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About scarp15

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  1. scarp15

    What has experience taught me?

    Thoughtful reflective points that we can all allure to. Experience has taught myself; considerable patience is necessary for gaining realistic opportunities to practice in this hobby, in which I enjoy contemplating, planning ideas and approaches, some of which may sometime occur. Therefore much of this hobby (for myself) is aspirational and the glue that holds it together is information that is learnt and shared on this forum. Having other interests retains a balance and keeps stargazing in perspective, if it is cloudy and raining on a Saturday morning, it doesn't matter, I can still participate in Park Run and enjoy it (so long as my left knee isn't complaining too much). As with other people's comments, family and arrangements, can quite certainly become more meaningful.
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    Kielder newb

    I had booked to attend the Autumn Starcamp for the Friday, Saturday evening. The adverse weather forecast (storm Callum) for camping looked potentially grim, therefore decided to miss the event. The bottom field as Bish has said is for camping, I think drainage had improved in recent years, been a few years since I'd attended, but in prolonged wet weather the field gets muddy. The very least wellies will be needed. For the dobsonian, a good substantial ground mat would be required. Combatting condensation will be a factor, my plan would be to use a 12v hairdryer sourced through a 12v battery. The new warm room facility looks to be excellent and wash rooms are in good order. The Kielder Castle café is great for breakfasts and other meals. The Spring star-camp as I recall can potentially be excellent, very cold and with snow conditions possible. How much of the event are you planning on going for? I will need to decide whether to risk booking once more since I can only make a Friday, Saturday evening because of work. I expect that I will consider though (anticipating that it just might be excellent conditions) as like if you do the lottery, the week you decide to miss and your numbers probably come up.
  3. scarp15

    Nearly Horse Head Season

    I think Gerry took issue with a 2" Lumicon H-beta filter some time ago, cannot recall if it would have been the former, high esteemed company or the current less favoured version. My original version, 2" Lumicon H-beta filter has delivered good performance on a few select targets. Quite agree that gaining 'optimum contrast' requires broadly changing between eyepieces that you have, there's not exactly much in it considering the difficulty of this subject, yet I favour my 20mm plossl to my 25mm for observing B33, that is with my particular 14" F5.3 (with paracorr) scope. I suspect that 16,17 and 19mm may also work fine and I have seen it, averted vision, with my 13mm ethos. Further objects to add to the list, the brighter section of Barnard's Loop, brighter again being a wide over-statement, the Cocoon Nebula, another tough subject, Seagull nebula, not had much opportunity, success with this so far.
  4. scarp15

    Nearly Horse Head Season

    Thanks Damian it is surprising what can be seen, once you have become familiar and accustomed with larger aperture. I think like many of us on this thread, the number one is dark sky fever, I would like to take a look at it again with my 14" but I do feel that at athe right location on a good clear night, my 8" aperture has a fighting chance perhaps.
  5. scarp15

    Nearly Horse Head Season

    That will be interesting; approaching this by means of your very own optical capability, perception is visual challenging, yet what can or cannot quite become observable magnifies a sense of concentration and scrutiny I consider highly engaging. Anything accomplished, when fully dark adapted, is very subtle considering the limited capability of our eyes. NV as I grasp from your pictures is very much a window onto the subject, enabling you to more completely explore within the parameters, capability of the equipment. Either way it becomes much more than just this, your dark sky location on the Isle of Wight, along with encountering any valued dark sky area, its just about being there really isn't it, perhaps heightened awareness of that sense of place and time. You are gaining in observational prowess, I think might be the right term Neil, Absolutely concentrated more on the Flame, after which determine if you can gain anything from IC 434, starting form just below Alnitak, in which B33 is silhouetted. Yep, keep em coming. I cant wait to and imagine different scenarios, scopes just have to see what the winter brings. Look forward to hearing how the 18" performs.
  6. I am looking forward to being out on some fine and transparent dark winter nights and to take on some of the challenging features centred within Orion. I have seen the Horse Head Nebula a few times in recent successive seasons. Almost always it has required averted vision, sometimes I can trick my eye to look fleetingly direct. Each of my observations had been using a 350mm Dobsonian and H-beta filter at a dark site (21.3+ mag/arc/sec SQM L, Ave reading). This season for an additional challenge if I get the opportunity I will attempt to determine B33 with scaled down aperture by using my 200mm Dobsonian and strive to get into marginally darker skies. Who is looking to gain time on this dark nebula this season? To take regard for contemporary circumstances, the topic is open and inclusive in terms of philosophical approach, that is welcoming accounts and aspirations from both mainstream traditional, purist photon gathering observers and the (currently) niche NV tech assisted users.
  7. scarp15

    How's your weather.

