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Everything posted by clarkpm4242

  1. I was in the Elan Valley on Monday night. Clear sky with a hint of Zodiacal band visible. I had a good trawl of the Loop as Orion was highest in the south, about midnight. TMB 92 f5.5 APO, Televue 31mm Nagler (FOV 4.8 degrees) and 2" H beta filter. The brighest portion of the northern segment was visible without the filter. Using M78 as the centre of the clock I could follow the loop from 1 thru 12 to 8 where it seemed to fizzle out in line with a projected line SE from the 3 belt stars. Disappointed, I wandered further round only to pick up wavey somethings comprising parts of the southern element! A nice surprise. Excellent conditions and the perfect equipment combo The California Nebula was stunning! Good luck. Paul
  2. I have these as my ultra portable astro optics. No tripod needed. There are many bright southern DSOs to be seen with them.
  3. Have you checked the phases of the moon? New is 7th Dec, full a couple of weeks later. This might impact how dark you are on the island. I suggest a good pair of 8 x 40 binoculars. Portable and useful in the daytime for seeing the native fauna. Hope you have a great trip! Paul
  4. Pease 1 is resolved...though it's character is not apparent. Nice one. Paul
  5. Nice one!! I had a go at visual observation of globular clusters in M31. Used the Hodge Atlas. Amazing what the eye and more so CCD can pick up Good luck Paul
  6. I was fortunate to be under a Bortle Class 1 sky last dark moon, in the UK!!! At 58N, in Coigach north of Ullapool in the NW Highlands of Scotland. In the evenings M33 was a direct vision naked-eye object, the zodical band and gegenschein were clearly visible. An early morning call (because of a dog with bowel issues!) meant Orion was just past south and I had 5 hours worth of dark adaptation... Barnard's Loop at 12 to 8 o'clock from M78 was an 'easy' object through 15 x 50 Canon IS binoculars. The combination of wide FOV and sky quality. The zodiacal band continued on through Gemini, Cancer and Leo soon to be met by the dawn Zodiacal light. The sky quality is so good up there that you realise how 'bright' a truely dark sky is. The winter Milky Way as bright as the summer, the summer Milky Way seeming to light up the ground. Many other DSOs were enjoyed Wishing I was still there. Paul
  7. Nice scope that Ranger!! Was a good evening that Cheers Paul
  8. The colours are naturally there however, the longer exposure of the camera as compared to the human eye enhances their prescence. Thin cloud also helps to spread out star colour in an image therefore making it more obvious to the eye. Finally, a bit of increased colour saturation in the post-processing brings the existing colour up a bit more. Cheers Paul
  9. Ha, ha. A 9 hour trip home yesterday. The darkest sky I've experienced in the UK. Cheers
  10. 2 single 20 sec exposures. Brief 'gap' in the clouds. iso1600 f2 16mm Canon 7D MkII Lightroom and CS2
  11. 3 x 15s stacked 16mm f2.8 iso1600 Canon 7D MkII 1st weekend in Nov from north of Ullapool.
  12. From 58N, north of Ullapool, North West Highlands of Scotland. Evening of Nov 7th. 6 sec, iso1600, f1.8, 24mm on Canon 7D MkII. Processed OTT in Lightroom Cheers Paul
  13. Maybe try the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa. There is a website and FaceBook page. I arranged contacts through them for a visual observing trip to the SAAO at Sutherland about 10 years go. Cheers Paul
  14. Excellent image. Yes, the name is a misnomer. Labelled by some amateur astronomers in the US that had a 'great view' of the group from that location once. Unfortunately it somehow got into The Sky software and its use spread. It used to be referred to as NGC 7331 and 'The Fleas' a much more descriptive visual term... ...your image is great whatever we chose to call it Cheers Paul
  15. Excellent images James! Thank you! SO many memories. Worth investing a few more £ in a beefier hire car? April/May are much less prone to Calimas. Cheers Paul
  16. Cool. It is as much down to personal taste and what you wish to achieve. I'm nowhere near as sophisticated. Hope you have a productive winter season! Cheers Paul
  17. Excellent work! Makes my time laspes look very basic no transitions like that! I would prefer the night time to be more apparent though. Exposure ramping is so smooth but the impact of darkness is partly lost? I guess the moon illumination contributes? It looks like it is all dayight and then a period of daylight with stars rather than it becoming night..? Personal taste. YMMV. Cheers Paul
  18. NGC 6633 and IC 4756 make a great pair through binoculars or wide field scope under dark skies :)cheers Paul
  19. This list!! RASC Finest NGCs https://www.rasc.ca/finest-ngc-objects http://www.messier.seds.org/xtra/similar/rasc-ngc.html http://www.astrosurf.com/mmorin/finest_ngc_en.html Fainter than Messiers but selected for their visual appeal (unlike Herschel list). I hope you find whatever you choose next is fulfilling. Paul
  20. The system works! It takes alot of frames to test these things out... ...hope you get a part moonless opportunity to really show its capability. Cheers
  21. True, however... ...straining to identify the dark nebulae makes the surrounding bright features more prominent. I find it a very useful 'mind trick' to see more. It may have some physiological basis. Cheers Paul
  22. Nice one. For deep sky 31mm Nagler 13mm Ethos Optional Paracorr Al Nagler recommended this combo Cheers
  23. Ahhhh! Summer skies from La Palma...gorgeous! Feel free to post too many. Great memories. Thank you. You didn't go for the 'extreme' concrete road then Looking forward to your time lapses. Cheers Paul
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