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  1. And here we go. One box with lots of padding material and there is another box inside that: And in that box is another box and a foam box with: My brand new 125 mm f/7.8 TS doublet. Nice.
    17 points
  2. Managed to find these two at a great price thanks to Zoltan at 365 although I like my black and green can’t justify the the Ethos price these days they have gone mad and I already have a couple plus a13mm Ethos picked at a reasonable secondhand price
    11 points
  3. A few of Florence who is out for a run around tonight. Just a lunar session most likely, maybe a few doubles later. The cloud seems to have cleared, but the seeing is quite variable. Still, nice to see Schröter’s valley again. I was using my Nag Zooms earlier but then fiddled around with binoviewers for a while until I got them working at high power, much better views, far fewer floaters!
    10 points
  4. A Vixen HR 3.4mm eyepiece. Been curious about the Vixen HR eyepieces so when I saw this one decided to get it. As it was second hand if I don’t get on with it could easily sell it on for what I paid for it. So zero risk.
    10 points
  5. Managed to add some 2 hours of H-alpha data acquired yesterday evening with my ASI183MM-Pro, Astronomik 12 nm H-alpha filter, and Canon 200 mm F/2.8 L lens. Might want to re-stack the lot, as there are some artefacts on the edges, and I had issues with the camera being reported as an OSC camera with RGGB Bayer pattern.
    9 points
  6. 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
    9 points
  7. The AZ4 mount arrived today so I have finally set up the Bresser. My new grab and go Refractor! Cant wait to see what the views are like through this. Baz
    8 points
  8. A favourable libration on the SW limb gives the opportunity to observe Mare Orientale, tonight and tomorrow night. On 25th only, Hevelius, Schickard and Wargentin are also fairly favourable. In addition, Riccioli and Bailly should be very favourable right on the terminator.
    7 points
  9. So much for the clear skies. Lots of cloud around earlier but now just very hazy so not much to look at except for the moon. Had chance to try a variety of eyepiecehs and a Baader prism and a WO diagonal. Seemed to be a tie between the diagonals. However views of the moon were very impressive. Very sharp and contrasty images and showed a lot of detail. Tried the Vixen HR 3.4 and and very impressed. Definitely the most detail and contrast compared to the other eyepieces thatI tried. Think I could do with the 2.4 HR. With the 3.4 floaters were a slight problem but not a big deal.
    7 points
  10. 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
    6 points
  11. M64 Black Eye Galaxy 4 hours of data shot using Skywatcher 150/750 and D5300 in Bortle 8 zone. Using a black and white image this time to hide away the color gradients possibly caused by light leaking into primary mirror, nevertheless I should pay more attention to this problem since I started imaging, as it worsens everytime I pushed the image harder. DSS, PS
    6 points
  12. Single 30 sec shot. Demonstrating my AMOLED ODA (Observer's Digital Assistant, a.k.a. dedicated smartphone) screen with the DSO Planner star chart in night mode against the Bortle 2 sky (focused on the screen). The ODA is standing on top of my z12 focuser. Aquila tail and Scutum is above it. Behind my capuche is Mars, which is obviously brighter than Galaxies' symbols on the screen (brightest red ellipses).
    6 points
  13. First light Put in the Lacerta wedge for a bit of solar white light observing. Best white light solar views I’ve ever had. WOW !!!!!! Can’t believe how sharp and clear the views were of the sunspot group. And it reached focus without having to remove the focuser extension. The old A&E solar shield did it’s job. Also impressed with how well the Svbony 10 - 30 zoom worked. Surprisingly good. Gone a bit cloudy now.
    6 points
  14. A cute little ST80, courtesy of Commanderfish I like the little 'scope, my cat very much appreciates the cardboard box it arrived in
    6 points
  15. Well, it's going to be clear, and the scope is out, so why not point a camera at it
    5 points
  16. There I was, sitting perfectly quietly at my computer in the obsy....and this happened
    5 points
  17. The weather has been absolutely shocking here in the NE since christmas. So when I had a clear window of about 2 hours last week I took the opportunity to try and grab an hour on M42, in the end I ended up with 18 x 2.5 minutes subs. So here it is: Stock Canon 80D and SW 72ED on HEQ5 Pro No filters were used and the image was taken from my Bortle 8 garden.
