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About Hughsie

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  1. Suffering from the lack of imaging time due to poor weather I succumbed and decided to get a ‘fix’ imaging the Moon. Having recently downloaded the free software, Virtual Moon Atlas, I entered my scope focal length and camera pixel size and requested target options along the terminator. So here we have; Rupes Recta - A scarp some 67 miles long and 900 feet high located in Mare Nubium. Plato and Cassini. Eratosthenes and mountain ranges. Archemides. Images were captured using my Celestron 6se, 2.5x barlow, Celestron AVX mount and ZWO ASI174mm camera. A 1,000 fra
  2. I have been watching some of the build up to the landing and was interested to learn that the next rover will have a microphone on it. NASA is really excited by this as it will provide us the full Mars experience. Or, as my twisted mind works, finally allow us to hear the resident Martians calling out “Hey buddy, look over here!”. Billons of Dollars and several Rovers later we finally get the right science package on board
  3. Btw, not sure how I made my last image red!
  4. Nothing quite as dramatic as that Rob. Started imaging at 10pm then went to bed leaving it running. My alarm went off at 4am, it was a talk radio station but between half asleep and half awake I shot up out of bed thinking someone was in the house, fell over and .....crunch. I could say I was under the stars when a UFO flew over caught me in its tractor beam then realised it couldnt take my weight and dropped me, but alas no, I fell out of bed
  5. No it's not a spelling error, I just decided it was apt to not call it Messier 106 as I broke my foot whilst capturing this galaxy. Safe to say I am not going to forget this one. Didn’t manage to capture much data but here is what I have. At least it will still be around in 4-6 weeks time for me to capture more. John
  6. There are three constants when I am imaging; the equipment I am using, a clear night sky and Polaris. One without the others makes the whole night irrelevant. So this got me to thinking about Polaris and what objects of interest are there in and around this region? Enter NGC188. Located in the constellation Cepheus and only 5° from the north celestial pole it is one of the oldest known open clusters, estimated to be 6-7 billion years of age. Sometimes I find the numbers to be staggering whether it be size, distance or age. Before writing here I had a search of the forum to see what
  7. I find sometimes that PixInsight can produce ‘muddy’ backgrounds and so I will sometimes introduce some blue into the background and reduce red to compensate, kind of give it that ‘midnight blue’ effect.
  8. As most here will know, November and December was very poor weather wise and January 2021 seems to be no different here in North Essex. I am trying to take advantage of short windows of opportunity and until a run of clear nights arrives I have been concentrating on open star clusters. January 12th provided a chance to set up for a few hours and I started to capture Messier 36 in the constellation, Auriga. Auriga is abound with open clusters and nebulosity and offers some great targets for short and long imaging sessions. With Messier 36 I was fortunate that my field of view could also c
  9. I use Microsoft Remote Desktop (MRD) to connect my Windows Laptop which is outside with my scope to my iMac indoors. It works over my home WiFi network with no issues. However, the laptop I connect to does require Windows 10 Pro edition for MRD to work. For the iMac it’s just a case of downloading MRD for Mac from the Apple Mac store.
  10. With my IT skills they usually end up deleted! In all serious though it is a good question and as others here may have already mentioned I do the following; Post on the BAA website, especially solar images. Post here. I always want to get better and there is some good honest feedback available here. All go on my account with Astrobin as a semi permanent backup to what I have at home. I say semi permanent as some got deleted last year by the site but they look to have sorted that now. I have my small wordpress website that I am building up. Here is where I talk more
  11. With only limited time again for imaging before the clouds and rain rolled in, I decided to keep to my recent trend of photographing open clusters and chose Caroline’s Rose. It’s not the most draw dropping of targets compared to other open clusters but does have a beautiful moniker. NGC7789 had just crossed the meridian when I started imaging and was nearly opposite a waxing gibbous moon (94% illumination). I commenced imaging with the Chroma Blue filter working my way through Luminance, Green then finally Red as it moved lower in the night sky. Calibrated using flats and dark flats
  12. The standard free goto plate solve would be Astrometry.net then there is both the Stellarium and Cartes du Ciel sky atlases if you want to hunt around rather than plate solve.Before answering your question I even tried the retro approach and used a book, Interstellarium Deep Sky Atlas. Good for most major targets but not this one. The plate solving I have used is from the processing software provided by PixInsight. Great software for processing your deep sky images but it does require a one off fee to be paid and includes amongst other things the ability to plate solve your image. Cheape
  13. Here you go. Plate solved image attached from one I took earlier this year. A small galaxy, PGC28225.
  14. A rare clear night but only a small window of opportunity was available yesterday evening. I decided to go for Messier 35 in the constellation Gemini along with the more compact open cluster NGC 2158 at the lower right. Image is comprised of the following data; Luminance - 12 subs x 120 seconds bin 1x1 Red/Green/Blue - 12 subs each x 120 seconds bin 2x2 Rain was forecast so this had to be a really quick capture hence just the 12 sub frames for each channel and using bin 2x2 on the camera to capture as much colour as I could with the time available.
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