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  1. Hi, I live in a very light polluted corner of London. Of the different kinds of DSO I have had most luck observing open clusters, but also have done quite well with globular clusters and planetary nebulae. Galaxies I find very hard, but your scope is larger than mine, so you may do better.
  2. So, I've been wondering what I can do to get a bit more serious. One thing I've done only intermittently is keep a log book. I've written down what I have seen each session, made a few (bad) sketches and little diagrams to show how to find things. I've kept it chronologically, but sometimes wonder if I should organise it by target viewed. Anyway, I can't say I have got that much out of it - so I was wondering if any diligent log-keepers might share what you log and how it adds to your enjoyment. Thanks!
  3. Hi, Jupiter never gets boring . I think it's my favourite body in the whole sky. Last night Io was actually in front of Jupiter from around 1945 to 2245, if you could make out a small dark, round, spot on Jupiter, that would have been its shadow.
  4. I set up in a bit of a rush last night, which caused some problems. Firstly the mount wasn't aligned well and so wasn't tracking accurately. Secondly I forgot my dew shield and was taught a harsh lesson in why that is bad news Still, got a couple of decent AVIs before everything became a foggy mess. This is probably the best processed image I've got out so far. Jupiter, Io transit by -sca1975uk- Bit disappointed I've not got Io visible with its shadow, is that realistic with my set up?
  5. Presumably this means that its best to leave a scope out to cool from long before dew point is reached, to ensure it is close to thermal equilibrium with the air?
  6. Thanks everyone I've only tried planetary and lunar imaging so far - mostly with a webcam. Have had mixed results - they're on my Flickr page linked to below. I'm strongly considering buying a higher frame rate camera one day, and a sturdier mount.
  7. Hi all, After what has been a difficult, and Astro-wise rather lean year, I've managed to get in practically my first few telescope sessions since last spring - and am thoroughly enjoying being back at the eyepiece/behind a webcam. I hope to get squeeze in more Astro time this year, and will be on here when the weather isn't playing ball. Clear skies everyone
  8. I love Summer observing. It's less cloudy in general than winter and I can *relax* outside on the warm summer evenings, and hopefully the ground isn't soggy and muddy - I hate going out when everything is damp. Put a blanket down, get your binoculars and a nice bottle of red, bliss! I miss Orion and Taurus, but Cygnus, Lyra and around are stunning, and you can still catch Hercules too.
  9. It's online now too, thanks to Project Gutenburg - http://www.gutenberg.org/files/20769/20769-h/20769-h.htm There are a few other old astronomy guides on there - not up to date but often charmingly written
  10. Can't recall off the top of my head. I used wxAstrocapture - gain was around 50. What would you recommend? I am on a bit of a misson to get better colour - I usually get stronger colour but muddier looking images (see my flickr link) - had supposed this was a central obstruction/Mak thing. Is there an alternative to wxAC that makes colour capture easier to control? Thanks
  11. If only County Mayo and Connemara could sort out their cloud problem.
  12. I find that winter (December/January) has the best selection of things to look at, but the weather often miserable. The most pleasant observing for me is late Summer - August into September, when the nights are getting darker but the air is still pleasantly warm.
  13. Hi all, haven't been able to get the scope out much lately due to the weather, but have managed a couple of half decent Jupiter images since new year. I've been trying out Autostakkert2 and Planetary Image Preprocessor (PIPP) for preprocessing, aligning and stacking frames instead of Registax, though I am still using Registax6 for wavelets. This is probably my best effort from Jan 5th, a little early for the GRS it is just coming into view on the right hand (Western) limb. Happy new year and clear skies to all
  14. I got up early on Sunday, was well worth it! The seeing was excellent and Jupiter was high, around 50 degrees altitude. These combined to help me get was is probably my best image yet, feeling quite chuffed! Hope you like it too - Skywatcher 127mm Mak, 2.5x Powermate, SPC900 - wxAstrocapture -> Resgistax 6 -> Photoshop
  15. Really like the subtle almost pastel shades in this image. Is this using a mono camera using filters, or a colour camera? Looks like the C9.25 gives very good resolution.
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