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Azure

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  1. Where did you order from? Everywhere I am looking is sold out
  2. Should be good! But Top Gear starts half an hour after this.... eek
  3. Been really busy with university applications lately, but after watching Star Gazing Live last night I felt inspired to brush the dust off the scope and get imaging. Didn't get nearly as much exposure as I'd hoped due to mechanical problems, but was very happy with my polar alignment. Almost getting the hang of this stuff! Anyway here it is, my first go at M42, in JPEG form, with some very quick and basic post processing in DSS. Not happy with the clarity of the image, it appears hazy to me? And the core appears kinda burnt out. All feedback appreciated(: Scope: Skywatcher 200P Camera: Sony Alpha A-57 25 lights at ISO 1600 and 30s each. 12mins 30secs exposure time. 28 darks No flats or bias
  4. Correct! Since there's been some discussion about it, here is how it fits: It's just some baader solar film made into a disc which in turn is attatched to a cardboard tube which I measured to fit into the scopes cover hole thing. It's not the nicest to look at but it does the job. Or it used to anyway. I just want everyone to remember to never ever point there scope at the sun without a cover on. Otherwise your eyepiece will turn into a photon powered incinerator.
  5. Wait wait for clarification I did not burn my eye! And I know that the filter goes on the 'big end' of the scope. I was doing some solar observation to show a relative what it was like. My scope was pointed the sun, and while it was pointed that way I (stupidly) took the main cover to show the filter to my relative. I quickly noticed the focused sunlight coming out of the eyepiece. I moved my hand over it (how stupid can I get) and lightly burnt my hand, so I then grabbed the nearest thing (the solar filter) and stuck it on the eyepiece. Obviously the light immediately burnt through it. It was only then that I had the sense to slew the scope away from the sun. Thanks for all the concern though. No serious damage done, just a lesson well learnt! Never felt so stupid.
  6. Please be very careful while solar observing! I just managed to slightly burn myself (and ruin my solar filter) by making some very silly mistakes. A startling reminder as to the danger of amateur solar astronomy. (You can see the hole the sun made)
  7. Thanks for all the feedback! Much appreciated(:
  8. Finally got the scope out after a long time (been very busy with exams and whatnot lately) Anyway here it is, my first go at M31. 106 light frames at ISO 1600 for 30s each. 30 dark frames. Motorized SW 200P with Sony Alpha DSLR. Stacked in DSS and processed in DSS and PS. I actually found this a lot harder to post process than M51. Was expecting more structure to be visible to be honest. Maybe more data required? Opinions appreciated!
  9. The 200 is definitely the better investment. Bear in mind it will be a large and heavy object though. But trust me, if you get the 150, you'll end up wanting the 200!
  10. Imaging Andromeda right now(:

  11. Hey all, just wanted to spread the word. Alan Bean, the fourth man to walk on the moon, is coming to the UK for the last time, this October! Full details of the event can be found here: http://www.space-lectures.com/ It involves a lecture, questions, talk time, as well as photographs, autographs etc. The event is based in Pontefract, near Wakefield (quite a long way from me!). The last event run by this group was brilliant - I got to meet Al Worden, CMP of Apollo 15, and it was really amazing to talk to him. The organisers are very friendly, and quite a lot of people attend - a very nice crowd. There were also some memorabilia stands, and a raffle, etc. This is just a heads up in case anyone is interested, as it's not often we get to see these men anymore, and it won't be long before we lose that chance forever.
  12. No, the UK didn't cover much until the emergency spacewalk and landing - the media caters to the masses, and we all know what they like to watch. I followed him mainly through twitter and youtube, because I'm a bit nerdy at keeping track of the expedition increments. Love watching their launches live, and following their journeys. Chris is by far the most expressive and outreaching astronaut of this generation - hopefully others will follow suit.
  13. About three or four years ago, when I was 13. Didn't really pursue my interest in space until a couple of years ago though. Since then I've bought telescopes, met professional and hobby astronomers, met astronauts, and secured a physics work experience placement at the Cavendish laboratory in Cambridge this summer, as well as much else. Astronomy is more than just a hobby to me - pursuing it changed my entire life. Cliche, but it's true. A lot has happened in the last two years for me, and I'm now working hard and set on a career in physics. But I still make sure to get out every now and then and have a gander with the scope, after all, that's where it all started for me (:
  14. What a hero. He's got almost a million followers on twitter, millions of youtube hits, spreading everything from science to music across the world. It feels great to hear my friends talking about space, something people my age are too often dismissive of. Inspirational man.
  15. Yeah, it's awesome(: Shame they haven't found the leak yet The last spacewalk actually coincided with an ISS pass over the UK, and it was almost surreal to look up and know that there were two humans floating around that point of light in the sky. Even weirder to then look at my laptop and see the view they had of Earth, from their helmets, right then.
  16. *edit* live television with the spacewalkers established
  17. http://www.ustream.tv/nasahdtv Astronauts Chris Cassidy and Tom Marshburn are out conducting an EVA to locate and hopefully fix the coolant leak on the ISS. The link above is to a live stream of the event. At the moment it's just mission control, but soon they are going to establish live television link to the ISS. Enjoy(:
  18. It doesn't help that the trailer (which shows the ISS exploding) came out at a bad time, what with the problems on the ISS and all...
  19. It doesn't help that the trailer (which shows the ISS exploding) came out at a bad time, what with the problems on the ISS and all...
  20. I second that, I too have been surprised by bright birds
  21. Thanks! Yes, just one more reason to love this weather
  22. Thankyou! Oh I made sure to get lots and lots of RAWs of Saturn tonight, I'm just too lazy to process them right now So I put up this quick JPEG in the meantime
  23. I know, I know, DSLRs are for not good for planetary imaging. Still, I had a go at imaging Saturn just now with the DSLR, and I think it went quite well, all things considered. It's not much, but it's my first, so I'm happy (:
  24. Oh my, the best bit is that they have a section titled 'How to spot clouds'
  25. Oh wow, awesome guide! I never thought I'd look forward to using my scope at night and day haha Now if only there was an astronomy activity that involved clouds...
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