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  1. Oh .... well.... maybe... but there is lot of low level faint material there. If you raise the ambient darkness it will start to look like a snow-storm....
  2. Space Force.........?? Star-Trekkin' "We come in peace ......<shoot to kill> " I think was a lyric from an old pop song....
  3. That is a very nice shot. I'm hunting this one down as well.... living up't North I have even less time to capture it.... but that's all part of the fun.
  4. Thanks Adam. Well I took the plunge for the C8HD in order to catch these lovelies. There are a surprising number of the little beasties around. I came across a chart of the more well known Planetary nebulae, like this.... Just look at them !!!!! Like some exotic box of chocolates...... or key for identifying bio luminescent plankton !!!! I want them all .......<manic laugh> It'll keep me happy for a few seasons for sure. Sean.
  5. Hi Tom, Yes, good point. I had set up the scope originally for a bit of galaxy work , the Super Nova in M100 and a few of the old classics in Leo and Ursa Major. Seeing that Canis Major was well placed and only available for about an hour or so with the neighbours fence looming, I went for Thor's Helmet trying to get some of the fibrous nebulosity that I had seen in pictures on Astrobin. Then one thing led to another....... These are totally new objects for me, and sometimes you never really know in advance what the surface brightness will be in RGB. I didn't have lots of time to track the objects down...!!! Another important detail is the density of stars in the surrounding image. So, I always like to have decent FOV to get enough stars in the image for stacking. Also the guiding is more forgiving at 0.67x as well.... The Eskimo is certainly worth another go at the full F10 !!!!! ( ooops!!... controversial for DSO imaging types...) Sean
  6. Evening all, After a few crazy tiring nights when the skies have been patchy on and off since sunset then clearing post mid-night, I am thankfully sitting down and catching up on my processing. Here are two cheeky little Planetary Nebulae. Both imaged LRGB with the Celestron Edge (0.67x) and the Atik 414ex mono. NGC 2392 (known as the Eskimo Nebula ) in Gemini.... ( 10x1min Lum 5x30s 2x2bin for RGB) . It's bright but small and so prooves difficult to extract any great detail. Then there is NGC2438 in Puppis. In fact it is actually sat there inside another deep sky object, an open star cluster, M46 . The Ring Nebula obviously has gone on a Winter Holiday to South of the celestial equator. Really low and fleeting from my backyard. Same as before ( 10x1min Lum 5x30s 2x2bin for RGB) Hope you like them. Sean
  7. The 1500mm Focal Length is long but it is an SCT and in comparison to other SCTs and Maks it makes a good 'Goldilocks' value.......You can bump it up to 2x...4x for planetary/Lunar but also get it down to 945mm with a reducer....... and then there is this.... https://starizona.com/store/hyperstar-6 F2 !!!!!...... 300mm..... and compact, lightweight. It is a good value scope. I have one, it was my first serious foray into glass and mirrors. Sean.
  8. Top quality shot. This has inspired me to go get it with the 8"SCT.
  9. Yes, I was expecting the tail to drag across the two clusters like the Veil Nebula..... alas..... it took about five subs to locate it and then frame it.. It would be nice to get some colour out of it, that ghostly green carbide , but the cluster itself will begin to dominate any longer exposures or large aperture shots.
  10. Very much a rush to capture the event. This is from Wednesday night about 8:00pm The Weather forecast predicted cloud for the next 6 days. There was an interval of about an hour of semi clear skies.... so action stations. I used my guide scope to take the picture (Bresser 102mm F 4.6 refractor) as I had the Edge SCT on the other side of the dual rig. I used an OSC (QHY8pro ) as it gave me a wide field and there was just not the time for filters. What to do ???.... a long exposure to pick up the faint tail but possibly smudge the comet due to its motion...OR... take 'sharper' shorter exposures but run the risk of not getting the comet at all.... hmmmm It's actually quite a tough combination to get right. Good luck if you are trying to capture it.... I think you may have a few more nights left to have a go. Sean.
  11. Nice one Mike. I don't think I can see Eridanus from my garden due to the neighbourhood, and a nicely placed used-car lot with hyper bright halogens. I do like a galaxy with something unusual about it.
  12. I'm liking the negative image. Shows up really well. It is about as bright as those foreground stars..... they might be hundreds of light years away, the SN is 53.5 million light years away.... and not forgetting the inverse square law in operation as well..... phew....... that's some explosion.
  13. From last night ( so early morning 19th Jan 2020 ) . There was a high hazy cloud up until midnight which was playing havoc with any sustained tracking. Things improved into the morning so I slewed the C8 Edge over to Coma Berenices for a peek . Initial subs revealed the core with an offset egg shape. These images are stacked Luminosity ( 18x 2 mins) with an ATIK 414 mono. CCd67 (0.67x) reducer on the SCT Right image is an enlarged central zone.... and there it is. I know there was a few of us out there in the pre-dawn frost trying to get this. Interesting to see other captures. I will try to add some colour if I can stay awake. Sean
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