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About darrenbushnalluk

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  1. I descend to my other observation and study the pint nebula and packet of crisps cluster ;-)
  2. All the streetlights in Hartlepool where I live were replaced to LED a while ago now and has made a VAST difference to the quality of the night sky...I can now see the milky way from the back garden :-)
  3. The double stars are produced in photoshop with a Wacon 4 tablet.
  4. Hi guys Just finished a website so if you can then check it out http://deep-sky-adventures.weebly.com/index.html Love to hear feedback. Cheers Darren
  5. Its a 2 inch square black box of tricks that you attach to the focuser just like a webcam but it at its higher settings will capture 256 frames then stack them then display the image onto the monitor. It takes about 10 seconds to do this then its a continuous video stream but it gives you between 2-3 x the aperture of your scope so my 10 inch reflector essentially becomes minimum a 20 inch aperture. It also features an unlimited manual mode whereby exposures are controlled by a start/stop button, and a lunar/planetary mode with fast shutter speeds down to 1/2000 sec. i have seen 18th magni
  6. I actually use a skywatcher 10 inch F4.5 Newtonian with a watec 120N+ astro cam as my sky conditions are not so good. Darren
  7. Well, it was actually a really excellent night on the night of the 17th and as I have sorted out the eq-ascom problems thought I would test the system out just to be sure! M76 the little dumbbell: This was an excellent sight as a lot of detail was seen plus a nice bit of the outer nebulous envelope. M77: Only small but tight spiral structure was seen and a curious brighter patch just south of the core, perhaps a very faint star of just a brighter HII region? NGC1514 the Crystal ball nebula: I thought this would have been easier but it was quite diffuse but there was some internal structure p
  8. Can anyone tell me how may wires are soldered to the derial D part of a bought eqdir module as mine has been acting strange lately and it lost the connection to the scope saying the usb could no be recognized but trying it on two different computers with the same results I assume it is the dongle. Taking it apart I notice there is a blue, a green and a white with blue stripe wires with a bunch of other wires so I was wondering if a wire has come away or perhaps the dongle has just failed. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Darren
  9. I have always used the pilot pens and they have always been perfect.
  10. I always use a 0.1mm technical drawing pen for stars, you can get pretty much perfect dots to minute discs for the brighter stars.
  11. This galaxy must be coming towards us because its clearly blue shifted!
  12. Well, just spent 10 minutes doing a long write up for these and something has happend and now I dont have the text anymore:mad: so I'm just posting the sketches with out the write up. As usual done with the 10 inch F4.7 Newt and Watec.
  13. The globular NGC 2149 is a real pain, easy to see with the watec but to resolve:eek: but considering its about 300,000 light years distant I can forgive it
  14. Yep, I would say at full integration my 10 inch is at least a 22 inch probably more in good conditions.
  15. I do tweak the controls constantly bringing out different levels of detail, low frame rate to bring out very bright areas lke the central part of M42 then going a full 256 frames for the fainter stuff then you have to constantly mess around with the gain and possibly the gamma, worth it though
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