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About Jkulin

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  1. Just wondered who was going to the Practical Astronomy Show (PAS) 2020 on the 21st March https://practicalastroshow.com/ Last year was a cracking show with some fabulous discounts and offers and entry is free as are the talks as well. More details here as well: - https://www.facebook.com/events/377164579790380/ Looking forward to see many of you there!
  2. I used to make up up my own power distribution boxes with USB etc. It worked and very reliably but I wanted things tidier so I switched to the Pegasus Ultimate power box, brilliant piece of hardware that I now use with all my OTA's
  3. Thanks Mark and we are only 6 miles apart
  4. I take flats after every subject and my setup is fixed in the garden. I work on the basis of why take 5, 10, 15 hours of data and shortcut the quality for 30 mins extra for flats.
  5. Mine includes the complete Adobe suite, especially Acrobat Pro which I use 20 times a day
  6. I had the same thing, I bought what I thought was a genuine copy for £1600, turns out the company were con artists and I now have to pay £48.99 a month for the full version, I was not happy and reported to Action Fraud and they said there was nothing they could do about it.
  7. With storms and unpredictable weather, not to mention a nearly full moon, I chose to go for M1 as I hadn't imaged this before. I'm recovering from major spinal surgery, so I wanted to keep my mind off the pain. I feel that it has come out OK, I wanted some LRGB for the star colours but the clouds arrived and held me back. I particularly like the tale about M1: - The Crab Nebula (catalogue designations M1, NGC 1952, Taurus A) is a supernova remnant in the constellation of Taurus. The current name is due to William Parsons, 3rd Earl of Rosse, who observed the object in 1840 using a 36-inch telescope and produced a drawing that looked somewhat like a crab. Corresponding to a bright supernova recorded by Chinese astronomers in 1054, the nebula was observed later by English astronomer John Bevis in 1731. The nebula was the first astronomical object identified with a historical supernova explosion. At an apparent magnitude of 8.4, comparable to that of Saturn's moon Titan, it is not visible to the naked eye but can be made out using binoculars under favourable conditions. The nebula lies in the Perseus Arm of the Milky Way galaxy, at a distance of about 2.0 kiloparsecs (6,500 ly) from Earth. It has a diameter of 3.4 parsecs (11 ly), corresponding to an apparent diameter of some 7 arcminutes, and is expanding at a rate of about 1,500 kilometres per second (930 mi/s), or 0.5% of the speed of light. At the center of the nebula lies the Crab Pulsar, a neutron star 28–30 kilometres (17–19 mi) across with a spin rate of 30.2 times per second, which emits pulses of radiation from gamma rays to radio waves. At X-ray and gamma ray energies above 30 keV, the Crab Nebula is generally the brightest persistent source in the sky, with measured flux extending to above 10 TeV. The nebula's radiation allows detailed study of celestial bodies that occult it. In the 1950s and 1960s, the Sun's corona was mapped from observations of the Crab Nebula's radio waves passing through it, and in 2003, the thickness of the atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan was measured as it blocked out X-rays from the nebula. Link to my Astrobin Library https://www.astrobin.com/s944bm/ This was taken over the 12th, 15th and 16th January 2020. 9 x 1200s Ha 8 x 1200s OIII 6 x 1200s SII 10"GSO Truss, iOptron 120EC, Moravian G2-8300 MkII, Chroma unmounted 2" filters 3nm I have spent no more than 15 mins post processing, indeed it could benefit from more, but I rather like to see my images without all the tatting about as I feel they are more natural.
  8. I choose my targets carefully Dave, if it is a full moon then NB all the way, otherwise I shoot in the opposite part of the sky to the moon, works for me.
  9. Well it's now 2 weeks since my op and I was desperate to take my mind off the pain, so I managed just 7 x 1200s of Ha on M1, I lost a load of subs due to clouds, but it was just a pleasure to get out and do some imaging, hopefully get my OIII and SII over the next couple of weeks: - NB. Yep just because there is a full moon doesn't stop me, I just choose my subject differently.
  10. Seriously Olly, it was a piece of cake, add the correct version to the bin directory and then just add the module and jobs a good'un if you PM me you number I can give you a call and talk you through it.
  11. I tend to shoot Ha and SII when a full moon and the OIII when the moon is out of the way. Good Choma Filters really help.
  12. There was a known issue with the Baader NB filters creating Halos, originally the owner refused to accept that there was an issue, until it was pointed out very clearly to him by my mate. Suffice to say the filters were exchange without any quibble and the problem was resolved. Thus the reason why I went down the Chroma route.
  13. I've had doublets and triplets, I was lucky in that I bought both my Esprits second hand in as new condition. The most obvious difference to me was contrast, there was so much more IMHO, especially in Ha. Not sure if that helps?
  14. That was exactly what was going through my mind Olly, I know it means an extra mount and pier, but surely would be far more accurate and less problematic?
  15. Beautiful looking scope. Indeed I saw the results of somone on Astrobin and did a hell of a lot of research, varying reviews, especially about loose screws, so please check as most seem to complain about that. What filters are you going to be using Dave as some fast Astrographs don't like working with lower spec ones. Watching with interest, enjoy.
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