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  1. Rosette and Cone Nebula wide field. I came across a great image of this area today and thought now that's a nice field, so rushed out when I got home and managed to capture a quick 90 mins of data tonight before Orion went behind our trees. 9 x 10 mins with my Samyang 135mm f2 lens @ f2.8 & Atik 383L CCD camera + Baader 7nm ha filter. Guided, captured, stacked and stretched in MaximDL, processed in Photoshop. Work in progress along with a few other projects ive got going around Orion at the moment, but quickly running out of time for this season so may have to wait until the next winter to
    17 points
  2. With the next couple of weeks looking to be dogged with cloud, I decided to capture Mars and Pleiades while I still could. I had about window of about an hour before moonlight started to get intrusive, and even then I was fighting with gradients (hence quite a tight crop for 135mm). But I'm pleased with the result and the gorgeous colour contrast of these two. Canon 6D with Samyang 135mm at f/2.8, 77x 60s subs with darks and flats at ISO800 on a StarAdventurer Pro. Stacked in DSS and processed in Photoshop. Feedback, hints and tips welcome as always!! ☺ 20210228 Mars a
    12 points
  3. Had the FS128 out all day on Friday as I was painting the floor of the outbuilding she lives in..saw the almost full moon rising behind one of our trees..also a shot of the refurbished barn outbuilding with new concrete floor now painted and sealed. (I did stop out for a nice session on Orion, but the moon was literally too painfully bright to view directly!) Dave
    9 points
  4. Here I have combined RASA 8 data from the other night on the tadpoles (IC410), spider (IC417) and fly nebula (NGC1931) with RASA 8 data on the tadpoles from November 2020. All under a moon lit sky so I used the NBX filter. Clearly there is a lot of Ha nebulosity in this region. The recent data (64 x 5 min) was collected 26-27 Feb and mixed with 27 Nov data (83 x 2 min). All with the RASA8 and ASI2600MC and IDAS NBX (Oiii Ha) filter. So totally 8.1 hours stacked in PI and processed in PS and PI. By the way I never understood how NGC1931 could be seen as a fly; maybe it has to do with
    8 points
  5. I bought myself a Takahashi FC-76 DCU from FLO on Thursday night. I’d been obsessing about a Tak for a while, especially since reading the recommendations by @DirkSteele and@JeremyS. It arrived today, and I can’t even articulate how excited I was when I saw the box, opened the ‘box origami’ and finally beheld the magic within. The Certificate of Inspection with the autographs of Mr Takahashi and colleagues was the icing on the cake! I’m planning on using this as an ultra portable setup for travel, and putting it on my Giro Ercole mini with a (yet to be purchased) lightweight tripod. Q
    7 points
  6. I somehow got there with the editing, still not fully sure how but I'm learning. So here it is, the first light with my QHY9 mono, 4hrs of HA during two nights of moon lit sky's . Stacked in DSS with flats, darks and dark flats and it would appear that my calibrations frames have worked, they took me all day yesterday to do so I'm really pleased. This hobby tests you and yet it still shows you that its all worth it, this is when you feel embarrassed when you throw a wobbly because of a rubbish night but hey they are going to happen from time to time. I'm now very settled in what I'm
    7 points
  7. Here is the Beast asteroid hunting.
    7 points
  8. 6.45pm Monday – clear, still, cold. Using 8SE for a change – aiming for a subarcsecond double, and manual tracking is difficult at high magnification. Aligned on Aldebaran. Started in each case with x48/1.34deg. OΣ95 (STT95) – 7th mag, 0.9” separation. GoTo spot on. Only a faint pair above. x203, x303 – less sharp – needed a tad more mag – x339 – Bingo! – well matched pair, very close, sec at 4 o’clock – focus critical – great result, for separation of 0.9”. The following two are less than 0.5deg apart: Σ674 (STF674) also CD Tau – 6th & 9th mag, 9.9”, (2)+1, status
    6 points
  9. Hi, a string of clear nights from the latter half of last week was a welcome sight and the favourable conditions seem set to continue for the next couple of days at least. Coupled with a favourable libration of the recent full Moon, the western/southwestern limb was showing a little more of the farside particularly the massive Mare Orientale. So, below are a few images of Mare Orientale (Eastern Sea) be it incredibly foreshortened, Bailly (along with Schickard & Schiller) and Oceanus Procellarum (Ocean of Storms). All taken with a SW SkyMax 127, ZWO ASI224MC plus extender tube (perhaps a l
    6 points
  10. I decided to brave the moonlight and pop out for a while with the grab and go setup (ST80 and Manfrotto tripod... plus folding chair) this evening. Mostly revisiting things from other recent sessions. On previous sessions I'd found that the mount had a bit of wobble in altitude which made aiming a bit of a pain - I could centre an object, clamp the head and then the thing would move slightly in altitude as soon as I let go. I thought this was all down to the quick release mechanism and was planning to make a dovetail that could be screwed directly to the head in place of the quick release
