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  1. avtaram

    Moon through window and cloud

    Thanks Stu, I'm looking forward getting the Tak out, its been a while since I used it. Avtar
  2. My Celestron NexYZ smartphone adapter arrived yesterday. Last night was cloudy so there didn't seem any prospect of trying out the NexYZ but when I looked out of the bedroom window I could see the Moon peeking out from a tiny gap in the clouds although there where still some wisps of cloud floating across it's face. I quickly grabbed my 102 mak which I keep mounted on a photo tripod in the study and pointed it at the moon through the closed window. Mounting my Xperia phone on the NexYZ and attaching it to the eyepiece was straight forward. the following pics were taken through a 24 Hyperion and a 17.5 Morpheus. there was more wispy cloud across the face of the Moon when it came to use the Morpheus. Soon after the Moon disappeared behind the clouds. I just used the auto setting on the phone as there was no time to try different settings because of the cloud. Avtar
  3. avtaram

    What did the postman bring?

    Looking forward to taking some pics with my smart phone. Avtar
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    Yes it's a really lovely pair. This is a sketch I did about 3 years ago. Avtar
  5. I have this scope, its great for lunar, planets and double stars. Mine only has a 1.25" focuser but still most of the open clusters fit into the view of a 24mm 68* eyepiece. Avtar
  6. avtaram

    What did the postman bring?

    Thats exactly what it is. Avtar
  7. avtaram

    What did the postman bring?

    Just had a quick look, yes one is with a 14" at 200x with OII filter and the other with a 27" at 172x with OII filter. They say all the sketches were made under moderately dark skies. The Deep sky guide consists of photos and sketches of deep sky objects and the page numbers correspond to the page numbers in the Deep sky atlas. Avtar
  8. avtaram

    What did the postman bring?

    s I have not had a chance to look at it properly yet , I just took a few random pics with a smart phone. I will have a proper read over the next few days. Avtar
  9. avtaram

    What did the postman bring?

    Arrived today ' Interstellarum Deep Sky Guide ' I already have the ' Intstellarum Deep Sky Atlas' both are the desk edition. Avtar
  10. avtaram

    Show me your eyepiece cases

    I'm hoping this is my final setup. Avtar
  11. avtaram

    Show me your eyepiece cases

    The latest incarnation of my 1.25" eyepiece case. Panoptic 24, Delos 14, 10, 6, Morpheus 17.5, 4.5 My minimalist set comprises 24 Pan, 18.2, 7 Delites and a 2x ES Barlow giving me 24, 18.2, 12, 9, 7, 3.5 Avtar
  12. avtaram

    What did the postman bring?

    After the Morpheus 4.5 I received last week, today the 17.5. Avtar
  13. avtaram

    Perseus 'a' and ngc1444

    This is a sketch I did about 5 years ago of the Alpha Persei cluster using 10x42 binoculars. Avtar
  14. avtaram

    Clear skies but rubbish seeing tonight

    Clear here as well but seeing not so good, using my 6" f8 newt mars showed as gibbous but no detail just orange with a bit of white around one side. The eyepieces I used were 24 panoptic, 10, 6 delos and 4.5 morpheus. The Moon showed nice crisp detail and was best viewed in the 10 delos. I used my newly acquired 4.5 morpheus to look at some doubles including iota cas, almach, eta per, the double double and polaris. The thing that struck me most about this eyepiece was the contrast against a black background and the vivid colours of the stars, I'm really impressed with this eyepiece, will be getting the 17.5 next. Avtar

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