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    From the album: The Moon

    Mare Crisium -19th April 2018 - first quarter, 127mm. Meade refractor with 3x Barlow - QHY5-11 colour planetary camera.
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    From the album: The Moon

    Earth-shine April 2018. Composite image 127mm. Meade Apo-refractor - Canon 600D DSLR. A bit rough and ready processing but gives some impression of unaided eye view.
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    From the album: Jupiter

    Another image from the 20th of April 2018.
  5. Just back from a 14 day holiday in India. Had a great time. Levels of atmospheric pollution in and around Delhi and other cities visited made stargazing difficult! Many reasons not to moan about being located by the sea in Suffolk.

    George back home in Lowestoft.

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    From the album: Jupiter

    Meade 127mm. Apo-refractor with 3x Barlow and QHY5-11 colour planetary camera. Early hours of the 20th. of April 2018. Jupiter very low just above neighbour's roof so a bit blurry. GRS on display and very noticeably smaller than it was a few years ago.
  7. Last night I actually captured some photons from the old backyard. Up until 3am. waiting for Jupiter to clear my neighbours' roofs and our olive tree. Very noticeable how much smaller the GRS has become since I first viewed it through my old 90mm. ETX RA Mak some 17 years ago. Also I remember Jupiter riding high in the sky rather than grazing my southern horizon. Trouble with astronomy is that it often reminds you of the inexorable passage of time and your own brief relationship with the Cosmos.

    George awaiting the blissful sleep of the innocent in Lowestoft.:happy7:

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    Greetings from Denmark

    Hi and welcome to SGL from East Anglia where the skies are dark but the weather is often challenging. Best regards from George in Lowestoft.
  9. From the album: Backyard Astronomy

    A composite of images taken with Altair Astro 66mm Doublet and 127mm Meade Apo refractors and Canon 400D and 600D DSLR cameras.
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    Galaxy without Dark Matter

    Never noticed before how much the strands of dark matter throughout the universe look like neural pathways in the brain. Really comes across in the artwork in this article. Thanks for posting. George
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    From the album: Aurora

    Aurora was fading a little when I took this RAW 5 sec image with my Canon 600D DSLR. Taken from the Fjord-side Sculpture Museum in Reykjavik October 2017. I quite like silk like affects you get on photos after the most intense auroral activity has just finished.
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    Anyone used Altair Astro ?

    I've always received a prompt service from Altair Astro and the scope and bits I've purchased have been excellent. FLO customer care is exemplary - FLO sets a very high standard for the rest. George
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    From the album: The Moon

    Gibbous moon rising over 'Selene' our garden statue. Late afternoon 28-12-2017. Tripod mounted Canon 600D DSLR at ISO200 F5.7 f=300mm. Number of images various exposure lengths as a composite.
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    From the album: Backyard Astronomy

    Messier 3 is a very pretty globular star cluster. More or less straight up when I took a series of short subs with my Canon 600D DSLR and 0.8x focal reducer + 127mm refractor. Most clear nights I sneak a look at this misty spot through my big bins.
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    From the album: Backyard Astronomy

    Messier 44 - A nice open cluster that more often than not I view through binoculars. However, whilst trying out my 0.6x focal reducer with my 127mm refractor for the first time, I took a series of short subs at ISO800 with my Canon 600D DSLR, which I subsequently stacked etc.
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    Favourite Class Of Object, And Reasons

    Globular star clusters. I find them intriguing - very old -mysterious through bins or small scopes (as just on the threshold of resolution) -amazing when viewed through a big dob - beautiful when imaged at any scale. I like to try to imagine what the night sky might look like if viewed from a planet orbiting a star in a globular star cluster.
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    From the album: Backyard Astronomy

    Well this is my first result from a cold all nighter in the Backyard on Friday night. Bearing in mind the intermittent cloud and the moonlight this turned out better than I hoped. ( I have low skills and expectations). In the words of Mr. Jackson you can blame it on the moonlight and/or the boogie. 127mm. Meade Apo Refractor with 0.6x Altair Astro focal reducer and field flattener approx f=550mm. Canon 600D DSLR guided with a QHY5-11 camera. 40 x 2 minute lights, Flats and Bias at ISO1600
  19. Pulling an all nighter as the clouds that were supposed to disappear at midnight have inconveniently not consulted a meteorologist. I've given up trying to obtain 4min subs at ISO800 in favour of 2min subs at ISO1600 whilst cloud dodgin' without a 'G'. Why is it that 'mainly clear' isnt and that mainly it isnt clear in front of the thing you're trying to photograph?  It is also mind numbingly cold in our Backyard - my nose has started to run and my clumsy rating has started to climb exponentially.

    Nighty night stargazers wherever you are.

    George not asleep in Lowestoft

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    From the album: The Moon

    Whilst setting up for what turned out to be a 'cloud studded night' I pointed my refractor towards the Moon and lo and behold, there very obviously, was Lunar 'X'. Never spotted it before so I took a RAW lucky snap with my trusted Canon 600D DSLR. Such fun!
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    A really pretty open cluster. I enjoy observing this from my backyard through my 11x80 binoculars. Thanks for posting, regards George
  22. Hi Vlaiv A few years ago for a bit of fun I used the COAA software and an inkjet printer at 300dpi to make a rough and ready diffraction grating for the front end of my refractor. Other than proving it works I have done little with the data but I was interested to read your thoughts about this approach. Regards George
  23. Clouds and rain yesterday but at 22:20 last night, between the clouds and just above my neighbour's fence I glimpsed a pretty crescent moon (apologies for the Jane Austen like prose). So I dashed out with my camera and took a 'lucky snap' or six balancing my Altair Astro 66mm Lightwave frac with 0.6x focal reducer - 'telescopic lens combo' on top of our water butt. The break in the cloud only lasted for five minutes. Not the best of images but I'm suffering from 'wet weather front fever'.


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