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  1. 55 points
    First attempt and first clear morning after 2 weeks of bad astrophotography weather. Taken about 2 hrs before sunrise on 07/13/2020 The image still has some startrails from the comet stacking mode in DSS. I've used the comet stacking mode and normal stacking mode and blended both together in Photoshop to get the comet with its starfield rather than startrails. Difficult process to do this manually. If someone knows a method/software that does comet stacking with its starfield, please let me know. DSS failed me on several occasions using comet+star stacking method. Ken Equipment and image detail: Nikon d610 TS72 APO + TS72flat settings: 432mm, f6, iso400, 40min. Different exposures ranging from 30 sec to 5 sec. Tracking: Skywatcher Star Adventurer software: Stacking: Deepskystacker 4.2.2 Processing: Adobe Photoshop
  2. 44 points
    Just a one minute exposure of comet C/2020 F3 from last night showing an ion tail at least ten degrees long. Samyang 135mm f2 and Canon 700D.
  3. 39 points
    This post is essentially an update to one made earlier this month. Demand for astronomy equipment during the pandemic is very high. Higher even than Christmas! But whilst China have reopened, manufacturers are struggling with high demand, materials shortages and reduced shipping channels. A perfect storm! In an attempt to stay on top of the situation 'everyone' at FLO is working overtime. My own working day starts at 5am, seven days a week, and has done for a while. We have also employed two extra full-time people in dispatch (Nathan & Dan) and another full-time person (Alex) for the Helpdesk. Our biggest challenge is how to keep our websites stock availability indicators up-to-date and our customers informed during such a turbulent time. Doing this for Sky-Watcher products is especially difficult. We source most products direct from the manufacturer and hold stock at our warehouse but in Europe retailers must source Sky-Watcher products through a distributor. All communications to/from Synta (Sky-Watcher) are through a distributor. The distributor closed when the lockdown began then reopened with reduced staff. They are working hard in difficult circumstances to catch up but are only now finding how many products sold while they were closed and how little is coming out of China. It has not been possible for them to keep us regularly updated. Normally we practice a duck-on-water approach (calm on the surface while paddling like crazy underneath!) but we are past that. We are predicting it will take China 3-4 months to catch up so I think it important we share this with you (this situation affects all astronomy retailers) and ask you to please continue being patient until supply has caught up with demand. On a positive note. Interest in astronomy is at an all-time high and FLO has never been in such good health with a warehouse full to bursting and more staff than you can shake a stick at. Thank-you sincerely for your patience and understanding during these extraordinary times. Alex, Annette, Ann, Dan, Grant, Ian, James, Katie, Lisa, Martin, Nathan, Rob & Steve
  4. 34 points
    I re-stacked the data with the 50-100 mm zoom with flats, bias and darks, and got a clearly better result, I feel I also stacked just 10 of the long sequence of images I took with the 200 mm F/2.8 (30s, F/2.8, ISO 200) Quite a bit of detail coming out. These were stacked in Astro Pixel Processor, with some tweaks with GIMP. Both show signs the ion tail has two different colours showing: blueish on the right and orange on the right. I don't think I can stack more images in APP without incurring motion blur of the comet, so will give DSS a spin. That may take a while, because of the need of manually labelling the comet location in a HUGE number of files.
  5. 33 points
    07-08-2020 Shot over Lake Mead near Las Vegas, NV Canon 5D Mark II and 70-200mm lens at 70mm f3.5 ISO 400, 15 seconds 07-08-2020 Explore Scientific ED127mm telescope with .7x reducer/flattener (665mm fl) ZWO ASI1600mm cooled camera 5x 10second exposures through each RGB filter. Total Exposure time: 2 minutes, 30 seconds
  6. 33 points
    First real effort on the Milky Way, went to the river front at 1am to shoot this, glad there were a few people chilling out who kept me company 22 x 50s exposure @ ISO800, stacked in DSS with darks, processed in PI/PS/LR
  7. 31 points
    Its been a while, ive not posted any images of the planets for maybe a couple of years now but glad to be back out on these warm evenings! All images taken with a C9 & skyris 236 M camera! Thanks for looking!
