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Everything posted by clarkpm4242

  1. Astroadventures in Devon. I have never been and have no connection with them. Paul
  2. Enjoyed reading this thread. Being a DSO observer it seems to match much of my musings and varying enthusiams over the years! Its not just me then!!! Cheers All! Paul
  3. I regularly observe the eastern Veil in late summer and autumn from my back garden in Swaledale. Canon 15*50 IS binoculars. No filters. Occasionally western and Pickering Triangle. Good luck Paul
  4. Take the turning opposite the garage and drive straight up the mountain to here https://earth.app.goo.gl/QAy43 Tarmac road (a bit of dirt) then concrete fire road. Check it during daylight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You can also set up in a flat area before starting upthe concrete road. A technical drive! I have been quite a few times. Great for DSO observing. Paul
  5. TMB 92mm f5.5 APO then 16" Dobsonian. 31 Nagler and 13 Ethos with both. For wide field deep sky or faint deep sky. Have fun! Paul
  6. You can submit questions via the website. Looks like in 2 axis mode a ball head can be mounted on the DEC 'circle' with all the holes. This is where the RA arm is attached to the wedge. Cannot see anyway to do it as a single axis mount though... ...Paul P.S. It will take a PoleMaster with an adapter...
  7. Will a PoleMaster fit..? It does seem to be a stunning piece of kit... ...the price made me gasp though. Cheers Paul
  8. Nice one!! A dark location at 21.5 I've managed 5053 with a 60mm frac on several occasions. Using a low magnification it doesn't resolve. The nearby star just looks like it has some haze attached compared to similar stars in the FOV. Aye, the drive home can be very tiring and trying!!! Cheers, Paul.
  9. The simpler answer may be to ask around if anyone has an 'old' smartphone/tablet from which they have upgraded? Use without a SIM. The small screens are OK with practise. I am very, very short sighted and manage to star hop using Sky Safari on an average sized Samsung A3 (also with a free screen filter app) Good luck, Paul.
  10. No filter used. Wasn't looking for it. Just became apparent as I swept about after looking for M78. Cheers
  11. I observed the bright portion of the loop near M78 using Canon 15*50 IS binoculars. This was from the Elan Valley in mid Wales on Monday. Very dark and transparent. Have observed it quite a few times using wide field combinations. Good luck Paul
  12. Hi Sam It certainly was different, a 3 foot snow drift where we usually set up the telescopes! Also managed some observing with binoculars Paul
  13. Time lapse last Monday whilst stuck up a hillside behind snow drifts... ...Canon 7D MkII, Sigma 16mm. Turn up the volume cheers, Paul.
  14. For 'normal' astrophotography. I use the aformentioned free Deep Sky Stacker and Adobe Photoshop CS2, old s/w free from Adobe - https://www.pcsteps.com/10474-download-photoshop-download-free-adobe/ For start trails I use StarStax - free. For time lapse I use Adobe Lightroom 6, ~£120. Paul
  15. Liking the M51! I frequently find deep images are too colourful for my taste. This is just colourful enough. Nice one. Paul
  16. https://www.iau.org/public/themes/discoveries/ IAU (edit; beaten to it...)
  17. Darker version is my preference. Though I always view astro images in subdued lighting. Nice images! Paul.
  18. ...and he disappears down the rabbit hole Good luck! Gradients, vignetting and lens distortions to look forward to. Nevermind clouds, contrails... ...I've parked that project for a while (or is that given up!). A very good idea to do some trial runs! A great challenge! Cheers Paul
  19. I would like to thank Orion for a great leading role... ...and SGL for running these challenges. Well done! Paul Edit - oooh, appears in my .sig.
  20. Are they both running the same version of the app? DSS version 3.3.4. is the latest available.
  21. I do have that dilemma myself...too deep/much in a widefield image! I use these in presentations to convey the message that there is sooo much out there in the apparently empty night sky. Cheers Paul
  22. It does, thank you! Used the Canon DPP s/w. That helps, thanks. RAWs are giving a nice outcome from the stacking using the converted files or direct. Have taken some more subs on the Auriga/Gemini area. Made sure that focus was definitely *not* on the red side but the clip filter does seem to encourage red halos. Also have a band near one long edge that I've been cropping. Cheers Paul
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