    5 points
  18. What appeared to be a promising evening has turned out poor. Not a cloud in the sky all day & clear when I put the scopes out earlier. Light cloud covering wondered in at around 7.45 to spoil the session. Promising clear evenings for the next 4-5 days, hopefully
    5 points
  19. Just finished three scope boxes for my newest scopes. 1. Skywatcher 150 Heritage 2. Skywatcher 180 Mak 3. Zeiss Telementor (mark 1) The 150 Heritage box also doubles up as a riser for the scope in case there are no other options available (i.e. picnic table etc.)
    5 points
  20. Bit of a cheeky one. Didn’t really need this but hey. Never had one before. On the for sale thread on SGL courtesy of @mikeyj1 Orion ST 80 plus case. And clear ish. skies tonight. The Rowan may struggle ??!! John
    5 points
  21. ive been having a play making a starless version can never decide if I like these or not, though they seem to be the current fad at the moment LOL feel like removing the stars adds noise, or maybe just makes it more noticeable
    5 points
  22. So it arrived in a set of nice boxes: same scope, just from TS and no "collimation OK" sticker . But I got it from a store where I know the owner and he does check the collimation and adjusts it if needed, so it should be OK as well. A yes and here it is outside after a daytime test on the next mountain top: Ready for tonight. There is some Sahara dust in the air but that should clear out until later. First impression: I agree with @johninderby very well built, serious stock focuser, similar finish than WO. Mechanically top class! Daytime optic test
    5 points
  23. My set up in action tonight in the communal area behind my flat where I set up normally. My Skymax 127 az gti for some lunar imaging, still waiting for my black box for the laptop dew sheild so trying to get the imaging in before the dew sets in. The tripod is at its lowest position tonight as it is quite windy at times here and gives less vibration this way, I normally have it full extension when no wind.
    5 points
  24. Hello, Just catching up w some of the amazing recent lunar images on here - wow! Finally got round to processing & stitching my first ever lunar mosaic (JPEG for size). The captures were done last Thurs 18 Feb, a Telementor 2 on a modded Vixen SP mount w an ASI290MM and an Optolong UV-IR filter, using FireCapture (first time for me). Since the 290MM has a smaller FOV than a 178MM, needed to do mosaics. Processing done via AS!3, then ImPPG. Then 3 panes stitched in LightRoom (tried PI but it didn't align well at all, & MS ICE download site is down). Then a bit of GIMP
    4 points
  25. 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
    4 points
  26. The weather finally broke long enough this week for me to start the project ive been wanting to do for the last 3 months. Managed to get a few hours on it spread over 2 nights but the moon will be in the way for the next 2 weeks and im loosing Orion behind a tree earlier every night now so will remain a work in progress until next winter. Anyway this is the widest and deepest image ive ever captured of the heart of Orion, though I was hoping for a bit more structure at the bottom, when straight out of the camera there was much more contrast in the centre 50% of the image than the outer pa
    4 points
  27. Second little session in a week, tonight! In fact not many more for the whole of the last 12 months. Anyway... The Skytee 2, with a Bresser 127L and the little 72EDF as a finder! I cannot make up my mind about the 127L, there is some CA, but not as bad as I imagined possible, a contrast booster filter sorted it, but left everything looking a little odd in another way. The Skytee 2 handled the scope just fine, better than it did the Bresser 102L the other night. That is lighter, but even longer at F13.2 and the clutch only just held things steady, with the longer scope. If I do decid
    4 points
  28. 4 points
  29. So I put the scope out to acclimatise at around 1900, hoping that the clouds would clear. I know that I wouldn't get to see much as the moon is waxing to full and it was so bright that any DSO would be nigh on impossible. That wasn't an issue however as tonight was more about getting used to moving the scope and getting to grips with the Telrad. I'd read a little about star hopping with the Telrad and how you could put the reticle on various of the apps to find DSO's so I wanted to spend a little time just 'getting used' to lining it up and getting comfortable with it. So, having previou
    4 points
  30. I was lucky 365 astronomy had them in stock all the usual places were out of stock and no more on the horizon I brought the 20mm from them 18 months ago hoping to try them out tonight set up waiting
    4 points
  31. After quite some time, a quick update! So the scope, mounting and everything is here at home. I have renovated the Mk IV, disassembled, lubed and cleaned, reassembled and it all moves so smoothly! All re-touched with Hammerite black .Have thoroughly cleaned the worm-drives, but have not done anything else to the motors. Pics to follow. Am now moving on to the scope itself, will be getting the mirror recoated along with the 4" finder. Am probably then going to decide whether to sell - its just physically too big!
