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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

    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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. DSO, Nebula, Galaxies, Comets etc

    A selection of images of DSOs, nebula and galaxies
  7. 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
  8. WADAS forum 4

    Nice images Dec and Jay!!! Great to see so many wonderful images on the forum. The result of one of my imaging sessions from Kelling Heath Autumn Equinox star party 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
  9. WADAS forum 4

    Nice to read you've got out Nick. I have treated myself to a visual OIII filter which I'm hoping to test out during the coming season. Hoping I'll get clear skies whilst I'm down at Kelling Heath next week. Also on the subject of the society scope, I have got the motor drive for the mount. Nick, unless anyone wants to borrow it beforehand, I'll pass it to you next time I see you so we know everything is together in one place.
  10. WADAS forum 4

    Pleasant end to the evening having a quiet half an hour in the back yard with my Equinox 80. Even bagged a new Messier I'm surprised I haven't done before - M15 (NGC 7078) a lovely globular cluster in Pegasus. Pity M2 was too low behind the roofline or I'd have had a go at that one too. M31 The Andromeda Galaxy looking lovely as always. Now it's time for bed. Forgot to add my total Messier count is now 38/110
  11. WADAS forum 4

    It's great to see Orion again in the pre-dawn sky. The new season is underway and I'm looking forward to spending more time at the eyepiece enjoying the views first hand. Are you heading to Bala again?
  12. WADAS forum 4

    Wow Dec, just wow! Incredible image. Lovely job Mark - you can't beat a nice Milky Way shot, especially when it includes my Brocchi's Cluster Well, one week today and I'll be heading off to Kelling Heath Autumn star party. Hoping this weather picks up a bit before then and storm Aileen moves away.
  13. WADAS forum 4

    Oh no! Has your kit got wet?
  14. WADAS forum 4

    Another incredible image Jay. Beautiful. Well, despite the bright Moon it looked quite nice and clear last night around 11pm so I decided to pop outside with the 8SE to see what I could see. The plan was to bag a few more of the Lunar 100 if other observing proved to be too difficult. Ended up having a really productive couple of hours with Terry doing some much needed purely visual astronomy. Included in our list of targets were M57 The Ring Nebula, M27 The Dumbbell Nebula (on which I used the UHC filter and the difference was clearly apparent with real structure to be seen), Albireo which looked beautiful as always with the contrasting blue and gold, Alcor/Mizar, Epsilon Lyrae (The Double Double) which split beautifully with the 5mm EP and amazed Terry, Vega, M31 The Andromeda Galaxy, M101, The Double Cluster, Aldebaran, M45 The Pleiades, M39, M29, and finally a last 15 minutes on the Moon to enjoy the depth of the shadows and detail along the terminator. Packed up at 1am when my power tank ran out and the Moon was too high and bright to really experience any further productive viewing. I'd promised myself that I'm going to spend more time at the eyepiece this season enjoying the views first hand and last night proved to be a great start. With Kelling Heath star party just over a week away I've got my mojo back to go down there and grab any viewing opportunity the skies allow
  15. WADAS forum 4

    Absolutely stunning image Jay! Incredible detail and beautiful colour palette