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Everything posted by clarkpm4242

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. NGC 6633 and IC 4756 make a great pair through binoculars or wide field scope under dark skies :)cheers Paul
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Nice one. For deep sky 31mm Nagler 13mm Ethos Optional Paracorr Al Nagler recommended this combo Cheers
  11. 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
  12. Stop this right now! Oh dear, what skies... ...I 'suffered' overly bright Zodiacal Light from Sutherland in the Karoo, SA once...memories. I await Part n... ...cheers Paul P.S. My observing accomplice mistook the Zodiacal Band for cloud
  13. As with my TMB 92 SS f5.5 APO. Superb under dark skies!! 31 Nagler gives about 16x magnification and a FOV of 4.8 degrees. My other eyepiece for this is 13mm Ethos, about 40x and 2.5 degrees. Lookig forward to some Milky Way cruising now the dark nights hve returned! Cheers Paul
  14. 45 frames taken for a time lapse. Each 10s, f2, iso 2000, 16mm on Canon 7D MkII. DSS and CS2. Stars, dust and gas. The stuff of life...
  15. Here is another from last night in Swaledale. I thought early Monday morning was the peak time (...and for clouds). 10s, f2, 16mm, iso2000, Canon &d MkII. Being used for a time lapse.
  16. If the camera is the Pentax K3II... ...learn how to use the Astrotracer and Interval timer functions. The 55mm lens will do for Perseids and the 300mm for Andromeda. Forget the Trunk... All you need is a sturdy tripod/head combo for the camera. to be mounted on. Shoot in RAW mode and have plenty of memory/battery power. For image processing use something like DeepSkyStacker (free download) and another digital darkroom tool. Do lots of reading e.g. http://www.astropix.com/bgda/bgda.html and learn in daylight! Good luck!
  17. Hope it gets sorted. My OMC140 was stunning at high power on doubles... ...when cooled!!! :) Cheers Paul
  18. Thanks! I have a Canon 200 f2.8 prime You're getting great results.
  19. As above! Lovely, especially the time lapse Is that a crop from a wider lens or..? Cheers Paul
  20. Lovely timelapse sequence. Clearly shows the impact of the change in lighting on the clouds as the sun moves west to east. Nice!
  21. Hi Nicely done! What s/w are you using to create the video? Cheers Paul
  22. https://www.firstlightoptics.com/batteries-powerpacks.html Tracer if you can afford them...
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