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  1. National Geographic 90/1250 maksutov is my telescope and thanks for all the replies and support of my previous post it helped me alot and i figured out how to see the moon for example in beautiful quality but there's the problem i have. I can only see good views and a sharp sight of the moon but that's about it. Do i need a better lens that can zoom even more out or is this the limit of my telescope? Please let me know if you know a solution to this.
  2. I have a Celestron 127EQ PowerSeeker Telescope and was wondering if a moon filter is required to prevent any damage to the eyes for the coming super blue blood moon. Or are the filters purely optional when it comes to anything moon related? Thank you
  3. One night after complaining on the forums that observing opportunities are so few and far between in the UK during winter and I look up to see clear skies and a blindingly bright moon. My preferred targets are DSOs but having recently bought a Baader Neutral Density Moon filter (0.9) I thought it might be a great time to try it out. I'd also recently bought that thingy that lets you attach your phone to the eyepiece and so I took the picture below and I'm fairly pleased with the result. I thought that the blue fringe of doom was exclusively a refractor thing which is why I was surprised to see the blue fringe in the picture. I have owned my Skyliner 200p Dobsonian for around ten years and so it might surprise you to know that I have never managed to see the Orion Nebula through my telescope, or any other telescope for that matter; so last night, with the moon 96% of full I thought I'd give it a try. Less than ideal conditions you might say but I have to tell you, it was still spectacular! I was able to see a surprising amount of detail and I also worked out (at long last) which time of year and what time of night I can see the whole of Orion from my back garden (mid to late January onwards at around 11pm) rather than the utterly light polluted front garden. I cannot wait for a moonless (clear) night so I can sketch the nebula! I did also discover that my collimation efforts were less than stellar (pun intended) and so, back to the drawing board. Overall it was a fantastic night's observing! I was able to spend a good while not just looking at the nebula but observing it and teasing out as much detail as I could using the usual old tricks. The night was clear but all my back garden observing is done over the neighbours' houses, so heat shimmer and therefore focus was an issue. I actually used my Baader Neodymium filter to reduce the effects of light pollution and increase contrast which it did very well. I'm seriously itching for a clear moonless night! By the way if anyone can recommend a good observing chair my back would be very grateful
  4. Hi all, first off, still a newbie at imaging and astronomy for that mater. So i'm taking my first steps shooting the moon, with my Skymax 127 and Sony Alpha6300 in prime focus. I also used a moon filter but i guess next time i wont so i can match my shutter speed to my ISO since i've learned that's the way to go. I've shot quiete some pictures in RAW and tried stacking in Lynkeos (Mac over here), following are a single shot and the stacked one (40 shots converted to .png) Does anyone know where the purple/pink is coming from ? I guess one could get rid of it in post proces, but i'm not that advanced in image processing yet. Thanks!
  5. Hi, Only got my first scope two days ago and been waiting for a clear night since. Tonight was just overwhelming. I am so new to this no idea what I was looking at and thats where I need to slow down and approach this more methodically. However had a great first night in my back garden with my Dob. Got a little difficult to see much when moon came up high but I had already had a good couple of hours being absolutely amazed. I think I am hooked. I do not have any imaging equipment yet as I just wanted to get a 2nd hand scope and get to grips with whats out there first. However, whilst looking at the moon at the end of the session with a lowish power lens just couldn't resist trying to take a shot with my mobile through the EP (see I don't even have a camera) just holding by hand. Thought it just wouldn't work but quite surprised how it came out. Please don't all shout at once, I know compared to the photos I have seen on this website this is not what you would call quality but for my first night stargazing I was pleased with it. All being well I can only get better.
  6. I haven't had the chance to do anything for quite a while, but finally got a clear(ish) night last night and managed to shoot a few avi's in between gusts of wind. 15 avi's, with the best 20% of 750 frames getting stacked, and a mosaic created in iMerge. Scope Skywatcher 130/900 with RA motor on EQ2 mount, and a Microsoft HD3000 webcam in the eyepiece. Click through for full size image.
  7. Not my usual target, but there I was trying to adjust the focus on my new OAG on a distant view of roofs and trees, and I suddenly noticed that the clouds had parted, so had to give it a go. Just a single 10mS exposure, C9.25 SCT, x0.63 reducer, Atik 460EX (aka 'Gina-cam', thanks @Gina !) taken at 15:32 GMT. Bit of stretch and sharpening in PI. Not the best framing or focus, but that wasn't what I was concentrating on at the time... ...I just post it to share the shock of actually seeing a heavenly body.
  8. My attempt at capturing an image of the moon at perigee early last week (2018-01-02). Imaged with an iPhone 6 through a Celestron K10mm eyepiece with a moon filter, using a Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ-MD. Image was taken in burst mode with a 2-sec timer to avoid camera shake. Adjusted color and levels using the Photos app. This is the original:
  9. Hi Im starting to look at moon imaging using my Skywatcher 250 on an EQ6 with my Guiding Camera which is a QHYII Im, using Sharcap and really want to know how long my video captures should be, I have good alignment Regards John B
  10. 7 panel lunar mosaic from 12/10/2017 captured with skywatcher 120mm (F8.33), & Lumenera 2-1M. Best 75% of 1150 - 1350 frames were stacked for each of the 7 panels (frame rate kept dropping) then sharpened in Registax6 before stitching them together in PS6 using the photomerge option.
  11. When I left my house for going to work on October 18, I saw the thin moon crescent close to Venus. It took me about five minutes to collect my equipment (tripod, Canon 5D MKII, 100-400mm zoom lens), so I could take pictures. Thin high clouds illuminated by the rising sun added to the scene.