    4 points
  32. I thought it would be fun to find all the iterations of my eyepiece case on this thread. The first version for my first telescope, a SkyWatcher 130M on EQ2. There was even room for a red light torch in those days. The arrival of a 10” dob led to the first major rework and a couple of 100 degree eyepieces. There was still room for the Telrad though. Things really took off after that. It became a world of widefields and orthos. A decidedly fuller case now! Finally my most recent rework. I don’t think there’ll be anymore major reworks but never say never!
    4 points
  33. If you want it extending (and you cant do it yourself) I would be happy to do it for you. Just the postage to pay. Soldered connections and waterproof etc. PM me if you want it doing.
    4 points
  34. 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.
    4 points
  35. Premise is rather simple - take your smart phone, attach it to the telescope and eyepiece and let it take image of what you see - stack those images. Perfect way for novice astronomers to get into EEVA and possibly imaging. So I got myself phone adapter to test this idea out - and idea itself really seems to work - It is quite easy to attach a phone and take a picture of what is seen in eyepiece. Question is - is it good for EEVA and if so - will it work for novice astronomer? I'll outline my case and point out interesting parts. Equipment that I initially planned to use wa
    3 points
  36. Crazy erratic weather.... mostly bad, but finding a few windows! This was shot literally a few minutes before a downpour. I JUST got unpacked fast enough that nothing was overly soaked. (only a few feet from my garage and carport) The first views are 100% crops from the full disk. - they are brightened somewhat from the full disc exposure Clear skies!
    3 points
  37. Sunspot group is fairly good today. Here’s an image taken from my Solar Monitor app. Must say visualy looked better and had a chance to try my Vixen HR 3.4 eyepiece.
    3 points
  38. There can be advantages with over sampling with CMOS cameras as it allows you to reduce telegraph noise . See here section 5. Regards Andrew
    3 points
  39. To be honest ethos or not they look pretty fantastic. I’m sure they will shine.
    3 points
  40. Thanks for the reminder Paul. The hourly forecast for this area is clear from early evening to five in the morning, so I think the AZ100 and the f15 on the pier tonight...
    3 points
  41. Hopefully will get a look tonight. One of my favourites Schiller as well.
    3 points
  42. Hello All Apologies as I don't write much in these boards but I wanted to express my big thanks to Jesper Sundh - Jessun - who sold me his Astro-Physics 1600GTO mount. He was a pleasure to deal with and the mount arrived safely this morning on these shores. It was professionally packed and survived the best efforts of DHL. I have an 1100GTO in my ROR and the 1600GTO will take its place for imaging purposes...that is, if it fits! The thing is HUGE! Roberto
    3 points
  43. Just ordered these for my deep sky observing with my Apollo 15x70 binos. Although I have used an observing hood these appear to be a better option especially when I use filters in the eyecup.
    3 points
  44. Nice idea Here are my early ones from the late 1980's: .956 inch fitting and all fitted into an old cigar box !; And then where I was 11 years ago: quite a step forward:
    3 points
  45. 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
  46. 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.
    3 points
  47. Box opened. Will start a new thread I think. “Tecnosky 125/975 F7.8 FPL-53 Doublet APO - First Look”
    3 points
  48. Courier dropped this off early this morning. Suppose I’ll get round to opening it sometime today.
    3 points
  49. Here is a comparison of the the positions of Vesta on 18 Feb: And on 22 February:
    3 points
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