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Everything posted by bluegiraffe

  1. Thank you everyone I had a few stability issues, my camera makes the scope heavy in the mount now so it was a bit of a juggling act in the end. Can't wait for the next clear night! Louise
  2. Hi everyone, Just wanted to share my photo I took last night. While it's no where near the standard of everyone else's images, it's one of my first attempts with my canon 1300D and I'm really pleased with it! Thanks for looking
  3. Congratulations, that's a beautiful image!
  4. I've just finished cleaning my lenses. Same as everyone else, I used optical fluid and lens tissues. I did find out though that it's best to be spraring with the amount of fluid used on the tissue!
  5. I'm a bit late to this post, but my favourite crate is Proclus. It was the fist one I picked out and learned the name of so it's special ☺ I love looking around the Appenines too, they always look different!
  6. Thanks for all the hard work you do behind the scenes. This forum is brilliant, and while I'm more of a lurker than a poster, I appreciate all you do to keep it running smoothly.
  7. Nice idea, I'll try the targets. It will give my observing some structure!
  8. Beautiful image, and I learned a lot from the description too!
  9. I've just started week 2 and it looks like it will be a bit more informative this week! 2.27, Black Hole Cannibal sounds really intriguing!
  10. Brilliant, thank you! I'll try that next time I get out.
  11. Orion for me too, it was the first I learned to pick out as a kid and I still find it just as exciting now when it comes back into view!
  12. Thanks for your comments everyone Wow lowjiber, it's pretty tiny! Is it possible I've seen it and not noticed?
  13. I wasn't planning on getting out tonight, but I saw it was clear and didn't want to waste the opportunity! I started off looking for M1 the Crab nebula. I'm dying to see it, but got another failure to locate it to add to the list. I left that search and went to one of my favourites, the Orion nebula - I never get tired of that view. I could see a very faint suggestion of green, and used averted vision to try to see just how big it is. A lot bigger than I thought it turns out! While I was in Orion, I thought I'd have a little look around Collinder 70 as I'd read about it in the Sky at Night mag. I got my first look at the Hyades which I thought was lovely, I'll be returning again, probably with bins for a larger field to appreciate them properly. I noticed Gemini is back in my view again, so I hunted out M35. I'd forgotten how beautiful it is, and I spent a lot of time just looking. I finished my session with M36. I tried for M38 but I couldn't get my mount to go high enough which was disappointing. I'm waiting for Jupiter, it's just out of view for me at the moment but I'm hoping over Christmas and New Year to get a long night viewing in. This is the first report I've been brave enough to post, so thanks for reading!
  14. Lucky! I stood out for an hour and I only saw 4. Mind you, one was a beauty and totally worth it
  15. I'm hoping to get out for a time, this will be the first time i've caught them so I'm hoping it stays clear!
  16. That's great! Thanks guys, you're really helpful! I downloaded an app on my phone, I'm trying to do the lunar 100 and I needed assistance navigating! I'd like to image each one too...
  17. no, I couldn't identify them I was unsure why I got such a magnified picture with the webcam, I was expecting a full disc picture! I think it's because the eyepiece adapter was fully in the eyepiece ( I'd had the same problem with my barlow and eyepiece) but I haven't had a chance to test out my theory yet. Any I.D help would be gratefully received though
  18. Gorgeous image! love the info too
  19. thanks I'm going to try the Apennines next... I can see this becoming an obsession!
  20. This is my first attempt with a video file, stacked through registax. I was trying to get a whole disc image, I've got no idea why it turned out like this. I'm quite pleased with it though 29 nov 2014 a process.bmp
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