  12. Which would be better, a 13% or 18% transparency moon filter? It is for an Orion Funscope 100mm or Meade Etx-60At Thanks
  13. The Lunar X is the near first quarter lunar illumination. The Curtiss Cross is a post last quarter lunar illumination. Different locations... Dana T
  14. 2018 Lunar X Predictions (approx "start times"): Using Werner (1.2 Sun Alt) with coordinates of: LAT -28.0 LON 3.3 Date Time Sun Angle at the X at this time 01/24/2018 0442UT -.975 @ X 02/22/2018 1807UT -1.025 @ X 03/24/2018 0657UT -1.064 @ X 04/22/2018 1913UT -1.082 @ X 05/22/2018 0702UT -1.079 @ X 06/20/2018 1837UT -1.054 @ X 07/20/2018 0614UT -1.010 @ X 08/18/2018 1809UT -0.956 @ X 09/17/2018 0632UT -0.920 @ X 10/16/2018 1930UT -0.901 @ X 11/15/2018 0859UT -0.903 @ X 12/14/2018 2246UT -0.935 @ X Average = -.0.992 @ X Someday, when I have time, I will use Sun angle at the X of -1.000 to predict the start of event. Either way, the times are very close as the start of the event which is somewhat subjectional... Dana T
  15. We're currently in a pattern of monthly occultations of Aldebaran by the moon because of Luna's position relative to the ecliptic. I caught some cool images of the occultation as it happened! Here is just before the event at about 10:50 p.m. : and just after, at about midnight: The moon took on a sepia glow as it descended upon the western horizon. Don't you just love our cosmos?
  16. I normally post in the deep sky section but after a software upgrade to my acquisition software I wanted to check that everything was OK, so since the moon was at 97% I decided to take a lunar image. I selected my 3nm Ha filter, primarily in an attempt to maximise contrast. Since, I've never processed a lunar image before I only followed my normal processing procedure, using Registar for the stacking of the 20 sub frames each exposed for 0.1s. Alan
  17. Had a great session last night and was the best this year (not that many to compare but even so...) I was comparing my new EPs and the seeing was so good I decided to move to higher mag later. Not the best images but as they were handheld with iPhone 7 through Delos 8mm, Nagler 3.5mm and with Barlow I thought I'd post as I was pleased ?
  18. I had decent conditions last night and took a few images with my 8SE and 224MC camera. Stacked in AS2, used Photoshop for some enhancement. I added some labels too. Thanks for looking.
  19. Copernicus 12/10/2017 04:58 GSO 0.20 m Sky-Watcher NEQ-5 Pro SynScan mount QHY5L-IIC + IR cut filter GSO barlow lens 5x (APO) f: 5000 mm f/25 Matteo Vacca Milis, Italy http://vaccamatteo.weebly.com/ https://www.astrobin.com/users/matteovacca/
  20. Hi everyone! Newbie poster but been around the astronomy woods for a while I'm taking an interest in moving up my imaging a notch to pin sharp images for printing. I have a Skywatcher 150 on an EQ3 with a Canon 100d but I want to learn how to use these to take zoomed pin sharp images of the lunar surface. Any tips or ideas? I mean the camera can record video frames to the SD card which can be stacked - is this good enough to get sharp surface detail? thank you! Claire
  21. So i managed to get the 'scope out for an hour or so a little earlier on this evening just before things started getting cloudy here! I took all the photo's with my iPhone 6 Plus by holding up the camera to the EP... (some of the photo's didn't turn out that well as a result... Either way here are the two best shot's i took (These are my first EVER photo's taken through the 'scope) Above taken with 10mm EP Above taken with 25mm EP
  22. Hi Everyone I've just got a new telescope as a Christmas present from my husband. Its a Celestron Nexstar 130 SLT. I've had two goes with it, first one not so successful, but last night took it out to view the moon and was hooked instantly. The view was stunning. I'm keen at the moment to spend more time just on the moon. I noticed last night that despite only a small amount of moon showing it was very bright and not comfortable to look at for too long. Looking online there are a lot of suggestions that a moon filter is a good idea for exploring the moon and getting really good images. There seem to be a lot of them out there, can anyone suggest a good one for my scope? I'm using the supplied 25mm and 9mm eyepieces. thanks
  23. Been waiting for days in anticipation for the first clear night with my new SW 200P reflector and HEQ5 mount. I found instantly that I couldn't locate the North Star due to bloody trees and also the moon was so bright it made all other objects so much more dim in my scope. The Polaris Alignment scope LED's are so bright I couldn't align any star in the scope at all, let alone see through it. I did check it was clear and it didn't have the cap on or the weight bar obstructing it. I tried adjusting the brightness but found no settings in the SynScan handset for my model! I also found out that my clock ring rotates even if I lock them to the specific axis. (Annoying) In the end, instead of just messing around trying to align the damn thing I just span it around and zeroed in on the moon and other stars. I found pretty quickly that I can only focus on the moon IF I use a 2X barlow lense in the chain and that the focuser doesn't move back as far as my older Vixen refractor. Anywayyyy to make the most out of the full moon and the fact it was clear I took some photos and made a mosaic out of 54 individual photo's I took. The original photo is 388MB, so I've uploaded a much smaller version. My first proper AstroPhotography photo, any thoughts or solutions to the problems I found on my first night out? I'm hoping the next time I go out, it's much smoother. Enjoy. - Pesky
  24. A quick shot from this morning at around 06.45am with interesting terminator details. The atmosphere was all over the show, but at least there was no cloud for a change! 66mm ED APO Baader Hyperion Zoom Sigma DP3M A-Focal - Single Shot Paul
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