    6 points
  11. Much as I would like an IMX 571 mono camera to go with my OSC version on the dual Esprit rig, I have gone for a budget alternative and purchased a SW 0.77 Focal reducer to go on one scope and put the trusty G2-8300 on it and the OSC camera on the other, giving a reasonably similar FOV. So this is just over 12 hrs on B33, taken over the last 3 moonlit nights, with the CCD taking Ha with a 7nm Baader filter, and the OSC capturing through the IDAS NBZ dual band filter. Its a bit of a mash up on the channels, using Startools I assigned the Ha to the Lum channel, channel extracted the du
    6 points
  12. This data set has been sitting on my hard drive since last summer, waiting for the right moment... well that moment finally arrived. Here is my image of The Iris Nebula (NGC 7023): While gathering the data I noticed that loads of subs were photo-bombed by space hardware. I thought it would be interesting to do a stack that didn't remove any of the trails and here is the result. Yikes! I haven't counted how many there are, but it seems to be hundreds... The image comprises 3 hours in each of R, G & B, along with 13 hours of Luminance. A total integration time of
    5 points
  13. Seems there was a bright fireball/meteor tonight visible in the UK. Very disappointed not to have seen it, it happened between me being out observing and putting the kids to bed. Hope some of you managed to catch it
    5 points
  14. Yet another clear sky last night (4 in a row, what's happening?) but with the moon up still forced to do NB imaging, so had a look at the Rosette Nebula as this will soon be too low for imaging from my location. 5 hours on the dual rig, 2.5 hrs 7nm Ha with Esprit 150/0.77 focal reducer/G2-8300 and 2.5 hrs Esprit 150, NBZ filter and QHY268c. I must have a dozen versions of processed data, I'm afraid I just can't get my head around false colour palettes, what makes one better then another? At least with LRGB there is a general consensus of what is 'correct'. Anyway, here are 3 ver
    5 points
  15. Like a scene from The Fog here - loads of sea fret so unable to do a nice picture in the garden. The attic/home working office will have to do. Mounted on a Scopetech Zero and More Blue half pier. Vibrations seem minimal so think they will work together well. Prior to today we have had 4 cracking nights so another picture of the moon - finally managed to get a little colour. It's a superb telescope.
    5 points
  16. Oh and the final piece of my new Ethos trilogy... the Ethos 8mm... so I can now go 21, 13 and 8
    5 points
  17. A few things from FLO... StellaMira 1.25" 90º Erecting Prism Diagonal to use on the moon... I've tried a WO previously and the quality wasn't great, but as it rattled, I think the prism may be loose on that one, so hopefully this is better Footrest for my BerleBach NIX II Observers Chair... even being quite tall, I should find it more comfortable when the chair is fully raised
    5 points
  18. Yes! 21:55 last night, West to East, directly overhead. Brighter than a firework, (brighter and bigger than the moon i would say), split into about 8 separate parts, and you could hear the 'booms' (like a distant firework) about 10-15 secs after. Would that be sonic booms, or just the break up noises? It really was spectacular, just a shame i was imaging in a different direction, would have been very happy to catch that in a frame! Mike
    5 points
  19. Last night was very clear BUT full moon of course. Anyway tried M81 with Esprit 100 and ZWO ASI533 MC. 25x300 secs gain 120 offset 50 with IR filter. Processed in APP and Affinity. Really struggled with colours because of Moon but was desperate to do some imaging after such a long break due to weather. The new PHD mutistar is very good - not only does it give better guiding but it saves time too. Anyway, thanks for looking.
    5 points
  20. Very nice. It was my 50th at the weekend and one of my friends (who is into woodworking) rocked up with this as a present that he'd made himself. I was so thrilled and surprised. It's not suitable for the balcony so I will have to wait until curfew ends here. I can't wait.
    5 points
  21. The beginner to midrange GoTo offerings are generally not as easy to use as the advertising blurb leads people to believe. Mount and telescope position are crucial before you start, then one to three alignment stars are chosen. Usually the user has to know if the telescope has picked out the correct stars, manually adjust and confirm. If choosing more than a one-star alignment, the position of those stars relatively to each other also affects goto accuracy. These systems can even be a headache for experienced users, especially if one chooses the astrophotography route when accurate t
    5 points
  22. Not been out for quite some time but grabbed this last night . Looks quite funky but the cream colour of the white mount is from a bit of tungsten lighting indoors, the red and blue bits are from the volt and amp readings on the power bank .
