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  1. LIGHT POLLUTION - Who Cares! Very few by the looks of it. I had a look at the petition for signature counts this morning and after a short flurry of activity, the count seems to have stalled at less than 5,800. Which is way less than a hundredth of one percent of the population. I guess we won't be getting our hearing in Parliament. Very disappointing.
  2. LOL guys, the mods have been in touch! i'll promise to double my efforts in supplying naff images!
  3. LOL. What happens on the field stays in the field :-)
  4. Grainyness....try this. shoot more frames and at a higher exposure do not over process or sharpen try some softening/blurring/noise reduction in photoshop/stacking software etc.
  5. I think we have a few days of panty weather D :-)
  6. Another planetary session last night with Tony. A little haze around but the skies were kind till dawn.
  7. Nice one Chris! Another fisrt bagged for you
  8. The images from last nights wonderful evening under the stars.
  9. DEW BUSTER! Gain's practical astronomy tip. Get yourself one of these to blow off any light dew forming on your telescope or camera lens. Only £9.99 from Maplin, it is sold as a sort of car heater (must be a tiny car LOL) and runs of 12V from a cigarette lighter plug on the end of a 2m cord. For this you get a low heat from a gentle fan. Ideal for blowing of the misting on eyepieces, mirrors, lenses etc no need to buy multiple dew straps and controllers etc. This is my third one as I stepped on my first and left the second somewhere!
  10. Hey Leigh, the viewing location was great but not very dark if that is what you're looking for. Better than a town centre location but not dark compared to the Dales
  11. They can help remove the colour fringing but not undo the natural blurring due to high air mass at low viewing elevations. High resolution astrophotography is heavily dependent on atmospheric conditions. The less air the light travels through the better and living on or near the Pennines only compounds the issue by causing more distortion adding turbulence. Of course, living in the northern latitudes usually means the ecliptic is mostly low in the sky therefore sharp planetary images are fairly hard to come by.... My experience in these parts rarely has skies capable of pushing a quality 10inch scope to the limit whereas skies in parts of Florida frequently use all the resolving power a 16 inch scope has to offer. Good optics and accessories help but ideal atmospheric seeing condition is KING. Nevertheless, this should not get in the way of some good observing experience and the chance to make another observation.
  12. Should have called you out Matt.... yeah...rule one..never image planets when they're below 50 degrees in the sky, unless you have nothing better to do!
  13. Went in search of clear skies last night along with my observing buddy Tony. Finally landed at Fairburn RSPB at 10.30 and enjoyed a clear night observing Saturn and Mars. Returned home for the 3.30am twilight. Trying to process a couple of images from the night but with the planets flying at a tree top hugging 14 degrees. The seeing was pretty unstable. The phrase, 'You can't polish a T***' comes to mind. Still it was fun doing the do.
  14. Thanks Soupy and Ian. Jupiter observations are fast coming to a close for the season. Looking forward to a couple more if weather allows.
  15. Good morning Wadas members! An observation from Monday evening from home. Vicky and Jim were also present and knocked out a great Jupiter image with her Mak127. I had a go at M13 from my orange skies which made for very noisy subs. Will post once I get a chance to process!
  16. From Sunday evening: After a wonderful day out with visits to Fairburn Ings RSPB, a couple of pubs, a yummy evening meal and a drive around the gorgeous Lincolnshire countryside; it was great to end the day with a glorious night under the stars with Tony Summers and Victoria Bennett. We observed from sunset to sunrise and the only suffering was the sleep deprived 80 mile drive home in the morning! No awards here for image quality. With average seeing and Mars/Saturn hovering about 14degrees above the southern horizon, it was fabulous to visit old friends in the sky. (Tak 5inch refractor and ZWO 178MC camera)
  17. Jupiter is beginning to shrink and moving rapidly west to the setting Sun. Observe it while you can as the next high apparition for us northern folk is 2023! ... A grab with the 24in whilst testing the scope drive!
  18. A long overdue meet up for WADAS. THANK god the lamb chops were still on the menu :-) ... oops. I meant to say the talk was brill, excellent company and great munchies!
  19. My first Mars image of this season. At a measly 12.9 arc seconds across (Jupiter 43s) and skirting just 10deg above the horizon, Mars proved to be a wobbly customer! Even so, you can make out some matching land features. Looking forward to imaging it at opposition when it will be a neck breaking 15deg above ground.
  20. Thanks Eric! no rush with the f3.3 andd hope you are getting results with the Infinity
  21. Haha Chris! I did it with one hand behind my back whilst standing on my head using my 60mm Tasco :-) ... cheers mate and great first Jupiter images.
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