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M Astronomy

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    Astronomy, photography, physics and everything very nerdy. Nerd and proud!
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  1. 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!
  2. 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.
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    Wow!

    But the reflections don't add up.. Intentional I guess but kinda off putting all the same.
  4. 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?
  5. 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.
  6. 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. This mount should hopefully help avoid this. Maks are often recommended for planetary and lunar viewing, so you should get good views, and the 5 inch aperture is enough for your intended targets. Do realise though that the planets can only been seen in the morning currently and are not well placed in the sky for a few years. Hope this helps
  7. M Astronomy

    Searching for Grey Blobs

    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 amuse myself with some other objects in the mean time. The Orion nebula - an object i have seen many a time yet still looking beautiful. The Andromeda galaxy - is that M110 I can see? Maybe... M78 - A new favourite of mine, despite very faint in my 3 inch scope, I love the dim dust of that grey smudge. Hmm, what else can I see? I took a step back from the telescope and gazed up at the sky, the winter constellations I'm so familiar with shining brightly. Taurus was right ahead. I scanned it with my binoculars, the many stars do the Hyades and Pleiades filling the view. Could I see the Crab Nebula? I've always wanted to see the supernova remnant, the first object in the Messier catalogue, yet never have been able to. Let's give it a try. I swung my telescope around, trying to land on the bright star that should be close to it, according the O'Meara. This is quite a job when using a red dot finder, out of alignment and out of battery, but after a few minutes of sweeping the telescope round, the bright star was finally visible. Up and to the right a bit. Nothing. Wait. A very faint blob appeared, dimmer than M78, only visible when using averted vision. But what an intriguing grey blob it was. I was looking at the remains of a star. After some time trying to tease some detail out of the smudge, with no success, I realised cloud was coming in. The plough had cleared and I tried to find M51 and M101, yet no success. I wasn't disappointed though, my finding of the Crab Nebula had enthralled me enough. I took a look at M81 and M82, though haze had started to cover the sky and the view was poor. My feet were complaining at the cold, despite the new pair of thick socks, so I finally went inside. A successful night of hunting grey blobs I'd say. What should I go searching for next?
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    Finding M78

    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 of you said, it really isn't much to look at, but it still was intriguing and was an exciting find mainly due to its difficulty. Well at least it was quite difficult for my lack of star hopping skills. Thanks for the help and the star maps. Another faint fuzzy down!!
  9. 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 small, collapsible with its flex tube design and only £137. Bear in mind that it needs to be on a table or something though. Hth!
  10. 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 could distract you from the views, with a mount you may still find wobbly, I'd get a 200p. But that's just my opinion.
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    Finding M78

    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?
  12. M Astronomy

    Finding M78

    Hello everyone. With my interest in visual observing rocketing sky high after managing a glimpse at M81 and M82, I really want to find some other faint fuzzies. I have a 76mm Orion reflector that is cheap and poor quality (though I love it none the less) and live in a pretty dark area with minimal light pollution. Do you think M78 is possible with my gear? Or are there some easier to find objects that I could have a go at with my dodgy star hopping skills? Any star maps or ways to star hop to it are much appreciated.
  13. Incredible timelapse. The time put into that alone is very impressive, but the end result is even more so. It's very well produced, and the music adds to it rather than distracting the viewer as often the case. Top notch if you ask me!
  14. Are you wanting just to do imaging? Is so, I don't see the point of buying the AZ-EQ-5 as you would only be using the EQ mode anyway. Not sure if the HEQ5 has better tracking, but it is a few hundred pound cheaper, and has the same load capacity as the AZ-EQ-5.
  15. M Astronomy

    Orion - belt to sword - 4 panels HOO mosaic

    Awesome images. I personally prefer the second one.
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