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Everything posted by clarkpm4242

  1. Too true!!!!!! I failed to observe the Loop many times from the UK. A visit up on Mt Teide, Tenerife, sorted that out with views of nearly 180 degrees arc using wide field refractors plus/minus H beta filters. Also the nebula around the 'head' of Orion. Subsequently, I observed the brightest portion from Llyn Brenig in North Wales. There are significantly darker skies than high on Tenerife, just needing time and money! Good hunting, Paul.
  2. More like the centre of the Milky Way. Very nicely done... ...no, am not at all jealous Paul
  3. Hi I've managed Sh 2-91 through an 18" Obsession with filter from a dark site (Llyn Brenig) on a nice transparent night. Probably 10+ years ago. Will try with my 16" next season. Thanks for the reminder Paul
  4. Thanks for the responses. A bit more processing... ...darker background. Cheers Paul
  5. Returning to AP with a scope. William Optics Star 71 on Astrotrac and Canon 7D MkII. 12 x 120 secs @iso1600. Initially struggled to get depth in the image. Cheers Paul
  6. Sneaking under the clouds above our B&B in Swaledale. Youtube vid. Canon 7D MkII, Sigma 24mm f1.4, 1.5 sec @ iso1600. Processed in Adobe Lightroom. Cheers Paul
  7. Mmmm, looks nice field of view. Well done. May have a go with this using a Star 71, Canon 7D MkII and Astrotrac combo... ...cheers, Paul.
  8. After a brief foray into imaging with a scope about 10 years ago, I've not learned the lesson and am back for more pain! First light through new Astrotrac, William Optics Star 71 and Canon 7D MkII setup last night. 10 x 60 sec subs at iso1600, 2 darks, Deepskystacker and Photoshop CS2. Cheers Paul
  9. Have a look at NGC 663 when you're next in the area of M103. A much more impressive OC. Keep at it! Cheers Paul
  10. I sourced my TMB92SS direct from Astronomics in the US. It was one of the first batch produced. My observing posse repeatedly tell me that the optics are outstanding It is a solid, compact build. I use it on a mini Giro mount. Good luck Paul
  11. Giro is the way to go!! I've used many over the years. Great as a dual mount option and now with a TMB92SS APO. Good hunting! Paul
  12. I use these for observing in Dobson's Hole... http://www.amazon.co.uk/Curver-Two-Step-Stool/dp/B003N9CMPQ ...quite wide feet to stop sinking into the ground. Can just about sit down on them. Main issue is stability of the observer. Much better to have tall steps with lots of redundant height but lots to grab on to to steady yourself. Also better with people that are not used to looking through eyepieces. Paul
  13. Bubble wrap is your friend... ...insulates from temperature variations and bouncing around. Good stargazing Paul
  14. My favourite 'eye candy' DSO list after the Messiers is http://messier.seds.org/xtra/similar/rasc-ngc.html Hope for some clear skies. Paul
  15. I find the informal name 'Thumbprint Nebula' helps to describe what you can see. The faint edge of a print fading away to the side. Good catch! Paul
  16. The Medusa *is* a challenge however, the Rosette can be observed 'naked eye' through an UHC filter on a transparent night from very dark locations. Nice to be out!! Paul
  17. Hope to create a time lapse covering the years! Nature's light show!! All the best Paul
  18. Time to get a bigger vehicle to transport it! Plus various aids to help moving the OTA around. BTW, if you do get a car/estate, make sure there is not a lip on the rear door opening... ...best wishes,Paul
  19. Not sure if anyone has mentioned this. A Minus Violet (fringe killer) filter can be used if the colour fringe is a problem...
  20. Forgot this http://www.firstlightoptics.com/dobsonians/skywatcher-heritage-100p-tabletop-dobsonian.html A great option!
  21. Hi Of the 2 scopes, I think the StartTravel 80mm would be easier to handle and give enough of a view e.g. the moon, planets and bright star clusters. The 90 is much longer and harder to handle. I had a short tube 80 and it was a very nifty scope. He would need to use the scope outside. They don't work well through closed windows or open ones for that matter. The loft is a bad place as the heat rising from the house makes the view bubble with turbulence. Good luck. Paul P.S. A better alternative in the larger size is http://www.firstlightoptics.com/reflectors/skywatcher-explorer-130p.html
  22. Managed a quick view this morning between scudding clouds. Canon IS 15 x 50s. Much more prominent against the dark sky Traces of the tails. Nice view of M13 - summer is coming Cheers Paul
  23. Hi The temperature inside the 'dry' shed will cycle, day through night and with seasons. This can cause repeated condensation on the mirror... ...as Peter D. noted, 7 - 10 years is a reasonable lifespan for a coating. Cheers Paul
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