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  1. 29 points
    Here's my 2nd image of 2020, mostly captured later on the same recent run of clear nights that I was imaging IC342, though I did capture the Ha earlier in Dec when the Moon was up. The image comprises L=21x600s; Ha=9x900s; RGB(each)=24x300s, all captured through my C14 XLT plus Optec x0.67 telecompressor, with my QSI583wsg-5 camera using Astronomic filters . I would have liked more Ha, but since the forecast for the next few days is not good, I thought I'd take a look at what I already had, so here it is... Thanks for looking.
  2. 12 points
    I had seen this on offer, including Cheshire EP, AstroZap dew shield, and Bahtinov mask on a Dutch website, with the asking price dropping steadily. On my birthday (January 21) it hit €165, and my restraint gave way. I collected it today, and it is in perfect condition, with upgraded dual-speed focuser. It should fit neatly between the APM 80 mm F/6 triplet, and the Celestron C8. I intend to use it for wide field viewing, and imaging of smaller DSOs. The GP-DX mount should easily handle both the weight and focal length of this scope.
  3. 11 points
    NGC 2174 Monkey Head Nebula Shot with Esprit 80, ASI294MC Pro @ -20 and Optolong L-Enhance 2" filter. Reprocessed following advise in another forum. My flats were giving me major problems. This is 45 lights @ 180 sec and 40 matching darks. No flats or bias. Fully processed in PI with final framing and export in Lightroom. NGC 2174 Monkey Head Nebula V2 by Andy Thilo, on Flickr
  4. 11 points
    Venus is now at a very respectable altitude, plus some lovely clear skies. Perfect conditions (hopefully) to begin imaging it again. Both images with Celestron C9.25, Asi290mm, Televue x1.8 Barlow and Baader UV filter. 25,000 frames captured, stacked 10%. Last image is with a Astronomik 807 filter. Some nice detail visible on both days, particularly Saturday afternoon. It looks clearly like rotation visible to me over the 2 days? Saturday 18.01.2020 Baader UV filter Sunday 19.01.2020 Baader UV filter Sunday 19.01.2020 Astronomik 807 filter
  5. 11 points
    Here's a capture this evening of the Eskimo planetary nebula in Gemini (NGC 2392, Caldwell 39). It's easy to see and find, being bright at magnitude 10, but rather small and difficult to capture the very odd fine details. It's also in a very sparse star field, so there's not much else to see here! Omegon RC8 (1600mm FL), Atik 428ex, 15 x 180s exposures each of Ha and Oiii. Synthetic green. Field of view: 14 x 18.6 arc mins.
  6. 9 points
    This Ikea Molte chair was an eye-watering £9 or so seven years ago when I bought it. My wife disliked it, so it's been outside for well over six years with no protection and was looking sad. I needed a simple, light adjustable observation chair for my new 300p flextube which is really low for me except near zenith, so decided with a few very easy mods, this would fit the bill. I drilled extra adjustment holes in both the post and base to gain as much height as I could. The lowest setting was already adequate. To lock the height in place I now use a phillips screwdriver with a 6mm shaft in place of the original small adjustment key (easy to lose), so height changes are fast and easy in the dark, as the chair now has a decent-sized plastic handle (and a built in screwdriver!). I then took the plastic seat off, quickly scuff-sanded the base and post, and then sprayed it with leftover red zinc oxide primer from a car repair, dried that with a hot air gun in a few minutes, then laid on a heavy coat of clear lacquer (also leftover stuff). One last touch today - a Harris Tweed seat cushion my wife made from a £5 remnants bag from the outlet at Tarbert, Harris a few years ago. Posh eh?! Final touch later this week, but not an absolute necessity, is to add some 2-3 cm tall furniture feet on the bottom of the legs to gain an extra few cm height, and a roll of black closed-cell foam is coming tomorrow for my DIY flextube dewshield, (sorry Astrozap, you are too dear!). I'll cut the foam to fit the seat and glue two layers on, with the tweed cushion thrown on top that should be pretty comfy for some relaxed observing I also have glow in the dark tape, might put a few bands of that on the feet. NB - If you want to try something similar, note I'm fairly tall so didn't need a ton of height, so you might want to take measurements to determine what your min/max seat height is. Fortunately no one was home to see me do squats while measuring how far off the deck my gluts were, a disturbing scene, no doubt What DIY observing chairs do others use?
