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  1. I have only managed to see the comet four times up until now but at least saw it at its best. I got my best prettiest shots on the 11th July and these are posted in this forum but I thought it worth posting some of the other images I have processed recently of the comet. Now as the moon is back it will be considerably fainter next time I see it. This has been a really nice comet and well worth staying up/getting up late to see and image. It's about time we had a good naked eye comet, lets hope this is the start of a trend and we get more in the next few years. 17th July 00:48 - Canon EOS 100d 70-200 F4 lens set to 70mm F5.6 ISO 1600 20" 16th July - Canon EOS 100d through Celestron Edge HD 8" ISO 800 3 mins of 20" exposures combined in Deep Sky Stacker set to track the comets nucleus leaving star trails. 20th July 00:20 - Canon EOS 100d 70-200 F4 lens set to 126mm F4 ISO 800 3x80". NGC2841 is also visible as a small smudge around 3o'clock from the comet .
  2. Had my first proper view of NEOWISE this morning after only one previous view the morning before between thick cloud. Living in the beautiful Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire in the UK it is not always easy to get a clear view of the horizon due to the hilly nature of the Forest however, the placement of the comet this morning put if right over one of the large ponds nearby. The view of the comet in this idyllic setting was quite something but then to be complemented by a stunning NLC display was truly memorable. A wonderful morning under a beautiful sky. Assuming I have uploaded the images correctly the image details are as follows: Wide/panorama shots: Canon EOS 100d with L series 17-40 mm lens set at 32mm, ISO 800 with 13 seconds each exposure for the three images in the panorama Close up image: Canon EOS 100d with L series 70-200 set as 150mm, ISO 1600 and 800 stack of 11 images with a total time of 2 mins. Tracked using a Omegon Mini Track LX2 All the best and clear skies to you.
  3. This is a lovely comet which I have also been following, mainly as a test of new guide kit i recently purchased. Nice shot, brings out the subtle tail which I'm finding difficult tonight due to haze. I'm currently day out with the scope playing around with tracking and exposures on comet Atlas Y6. Good hunting.
  4. Well, its been a long time coming but finally managed to get something captured and processed of this season. I have captured a handful of nights in the past month but am struggling to get much out of them but I do need to spend more time on the raw data so there might be some more in there. Despite the altitude, I'm fairly happy with this result considering the size of the scope compared to other observers in the forum. I think the colour is a little off so will look to correct at some point but wanted to get something up in the gallery for now. Clear skies and good luck imaging to you all, especially the UK based observers. Rob
  5. Great shots. I don't live a great distance from you but am struggling to get anything at the moment. What with the recent battle with the Jetstream and having to image over houses which at that time of the morning have heating firing up its been hard work. I hope things improve locally soon but if it carries on like this I may have to get my kit portable (Edge HD 8) to get away from the nearby heat sources. Do you submit your images to the British Astronomical Association (or the JUPOS) team as there is detail there that can be used for analysis even under these conditions?
  6. Lovely animation with some nice detail. If you think your conditions were poor you should try taking images from my back garden in the UK as it has been a terrible start to the Jupiter season for me! Keep up the good work.
  7. Not daft at all. I work in IT so know some of the strange things people can report that turn out to be nothing. The dust marks or whatever they are move with the image on screen when I resize the application on the laptop screen so they are in the optical path but not sure where. I will clean the components again and try running it all in daylight as that might highlight where it is. Just concerned that if this is inside the scope how it got there in the first place and that it might have to go back to be cleaned as I can't see a way of doing it myself safely. That is I don't trust myself not to break it!
  8. Hi, I have had a edge hd 8 for nearly a year and a few months ago purchased an as anasi120mm camera. I have recently been imaging the moon and noticed a lot of what appears to be dirt somewhere in the optical path. The camera is attached using a powermate X2.5 lens and a rack and pinion focuser. The dark spots are quite well defined so thought they were on the camera sensor. However, turning the camera with a bright lunar image on the laptop screen the dark spots stay put while the image rotates beneath. I then tried turning the powermate independently and same thing, spots stay put. Could this indicate dirt on the corrector lens within the light baffle on these scopes? My processed lunar images don't seem to be suffering from it and they appear to go during stacking and processing but early trials on jupiter seem to indicate the worst spots might end up getting added to the final image albeit diffuse and not defined as on the screen. Anyone else seen something like this? If it is in the scope is this a return to Celestron for cleaning? Can try and upload examples of these spots from stills from the original aviation if that helps. Any advice would be appreciated.
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