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About PaulB

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  1. Reading the report. You had a good night. The views through the 15" must be worth the effort after star hoping to target. I too was finally able to use the Mk1 EB over the Easter full Moon bank holiday. I want to know why the skies are only clear at full Moon? Anyway like you. I had a good night observing doubles and some fuzzies with my C9.25.
  2. Macclesfield has been cloud covered now, since the end of 2018 and the beginning of 2019. The clouds did clear off around 18:00hrs to show a full Moon. It stayed that way for a couple of hours before the clouds gods pulled the covers over. Like July 2018 the eclipse went un-noticed from SK11. I only hope February brings better weather conditions. Less warm and more cold and frosty weather, please.
  3. It's nice to see an image from the "Neverending Cloudy British Skies" This is very good.
  4. I was also Mooning around last night. The skies cleared up so I quickly put a telescope on the pier, and connected everything. Telescope- WMO Megrez 80 with 2" Altair 2x TeleExtender and 2" Altair Prism diagonal. 18mm Altair Ultra WF eyepiece. It was an all too brief session, but I really enjoyed looking at the various features. I must spend more time looking at the Moon.
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    M42 WIP

    It isn't you get to see images of this quality. Well done Jan.
  6. You had some good luck with the weather. It's been cloudy so far this year. Your report is very good and makes me wish I could use the Mk1 EB again. Bloody weather !!!!!!!
  7. Looks good. Is the DOB mount sticky? Mine was and I was very disappointed with it.
  8. Looking very good Carole, But- you are showing off you know. Three clear night's. That has to be a record!
  9. Like Carole, I too was an active member of UKAI. I was very disappointed when they decided to close down the website and move over to FB, which I loathe. In my opinion. It was very narrow-minded of the admin team to do this.
  10. PaulB

    IC 5146

    The Cocoon nebula is a stellar nursery, with its delicate fabric of glowing Hydrogen gas torn apart by the solar wind of newly born Suns. Also known as Caldwell 19. IC 5146 is a good imaging target for anybody who wishes to point there "imaging" tool of choice in this area. I shot this version in September 2017. I use an Atik 428ex CCD with an Atik EFW II. All this hangs of my Altair Wave series 115 EDT. This rides on top of my Losmandy G11.
  11. When I made the observations mentioned. I was in our part of the Peak District NP in an area called Willdboarclough. The skies were dark, with very good transparency. It would be interesting to see whether the "Loop" could be seen visually? HB filter-dark sky- Mk1 eyeball? PaulC, Interesting report. A true dark sky is something to behold.
  12. I once owned a TV Ranger- and from a darkish site between Macclesfield and Buxton. I saw the arc of Barnard's Loop through a 24mm Panoptic and borrowed Lumicon H-Beta filter. I was astonished to see it. It appeared as a ghostly arc of grey light. My observing colleague Paul Clarke who was, at that time the Chairman of ADAS in Timperly was also very surprised. Whilst using the filter. I also spied NGC 1499 California nebula. A rich field telescope 60mm to 90mm with an H-Beta should easily show the arc. I am going to buy an Astronomik H-Beta filter and try again. This time using my William Optics 80mm Megrez ED, from Teggs Nose CP.
  13. That is very nice. I have never shot DSO's at a low ISO speed. The picture here is very clean. Well done.
  14. Very good indeed. Nicely framed and well processed.
  15. Good morning everyone. Before you read this report I want to make an observation. I was attending the IAS yesterday. Whilst I was there spending some money. I noticed a number of Astro-retailers, were now focusing on selling Astro Imaging equipment rather than traditional visual observing equipment. I was sorry to see CCD and EAA equipment for sale, together with telescopes and filters aimed at the CCD imager. And not the large Dobs and Newtonian's we use. In fact, I didn't see any of these telescopes other than Refractors. I bought a 1.25" Omegon visual OIII filter and an 18mm Ultra Flat eyepiece from Altair. The filter wasn't easy to find amongst all the CCD filters available. Is this a sign of the times? I am a CCD and DSLR imager, but I am currently the Worm that turned. And have started looking through a telescope again. That telescope is a Celestron C9.25 with a 2" Altair Prism diagonal. I now have a modest selection of good eyepiece's. 24mm TV Panoptic 18mm Altair Flat Field 13mm Baader Hyperion 9mm Altair LightWave Omegon OIII filter and Orion UltraBlock SCT filter. Here is a brief report of observations made on Wednesday. The conditions were not perfect. The skies were brighter than normal so the NLM was +3.8. Eyepiece used- 24mm and 13mm with Orion UB filter on the scope. 57 Peg Yellow primary with a considerably fainter secondary. The secondary was very difficult to see. But with averted vision, it was visible during moments of steady seeing. 24mm then 13m ep used Whilst making this observation Pegasus was still low in the East. NGC 7331 With the 13mm. NGC 7331 was easy to see and identify. This was one of the first galaxies I found when I had my first goto telescope mount. and it still looks good. Only better now that I have more aperture. NGC 7332 this one was difficult. It is a faint galaxy that really needs a darker sky. But I was able to observe it comfortably. I saw a bright core that gradually faded. At M+11 I was surprised to see it in my suburban sky. NGC 7662 Blue Snowball Nebula. 13mm ep this was big, very bright and round. It looked like a planetary nebula through my eyepiece. And shining a brilliant white. NGC 6826 The Blinking Planetary Nebula. This was another easy object to visually see using the 13mm and filter. It was smaller than the previous object but still quite distinct. NGC 6891 Over the border in Delphinus. I found this little gem. NGC 6891 was small, bright and round in the 13mm. I last saw this object in the middle 1990's. So it was nice to go back and look at it with a modern eyepiece and more aperture. NGC 7026 In Cygnus NGC 7026 was very small and faint. But despite the size. This magnitude 12 planetary was seen without averted vision. It was elongated in the 13mm. There is a magnitude 7 star very close to this nebula. Whilst the telescope was pointed in this area. I homed in on NGC 6992. This time I used the 24mm Panoptic and was very surprised to see a long, but faint grey band of nebulosity. I also tried but failed to see NGC1, which Owen mentioned in the latest Astronomy Now. I can honestly say. I enjoyed the evening at the eyepiece. And it made me realise how much I enjoyed visual observing. It was after all. What I did before getting into this digital malarky. -- Regards Paul A Brierley Observing Director Macclesfield AS.
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