  7. 8 points
    I spent Friday night collecting 13 hours on the well known Bubble nebula (NGC7635) together with two less known emission nebulas, Sh2-159 (down to the right) and NGC7538 (upper right). Aladin Sky Atlas gives no name for the black nebulosity in the centre. RGB collected with Esprit 150 and ASI071 (75 x 5 min). Ha collected with Esprit 100 and ASI1600 (27 x 15 min, Baader 3.5 nm Ha). Both side my side on the Mesu200 in my obsy. Ha added to the red channel in blend mode Lighten as 50%. The Bubble nebula came clearly out as more bluish-red than the others so expect there may be quite a bit of Oiii in it. Clouds moved in at 0100 and they have apparently decided to remian for at least a week.....
  8. 8 points
    That’s nothing. Now this is compensating.
  9. 8 points
    My 'grab and go' dob arrived today from FLO -first light tonight! Supposed to be quite clear here until tomorrow morning, so plenty of time. Dob is a 300p, non-GOTO, just point and shoot with the Telrad (or is that point with the Telrad and then shoot?) Replaces my 200p on EQ5 which went yesterday to a new home, just wanted something with a little bit more punch and easier to set up and start observing. Clearing here in a few hours for the rest of the night apparently, heading to my 21.8 'B' site not too terribly far from home, the boss has even given me her blessing, amazingly. Like winning the lottery! Haha. OTA is surprisingly light (okay, relatively light, really, it's not bad) and lifts off the base in seconds, base can be carried with one hand. Reusing OTA foam packing for travel. Was torn between the 12" and 14", but the 12" seems like the way to go for the price and portability factor. Hope to post a review soon.
  10. 8 points
    At last a couple of clear nights so tried the California nebula - first time imaging this. The HA was done on the second light and the seeing/clarity was much worse than the first night so I dont think its as good as it could be Only my second attempt at HaRGB and still learning Anyway EOS 1100d (Ha Mod) Super Takumar 200mm f4 Skywatcher Star Adventurer RGB 61 X 180s ISO 1600 Ha (astronomik 12nm clip in) 50 X 210s ISO 1600 Around 40 darks, flats and dark flats for each session Stacked in APP processed in Photoshop Suggestions for improvement greatly appreciated
  11. 8 points
    Taken Saturday evening through a skywatcher ED100 and canon 1000D. The focal reducer throws up some star rays but hey - ho, nothings perfect. Pleased with the detail around the horsehead. 21 x 4 min subs.
  12. 7 points
    It's always interesting to find out how deep we can actually go with modest equipment (in this case a SW MN190 telescope on a AZ-EQ6 mount, and a ZWO ASI174MM-Cool camera). Yesterday I posted my image of galaxy ngc 2683 in Lynx. Since it's clouded over now, I decided to investigate some of the background galaxies in this image. I started with the image solver in PixInsight to list the most common (PGC) galaxies But this left some unanswered questions. The obvious one that image solver missed is the small galaxy right next and below of ngc2683. Then there are several other faint fuzzies that the image solver missed. I did an on line search and found an image on a Germain website that gave more information. http://www.astro-photos.net/CCD/NGC2683_cctv.html Among others, it showed a very weak dwarf galaxy that should be in my fov. A further reference to this dwarf galaxy is in a paper on arxiv.org https://arxiv.org/abs/1511.00955v1 To see if I captured this object, I superstretched the luminance data. I moved in the black point and white point so far that the main galaxy is completely burnt out, and anything faint in the background will show up. Next I inverted the image, so that it will be easier to see dim objects. I then annotated some of the objects. One of two dwarf galaxies from the German site and the cited paper is indeed visible in the lower left part of my image. What is also interesting is the cluster of objects in the upper right corner around PGC3452022. This will need some further investigation. (click on the image to enlarge it)
  13. 7 points
    I got my 1st scope, an heritage 130p and today the weather finally cleared up for a quick out. I live in a major city and after a short 20min stroll I arrived a big park where I planned to observe (the heritage can be carried without too much trouble, but I need to figure out a backpack solution). Conditions where I think as good as they were going to get for my inexperienced star gazing. I had planned to focus my attention on Orion but I was fouled by trees blocking most of the constellation. My so saved the session by suggesting we look "over there", I wasn't sure what it was but it was the Pleiades and what a beautiful sight it was on the 25mm. I had fun poking around the sky, looking at venus (trying 130x I could actually see a crescent shadow) and at some of the brighter stars, vega and pollux mostly. Towards the end I decided to revisit the Pleiades again trough my binos and sorely miss a support but good views nonetheless. All in all I would say it was a great, albeit short, first session. It was getting a bit cold but it was immensely pleasurable to be out learning the night sky. Cant wait to go back out again, especially in more favorable skies.
