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  1. Thanks Nik. I've read about stacking and seen videos of how it's done, usually involving a lot more frames, blanks, darks etc.. Your method seems less labour intensive! I've tried 'through the scope' using an adaptor, but didn't get very far at all. The shake of the shutter opening was enough to create wiggles, let alone the star trails I'd get from just a few seconds of exposure. I also tried holding a piece of card in front of the telescope, opening the shutter (set for say 10 secs) waiting for 5 secs before removing the card and letting the camera close normally. That gave me
  2. Nik, I'm interested in how you got your photographs, I'm guessing it's a camera attached to the telescope mount. Can you tell me/us what you use please? Lens, speeds etc? Thanks
  3. My project is to spot as many Messier objects as possible, but I include any DSOs in that. I've come realise that it's a bit naïve, because most of what i could see is not visible with my skies but never mind
  4. It wasn't clear here. 100+% humidity! Well done on your spot. I think will be one for later in the year for me, it tends to be very dirty looking north at reasonable hours.
  5. Cheers for that, it's not something I immediately consider when looking, I'm more concerned with the time I can get out rather than the time I should. Thnaks for the other replies, too. Food for thought and it's also nice to know that I'm not doing it wrong.
  6. My list wasn't inclusive, but yes, i have seen M31. I didn't get any 'stock' eyepieces as it was a second ( third? ) hand scope, which i bought for £60 (this fact is a continuing joy to me). It did come with a poor 10mm to which I added a poor 4mm (it's okay for the moon) and a reasonable 20mm Plossl. I would like to get something better, a decent 25mm would seem a good choice.
  7. I have a Skywatcher 150mm, f=750. I live midway between Derby and Nottingham on line between the two, so my skies are pretty poor I know. I'd say i was on Bortle 5 at best. As a guide, my Star Count for Orion (see CPRE Star Count elsewhere in this section of the forums) was around 15 to 16 last night. I realise that stelarium gives the very best representation, I learned that fairly quickly with easier targets. As I said though, I'm not discouraged by it and I'm learning all the time. Last year I could only identify Cassie, The Plough and Orion in the sky, I've at least doub
  8. The last time I was out, it would have been the 10th Feb, I looked for M1 but with no luck. According to Stelarium later on, I was in the right place, just a little off to the side. The ocular view in Stelarium informs me that if I can see Tianguan in the top of the FOV, I should have M1 towards mid-left. Armed with that knowledge I tried again tonight. I found the right place very quickly, but the crab nebula was almost invisible. I just manged to see it with a bit of wishful thinking, averted view, and moving the scope slightly to see if the little fuzzy patch moved as well. I'll
  9. I'll do mine tonight with a bit of luck. I was out in the garden last night but didn't know anything about this. BTW. I didn't know what CPRE was a acronym for, so I went to their website to have a look. I looked and looked, but couldn't find it there! All I knew was that they are "The countryside charity". It took a Google search to find out that they are the 'Campaign to Protect Rural England'. Little things like that really annoy me.
  10. Cheating? Not at all. You have an engine in your car, do you get out and push it everywhere?
  11. I'm sort of a beginner too I have returned after a long absence, but I have used quite a few scopes and used to be in charge of a stock. I can give a few tips... I'm surprised that you have to get the red dot of the finder right on the target in order to position the scope close enough to the target. I'd have thought nearby was close enough. But I used to have a similar problem though with an old refractor. The viewfinder on that, as with my current scope, had quite coarse crosshairs as the sight mark. Instead of calibrating the finder so that that the target was directly under
  12. Wahay! Managed to see something last night, the sky was clear for a change, I didn't even mind the moon spoiling the view. (It can't help it). I did my usual 'bumble around until I see something' and that something turned out to be NGC1528, at least that's what i think it was. Right place, right shape and the pics I've seen match my poor drawing. Next I went to look for Bode's Galaxy, again. Pointed to where I thought it should be, and after very little messing, there it was. Plus M82 and NGC3057. Happy.
  13. An Update. Amongst the things i had for Christmas were some bits to fasten my camera to the telescope, namely an adaptor set, and a 2x barlow which fits directly to the adaptor OR will take eyepieces. (There was a nose piece as well, this didn't work well, hence using the barlow) I only had a brief chance to use this after Christmas. The biggest problem I found with this, predictably, is getting any sort of focus through the camera. It's just not easy. The other day though, I had a brainwave. It's very likely been done before, but i noticed that the difference betwe
  14. ....what do they look like? I'm beginning to forget what to do, I've not managed to get out this year! I doubt I'm on my own in this, but I thought I'd share the grumble. It might have been clear a couple of nights at the start of the year, but I wasn't feeling 100%. I couldn't even get warm indoors, so i thought it wasn't a good idea to be standing out in the garden, Mrs Slog would have had 'words'. There were also a couple of nights when i thought I saw a star through the window. Quite excitedly, I was changing into warm clothing but the moment I got outside, I realised the sta
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