  8. 30 points
    Another great morning capturing this beauty of a comet. I really hope she holds together as she passes around the sun. I think even more people will get a chance to view it once it's in the early evening sky. But I'm not complaining about getting up at 1am, leaving the house at 1:30am, arriving at my observing location at 2:15am and heading home at 5:15am. It was worth every minute. And my dogs were happy to get a run in the park at 5:30am before the triple-digit temps hit us yet again here in the Vegas Valley. I'm still working on a wide-angle timelapse of the comet rising in the east that I'll share later in a separate post but here's three closeup's from today. If you remember my post from yesterday, I was using my ED127mm which is 655mm focal length with the reducer/flattener. Well, today I took my StellarVue SV70T which is 380mm with the reducer/flattener because I wanted to try and capture all of the tail. It's TOO BIG even for the 380mm to really capture the whole thing! Comet C/2020 F3 Neowise StellarVue SV70T with .8x reducer flattener (380mm FL) ZWO ASI1600mm cooled camera (-15°) This is a series of multiple exposures at 30 seconds, 15 seconds, and 10 seconds through LRGB filters totaling 25 minutes, 40 seconds. You can make out the pale blue ion tail trailing off the left side in this image. 15-second exposures through LRGB totaling 300 seconds 10-second exposures through LRGB totaling 200 seconds. In this frame, you can really see dawn fast approaching.
  9. 29 points
    It had been a long time since I'd processed narrowband data so I was very encouraged by the response to the image of Melotte 15 that I posted a couple of weeks ago - thank you for all the comments and likes which were much appreciated. I was really happy with that image when I posted it but as I've lived with it I began to dislike that the central column of gas (that some call the dancing man - but I can also see what looks like a peacock in there!) was so yellow and it also began to look a bit blocky and unrefined. Thanks to some great advice from @ollypenrice and @Martin-Devon I've done a couple of reprocesses and each time, I think, improved the result. Now I still think @swag72's version sets the bar, and my rendition comes nowhere near matching hers but I've been over this data so many times that I am calling this finished. I have, though, learnt so much processing this data (which is the same as before: 10 hours of Ha in 600s subs and a further 18 hours of OIII in 1200s subs) and it makes me want to go back and reprocess a lot of the other narrowband targets that I've never really been happy with! Anyway, here is the reprocessed version: Same kit, obviously, but for completeness: TS Optics 130 Apo; iOptron CEM40; Atik OAG with QHY5L II; Atik EFW2 with 5nm Ha and 3nm OIII Astrodon filters; Atik 460 ex. Captured using SGPro and processed using PixInsight and PS. Thanks for looking, Ian
  10. 29 points
    Hope it is not too bad! Mak 127 - ASI 120 MC - 8.000 bmp files stacked with registax 6
  11. 29 points
    Set my alarm for 1.30 this morning, drove out into the mendips and dragged by backside and gear up to the highest point, Black Down Hill for panoramic views over Bristol. The beautiful comet and NLC display made it very worth it! Comet was easily naked eye and filled the FoV of my 8x50 bins. Pics with 1200d and Sigma 18-200mm.
  12. 28 points
    Single image taken by Canon GX7 Mk II at 4:06 CET.
  13. 27 points
    This is taken over 4 nights, but some nights I didn't collect much due to cloud, short nights and Clamshell dome obstruction Now fixed) I decided not to waste any more time trying to reveal the Squid in Bortle 8, though I did do twice as much data on Oiii as the Ha with a fast lens. In total: Ha 12 x 600secs (total 2 hours) Oiii 2 x 20mins, 2 x 30mins, and 7 x 15mins 3 x 900secs binned x 2 (total 4 hours 10 mins) Atik460EX and Samyang 135mm F2 lens @ F2.8 Guided on HEQ5 Total imaging time 6 hours and 10 mins.
