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Everything posted by clarkpm4242

  1. ...05:30 and restlessness forced me out of bed. Stumbling around in the dark I glanced outside to see the clearest, pristine rain-washed sky! Fortunately, the Canon 15x50s were to hand, so I stepped outsde for a brief Messier mooch. Ursa Major was Spring high, galaxy time. M101, the best view in the bins, hints of swirl and just, *there*. M51 and companion, M81 such a marked contrast to M82. M65 and 66 of the Leo Trio, clear as owt. Orion and the Miky Way setting, M42, M43 and M78 nebulae Milky Way clusters of M35, 36, 37 and 38 a lovely horizontal sweep across the starry background. I wondered why I was shivering, had rushed outside in not enough... ...back inside for a coffee and a warm glow, physical and mental. Mmmmm. Paul
  2. I am sure that it is visible through an 8" scope from the Elan Valley. A mate's 8" Celestron SCT on two separate visits. He wasn't convinced though. Good effort getting up to the Valley! Watch out for icy roads!! Paul
  3. I have about -11 short sight in both eyes with astigmatism. R eye also a posterior vitreous detachement and tilted disc (not corrected by spectacles). Fortunately, my L eye is dominant! I only use binoviewers on bright objects e.g. M27, planets... always keep specs on and peel down rubber eyeguards. Prefer single eye viewing though! Can use my Canon 15x50 IS binoculars to good effect, also wearing specs and with eyeguards turned back. Good luck. Paul
  4. From a couple of months back. Desaturated as I left camera on auto white balance which played havoc with background LP and haze. Nice enough. Cheers Paul
  5. Here, 21.4. Although my Flame observations refer to other locations. As is so often said 'location, location, location...' It is so difficult to keep at DSO observing if you are awash with LP. No wonder so many go the astrophotography route.
  6. The answer... ...Elan Valley, last Sunday night, excellent transparency, sooo dark, after midnight, 22" f5 dobsonian with premium optics, 31 Nagler and Paracorr, 2" Hbeta filter. Another chesspiece moment, awesome!!! Not my 'scope though I'll remember the view for a long time. Paul
  7. As above. I class this as an easy object on a transparent night. Regularly observed it with an OMC140 (unfiltered). Often by creeping back towards the bright star after using it to locate position then move out of the FOV. Cheers Paul
  8. @Owmuchonomy excellent effort!!! I don't think that you'll get any more if you try Arkengarthdale. SQM from my garden is 21.4 on the best nights ... so I don't travel over the hill (3 miles). As you have noticed, if you get too high you expose yourself to more LP. Try to keep a litte down in a dale and use the hills to hid LP. Hope for a lighter wind next time! Cheers Paul
  9. In the extreme example of this the observer is nearer to the moon by approximately the radius of the earth as they rotate 'closer' to it (moonrise in the east, transits directly overhead and sets in the west). Usually the movement 'nearer' is less owing to the arrangement of the earth, moon and observer.
  10. Additional footage added to previous time lapse. Same tech. details. Good fun, but time consuming. Like all astrophotograhy! cheers Paul
  11. Thank you... ...I definitely need to get much more 'footage' to do a decent length piece.! Was very happy with how this turned out. Cheers Paul
  12. A short time lapse. Trying out a Digislider. Canon 7DMkII, Samyang 16mm, f2.8, 6s, iso1600, 440 frames, 5/min, playback 25/sec. Lightroom and VSDC editor. Cheers Paul.
  13. I was lucky to have 10 days/nights at the site of the S.A.L.T. at Sutherland in the Karoo, South Africa. The south is definitely the best, by far! If you are not too far south you also get most of the good northern sights. I usually observe from northern England. I can recommend La Palma in the Canaries to get great views. Cheers Paul
  14. Made me feel quite tired with the travelling! A good session and good effort!! I had a failed attempt at a time lapse on new digislider early in the evening then a short binocular session, including the N6946 and M31. It was very clear though clouding over here earlier, to your west. Thank you for the write up. Paul P.S. If you haven't tried it, Pease 1 in M15 is a great challenge.
