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  1. Agreed, such a brilliant idea. amazing what 2.1x mag can do... and thanks, yes a bit of both - a cool character and a cool constellation
  2. We just had a baby and called her Lyra.

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      Congratulations! :) 

  3. Having just had a baby (called Lyra) 1 month ago, the telescope is somewhat of a dusty memory at the moment. It was my birthday 2 weeks after the baby was born and my partner bought me a gift on the baby's behalf, of a pair of Vixen SG 2.1x42 Widefield Binoculars. We live in London with all that entails astronomywise, but even so that is where they got their first test. They are really remarkable. I suppose where we live you can see about 50% of what you might call the main stars of each constellation, but I would say the Vixen's easily up that number by about 10 times. I read a review that described them less as binoculars and more like bionic eyes. That really gets it, because you can see large parts of the sky but in detail as never before. The focusing takes a bit of getting used to and it is important to get them opened up to exactly the right width for your particular face, but once this is achieved Pleiades for example just pops right out and you can see maybe 10 stars which by the naked eye would have appeared as slightly more than a blur. Being able to see the whole constellation is so nice and I think it will give me a much better understanding of the skies. Hopefully by the time the baby lets us get back onto the telescope we will have a much better feeling for the geography of it all thanks to these super binoculars.
  4. thanks paul, you have to work with what you have right? I'm sure you all know this, but I have found that if the target is more than about 30 degrees above the horizon, the light pollution is somewhat less of an obstruction. anyway light pollution is as nothing compared to the endless clouds!!!
  5. though it also increases the sense of blur because of the amount of wobble on the various subs. 2 steps forward 1 step back!
  6. Thanks for the advice. after reading a bit more I got hold of Deep Sky Stacker and tried combining the 2 sets of images I captured.. and it does seem to offer a bit more information to play with when output as a 32 bit tiff. SO much to learn. Anyway, I'll post the result for the sake of it.
  7. hi will, thanks for commenting. very short, like 2secs, it's about all the supatrak can manage as it was windy too.. missed the clear skies last night.. but when I get another chance I'll try increasing the number of subs, see if that helps.. maybe some sandbags to weigh down the mount might help a bit too.
  8. Clear skies in London last night, so I got out onto the flat roof with some new additions to my mak. I'm still struggling on with the supatrak + mak127 package - Always dreaming of an heq5pro or somesuch. First proper go using backyard eos, I also got to use my hand made Bahtinov mask. Definite improvements over previous attempts for which I used single exposures. This time I took about 10 lights which I stacked by hand in photoshop. I haven't got my head around darks and flats and so forth yet... that's got to be next. Oh and things are much improved by borrowing my partners Canon 6d which offers a quantum leap in light capturing from the 500d I've been using previously. Anyway probably saying all that as a roundabout way of justifying my poor image quality, but it is (sort of) fun battling against the twin menaces of a terrible mount and London's all smothering light pollution. Here are the results of 2 separate captures. Obviously inconsistent colour and so forth, just trying out different ways of reducing the light pollution. Any tips or help always appreciated.
  9. really fantastic. such detail. envious in the best possible way
  10. Welcome to SGL. I can recommend the Skywatcher mak 127 as a good starter scope. Great for looking at the moon, which is a good place to start. You get a lot of bang for your buck. Equally Knighty2112's advice is a good bet too.
  11. surely that's the eye of sauron! no but seriously that is an amazing picture.
  12. really nice. we've just got a star adventurer and are waiting for a suitable time to give it a go
  13. that looks great. I am also amateur. good luck
  14. i really like that.. forgive my newbie question, but what makes the sort of starburst effect on some star images happen?
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