  14. 27 points
    My last run on Saturn seems to be the best of the runs from this morning! Ive pushed the processing as much as I dare but all in all pleased with the result at this low elevation!
  15. 26 points
    The W__I__D__E picture . Get the IMAX monitor out!! Stitch along the horizon. Could not wait any longer to get Venus and Uranus....they were tantalisingly close to rising..otherwise I would have lost Jupiter. Solar system get-together. Astronomical distancing applies..... Seven frames. Canon G7X. North Yorkshire. Saturday night. 2.20'ish am.
  16. 25 points
    Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE), taken from home in Kent at around 3:30am. RedCat51 on Canon 600D. 10 exposures of 2sec at ISO 200 stacked, scaled by 2/3 and then cropped. Mark
  17. 24 points
    Not quite happy with the background, will add flats and darks later, but very happy with the level of detail in this stack of 9 images taken with my Canon EOS 80D with Sigma 50-100mm F/1.8 ART zoom at 100mm on my EQ3-2 mount, each exposure 30 s at F/1.8, ISO 200. The tail is clearly longer than the FOV of my 200mm F/2.8. I am also very pleased at the performance of this Sigma zoom at full aperture. Clearly not just a perfect portrait zoom, but excellent at wide-field astro-imaging
  18. 23 points
    Regular Clouds, Noctilucent Clouds, a Cityscape and a Comet. Unfortunately by the time the Noctilucent Clouds came along Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) had risen quite a lot so was tricky to get some foreground action in as well so the comet is tiny in the panorama. Neowise was easily visible naked-eye, even over the heavily light polluted city of Leeds. A Bit Of Everything. by Stuart, on Flickr Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) by Stuart, on Flickr
  19. 23 points
    Here is a brief time lapse taken this morning
  20. 23 points
    This has been my June project. 4 x 20 minutes subs from the Tak Epsilon with an Ha filter. I didnt really plan on a mosaic but I was just manually aligning it whilst I was trying to get everything setup in a new obsy (and and a new profile - in SGP there seems to be two places that you have to enter the same data). I used SGP autofocus and was pleased that it seems to be working well. I need an earlier night to sit out and do proper configuration of the pier etc. I didnt do much processing of it, just stacked in APP, and processed lightly in PS. Thanks! Adam.
  21. 23 points
    Several beautifully rendered bicolor images of this target prompted me to make the attempt. Conditions started out fairly poorly for the Ha, but improved greattly for the OIII. Wolf Rayet stars spawn some of the most interesting targets in the heavens in my opinion, from Thor's Helmet to the Cresecnt Nebula, to this intriguing example. I knew it was going to be tough to pick up the full bubble, so I am fairly pleased in that much of the blue circular area is visible--though faintly. Bicolor images always give me trouble. This one was no exception. I was surprised at the amount of OIII emission not associated with the main feature--the arc structure and fainter bubble. I am just guessing, but it seems WR-134 must be a monstrously powerful star and the OIII throughout this image, having originated from the star, has been blwon out into the surrounding region. Then again--maybe it s just me!....regulating background OIII is one of the cjallenges for me with HOO images TOA 130 with .7x reducer and ASI 1600mmcool pro with 3nm Astrodon filters Ha: 137 300 sec OIII: 133: 300 sec Reduced stras a bit--not sure which I like better
  22. 23 points
    A dreamy look of a fascinating galaxy. Short integration time and under far from ideal conditions due to full moon when Luminance was taken. Many hours went to achieve good natural colour unlike my mad M101 taken earlier. More details here; https://www.astrobin.com/tqkjvu/
  23. 22 points
    This is my first naked eye comet and second comet ever(Wirtanen being my first) and I was truly amazed with how it looked through my Helios Apollo 15X70 binoculars! The tail was so obvious and just barely visible with averted vision naked eye. I really hope I get one more change to see this comet, but the weather here in Denmark isn't great at the moment... Just to share the images here as well, here they are: This single widefield shot is cropped almost 100% and shot with a 50mm prime lens at about 03:30AM Stack of 32X1sec exposures with 100ISO through the Evostar 72. These were shot right before the previous widefield image. I really hope everyone will have the opportunity to see this comet! It was truly amazing to see as my first ever naked eye comet. Compared to Wirtanen, which was a small fuzzy star through my Helios Apollo 15X70, this comet is a lot more exciting and the tail is beautiful! Clear skies, Victor
  24. 22 points
    A terrific sight in the early hours of this morning, couldn't resist a few photos for the record! Simple DSLR shots on a fixed mount.