  14. 7 points
    As per the discussions I've joined on the "anybody playing tonight" thread, i imaged orions belt and sword. 2 pane mosaic. Skywatcher star adventurer, 60 second subs binned 2x2 in Astroart, qhy183c and Samyang 135mm
  15. 7 points
    Had a go at the M45 but doesnt look to good to me... 32 x 30sec lights 10 x 30sec darks iso 400 taken with skywatcher 150p, Nikon D3500, EQ-5, Stacked in DSS and processed in GIMP
  16. 6 points
    Here's my first guided DSO. I got a guidescope for Christmas and after setting it up and having a few practice runs I decided to go for M42. Celestron 9.25 SCT, CGX Mount Canon 600D Celestron 80mm guidescope QHY5-11 Mono guide camera 12 x 300 second lights (then the clouds rolled in) 12 x darks, 50 x bias Aligned with CPWI Captured with APT Guided with PHD2 Stacked in DSS Processed in Gimp Not perfect but I'm quite pleased with it. Regards Graeme
  17. 5 points
    The new scope has arrived.... I have to say it’s a lovely bit of kit. Only a slight dink in the tube but otherwise flawless. Collimation was way off, but as @Lockie told me, it actually was easy to collimate. I set it up on the Skytee 2 and, with the tripod legs mostly collapsed, the eyepiece is at the perfect height, with the slow motion controls (the azimuth with a cable and the altitude with a knob) easily to hand without any stretching - seems very promising from a comfort point of view. The tube does hit the tripod legs (I’ve put padding on the legs to prevent damage to the ota) - I don’t know how annoying this is going to be, I’m expecting to work around it by just picking up the whole thing and moving round to the right areas of sky, this will also ensure the slo mo controls are always in the right position and easily to hand for high power viewing (I bought the scope specifically for doubles). I replaced the 6x30 finder with my Altair Astro 60mm finder to help finding those fainter doubles - this may end up being overkill. My only criticism is the focuser is quite stiff, but is nice and smooth - I can’t complain after the helical focuser of the Heritage 130P! I’ve yet to have first light with it, but I’m planning on posting my experiences with the scope over the next few months in this thread.
  18. 5 points
    NGC 7380, Bubble, Cave & Lobster in Ha. 135mm f2.5 Asahi Super Takumar lens, 3nm Astrodon filters in ZWO EFW, ASI 1600MM-Cool camera. FoV 10° x 7.5°. EQ8 mount, no guiding. 32 subs with gain of 180, 240s exposure and binned 2x2. Total integration time of just over 2 hours. Processed in PixInsight. I have more lights but need to take matching darks. Meanwhile I thought this was worth posting.
  19. 5 points
    Dear all, after weeks of cloudy weather especially during the weekends, I got an opportunity to have a look at our home star and do a pastel sketch of the H alpha sun with some solar prominences and a group of sun spots. Telescope: Lunt LS50THaB600PT Eyepiece: Celestron X-Cel 10mm Date & Time: January 26th, 2020 / 1300-1340 CET Location: home terrace, Dusseldorf region, Germany Technique: reddish Koh-i-Noor Toison d'Or pastels and pastel pens on white Hahnemühle mould-made pastel paper Size: 24 x 31 cm Clear and sunny skies! Achim
  20. 5 points
    Tommorrow is my b'day and with the huuuuge Coronado sale on now I decided to upgrade my Coronado 60mm solarmax 11 with bf10 to the 90mm solarmax 3 with bf15. This should be a big difference going to 90mm from 60 and saving about $1000 us is about $1300 then plus the taxes I save is closer to $1500 which is alot. I remember when I started in this hobby a 90mm Coronado would have been $8000 to $9000. Back then I'll probably sell the 60 when spring comes and most people start to think of the sun. Joejaguar
  21. 5 points
    Here is where I store my stuff:
  22. 4 points
    darn weather ! might have a bit of clear tomorrow "fingersX" at the mo im making burnt offerings To the cloud gods ie having a coffie n cig. thanks for the heads up. wishing you all clear. charl.
