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About Vicky050373

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    WADAS crew
  • Birthday 05/03/73

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    Member of Wakefield and District Astronomical Society (WADAS)
    Member of The National Trust, English Heritage & RSPB
    Wife and mother of two - no pets (except the husband and the two kids!)
    Always remember - life is not a dress rehearsal
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  1. WADAS forum 4

    Cracking Crab Nebula Matt!!! Fantastic detail. Great meal at The Cinnamon Lounge last night with a few good laughs as usual. Thank you everyone for making it such a good night. I managed to get out reasonably early this morning to capture a beautiful waning gibbous Moon - avert your eyes Damian
  2. Celestron Travel Scope 70 Telescope

    Hi Richard, a bit more pricey and larger option, but have you looked at the 150mm Dob that Lockie is selling in the classifieds. Would give much better views although it may be a little too large for your kids. Just something for you to ponder
  3. WADAS forum 4

    Nice image Jay. Really need to get outside and get set up imaging on the next clear night, but life has had other ideas this last couple of weeks. Need to image Orion away from home though as I am unable to image it from my house with it being to the South East. Heads up, BBC4 9.00pm - Storyville - The Farthest: Voyager's Interstellar Journey. Not seen it, but it comes recommended. I have set it to record
  4. WADAS forum 4

    I've just got home from work and the sky is looking great. Checked the forecast and it is looking good my way. Don't think I'll travel out tonight, however I'm thinking of getting set up in the back garden to have a play. Is anyone planning a trip out or a back garden session tonight?
  5. WADAS forum 4

    Cracking work Eric. I was going to comment that it was too large to be Uranus, but you beat me to it and edited that it was Capella. Loving your flame, horsehead and running man nebula images. Great capture of the Venus and Jupiter conjunction Ben. I'd completely forgotten about it until Terry texted me at 7am to ask what the bright "stars" were. Managed to dash out with the DSLR and grab a couple of quick images before they were lost to the dawn. It was a beautiful sight and a gorgeous sunrise
  6. WADAS forum 4

    Ooh, lovely images coming through on here tonight. Great to see you getting out and making the most of the clear skies.
  7. WADAS forum 4

    It was clear over my way last night, but that moon was incredibly bright for just over first quarter! Think I must have had a touch of the post-holiday and back-to-work-in-the-morning blues as I really couldn't be bothered setting up. Terry kept nattering me to go out as it was so clear, but I really couldn't be bothered which isn't like me. Back to total cloud again today, and the moon will be getting brighter with every passing night. Hope some of you did get out and capitalise on the clear night.
  8. WADAS forum 4

    I'm on holiday in Scotland this week and we've had cloud, showers, sunshine, showers, drizzle..... a real mixed bag, however it's been clouded out every night. Had my first semi-clear evening last night so popped out with the DSLR for a few quick shots. Wasn't worth getting the scope out as there seemed to be a lot of high haze/mist around making it quite milky. Anyhow, or any-hoo as they say up here LOL, here are a couple of my images. Apologies D for the DLB shot, however it looked really lovely early evening just above the mountainside. The Milky Way images are all 15 seconds at ISO 1600. Weather isn't looking too bad today so we may attempt the 3 mile walk up Ben Cruachan to see the dam, as we have never had the weather/energy to attempt it on our previous trips this way.
  9. WADAS forum 4

    Thanks D! I just had a look outside to see what the sky was doing and there are some ominous looking clouds drawing in, so it looks like a nice night in front of the TV is in order. Thanks for the heads up
  10. Harvest Moon 05.10.2017 @ 20.02 Skywatcher Equinox 80 with Altair Lightwave 2 x Flat Field Tele Extender Barlow Canon 100D 1/400 second exposure at ISO 200
  11. NGC 7635 The Bubble Nebula in Cassiopeia Imaged using Atik 314L monochrome CCD camera and William Optics FLT-110 refractor on NEQ6 Pro SynScan mount 10 x 300 second subs in H-alpha
  12. WADAS forum 4

    I thought exactly the same thing D. Even though I was on a short early shirt at work today, I would have quite happily stayed up all night observing until dawn and then gone into work. I managed an all-nighter at Kelling and it was fantastic! Finishing the night with a last scout around Orion and a view of Venus through the 8SE. I used my "new" visual OIII filter a lot whilst I was there, and the Orion nebula was one of the targets that totally blew me away with the difference through the filter! So much texture - it looked like cotton wool! The veil was another that really wowed me. Yes, it was a pity the pesky moon was full and so bright last night. Clear nights like that don't come along very often.
  13. WADAS forum 4

    Yup, I went out with the scope earlier and it was just pointless trying to view anything - even the moon was too bright to view! Typical when we have been waiting for a clear night for ages. Just took a quick image through the scope with my DSLR and came back inside. Harvest Moon 05.10.2017 @ 20.02 Skywatcher Equinox 80 with Altair Lightwave 2 x Flat Field Tele Extender Barlow Canon 100D 1/400 second exposure at ISO 200
  14. DSO, Nebula, Galaxies, Comets etc

    A selection of images of DSOs, nebula and galaxies
  15. WADAS forum 4

    We had a really good time of it really - can't complain to be able to get out and do something for 4 nights in a row, even if Friday night was just a bit of messing about with the DSLR's. Stopping up all night under such a clear dark sky is always a treat. A star party to be remembered - especially that view of M76 through the 20" Dob! This is the second of my images from my time at Kelling Heath which I set running whilst I was doing some visual observing. Didn't get too far with this one as I had software issues and didn't get imaging until the early hours of the morning around 4am! Dawn arrived before I had chance to get any colour data. Struggled getting the detail out as I didn't want to over cook the processing. Will probably have another look at it with fresh eyes at some point. Anyway, I'm happy with it for now and it's the first real go I've had at this target. M33 The Triangulum Galaxy 22.09.2017 Atik 314L and William Optics FLT-110 10 x 60 seconds and 10 x 120 seconds Luminance filter only