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  1. 2 Hours on the Horse and Flame in H-alpha (Astronomik 6nm) with the QHY 268M on the TS apo. Huge amount of moon. I still have to get all the calibration frames I need so this is just the 600 sec lights, Sigma Average, DDP and Unsharp Mask. I think the Unsharp Mask has left some halos but this is just a quick first run that will be added to the red channel when, if, I do a full HaRGB image. Worried too about the huge diffraction around Alnitak.
    8 points
  2. It seems that every scope I have ever had, I acquired in the middle of the dreaded Canadian winter, this either means non stop cloud cover or, temperatures far south of freeezing. Over the past month or so I have managed two short sessions, the first came a few days ago during a waxing crescent moon and, the second was this night for an hour. The night of my moon observation it was even colder than today, around minus 10 but, weather app said it would feel like minus 20. Chilly indeed but, the sky was clear and the burning urge to try my scope was too much. After letting the scope sit outside
    5 points
  3. 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
    5 points
  4. I confess I’ve always wanted one of these since they came out. When one came up for sale recently I was quick to act! Such an epic looking camera!
    5 points
  5. You've all been so helpful, I thought I'd let you know what I saw last night using my first instrument – a pair of binoculars, sold to me by @Tiny Clanger for a song. Wow! Binoculars! Saw the full moon as a sphere in space with what I guess are small mountain ranges or ridges along the bottom edge. Found Polaris, Sirius, Orion (of course) and a few other bright stars whose names I forget. Realised how red Mars is. And then ... up to the Pleiades! What a thrill being able to see something through the binoculars that you can't see with the naked eye. The moon was actually so bright tha
    5 points
  6. Finally got the result i knew this little 4.5 F8 Newt could produce. Been improving collimation. No wind. Seeing wasnt too bad. Was struggling with the EQ2 and the economy motor drive though. slop in the mount makes the drifting even worse. A quick process (3 or 4 hours) Will do a more careful process later. The QHY 462C camera is pretty good in my opinion. Very sensitive red and IR for a single shot colour camera The texture looks almost sandy. But with no noise. stacking about 900 frames each per the 13 panes used out of around 4000 being captured. 75%
    4 points
  7. Almost full Snow Moon last night from Yeovil in Somerset. Too misty here this morning for the actual Full Moon. Canon EOS 2000D with 300mm lens and a quick touch up in Photoshop.
    4 points
  8. How hard is it to get a nice handle for your scope? Let alone one that's affordable. After spending way too long searching, I pulled something together myself. It's not what I'd design if I had the money to make a short run, but it's not bad for a bunch of bits off ebay and amazon.
    4 points
  9. Although the full moon is not considered the best time to observe the lunar surface, clear nights are few and far between, so I thought I would have a look anyway. I'm glad I did as I was rewarded with some great views and at x57 I was able to take in the whole globe in the FOV. Observations made with the 102ED-R and Binoviewers. The most obvious features were the crater 'rays', with Tycho, Copernicus, Kepler and Aristarchus being the most prominent. The rays from Tycho were spectacular, stretching across one third of the lunar diameter - what an impact that must have been! It happened 10
    4 points
  10. I have to admit that I knew little about Astronomy Now until @ollypenrice asked me if he could use my Squid image to illustrate the possibilities of the new generation OSC CMOS cameras (ASI2600MC in my case) in the January issue. One bonus for me was that the magazine sent me a free issue and I liked it a lot. I also noticed that they had a gallery section, so I though why not give it a try. Apparently they liked my image so it is now in the March issue and they gave me a 15 pound voucher. I have now spent that and a bit more on a yearly subscription (after Swedish customs have ensured me that
    4 points
  11. Well , i had a much better night ... Skies were clear ALL evening ( i've marked the date and day in my diary to celebrate it every year lol) . Despite the moon being full ( i really have no problem with that as there is ALWAYS something to see in the sky ) . I did swing to the beehive which ( admittedly faint due to moonlight ) is still one of my favs . I started with the EVO 120 and a zoom EP that i bought off a fellow SGL member 8-24 mm , i have to say i was a touch disappointed . The Moon was hidden behind the house at this time . The EVO is a lovely scope but its a bit of a cannon , so ou
    4 points
  12. For the first time with my new Rumak I've had a decent session on the moon. I've been waiting for my new iOptron 1.25" diagonal to arrive. The 1.25" I'd been using had been lying around for years and was really murky to look through; the iOptron is very impressive by comparison with an exceptionally clean, bright image. I also gave the Celestron 80ED an outing - I only usually use that for wide field but it's a more capable lunar scope than you might think. The seeing conditions were what I expect for my location; wobbly at best with some fine detail visible. Decent enough at x144, but ju
