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  1. This is a two panel mosaic where I used one of the panels from my recent mosaic, containing Barnard 14 (with IC2087), and added a new panel (the bottom half of the image) dominated by Barnard 18. These nebulae belong to the Taurus Molecular Cloud. 12 hours of total integration time with the RASA 8 at f/2 brings out quite a lot of light and colour even in dark nebulosity. Imaged 10 - 14 Feb with the RASA 8 and ASI2600MC (gain 100) without filter. 180 x 4 min. Stacked in PI and processed in PS and PI. I also post an annotatded low-resolution version grabbed from Astrobin. Fro
    17 points
  2. Hi my fellow stargazers! With the moon out in full force, last night was the perfect time to focus exclusively on double stars. Seeing was steady, and I always find the moonshine gives double stars an added visual charm. I started by visiting Orion, a hotbed for doubles, to try and split Eta Orionis. Got a nice split at 267x through my 10". Was pleased to have split it as I hadn't succeeded previously. Next up was Tegmine in Cancer and Algieba in Leo. Both beautiful systems, spent some time admiring them bathed in moonlight. Next up was another new discovery for me, the lovely double star
    9 points
  3. 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
  4. Just experimenting today with the big gun, C11. Used the white light filter and baader k-Line filter. I did image too with the Lunt 60DS and 80ED baader K-Line scopes but not processed these images yet. The C11 is experimental. Seeing wasn't great and sun going down towards my hedge. I think it has potential as a big gun solar L-Line scope for the summer.
    9 points
  5. Beautiful John, a "proper scope"!. If I may join the "gratuitousness".. I was painting the floor of my recently refurbished outside brick barn today, where my scopes live, so I had to move lots of stuff out, or up off the floor, while the floor paint dries: so I took a few pics of the FS128 while it had to stand outside, and a couple as dusk fell and the almost full moon rose.. Also, John, did you check out The Trap last night? I had an hour out and despite the brightness of the moon I was easily able to see the E&F stars with direct vision..the transparency here was very good
    9 points
  6. I made the most of the clear weather tonight to take a look at a few double and multiple stars. I started in Canes Venatici with a nice easy one, alpha CVn - Cor Caroli. This is a very easy split, appearing as a double at 30x magnification, but quite striking with the brighter blue-white primary and yellow secondary. Since I was in the area, I thought I'd also take a look at the famously red star, La Superba, Y CVn. Finding my way was complicated by the lack of guide stars, everything being washed out by the moon. But I knew more or less where it should be and, sure enough, at low pow
    8 points
  7. I had a terrible session the one before yesterday. I do solar and then my solarquest mount for some reason wouldn't lock on to any GPS satellites. It won't do anything if it doesn't. Took an hour turning it on and off. Finally picked up the GPS signal and off it went and did it stuff as normal but by then clouds started to gather. Also I had dust bunnies that I couldn't get rid of and took another half hour before finally able to image. Yes I was very frustrated, yes I suffer from anxiety and panic attacks so that didn't help. I question the validity of what I'm doing when things go wrong but
    8 points
  8. NGC 281 The Pacman Nebula. Named after the famous arcade game character, though to me it looks more like an Anglerfish sitting on the seabed. Approximately 10,000 light years away this is a huge star forming region in the constellation of Cassiopeia. The dark regions in the "mouth" of the Pacman are full of Bok Globules and it is in these where new stars are being born. Photographed on the night of 25\26 Feb 2021. Cropped image from WO Star 71 II. 26 x 300s Ha, 11 x 300s SII, 11 X 300s Olll 35 x darks, 50x flats & dark flats Native bin 2x2, Gain 120,
    7 points
  9. I'm so confused, does this need to go in the "show us your dob" "show us your frac" "show us you set up in the day" Or "show us you set up at dusk " thread
    7 points
  10. 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
    7 points
  11. Well, it's going to be clear, and the scope is out, so why not point a camera at it
    6 points
  12. Thought I'd use the bright moon to highlight a characterful subject and make the most of the clear skies. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burrow_Mump
    6 points
  13. First review from first light yesterday night which was a success. First off, maybe a word on what is my baseline to compare. I worked a lot with a Skymax 180 the last year and had a William Optics Fluoro Star 110mm f/7 Triplet Apo for a few weeks now borrowed from a friend (to get into APO mood). The 127 mm TS/Tecnosky is a Doublet with FPL-53 / Lanthan and I don't know the glass types of the WO. All mounted on a Celestron AVX with two counterweights. All observations below were done with a TS 1.25" diagonal (99% reflection - 1/12 lambda) Seeing was rather good early in the night an
    6 points
  14. Hey everyone I'm new to all this again and I luckily came across someone from Edinburgh selling a 10 inch dob for £300 only used 4 times and I jumped at that price took 3 hours to get there and back but it was worth the trip lol. her new names big Betty I'm looking for help on what eyepieces are best suited to these telescope because it's alot bigger than my first one when I was younger and it's mighty powerful lol my son is into Jupiter and Saturn has anyone any ideas on what filters to get aswell thanks for taking the time in reading this book lol clear skies everyone I've added a wee pict
    5 points
  15. Due to work weather and health issues I have finally made it out with my Skywatcher 150ED which i purchased before Xmas and a re ent acquisition my Takahashi sky90 II the 150 ED is a reasonable OTA to handle just it’s length that makes it a bit awkward so plenty of turn around space needed when transporting it to the mount once there though balance is achieved quite easily and unlike some of the 150s I have owned it’s not to front heavy it was a fairly transparent evening after the clouds had rolled by and the seeing around a 5 first look at the moon wow nearly blinded me forgot h
    5 points
  16. Sorry about yesterday's naff prediction. This is what happens if you rely on information from a third party and don't check it yourself! Well, I have checked it out for myself now, and it will be visible tonight - assuming you have some clear sky. If you follow a line south from Grimaldi for a distance of 3-4 times Grimaldi's length, and then travel 90 degrees to the west limb you'll find it.
