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  1. From the album: Moon, planets and single stars

    Following on the conjonction of early october (without the moon). Taken from my balcony. Capture: 24 x 1s x 2500iso, no darks, Olympus E-PM1 with Pentacon 50mm/1.8 at 2.8 on fixed tripod.
  2. Another early morning conjunction, the Moon will be 15 degrees above the horizon at 5am, with Saturn 4 degrees away and Mars 2.5 degrees from Saturn. A lovely binocular or naked eye sight.
  3. Hi everyone Ages since I was here. Anyhow the recent Mars-Neptune conjunction on Dec 7 prompted me to try to capture it with my Canon 350D and 300mm lens on a fixed tripod. Both images are stacks of about 10 images with exposure of about 1s. Taken at dusk. Chris
  4. Last night I got outside early to grab a chance to observe 3 major planets: Jupiter - could make out little in the twilight with the 127mm Mak. Saturn - seeing still poor - I imaged it but the result is not worth showing. Mars later on was better - its apparent size has shrunk, but this was the first time this year I have had a result with Syrtis Major facing the Earth. Syrtis Major, the bright area of Hellas and the south polar cap can all be made out in the image. Altitude of Mars was about 11deg - note that the southerly declination is decreasing as it moves North - quite significant if it is roof skimming as here. Imaged with C8 SE, ASI120MC, ADC, processed in Registax6.
  5. Report for the evening of 16/08/2018 With a clear night forecast I decided to try and get in a long session. The plan was to start with the crescent moon, work through the planets, throw in a few faint fuzzies and if the weather and I held out, finish with M31 sometime in the early morning. So, having set out both scopes earlier to settle I began with the moon. I really like these early phases of the moon as you can make a start before it’s even dark, and as it gets darker the more you begin to see on the surface. On view last night were some great features. The crater pair of Hercules and Atlas, the Mare Nectaris and the overwhelmed crater Frascatorius. I’d got my sketching stuff out hoping to have a go and was trying to decide which to have a go at when a stubborn low band of cloud rolled in and covered that part of the sky, so no sketch tonight. ? Well, over to the other scope, the 8inch newt, and lets just do a star test to check collimation. As it was still only getting dark I picked a brightish star at random with a low power eyepiece, defocussed and then swapped in a more powerful one. After a short time fiddling I was pretty happy with this but no matter what I did one side of the out of focus star image looked distorted. Was the mirror pinched or something wrong with the eyepiece? In the end I settled for what I’d got and focussed down to a lovely sharp pair of points! Doh, I’d picked the double star Rasalghethi! A lesson learned there. Still I really enjoyed the view of the main orange star and its bluish smaller companion so think an evening of doubles is on the cards sometime! Early views of Saturn were plagued by the same cloud bank that had covered the moon, but eventually it cleared and Saturn and a few of its moons were well worth a look. Also, worth some time were the lovely Messiers in the same patch of sky. M8 the Lagoon, then a whole patch of M’s including lovely open and globular clusters each worth time, but I had to push on. Mars was just clearing the trees so I sat down to see what I could see in terms of detail with the binoviewers. I tend not to look at what it is supposed to look like beforehand as I think the mind has a way of seeing what it wants. So, with Baader Neodymium and UHC filters to swap in I decided to sketch what I could. The UHC helped to darken those dark features but it also seemed to exaggerate the atmospheric distortion. After about an hour I went to compare my sketch with the view shown on https://astronomynow.com/mars/ Pleasingly my view was broadly the same, though lacked the detail. I didn’t see any straggling Perseids last night but did catch a couple of bright meteors, probably Northern Aquarids. By now around 2am, the sky was as dark as it was going to get, about 20.7 sqm, which isn’t the best its been here, but still good enough to see plenty of milky way stretching overhead. A quick view of M13 always makes me smile…so many stars but I moved on via another globular in Sagitta, M71. Much smaller than M13 but still sizable enough to start picking out stars with 8 inches, albeit with averted vision. On to M27 to spend a little time seeing what I could tease out. Clear without any filter the UHC definitely added to the definition, and the dumbbell shape was obvious against the broad white slightly elliptical smudge. Again, averted vision helped to give the hint of some structure to these edges. So, onto the Veil. It’s easy enough to find where it should be by hopping along from Sadr to just past the next bright star Gienah but honestly, I’ve struggled in the past and been underwhelmed. Well tonight with no moon and good transparent skies it was great. The eastern part C33 was just there, faint but obvious enough against the background stars. Pop in the UHC an it goes up a level. Swap that for the O111 filter and it was even clearer. Big too. Curving gently away out of the field of view, I followed it until it petered out then moved back and forth from end to end trying to find more detail. I moved over to the Western part C34 and again, there it was, particularly around the star 52cyg but other parts were visible as well, though not as clear as the Eastern section. I was really tempted to try a sketch but tiring so will leave that until another day. Last I tried for Andromeda to round out my nights plan, but by now it was around 3am and high thin clouds were moving in and the sky noticeably brightening, so it was time to pack up. I’d had a really good session, despite a few early clouds and a Homer Simpson Doh moment with collimation. Should tide me over until the next clear spell. Thanks for struggling through this and hope you all had a great starry night too. Dan
