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A budding astronomer

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  1. Im looking at imaging Solar System objects at first, but i was thinking if i save up money I could get equipment that could image DSO's.
  2. Yes I have used a Nexstar 8SE at a star party this year and a Nexstar Evolution 8 the year before. The Evolution is out of my budget but the 8SE I am considering alot. Due to it being quite cheap for an 8" SCT.
  3. So, I have owned a 4.5" inch reflector for about 2 years now. Ive learned how to observe, image and how to use a telescope in general with it. But now, the time has come to replace the 'scope with something bigger and better. ▪Im looking for a Schmidt Cassegrain telescope. ▪Which is good for imaging and observing. ▪I have a Budget of €1,400 (about £1,300) If you have any suggestions for any telescope models leave them down below Thank you and clear skies! Adam
  4. If you are an astrophotographer newbie or professional, you are probably aware of the Neximage line of astrophotography cameras made by Celestron, Probably one of the best choices for Solar System imaging at least in my opinion . I've had my Neximage Burst for a year and a half now and it is incredible how much fun it is to take images of our Solar ystem objects such as Giant Jupiter and it's moons, Saturn and it's glorious rings and Venus with it's beautiful crescents on display and who can forget our beautiful natural satellite the Moon? Which harbors craters and mountains of every shape and size. Our Solar System is a wonderful place and cameras like the Neximage allow us to picture these amazing objects with our telescopes. But, a Neximage in my 4.5 inch reflector telescope may be able to snap a great picture of Jupiter and it's moons over 400,000,000 miles away. But can it snap a picture of one of our stellar neighbors? A picture of an object the camera is not intended for? An object like Capella, a G type star 42.8 light years away from us and is the 6th brightest star in our night sky. I pointed my 4.5 inch 'scope at the star with the Neximage in place, I recorded a 2000 frame video of Capella and stacked and processed the picture in Registax 6.1 and my results? Ehhhhm it was "meh" the colors are kind of visible and it looks star-like but a nearby fainter star kind of smudged the final image during alignment. But maybe in the future I can try and sharpen my images better by practicing on Capella for a while and then moving on to other stars ( I was supposed to try and get images of Polaris and Aldebaran but Mother Nature had other ideas by covering up the sky with clouds ) The image of Capella is below if you want to take a look. Go raibh maith agat gach duine! Clear skies! Adam
  5. Kia Ora! Hello from Ireland, glad to have you onboard mate and enjoy your stay! Adam
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    a picture of the moon
  7. Hello there! I just wanted to know from you guys which is your favorite hemisphere in terms of objects to see? As you are probably aware, depending on how far North or South you are on Earth determines what stars or constellations you can see. For example, up here in the Northern hemisphere us observers have such sights as the giant Ursa Major constellation, the dusty nebula filled constellations such as Cygnus and Cassiopeia and Cepheus with its many open clusters on show. While down South, observers are treated with the beautiful and breathtaking Sagittarius and Scorpius constellations, Centaurus with the Alpha Centauri binary star and the incredible Omega Centauri globular cluster and the renowned Crux with its Coalsack Nebula and Jewel Box open cluster which may not be possible to observe in the North. Each hemisphere has its own set of beautiful and unique objects on show, but I will have to go with the Southern Hemisphere as my favorite. Sagittarius and the area around it is such a fantastic area to explore with a telescope that can not be seen well from the North as well as the fact it contains some other great objects such as the Magellanic clouds and magnificant globular and open clusters that are awesome to observe. What do you guys think?
  8. It was probably a satellite, sometimes they are lit up for a few seconds then they go dim. I remember once a VERY bright satellite at least magnitude -2 moved into my telescope eyepiece out of the blue when I was observing a random star! I jumped out of my skin!
  9. I began astrophotography in November of 2016, And what a better place to start off than the Moon? I created this album as I think it would be cool to see how much I improve over the months.
  10. You look to the South on a crystal clear night and spot Scorpius and Sagittarius gleaming above the horizon. Probably some of the best observable night sky objects are within these fine constellations. My 4.5 inch reflector was ready to go at 12 AM on Sunday morning, I aligned the stars Altair and Dubhe in the two star alignment feature on its GoTo mount . I was thinking of either imaging Saturn and Jupiter. But I chose to observe some of the dazzling and interesting objects in Sagittarius. I slewed my telescope to M25 first. a beautiful open cluster in the top part of Sagittarius' border. My next target was the fantastic Sagittarius Star Cloud or M24, an object I have been longing to see! All the objects had a dusty glow to them and since it was in the top part of the constellations boundary. Atmospheric haze did not affect it, after that. I decided to check out the stars that make the "Teapot" asterism in Sagittarius. I went through all that I could see from Ireland. I could see all the stars other than Kaus Australis . Following my adventure in Sagittarius I decided to move my way up the Milky Way into Scutum the shield. I observed the famous Wild Duck cluster in my highest magnification and what a sight it was! But, as I was browsing Stellarium for other interesting objects in Scutum I found something cool indeed. What was it? It was the asteroid Juno! Juno was and is currently magnitude +9.9 near the Wild Duck cluster. I star hopped my way using Stellarium as a map. And I found it within a few minutes. It may not of looked the part but hey, in astronomy one of the main things you must understand. It's not about what it looks like, it's what it represents. With that I decided it was time to go in as it was 1:30AM. Thank you for reading! Clear skies to all Adam
  11. That's a good first image, I tend not to use phones as cameras in astrophotography because without a stabiliser they are very wobbly. As well, try not to take pictures or observe in general through a window, as it really effects the object you are viewing. I have linked my first images taken through a 4.5 inch reflector and a Neximage Burst camera and stacked and processed in Registax 6.1. You can see the difference between the phone and the astrophotography camera. If you pick up even a used Neximage 5 you should get a LOT more detail of Saturn. Clear skies Adam
  12. Thanks you guys! I do take videos actually, each one being 2000 frames at 10 FPS. I was referring to the final image I got from stacking the videos. I don't have a barlow lens to use sadly, but I may look into buying one.
  13. Hello all, I was out imaging Saturn tonight and I decided to see if I can get a snap of its largest moon Titan, it worked out OK in my opinion, but its good considering the size of my telescope. The exposure used was 1/0.500, the camera was a Neximage Burst and the telescope was a Celestron 114 LCM 4.5" reflector. Please tell me what you think! Thanks and clear skies! Adam
  14. Hello all! , I wanna share with you guys the images I took of one of our celestial neighbours, Saturn. I went outside my garden tonight at 11:30PM and I looked south, I was greeted with Scorpius dazzling over the Wicklow mountains, as well as Saturn. I got all my equipment out, i aligned my GoTo mount with the stars Polaris and Rasalhague and I was off. I took some nice images of Saturn but my best one was with a 1/73 exposure with the Neximage Burst. Please tell me what you think of the image! I would really like to know how I can improve the image. The telescope I used was a Celestron 114 LCM 4.5" reflector. Thanks and clear skies! Adam
  15. Fantastic job pal! You can definitely make out Dendera in your image.
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