this off early this morning. Suppose I’ll get round to opening it sometime today.
    8 points
  9. Hopefully the end of my spending for a wee while. A case to store and transport my newly purchased Vixen f10.7 frac and a second saddle for the AZ 100 mount.
    7 points
  10. Thanks a lot Ian! Maybe I forgot to post it here. Here is a better resolution version.
    7 points
  11. LRGB and Ha The Horse Head Nebula In Orion. Imaged with the 12.5 RCOS @ f9 and FLI 16803 36x 600 in Luminance and 12x 900s in each RGB total 15hrs. High haze effected some of the data but the weather in Spain hasn't been at its best. This scope I did a complete strip down and refurbish including a nice shiny recoat of it's stunning Zerodur optics ...that was a very nerve racking day I can tell you. Thanks for looking… Peter Shah
    6 points
  12. This time last year whilst on a dark sky skiing holiday I remember looking at the Rosette thinking how amazing it was and that I'd need to image it again. Ive had to settle for roughly 2hrs on each channel as the weather gods haven't been kind recently! Thanks for looking, Ken
    5 points
  13. A cute little ST80, courtesy of Commanderfish I like the little 'scope, my cat very much appreciates the cardboard box it arrived in
    5 points
  14. Hi everyone, Well, after quite a frustrating night I almost didn't bother sharing this one as I'm not really happy with it yet, but I feel it's important to sometimes share "failures" aswell as success! -after all, it happens to us all at every level of this hobby - whether just starting out or years into it! Anyhow, I need to shoot it again (for much longer) on a better night, but that's probably a job for next winter season now from my location. I dont think there was much fundamentally wrong with my capture, just the conditions really. Esprit 120 @f7 2600mc
    5 points
  15. Saw the his on Eqmod forum I’m impressed, technology these days
    5 points
  16. Another Rosette Didn't have as long as I would of liked thanks to the clouds, (seems to be a recurring event nowadays!), needs more data to get rid of that noise. Only PNGs so not Hubble quality I tried out StarNet++ for the starless image; it seems to struggle with the diffraction spikes a bit, but I quite like the result. Imaging - SW130PDS, Stock Canon EOS 100D. 40x 3mins @ISO400 (2hrs)Guiding - SW 9x50 Finder, ASI224MCMount - HEQ5 Pro (Rowan Mod)Other - SW 0.9x CCStacked in DSS and processed in Photoshop
    5 points
  17. Heinously expensive! I am lucky enough to have bought most of the Ethos range when they were much cheaper a few years ago due to exchange rates and often with 10pc off on those Astro Festival weekends. I never bought the 17mm as with my existing shorter scopes there wasnt a need for an EP between the 21 mm and the 13mm. Now that I have an 8" CC as my main high mag scope, with an FL of 2436mm, the Ethos 17mm is very useful as it produces about x150. Otherwise my closest choices were x116 and x187.
    5 points
  18. Fitted the Losmandy plate. Tried the StellaMira handle but just didn’t work. The scope is front heavy and the handle was no where near the balance point. So took the long handle off Big Red which solved the balance problem completely. Wish that handle was still available to buy in it’s own. Mounted the scope on my lightweight tripod/mount setup and surprisingly was reasonably steady. Think it might work for grab’n’go. Mounted the scope on the AZ100 which didn’t notice the load at all.
    5 points
  19. I got a surprise last evening. The moon was making dim objects a bit tedious, so I started "collecting" Messier open clusters. I really don't like open clusters as a rule, but conditions make limits. In the midst of a quick peek at M-46 I found a smudge. It wasn't dust or a cloud, so I looked further. It was a nice little planetary nebula hiding in the cluster. Imagine that! NGC-2438 inside M-46 (100 - 20 second images stacked with Siril and processed with GIMP).
