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  1. @Stu, @GavStar and myself met up for a bit of club observing Thursday night… cloudy so good that we met down the pub. Someone (not sure who) pointed out it was clear, so we headed out to stand and chat under clouds with a chill breeze for more than 2hours waiting for the skies to comply with Sat24. Finally we spotted what looked like the edge of the clouds… the others got ready to polar align. OK observing under a near full moon is not ideal.. but it does help with setup and checking your charts! So what to look for… using Gavins new “magic eyepiece” we headed straight for the Horsehead, just visible, the flame slightly more so above. We were using a TEC160 on a goto panther mount, with 55mm plossl and the TNVC adapter to the intensifier, using a 6nm hydrogen alpha filter to “help”. The gain control worked really well to tune the balance of brightness (and noise) vs detail. The “white phosphor” giving a very neutral and “natural” view. Right, where next? Up to the jellyfish ic443, nice gentle curve easily visible, checked on the monkeyhead nearby. We then cruised down to the seagull which filled the view and then tried to ferret out the medusa Nebula… it evaded us this time. Swept over the the pacman, the heart and then the California nebula. The latter as two broad nebulous bands crossing the field of view. We need to try a smaller scope to give a bigger field of view for these really big nebulae. Swapped in a longpass filter and checked on M35 which looked great, M3? and then M81/82, very clear dark lane in the latter.. Clouds finally made a return and we packed up the wrong side of 1am, feet nearly frozen solid. Seemed like many of the streetlights had turned off as well, which is interesting to note. Going to be fun to poke this setup at nebulae when the skies are a little bit more conducive to observing. PeterW
  2. Supermoon in all its colourful glory C80ED f7.5 Canon 600D 22:08 UT 3 Dec 2017 99.9% Processed in Lightroom
  3. A moody supermoon emerges through the clouds. 19:21UT 3 December 2017 100% illumination C80ED f7.5 Canon 600D processed in Lightroom
  4. From the album: The-MathMog's Images

    72 x 30 second subs 36 Min Total Exposure Iso 6400 Skywatcher 150PDS Nikon D5200 (Unmodded) Celestron Advanced VX Mount
  5. Weather, work and other factors has made it very hard for me to get as much out imaging, as I would've liked. Like 3 times since August. Weather has just been unforgiving, and quite a few times now, the clear windless nights have pretty much always hit on night where the moon has a huge influence. 80%+ illumination. One of these nights I tried imaging bodes nebula, and the moon set like an hour before sunrise. And you can see a huge difference between the images just before, and just after the moon-set. The ones before barely showing any detail. So, to cut to the chase, do you guys have any advice on what/how to image during these periods? The moon is an obvious choice, but that is not really something that feels rewarding for me currently. Do you guys not image at all during these nights, or can some open/globular cluster be of rewarding value? I could just go out and test for a few nights, but even that is hard with the weather.. I also use a Baader Neodymium filter, which seems to help a bit, just not quite enough
  6. Harvest Moon 05.10.2017 @ 20.02 Skywatcher Equinox 80 with Altair Lightwave 2 x Flat Field Tele Extender Barlow Canon 100D 1/400 second exposure at ISO 200
  7. From the album: My moon attempts

    One of my favourite pics that I have managed to take to date. This is a composite image, I tried to recreate the awesome view I had.
  8. Hello, I managed to observe Jupiter tonight with my 76 x 350 Dobsonian, 4mm and 20mm eyepieces and 2x Barlow lens. Couldn't see any moons around Jupiter - would our own full moon have washed them out and made them harder to see ? Any thumb rules for calculating/estimating the effect of full moon washout compared to almost no moon at all ? Bill
  9. After a month of chasing the Moon, not always successfully, I have finished my Moon Phase chart for November. Original fullsize, 6800 x 4337px, 2.7MB image here - http://www.sacarr.co.uk/astro/moon/2016_moon_phases.jpg Across the month, I've missed a weeks worth of phases, mainly due to weather. Unfortunately after twelve consecutive days of capture, the weather again let me down for the last two tiny crescents which I'd hoped to catch at Moonrise. So I've managed twenty phases captured, plus of course the New Moon which is too close to the Sun to see. The phases I missed have been ghosted in behind the clouds with Stellarium screen grabs. My previous best was February 2015, when I caught seventeen phases, and thirteen consecutively.
  10. I hope you all enjoyed the Supermoon, here's a hi-res image I took of the Supermoon in Cathedral City! This is a 25 panel mosaic stitched together to create the final image. I will say that I didn't notice much of a difference in the overall apparent size of the full Moon, but it was a heck of a lot brighter than normal. Celestron 6se AVX mount + asi120mc-s http://coachella-astronomy-astrophotography.blogspot.com/2016/11/november-14-2016-supermoon-taken-in.html supermoon -300dpi111.tif
  11. November 14, 2016, the closest moon approach since 1948! A scant 221,524 miles away, the moon won't be nearly this close again until November 25, 2034. Smoke from North Georgia wildfires casts a thin veil over the night sky, but not enough to blot out the SUPERMOON! Cheers and high tides! Reggie
  12. Hi All, Just sharing a image of the last full moon. This image consists of two single shots, top than bottom half, and combine in PS. Shot with a Canon 40D through the scope at native F10. Thanks for looking Mariusz
  13. From the album: Solar System Objects

