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Everything posted by nytecam

  1. Didn't look with binos but highly probable - my pic below from Feb 10th current BAA POW:rolleyes:
  2. SN2012Z in NGC 1309 in Eri is wellplaced lowish in the SSW at dusk - my brief shot from last night below - even 5s finder shot recorded it. Bright Supernova records it ~mag13.9 so fairly bright for SN - anyone observe/record SNe?
  3. Where should supernova pics/obs be posted - Help - can't find the right forum:rolleyes: TIA
  4. Spied elusive Mercury low in WSW beneath the crescent moon at dusk tonight as my pic below from landing window. Mercury will be around for a week or so so grab a look - binos will help pick it up:cool:
  5. Nice one Martin - can't spot the 'Dragon' but can see you've recorded the variable McNeil Nebula ;-)
  6. My montage linked @ http://www.wildaboutbritain.co.uk/archive/data/61/2537i2233g120219x4mg1.jpg - nice amateur 5.6hrs shot @ NGC 2537 (Arp 6) & IC 2233 - Astrophotogallery
  7. Yes Mike - a dilemma:rolleyes: A decade ago we disposed of our fibreglass moulds for 3m domes when the cost of GRP rocketed. There are sure to be unused domes about in fair condition - just need to find them if there's no time to build one If I were doing-it-again I'd make an octagonal dome like wpo - Ron Johnson's astro-dome that uses simple rectangular ply panels [curved into partial cylinders] + 4 triangular corner panels - you'd never know the dome wasn't spherical but now we're into aesthetics:D
  8. Hi - most hereabouts seem to favour RoR but this could be stripped to the basics with windproof screen and storage of fixed scope and maps + EPs with means to keep condensation at bay. I snapped a few items in the garden centre lunchtime that could form the basis of simple observing station as sketch below:rolleyes: Hope it's of interest.
  9. Nice image - but as you say very tricky with its low altitude from UK. My brief OSC try last week only fair but at least partially recorded and certainly no hope visually in a region apparently devoid of stars except for Sirius
  10. Very nice image - wish my skies permitted such exposures:mad: The streak looks to me like an optical diffraction effect as if there's partial obstruction by a straight edge over the scope or within the camera - but why not on all the brighter stars in pic can't say:rolleyes:
  11. Hi - my first DSO image thread on SGL - Bear's Paw galaxy NGC 2537 in Lynx via my classic Meade 30cm LX200 @ f/3.7 + StarlightXpress OSC Lodestar-C cam in 4m exp [4x1m subs] -gxy N2537A to east in pic. I'm not a perfectionist and these are my typical exposures so I can capture as many DSOs in an evening Hope you find my approach acceptable
  12. Beautiful 'Owl' Anna - first time I'm seen the outer envelope recorded - well done ;-)
  13. nytecam

    Hi from Surrey

    Hi - just spied the welcome page so hello. I'm retired with a long interest in astro. Wouldn't survive without my little DIY observatory. Don't use EPs much nowadays due to poor eyes but my Lodestar-C cam on classic Meade LX200 effectively ignores the dire light pollution so great fun!
  14. Great close-up Nick Here's my quick 'n dirty 60sec worth on Bear's Paw=NGC 2537 from tonight on zenith - an amazingly well titled object. There's another small gxy NGC 2537A to east ps: I'm new to SGL - is it ok to post images on another's thread?
  15. I feel your pain - I'm midway between Gatwick and Heathrow but not directly under either flightpath - as my skies are bright orange - new full cut-off street-lights away from main road make no difference I resort to fast optics [12" f/3.7] and brief exposures [1m subs] for my deepsky stuff with moderate success getting down to mag 17/18 fairly easily - last night got tiny and faint Hickson 50 gxy cluster @ 2BLY range but whatever turns you on
  16. Hi Ken - are you finally taking the plunge ? I've built 6 domes over the decades [two for myself] and wouldn't do it any other way. Can't see the point of going to all that trouble and effectively "standing outside" a RoR observatory.. I can do that on the patio anytime. However I'm told by the experts here RoRs are 'easier'? but anyway good luck with your project:rolleyes:
  17. First attempt on this newish but now faint evening comet - data on image:rolleyes: Anyone seen or imaged it?
  18. Nice image Nick and thanks for pointing it out - I'll give it [iC2233] a go next time I'm out
  19. Thanks Zul - tonight's quicky of Thor's Helmet NGC 2359 very low from my garden:)
  20. Thanks Gina - must admit I'm not as 'exposed' as you to the surrounding [Devon] landscape - mine's hidden in my garden:) You've certainly got a massive structure there - even the concrete founds made me wince. You're lucky to have no dew or cold winds thereabouts - scrolling down the your many pages it becomes a nice 'flick movie'. Well done
  21. I too use a Lodestar - on my piggybacked ETX-70 with PHD freeware to autoguide my classic Meade LX200 and it works fine. The Lodestar is very sensitive - I use PHD at 1.5s exp with maybe 1/2 dozen suitable guide-stars on view. I set PHD to track in RA only and 'Enable Graph' to watch tracking progress. ps: Also use SX Lodestar-C OSC cam as prime imager and I'm loving it
  22. Hi - 1st post here Don't seem to see many amateur DIY domed observatories on the forum? Mine didn't cost any more than a converted shed but, unlike the RoR, gives complete protection for me and my scope from dew, wind and local light pollution - way to go:D Mine and a mate's linked here ... wpo-building a small domed observatory wpo - Ron Johnson's astro-dome
  23. Interesting results but think your scope needs some protection in those windy conditions [with temporary screen maybe] and a Barlow to increase Mars' image size. Mars is now quite bright so exposures should be brief. I'd aim for some good sharp individual shots before before starting 'videoing' and stacking - good luck -Mars is getting closer!
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