    5 points
  17. Felicity’s turn tonight; after a fun play in the sun earlier, a quick change of diagonal and we are ready for the Moon.
    5 points
  18. Didn't end up with as many subs as I would have liked due to my inexperience, but it turned out okay. Just goes to show, I doesn't matter how many YouTube videos you watch, actually going out there is much more valuable.
    5 points
  19. For fun I made this animation from three images taken on 18, 22 and 25 February. I was not able to align them perfectly, but the motion of Vesta is easy to see.
    5 points
  20. I had a look at 4 Vesta tonight with my 130mm refractor. At magnitude 5.9 it is easily visible in my 9x50 finder and currently forms a convenient pattern with stars between Chertan and Denobola in Leo: It showed as a pale golden spot of light in the scope eyepiece. It's apparent diameter is around half an arc second so no point in trying to see it's disk !. After observing 4 Vesta, while warming up inside, I was prompted to have a look at 3 small specimens from my meteorite collection. These are samples of meteorites from the H.E.D. group, Howardite-Eucrite-Diogenite, achondri
    5 points
  21. ...aka a 16:9 crop of the Heart as I cut off a bit of a ventricle. First use of IDAS NBZ filter. What black magic is this!!! Was a full moon, like daylight! 48 x 180s subs, RASA8 and ASI2600MC Pro. DSS and PS. Cheers, Paul.
    4 points
  22. In the process of shooting Melotte 15 in Ha. First real light for this setup (actually first light was last night but had serious differential flexure issues) subs are looking good tonight so fingers crossed for a full 4 hours data
    4 points
  23. My Skywatcher 200P Dob (8") in moon action tonight with the DSLR on prime focus. I wish it was a moonless night for some proper seeing of DSOs. I hope everybody is having a nice evening.
    4 points
  24. We're not sure yet Justyn - we are looking at the options but may need to wait nearer the time to make a decision in which case, it might be a more casual get together rather than full on star party with a view to having a full, public star party early 2022 as the situation allows. I'm itching to get back to a star party as soon as possible so this is definitely something on my mind!
    4 points
  25. 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
  26. Sorry for the slight delay but we are going to announce the winners on this weeks 'StarGaZine' on Sunday at 7:30pm GMT - we will also then post it up on the forum shortly thereafter.
    4 points
  27. I bought this Table yesterday for £12, reduced from £40! Well chuffed It's absolutely ideal for astro. It's a High Gear camping table, on sale at Go Outdoors if anyone is interested.
    4 points
  28. For me- this was a hard one....so I am not sure how it will go down. I tried it in January and gave up (even though I obviously kept the data). Again now, very recently, I went back to it until the weather (humidity mostly) has put a stop to any imaging once again. Last night though, I actually combined the Jan & Feb data - even though the imaging scale and the camera rotation had both changed considerably. APP did a fantastic job...bringing everything together ..... and then with quite a crop....I came up with a result. (Total time: 23½ hours). More details & larger image @ https://
    4 points
  29. I captured these images on the evening of 02/21/2021 and the early morning hours of 02/22/2021.All three asteroids are currently in the constellation Leo, making them easy to image on the same evening.Asteroid (4) Vesta is currently at magnitude 5.9Asteroid (29) Amphitrite is currently at magnitude 9.1Asteroid (113) Amalthea is currently at magnitude 11.05
    4 points
  30. We are trying something a little different this week Instead of a speaker, we are going to host a show & tell / Q&A chit-chat session where hopefully you might want to share any recent images you have taken, any tips / tricks you've discovered in software or just share with us what projects DIY / Imaging / Observing you might be working on. This is also a good opportunity to ask any questions you may have and hopefully somebody in the group can answer Me and Daz will host and keep things flowing and will have some updates of our own on the forum software, some new functionalit
    3 points
  31. Lunt 60mm double stacked with the x2.5 powermate and 178 cam Do the clicky thing for full res.
    3 points
  32. The almost full moon from the 25th This is a 2 panel mosaic in RGB with the asi178mm. It almost wasn’t colour, as the blue data was being a pain and had a noticeable band when merged. A careful restock and reprocess sorted it out Hope everyone has a lovely weekend! Clear skies
    3 points
  33. First time attempting this. Quite pleased especially with Photoshop the automate function seems to work quite well. Untracked AZ mount. StellaMira 80mm ED and ZWO 120MC-S. 9 x 50 frames. Processed in Autostakkert and the resulting 9 images stitched using Photoshop automate / photomerge. I've adjusted the brightness slightly.
