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  1. Night of 12-13 June. I had not had a go at Saturn and Mars for some time, so set up the C8 to image them. Kit: Celestron C8 SE SLT, ASI120MC, ADC. Seeing: initially poor but improving through night. The Jupiter images were unexceptional, but the Saturn ones resolve the Cassini division well (compared with my earlier efforts). The rings look odd - I wonder if this is the conjunction brightening I have read about? Mars was very low when imaged at around 2am BST. I packed up because I was tired and cloud cover was forecast. I still got some surface detail.
  2. Did anyone see Jupiter and Mars close together late last night / early this morning ? The Jovian moons were especially impressive as they were bunched up together like cat's eyes on both sides - reminded me a bit of Sigma Orionis
  3. Hello All, Another of contribution to the planetary imaging contest... this is Mars taken on 10th June 2018. I plan to image Mars every so often to keep an eye on the development of the dust storm, and hoping that it will not destroy our view of Mars last week in July and first week in August. Taken with a my 8SE - 8" SCT with the Skyris 618C at F33. Clear skies.
  4. Hey SGL, So i have just got out my telescope for the first time and was able to locate Mars so thought i would take a look. So i have set up my Skywatcher 150p and am unable to see anything worthwhile... All i see is a slightly red looking sphere with absolutely no detail whatsoever... I googled to see what Mars should look like through a telescope and it is nothing like what i can see! Here are the eyepieces i have been using: (all came with the telescope) 10mm 25mm Wide Angle 2x Barlow So i am able to achieve on my 750mm scope a max of 150x magnification i think (2x Barlow with the 10mm eyepiece), is this not enough to see a clear picture or is there something else wrong with my telescope? According to the seller of the telescope it was ready to go with no need to calibrate so i am a little confused... Any help would be great! Thanks
  5. It was clear in South Oxfordshire from about eight o'clock last night, though it took a while for the last of the cloud to clear, and I set the scope up to have another view of Jupiter and Mars. The seeing was poor for quite a while and I only caught fleeting glimpses of the GRS on Jupitet at 300x. I watched it from mid transit until it dissapeared but it was quite tricky viewing. There were tantalising periods where the view improved, and fine detail emerged, but these were very fleeting indeed. As Jupiter dissapeared behind the neighbours' house, Mars started to emerge from behind the trees and so I set up on this without too much expectation. Initially there were no obvious details but after a while some detail started to appear. Syrtis Major had already transited out of view but there were glimpses of dark bands near to the poles. There was a large white patch at the South pole and a very much smaller white patch at the North pole. The small patch corresponds to the melting ice cap while it turns out (from the latest FB post from Damian Peach) that the larger patch is actually a cloud over Hellas basin. I also noticed a white patch on the edge of the disc away from the poles and I reckon that this might have been the cloud over the Elysium Mons volcano that Damian Peach also managed to photograph. The seeing improved as the evening wore on but then Mars dissapeared behind another tree. I was quite pleased with my night's observing after a tricky start.
  6. IR (G) B Mars from the morning of the 7th of March. Was really testing out different optical configurations for this one. If I can find time (ha ha) I'll build the RGB. Pete Lawrence
  7. Two shots of Jupiter and Mars from last night. The seeing was not the best but better than recent nights so I thought it was worth posting. In use: CPC800 & QHY5l-II. AVIs post-processed using PIPP, AS!2, Nikon CNX2. I'm still getting to grips with processing Mars...
  8. My time spent on Saturday 29th round about 11-12pm BST resulted in these images: Both are taken using the NA140SSF with televue 5* powermate (~f/27)and astronomik filters. Mars is Red and Saturn is L. Mars blue channel wasn't worth keeping, the frame rate on the ZWC120 was too low and the image so poor. G was better, L better still and R best. What is the best opportunity for synthetic here - re-use L as blue ? Both acquired in FireCapture for 9o seconds using image stabilisation and stacked in registax. I tried an alternate path of Pipp + AS2 but AS2 put some horrible artifacts around the limb that Registax didn't. I was surprised at how much detail came through on Mars and how poor Saturn turned out to be but it was really low. regs Mike
  9. Nice and steady seeing conditions last night. Mars at almost 17 degrees! First one is without the ADC, the second with. Not sure whether I have over-processed them.
  10. Hi guys, Any tips for observing Mars? I've observed Jupiter and Saturn many times and am able to extract a good amount of detail using my ED 127 Apo and my C9.25. However Mars seems to yield no detail at all. It is less than 20 degrees up in the sky and I'm not using any filters. Are filters the solution? If so, which colour? Cheers Fish
  11. Hi, all! I spent some quality time with Mars last 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
  12. Hiya ... despite being knackered yesterday (after a long day out in Weymouth hanging around while my eldest son did two shows in the chorus of the musical Joseph), I really needed a night out under the stars ... Got home at about 11.15, and was set up with the dob at around 11.30 (still twilight!). I started off with Mars and Saturn. Had a good look at Mars, but couldn't detect any detail. Saturn was fantastically crisp at x136 in the ES/82 8.8mm: clear Cassini division, surface banding ... The Milky Way soon appeared as a soft cloud overhead, lacking the fizzy sparkliness of other nights, but nice nonetheless. The Veil neb in my ES/62 24mm plus OIII filter was okay, not great. In fact, although seemingly clear, fainter objects and nebulosity was underwhelming (M31, 51, 81, 82, M16), and lacking in detail. Star clusters, though, were amazing. M11, M3 & lots of other 'couldn't be bothered to identify' clusters in the Milky Way were all fantastic! M3 (I know, not in the MW!) in the ES 8.8 in particular, was lovely; really dense, like fine salt grains ... The night was looking like it might be spoiled by a local 'party' that seemed to go wrong, with arguments and shouting emanating from a local farm, storming's off, more shouting, a girl crying, a shotgun blast (!), more crying, then drunken laughter, recriminations, then more storming's off, a pickup truck screeching off, then back ... honestly! Anyway, I was thinking of packing up around 1.00 anyway, as the waning moon was due to clear the hills, whereupon the 'party' seemed to calm down for a bit, so I thought I'd take a look at the moon before heading for bed. By this point I'd kind of resorted to scanning around with my 10x50s, and pointed them at the moon as it rose ... Then ... hang on, what's that? That doesn't look like a background star ... out with Stellarium on the phone and, 'Wow!' That's Neptune (in the same FOV as the moon!). What an amazing sight. I quickly switched to the scope, and tried a variety of EPs. The planet remained a shimmery orb, but a truly magical one at that. I hung around for another 20 minutes or so, entranced by the combination of our planet's satellite and the distant ice giant, before finally packing up. Amazing. As it turned out, I might as well have stayed out. Didn't get to sleep for ages, as I was buzzing from such a fantastic experience. Cheers, Kev
  13. We finally had a clear night here so I had a go at Saturn and Mars even though they are fading now. I used the C9.25 with a flip mirror and 2.5 Powermate with the ASI224MC. If only I could have done this earlier I'm sure that the results would have been better. Anyway, thanks for looking. Peter