  25. 22 points
    Hi all, I have a DSLR only setup (with a SA Mini Wifi tracker) and have only been in this wonderful game a couple of months., so I have lots to learn still. This was my attempt at M27 last night from B6 skies. I was quite surprised that I managed to get 3.5 mins exposures with my mount as many people have said 1 min maximum would be achievable. Considering my incredibly cheap and basic setup...i'm pretty pleased with the result. What say you all? Go for the jugular, I can take it. Details Location Biggin Hill 11 x 210s lights no calibration files (it was too late and I had to get inside to bed) Canon 4000D (unmodded) 70-300mm Canon f5.6 lens at 300mm Star Adventurer Mini Cheap £30 tripod weighed down with weights. Captured using BYEOS, stacked in DSS and processed in Photoshop and Lightroom
  26. 22 points
    Here are some pics of the ongoing solar eclipse from northern India! I travelled 400km to reach the path of annularity. It was an amazing experience! 98.5% sun obscured.
  27. 22 points
    Carrying equipment to my obs - a (significant) step up from my backyard, 1.5 mile walk close to the Scottish border and an overnight stop over. This was taken in March, just before lockdown. My left side is TV-85 in carry bag, right side; porta mount in a bicycle rack pack. Shouldering a Berlebach Report tripod in a Berlebach shoulder / carry bag. Hefty eyepieces in the rucksack side pockets (neoprene camera lens pouches), along with camping stool. Also took filters, finder, charts and of course a Unihedron SQM-L devise. Thought at the time, I will not repeat this, but in the fullness of time, I know that I will.
  28. 21 points
    Hey guys, If you are like me and like to enjoy a couple of beer while gazing at the sky, you ,no doubts, have know the issue of kicking an open bottle in the dark (which for the less lucky of us might end up in the EP case). THIS IS NOW A THING FROM THE PAST! I present to you the lastest dob mod, derived from technologies inspired by NASA itself, ... the retractable cup holder! Clear skies, Raphael PS: you could even use it for tea... you lot sure seem to like it
  29. 21 points
    Hi What a great time to be enjoying astronomy. So many fantastic photos on the forum and the internet in general. Here is one from 2am this morning from a local beauty spot just up the road from me. "Beaghmore is a complex of early Bronze Age megalithic features, stone circles and cairns, on the south-east edge of the Sperrin Mountains. Possibly the site could mark a focal point for religious and/or social gatherings. Some archaeologists believe that the circles have been constructed in relation to the rising of the sun at the solstice, or to record the movements of the sun and moon acting as observatories for particular lunar, solar or stellar events. Three of the stone rows point to the sunrise at the time of the solstice and another is aligned towards moonrise at the same period. However, most of the remains at Beaghmore do not indicate very accurate alignments upon specific astronomical features." I used my Nikon D800E and an old Tokina 28-70mm F2.6 lens, 30s exposure on a SA mount. Thanks for looking Adam
  30. 21 points
    East veil nenula. Starwave 80ED-R Starwave 50mm guide scope Heq5 pro Asi 120 mm-s Asi 294mc pro 30 X 240 secs 10 X dark flats 10 X flats Processed in pixinsight
  31. 21 points
    Friday was an exciting day as my 10mm Delos arrived. I have a 9mm Lunt XWA which is a great 100 degree eyepiece but lacks in sharpness and contrast compared to my favourite 9mm ortho (BGO). I've been pondering for quite awhile whether to sacrifice some FOV to get better contrast and sharpness. The 10mm Delos is my experiment to see how that works out in practise. It was after midnight before I got out with the 10" dob. I spent some with Jupiter and Saturn to start with. Initially, I struggled with the eye relief on the Delos but then I discovered the twist up mechanism and all was well. On Saturn, the first thing that grabbed me