  15. Hi I observed the main bright arc of the Crescent with an OMC 140 and 32 TV Plossl. This is about x60 mag. Was filtered and a dark transparent night on Anglesey. Keep trying! Good lcuk. Paul
  16. Excellent image! Maybe going down an f stop will help with the vignetting..? Jealous..! Cheers Paul
  17. I was very lucky to cadge a few hours observing through a 24" dobsonian at the Parador up on Mt Tiede, Tenerife (thank you Owen). The HH looked like a chess piece..! A view never repeated. Paul
  18. Thank you... ...Forgot the Firework Galaxy Ngc 6946 and nearby open cluster Ngc 6939 in Cepheus...always a nice tick in the bins and of obviously different character to view. @Owmuchonomy the road from Keld to Tan Hill (West Stonesdale) has some spots to pull in. Remote.... Cheers Paul
  19. The clouds finally cleared at about 22:00 BST leaving a clear and dark rain washed sky for a short time prior to moonrise last night. A bit windy so grabbed the 15x50 IS Canon binoculars. Set the screen dimmer app. on phone and used Sky Safari (night mode) to help navigate to the trickier objects without significantly impacting dark adaptation. I found that I could stand just outside the (upper storey) door at the back and get some shelter from the wind and a nearby streetlight. The Milk Way was nicely featured, NA nebula obvious naked eye. Andromeda had good visible dust lanes through the bins. M110 and M32 noted. M33 definitely had a swirl going on, a promising start! A Pacman haze, M52 with bright star and Caroline’s cluster (really outstanding tonight). Copious nebulosity and dust patches around the body of the Swan, the Eastern Veil and Pickering’s Triangle were featured in the bins! M13, naked eye and lovely in the bins. M92. M57, ‘a star’. M56, usually disappointing showed up well. M27, more a rugby ball than apple core. M71, diffuse. Barnard’s ‘E’ a nice dark contrast. Numerous areas of dark, dust detail. Quick sweep of M101, M81 & 82. Not ideally positioned. I always like the contrasting shapes of 81 and 82, they are so ‘close’. NGC 6934 mag 8.8 globular in Delphinus was discernibly a non-stellar fuzzy. The big globulars M2 and M15 were nice and clear. A couple of tricky galaxies to finish, M74 – a circular haze, and finally NGC 7331 – about mag 9.5, panning up from the two ‘doubles’ NW of the Square of Pegasus, another ‘double’ then a couple of minor asterisms that I recognise from observing Stephan’s Quintet. 7331 – a vertical ellipse of a smudge. A few hazy spots of cloud and the moonrise brought an end to a fantastic little session. I went to bed a very happy and revitalised bunny! Cheers Paul EDIT Forgot the Firework Galaxy Ngc 6946 and nearby open cluster Ngc 6939 in Cepheus...always a nice tick in the bins and of obviously different character to view.
  20. The Loop took me several years of attempts! Failure due to inexperience, wrong instruments, conditions... ...I think my first 'oh yes!' view was from altitude in the caldera on Tenerife. Dark sky, Orion riding high and a wide field refractor. All subsequent observations have been with fast refractors. Currently a TMB 92 SS f5.5, AP diagonal and 31 Nagler/13 Ethos with and without H beta filter. I think that you do need the perfect night in the UK to give yourself a chance on a 1st view. Star chart, optimum optics, dark adaptation, dark and the best transparency. I have seen the Loop especially near M78 many times under imperfect conditions since. Trying to find an 'edge' through a narrow field of view is not recommended! Good luck... ...cheers Paul
  21. I cycled up past the White Horse onto Sutton Bank on Saturday morning...nice report
  22. Thanks for the comments, all. @Daniel-K there is some colour in this...not much though! It was a good way to help control the light pollution and does give it a more realistic 'as seen' look? Cheers Paul
  23. Last Thursday night was clear..! Canon 7D MkII and Samyang 16mm f2. Cheers Paul
  24. @Alfian it is still pretty free of light pollution up here, especially looking up to the North West. @MarsG76 most of the 'flashing' is due to the interval between exposures and fast moving satellites. Thanks for the comments! Paul
  25. 630 frames from time lapse sequence. Moonlit Old Gang Smelt Mill, Swaledale. Cheers Paul
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