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  1. Ah ok cheers Ant
  2. Just wondered if you had a comparison image taken with a 6" f8 reflector taken under your lovely long dark steady skies? If you haven't then your post is completely pointless in this thread - you take great data and produce really lovely images, but that's not what we are talking about. We all know you have brilliant seeing, fantastic skies, some of the best kit available and great processing skills. But unless you have data captured under the same conditions ect with one of the scopes were talking about we cannot tell from your image if one captured using a 6" f8 reflector would produce wildly inferior / nearly as good / equal / better quality images. Ant
  3. Not saying its wrong at all - just its counter intuitive and make no sense. As I eluded to earlier, I'm a bit dim at times But lets not take away the point of the thread - WINTER IS COMING
  4. Technically they aren't yet. The nights are now getting shorter, but the evenings continue to draw out slightly for the next couple of nights. But the Mornings draw in slightly more, hence the longer night... How the mechanics of this work is beyond me, its been explained a few times to me and makes little sense to my uneducated brain. Ant
  5. Guys, If you want to enter the challenge - please start a new thread (for each image you want to enter) in this section. DO NOT reply to this post with an image. Any images that are in this thread won't even get looked at during the judging period. Ta Ant
  6. That's incredible!
  7. I was tempted to have a look at Saturn the other night - it would have been my first session out in about a year. But I looked out the front window and Saturn was so low that even though we live in a bungalow, I doubt I would have been able to get it - so I didn't bother. Glad you had a good session Ant
  8. I know that Saturn's low right now - but damn is it really that low? Hope it stayed clear for you
  9. Just for a laugh I put in my location. I will see a partial eclipse, but it starts 30 minutes before sundown, and maximum eclipse is 10 minutes before sunset Not sure I can find a horizon that low down lol Good luck to everyone else though. Ant
  10. One thing that we are very good at is spending other peoples money Pleased that you're seeing lots of stuff and its great that you're a member of our little peaceful part of the internet! Ant
  11. Well done to Steve, but a big thanks to all those that entered I, too, was thrilled to be involved in the judging. Although I have to say it was really quite a difficult choice. Looking forward to next months Ant
  12. As the image scale goes up the issue for me is getting the damn planet on the chip. It used to be the bain of my imaging!
  13. and the theme to the first challenge is "Satellites", so fits perfectly here too. I like it a lot Ant
  14. Its a common issue in Newts designed for visual not imaging. I had a little Skywatcher 150 Reflector a few years ago, I had to remove an inch from the mirror end of the tube and physically move the mirror up to reach focus. I believe that you can buy low profile focusers these days which will help, but it will depend on how much back focus you need. If its just a few mm, then another trick is to use the collimation screws to raise the mirror. The Barlow suggestion from Peter is the easiest, but does increase image scale. Thanks Ant