was that I could easily pick out Rhea and Dione with the Delos. A good sign. After that I moved onto some DSO's, M71 and then M27. I added the Lumicon UHC filter to M27. The mag 11 star on the corner of the dumbbell seemed to really pop in the Delos when compared to the Lunt. Comet C/2017 T2 and a collection of galaxies in Ursa Major all showed well. M51 showing the slightest hint of spiral arms in the TV eyepiece. A tantalising hint of what this eyepiece may show under dark skies. I finished up my eyepiece testing on M13 and it's companion galaxy NGC 6207. The propellor in M13 put in an appearance which was great to see. Looking overhead the Milky Way was very clear for my suburban skies. I wandered inside to grab the camera and took some photos. Taking the camera with me, I strolled out into the street to see if I could find a place to shoot the Milky Way with Jupiter and Saturn. I then spotted some lovely Noctilucent clouds on the horizon so starting walking a little further to try and get a good shot of them. Ended up walking over a mile, meeting a hedgehog who I assume was just getting back from the pub. As I returned back to my house, I spotted that Mars was well risen. With the time now around 2:30am, I spent 10 minutes or so with the red planet. I was able to see some nice dark features on the surface and a light area on the bottom of the planet which I took to be a polar ice cap. Great way to finish the night. Finally crawled into bed at 3am. Pictures below. I'm still a beginner, especially with processing images but I'm improving.
  32. 21 points
    This is undoubtedly one of my favourite emission nebulae targets - the gas and dust around the Melotte 15 star cluster at the heart of the Heart Nebula. Melotte 15 comprises of mostly young, hot, blue stars which are 'only' around 1.5 million years old. Some of these are around 50 solar masses but most are smaller than our sun. I collected 10 hours of Ha in 600s subs and a further 18 hours of OIII in 1200s subs. I think this is the most data I've ever captured on a target and the first time I've gone over 100,000 seconds; it made the data a dream to process. The Ha signal is very strong and OIII covers most of the frame so I spent most of my time playing with endless variations of the balance between golds and purples - and I could have posted a dozen variants! As it is I've taken my time and settled on this as my favourite rendition. The data meant even the lowest signal areas were pretty clean and after much procrastination this version does have some noise reduction applied. I'd be really interested in views on whether it's too much and I should have left it alone - I really hope that I've done the data and the target justice. I first imaged this back in 2013 but vowed to go back with a longer focal length so this is with my 130mm TS apo (860mm focal length, f/6.6). I've gone for a similar palette to my earlier version because I like the colours so much. I did capture about 5 1/2 hours of RGB data but I haven't used it in this image as it didn't really add anything (most of the stars a blue anyway) but I will come back to the data and do a version where I add some of the narrowband data to the RGB. Kit used was TS Optics 130 Apo; iOptron CEM40; Atik OAG with QHY5L II; Atik EFW2 with 5nm Ha and 3nm OIII Astrodon filters; Atik 460 ex. Captured using SGPro and processed using PixInsight and PS. Thanks for looking, Ian
  33. 20 points
    Went out last night to try and get a different shot to those I took recently. More of an arty minimalistic approach. Not sure how it came out in the end but I quite liked it.
  34. 20 points
    Manage to capture comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) in the early hours. First needed to dodge some clouds, but later they moved off, allowing me to capture a series of 37 shots with the 200 mm F/2.8, which I stacked in AS!3 and cropped and stretched in GIMP. Quite pleased with this first naked eye comet in 24 years. and with comet number 29 in total.