    Full moon taken with a canon 40D single shots in two parts than combined the two halves in PS.
  14. I set up on Friday 16th under a full moon with a plan of just testing the polar align routine in SharpCap. It works really well, actually better with my mount than Alignmaster now that I have some backlash issues. It takes backlash totally out of the equation! Thanks to @themos (PhotoPolarAlign author) and @rwg (Robin, SharpCap author) for this great feature. It was really fast and easy to do and I'd thoroughly recommend it! Anyway, having accurately polar aligned in record time I thought it would be a waste to let a clear sky go unused when I was already fully set up, full moon or not. This is 45x180s of lights (limited length subs due to the moon), 50 flats and 50 bias. Captured in APT and processed in DSS and PS. It needed a REALLY healthy dose of HLVG which I'm guessing could be due to the full moon (?) as I've never really needed to use it before. Equipment: Canon 350D (Full Spectrum) with CLS-CCD & Baader Mk III MPCC Skywatcher 150p Meade LXD75 Finder Guider Thanks for looking.
  15. Here is a Sony Handycam shot of the August full moon, also known as the Fruit Moon by the Cherokee people of the Southeastern United States, and the Sturgeon Moon by the Native peoples of the U.S. Great Lakes region. The Fruit Moon was so named because it occurred during the season of the ripening of fruit. The Sturgeon Moon was so named because it occurred during the peak of the sturgeon fish in the Great Lakes. Enjoy some original Native American-inspired music on Native flute, powwow drum and ankle bells as you watch the August moon slowly rise. The musical selection is called "The Gathering", from my collection of Native American-inspired pieces, TSALAGI CITIZEN, available here: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/wodigewehali O-Siyo! Reggie
  16. Only an hour's worth of data, and with a near full moon too. There's still a bit of tilt in the camera to get rid of, and a huge dust bunny (Curse of the Were-Rabbit more like), but it was good to do *any* imaging after the rubbish weather we've had lately. TBH the previous two nights were better but I wasted too much time faffing. Well, here it is: A couple of histogram stretches and a touch of LPF to get rid of the worst of the noise. Need to do a clean-up of my imaging train. Megrez 90, 0.8FR IV, 3nm HII Astrodon, Trius 694, temperature -23 from the readout. Guiding in PHD2 with the ST90 / QHY5 II. Capture and post in AA5.
  17. taken with ed80,2xed barlow,450d, through closed obsy window, 28 frames staxed with regi. thanks for looking,clear skys charl.
  18. From the album: Lunar and Planetary Images

    Another slightly moody shot of tonight's full moon, taken just before I called it a night as the clouds were coming in. Single 1/8 second exposure at ISO 100

    © Vicky050373

  19. From the album: Lunar and Planetary Images

    Full moon tonight, and the clouds cleared long enough to manage a bit of lunar imaging with my DSLR on my 80mm F7 Celestron refractor. Single 1/320 second exposure at ISO 200

    © Vicky050373

  20. From the album: uhb1966-1

    Full moon- stacked only the last 10 images of the session, PIPP and Autostakkert

    © (C) Ulrich Benzing 2015

  21. Hello Dear Stargazers, just a single moon shot from yesterday evening with 1/1000 and 200 ISO, slightly post-processed with GIMP 2.9. Equipment as noted in the footer (Yes, i know, nothing special... but i'm a beginner, every half-decent frame is a victory for me!) Clear Skies! PS: Stacked version follows after next cloudy sky
  22. uhb1966

    Uhb single 20151026

    From the album: uhb1966-1

    A single full moon shot. 1/1000, 200 ISO

    © (c) Ulrich Horst Benzing

  23. From the album: Lunar Eclipse 28.09.2015

    A montage of images taken to show the progress of the lunar eclipse. All images are unprocessed.
  24. From the album: Lunar Eclipse 28.09.2015

    The lunar eclipse during it's totality
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