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  1. Not really, but just look at what this jet does captured at 500 frames per second.
    26 points
  2. Today we were lucky to have splendid weather with good seeing and transparency. The observatory was running smoothly, with all four scopes pointed at the Sun: - Lunt LS80THA collecting H-alpha data every 5 minutes for 30s (2200 frames); - SkyWatcher Esprit 150ED with Baader ND5.0 foild collecting white-light data every 5 minutes for 20s (250 frames); - Celestron C11 EdgeHD with Baader ND5.0 foil filter and polarising eyepiece/diagonal-filter in combination with TeleVue Panoptic 41mm for observing; - Galilean type telescope with sketchboard for projection. Using the two imaging
    25 points
  3. I had a superb evening last night with my 12 inch dobsonian. I'm sure others were enjoying the warm, clear, dark skies as well. I spent 4 hours mostly as a "space tourist" visiting and gawping at the many showpiece deep sky targets in Hercules, Cygnus, Lyra, etc, etc. I won't list all the many targets I observed but there were a couple that stood out during the session: - In Hercules I managed to see the very distant galaxy NGC 6196 and traces of a couple of the other NGC and IC galaxies in this faint and far off group. They are close to Messier 13. I think I've spotted 6196 be
    23 points
  4. I'm having a good time pushing what I can achieve with an OSC camera (plus L-eXtreme) from my city centre location. I think this is my best attempt so far. I push the data hard, which isn't to everybody's taste, but I quite like the "punchy" effect. * May and June 2021 * Bristol, UK (Bortle 8 ) * Telescope: Askar FRA400 f/5.6 Quintuplet APO Astrograph * Camera: ZWO ASI 2600MC-PRO * Filter: Optolong L-eXtreme * Mount: Orion Sirius EQ-G * Guide: William Optics 32mm; ZWO ASI 120MM Mini * Control: ASIAIR PRO * Software: PixInsight, Photoshop, Lightroom, Topaz DeNo
    20 points
  5. Around the turn of the year I had an accident with my Solarview50 Ha telescope which detached the etalon thereby needing repair in the Isle of Man. They had an awful time fixing it - the etalon plates just would not go back together. Until they tried replacement spacers - most unusual for them to be damaged, and then the magic happened I got the 'scope back yesterday, just in time for the partial eclipse tomorrow, (guaranteeing full cloud cover!), but no decent clear spells. Today a bit better, and some definite action so I decided to go for an image with my GPCAM3. and when I stretched
    20 points
  6. Attached is my most recent image using a skywatcher 72ED on a HEQ5 Pro belt mod. Camera is a ZWO ASI 1600mm with filter wheel. This well be my farewell image to the 72ED as its being replaced the new FLT 91. This is probably one of my best images to date. Spent quite a lot of time getting the data and processing it. The Carina Nebula is a large, complex area of bright and dark nebulosity in the constellation Carina, and is located in the Carina–Sagittarius Arm. The nebula lies at an estimated distance between 6,500 and 10,000 light-years from Earth. The nebula is one of the largest d
    20 points
  7. As you know I never got my kit out as forecast was bad and you saw the sky well look what happened took through my Galaxy S10 and a pair of solar glasses.
    19 points
  8. I was up at 6am to check the weather, and in order to get to a better site if necessary. Despite it being completely cloudy and very dull outside, the forecast indicated it should be fairly clear by about 9am and then intermittent sunshine until around 11am. At 9am it was indeed brighter with some blue patches! I decided to gamble and stay put. In summary, I had good views from the start of the eclipse until 11.18, just after max when it clouded completely and threatened rain. There were quick moving clouds, but the longest time the sun was out of view was for 12 mts. There were ofte
    18 points
  9. We were live-streaming the event from the Blaauw Sterrenwacht, using my gear, and I had some time to capture data. Here is the first one. Not brilliant, but the best I could do to focus the Coronado SolarMax-II 60 (single stack) on the little chip of the ASI178MM. The Coronado focuser is really cruddy for imaging (reasonably usable for visual). The sky was pretty hazy which didn't help. Grey scale: Pseudo colour:
    18 points
  10. I recently acquired sight unseen an old Vixen SP102M classic achromat.. Back in the 1980s and early 90s, the Vixen SP102M was an aspirational refractor for people like me (a child of the 1960s). It was a good quality, made in Japan 102mm F10 achromat, at a time when Sir Patrick Moore, RIP, famously advised any budding astronomer that "serious" telescopes started with a 4" refractor or a 6' reflector. The Vixen 4 inchers were initially distributed by Orion Optics, who also offered their own built reflectors on the famous Vixen GP mounts. I used to drool over these scopes in the astron
    18 points
  11. Hi all Lovely and sunny now I sat through it all ready to go but only got about two minuets through fast moving cloud, I took several captures but only one would stack because of the cloud and I didn't think it would work but I got this below very pleased. In one way the moving thin cloud made it all look more real through the eyepiece, am I being to positive? Hope you like Taken with a Daystar SS60-DS sopped down to 30mm to give f35 ish , and a ZWO ASI174MM with a 0.5 reducer, piggy backed on my main scope that I was using for visual white light. Cheers Rod