    5 points
  23. Cleopatra's Eye Nebula - NGC 1535 is a planetary nebula in the constellation of Eridanus. 12" f/5 GSO Dobsonian in Geoptik Eq Platform ZWO ASI224MC + Baader IR/UV cut L-filter Gain=500 Exposure=1,80224 Processed with Pipp+AS!+PS
    4 points
  24. I went out for an early one tonight just to try out using the SkEye app as a push to for the Dob. Total failure, even with a supposed 3 star alignment on Rigel, Sirius and Betelgeuse. Its probably nature's way of telling me to put my hand in my pocket and get a Rigel or a Telrad! Anyway, while I was out I went through some targets in Orion for an hour. Trapezium E&F both visible at 150x Rigel A & B very clear at 150x ETA Orionis clear split with 8mm barlowed Hyperion IV at 337x 52 & 32 Orionis, and Meissa all clearly split at 226x Sigma Orionis, 4 stars clear with the
    4 points
  25. Hi everyone, It looks like most of the UK got some clear skies this weekend, even though it was around a full moon I was still glad to get out and at least have a go! - I hope you all got the chance to get out too It gave me the opportunity to try and make a video also which I've been enjoying doing recently I imaged for two full nights, dusk til' dawn, and in the end captured 104x2m subs on M42, and 300x2m subs on M51. - very tiring! I'd made a mistake on night 1 and accidentally recorded that night's data all at 300 gain! - I noticed on night 2 and put it
    4 points
  26. I spend a pleasant evening on Saturday on a skype call, sharing the moon through my C8 / asi178mm and ended up taking a mosaic, because 'why not?'. 49 panels later, and we have this monster! Click through for the full view
    4 points
  27. used an old 300mm lens ioptron pro guide some editing software i'm pretty happy with it
    4 points
  28. I have too many hobbies and suffer too badly from depression to do many things regularly and given the focus for me over the last few months is to get fit and lose a load of weight many other hobbies have taken a back seat. However, given what a glorious afternoon it was yesterday here in Sheffield I thought I would chance setting the scope up for some lunar obs and tackle a few other jobs I've had on the to do list as well. First up was updating Astroberry and checking I could remember how to use it all. That went without a hitch and after a bit of faffing with IP addresses etc I had m
    4 points
  29. Hi all, Been a while since i last posted and had a spell of good weather recently so been out imaging even with the moon out. Had first light of my Evostar 72ED on an EQ5 pro and modified my camera to make it allow more of the HA transmission through. Also brought the SkyTech quadband filter and had some pretty decent results considering we've been battling the moon. Thanks for looking M45 The Pleiades (Seven Sisters) (31/01/21 89% Moon) 106x60s Lights 25 Darks, flats and bias frames applied Stacked in DSS and processed in photoshop Leo's Triple
    4 points
  30. With a strict £500 limit, keeping in mind a £30-£50 power supply is purchased on top, there is one system I know of which will show you plenty under the darker skies you have, and allow you to use your camera mounted with an L+bracket for short exposure widefield photography. No telescope required to start taking astro photos. The 102 Maksutov does have a narrow field of view compared to a comparable refractor or reflector, but its small size is great to carry and the long focal length is kinder on cheaper eyepieces. The AZGTI mount is incredibly versatile, and should you wish to exp
    4 points
  31. Brought my C925 back into service. Best 15% of 5000 frames in RGB on ASI174M with Baader CCD filters. Scope at native FL.
    4 points
  32. These 5 inch refractors are mouthwatering Here is another in action at night but, alas, it's not mine. This is Sir Patrick Moore's 5 inch Cooke refractor. A scope which I found instantly appealing the moment I saw my first photo of it many years ago: The influence that the above scope had on me has undoubtedly led to the TMB/LZOS 130 that I currently own, below on a GP DX mount. The closest I've come to owning something like Sir Patrick's Cooke. The GP DX was right at it's limit with this F/9.2 refractor:
    4 points
  33. Nice scopes these FS128’s......
    4 points
  34. 4 points
  35. I'm not an astronomer but was looking for reports of the fireball last night and came across this. I was out walking on the great sugarloaf in Wicklow and spotted the fireball last night. Visible for 3 to 4 seconds. Based on the time here (9:54) (I hadn't recorded but thought about 10), I was at location 53.16174, -6.15258. The fireball was at about 19 degrees ESE from my location (above Kindlestown Hill), descending almost straight down, but a little northwards (possibly 5 degrees from vertical). While there was yellow at the tip and orange behind it, I would have said it was predom
    4 points
  36. One more..this is my avatar pic which I took a couple of years ago..I just like the way the shadow fell on the scope. Dave
    4 points
  37. Ok go easy, 2nd ever photo ... I have had loads of trouble getting anything and tonight I finally managed to image Bode's galaxy. 200 x 10sec (iso 3200) 30 Darks and 30 flats.