  35. 20 points
    Two from yesterday morning 02.45am, 5 min walk from home. pentax K5+pentax HD 55-300 ED WR iso 2500 1.6 secs f5.8
  36. 20 points
    While the clouds have scuppered me for the past week i thought i would revisit some older data. Taken a couple of weeks ago with the C925, 178mm and 642 ir pass filter, best 15% of 2.5k frames. Probably the clearest image i have ever taken of an Apollo landing site. For reference.
  37. 20 points
    Achieved first light with the new SW Heritage 150p last night. I set it up on the patio table. It’s very quick and easy to set up. The scope + mount is stored in a cupboard, so I simply lifted it out and used the built in carry handle cut-out to take the whole thing outside and plonk it down on the table. Easy. Extending the collapsible tube is quick too. I checked the collimation with a laser collimator and it was almost spot on – as it was the other day when first delivered. First thing was to align the red dot finder on Arcturus. I must say I do not like these small red dot finders and this one seem particularly poor. The adjustment screws are pretty hard to move (without jogging the main scope) and don’t seem to work very well. Moreover, the orange tinted front glass reduces transparency and scatters light. I’ve got a few more of these dreadful 1x power red dot finders and one without the tinted glass (if it is glass, that is!!), so I might swap. I then inserted a Panoptic 24 mm eyepiece(x31) and focused on Arcturus. The focuser isn’t brilliant, but I wasn’t expecting it to be perfect. It works pretty well, though, and achieving focus was easy. Note that I had wound some PTFE tape around the focuser thread which reduces play and makes focusing smoother. There is some play in the focuser unit as it’s made of plastic. But, again, it’s acceptable given the intended purpose of the instrument – and its price point. Arcturus and surrounding stars were pint point. Lovely view, actually. Of course the 6 diffraction spike were visible (due to the 3 vane spider). A bit of a novelty for me as a refactor user normally! Turning to M13, again a lovely wide-field view with the Pan 24 (just over 2 degrees x31). I inserted a Nagler 9mm (x83) and the outer edges were resolved. It occurred to me that the Nagler eyepiece cost 50% more than the Heritage 150p which shows what good value the scope is (or, perhaps, how expensive Naglers are ) Next was M57, the Ring Nebula. Again easily found and benefiting from the Nagler 9mm. Finally, I scanned part of the Summer Milky Way in Cygnus. I think this is where the ‘scope will be used a lot at dark sites as the Pan 24 gives a stunning wide-field vista as one moves through all those amazing star fields. The dob mount performed well and was smooth enough in both alt and az, especially when I’d adjusted the friction tension. So, all in all I think this is an excellent telescope. The optics are excellent and the views wonderful. It’s also highly desirable to have 6 full inches of aperture to hand! Yet it’s compact and light enough to put in a small car for a holiday under dark skies. The folding tube assembly obviously has some limitations and the weak points are the focuser (although this can be improved with the PTFE tape) and the red dot finder. I also have a SW 150 f/8 Dobsonian. This is the solid tube version. I gave it to my younger daughter for her 9th birthday and she’s now a junior doctor, so I’ve had it a while . Mechanically this is much better and the solid tube a real benefit. But it is bulky and not really suitable to take away by car, unless it was the only thing I had on board. If I had to chose between the two, I’d go for the solid tube longer FL ‘scope if I was only intended to use at home. I also tried the Heritage 150P OTA on two other mounts. The SW AZ5 on a Berlebach Report 312 gives much smoother alt az motions that the Heritage dob base. I also tried the OTA on a SW AZ-GTi: a super combo and this will be great for dark nights away. The goto will allow loads of objects to be swept up easily. I think I will prefer using one of these mounts on occasion, but of course it partly negates the compact dob package that the Heritage offers. You can’t beat the simplicity of grabbing the heritage, setting it on a table and be observing in a couple of minutes!