    18 points
  12. Lucky to see this again, a bit noisey but you cant win them all.
    18 points
  13. Here are a couple of images from around 09:20 UT in a short <1 min break in the total cloud cover during the eclipse from Sussex UK. ED80 and Nikon DSLR - cropped. Peter
    17 points
  14. You couldn’t make it up, clear blue sky headed in, and allowed me to see the last few mins of it. Got to see it finish with now cloud at all. I made the end 12:21.49 for the record, within about ten seconds of the SkySafari prediction for my location.
    17 points
  15. Like many others I was clouded out for much of the time. But managed a bit of H-a as well as white light. so here are a couple of the former, one combined with a longer exposure to capture prominences. Solarview 50 with GPCAM3 178M. I was cloudy for the maximum eclipse, but also like others I was able to use a consumer camera - TZ70 on full 30x optical zoom to get a shot or two through the clouds (cropped from the full size). Cheers, Peter
    16 points
  16. Single frame, captured through clouds. Quite surprised what can be salvaged, including the odd sunspot or 2
    16 points
  17. This is the best I managed today, taken at 09:47 UT (10:47 BST). There were only around three extremely brief clear windows lasting seconds. Typically yesterday was totally clear. 250-pds with 2600mc - 10 frames stacked. Animation below ... 9:33 to 9:47 UT Colour animation
    16 points
  18. Only managed three good frames between 9:33 and 9:47. The rest of the time was completely cloudy. You could see it at times but always through cloud. Lucky to get three though I guess.
    16 points
  19. The forecasts were unanimously good for Friday night, so for the first time we decided to head out to a “dark site”, Trinity Hill Nature Reserve , which is listed on https://www.darkskydiscovery.org.uk/dark-sky-discovery-sites/map.html . To be honest I wasn’t expecting a significant improvement in the sky; on the light pollution map website both this site and our back garden are assessed as Bortle 4, although it gives SQM values (2015) as 21.50 and 21.16 respectively (I know those maps are based on satellite-based ground luminosity measurements rather than more accurate skyward meter read
    16 points
  20. Had a quick go on M20 the Trifid nebula last night, this is very tricky for me froim the uk as its so low, which means im shooting through tyhe thickest and most turbulent part of the atmosphere, causing the detail to get smeared and the stars to become very bloated. So have been struggling to process it for several hours the stars were particularly stubborn and not still not great but that's as small as I can get them without artefacts. Only 15 x 3 mins with my ASI533mc camera and the Meade127 F7.5 Triplet refractor. No calibration frames Lee
    15 points
  21. Thank you Sky Gods! You were kind to me and I hope I didn't let you down. I couldn't believe it when the clouds started thinning just at the crucial moment this morning. I had pretty much given up on any chance of seeing this eclipse for myself, but wondered if I might be able to see something with the Lunt 50 in my obsy through the cloud. Absolutely no chance to begin with, so I missed the start, but then thick cloud slowly became thin cloud and then there were even a few momentary breaks in the cloud. Amazing! So, here is the best frame from the session, a bit after maximum. It is just a sin
    15 points
  22. Despite being forecast for 60% cloud cover, there's thankfully not a one to be seen. Also managed a reasonably good phone/EP shot
    15 points
  23. I was up in Bakewell, Derbyshire this weekend seeing relatives, and had my scope with me (you know, the one I’m not supposed to mention by name). I had my Ercole and Gitzo, plus both solar and Astro options. On Sunday afternoon I set up with Baader Coolwedge and binoviewers for a look at the current active regions. Seeing was so so, but still allowed some decent views of both AR2827 and 2828, plus also 2824 as an area of faculae on the limb. The weather looked set to remain clear that night, so I swapped to Astro mode, and waited for it to get dark. Our hosts and my dear lady all ret
    15 points
  24. Hi my fellow stargazers! Following heavy rains, the sky was nice, clear and darkish ( well as dark as can be from the suburbs). Ideal for exploring two beautiful constellations, Scorpius and Ophiuchus! The following observations were carried out using my 10" dobsonian: SCORPIUS: M4: Fully resolved to the core. Unique bar of stars running across the core. Antares: Split at 343x. Stunning double, vivid orange and green colours. M80: Tight, small globular. Bright dense mottled core! Jabbah: Lovely double star, seperated by 2.4 " NGC 6124: Scattered open cluster with
    15 points
  25. This is 21 hours on NGC 6888 - 3.5 hours taken last night with 250pds and 2600mc and the HA and OIII taken with RASA 8 + 1600MM last June. Full res on astrobin - https://www.astrobin.com/snvinq/C/
    15 points
  26. The clouds parted just in time. Slowed to 2 fps, actual event happened in just over 1 second. I will return to this when I remember how to process the video.