  23. 4 points
    TOA 130 with ASI 1600, 3nm Astrodon filter, 61 300 sec subs I would have liked to collect more data for the Ha channel, but that appears not to be possible in the foreseable future. Conditions were pretty bad throught the collection of this data--a full Moon (and poor seeing) for half of it, and very poor seeing for the other half. I obtained a smaller pixl guide cam in hopes to increase my guiding resolution in efforts to reduce my over FWHM values of my subs. But I have yet to use it--iy was -10C last night and I just could bring myself to fiddle with changing my guidecam--I don't think the Altair Astro 178 is the same diameter as the Lodestar 2x, so I will need to fiddle with connection tubes and cables and focus and probably grmelins in teh divers, etc. It wasa brutal night...so I stuck with the Lodestar. I am not sure in the 3 arsec/pix FWHM value of this image is due to poor seeing or too low of a guide cam resolution, but its the best I could manage (and I threw out almost half the subs). I probably should have software binned this data, but I want the image scale--in fact I had hoped to crop so that it was larger for viewing--but at this point the data can't support it.
  24. 4 points
    Friday 16/Jan – Sat 17 Jan 2020, UK The weather forecast had been changeable all day, but looked promising in spite of the considerable amounts of moisture in the air. I set my alarm for 10:30 pm and retired early, hoping to get a few hours observing in before the moon-rise just after 1am. The night was a lot clearer that I expected, so I set up my little Bresser 102s/600 & Exos2 in the back garden and visited a few favourites to check everything out. The Pleiades looked crisp and clear, M42 was a delight with the wings spreading across the field of view. The trapezium was very clear tonight. Surprised with the clarity, I swung over to M1, and there it was and small grey irregular fuzzy patch. Its not often I can see this in my small refractor. A UHC filter helped the dim the background slightly. My Messier list has several gaps from when I started it January 2019. Sirius was just off due south, shining brightly over the fence and the neighbours houses so I attempted some of the low elevation objects. I was very pleased to be able to add a umber of these clusters to my list: M41, M93, M46 and M47. The 15mm eyepiece worked well for all these of these. M79 eluded me, I needed a better view and to be set up earlier around 10pm. Monoceros was now riding high so I started a short tour of this faint constellation that I’ve not really looked at before. Beta Monoceros was not in the goto dictionary, so I went back to old-school star hopping to find it. A modest slightly egg shaped star was visible in the 15mm ep, so I popped in the 8mm and then the 5mm. When the atmosphere settled all 3 of the triple star system were resolved, B and C almost appearing to touch. The 5mm didn’t not really add to the experience apart from being able to see diffraction rings (they were round) and slightly blurry stars. The separation of these stars is about 7.4 and 2.8 arc sec. Since the Rayleigh limit of my refactor is approx. 1.35 arc sec, that was really very good and attests to the unusual (and unexpected) clarity of this evenings sky. NGC 2301 (the bird cluster): well it sort of looked like you might draw a bird in flight with 2 granular patches on my left side. NGC 2264 (Christmas tree cluster): A nice clear pine tree outline. No sign of any nebulosity. I will have to return with the camera. M50: a clear open cluster with a group of well resolved stars, more visible with averted vision. M48: a large cluster easily seen in the 25mm ep with a denser core and an L shaped pattern of brighter stars near the centre. It was now nearly 1 am and I still had a bit of time before the moon rose, so I swung around to Ursa Major near the zenith and grovelled near the floor to see M81 and M82 in the same view with the 25mm ep. The round and elongated shapes were clearly visible, but no detail. Seeking a challenge, I edged down to look for M97 (more grovelling near the floor looking up) not expecting to see anything. Surprise, there was a very faint round grey patch with what I call the 3 ‘locating stars’ to the side. A UHC filter and swapping in the 15mm ep (this is becoming my favourite EP) helped darken the sky to discern a faint fuzzy small tennis ball shape. No ‘eyes’ were visible. Again I was surprised how clear the evening had become as the temperature dropped towards zero and remembered how difficult it had been to find this a year ago even with the aid of a piggy back camera. Trying to make the most of the night, I covered the scope over and retired and dozed for a couple of hours before touring the early morning half (waning) moon terminator and sketching the sun setting over the craters and mountains. Thank you for reading – clear skies.
  25. 4 points
    I'm in the loathe camp!
  26. 3 points
    Popped out for half an hour before clouds rolled in while getting dinner ready. Helios Stellar II 15x70's. Really nice views around Augria, some pleasing asterisms to be seen and beautiful contrasting colour. In and around Taurus too, Aldebaran a gorgeous red against an empty backdrop. Really lifts the spirit just to get a few minutes observing between this persistent cloud.
