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  1. I have recently mounted my Revelation 12 inch scope on my NEQ6 in the obsy to enable me to achieve better resolution on my Jupiter images. Also trying different capture and processing settings so the images appear different. Taken with the above mentioned scope, ZWO ASI120MC, Televue 2 x Barlow, stacked in Autostakkert and wavelets done in Registax 6.. First image is from last night, 19th, with the Great Red Spot showing, second image is from tonight, 20th,
  2. What a lovely display of the Aurora Borealis last night. I took these just outside Boston in Lincolnshire. Canon 100d, 18mm, f3.5, iso 1600, 17 seconds. I will let the pictures speak for themselves.
  3. Was fortunate enough last night to have a few gaps in the high cloud and some reasonable seeing conditions. Jupiter with the GRS rotating into view, plus the bonus of 3 Galilean moons, 8 inch Newtonian, ZWO ASI120MC, 2X Televue barlow with extension, stacked in Autostakkert, 11% of 3000 frames, wavelets done on Registax 6.
  4. Thanks guys, and Freddie, I shall bear your advice in mind for future captures.
  5. I have not done been doing any planetary imaging for the last couple of years but recently decided to try to get back into it. We had some reasonable seeing last night so I captured this. 8 inch Helios Newtonian, ZWO ASI120MC, 2x Televue Barlow with extension, captured with Sharpcap, Autostakkert for stacking and Registax 6 for wavelets. 60% of 5000 frames at approx. 70fps
  6. Stunning Stuart. Absolutely stunning.
  7. Hi Clive, I currently use a Revelation 12 inch dob, one of our other club members currently uses a Skywatcher 12 inch flextube. The flextube only takes a few seconds longer to set up than my Revelation dob, and I mean literally a few seconds.
  8. Here are a couple of links to some opinions about the performance and benefits of some filters. http://www.prairieastronomyclub.org/resources/by-dave-knisely/filter-performance-comparisons-for-some-common-nebulae/ http://www.prairieastronomyclub.org/resources/by-dave-knisely/useful-filters-for-viewing-deep-sky-objects/ Interesting reading and hope that it will provide you with the help you need.
  9. Looking forward to this. We have had good displays for the 2 years before last year. Last year was a no go due to the full Moon. This year again there will be no Moon so we are hopeful of a good show.
  10. I have a 12 inch solid tube dob, another of our club members has a 12 inch flex tube dob with a shroud. We always find that the flex tube will dew up before the solid tube, even with the shroud. This is just my own experience with it. Others may have different views. The whole point of the flex tube is that it is more portable, but if you are able to easily transport a solid tube that would be in my experience the better option.
  11. Stick with it, M51 took a while to find my first time but once you have found it you will find it easier next time around. M101 has a very low surface brightness and took me 2 or 3 attempts to find. I was actually looking at it without realising it and if your sky conditions are at all hazy or light polluted it will be lost. What worked for me was first finding them from our dark site where they were more obvious, then when I wanted to observe them from home I knew where to look.
  12. Thanks for the very thorough review. I currently own the range of Nirvana eyepieces and am impressed with the quality and performance that they deliver. I have been looking at the Myriad range with interest, especially the 5mm as it would make a nice planetary eyepiece on nights of reasonable seeing and allow longer drifts through the field of view in my dob. Your review has pretty much made my mind up that this would be a good purchase.
  13. =1 for the OIII filter. I have both for use with my dob but the OIII is used most of the time.
  14. I have found good transparency and dark skies are a must for the Flame Nebula. As you have said placing Alnitak just out of the field of view does help. Whilst I mainly use my 12 inch dob the best view I have had of the Flame Nebula was through my 8 inch Newtonian one night about 2 years ago when the conditions were perfect, the 3 brightest sections of the nebula were very apparent.
  15. Relatively easy with a dob, even my wife managed to track it for a couple of seconds and could make out the shape. You don`t need to use very high magnification either. If memory serves we were using about 50x magnification. Roughly aligned ahead of it with the telrad finder and waited for it to come into the field of view through the telescope eyepiece and just follow it from there.
  16. If you really need a Barlow then Televue for me too. I have had others but the Televue out performs them hands down. They can be picked up for a reasonable price second hand.
  17. Exactly, I recently bought one of these to use at our dark site meetings to enable me to point out constellations and other objects of interest, far easier than trying to point your finger at it in the dark. When used responsibly they are a great aid for this. Safety being paramount, I usually point the laser pointer in the rough direction then press it on to point out objects. This way minimises the laser accidently pointing at anyone or anything it should not.
  18. Illustrated Guide to Astronomical Wonders has been a great book for me and still is. http://www.cloudynights.com/page/articles/cat/user-reviews/books-software/observing-books/illustrated-guide-to-astronomical-wonders-r1795 Above is a link to a review done on Cloudy Nights website. One of our club members showed me his copy and I went and bought my own the next day. Avery useful book with a lot of info, plus good explanations and images of what objects look like through different sized scopes.
  19. I personally cannot think of any drawbacks with the field of view as it would (as you quite rightly say) mean a little less nudging. For me the 4mm would be pushing things a little too much as the nights that would enable you to use such high magnification effectively would be very few and far between. Better to use eyepieces that you would use often than ones that are sitting looking pretty in your case.
  20. You may find these eyepieces of interest. http://www.firstlightoptics.com/skywatcher-eyepieces/skywatcher-nirvana-uwa-82-degree-fov.html I currently use them in an F5 scope and they are a joy to use so should theoretically be better still in an F6 scope. 82* fov and good eye relief. The 16mm and 7mm would be towards the top end of your budget but they would be a big step up from your plossl eyepieces. Just another option to look at.
  21. Hi and welcome to the forum from a very wet UK.
  22. + 1 for the Astronomiser adapter. I use one for my Canon 1000d, works a treat.
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