    15 points
  27. Managed a very quick glimpse through the TAL100RS and Baader Ceramic Wedge just before 11:00. Poor mobile image below. Glad I got to see something though.
    14 points
  28. A few brief glimpses here, but enough for one totally clear observation at about 11.35am. I agree with @Kon, I was surprised by the unevenness of the lunar limb, somehow wasn’t expecting to see that. Rubbish picture through cloud, actually a long exposure because it was so dim. Visually I could see the two ARs and some granulation which was cool. With x1 and x2 camera on then eyephine, handheld at the binoviewer eyepiece.
    14 points
  29. Cloudy here in Harrogate but we just got a tiny gap with about 10 second totally clear and managed to gab this.
    14 points
  30. This is NGC 4565, the Needle Galaxy, captured over 3 nights in the (for me) rapidly dwindling Nautical darkness. Thanks to a suggestion from @wimvb, I have raised the black level to diminish the blotchy background somewhat, compared to my version entered in the galaxy competition. Me being too hasty as usual. Lots of tiny background galaxies in this region of the sky. Captured with the dual Esprit 150/ASI 178 rig on a Mesu mk 1 mount, guiding at 0.4-0.5 arcsec total RMS, imaging at 0.94 arcsec per pixel. L 51 x 3 mins RGB 15 x 3 mins each, 4.8 hrs total integration. Calibrated a
    14 points
  31. I was out at one of the local nature reserves last night (RSPB Fen Drayton) hoping to capture some noctilucent clouds. Nothing had appeared by midnight so I took the opportunity to do some nightscape shots. This one, looking to the north, is of Cassiopeia, Perseus and Andromeda taken from a disused lock on Covells Drain, just before where it flows into the River Great Ouse. I've noticed reflections in the drain before, and loved that I could see all the stars of Cassiopeia shimmering in the still water (although one's missing in the image!). Setting up my tripod safely was a bit of
    14 points
  32. Well... here is the white-light version: The Moon's limb clearly showing peaks and valleys. Forgot to mention in the first post that the first image of both animations was taken around 08:30UTC, the second at around 09:00UTC, all following frames 5 minutes later. Nicolàs
    13 points
  33. Taken this morning about 20 minutes after the maximum overlap due to the cloud cover.
    13 points
  34. Despite my interest in photography, I've never taken a pic before through a telescope ... because I have high standards which I couldn't afford to live up to ... but as I was occupying myself in the long waits between thin cloud patches by taking pic.s of birds & bees in the garden, I had a camera to hand, so ... first ever attempt at eyepiece projection ( F15rules, that 40mm plossl came in very handy for this, thanks !) and a couple of cloudy souvenir snaps : nearly finished ... very nearly finished ! Heather
    13 points
  35. Rather brutally processed versions here. Typically the blue sky is arriving now!
    13 points
  36. Managed to see it with break in the clouds! Amazing that the moon ridges were obvious at the edges!
    13 points
  37. I ordered this 1915 book as I like old books and I like variable stars. But there is a bonus. The book was owned by Dr Harold Whichello in 1918. He was a keen amateur astronomer and a GP in the neighbouring village of Tattenhall here in Cheshire. I researched him a few years ago and wrote an article about him. And that’s not all. The inscription notes that Whichello was given the book by Charles F Butterworth, the first British observer to make more than 100,000 variable star observations. This was over 100 years ago. He also lived in Cheshire (now Gtr Manchester) and Isle of Man.