  27. 3 points
    Had some thoughts. There's more to this than the Astroberry Focuser and KStars/Ekos settings. I use a 28BYJ-48 5V Stepper Motor modified to work with an A4988 driver module which is driven from the RPi GPIO. The stepper drives the the focus sleeve with a quadrant gear and pinion on the motor. These are an earlier rig but the latest is similar with a different lens and dew shield. Different filter wheel too, as it happens.
  28. 3 points
    Several years ago I owned a nice 4" Astro Tech ED frac which eventually was also owned by @paulastro. I also owned a filter slide which held 5 - 1.25" filters. I did a review with a Neodymium filter, various coloured filters and no filter at all. I was able to quickly move the filter slide to obtain an almost instant comparison. I found the Neodymium gave the best view ( I think it was Jupiter) followed by no filter at all. I have no knowledge of the Contrast booster filter but I felt this report is quite interesting. https://www.firstlightoptics.com/reviews/baader-contrast-filters_US-ATT_review_0414.pdf
  29. 3 points
    Final result (I think) Simeis 147 in Ha slightly cropped and custom stretched. 45x3m + 21x7.5m = 292.5m which is just under 5 hours. Binned 3x3,
  30. 3 points
    It's generally an imager's obsession, John. In the early days the trick was to get it at all and then trying to get it's colour drove us all to distraction! It turns out to be a brownish colour. We think. I've never tried for it visually but why not? Useful pointers from Jetstream. Thanks. Olly
  31. 3 points
    I've just recieved an adjustment plate from Rowan, having had some chats about making alignment of dual scopes easier as referenced in the AZ100 owners thread. Some of these adjustment devices can be over engineered, and provide way too much adjustment. The requirement here is to provide a few degrees offset to compensate for any differences in scope optical axis or mounting hardware. It is normally altitude which needs adjustment, but I have also had instances where the scopes are out in azimuth. Dave at Rowan said they would try to provide adjustment in both directions, and that is just what has been achieved. What I recieved is a very neat plate, which sits between the alt axis and the saddle, exactly matching its profile so it looks very integrated. You attach the plate first, then attach the saddle to the plate. I understand that additional threaded holes are required in the saddle which are not there on any units supplied already, but Rowan will modify these free of charge if needed. They sent me an already modified saddle so I could try the system out. The back of the new plate has an aluminium block with two grub screws which act against an allen bolt which is fitted to the back of the saddle. This effectively pivots the saddle in the altitude axis. This arrangement is highlighted in red in one of the images. There are four additional grub screws, two each end which can be used to push either end of the saddle out in order to give an amount of azimuth adjustment. This is highlighted in blue in the same image. It is not easy to describe, but hopefully the pictures help explain and once you see it, the functions are obvious. I've yet to try this out but am sure it will give plenty of adjustment in both axes. I said to Dave that I had original envisaged a round plate. The actual plate looks very neat, and the benefit of the rectangular design is that it allows easy adjustment with the scopes fitted. So, yet another example of the responsiveness of the gents at Rowan, and also their ability to design simple but effective kit. I will update the thread when I've had a chance to use the new adjustment plate.
  32. 3 points
    And after the Meade bankruptcy fallout, Bresser appears to be JOC/Explore Scientific associated (owned?) while Celestron is owned by Synta and Meade is owned by Ningbo Sunny. Thus, this 14 year old discussion might not mean much in today's marketplace. Regardless, I think this thread would best be put back to rest:
  33. 3 points
    Sketched early morning on 18 Jan 2020 The angle of the sun down the terminator made the Appenines light up like a white scar. So much to see and I don't usually look at the waning moon this early. Fascinating to see the shadows lengthen, whilst I sketched this, as the sun was setting over the mountains. Sketch is reversed L-R due to diagonal. Mixture of graphite pencils and charcoal pencils.
  34. 3 points
    There was some discussion about the difficulty of observing the Pup recently on a thread of mine, so I thought I would look at the current separation vs how hard it has been in the past, and what is happening as we go forward. Back in 1993, the separation was a tiny 2.5", which I imagine would make it all but impossible given the brightness of the primary, but perhaps with an excellent scope and an occupying bar it was possible. Does anyone have accounts of visual observations at this time? In 2005 it was around 6.8", and is currently 11.2" so is much easier than it has been. Despite this, it still represents one of the most difficult observing challenges there is, requiring the right kit, conditions and experience to see. Moving forward, the largest separation is about where we are now, 11.3" in 2023, it will be 6.2" in 2038 and back to 2.5" in 2043. So, I guess we've never had it so good in terms of being able to observe the Pup, but those who were observing it 10 or more years ago can rightly say 'when I were a lad it was a proper challenge' Any input for those who observed it back then would be really interesting to hear. What kit did you use and how did you achieve it?