  6. Mars imaged around 1.30 AM BST. Seeing poor, altitude about 12 deg, Mars just above a roof, had to wait for gap in cloud. Using: C8 SE, ASI120MC, ADC, best of 2000 frames, processed in Registax6. Some surface detail and a polar cap can be made out, confirming visual observation.
  7. I get up a couple of hours before dawn this morning and am greeted with a beautiful pairing of Saturn and Mars. Saturn looks beautiful, tilted perfectly in our direction, a bright peach orb sporting good detail including the Cassini division. Mars is definitely getting bigger and brighter, and is decidedly more reddish than Saturn. I can see a little detail now. I excitedly try out my Mars filter but don't see significantly much more detail (in fact, the overall tint is actually a bit distracting); maybe, it will work better as Mars gets closer). Jupiter, a little farther west, is an awesome, large, bright orb with striking belts, and the moons have a curious question mark-like configuration this morning. The regal Blue Moon is on its way to set, but I don't risk my "dawn" vision looking at it through the eyepiece. The air is pleasantly cool, nowhere near as chilly as some previous mornings (the weather here can't make up its mind if it's winter or spring). A little humid, so I pull out the dew shield. Well, what do you know, there's a developing high cloud to the west, threatening to interfere, lol (fortunately, it doesn't). I really want to see Mars and M22 together, less than a half degree apart, so that means I can see them in a telescopic view! Time to image! I set up the camera on the 127mm Mak and take several shots, this one being my favorite: And here is another pic taken several minutes earlier: Reggie
  8. Some reasonable seeing from my location in Selsey, West Sussex over the last couple of nights. Here are three results for Mars, Jupiter and Saturn from 26 June. Pete
  9. I didn't think I was going to get to see this, as the weather was calling for cloudy skies. However, I rose at 06:00 anyway, got my winter clothes on, grabbed my binoculars and headed out into the cold and snow to see what I could see. Alas, I was rewarded! The planets were higher in the sky than I had anticipated, and the viewing, though a little hazy, was plenty good for seeing the conjunction. There were some nice views of the moon through the haze as well. A nice way to spend a morning. Did anyone else manage to catch a glimpse of this?
  10. This morning I set out to get some images of Mars and Saturn, having got a good result with Jupiter a few nights ago. It turned out to be one of those occasions when almost everything seemed to go wrong. I struggled for ages in the dark to get the 8SE mount attached to the tripod (it has some white stickers on it now), the solar system align turned out to be inaccurate, and the laptop kept crashing. It became a race to get some result before daylight intervened. I aimed at Jupiter, and tried out Sharpcap's exposure histogram before turning to Saturn. The focus would not come good (as the stacked images confirm) so I switched to Mars, with the result shown below. The dark smudge appears in all six videos and seems to match the position of Syrtis Major. The Mars result looks encouraging, considering that it will be twice this apparent size at opposition. The altitude of Mars was about 10 deg. Equipment: C8 SE, ASI120MC, ADC, processed in Registax6
  11. First attempt at imaging mars. Pleased to have captured some details considering the ongoing dust storm. One very dusty marble at the moment! Equipment: SW 200PDS, HEQ5 Pro, ASI290MC + IR-cut filter.
  12. Just joined this forum guys, loving the look and feel of it so far. I am from the UK and my particular obsession is Mars as you can see from my avatar I am a complete newbie so be gentle
  13. Hi, I'd like to share with you a picture I took a few days ago, with Mars still approaching opposition [shoot details here] I know the image itself is not great, but unfortunately, I won't be able to take any more, for now... my telescope mount and eyepieces/camera suitcase were stolen a few days after that
  14. Hi, all! I spent some quality time with Mars this past weekend as Syrtis Major was well-placed for imaging. I connected a Shorty Barlow (2X) to my little Orion Electronic Imaging Eyepiece (analogue version) on my Orion StarMax 127 and got a cool video of the red planet. Some atmospheric turbulence got in the way because of the relatively low elevation, but features were clearly detectable as was the stunning red hue. I was so excited, I even composed some space music especially for the event! It's a good thing I chose to image at that time because clouds have rolled in this week (of course) and threaten to block Mars' photons on the night of actual opposition. If possible, though, I will be out there on May 22 (and on May 30 for the perigee) to shoot some more video! I hope you enjoy my video contribution and the music! Cheers! Reggie
  15. Well I'm still at it with the Xbox 360 webcam but this time using Firecapture and without Barlows. What I did notice while processing was most images didn't need RGB align. The only downside was a smaller image to work with. Conditions seemed average to good. Celestron Nexstar 8i, 2 short extension tubes and Celestron UV/IR Cutoff filter Mars 30fps, 3000 frames from 6000 stacked in AS!2, wavelets in RS6, finished in PDN. Saturn 17fps, 2000 frames from the best 4000 using PIPP from 9000 total, stacked in AS!2, wavelets in RS6, finished in PDN. The next image is a single best frame from a video that has been sharpened slightly, noise reduced and levels adjusted in PDN. If you're wondering about image scale, it is enlarged. This was a test to see if I could get better detail, sharper images from my Celestron 8i without using Barlows. I don't believe I did. The only other thing I can eliminate out of the equation is the UV/IR filter? So it looks like I'll be on the hunt for a another scope for imaging 10"+ SCT. The Edge HD's are likely the go unless there are better in the market. Any suggestions?
