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Everything posted by clarkpm4242

  1. Nice one!! A dark location at 21.5 I've managed 5053 with a 60mm frac on several occasions. Using a low magnification it doesn't resolve. The nearby star just looks like it has some haze attached compared to similar stars in the FOV. Aye, the drive home can be very tiring and trying!!! Cheers, Paul.
  2. The simpler answer may be to ask around if anyone has an 'old' smartphone/tablet from which they have upgraded? Use without a SIM. The small screens are OK with practise. I am very, very short sighted and manage to star hop using Sky Safari on an average sized Samsung A3 (also with a free screen filter app) Good luck, Paul.
  3. No filter used. Wasn't looking for it. Just became apparent as I swept about after looking for M78. Cheers
  4. I observed the bright portion of the loop near M78 using Canon 15*50 IS binoculars. This was from the Elan Valley in mid Wales on Monday. Very dark and transparent. Have observed it quite a few times using wide field combinations. Good luck Paul
  5. Hi Sam It certainly was different, a 3 foot snow drift where we usually set up the telescopes! Also managed some observing with binoculars Paul
  6. Time lapse last Monday whilst stuck up a hillside behind snow drifts... ...Canon 7D MkII, Sigma 16mm. Turn up the volume cheers, Paul.
  7. For 'normal' astrophotography. I use the aformentioned free Deep Sky Stacker and Adobe Photoshop CS2, old s/w free from Adobe - https://www.pcsteps.com/10474-download-photoshop-download-free-adobe/ For start trails I use StarStax - free. For time lapse I use Adobe Lightroom 6, ~£120. Paul
  8. Liking the M51! I frequently find deep images are too colourful for my taste. This is just colourful enough. Nice one. Paul
  9. https://www.iau.org/public/themes/discoveries/ IAU (edit; beaten to it...)
  10. Darker version is my preference. Though I always view astro images in subdued lighting. Nice images! Paul.
  11. ...and he disappears down the rabbit hole Good luck! Gradients, vignetting and lens distortions to look forward to. Nevermind clouds, contrails... ...I've parked that project for a while (or is that given up!). A very good idea to do some trial runs! A great challenge! Cheers Paul
  12. I would like to thank Orion for a great leading role... ...and SGL for running these challenges. Well done! Paul Edit - oooh, appears in my .sig.
  13. Are they both running the same version of the app? DSS version 3.3.4. is the latest available.
  14. I do have that dilemma myself...too deep/much in a widefield image! I use these in presentations to convey the message that there is sooo much out there in the apparently empty night sky. Cheers Paul
  15. It does, thank you! Used the Canon DPP s/w. That helps, thanks. RAWs are giving a nice outcome from the stacking using the converted files or direct. Have taken some more subs on the Auriga/Gemini area. Made sure that focus was definitely *not* on the red side but the clip filter does seem to encourage red halos. Also have a band near one long edge that I've been cropping. Cheers Paul
  16. Nope. It is not modified. Will check DSS when am back at laptop. Thank you Paul
  17. Interesting colour balance...this is from the jpg stack. Still working out what to do with the RAW subs! DSS, Lightroom/PS CS2. This is from 14 x 100s at f2, ISO800, Canon 7D MkII, Sigma 24mm, AstroTrac. Plenty of stuff up there! Cheers, Paul.
  18. http://www.astronomik.com/en/clip-filter/clip-filter-canon-aps-c.html?___store=en Lists a range of clip filters at the bottom of the page... Paul
  19. If you can trawl through this extensive library... http://www.clarkvision.com/articles/nightscapes/ ...there lies within free software downloads and a method of stretching images that retain the star colour. I have used it, and it does work. Paul
  20. On that note. If you are carrying in water...take a light tripod and hang the water underneath for stability..?
  21. Time lapse. Canon 7D MkII, Samyang 16 at f2.8, 6s, iso1600. Early December and early February. We have had a fair bit of snow this year up in Swaledale. The first segment was imaged for a star party due to feature on a More4 TV series - The Yorkshire Dales and Lakes, due for broadcast this summer. Cheers, Paul.
  22. Definitely way harder than Barnard's Loop and the California Nebula from UK latitudes, and probably anywhere else for that mtter
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