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  1. I imaged neowise for the first time last night and was able to see it with the naked eye! I thought I would be able to get a bit more detail though. I'm in a fairly rural location, bortle 4 I think. Am not sure whether this is due to my settings or it wasn't dark enough? I am quite North in Scotland so despite these being taken at around 1 - 1.30 am it was still fairly light. Both are single shot on a static tripod with a Canon 1300d. The first image is 13 seconds at ISO 800 and the second 15 seconds at ISO 800. Any thoughts and tips to get more detail?
  2. Great photo! Thanks a lot, really hoping the clouds hold off for tomorrow night
  3. Hey! The clouds look like they are going to clear tomorrow and I will get my first chance to see and image comet neowise! I have seen many amazing photographs on this website of the comet so far and am just wondering what I can expect from my somewhat limited kit. I have a Canon 1300d, a standard kit lens and a static tripod. Can I get a decent widefield photograph with this? I am unsure whether many of the photos I have seen are stacked/are long exposures using a tracking mount. I probably won't be able to stack with my tripod. Any overall advice for my first go at imaging a comet
  4. Absolutely love these! I have similar kit to you and am just wondering whether you had a tracking mount? Are these images stacked? Hoping to get out imaging tomorrow night and am wondering what I'm likely to see in single sub without a tracking mount
  5. Incredible image. I would be so pleased if I managed to capture an image like this. So many hours with imaging, but so worth it when you get a result like this. Keep it up!
  6. Hmm I wouldn't go with the zoom personally. Never tried it myself, but a zoom, whether it be a camera lens or an eyepiece, will never give as good a view as a fixed focal length. If you don't want to spend stupid amounts of money, I'd go for something more mid-range, like a explore scientific 68. Hope this helps.
  7. But the reflections don't add up.. Intentional I guess but kinda off putting all the same.
  8. Incredible image. Barnard's loop is showing nicely. How do you go about editing composites? I only have gimp, would it be possible to do without Photoshop or other programs?
  9. Well done coming to a decision. There's so much gear out there its often hard to choose. I'm sure you will get hours of enjoyment out of the scope and I hope your son does too.
  10. I think the Skymax 127 sounds like a great option. The Skyliner 200p is the normally recommendation, yet as you have mentioned isn't as portable, and would be cumbersome and possibly off putting for your son. The AZ Gti mount has GOTO, which is probably preferable over a manual when showing objects to small kids, as it will track the object in the eyepiece. The most off putting thing for a young child is going out into the cold expecting to see something incredible and then you not being able to find anything, or when you finally find something, it immediately drifts out of the field of view.
  11. Hello, everyone, time for another astronomy report I think. Last night... Exams are over, it's the first day of the holiday and the sky is clear as anything. After the snow and hail had left, the sun came out and finally set, leaving a dark sky just waiting to be explored. I put the telescope outside to let it acclimatise and headed inside to get organised. 4 layers of clothing later with Steven O'Meara's Messier book I hand, I set out. Only to find a cloud covering Ursa Major. Agh I was going to search for M51 and M101 tonight. I thought I'd wait it out and see if it'd clear. I'd am
  12. Well I'd like to let you all know, tonight, before the hail set in, I saw m78 with my cheap 76mm telescope! Yes it is possible with a small telescope but probably only in rural locations, as with my minimal light pollution it was just visible. I travelled from Alnitak up and slightly to the left, nudging it left and right, not really expecting much. And then there it was. I wasn't really sure whether it was actually m78, but I checked through my finderscope and I'm certain it was in the right place. There were two dim patches of dust slightly separated with faint stars at their centre. As some
  13. Dobs are probably the easiest telescope to use. Just plonk it down and put an eyepiece in it. No tripods to worry about. I have a small reflector on a what I thought was an adequate tripod and mount. Despite the scope being very light, it shakes like anything, especially when there's a breeze. So I'm looking to upgrade and the 200p seems right for me after the research I've done. If storage is an issue, there's no reason why you can't go for a smaller dob. A 150mm still has better light gathering abilities than a 120mm and a lot better than a 102mm. Or go for a Skywatcher Heritage 130p. Its sm
  14. Why were you put off the idea of buying a dobsonian? For £285 you can get a Skywatcher Skyliner 200p, which give you much better views of deep sky objects due to the larger aperture and apparently still gives great planetary views as well. It also doesn't have the problem of chromatic aberration as it is a reflector. The mount wouldn't have to be upgraded and therefore money could be spent on eyepieces and other accessories. I understand the issue of portability, but it can be split into two parts; the base and the scope. Instead of sacrificing aperture and going for a 102mm that has CA that c
  15. Thanks everyone. I've already seen M31, though I'll give someone of the clusters a go. Any other easy nebula at this time of year besides M42 and M43?
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