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Craney

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  1. Careful things don't spiral out of control. Great pic btw.
  2. My favourite because I was ready for it, it was at a good altitude and the sky was clear for virtually all of the eclipse...... done on an Alt-Az mount as well, so none of this automated none-sense.
  3. 8" SCT is a planet killer ( @F10. F20, F30 etc with barlows) 8" SCT is a good all round visual and AP scope ( lightweight,small, fairly easy to collimate) (@F6 -F7 with reducer) 8"SCT becomes fast, widefield scope for DSO's (@F4 with Night Owl @F2 with Hyperstar) Might not be the very best in each class, but the versatility is very attractive.
  4. "Fitted the skywatcher autofocuser to the 100mm breeder" Here's hoping for Triplets.......
  5. Yep, I don't make life easy for myself. Big old focal length (1400mm) combined with small narrow band objects that take a bit of coaxing to get any detail to emerge. Eskimo - ngc2392 I can see his nose in there. It was a bit Baltic on Saturday night when I took it, my nose probably looked the same. Ha (60mins in 45sec subs) , O3 (75mins in 45sec subs). It is quite a bright object. "Bow-Tie" ngc2371.. although looks more like a Quality Street Toffee. Ha (120mins), O3 (60mins) in 2min subs. Cats Eye ngc6543 Left this one to run
  6. One of the 'joys' of letting it run whilst you get the zeds in, is to work out what went wrong in the morning !!! Most instances you'll find are obvious and could have been avoided. That's astrophotography for ya !!!
  7. Evening all. Had the Celestron 8HD in galaxy imaging mode the other night, but could not resist having a look at the Moon. I had a go at the three little craters named after the Apollo astronauts and found them a bit more of a tougher prospect than I had at first presumed..... anyway...another story. The camera is an Atik 414ex mono. CCD, probably not the accepted first choice at Lunar imaging. Setting it on 0.001secs exposure I just let the scope track back and forth across all the illuminated areas. My thinking was to later pick out maybe 5 or 6 key images and stitch the
  8. Phew.....Thought it was a version of the Cerne Abbas Giant at first !!
  9. Your mind might suffer an 'inflationary' expansion when I suggest that if you have a moderately sized scope and a half decent astro-camera you might have already imaged a Quasar or two. It surprised me when I discovered a Quasar in a picture of M97 (Owl nebula) that was over 8 BILLION light years away !!!!
  10. I'm trying to image the Apollo Craters (Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins). Yes, Moon looks sharp and crisp.
  11. I think that one qualifies for " Arthur C Clarke's Mysterious World..." must be a stacking option or something like that. ??
  12. Thanks. oops! I forgot to mention I had the 0.7x reducer on it.... still 1400mm, not bad. The 414ex is quite a small sensor as well and very sensitive. it picks up some pretty faint features. Yeah, that one strikes me as Eeyore the donkey, or a Gnu.
  13. Does this feature have a name ?? Had the Edge 8HD set up for galaxies, but narrow-band filters in the filter wheel..... oh well, lets zoom in on the Rosette nebula. Our Feline Feature is just to the side of NGC2239 (the lovely cluster of stars in the centre of the Rosette). Celestron 8HD - Atik 414 - Hubble Palette - Ha (110mins) O3 (50mins) S2 ( 25mins) There is a whole line of interesting shapes to be found here. Sean.
  14. Yep, definitely a sunspot. This resource gives you a daily image of visible solar. https://www.spaceweather.com/
  15. Brilliant photo. Unguided !! Blimey, when I go unguided, all my stars look like whirlpools !!
  16. Having a 10" Quattro "Sail" on my mount might actually come in handy.....
  17. Now, that is nice. What a beautiful contrast between the two objects. Different in distance, nature, chemistry and classification. I think this conjunction ( if it can be called one) is more eye catching than the 'Great' one earlier in the ...err ... year, season...lock-down ?? sean.
  18. Hope it comes with a nice tartan blanket and a thermos.
  19. That looks very good, and considering as well, the Moon last night in my garden was brighter than the neighbour's security light !!! If you get that sense, like yours, of the HH being in front of a gas curtain ( like on a 3-D theatrical stage ), then it is a beauty of an image. From what I read, this is a game changing camera. I have noted a fair few 'older' and not so old CCD's coming up for sale as people upgrade. I guess this is a keeper then ? sean.
  20. @iwols A couple more from last night. If you have the focal length, then there are always a few smaller emission nebulae/objects dotted around the heavens away from the Moon. I went for a few old favourites which are now in the Western sky, to get my 'eye' in again with the imaging so to speak. It's been a while. Both with C8edgeHD with 0.7x, Atik 414ex . Crab in SHO, HH in Ha-O3. ( although not much O3 in there)
  21. Abell 12 (The Hidden Planetary) There yer go... Mu Orionis tends to dominate the processing. Ha-O3 combined in PS. Ha : 30mins ( 10x3mins) O3 27min ( 9 x 3mins) : C8Edge Full 2000mm FL. Atik 414ex Mono.
  22. When's the next Total Solar Eclipse in the UK ?? .... you might get 2 x 1 min RGB ... at a push...
  23. no probs..... I'm just setting up for tonight. It appeared in Ha and O3... and looking on Astrobin, seems like the wavelengths of choice..... and Nitrogen !!! if you have one of those filters just lying around.
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