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  1. Walky

    Moon

    From the album: The Moon

  2. Walky

    Moon

    From the album: The Moon

  3. Walky

    Moon with halo

    From the album: The Moon

  4. Yesterday's Moon with the straight wall. Rupes Recta (middle right) and the crater Pitatus (bottom left).
  5. Hi, since i started work on my observatory there hasn't been much time for AP, but since lunar photography is done in minutes i had a go yesterday. Gear: SW AZGTI with the Skymax127 and Sony A6300 and Baader Neodymium Moon & skyglow filter. 100 frames taken and 50% used to stack in autostackerd.
  6. Posting in this forum after too long! One of the first attempts at taking photos of the moon. All photos taken using skywatcher 90mm refractor with eq2 mount, Nikon DSLR and 2x Barlow here and there. No exposure. Basic editing in cellphone. Thank you! Suggestions highly appreciated!
  7. Hi all, First post on here looking for some telescope buying advise. I've searched and seen some similar topics which have been very useful but thought i'd summarise and see what the experts think. I'm looking at getting myself and my girlfriend a telescope as an anniversary gift. She's not scientifically minded at all but she really likes the aesthetic of the moon. The house is filled with 3D printed moon lamps, jewelry, cushion covers etc.. We're about to move into a new house in Forest Hill in SE London and the new house has a really large garden backing onto more gardens so quite sheltered from all street lights. We both said to eachother a telescope might be a nice thing to have in the new house and something we can enjoy together in the new garden. I've got a budget of up to £200 but by no means want to spend that much if I'm paying for features we don't need or will use. I've got some experience with a reflector scope that was my brothers. He got it years ago and we both obsessed over it for about a month and then once we'd seen the big planets and a few blurry distant clusters we got bored and it never got touched again. That was a 130mm DIA reflector (skywatcher I think). After the initial excitement, my overriding feeling towards it was it was not worth the faff! This was in dark Northumberland as well, not London. I've tried to explain this to my girlfriend when we've talked about it and said if we don't want the faff we might have to invest in a Go to electric telescope. The logic being if its quicker and easier to see stuff, we'll use it more. I did get then quite excited reading reviews and trying to find second-hand goto scopes and it seems like something in my budget (or slightly pushed budget) is something like a Celestron SLT 127. (have seen second hand ones go for £250). However having then done a bit of reading on here I think i've worked out that those cheaper Go-to's are still not that quick and simple to use, ultimately i'm I'm still only going to see fairly blurry planets and smudges of deep space clusters. I honestly don't think the girlfriend will be impressed and I'll probably get bored after a while too. So I think I've come to the conclusion that I want to get a much smaller refractor that would be much more accessible for viewing the moon and would allow us to see a smudgy Saturn and Jupiter on clear nights. A smartphone camera holder would be a bonus too as it adds a simple feature that would keep us entertained for longer. Do you think that's a fair approach or am I being a little too pessimistic about what I'm going to see? If so then what scopes could anyone recommend? Stepping down to a slightly lower budget there are so many more options and it's a bit bewildering. Thanks
  8. I'm a keen moon observer (and new here), primarily using 15x50 Canon image-stabilized binoculars, but also an old 4-inch 'scope that recently broke. I want to take things to the next level and invest in a 'scope powerful enough to study lunar features as the terminator creeps, including craters, mountain ranges, and perhaps even the lunar X, etc. It would be great to have the option of photography in future if that doesn't hugely change what I should buy, but observing is by far my primary goal here. Any suggestions please? Budget is £1.5k+. Thanks! Jamie
  9. A couple images I was able to take with my iPhone and my Dobsonian XT8. using the Camera +2 app Anyone know any other good phone apps? ?
  10. Totality of the Longest duration total lunar eclipse of the century. While this is just one image, given that Bangalore was completely clouded out, or rather, my location was completely clouded out, I had previously planned to put the mount and scope on tracking, so that even if there was a break in the clouds for a few seconds, I should be able to capture the moment. The shot below was taken through hazy conditions, but given that the conditions were such, I am happy with the outcome. The next eclipse is due to occur on 21st Jan 2019(?). I shall be better prepared. Scope: Orion 80ED with Orion Field Flattener Mount: Sky-Watcher HEQ5 PRO Exposure: o.5s ISO: 6400 Camera: Canon 550D Location: Bangalore, India