  14. Having missed an idyllic morning last week, I spotted a gap in the forecast which looked like a clear morning sky coming. Not disappointed! I love a waning moon and arrived on site with the grab and go outfit at 3:30 to see the crescent just about 10 degrees above the eastern horizon. This got the first observation as it was bathed in amber hues from our air which give it a rich warmth. Aside from a few wisps and thin films, it was clear and cold. Seeing was good enough to push the mag up high. Jupiter was a beautiful marble at 85x. Two dark barges were very distinct. You know the seeing is not bad when the biggest obstacle becomes your floaters! Mars is looking fabulous though perhaps too low to yield details yet. This May should be good as we near opposition with Mars and Saturn and for us will be very close in the sky. I spent a lot of time just admiring the sky, though other diversions were well worth it: M13 is stunning! I have to shroud my face with my hands to block out any stray light to get best effect. And then those faint little needles of light start to identify themselves briefly. Funny how it comes and goes so must be atmosphere and optics at play. I still cannot get over how huge this thing is. Massive view at 85x and could have piled on more power. On to the Double Double which really needed the barlow at 170x to do the trick. Diffraction rings were not obvious which made me conclude the seeing wasn't as good as I had thought. Down to Steph 1 loose cluster and a quick look around the busy environs of the Ring Nebula. From here it's an easy jaunt down to Albireo with a spectacular show of contrasting amber primary to blue/green companion, which really came out at 85x. Then back to the moon which had risen along with Scorpio. I'm looking at my atlas now and just cannot figure out the huge crater near the middle that seems so prominent in this quarter. Must be the way the light is glancing across the terminator which makes it so much more prominent than the atlas indicates. Theophilus maybe. It has a peak in the middle of the crater. The Finale was Saturn by mistake. Thought this was going to be Antares so gave me a surprise at the EP! A lovely surprise and look forward to May when this is going to be much higher in the sky for observation. The real Antares was actually the last view in the scope before packing up and this is an unbeatable M class. Clear skies
  15. A couple of shots from this morning showing Venus, Mars, Jupiter & Mercury all lined up. Venus, Mars, Jupiter & Mercury by 1CM69, on Flickr Venus, Mars, Jupiter & Mercury by 1CM69, on Flickr
  16. Taken from my home in Tenerife on morning 8 Oct
  17. I have loved astronomy, space and everything related to it for years. Looking at objects in space has often been a challenge, but the rewards are countless. It is always a pleasure looking through the eyepiece and being astounded by what I see, but my greatest pleasure has always been sharing that view. Taking photos and publishing them, is great way of sharing what's up there, getting people thinking about the wider universe we inhabit. It my experience, it's even greater to set the scope up, and then get a friend, neighbour, anyone to look through that eyepiece for themselves, the reaction is often of disbelief, surprise and suddenly for them it seems to click as to why I am constantly going on about space, my telescope and how epic it all is. Just over a year ago, I heard of something called the Virtual Star Party. Thanks to the power of Google+ and Google Hangouts, amateur and professional astronomers are able to stream a live view of what they are looking at through their telescope, to the internet and thus an audience around the world. Having watched several of these hangouts; I quickly realised I wanted to be part of this, to share my passion for astronomy and my view on the universe. This was to me, the ultimate way of sharing. Of course, it's never that simple. I am a bar man, so I work irregular hours, with a changing shift pattern, the weather in England never plays ball and technology can be a fickle thing. The Virtual Star Party is hosted and co-ordinated in America, so time difference, light summer skies and shift patterns normally conspire against me, but this Monday - the 23rd of September 2013 at 4:00 GMT, I was drinking coffee and joining the Virtual Star Party for the first time. Technology was against us, with fellow amateur astronomers suffering from computer issues, communication issues and in my case, the microphone on my webcam dropped out. Gremlins aside, the show went on and for just under an hour we broadcast our view, live to an audience around the world, that hour went fast, and it was fantastic! I will be the first to admit, I was nervous and really didn't know what to do with myself, something that given the chance I want to work on and prepare for a bit next time. Thankfully my seeing was really good that night, my scopes usual gremlins weren't playing up and the sky was crystal clear with no wind present. I opened with my view of Jupiter, it's bands and soft hues showing up wonderfully, the audience would easily be able to tell it's live, given the atmospheric turbulence made it shimmer, and shift, but not so much as to ruin the view. Thanks to my new camera, the ASI120mc and the wonderful FireCapture 2.3 software, I have great exposure control, so could increase and decrease exposure easily and precisely, allowing me to show the four major Galilean moons. As the show went on, I moved over to my view of the Moon, a combination of good seeing and the new HD mode that Google Hangouts delivers, enabled me to really show off the craters, shadows, mountains, surface texture changes and really just enjoy what remains one of my favourite objects to just sit and stare at, for hours and hours! Indeed, this view and the kind commentary from the other astronomers, really helped settle my nerves and just relax and enjoy the moment. The audience seemed to be enjoying the view, asking questions and that really was a pleasure, knowing other people can enjoy what my backyard view has to offer. This technology, this ability to share, with reasonable ease; a view of the solar system and beyond, from a backyard in the middle of suburbia, is in my mind, remarkable and of huge benefit. Rarely people look up, those that do, will spot the Moon, a few stars and wonder as I think most people have, what is out there. Here, with this technology, we can share, explain, with detail and laughs along the way. As the show wrapped up, I moved back to Jupiter - and just as goodbyes where to be said, I spotted the leading edge of the Great Red Spot, something the Virtual Star Party had never seen before, due to timing and other conditions. So there I am frantically trying to get my focus spot on, whilst Fraser and the other astronomers try to spot it. Ultimately we couldn't tell if it was there, or not. So after the show ended, I captured some footage, and stacked it; it was there, the GRS! By this point, it's gone 5:00 in the morning, my fingers are cold, the telescope dripping wet with dew, but the mix of geeky excitement and coffee let me stay up for another hour, to capture for the first time ever , a view of Mars. The sleep deprivation made my shift at work a little bit painful, but I am so glad I finally got to take part in this amazing event, made possible with technology, but passionate, enthusiastic and likeminded people. It was an absolute privilege to do it, and one I hope to repeat often and soon, well assuming those clouds keep away! Images attached where all taken using the following setup: Meade LX90 8" SCT ASI120mc Camera 3x Meade Shorty Barlow for close ups Processed with PIPP, Registax and Photoshop.
  18. From the album: Stargazer33's Album