  38. 19 points
    Got up at 2:30 yesterday morning, travelled an hour by car, but it was an awesome sight, totally worth it and the most lovely binocular object!
  39. 19 points
    Totally amazing again tonight. I waited two hours for the clouds to clear, but it was worth it! And as quick as it cleared, it clouded over again.
  40. 19 points
    Hi Guys I thought I'd post this as I've not posted on this section before because I'm mainly a planetary imager. There is around 5 hours 45 mins of data here, taken with a QHY8L OSC camera and the C14 with a reducer. Focal length was 2.7 metres. Comments and constructive criticism always welcomed, but I hope you enjoy it. All the best Harvey NGC 4565.tiff
  41. 19 points
    I've been in SW Ireland since March, and my neighbour has been looking after where I live SW of London. As a gesture of thanks for his efforts, a couple of weeks ago I sent him unannounced a Heritage 150p, as he has expressed an interest in my astro shenanigans in the past. Last Monday I had to go back to London for a week or so after an unexpected terribly sad family event. But I did get to have a strange night's observing, followed by an afternoon. Wednesday I think I was out on my patio near midnight with my LZOS 105mm refractor on Skytee2, cruising through Ursa Major as I recall, and I could hear he was using his scope the other side of the 8 foot brick wall between our patios. then I heard him whisper-shout a faint "Magnus?". What ensued was me guiding him around the sky, shouting as quietly as we could over the wall. I think I started him out on too difficult a very first ever target, Epsilon Lyrae. His 12-year-old daughter (it was really her present) was operating the iphone and instructing him as to what he should be seeing. They hadn't been able to line up their RDF properly, so their navigation was a little difficult. But they eventually did find the Double-Double, but couldn't quite split the pairs. They were just aware that one of the doubles was not a point. To be fair, even with my 4" using similar maginfication I couldn't quite split one of them either. I then directed them to Mizar/Alcor. They were using a SW LET 25mm eyepiece (30x) and again trying to find it without a finder or RDF. Nonetheless they found it quite quickly, and I found it so gratifying when I heard over the wall "Ah, found it. Oh. Oh. Oh my goodness, Oh God that's lovely! Sophia [his 12-year-old], come and look at this!". I arranged for the next afternoon to go round and see how well it was collimated "out of the box" (not very well, as it turned out), and to see if we could find "daytime Venus". Around 1pm, I went round, collimated it, it was quite a bit out, and hunted around for Venus, 29 degrees or so away from the Sun. Having resaerached where it should be using the app "Sky Guide" (which I really like) he found Venus quite quickly through 10x50 bins, and eventually I found it in the scope. He was amazed a planet was so visible when you found it yet so not-noticeable, in total broad full-sunshine (30 degrees C !!!!!). I swapped in my DeLite 18.2 instead of his SW 25mm LET, and there really wasn't that much difference! I'd given him also my 9mm and 25mmm LETs that came new with my mak180. Those LETs are a very good improvement over the regular OEM SW eyepieces. So, all in all, I recruited one, very likely two, to this game of ours, and had a very memorable evening and afternoon. To offset the otherwise sad reason for my week's return to London. M
  42. 19 points
    My first annular solar eclipse! viewed from Northern India today! Travelled 400km to the exact centerline of this very short annularity (38 seconds) Canon EOS RSigma 150-600mm1/320s f6.3 ISO 200Thousand Oak solar filter
  43. 18 points
    I saw it for the first time last night, it’s very impressive. Took this last night about 11:30 with my Samyang 135 mm at F2.8. It’s a small stack of 16 images.
  44. 18 points
    Just received my dibond print of my veil mosaic, thrilled to say the least. The photo makes it look a little washed out when in fact it looks quite the opposite.