    5 points
  20. Hey all, I am starting to really have an interest in saturated lunar surfaces. As much as I generally enjoy B&W high resolution imaging of surfaces, I also find myself just as pleased looking at highly saturated surfaces too, despite being lower resolution. I really am drawn to deep browns and purples. Anyhow, while this may not be everyone's cup of tea, I'm trying to learn to align the color as close as I can to keep getting consistent results before buying a large color sensor to work with further. So for now, I'm practicing with the only color sensor I have, the 224MC. C8 Edge
    4 points
  21. Glad I didn’t buy that one John...
    4 points
  22. Yes I am indeed looking forward to trying the new scope out. Gave razor sharp views of lamposts this afternoon while aligning the finder. Not too heavy either. Easy to fit to the AZ100 and after playing about with positioning now balances perfectly at any angle.
    4 points
  23. There is well known equation that goes: Money in wallet = 1 / Number of scopes
    4 points
  24. Absolutely Louis. We'd use the Matabeelee gumbo beads or even chocolate buttons if they're worth more than the £, - and most currencies are! ☺
    4 points
  25. I know some feel that discussing higher end ED or Apo refractors might put people off when they look at the price tag, but I really don't believe that would be the case. Many of us remember the days of the beautiful 4" Unitron adverts that graced the pages of Sky & Telescope magazine, where the price tag was in the realms of car or even house prices of the time. They didn't put me off. In fact they gave me something to aim towards. When I eventually saved enough money so I could afford a 102mm F13 Vixen Pulsar achromat, I really felt I'd attained my goal of becoming a serious astronomer.
    4 points
  26. Finally got around to processing my attempt at a Mars animation from all the way back in October, Would have gone on longer but was interrupted by cloud. Think that was what put me off, thinking it was incomplete. Turned out well though, for a first attempt, some frames were awful but I have included a couple of the frames that look really good. I know that the south pole is at the top but it just didn't look right the other way around! Taken with a asi120mm through a C9.25 with best 50% of 10000 frames in each RGB channel. Mars Oct 2020.mp4
    3 points
  27. I went for it. After falling in love with my William Optics 40mm 70° eyepiece, I decided that I wanted two more complimentary widefield eyepieces. I went for the 17.5 mm and 9 mm Baader Morpheus eyepieces. And the best diagonal I could find to go with them - the Baader BBHS Sitall mirror diagonal. Now it's all cloudy in my location (of course), but I will share my impressions about this beautiful kit as soon as I get some clear skies!
    3 points
  28. We also now stock StellaLyra KITAKARU RPL eyepieces Designed by KITAKARU in Japan and manufactured by Long Perng in Taiwan. There is some debate around whether these are modified Orthoscopics or modified Plossls. Either way, they provide very well corrected views, negligible false colour and 62º FOV (65º in the 40mm). Their focal lengths make them an excellent choice for observing open star clusters with long focal ratio telescopes.
    3 points
  29. Hi everyone My gf entitles this The Pterodactyl Cluster because it looks like a erm.... She also likes it sparkly. Especially for Christmas. OK. So here it is, The Sparkly Xmas Pterodactyl Cluster. Taken through the intense calima over Alicante last night with the moon on hand to light up the calima and provide today's processing challenge par excellence. Gradient city. I know. The blue is wrong. Looking at the blue layer, I'm not surprised. Thanks for looking and do post your m44s. 700d on nt150s @ ISO800
    3 points
  30. If you haven't already seen it, can I suggest "Winter albireo" h 3945 in Canis Major? Edited to say sigma orionis is pretty amazing too (if you like beta monocerotis).
    3 points
  31. Nice scope!. I'm sure your get another handle on another handle to buy...
    3 points
  32. On CN there are 100+ threads about this scope. From coating coming of the inside of the lens to rust inside the focuser to powdercoat problems. Oh no just kidding. Congrats with this new beauty!
