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  1. Not posted DSOs on here for awhile, mainly cos I haven't been taking any due to weather and various things so heres my 1st in ages Felt a bit crook last night but I had to try and make use of the only clear night we have had for ages. So I set the Eddy 80 up with the Atik 314 in the obs centered on M35. Got PHD looking almost flatlining. Set the Atik at 4 minute subs then went in and watched telly for 2 hours. Should have done 2 minute subs (Lesson 1 - just cos PHD is almost flat lining doesn't necessarily mean the guiding is n0b on, Lesson 2 - Double check with Atik FWHM on focus instead of relying on the Bhart Simpson mask for focus). Still it was an image and one of my favourite objects so I'm a reasonably happy bunny
  2. Its the planet Venus
  3. Taken with Meade edt127 and QHY IMGOH camera barlowed 2x. Taken through increasing mist and haze but was determined to get something through a telescope
  4. Full disc with the Oly OM D EM10 from last night. Taken through slight mist
  5. We've all done it Charl. Good image nonetheless
  6. Always wanted one of these and just my luck when I am downsizing one comes up. Have you listed it on UKABS? There are always folks looking for these as they make superb base mounts for modernising.
  7. Congrats Peter. That's something I haven't seen visually. I tried many times some years ago with my old C11 on stiller nights than we get these days but to no avail. Ive imaged it with a Mak 180 though
  8. The older I get the more of a digital Luddite I become I fear. The digital age has brought mixed blessings here The pros speak for themselves, I am still impressed with how much more we can do in this hobby and my other (photography) However communications are the downfall in the digital age with us, here is just one example from our friends at the tax office We only got fibre broadband last year in the village plus mobile phone reception is a joke. So what do the tax office do, they communicate to us via email, great less paper, save the planet etc However the email is to say that a message is on our account page on tinternet and allw e have to do is log in, enter a security code and they will text us with a pass code. Yep you guessed it, we don't get the texts so we cannot get to see the messages. Also another pet peeve with digital technology is what worked on the PC yesterday doesn't mean to say it will work today, due to some sneaky upgrade in the night of the software, so nothing communicates anymore. You knew where you were with a simple switch
  9. Hi Kodos The 80a is a very versatile filter and helps a lot with Jupiter. This is a clip from the Antares instructions as to what it enhances Belts Rilles Festoons GRS Hope that helps
  10. Its been on my favourites for a few years now. I like the maps very informative. Its usually quite accurate although over the years I have experienced a few inaccuracies when the fine clear night forecast has not transpired. I usually check Meteoblue 1st then compare it with sat 24, and/or clear outside just to be sure. If they all agree then its usually right
  11. My Df is not supposed to be for astro, I'ts only going to be used for arty f@rty stuff but I had to try the camera and Nikkor 80-400 D lens out on M31 sometime. So the past couple of nights Ive been playing M31 with the Df and 80 - 400mm Nikkor D lens at 400mm. 53 off 2 minute ISO 3,200 frames. Unguided on obs mount. Subs limited to 2 minutes due to light pollution and going unguided. Several subs ruined due to rockets and air bombs but I got most of the firework pollution out. Cropped. Weird star shapes bottom left but Im not going to worry bout that as this combo isn't going to be used for astro ever again I just needed to get it out of my system
  12. You can tell its cloudy today and Im bored, so I have been tidying up a few files on the desktop and found the Raw data for this from last year. So had another play with my latest methods and I reckon its much improved. Sharper, better colour etc. 5 pane mosaic with 1000d at F15, cant remember all the settings but it would have been 20 frames per pane stacked, etc etc.
  13. Very nice image. You think you have weather problems youre lucky you don't get our weather. 47 Tuc fascinates me Ive only imaged it remotely via Sidings Springs robotic scopes.
  14. From experience go for the biggest tripod you can, surveyors tripods are not up to it, especially the ali ones, they are too short and too flimsy to cope with a scope of this size plus the mount. Berlebach tripods are better but too short, again from experience. I have been exactly where you are now and did lots of trial and error. There was nothing in the market that could cope (properly) with this scope so I made one. I have seen folks with HEQ6 s plus extension pillars which work quite well with the standard tripod as it gives the extra height but 1 its ugly and 2 its a bit wobbly due to the turning moments from such a long scope. Better to have a tall tripod. Good luck with your search and plenty of pics please
  15. That's a great 1st image, well done. especially at 200mm your PA must have been pretty good worth the contortions to get it. A right angle finder is a great help on the camera viewfinder saves a lot of backache.