    C9.25; CGEM; ES 3× tele extender; Zwo ADC; QHY5LIIc Captured in EZP, sorted & centred in PIPP, stacked in Autostakkert2, wavelets in RS6, final processing in PS CS4 extended.

    © Bryan Harrison

  19. From the album: Solar System Objects

    Mars imaged on 10th June 2018 to keep track of the developing dust storm on Mars. This was taken with a Skyris 618C through a 8" SCT and derotated from 7 videos in WinJupos.

    © Mariusz Goralski

  20. From the album: Solar System Objects

    In this image Olympus Mons is visible in the lower right side near the terminator, Tharsis Montes in the middle and a "Y" shaped squiggle in the center right disc is Valles Marinares. This image of Mars was taken using a 8" SCT at 6764mm focal length/f33.3 with a Imaging source 21au618 and Skyris 618C CCDs.

    © Mariusz Goralski

  21. From the album: Solar System Objects

    This image was taken during the night of Mars' closest approach to earth during the 2018 opposition. This image was taken using a 8" SCT at 6764mm focal length/f33.3 with a Imaging source 21au618 and Skyris 618C CCDs.

    © Mariusz Goralski

  22. From the album: Lunar and Planetary Images

    Had another look at my files and I seem to have got a bit more detail out. Thank you everyone for your advice. 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

  23. From the album: Stargazer33's Album

    Mars. C8 XTL, CGEM, Revelation Superfocus 2" R&P focuser, Revelation 2.5x Barlow, QHY5L II Processed in PIPP & RS6

    © Bryan Harrison 2014

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