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Daniel-K

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  1. you say in the circle but did you have the right position? http://www.polarfinder.com/
  2. looks like it was imaged at its native FL without reducer. it looks fine, the iris is an incredibly tough object that needs long exposures to get above the read noise so your able to pull out the fainter dust. your on the right track.
  3. hummm, it also looks like you have a streak going through the middle of the image aswell. internal reflections can be a pain in the ASS. i think your doing right by flocking it to eliminate a possibility. the top right vignetting looks heavier then all the other corners. is this cause of camera tilt/ rotation?
  4. from what i have seen using a FR is the way to go to improve SNR given our country's current weather. id most certifiably keep it in. you can see how much of a difference it makes compared to your usual standards. you might have to do selective imaging and pick your targets accordingly but i should think for the majority that the 960mm would be be fine. if your skys where better id say keep it native as noting beats the up close personal galaxys images.
  5. that sir is a belter! great first mosaic.
  6. the galaxy looks great every thing looks spot on. the background looks a tad blue and clipped but other than that super image.
  7. see how much is left after doing the garden this summer
  8. and given your location stu these are good objects to find. its not about getting to the darkest sky's its about getting that buzz of finding another galaxy or glob that you have never seen before. its meant for the back yard observers. yes the mob are lucky to travel to the darkest of skies and experience sights that can be only dreamed of. my point is that most of my galaxy work was done on the edge of liverpool in and orange area on LP map with a 10-12-14-16 inch scope and have seen over 500 galaxys . way short of MD but its mainly aimed at noobs getting the BUZZ of learning to find new stuff rather than going to the same DSO every session.
  9. the data looks good, the processing is a little on the harsh side. there is a nasty halo around the bright star on the left and a few dust bunnies top right that could be sorted out with spot healing, the back ground sky has a nice flat feel to it but looks like the noise reduction was over done on it and the galaxy was not masked during the process. i think with some carefull processing this image can be very good. just take your time,
  10. weather sucks ATM but using that 20mm ES100 makes it worth it. was my fave EP.
  11. great effort John but is it really worth losing SNR and FOV ? most of your galaxy's you image are small and personal and have enough space around them to frame nicely anyway. with the reducer in the subject above would have been framed nicely and you would have had a better SNR, NO?
  12. Hi ive noticed that there is a lot of repeatable observing. now i don't think there is anything wrong with that, but it can get stale. so i have decided to try and develop a thread for observers to post there most recent exciting new DSO's and Tip's. We all have our easy go-to objects for a glance but sometimes we find our self's going over and over the same objects even if the conditions are not the best we think "no chance of seeing anything new" but, your wrong there are many observable galaxy's OR GLOBS even in sub par conditions and under moonlight. Although i don't have a scope anymore i still enjoy reading the reports, im mad on galaxy's and globs i find them the best bang for buck even in a 8" dob. If your planning on going out and you know the sky is going to be clear and you have time before hand "PLAN" pick and area of sky to focus on and objects you want to find. make a list of objects and MAG, screen shot it on your phone or however you want. this will make you spend more time at the eyepiece rather than searching through a atlas wondering what to look for next. try and stick to one area of the sky scanning around looking for objects causes frustration and disappointment when you can not find what you want. If you go out on a spare of the moment and just have a atlas in hand and your looking at the "usual suspects" have a look and see if there are any NGC globs or Galaxy's near by they will be easier to pick up as you are use to looking in that area and recognize star fields. my local dark spot is on the edge of Liverpool/ Cheshire. the milky way just visible on the zenith. NGC4449 i found this while testing out a new scope under near a full moon and has become a favorite of mine because it has very bright details. We all remember that first time we found something new and the feeling it gave us, wouldn't it be nice to get that nearly every time you went out observing? 1 new object per observation will keep the flame burning so to speak. I remember being at Elan with swamp thing and we tried ages for G1 in Andromeda but the excitement of finding it kept us going, its really tough to find. still yet to see it. I have found a really good selection of downloadable PDF charts which can be found here some of them are for bigger scopes but still interesting. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/nvdoycgs27vbae6/AABe0v8UAqbgbjnVBOfP8Dn0a?dl=0 source :http://www.faintfuzzies.com/DownloadableObservingGuides2.html so please share your tips and information on new DSO'S here. DANSKI
  13. sounds like you had a very nice night. as steve says looks a good spot
  14. Its hard to compare as a dark sky will offer you sights that even using the biggest of scopes from a LP area wont show. Nothing can undo what has been done on that hill in south wales. Your craving for darker skies will grow
  15. I said bala not **************
  16. Mikes secret spot at bala has a great view of sagattiurius and its dark. The llyn peninsula also has a very good view. I wouldnt travel for skies that arnt as dark as whats on my doorstep
  17. i think the main issue is size, dobs are much bigger and as you have said cost and weight. I cant see how you could manage it on a dob though as they get moved around an awful lot
  18. mikes not saying he cant do it, he's just asking why cant a primary be encased like a frac.
  19. i once had a telescope mirror like this i wonder if it was one of yours
  20. FLO are very good at returns and everything else , if in doubt dont use it. contact them and they will advise you.
  21. its not uncommon for these to come with a bit of play or a stif RA or DEC. unfortunately its massed produced to make profit. i had a similar issue when i bought mine new. i used this guide to strip mine down and put it back together http://www.astro-baby.com/EQ6%20rebuild%20guide/EQ6%20Strip%20Down%20Home.htm for an ex tool maker it should be a doddle. it will take a bit of fiddling but once done the NEQ6's really do sing. i manged 30 mins subs with mine once. dont be put off but most of skywatchers stuff need modding to make it work to an "acceptable" level
  22. this is a sweet image John the star field is amazing!
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