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Mark1970Vintage

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  1. Thanks Olly. When I have more time I'm going to run it through photoshop rather than this rough and ready Lightroom version.
  2. very nice indeed. To have different shots for the core in order to bring out the detail... you'll need to get aufait with layer masking.
  3. I like the diffraction spikes on the star bottom right too. I'm not sure which one it is. I hear you about the red tint to the background. I'll have a go at stacking the 4 or 5 exposures I got and taking them into photoshop for a bit more tweaking than is possible just in Lightroom. I'm still amazed at how much detail showed up in this single shot. When I saw it on the camera screen I whooped with amazement. I think i'm going to like capturing nebulas. Next on my target list is the Horsehead which has always fascinated me since I saw photos of it a few years ago. I never dreamed I would be able to capture a shot of it myself.
  4. Baz ,not sure what you mean by magnification ?. The telescope is an explorer 150p which has a focal length of 750mm. Effectively this is like putting a dirty great big lens on the front of your camera. The camera was attached directly to the scope with a T ring (prime focus ?) vs through the eye peice... so there was no magnification, from an eye peice, just the prime focus of a 750mm "lens". The shot was cropped slightly which makes it look bigger than it actually was in the viewfinder. I'd say I lost about half of the frame in cropping to portrait format ... effectively "zooming in" by a factor of 2 so lets guess at an equivalent of 1500mm focal length. I'm sure someone could come along and explain this more eloquently.
  5. Processed in Lightroom4. surprised to see how much colour came out in the shot.
  6. I was blown away when I first visually observed the Orion Nebula about a month or so ago and I've been waiting to get a photo of it ever since. Tonight the wait was over. I know this is nothing compared to some of the shots on here but I am very pleased with it for a first go. Taken from a fairly light polluted area. 30 second exposure @ ISO 800 with a Canon 40D attached with a T ring to a Skywatcher Explorer 150 on an EQ5 pro mount. Orion Nebula by MarkLandonPhotography, on Flickr
  7. The early evening mist cleared to reveal clear skies so I put the scope out to cool down an wait for Orion to rise. I've just got back in having seen the Orion nebula for the first time. I was stunned by how bright it was and how much detail you could see. Made my week. Finished off with another look at Jupiter which whilst one of my favourite objects couldn't stop me going back to Orion for more.
  8. Jim, yesvlots of things to consider... Make sure you know how to turn the HQ security lights out. Have an extra helper to show those not lookingbthrough the scope some constellations. Get them to look for satellites. take a step ladder for them to stand on. Check focus after each cub. Set some clear "exclusion" zones around the scope as they do tend to crowd in. Wetake looking through eyepeices for granted but remember how difficult you used to find it... Especially with hgh power. Explain to the cubs how to see through. . Leave the scope set up and let the parents have a quick look at the end. If you have one group on constellations, one group on the scope the rest can be indoors doing a quiz or something.... Then rotate. Oh... And enjoy it :-)
  9. Thanks for all the positive comments.... Quite a few of the parents have asked about recommended scopes as Xmas ideas.... So it clearly hit the spot.
  10. I took my telescope (Explorer 150) up to my cub pack last night to show the young people Jupiter, it's moons and The Pleiades. They were enthralled with Jupier and it's moons and each of them were able to see and describe the banding and count the moons (we saw 5 last night) It was great to see them getting so excited and animated about what they could see through the eyepeice. We then moved on to the Pleiades and told them various stories about how the 7 sisters got their name. We also showed them a few constallations, how to find north/pole star from Ursa Major and got them looking for Satellites. We found 2... and using the laser pointer really helped here.... which ofcourse they loved. All in all a great couple of hours and some young minds/eyes turned skywards, which can't be a bad thing.
  11. Managed to get out for a couple of hours tonight. Last time out was June 6th !! weather has been that bad. Managed to see the Double Cluster for the first time and got a glimpse of the Sagitarius star field (M24?) before it dissappeared behind the house.... along with all of my other Sagitarius targets. M31 which was another objective tonight was behind a blimmin tree. Relooked at a couple of old favourites and got the camera out on M13 for the first time. M13 Globular Cluster by Mark1970Vintage, on Flickr
  12. I've seen some amazing moonbow pictures of a huge waterfall in Yosemite. Bridalveil falls perhaps ? So yes they are possible. Rare but possible
  13. I'd be interested to hear how you get on. My folks live just down from Cronton chippy so Pex Hill would be an ideal observing site for me when I'm up visiting.
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