  45. 18 points
    I have seen some lovely images on this Comet, far better than I can do but I thought I would throw my penny in the bucket from this morning a little after 4am! Almost painfull to drag myself out of a bed into a warm morning of clear starry skies without a breath of wind, to stand in splendid isolation in a rural environment with Comet Neowise making my jaw brush the floor. No idea it had got that good. After some pictures and a look through the binos I just sat down in the field and realised I had Jupiter and Saturn behind me. The moon on my right shoulder and Venus rising in the east. Neowise is the giant cherry on the most amazing cake I ever took a bite of.
  46. 18 points
    What a night !!!!! Two scopes cooled and ready plus 11x70 binoculars. Fabulous naked eye comet complete with long tail. Galaxies, nebulae and clusters showing wonderfully overhead. Jupiter with the Great Red Spot bang in the centre of the disk with a lovely arrangement of it's moons and background stars to compliment it. Just waiting for Saturn to round off the sort of session that has not occurred for a long, long time. Simply glorious
  47. 18 points
    Not a lot of astrophoto going on this time of year but 2 days ago I got a magnificent display of NLC down by the lake close to where I live. I also managed to capture Neowise but it´s too small to be visible here This was only stitched in Lightroom so there are a few artifacts. Need to do it in a proper panorama program. Someday...
  48. 18 points
    Had a go at stacking some images taken through my 10" dob this morning. There was a bit low light cloud around at the time. I think it came out alright though.
  49. 18 points
    I've wanted a permanent setup for a while now but my wife for some reason did not take kindly to the suggestion of a Todmorden pier in the middle of the lawn. We eventually agreed that a permanent pier could be tucked away in the northwest corner of the garden provided it could be covered up and hidden. However, I set up my kit there several times last year and discovered that The problem with that corner of the garden is that in the southeast corner of the garden is our patio and summerhouse and tying to observe from there was like viewing targets through a stream due to the heat given off by the patio slabs and summerhouse roof. At the end of last year, I managed to pick up a Skywatcher Pillar Mount from @Stu. The pillar mount wasn't initially received well by Mrs K and I was resigned to the fact that the mount would live in pieces in the garage until I could be bothered to sell it. However, fast forward three months to the beginning of Covid Lockdown and I decide to brave the wrath of Mrs K and set up the Pillar Mount in the garden and set about using it virtually every day. The mount was set up on a set of vibration suppression pads, mainly to stop the height adjustment bolts from sinking into the lawn. I personally didn't think much of the anti-vibration pads as they seemed to add more vibration than they got rid of to be honest. Eventually having seen how much more use I've had out of my equipment Mrs K agrees that I can have a semi-permanent setup in the garden provided it is easily moved so it can be hidden when we have visitors and doesn't involve pouring a huge block of concrete or paving a large area in the middle of the lawn...........and under no circumstances were hollow concrete blocks to be involved. I'm a visual only observer and so didn't need to sink a tonne of concrete in the garden, and I originally suggested setting out three paving slabs, one for each foot of the Pillar, but this met with disapproval, as did the solution that involved filling short lengths of plastic 4" waste pipe in the ground. Anyway, I had another think and eventually came up with the idea of filling some terracotta plant pots with concrete, enlarging the drain holes in the bottom of the pots to 16mm diameter to take the levelling adjustment bolts of the pillar and then sinking the pots into the lawn. I figured that the terracotta pots blended in quite well with the garden and would green over with moss fairly quickly and the 16mm holes in the pots would allow me to re-locate the mount pretty accurately after moving it to mow the lawn. This plan got the seal of approval, and deciding that it would be prudent to act quickly before decisions were reversed I sprang into action and spent the weekend sorting things out. 1) - Turf Cut 2) - Holes Dug 3) - Type 1 aggregate tamped down and concrete placed to hold pots. 4) - Holes backfilled, holes cut in turf and turves replaced 5) - Mount put in position I got first light with the setup last night and am pleased to report that the stability of the setup is very much improved over the original setup with the anti-vibration pads.
  50. 18 points
    SW Heritage 150p from FLO
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