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  1. Its been a long time since i took out my telescope just to observe the stars. And last night was especially less polluted than most nights considering it was a very festive day and not much industrial pollution happening, and not many cars on the roads either. So my usual 4th magnitude sky actually went down to somewhere between 5th and 6th magnitude. I took out my 8" and tested out my new 5mm and 24mm Christmas presents I saw many things last night. Not very clearly as usual due to the bright city lights... But last night was the first time that i took a look at the Eskimo Nebula. And i was blown away that i could actually manage to see some kind of structure with averted vision. In my opinion, through the eyepiece with averted vision, it resembled the Ring Nebula. However this nebula actually had a bright, nearly star-like core, with a small dark gap around, and then the glow around it. This is my first sketch, so please be honest of what you think. I think it resembles quite well what i was seeing through the eyepiece. Hopefully my eyes or the conditions weren't fooling me, and this is something similar to what others see through moderately sized scopes??? Thanks for stopping by and looking
  2. Thanks Grunthos and John. Yea I've been reading up on it and aparently it should atleast do some improvement with a great amount of nebulas. I shall still give it a good try on M31 and M33 to see what the results are. I shall most likely try it out tonight an post my results tomorrow for you guys and for Allen.
  3. Hi everyone. I live in the severely light polluted Los Angeles area. I've decided to get back into directly observing the night sky instead of just photographing. I know that because of where I live, my objects are limited. Even the andromeda galaxy is just the central bulge, with one of its satellites barely visible. M33 has not given me any signs of existence. And both m82 and m81 are barely visible. I have, however, enjoyed some beautiful views of open clusters such as m36, m37, m38... etc. I have recently purchased a Baader UHC-s filter and am waiting to test it out... My question is if it is strictly going to help with viewing nebulas? Or will it help block out some light pollution and bring out some more faint objects for my 8" like smaller NGC clusters or maybe even some galaxy details? In essence, will it help lower my limiting visual magnitude as well??? Thank you all in advance
  4. Hi Seb. Sounds very promising. Hope maybe you can post the sketch when you're finished. I myself am getting back into observing the night sky even though I live in the severely light polluted Los Angeles area. May I ask which scope you were using to view this cluster? I might take a shot at it myself with my 8"
  5. I agree with everyone's descriptions. And m57 is quite easy to pick up with any telescope with moderate skies because it's fairly bright and compact. If you want more amazing views (actually seeing the donut), then you need a decently sized scope like 6" or atleast 8". If you want great views at a great price, then a dobsonian will do the trick nicely. My first scope was a 10" Meade dob because it was so affordable. You won't be disappointed if you learn the constellations well and get a good star map so you can starhop
  6. Hi guys. Thanks for all the help... Just wanted to let you guys know that I ended up getting a 2.5mm 82degree type 6 Nagler mostly for planetary viewing, and a 20mm Explore Scientific 68degree waterproof I was told that this 20mm should easily outperform the view of my 25mm plossel. Hope you guys approve! Thanks for all the help
  7. Wow thanks guys!!! Lol I know what I'm asking for Christmas then!
  8. And in terms of actual magnification and widest field of view, it does have to do with the Focal Length right? In essence, my zenith star with 545mm FL should give me the widest field of view with a decent lens of about 32mm???
  9. Hhhmmmm i see thanks so much for the help guys. I'm starting to understand a little clearer. So for sure I should be considering two separate eyepieces: one wide field for the smaller scopes, and one not so wide for my f/4... My budget is, I guess, not so bad... About $150-$200 US... Is the Nagler a different design? I already own one of the stock 25mm eyepieces that came with a celestron I used to own, and it works fine with my f/4... Will the 22mm Nagler actually be a wider field of view in comparison?
  10. Hi everyone. It's been a while since I've posted anything. I got into photography for a good while, but now I want to go back to the good basics and concentrate on observing. I've been trying to figure out what wide-field eyepieces are the limits for my telescopes... What is the determining factor that gives the limit for an eyepiece in a telescope? Is it the Focal Length? Or the f/ratio? I own: 8" f/4 Newtonian, 800mm Focal Length. 80mm f/6.8 Zenithstar ED II, 545mm Focal Length. 90mm f/13.8 Meade ETX, 1250mm Focal Length. What is the widest eyepiece I can purchase for each telescope? And on another note, what is the difference in the "apparent field of view" of the newer eyepieces? Some EP's have 40 degrees, 60 degrees, 82 degrees... Etc... Do those degree values change the actual magnification of the view? Or is it just something to do with image quality? Thanks to everyone in advance
