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  1. Less is definitely more... Though I'm always one for a more nuanced, deft and light touch. Pity I don't have such a thing. Thanks for posting. Paul
  2. It is not a description of what you see. When the moon is 1/4 the way through its 4 week/28 day orbit it is at 1st quarter and half illuminated as we see it. WHen the moon is 3/4 the way through its 4 week/28 day orbit it is at 3rd/last quarter and half illuminated as we see it.
  3. Hi John, Some good suggestions. Up to now I've not had much success ( To my satisfaction anyway ) with light painting. The poundland LEDs interests me as some of the pro LEDs can be a touch expensive. I'm going to trawl the cheapo shops and tell them you sent me I've seen sites such as this but not tried it yet. I will now though - https://waynepinkstonphoto.com/Low-Level-Landscape-Lighting It's funny you specifically mention the Ashness bridge shot as something happened that has never happened to me before ....... I was not alone ! I felt rushed and under pre
  4. I wonder which village that was? We also had an early Xmas Eve evening session before moonrise TMB 92mm f5.5 APO. Comet 46P, M31, Milky Way etc. The relatives were entertained! NV is not a usual accessory for our SQM 21.4 sky pity about the moon...glad you were successful! Happy New Year Paul
  5. Nice work... ...apart from the chocolate bounty, disgusting!!! Coconut hating Paul.
  6. For deep sky try the RASC Finest NGC objects. Chosen for visual appeal. A step up in difficulty from the Messier list. The H400 has many unappealing objects. Good luck Paul
  7. Says 21.6 for us up in Swaledale. Recent meter reading managed 21.4 in the early hours of a really clear night. I am very fortunate! Paul
  8. ...and Jupiter on the horizon right of the 3 Sisters. This morning about 07:15. Welcome to 2019. Paul Canon 7D MkII Sigma 24mm at f3.5 1/5th sec iso 400 LR and CS2. 24mm at f3.5, iso400 and 1/5 sec RAW in LR and CS2.
  9. Cool engineering. I made an airline 'carry-on' 10" using marine ply. Nowhere near as sophisticated as your solution! Flew it to the Canaries severl times Hope you get good views!! Paul
  10. Another explanation was that they used very long focal length scopes with small exit pupils. This caused the blood vessels on the back of the eye to become 'visible' to the observer as a network. Cheers Paul
  11. Make more use of the kit that I have! Hopefully aided by an astro-shed for easier deployment of dobsonian and my imaging setup. Another trip up to NW Highlands Do a few more outreach sessions. Have 2 booked so far. Hope you all have a fulfilling astro year. Paul
  12. Yep. As the above 2 posts. It is a very rich cluster! Works well through a range of apertures and magnifications. Must be a LP issue...or Specsavers Cheers Paul
  13. If you look at the V magnitudes here, in green. http://wirtanen.astro.umd.edu/46P/46P_status.shtml You can see it is peaking around 3.5. The predicted curve suggests it will remain 'bright' for a few more weeks. Should be OK for the next period of moon free dark nights. Fingers crossed. Paul
  14. Grabbing frames twixt the clouds. Canon 7D MkII, Samyang 16mm at f2. 15s, ISO 1600. Cheers Paul
  15. Thanks Gordon. My problem is probably down to trying to make do with a cheap Pan/Slide/Tilt solution. Cable management issues have caused some jerky motion on the vids. Am looking to get an 'on board' solution... ...maybe. Cheers Paul
  16. You've put in a lot of work!!! Hope you are happy with the outcome. What approach do you take to manage dew? Thank you Paul
  17. Yes. I use the circle of stars in Cetus to orientate myself. Just to the right of your map. Good luck!
  18. Naked eye object from Swaledale this evening. Appears as a fuzzy patch 'attached' to a nearby mag. 5 star. Paul
  19. Last year the forecast was rubbish however, a call of nature woke me about 4 a.m. In a fully clear 'window' of 30 mins and part clear of 30 mins I saw about 40 geminids and imaged 15+. Will be up early hours Friday, just in case. Good luck everyone! Paul PS Looks like some clear this evening (Sunday).
  20. Hi I have done this before with similar OTA size and weight. The OTA does fit within carry on limits, you may get queried at security but I have never had a problem. Mount separate, carried on by partner. Big eyepieces in pockets if necessary. Tripod (sometimes partly disassembled) in hold baggage. Hope it goes well. Paul
  21. 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
  22. I have these as my ultra portable astro optics. No tripod needed. There are many bright southern DSOs to be seen with them.
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