    4 points
  38. The Earth spins on it's axis whilst it orbits the Sun and is in turn orbited by the moon. Planets wander, comets appear and disappear, one body occludes another. This challenge is to visually show this motion. It could be, for instance, with star trails, time lapse animation, a sequence of images taken over several nights . As always, data must be gathered between 1st March and 31st May. Good luck! Please post entries directly into this thread
    3 points
  39. Alright, so a very limited dataset (bit of a theme of mine lately as I go hunting for new targets - I think this one's going to get some more hours) - total about 59x120s for a total of about 2 hours imaging time on my 200P/183MM-Pro/EQ6-R setup, mostly shot over warm rooves and relatively low down. Processed with PI; the usual manual processing steps I do (cal, cosmetic fix, subframe selection, alignment, stacking, crop, DBE, linear fitting, channel combination), but I used R/B/L as a superluminance given the small dataset (green was unfortunately badly focused so ignored it). DBE'd a se
    3 points
  40. As John intimates, doing the research is half the fun. TSA 120 is a lifetime scope. But I would say that wouldn’t I? I think I’m turning into a cat: gives me 9 lifetime scopes
    3 points
  41. Consider me tempted. FLO are the only company that ship them to Ireland. Bino Bandit gets great reviews online. SWMBO said " What you gettin them for?, I've never seen you use binoculars". I said "It will get me outside, and away from you". Anyone got a spare room?.
    3 points
  42. Just when I thought I didn't need any new gear... Bino Bandit, comes along and tempts me.
    3 points
  43. Bino bandits arrived. Fits the binoviewers easily. Hopefully a good addition.
    3 points
  44. Hi Dan and welcome to the site! I am a recent acquirer of the Skywatcher AZ GTi mount and, after a bit of perseverance (and some sagely advice from SGL-ers!) have got the goto working beautifully. Thought you might find my experience of getting started with this type of mount useful. I live in a suburban area - light pollution generally is about what you’d expect (about 5 on the Bortle scale where 1 is pristine dark, 8 is inner city whiteout) but worse in my garden. As such portability is essential for me - I stick it all in a rucksack and trudge across the local park to ge
    3 points
  45. 6.20pm Saturday – clear, still, mild – Betelgeuse appeared in the south – big 127 Frac used. (Full Moon very low, east, behind houses.) 32 Ori – 4th & 5th mag, 1.4” separation – reached via Bellatrix – x33, 100, 200, 240 – got the split – close but clear in moments of good seeing – rings around primary, secondary a little dimmer, at 1 o’clock. 33 Ori – 5th & 6th mag, 1.9” – just aimed between Betelgeuse and Mintaka – slightly brighter in a faint field – x33, 100, 179 – very clear split, similar brightness, sec again at 1 o’clock. Eta/28 Ori – 3rd & 4th mag, 1.8” – i
    3 points
  46. More here https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/mar/01/uk-meteor-huge-flash-as-fireball-lights-up-skies
    3 points
  47. Hmm. Referring back to Wilkins notes above, he refers to Barker being the first to trace this diamond shaped feature, yet looking back at the snippet posted at the start, it appears the rectangular form is where it is. So Stu was right! Still, I saw Barkers quadrangle and as a bonus, spent ages studying the neighbouring diamond noted by wilkins, and marked as X on wilkins chart. That was more of a challenge, but in studying it I saw things I wouldn't normally have seen.
    3 points
  48. Nice report ! Shows what can be done with a modest 'scope on a photo tripod. Are you using the ST80 on top of the head, or with it rocked 90 degrees (as if taking a portrait rather than landscape photo with a camera ) ? I've found the on the side orientation lowers the centre of gravity enough to make the little 'scope much more easily shifted in alt on my pan tilt head (an old 029 with the big hexagonal QR plate) . I went out early, and managed almost an hour of observing before the Moon rose . I'd taken the dob out, planning amongst other things, to revisit Messier 37, 36 and 38 i
    3 points
  49. So, last night I had a lot of firsts .. my first sight at the Double cluster , the dragon fly cluster and the starfish cluster .. my favourite the Beehive and Plaides were also on my list . a lovely 97 % lit moon , but my best last night was the spiral star cluster .. all this with my evostar 120 on an AZ5 mount . Of course no night can be complete this time of year without looking at Orion and the wonderful , Sirius . I didn’t use much magnification.. mainly because of my target area being wide field .. I did have cause to try a zoom EP , which I was very underwhelmed with . So I put my litt
    3 points
  50. target Earth, satellite of the Sun G-type main sequence star, taking 365.3 days to complete 1 orbit at a distance of 92,955,807 miles.
    3 points
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