  16. Although there was quite an overcast last night, I set up the telescope with the hope of doing some obseving of Jupiter and Mars. I initially had problems polar aligning as Polaris was a bit lost in the haze. It did pop into view through a hole, eventually, but I reassured myself that this would at least add to the cool down time. It was quite mild last night and I was hoping that it would be stable fairly quickly. Anyway, I started observing Jupiter with my 5 mm EP (200x) and it was quite overcast by then. I could only see a faint hazey blob. I was about to pack in (annoyed that I'd been tempted out after it had been completely clear all day) when a hole appeared and I started getting improved views. I was wanting to experiment with higher magnification so I then used my 10 mm EP with a 3x Barlow. This boosted the magnification to 300x. The view was still sharp, during the better seeing, and I was pleased that this allowed me to squeaze out a little more detail on Jupiter. I expect that this is the magnification limits of the scope. Has anyone tried a 3 mm EP with the 200p (F5)? My 2mm EP, which came as part of a package, is beyond the magnification limit. I'd like to consider a decent 3mm, if it's useable, as the Barlow is a bit comprimised. After Jupiter disappeared behind the neighbour's house, just as the GRS was starting to emerge, I had a quick view of the moon before turning my attention to mars. I only have a brief opportunity to view Mars, unless I stay up really late, as it passes through a gap in the trees at the bottome of the garden. Although still low, and bouncing around like a squishy jeally bean, there were still brief periods of reasonable seeing. The gusty wind definately didn't help last night as a gust would come along and the view vibrated really badly. I was surprised that even in the brief good moments I could easily see Syrtis Major and the polar caps. There was also a hint of the dark feature Utopia. The contrast between the dark features, the polar caps and the remainder of the disc was also surprisingly good. I'm really looking forward to full oposition. I did a little imaging with my xbox webcam connected to the 3x Barlow. The result wasn't so bad considering how unstable things were due to the wind. I think I was lucky that Syrtis Major was in view at the time.
  17. This is my first Mars image with my C8 AVX + 2.5x Powermate + DFK31. 9000 frame captured using Firecapture, 75% stacked in AS!2 (1.5x drizzle), wavelets in Registax, FFT to remove grid artefacts in Fitswork and final processing in PS. James
  18. The Night Mars opposition is pretty much upon us, with April 8th being 'the' day, However as is typical of British weather and possibly spring in general - rain, clouds and fog are forecast for my area and tonight there was a brief window of opportunity before the night sky would be blotted out. I started setting up around 23:30 GMT (April 4th) and noted how bright Mars looked to my housemate (new housemate, so only just getting accustomed to my astronomy endeavors). As set up proceeded with no technical hitches and I managed to get drift aligned within ten minutes (a rarity for me), I invited my housemate to look at a few objects whilst the scope cooled. Quick views of Jupiter, Mars, M13 and the double cluster ensued, it was her first time seeing anything through a scope, so I went for the easy and ones I could find quickly. Always makes me smile to see the reaction of surprise! I noted the distinct sound of a mounts motors whirring away in the distance, a rare happy moment, realising that someone else on my street is also as crazy as me! Clouds and a thin haze started approaching and after about 10 minutes, and three videos in to the session, my view was pretty much obliterated. I stuck it out, if only for a few windows of opportunity, knowing all to well that the weather was not going to give me many more chances in the coming week. The image here is a quick process of my first video from the night, and already is by far the best image I have produced of Mars. It's not much compared to many I have seen others produce, but I am rather pleased with it. Technical Object: Mars | Diameter=14.92" | Magnitude=-1.42 Date, Time and Location: 05 | 04 | 14 @ 00:17:13 GMT | Mansfield, England Conditions: Seeing: Starting 4/5, dropping rapidly to 2/5 | Clouds | High Haze | Temperature 6-7c | Occasional Mild Gusts | Suburban Light Pollution Equipment: Meade LX90 8" SCT | Meade 2x Shorty Barlow | ASI120mc [5.200ms | 50 Gain | 50 Gamma | 60s Duration] Software: PIPP [Planetary Mode | Quality Estimation: 2000 Frames] | Registax [best 60% | RGB Align | RGB Balance] | Photoshop [smart Sharpen | High Pass | Curves | Vibrance | Contrast]
  19. Hello, fellows! Here is a Mars capture from a friend of mine, Avani Soares. He is testing his new 10" F/6,3 on a custom made EQ mount. The weather conditions are pretty crappy at the most in the very south of Brazil right now. The seeing is bad and the Jet Stream is roaring at over 40 m/s giving a very jumpy image. Nevertheless, he managed to get some reasonable pic! http://www.astrobin.com/89478/0/ Cheers!
  20. Hi all, before going comet hunting tonight I went and found a nice vantage point to observe tonights conjunction of Venus and Mercury. I believe I read they were around 1degree separated. They look great hanging low in the dusk sky and Mars was also visible higher up and more southerly. I took quite a few images but this 4sec ISO100 shot was my favourite. IMG_5654.cr2.tif https://www.flickr.com/photos/116958085@N07/16246201211/
  21. From the album: Solar System Objects

