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  1. Yeah, I did over expose the comet try and bring out some tail detail and ended up with this: I'm not great at post-processing yet. I tended to just play around with sliders in DSS I'm thinking about giving Nebulosity a try.I did want to go for longer exposures but my polar alignment seemed to be an issue. Also, I live in a really light polluted area so there's only so far I can go, unfortunately.
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    Pleiades and Lovejoy

    The Pleiades and Comet Lovejoy from the 16th January.
  3. Yeah, I think maybe I need to double check everything because I'm sure I could get 2mins too. Maybe I did something really stupid like having my motor drive set to southern hemisphere, as I've been known to do that before (though, I'm pretty sure I double checked it this time).
  4. But I imagine it's a trade off, because then you'd also need expose for longer, wouldn't you? Also, do you want diffraction patterns? Is that just a personal preference thing? Also also, what's a four thirds point intersection? Also also also, sorry OP for hijacking your thread
  5. Awesome! Just out of interest, does the f stop matter? I always thought that for astrophotography it's best to have it as wide open as possible?
  6. This is the first time I've tried any wide field stuff. I live in a very light polluted area and this was taken from my back garden. It's just taken with my 1100D and a 50mm lens mounted onto my EQ3-2. 30x10sec lights and 10x10sec darks (no other frames). Certainly nowhere near as good as others on here but I think I'm fairly happy with it for a first time wide field shot. Stacked and processed in DSS. Just out of interest, how accurate would my polar alignment have to be with this set up to allow me to get, say, two or three minute exposures with little noticeable trail? I've got a single axis motor drive and I crudely polar aligned (pointed mount north, made sure the mount was level and set the latitude to 53 degrees). I thought, even with this, I should be able to get 1min exposures with little trail as I was only using a 50mm lens but I was getting trails with anything over 15sec. I can't work out whether it was maybe the wind that was blowing the mount or my polar alignment was off or something. Or perhaps it was simply because of the area of the sky I was looking at would introduce the most trail. Still, I would have thought that even crude alignment would allow me more than 15sec. Constructive criticism most welcome. Though I doubt I'll get another chance at this now before the comet is too far away.
  7. Nice one, thanks! Bookmarked.
  8. I shall, thanks for the suggestion I ended up finding the article that said to find Rupes Recta on the 9th and it was from last year when the moon was obviously in a different phase.
  9. That's what I usually do. I leave the lens cap off the tube and caps off the eyepieces and also tilt the tube a bit to let any moisture run out overnight. Then put the caps back on in the morning and put the stuff away.
  10. I thought Rupes Recta was the straight wall?
  11. Would tonight be a good time to view it (clouds willing)? I seem to remember reading that it's best viewed on the 8th or 9th but I can't find where I read that. It's been on my target list for a while so I was hoping to go out and view it (and maybe photograph it) tonight...
  12. So tonight should be the catalyst for a great viewing night. Indeed, the visibility reported here seems to agree: http://www.wunderground.com/global/Region/i_UK/2xVisibility.html. However, I've just been outside and I can't see a thing because of the amount of fog or freezing fog or whatever it is that I can see clogging up the air (you can see it particularly well around lamp posts). I have two questions, really. Firstly, what is it? Is it fog? This seems like an incredibly basic question but if I don't ask I'll never find out Secondly, how can websites like the above report such a visibility under these conditions? It seems to have been the same over the past couple of nights. What seems to happen is that, over the course of the next few hours, the fog settles and we're left with a beautiful night for viewing. But by that time it's 11pm and onwards and I'm up for work early in the morning.
  13. M33 can do one, as far as I'm concerned I'm in a fairly light polluted area and I've tried and tried and tried (over the 2 or 3 years I've been into this hobby) to see it, to no avail. I even tried again on Wednesday night. No luck. It's one of those objects that really makes me doubt that I'm looking in the right location for it. I did, however, have a thought/idea yesterday that might help me be sure I'm looking in the right space. Setting circles? I've never used mine but surely if I figure out how to use them and they're calibrated correctly I can just slew to the correct RA/DEC values and then just keep looking through the eyepiece and hopefully see something.
  14. blumming hell, early morning. Why can't all astronomical events be nice and occur best at around 9pm in the East so I can view them from my back garden and don't have to get up early
  15. I managed to get out for the first time in months last night, and it's true what everyone's saying. It only takes one session to put the fire back into the hobby. I had a look at a few double stars last night (Almach looked beautiful) and I'm chomping at the bit to get out again tonight, if the clouds play ball.
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