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Explorer 190 MN

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  1. NGC 3718 the large galaxy in the center of the picture. NGC 3718 is 52 Million light years away. The Hickson Group 56 at the bottom it is a whooping 400 million light years away which is just increadible. Eoo much LP around here ! Total exposure time 10h 45 mins 9 x 1200 sec Lum bin 1x1 32 x 600 sec Lum bin 1x1 11 x 300 sec Lum bin 1x1 15 x 120 sec R bin 2x2 15 x 120 sec G bin 2x2 15 x 120 sec B bin 2x2 RC 250 TT CGE Pro corrected with a TDM Feather Touch focuser with Feather touch Micro focus motor SX LF AO SX Slim OAG SX Lodestar Atik 4
  2. I live in the North East of Scotland and sometimes I do get that feeling but when I get those few and far between magic nights all thoughts of selling get clouded out. I almost almost put mine up for sale. After a good run of pictures I am now looking into a APS H size CCD. I dont think I could part with my Observatory its just too good to sell and the amount of money and gear I have gone through to get to the point I am at now.
  3. M63 Galaxy also known as the sunflower galaxy. It is a relatively bright Galaxy at Mag 9.3 It is roughly 37 million light years form earth and is a part of the M51 galaxy Group. I can only imagine the excitement of Charles Messier when he first saw this galaxy in the Mid 19th century during his search for comets. The seeing was rather good on the night which makes a change as we almost always have the jet stream above my observing places which causes all sorts of distortion in the atmosphere. My observing place is only 14 m above sea level there is also a fair bit of light
  4. What later became known as the Whirlpool Galaxy was discovered on October 13, 1773 by Charles Messier it estimated to be 35 million light years away.. There are two Galaxys here and it is thought that the smaller one is being devoured by the larger Galaxy. Not sure this is the final version or not. Total of 2.8 hours exposure 25 x 300 sec Lum 15 x 60 sec R Bin 2x2 15 x 60 sec G Bin 2x2 15 x 60 sec B Bin 2x2 RC 250 TT CGE Pro corrected with a TDM Feather Touch focuser with Feather touch Micro focus motor SX LF AO SX Slim OAG SX Lodestar Atik 460ex Mono Atik FW
  5. What later became known as the Whirlpool Galaxy was discovered on October 13, 1773 by Charles Messier it estimated to be 35 million light years away.. There are two Galaxys here and it is thought that the smaller one is being devoured by the larger Galaxy. Not sure this is the final version or not. Total of 2.8 hours exposure 25 x 300 sec Lum 15 x 60 sec R Bin 2x2 15 x 60 sec G Bin 2x2 15 x 60 sec B Bin 2x2 RC 250 TT CGE Pro corrected with a TDM Feather Touch focuser with Feather touch Micro focus motor SX LF AO SX Slim OAG SX Lodestar Atik 460ex Mono Atik FW
  6. Hello all it has been years since I posted here and two years since I had my telescope fired up due to tramatic life events, bad weather and trying to get a system that really works almost there... So this is my first astro image in two years I almost forgot how to use the imaging setup and really forgot lots of processing tricks. This image has had some very basic processing done to it. The Moon was almost full so I had to pick the galaxy out of the moonlight filled subs. I kept the subs short so as not to fill the CCD chip with moonlight and to not over saturate the stars so as to keep th
  7. Atik 460EX CCD camera Excellent QE Low noise characteristics 12.49mm Horizontal x 9.99mm Vertical Cooler, ΔT= -25oC max Backfocus 13mm £1350 Atik EFW2 Filter wheel, stable filter wheel milled out of a solid block of aluminium. Has never missed a beat works perfect. 9 filters included Baadar LRGB Ha OIII SII Hb 1,25" 5x2” filter holder (included) 9x1.25” filter holder (included) USB Cable (included) 12v Car Adaptor (included) 2" Adaptor (included) £550
  8. Atik EFW2 Filter wheel, stable filter wheel milled out of a solid block of aluminium. Has never missed a beat works perfect. £500 This is a package deal only Everything is in top condition Price new would be £797 so £500 is almost 40% of cost price!!! 9 filters included Baadar LRGB Ha OIII SII Hb 1,25" 5x2” filter holder (included) 9x1.25” filter holder (included) USB Cable (included) 12v Car Adaptor (included) 2" Adaptor (included)
  9. My signature is wrong dont know how to change it I have taken the AO off
  10. I am lost this time. I have elongated stars in RA.. the witch hunt begins... Guide stas with OAG are also elongated but the Howie Glatter laser tells me everything is fine, The telescope drive master encoder tells me RA PE is within 1 arc second peak to peak. The guide graph (Maxim) tells me sub arc second guide error with 5 second intergration times but elongated stars. Pempro tells me over a 20 min period the average RA drift is 0.2 arc seconds out to the east. Balance weight accordingly. Cable trail is minimal tuned using the read out from the telescope drive master. It has a resolution of
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