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About Jarvo

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  1. Thanks Guys 3 excellent solutions. Food for thought. Fireball xl5. I don’t believe for a moment that it rains in Lancashire
  2. Alas my poor little observatory has developed a leak after four years of solid service. Ive got a couple of buckets picking up the drips. It annoyingly I can’t easily track the source. Its not too bad at the moment so hopefully I can limp on until the spring when I can redo the roof with some Bitumen and fresh felt. Or we get a new observatory Jarvo
  3. That’s a beauty! Shows how much is out there we never see. Jarvo
  4. Hi All So having spend a couple of nights in the Lakes at Grasmere recently (which is quite probably the most beautiful place on the planet), I’ve rediscovered the joy of going out into a near perfectly black night sky without the need for setting up. I’ve realised my current binoculars are awful so I am looking for a new pair. I want some good ones with pin point stars. Would ED glass make much difference? I’ve seen a pair from Hawke around £200 for some 10 x 50s which look promising. I’d be interested to hear from anyone on their experience good or bad and their thoughts and recommendations on their current choice. In exchange for your time in responding you will have my undying thanks for taking time out to give me your thoughts. Thanks all Jarvo
  5. Nice image Adam one of my favourites Jarvo
  6. Dave is there any chance you would have a go at the outer planets? I love to seen how thy turn out with your set up. Steve
  7. OVL should be able help if no one has the answer here.
  8. Hi Pete. The main problem is the ledge. Once Jupiter and Saturn start climbing then absolutely I’ll be looking at an adc. Steve
  9. Jarvo


    Spot on that mate. You obviously haven’t seen my sub par effort earlier in the week. Jarvo
  10. Ok - Its not very good. And the fact that Im using an Esprit 100 doesn't do this awesome instrument justice. That said I did have tracking issues. I could not for the life of me get PHD working with the EQ5 conversion kit (suspect its not that compatible). I ended up scrapping the guiding and doing just 1 minute exposures at 1600 using a CLS filter. 40 minutes in and the clouds rolled in so used the rest of the time to get some darks. In post production 6 or so of the images weren't fit for purpose (trailing) so I was ruthless and chopped them out reducing the final tally to 34 plus 9 darks. I've resized it as well which covers up a multitude of sins I think I can see at least one dust lane though. The CLS filter (and the OIII filter when I snapped the Owl) gives the image an eerie green glow so I've desaturated the image to remove this. Apart from getting more data (and a better camera), the light pollution in Leeds and kit restrictions (I'm using a hastily dating Olympus DSLR) mean this is as good as I could get. Christmas is coming though ... Not perfect but in the immortal works of British Leyland..."that'll do". Thanks for looking Jarvo
  11. Both brilliant but that Saturn’s beautiful. Jarvo
  12. Like that. Triton too. Lots going on in that image. Well done. Jarvo
  13. Hi All. Been messing around with some images of Jupiter I took back in August. I wanted to see whether the Esprit could serve as a planetary imaging tool with the appropriate amplifiers. Essentially the images were taken on the same night with roughly the same processing applied in Registax and GIMP. The images below were: 1) zero amplification; 2) 2.5 x amplification; 3) 5 x amplification. I used 2.5 and 5 x Televue powermates for the amplification. I can’t get a full disc due to the low elevation of Jupiter combined with the lower window edge of the observatory so in effect the Esprit it is only working at 50%, 75% max. But this exercise wasn’t about detail it was disc size for future observations. Conclusion So the first image could be used for wide field shots of Jupiter and the moons but it is a bit small. Second image seems the optimal size for the set up and tolerated the poor conditions and lack of a full disc well. The third image was interesting. It gave a good size disc though was well washed out. It does bode well for when Jupiter gains more elevation though. Need some more images and some better conditions to ratify what I’ve done with these. Thanks for looking. Jarvo
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