    4 points
  13. 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
    4 points
  14. Two nights ago I catured these photos with my 16" Dob and Asi 120mm camera.
    3 points
  15. 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
    3 points
  16. After reading the threads on here about this scope, and having read my own white light reports from a few years back, I decided that along with lunar and planetary observing, I should also add the sun to that list. So, I thought about what I needed to do that. It had to be Ha, and it had to be light weight. As far as I can tell, the Daystar is the most affordable way in to Ha observing, so I put my order in. I teamed that up with the Skywatcher Solarquest mount which seems pretty popular, and put that on a Three-Legged-Thing carbon tripod. I carried the whole lot in one hand easily into t
    3 points
  17. After yesterday’s poor seeing, I gave it another go today with much better results. AR12804 is looking very nice, surrounded by faculae, a trail of smaller pores and spots and good petal like structure in the penumbra. AR12805 could be seen as a lovely area of faculae, and even 12803 was detectable as one very small spot which seems to get a little easier to see as the morning progressed. The seeing has actually improved here since 9am, and the granulation is quite striking at times, not the best I’ve seen it but quite clear. Whilst taking the smartphone shot and some video, I switch
    3 points
  18. First light for the WO ZS73 and Canon 60D. FLO replaced my faulty 73R F/R but sadly the replacement is also faulty so field was not very flat hence the severe crop. I managed 78 good 60sec subs till clouds rolled in. No guiding as I wanted to see how the new Ioptron CEM 26 performed, sadly not to well and 60sec was the best I could get, shame as I used to get double that on my old CG5.
    3 points
  19. What do you do if your thing is deep sky imaging and the first decent run of clear nights in nearly 5 months occurs under a full moon ? And what do you do if all this happens when you have a new camera to try out ? You go for the only object likely to shine through the glare - good old Orion Nebula ! Started imaging as soon as it was reasonably dark and used a dual band filter to hopefully get better results. Vital stats are as follows :- 16" F/4.5 Reflector ZWO 6200 MC Pro full Frame OSC Optolong L-enhance Dual Band Filter 20 x 30sec at gain 414 20
    3 points
  20. Nice to have a clear night in East London last night imaging under a full moon made easier with an Altair triband and L-pro filters. Here are my pictures of the Monkey Head nebula with my Altair Hypercam 294c and M51 with my GPcam3 290c. The telescope was my TEC140 with a 0.8 reducer for the Monkey Head and 0.33 reducer for M51. Monkey Head was 2 hours of 1 minute exposures and M51 3 and half hours of 20 second exposures. Thanks for looking. Monkey Head Nebula M51
    3 points
  21. 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
    3 points
  22. Some daytime shots. Brackets were £15 on Amazon, carbon tube £12 on ebay.
    3 points
  23. Arrived today and fits nicely on my Helios Apollo 15x70 binos. I still have easy access to place my 1.25 inch filters. The big test will compare the view using these bino-bandit especially viewing items like Rosette Neb and the like.
    3 points
  24. First light with Heart Nebula, 4 hours of SHO with 80mm TS scope and flattener. The full moon did not help at all but at least I got to image something and check guiding etc. (camera is seriously heavy!). I need to adjust the back focus, currently at 55mm. Though setup is getting stripped down again to fit a 115mm apo sometime next week. Happy with the results so far and look forward to trying more targets without the moon. Some images attached. Roughly processed image in Photoshop and stacked and stretched Ha image.
    3 points
  25. I tried last night but the stars were twinkling even near the zenith. Sirius was dancing all over the place. Shame though because the air seemed still and transparency was good. DSO watching was ruined by the Moon so I just stayed out with binoculars checking carbon stars. La Superba was lovely and so was R Leporis. UK is supposed to get a spell of high pressure which usually indicates good seeing. I will keep trying for the Pup over the weekend. Thinking of making an occulting bar at the fieldstop of my 10mm EP to block the main star. Good luck to everybody who is chasing the Pup!
    3 points
  26. Thanks again for all the advice. here’s a quick picture I took last night under the full moon. It was 60 x 2 sec lights just as an experiment. I really concentrated to keep the fov in the same place.
    3 points
  27. Flame and Horsehead with Canon 80D sigma 150-600mm @ 400mm ...... f5.6 .... iso 400 ..... Skywatcher AZ-GTI in AZ mode ... Bortle class 5. 60 x 30sec images 25 Darks 30 Bias Photoshop 2021.
    3 points
  28. An open cluster containing about 100 stars located in the south of Sirius and visible in finderscope under bright skies. 25 minutes of data.