    13 points
  38. Hi all Last week I picked up my first ever reflector. Celestron 114eq. I know it's not the best scope but it was a bargain lol. Already had some better plossl eyepieces etc. It's worked out to be an ok starting point for next to no money. Last night was the first proper clear skies I've had to test it out. I've also never used an eq mount before although I did know the theory of how they work. So off I went down to the beach (just across the road) so I could use the cliffs to block out the street lights of the town. Setting up on the prom at the base of the cliff was no major issue
    13 points
  39. Lately very busy for many reason and unable to save moments for my hobby. I cut one night of decent sky and make a try on a subject not so easy for a short focal lenght. TS80/480 triplet at full FL with ts flattener 1x and asi1600mm. RGB 15x120" each plus L 120x60" at Gain 75. Guiding the eq6-r with phd2 and NINA. All the data processing was done in pixinsight 1.8.8 where the WBPP gave a huge help in managing the task . A test "stealing" the acquisition parameter from other user with similar situation as mine.
    13 points
  40. Thin, high cloud is teasing. With an easterly wind blowing into the dome. AR12829 is looking amazing. To have two, such large and complex ARs at the same time is great.
    13 points
  41. Hello. I was wondering what kind of results I can get with Optolong L-enhance filter coupled with modified DSLR. Well. Now I know . Honestly it's turned up better than I was expecting. SW HEQ5 pro Samyang 135/2@2.8 Canon 1100d mod Optolong L-Enhance 100x240sek iso 800 Bortle 6/7
    13 points
  42. Not being geared up for this, no solar finder, F13 refractor. Was going to just view it. But couldnt resist. spent ages trying to get it on the chip with no finder. Only to discover i had it zoomed into 150%. Yeah ok. Then the clouds came. Blinded by the light couldnt see a thing. Took a stab at focusing,. Sw capricorn F13 refractor. Baarder visual filter. QHY462C camera. As i said not ideal especially the f13 part. But good to join the party
    12 points
  43. Cloud is breaking up now in Nott's just as the eclipse ended..... Oh well, at least managed to get some glimpses of it and a few camera pics. This is Fuji XT-4 at 200mm.
    12 points
  44. The view of mid-eclipse from Banham, Norfolk. The clouds add a sense of drama, I think.
    12 points
  45. After a mixed but fun night of south easterly cluster sweeping & wrestling with neighbourhood security lights I got an amazing hour of planetary viewing. I had the ST80 in wide field mode and Hilkin 60mm f13.3 out earlier, but the crisp view of Saturn in the Hilkin sent me scuttling inside at 2am to fetch the 127 Mak - so glad I did. Amid sonetimes bobbly seeing I got occasional periods of really stable viewing allowing me to see the Cassini division for the first time, at times on both sides of the disc but more reliably to the W. I could also sonetimes see a band
    12 points
  46. A 2 night, 2 panel mosaic of the Witch Broom, 88 x 300s in total. HA-O3 duo narrowband filter, Esprit 120, Asiair, Cem 60
    12 points
  47. Hi everyone This is a good one to try ATM as it starts at a sensible -albeit rather low at 24º- altitude and ends at dawn just before the meridian. Very much an argument settler as I don't like filtered stuff, but was persuaded to try a UHC on this having inadvertently made the error of stating that I couldn't bring out the green bits in this target when using unfiltered frames. I had to admit defeat having seen the OIII (?) bits around the edges. IMO this filter compares favourable with the much praised used L-enhance which we tried last year, especially the green bits. Should be
    12 points
  48. Hi all Following on from my thread back in Feb: So towards end of Feb I did buy the 16" lightbridge directly from Meade. There wasn't a lot of choice for me as Skywatchers were completely out of stock and the prices had risen enormously, and second hand wasn't an option because of lockdown. So I pulled the trigger and now I've been used it for not far off 4 months I thought I'd share my experience of it, as I know when I researched the purchase a lot of the information about the lightbridge on forums etc goes back years and maybe some up to date info might help some new purchasers.
    12 points
  49. Made a start on M16 this morning. Just 5 x 600 secs so far with the WO132 and the SX694 cam. Do the clickything for full res.
    12 points
  50. Better seeing this morning. A few to go through. Quick and dirty process of a couple. Orion 245mm F6.3 Newtonian (Antares secondary) SW EQ5 Deluxe mount. QHY 462C Camera. (16 bit RAW) Celestron Ultima 2x barlow
    12 points
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