    3 points
  33. We all feel honoured John. It isn't every day we get to look inside your wallet!
    3 points
  34. Because after you find the one that fits...you stop trying lol.
    3 points
  35. Hi my fellow stargazers! The sky was absolutely moon bleached last night and glowing light blue from the moonshine. This did not deter me from getting in a 1hr session with my trusty 10 inch dob. Even managed to nab a few faint targets! NGC 4833: Fainter than expected due to moonlight. First time observing this globular cluster in Musca. Loose globular Algieba: Pretty double star in Leo, first time splitting it. Nice colour! Mars: Now far from us, looked like a boiling orange gibbous disk low in the west. Viewed both the Orion and Carina nebula to compare them under the moo
    3 points
  36. IC 418 - Raspberry Nebula The planetary nebula IC 418 is a unique object in Lepus, a constellation that many of us might tend to bypass in favor of its prominent neighbor to the north, Orion. In larger instruments, this nebula exhibits a reddish hue that has earned it the nickname "Raspberry Nebula". 12" f/5 GSO on Geoptik Eq Platform ZWO ASI224MC Explore Scientific 2x Focal Extender Processed only in Pipp and Autostakkert nothing else Gain=500 Exposure=0,5s
    3 points
  37. Ok, the Ethos 21 is a big eyepiece... I knew that when ordering, but still a big old lump when seen for real Hopefully should give superb wide field views in the dob though
    3 points
  38. Yes, it is the long eye relief on the eyepieces that is causing you a problem. First, observe seated. You can hold your head steady much more easily. Second, perhaps look for eyepieces with less eye relief in the future if you prefer to bury your eye in the eyecup. With the overall aging of the astronomy population, there is a lot of pressure on eyepiece companies to produce long eye relief eyepieces for eyeglasses wearers, but there are still a lot of (still the majority) eyepieces with less eye relief. As you get used to holding your head steady, this problem will g
    3 points
  39. Tau Canis Majoris cluster taken through a Celestron Nexstar 5SE on its alt-az mount. 30 x 30 seconds with an astro-modified Canon 450d.
    3 points
  40. Last night. Skymax 102. Canon 1200d modified stuck on the end of it, all sitting on an AZ GTI. 40 second exposure. stack of 5 processed in affinity photo. All
    3 points
  41. I feel excited for you John, and perhaps a little green . Have a great first light, always a special occasion.
    2 points
  42. Added some Pentax 20x60's to the Astronomy set. So now my primary astro binos are my Vortex Diamondback 10x50's for most nights and the more specialized Pentax 20x60's for when I have a specific target in mind. Been cloudy for weeks here, so not much time behind them yet.
    2 points
  43. Im hoping not to see much increase this year but who knows. Most pressure from the additional shipping costs will fall on larger items and low-cost product, so fingers crossed. Well, till at least when I have both the 13E and 6E..
    2 points
  44. From Astrograph. They are shipped from Italy to Astrogaph when you order. Prices are going up on Monday though. http://astrograph.net/epages/www_astrograph_net.sf/en_GB/?ObjectPath=/Shops/www_astrograph_net/Products/AGTEC125F78
    2 points
  45. Got these old 10x50 Hanimex bins (never heard of that make either!) for 8 English pounds from ebay last week! Thought to myself that you can't go wrong for that price and I can give them to my son if they're not much cop, but I think I hit lucky. They are actually great and in decent condition . Crisp views and I've also found them great to use as a finder for my 200p Dob. Located Andromeda easily with them, then lined the Dob up... Really easy! Always, struggled to find it using the straight through finderscope attached to the scope. Wish I'd got a pair of bins ages ago. Great views o
    2 points
  46. Tak 102 and Sx 694 11x 900 secs over 2 nights. Edited for proper sub length. Not processed in Pixinsight as it did not come out too well so back to APP and PS. Do thew clicky thing for full res.
    2 points
  47. Good set! I have the same diagonal as well as the 2" prism model. Both are very fine.
    2 points
  48. @johninderby Looks like you are in luck - clear evenings Thursday and Friday Looking forward to the review......
    2 points
  49. M82 - Cigar Galaxy, 200 subs @ 15 seconds stacked with Siril and processed with StarTools (although I did a quick-and-dirty test process with GIMP that resulted in an image that wasn't significantly different from this one). I am very disappointed that I got no hint of the nebular flare that is supposed to extend above and below the galactic center. Apparently, I need many more subs to get that feature. A shame, as I would be reasonably pleased with this image if I didn't know about the nebula I failed to capture.
    2 points
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