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Everything posted by clarkpm4242

  1. Linked to wrong section. Will amend when post moved from Widefield Observing to Imaging. Paul. Now in the correct section.
  2. This was taken from 04:30 to 05:00 from my garden in Swaledale. Canon 7D MkII, Samyang 16mm at f2, 5s exposures at iso1600. Processed in Lightroom. Slight crop to 16:9 and reframing. There are 6 pauses in the playback, spot the meteor! Cheers Paul.
  3. Nature called about 04:30, glanced outside to see 50% clear. 5 secs out of the door and a -8 or more meteor lit up the thin cloud!! 30+ over the next 75 mins. Some stunners. Have at least 11 on 'film'. Currently processing. Now 12...13...15... That was very unexpected! Happy boy Paul
  4. Nearly fell off my chair when I read your title! I live a very few miles down the Dale and go past Usha Gap regularly. Glad to see others picking up on Swaledale. The National Park is working on Dark Sky status for an appropriate area. Nice report! Cheers Paul
  5. Ha, my comments were regarding Leo I. How to reduce and avoid glare... ...however, I used an UHC filter for the notch in the Cone Nebula. Good luck. Paul
  6. Rain washed sky!!! Lowish power narrow FOV eyepiece etc. I think I was using a 32mm TV Plossl with an 18" dob from Donna Nook first time. Good luck Paul
  7. I did pick up the Eridanus loop last season, but only had one go at it. Would really like an annual confirmation. It becomes more real if you observe something regularly year(s) apart. Hope you get the necessary conditions! Paul and Geminids on the night of Wed 13 thru to Thurs 14
  8. Very, very nice. The reflection is better than the sky! I too will be having a look at Sequator (currently use DSS or occasionally manual in PS...), thank you. Paul
  9. I like put it as 'different'... ...hope to enter something on this subject. Waiting for a bit less moon, and inspiration! Cheers, Paul.
  10. Bizarrely, I would have cropped the mud off this...means the focus shifts back to the widefield of the stars and their reflections. You may also like to know that I have not won *any* competitions with my images that nearly always lack foreground interest! Ho, hum... Lovely pic though! Good effort, cheers Paul
  11. Great write up! Enjoying the vicarious observing and experience Kudos to all on putting in the time and effort. Cheers Paul
  12. Couple of weekends ago. 2 hours worth of observing in a few seconds. We did illuminate the big dob deliberately whilst getting a brew...
  13. Seen many times through a 16 (and smaller). Good preparation then all about the conditions! Good luck!! Paul
  14. Three volumes of Night Sky Observers Guide, Celestial Sampler, Deep Sky Wonders (classic), Interstellarium...remainder is via t'Internet. Wish I had Burnham's! Paul
  15. ...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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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.
  20. 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
  21. 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
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