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  1. It was a 7nm Baader 2" mounted filter. Steve
  2. IC1396 region, which contains the Elephant''s Trunk Nebula taken in Hydrogen Alpha wavelength. Image consists of 12x1200 seconds subs giving a total exposure time of 240 minutes. Imaged with a SXVR-H36 camera through a Takahashi FSQ-106EDX4 f/5 Quadruplet mounted on a Paramount MX+. Quick process with DSS and tweaked in Photoshop CS. Thanks for looking, Steve
  3. Thanks Martin, first image for nearly two years. Steve
  4. A quick couple of hours gathering data this evening around the constellation of Cygnus. A two panel mosaic covering the area around Sadr through to the Crescent Nebula (NGC6888) in Hydrogen Alpha wavelength. Both panels consist of 6x600 seconds of Ha imaged on an SXVR-H36 camera through a Takahashi FSQ-106EDX4 @ f/5 all mounted on a Paramount MX+. Processed through Astro Pixel Processor and tweaked in Photoshop. Thanks for looking. Steve
  5. Did a quick and dirty solar full face earlier today, equipment information below the image. Seemed to be a little more surface activity today compared with recent times. Mount: Skywatcher SolarQuest Telescope: Lunt LS60THa/B1200CPT Camera: ZWO ASI 178MM USB 3.0 Mono Camera Capture rate: 3096×2020 @ 16bit Mono Stacked: AutoStakkert 3 Frames: AVI file 250 from 1000 frames Processed: Photoshop CC
  6. Hi Rich, a very warm welcome to SGL. Steve
  7. One thing to bear in mind is the size of the sensor in the a6300. Typically the Lunt 60mm scopes come with a b1200 blocking filter, the size of which will affects the signal to the outer parts of such a large (c sized I believe) sensor. I get a full solar face with a 7.4x5mm with the focal length of the Lunt 60mm so expect a fair bit of unused area (which will negate the blocking filter issue anyway). Steve
  8. Taking a look at heliovewer.org there are a couple of more active areas at the moment which are just about visible in Ha, there's some debate as to whether the cycles of bottomed out and we may/may not have started sunspot cycle 25 or not. Steve
  9. Managed a quick and dirty image this afternoon between meetings. A little interesting detail on the face today, though not much prom action at 13:30. Imaging and processing details below the image. Mount: Skywatcher SolarQuest Telescope: Lunt LS60THa/B1200CPT Camera: ZWO ASI 178MM USB 3.0 Mono Camera Capture rate: 3096×2020 @ 16bit Mono Stacked: AutoStakkert 3 Frames: AVI file 250 from 1000 frames Processed:
  10. I think the bright spot on the very left limb of the disc is likely to be the reported first sunspot of the 25th Cycle. Steve
  11. Managed to get out for an hour yesterday and took a few SER files the ASI 178MM camera through a Lunt LS60THa/B1200CPT all mounted on a SkyWatcher SolarQuest mount. First image was 180 frames from 1200 shot at 60fps and stacked in AviStack 2 and finished in Photoshop CC and the second 200 from 760 frames at the same capture setting (both set at 95% quality cut off in the stacking software) and processed with AutoStakkert 3.
  12. Lovely display of Noctilucent clouds here last night. Taken at 01:30 looking in a NNE direction so probably on the cusp of whether they are visible after sunset or sunrise, the NNE direction suggests a before sunrise display. Looking a little cloudy outside at the moment for a display this evening. Thanks for looking. Steve
  13. Managed to get my dream setup last year, Takahashi FSQ-106EDX4 f/5 Quadruplet Petzval APO Refractor, mounted on a Paramount MX+. Pictures show this mounted along with a Pentax 75 in a dual mount configuration (though I no longer own the Pentax) all in my cosy roll-off-roof obsy. Next image shows a Lunt LS60THa mounted on a Skywatcher SolarQuest Mount
  14. Hi Caine and welcome to SGL. I'm on Tyneside and try and get up to take advantage of your Kielder skies whenever possible. Steve
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