    3 points
  34. So did get out tonight just observing moon for a while. New moon filter was very good and gave nice contrast. Managed to take the attached photo through the 40mm EP with my smart phone. Never done that before so quite pleased with the result . Also tested the solar system alignment which tracked the moon perfectly, a good 4th outing.
    3 points
  35. I went for a dawn walk and this was setting
    3 points
  36. When's the next Total Solar Eclipse in the UK ?? .... you might get 2 x 1 min RGB ... at a push...
    3 points
  37. Heya, Woke up to fog, but was blessed with some good seeing and a clear sky this morning. I was able to get close to some limits with high resolution setup and after seeing deteriorated went to a moderate resolution setup for a wider field of view. I spent most of the time on AR2804 as it has evolved into a really interesting sunspot with a huge lovely penumbra with lots of fibrils and the plage around it has lots of great activity including minor flaring. Upper chromosphere and lower photosphere represented in 656nm and 600nm wavelengths to handle the seeing. Seeing was spiking to 0.8 ar
    3 points
  38. Here's my version of the large prom. SM60 DS on the ED80 and ASI 1600.
    3 points
  39. When I get all uptight and anxious I just relax and have a night with my Dob Mark
    3 points
  40. Nice teport. Pity the weather last night wasn’t good where I am. So much haze couldn’t even see Mars at all. Hopefully will be better tonight. But despite the weather the moon was impressive particularly with the Vixen HR 3.4mm eyepiece. Was reading a German report on the scope that pointed out one interesting characteristic. Apparently these doublet optics are designed to optimise the green and blue wavelengths rather than the red as the eye is least sensative to red. However this can cause minor red fringing on bright stars and reduce contrast on Mars. Testing showed th
    3 points
  41. Partly the reason why I jumped over to Cooled OSC from DSLR instead of straight to Mono. I thought there would be a learning curve with OSC and there is. There's nothing wrong with jumping straight into Mono, and if forgoing the filters it's essentially the same process, that said I have found a jump between going from DSLR to Cooled OSC, and more of a jump than I expected. I spent the first night expecting everything to be really easy and get some good hours of M42 for first light. No, instead I spent the night trying to understand why I couldn't see any stars to focus on whilst watching
    3 points
  42. When I got first light with my OSC I went with the mindset that I was using the first & second sessions as "tester sessions". This way I expected things not to go right and wasn't disappointed when they didn't. I also made sure I picked an nice bright, familiar target (M31 in my case) so it was easy to find and see with APT's auto-stretch. I know I took the lesser jump from DSLR to OSC and not DSLR to mono with filters like you have, but it's still a whole new ballgame. I also had issues with plate solving a while back and ended up having to re-install/update the plate solving so
    3 points
  43. Well then really it is down to how desperate you are to have a telescope now. If you absolutely have to have a telescope now then the 6" is a good choice and will be a good performer. If you can bear to save for a few more months then the 8" will be just a little bit better on DSOs due to the additional apperture and is worth saving for. Of course the 10" is then a little bit better again than the 8" and the same again for a 12" over the 10". You have to draw the line somewhere and where you draw that line is up to you.
    3 points
  44. Clear Outside predicted clear skies last night here in Grimsby, and to my delight, the sky was perfectly clear for hours. Unfortunately due to my neighbour leaving their garden spotlights on all night, an inconsiderably placed streetlight and a VERY bright moon, I gave up after an hour. Forecast is the same tonight but I don't think I'll bother. Just bought an Az Gti and I need to fabricate an adapter over the weekend to make it fit my AZ4 tripod but, I suspect by the time that's done the clouds will be back with a vengeance. Patience is definitely a virtue with this hobby
    3 points
  45. The scope isn’t heavy for a 125mm APO really. Only 7.6 kg without diag so easy to carry and fit to the mount. Easy to balance the scope on the AZ100 mount which is capable of handling a far bigger scope than the 125. Fitting a carry handle is a good idea though. All scopes should come with a handle.
    3 points
  46. It sounds to me as if your first problem is keeping the 'scope pointing where you want it to be, which is down to the flimsy tripod and less than ideal head on it. If you can close the legs down and stand the tripod on something like a stable garden table you may be able to reduce the wobble, perhaps even trying to arrange it so you are sitting down to view. Closing the tripod legs down will reduce the wobble. Ideally it you have a photo tripod , see if you can transfer the 'scope over onto that , the sturdier the tripod and mount the better, you want a firm base , and the ability to move smoo
    3 points
  47. Any of them could get the Pup but I would think that the 150PL, in good collimation, might be the best bet. My 130mm refractor showed it quite well tonight at 200x and above.
    3 points
  48. 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).
    3 points
  49. 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.)
    3 points
  50. 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
    3 points
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