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pipnina

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About pipnina

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  1. Caught the eclipse from the UK

    I took the photo from Plymouth. Sounds like people in bits of cornwall and devon managed to catch it, elsewhere people were less lucky.
  2. Caught the eclipse from the UK

    According to the metadata on the photo, 20:17:48. Also thank you
  3. Heard we would be getting a tiny bit of the eclipse earlier. Happened to look out the window as it was happening and noticed the dent (Obviously I looked for like 0.1 seconds, after that it was camera view screen viewing. Naughty me...)
  4. Fireworks Galaxy

    I was thinking the background was rather light... Perhaps one of our screens needs calibrating
  5. Fireworks Galaxy

    Amazing!
  6. Starter objects?

    In binoculars, sometimes M16 & the omega nebula can be as easy as M31 to see. Depends on where your light dome comes from. I was lucky to see them through my binoculars last month. But you'll never now if you don't try so you might as well try for them. In fact, try for every object you think you want to see! Sometimes you can be surprised edit: just checked section... Might not apply to photography but hey my point still stands I guess
  7. Newbie needs help

    No question too basic, no question is stupid either. We're all here to help! If you can, try to upload a picture of your telescope on its mount (if possible) or even just a photo of the telescope and mount separate. We can give you some visual instruction
  8. Newbie needs help

    If it's an azimuthal (and not equatorial) then you can just sit it down on the ground and point it where you want to see. If it is equatorial, you need to point the mount towards Polaris (the north star). But given as your telescope has "AZ" in the name, I'd say it's safe to assume it's an azimuthal mount. GOTO i have no experience in, but I hope you can figure it out & use the scope manually as well as automatically. Sometimes just wondering can bring rewards Clear skies.
  9. Image from last night & feeling lucky.

    Yeah, I will have to sort out some flat & bias files. I think part of my problem with processing is the difference between linear and gamma TIFF files (possibly part of why the vignetting wasn't removed by my gradient removal). I will have to experiment with such.
  10. Image from last night & feeling lucky.

    Camera was on an unmotorized tripod, I took 183 4 second exposures, adjusting the camera's orientation every 60 shots. I used all the space on my SD card.
  11. Last night I went out to the front garden with the camera & my 10x50s. It wasn't perfect seeing but there weren't any clouds this time. I had a look around and the best target for the camera seemed to be the heart & soul nebula, so I se the camera going on that. Taking my glasses off to use the binoculars, I saw the milky way actually pop out at me. It was just about visible with the glasses on but became an easy sight with my glasses removed, with the binoculars I had a glance at M31, the double cluster, tried for M101 and felt like I might have gotten it (not sure), saw the omega & eagle. At this point I realized just how good I had it compared to a lot of people. Being able to just step outside with my 10x50s and see some of the best objects in the sky with ease, in spite of the white street lamps either side of me. The only thing I feel I can lament about is my eyes' astigmatism. The image itself came out fairly well, the 105 2.8 is an improvement over my 18-55 in several ways although it suffers in sharpness across the field wide open. Heart & soul faintly visible, shame the stars all seem to be a bit bloated. P.S. Posted in lounge as talking about observing & imaging, and wasn't sure which of those two sections to post in... Hope you guys have some clear skies!
  12. I'm unmotorized, but my 105mm f2.8 seems to be producing some nice results as long as I use ~4 second exposures. Last night I pointed it somewhere in the milky way and found that I would struggle to process an image which had the milky way cover the whole field. My current ideas are: Andromeda galaxy (Should be fairly easy, right?) M101 & surrounding area. Could be good, but maybe the target is a little small? Heart & soul nebulae. Veil nebula. Perhaps a bit dim, also rather high up & possibly difficult to point at with a regular tripod? Suggestions from that list and other possibilities well welcome Thanks!
  13. Curses!

    Yeah, the other night the seeing was so good I could see the join between the sea and the horizon... Normally by the sea there's at least a little bit of haze, even near the ground. But not that night.
  14. Curses!

    Everything seemed to be fine right until we stepped out the car, to see about 40% of the sky covered in cloud. The forecast had been positive and it seemed OK when we left the house. Thankfully, in a small blessing, the cloud was in large clumps so we could see parts of the sky at any given time. We managed to see the veil (by 52cyg) and the ring nebula, also some star cluster in the middle of the milky way underneath the Sagittarius star cloud which I could have sworn had a dark nebula inside of it, but who knows. Worth getting out to remind me that there is at least something up there, the weather has been so bad recently I was starting to forget there was something above the clouds.
  15. The forecast suggests that either tonight or tomorrow I will get some observing time. Please let the forecast be right, the dob is gathering dust :( And I have the focuser fixed now!

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