    Mars with Hellas Planitia and Syrtis Major visible. Looks like the Dust storm, which was persisting on Mars for the last few months is starting to die down, revealing more detail than only a couple of weeks ago.

    © Mariusz Goralski

  22. MarsG76

    Mars 11 July 2018

    From the album: Solar System Objects

    The side of Mars with Olympus Mons and Tharsis peaking out (top left of the disc). This is another sign that the dust storm is settling down since we're capturing volcanic mountain peaks.

    © Mariusz Goralski

  23. MarsG76

    Mars 9th May 2018

    From the album: Solar System Objects

    Mars imaged on 9th May 2018 Just after my imaging session of Jupiter during this opposition. This was taken with a Skyris 618C through a 8" SCT.

    © Mariusz Goralski

  24. From the album: Lunar and Planetary Images

    Mars, Saturn and Jupiter. Taken using QHY5L-II colour planetary camera and 8SE, using a Celestron X-Cel LX 2 x barlow. All AVIs stacked in RegiStax6 and processed in PS Elements 11 (composite image)

    © vicky050373

  25. From the album: Moon, planets and single stars

    Shot of 4-planet conjonction of october 2015, visible only between 6:00 and 7:00 CET just before sunrise. Discovered only afterwards that the stabilisation of the camera was active, producing visible trails. Unfortunately weather of the following days didn't allow another try shot. Capture: 19 x 1/4s x 1600iso, no darks, Olympus E-PM1 with Pentacon 50mm/1.8 at 2.8 on fixed tripod.
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