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Padraic M

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  1. That's fantastic, congrats on the publication but well deserved. I love watching your progress with the RASA but not adding it to my Want-list just yet!
  2. Fantastic! It's amazing what you got with 114 minutes, and amazing that you got 114 minutes!
  3. Superb. Love the blue reflection in the flaming star.
  4. When you have it all set up and under load, check the voltage to your mount (hand controllers usually tell you). I have a similar brick, and the HEQ5 had problems with it. Turns out that the voltage fell to ~11V when loaded to 2-3A. I replaced it with a Nevada Radio 30A and haven't had a problem since!!!!
  5. That's fantastic Peter. That's real IOTD material.
  6. Not as exciting as a new scope, but the makings of a new mount have been arriving in dribs and drabs over the last few days. (Nearly) a full set of bearings for the HEQ5 Pro. Might have a crack at the RA axis this weekend. Still waiting for a second taper bearing and 9mm bearings for the Dec worm assembly.
  7. Fantastic! I love that part of the sky.
  8. I had a rare clear night last week and took the opportunity to image the Flaming Star in Auriga. There was a 50% moon at ~60 degrees distance. This image is a stack of 3 hours of H-alpha imaging. I also got 2 hours of RGB, but they were unusable due to horrendous gradients. Esprit 80, ASI1600mm Pro @ -20C; Baader 3.5nm Ha. AA Starwave 50mm and ASI290mm Mini for guiding. Belt-modded HEQ5 Pro. Link to Astrobin here.
  9. Great result! M33 is a tough target, it's so faint.
  10. Imaging M45 for the first time in HaRGB, from city suburbs. The night was moonless but quite cloudy. I was lucky with the RGB, but not so much with the Ha. I've used all of the Ha lights, but they haven't contributed much to the overall image. That's probably not surprising given that this is reflection nebulosity, reflecting the light of the nearby stars. 13x300s Baader 3.5nm H-alpha 10x180s each of Baader Red, Green and Blue 2hrs 20mins in total. Esprit 80, asi1600mm Pro @ -20C, ZWO EFW mini, Sesto Senso 2 Baader RGB, 3.5nm Ha HEQ5 Rowan mod Imaging sequence managed by N
  11. New to 'proper' AP in 2020; two samples from Bortle 8 lock-down with Esprit 80, ASI1600MM, Baader 3.5nm H-alpha mono. Both easily-recognisable targets!
  12. Stunning Adam. There's so much detail coming out in the region. So much to see. Your perseverance is admirable!
  13. Superb result Richard - very impressive. So much to see in there, that you usually can't see in this region. And, an interesting combination process that I must try.
  14. You could check with Lionel Messi. He did the original list called the Messi list. It includes the easiest objects to find like the Moon, the streetlight outside your back fence, and your neighbour's security light. It was followed up on later with the Messier List, but they're much more difficult to see.
  15. Nice report @Bongo. Amazing how everyone's experience is similar! The Pleiades are always a joy to see. Galaxies and nebulae are challenging to see visually from other than dark skies. I searched for hours for M31 Andromeda, before I realised just how huge it is! Now I can make it out as a bright smudge in binoculars on a dark night. M42 Orion Nebula is always a great bet, by eye, binoculars or telescope. Without needing any additional equipment, star clusters are great visually. @wibblefish has already mentioned M36, M37 and M38 all close together in Auriga. Another favourite easi
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