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  1. Hyades

    Ditto! My favourite quote from Star Trek applies here: "time is the fire in which we we all burn"
  2. Wow....that is a fantastic image. It looks just like a star that has blown up!
  3. Hyades

    Thanks for this explanation. So I guess that means we have two choices. Either less light and coloured stars or more light (fainter stars) and less colour? Is that correct.
  4. Hyades

    Nice image. Excuse my ignorance but why is it that colour is lost on longer exposures? I remember doing wide field images years ago using film and the colours were always bright and vibrant.
  5. I like these. They would look good on Christmas cards.
  6. Great images. You are lucky to have access to such a good eastern horizon.
  7. Conjunction

    Nice one. Would look good as an illustration in a Sci Fi book. Thanks for posting.
  8. Hi everyone. I got up early this morning and spent a frantic half hour wandering around suburban Lancaster trying to find a decent eastern horizon so I could see this fantastic event. I eventually fonund a spot behind some houses but was slightly worried as folk were getting up and I thought I may be mistaken for some sort ot pervert/Hollywood celebrity/MP trying to get pictures of them getting dressed. I managed to get some pics without being arrested. Nikon D5100 200mm lens, ISO100, 0.5S.
  9. Milkyway - canon 6D

    Really nice image. Thanks for sharing. I have been thinking of getting the 6D mark 2.........the temptation grows! As Oscar Wild said: "The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it."
  10. Lots of work and time went into that. Thanks for posting.
  11. Thanks Stephen. Do you think the resolution would be noticeably better.
  12. Dear community, I mainly enjoy lunar imaging and have had good results from using my image source DMK21AU 618 mono and a 10inch Newtonian. The only gripe I have is that the FOV is a bit small for mosaics. I am considering upgrading to a ZWO ASI290MM mainly in the hope of getting better resolution images but with the added bonus of a larger FOV. All things being equal, if I upgraded do you think I would: a) be really impressed with the increase in resolution of the images and consider the expenditure worthwhile. b notice modest increase in image quality but a small part of me would wish I had spent my hard earned dosh on something else. c) barely notice an increase in image quality and wish I had spent the cash on one of many other bits of kit designed to deprive us of our income. d) should stop wasting my time wanting more stuff and get the best out of what I have by chasing nights of really good seeing. e) other user opinion. Thanks for any feedback.
  13. Nikon 810a: Who's using it?

    I fancy one of these but as everyone says it is way too expensive. Why is it so much? Do we think it may get cheaper?
  14. Alpine valley

    Well I have been having doubts about collimation for a little while now. I got a cheap 1.25"laser, which I thought was fine until I rotated it around in the focusser and the light spot described a rather large circle on the main mirror as I rotated it! I then decided to read up on the matter and got a Cheshire which I use every time when I set the scope up. I do not check it however as the night progresses but then I always get the scope well cooled and I never stay out that long (which is why I do lunar imaging as I am not dedicated enough to spend hours collecting photons from feint fuzzies). It seems to do the job ok but I doubt myself. I was wondering if it would be worth spending a bit more on a laser collimator that fits the focusser better e.g a 2 inch version?
  15. Alpine valley

    I am very pleased with it. I was worried that it might be difficult to move about given the focal length but I have not had a problem with this. Here is Apollo 15 landing site. One thing I have learned is that I should have been worried less about the type of scope to get and more about the the seeing conditions! How often and what method do you use to collimate your scope?