  35. 3 points
    I have to say that it feels similar here. The forecast says "cloudy" but it looks lovely at the moment. Of course, as always, I am just one more good evening away from my first APOD.
  36. 3 points
    After the last few nights it'll probably be April before we see another clear sky... James
  37. 3 points
    Only that they are anything but rubbish.....!!
  38. 3 points
    I fancied a change tonight, so I walked to a local beach with a star tracker, modded EOS 600D and Samyang 14mm - and took a series of very wide field images of Orion and Canis Major. It will be interesting to see what I captured close to the southern horizon, which was over the sea. I only stayed for an hour, though, as it's a work night. I'm now home taking some dark frames. As I was on the way to the beach, by the way, it seemed a little misty, but actually the view from the beach was very clear (and very, very dark ). Regards, Mike.
  39. 3 points
  40. 3 points
    Grr. Beautiful night here and wasted 2 hours with stuff just not working. Intermittent filter wheel disconnection, not being able to find focus, software crashes etc. Finally set the sequence going - trying to grab at least 90 mins on M42 - be a good test off how far I’ve come in a year. At least I’m inside in the warm now whilst it does its thing...
  41. 3 points
    After last night's nonsense with the software I've finally stumped up for a Sesto Senso focuser. Yes, I know someone will say I should have bought something else, but it connects without having to play silly whatsits with brackets.
  42. 3 points
    Checking subs in PI Blink seems I have about 40 good ones having added around 35 after I went to bed. A good night's imaging at last
  43. 3 points
    Report of my Virgo supernova hunting from 0200-0400 on morning of Jan 19th 2020. Equipment: 20" dobsonian f3.6. Televue Delite 18.2mm & PVS14 night vision device. Outcome: 4 supernovae observed successfully. NGC4441 & SN2019yvq - Supernova obvious and immediately seen. Held in direct vision close in to the core. M100 & SN2020oi - Bright supernova outshines the core close in and is easily split from the core too. Decent amount of galaxy shape and faint arm structure fills the fov. NGC4636 & SN2020ue - This is a little trickier as you need to determine which "star" is the supernova. But the supernova "star" is the brightest of the patch of five it sits within. Use the two brightest stars just outside the core to orientate yourself (images were upside down for me). The faint star closest to the core is the hardest to spot and was intermittent for me. The next 2 stars from the core are the most obvious (and the SN is one of these 2). The final 2 stars in the group of five take some staring to get to see but once you locate them you can continue to see them. NGC4666 & SN2019yvr - The toughest of the bunch! The galaxy is huge and clear in the fov. There is a group of 3 tight stars above (for orientation purposes) and the SN is located underneath away from the flat disk. I had to wait a few seconds before I got a brief glimpse of the SN as the galaxy drifted across the view. I glimpses it 4 more times during my time letting it drift across the fov. A toughie for sure. http://www.rochesterastronomy.org/supernova.html?#2019yvr Hope this helps others find them, Alan
  44. 2 points
    Power up the handset and the handset will display the firmware version. Newer, v4 / v5, handsets also have a different shape to the earlier v2 and v3 handsets.
  45. 2 points
  46. 2 points
    I use a ts optics 10 x60.Raci. Very nice and an impressive .
  47. 2 points
    No can't image with the mat on, usually give it a bit of a dry off if it's very wet, can't do much if it's thick frost though so just stick the mat and cover on then if it's dry next morning I uncover it to air it. Dave
  48. 2 points
    I'm still up, also not far off the Meridian and I too think I might call it a night then. Carole
  49. 2 points
    My target disappeared behind the house, this is the fruits of being unfamiliar with this location, Lol., No more nebulae left to image all that are left are behind the house or shortly to go behind it, so changed cameras and scopes (had them already mounted piggy back but the cables weren't attached. Refocussed messed about a bit as the 2nd EFW didn't want to connect to the software, and am now on M106. Reconnected Teamviewer which disconnected itself, and hopefully I am away again. Carole
  50. 2 points
    Literally my first attempt to shoot and process a comet - on my usual rig, so a 200mm f/5 Newt w/ ASI183MM. Tracked using the details from the Minor Planets Centre fed into PHD2 using KStars/Ekos/INDI on an EQ6-R Pro. Processed using StarAlignment/CometAlignment/ImageIntegration/DBE in PixInsight - don't have calibration data that's current so just straight off the FITS w/o dark/flats. 10x300s exposures, Baader luminance filter.
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