  11. Thanks Guy I will definitely give it a try on my next processing project
  12. WOW!!! Now i know what my next challenge here in Los Angeles is going to be Great Job! I love it!
  13. Shaun: lol i thought i had moved it all the way over. guess i didn't pay attention hahaha thanks Zak: I definitely need to read up on my photoshop lol. i think the galaxy is noisy because i tried the high-pass filter i had read about in an Astronomy magazine article to help bring out some details in objects
  14. Thanks Roger I know I still have alot to learn. I just have to keep reading and practicing. Atleast I can get a somewhat "flat" image now.
  15. I know its lame and embarrassing compared to everyone else here (and especially compared to Luis ) , but i still thought i should share 14 x 5min, ISO 100. Baader Neodymium. 10 darks and 10 flats. 20 x 5min, ISO 200. Astronomik CLS Clip. 10 darks and 10 flats. All through the AT8IN, and stacked together for 2hr50min total I applied the Gradient Xterminator, but i still couldnt get the background dark I guess with all this LP this is pretty much as good as its gonna get. Thanks to everyone in SGL that has helped me to achieve to finally image deep space Now i shall move on and try to image as deep as i possibly can here in LA. Hopefully further experimentation will lead to even better results Thanks and Clear Skies!
  16. Ahhh ok lol Yea that's kinda what I figured. I will definitely get my hands on a ccd. But again, the ccd won't really help me with DSO's here in the city right? It will be strictly for narrowband? Also, do you know where I can read up on how to stack or combine narrowband images? For the future when I try to combine Ha + O3? And then + S2 in the long run
  17. whoa whoa whoa! hold up a second! lol You guys lost me there lol still a noob here. I have my Zenithstar and Nexguider both guiding. but i guess thats not what you mean? Nick can you give me an example of the product you are talking about, or the one that you own???
  18. Ohhh darn! Oh well. Atleast you are helping to convince me about the CCD LOL. I will most likely start off with an inexpensive one like the DSI II. Thanks for the help Olly and Rob
  19. Hi Rob. I was still thinking about that. Considering that some basic CCD cameras are very affordable. For the time being, i wanted to image some Ha with my dslr and then just make the image monochrome. I also have an OIII filter. Is it harder to combine Narrowband images coming from a DSLR rather than CCD images???
  20. Thanks nadeem!!! Last night I googled it and for some reason I figured it was only for windows. But on your link it says mac as well! Thanks a bunch
  21. Thanks for the help guys Nick: yea I called a dealer and they told me something similar. They said that dslr is simpler and somewhat better here in the city. Olly: I'm patiently waiting for something bright to capture in Ha since I have the filter already. But the Rosette is already to low for due to trees in the neighborhood. And the early night sky only has galaxies right now. I'm waiting for sagittarius, scorpius, and the summer triangle so that there brighter things to practice with So far I have an example up with my dslr. Its pretty dull, but I sill wanted to share it. You guys can find it in the Deep Sky section. Clear skies!!!
  22. wow that looks great!!! Is gradient xterminator a PS plug-in??? I dont recall... Thanks alot!!!
  23. For the past two months Ive kept experimenting with my equipment to get the best results as possible. So far, it seems that in order to get long subs, i have to bring down the ISO to 200 or 100 in order to not pick up he skyglow from here in the Los Angeles suburbs. Here is 14 x 5min, ISO 100, with the Baader Neodymium through the 8" f/4 newt. Guided with the ZS80ED II. Plus 9 darks and 9 (laptop) flats. This is so far my results that i wanted to share with everyone. Im hoping that in the next days i can add another hour or two of data, and try a different method of flats, and see how much that helps Thanks to everyone for looking. All comments are welcome. Clear skies
  24. I've doing some imaging with my 500D. However the SEVERE smog and light pollution here in Los Angeles gives me problems with iso settings. I actually have to image at ISO 100 so that I don't pic up the skyglow of the city, even with the CLS clip and the Baader Skyglow... I've read that dedicated CCD cameras are good against some light pollution.. I'm about to buy Meade DSI II in order to start getting into CCD imaging... Will this new camera combined with my baader skyglow give me better resulting subs than the unmodded dslr??? (i will post my latest example in a little while) Thanks to everyone in advance
  25. Wonderful gary! What iso did you use?
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