    3 points
  29. The Orientale Basin was immediately impactful as soon as I was able to begin observing, which was quite late. It is very distinctive, smooth, polished elongated and then those long mountain walls Cordillera and Rook mountains running parallel to each other, fabulous to observe. Yes again thanks for the heads up. Also what I believe to perhaps be Drygalski, an older Copernicus twin, revealed in glorious contrast on the limb just due west of south. Quite a spectacle with its central peaks protruding. 'Atlas of the Moon', my Astronomy Now Moon poster and 'Sky & Telescopes Moon Map' each assi
    3 points
  30. John, I'm really delighted you've achieved a lunar 1st. I'm pretty sure I've never seen it so well, mainly because like yourself I probably never had such a good guide as the Cambridge Atlas. I have the 21st Century Atlas, I'll check it out - and also the link you sent, so thanks for that.
    3 points
  31. 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
    3 points
  32. Felicity’s turn tonight; after a fun play in the sun earlier, a quick change of diagonal and we are ready for the Moon.
    3 points
  33. Here's my version of the large prom. SM60 DS on the ED80 and ASI 1600.
    3 points
  34. But there were! Here is what I captured with my Lunt LS80THA at 11:19am UTC: Here seeing was not terrific either, but still managed a few nice shots (more to come). Nicolàs
    3 points
  35. Had another try at Orion Nebula, thought I had nailed the focus but not quite. Can the focus drift with cold conditions ??... Your CC very welcome
    2 points
  36. First session of the year as the Sun is out of reach from early November to end of January. Add in a busy work schedule, DIY projects and other interests and all of a sudden its March! First session after Winter is always a bit of an adventure, mount has been sat unused for 3 months+ and I've apparently forgotten everything I ever knew about solar imaging (didn't amount to a lot to start with). The mount needed a good clean up and the declination axis attending to as it was very stiff and had developed a heap of backlash. Still managed to cobble together a few images below, far from my finest
    2 points
  37. I've had this scope since December last year, and its had a fair amount of starlight now, albeit under generally poor/average seeing conditions. Still, long enough for me to have come to some conclusions. My skies are suburban, but pointing towards central York. Apparently I'm in Bortle 6, but I'd say closer to 7 (right on the edge according to the maps I've seen). In a nutshell, its a 6" (150mm) ED (glass unspecified) with a focal length of 1200mm (f8), with a price well under £2k. FLO currently have it for £1799 - I was lucky enough to buy mine for £1520, before the recent price rises
    2 points
  38. The Jetstream and higher levels of windspeed above the UK look good for tonight. Midnight tonight: Unfortunately, Sirus is not well placed for me just now. I need to build a tower in the back garden!
    2 points
  39. Very nicely made, and looks very professional! I've thought about a handle for mine, but I think even if I added a handle, I'd still be inclined to carry the tube vertical and tucked close to my body, so as to eliminate any risk of catching either end against a door frame or wall etc. Plus I like to cuddle it!
    2 points
  40. Abell 12 (The Hidden Planetary) There yer go... Mu Orionis tends to dominate the processing. Ha-O3 combined in PS. Ha : 30mins ( 10x3mins) O3 27min ( 9 x 3mins) : C8Edge Full 2000mm FL. Atik 414ex Mono.
    2 points
  41. I can vividly recall the Viking missions, reading the reports and being amazed at the images as they were published in the papers. I was 16 years old so it was an influential time for me. A couple of years ago I had a chance to acquire the original painting below by David C Early F.R.A.S. It was painted in 1977 and is based on the Viking 1 and 2 images. It is quite a large work (100cm x 75cm) and occupies a wall in the "astronomy end" of our dining room
    2 points
  42. Viking was in my era. I still remember Carl Sagan delivering the Royal Institute Christmas Lecture on Viking. Nothing, for me, will ever trump the early explorers, Sky Crane or not!
    2 points
  43. Actually I've been tempted out with the Tak 100 by a dodgy man from Oakworth
    2 points
  44. 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,
    2 points
  45. Test night number two with new kit is going well. Still some issues to sort but all in all a lot more positive. I've managed to fire off my first few 10min exposures in HA and from I can see the stars are nice and round. Seeing doesn't seem great, the moon and very twinkly stars but the guiding is holding in there. I'm going to get an hour of HA just as a test then I might capture the moon for a laugh. Thanks for all the motivation to keep going everyone, we probably all need it from time to time.
    2 points
  46. 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
    2 points
  47. 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.
    2 points
  48. Thank you. No burgers today though. T-Bones
    2 points
  49. Asiair without the app is just an overpriced raspberry pi. The asiair, if used as intended, is a great gadget afaIk. Just remember that it is sold by a company that sells astroimaging products, and they want to create an integrated imaging suite based on their products. If anyone doesn’t (want to) buy into that philosophy, the asiair may not be the right tool for them.
    2 points
  50. 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
    2 points
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