    Raining here but there was still a turn out for park run.
  8. scarp15

    Telrad ?

    I invested in a TeleGizmo Telrad Canvas Cover, through FLO. My Telrad is used on my 14" dob and is fitted onto a 4" riser base. The cover is convenient to place over when I am taking short breaks for coffee, checking charts. At this time of year it is becoming particularly useful as condensation has been quite apparent on my recent two observing sessions. It would also get used if I was at an over night star party, in addition to a larger scope cover. I value the Telrad highly, I do use a Quikfinder with my other two scopes.
  9. scarp15

    Dark skies , Dumfries and Galloway.

    Terrific location and engaging binocular session. It is a fabulous dark sky landscape corridor, encompassing, Galloway and Dumfries, extending eastward further into the Southern Uplands, Scottish Borders and north Northumberland. According to the BBC weather, much of the area is receiving quite a soaking presently due to storm Callum.
  10. Nice report, as Stu has said the ES 30mm will be a good asset to that scope, such as for the Pleiades.
  11. scarp15

    Mind the gap

    That's it really, gaining subtle definition applies to each visual observation as you become more intimately familiar with the subject, whatever it maybe. Perhaps equally as you grow in competence with using your equipment and observing ability. Knowing what to look for helps in terms of characteristics, descriptions from other competent observers. You will get the Horse Head Neil, that is a certainty. My first opportunity was with an experienced observer, who was familiar, accustomed to viewing it. This was with my then 12" dob, 20mm nagler and a borrowed H-beta filter. He went on to say that it was his best view yet and guided me a little in explanation as to where and what to look for. What did I see,,,nothing. It became quite a quest after that, until I got it. I do not actually consider it a difficult object anymore and I look forward to 'seeing' it this season.
  12. scarp15

    Mind the gap

    It is a real treat isn't it when you get back to a dark sky after a fairly lengthy absence. Great session Neil and diverse mix with some quite challenging objects. As you had described with i.e. North America / Pelican or Crescent nebula, revisiting enables you to grow accustomed and see more. This will also become apparent with The Flame, as Orion becomes progressively seasonally more into play, determining structural features will gradually take on more shape, the same would also apply to the California. Good transparency as you had encountered will be necessary of course. Good work with reflection nebula; Iris Nebula, NGC 7023, a small faint glow around the star and quite a challenge. An interesting one, if you get another dark trip, PN; NGC 246 Skull Nebula in Cetus. Had been looking forward to a trip to Kielder this weekend, forecast not looking to good and so considered wellies and not scopes, now storm Callum has been mentioned so might have to abort, but that's UK amateur astronomy for you.
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    Thanks for that reminder Olly, I was out at a dark location on Saturday night and had seen a couple of bright meteors and yes the shower became active on the 6th - peaking on the 8th, 9th.
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    Great, really excellent report, can sense your excitement. Everything is just amazing at a clear transparent dark site and your equipment (aside the minor problem you had) just steps up the plate. A night like that can leave you with a buzz for a long time.
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    NGC 7129 Reflection Nebula Cepheus

    This has been a conundrum which I have finally resolved and feel that as I have started this topic ought to clarify in some detail. My original observation is now correct and I had not misplaced orientation. Therefore as I had described, NGC 7129 was indeed a glow formed between three fairly bright stars and NGC 7142 a fairly large hazy patch. The confusion had derived with Cepheus being overhead and its profile in relation to the charts, also I had been switching between reflector and refractor when things are inverted, mirror reversed image, perhaps my brain got a bit muddled at this late hour. So in case you haven't already had enough of NGC 7129 here are some more interesting, though not necessarily visually attainable scrutinising facts; A young open cluster of approximately 130 stars is responsible for illuminating this blue reflection nebula, that in images encompasses six fairly bright stars. There is a small nebula to the upper left of main nebula, NGC 7133, which is illuminated by a single star. The two small nebula, upper right of main nebula, are each illuminated by a star, IC 5133 (top) and IC 5132 (bottom). The reddish emission nebula to the lower right is Lynd's Bright Nebula 497. There is a dark nebula that dims the background stars that surrounds the main object especially on the left to upper right. The dusty region is Lynd's Dark Nebula 1181 and 1183. In some images NGC 7129 has been described as looking more like a Tulip, for the 'Mickey Mouse' shape you can view this on Stellarium. NGC 7142 is interesting in that it is enveloped within the interstellar cloud. Every day is a learning day.

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