  11. Lunar mosaic 01/11/2017 22:49 Mosaic of 4 panels GSO 0.20 m Sky-Watcher NEQ-5 Pro SynScan mount QHY5L-IIC + IR cut filter GSO focal reducer 0.5x f: 500 mm f/2.5 4 panels Click to see at high resolution: https://www.astrobin.com/full/336729/T/?nc=user Matteo Vacca Milis, Italy http://vaccamatteo.weebly.com/ https://www.astrobin.com/users/matteovacca/
  12. Theophilus and Cyrillus 03/05/2017 22:23 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/
  13. Taken in Cornwall, UK with Samsung SM-G935F smartphone held up to small pocket Nikon binoculars. Everything handheld with great difficulty! I was pleased, and so were the hotel staff!
  14. I've just seen the travelling Museum of the Moon exhibition in Leicester, and I highly recommend it. It's a high resolution 7 metre diameter 3D model of the moon that you can walk around, and it's simply gobsmacking. I took along my Vixen 2.1 x 42 super-wide angle binoculars, and Pentax Papilio 6.5 x 21 close-focussing binoculars and spent hours looking it over - great views of both near side and far side. I think it's in Leicester for another week, and in Glasgow for an extended period starting some time in May. If you're into lunar observation you'd be crazy to miss it.
  15. Hi all, Stacked image of 384 frames taken from a 720p mp4 with my Sony a6300 in prime focus on a SW Skymax 127. I started imaging in january this year, so i'm glad with my results. single frames, camera on a Baader Hyperion 13mm + 14&28 fine tune ring (so 8,2mm)
  16. Further processing of lunar data captured on the exceptional night of 25th February. Image shows the Mare Imbrium area, taken with my ZWO ASI 120 MC camera attached to my Celestron Omni 120mm f8.3 'frac. Processed through Registax, and edited a little in PS.
  17. So this is my second lunar sketch this week. In fact its my second sketch full stop. I felt it went a little better than the first which I posted in the obs report section. I think I learnt a little lesson last night which is to draw a little bigger, concentrating on a few key features and perhaps not include everything in the field of view. I think that allowed me to get a little more detail in. Sounds obvious now I think about it. Anyway, this was what I felt I saw over an hour or two in the region near to Mare Crisium. in particular a couple of craters on or near the terminator; these being Berosus and Hahn I think. It was very noticeable how fast the shadows change even over the space of 10 or so minutes so you have to be quick. I added in an outline of the lunar limb and Mare Crisium just for scale really and because I'd enjoyed what I'd done so far and I didn't really want to stop, but with the clouds thickening it was time to call it a day. Be grateful for any advice or comments from you sketchers as I'm really only just starting out and hope to be a little better by the time Mars gets a little bigger. Dan
  18. I had a few hours free last night, which remarkably coincided with clear skies, so I had a nice little session from around 8 until 10.30 ish. The moon was an obvious target, and I spent a decent amount of time panning along the terminator enjoying the views. I was rather obsessed with trying to spot craterlets on Plato, although I'm not sure whether last night was the best phase or not. I managed a grand total of two with a suspected third, not amazing! The seeing varied from fairly decent to fairly wobbly depending upon whether it was over the neighbours garden or house! Next up M42 obviously. Even without a filter the nebulosity showed well, clear tints of green to my eye. Switching from 24mm Pan to Nag Zoom showed the Trap at between x123 and x246. Whilst the E star was fairly clear at times, F was nothing more than a 'might be' every now and then. I know the scope is capable of it, the seeing just isn't a lot of the time. I tried the binoviewers out too, to see whether they made any improvement on the Trap and Moon. The Trap was a no, I think E was slightly harder with the binos, and the Moon was an unfair comparison because it had gone over the neighbours house. Will repeat the exercise under better conditions. I then made a start at a few Carbon stars, having added a number of lists to SkySafari. I find these lists very handy as the basis for an observing session and highly recommend having a look at them if you haven't already. Sorted by transit time I picked off a few without too much slewing. Hind's Crimson star kind of stole the show, such a lovely deep red colour. In comparison the others I viewed on the list seemed far more orange but I'll persevere and see how I get on. WZ Cassiopeiae appeared on both the Carbon stars and the coloured doubles list, a quite wide pair at 57.7", one orange and the other white. Similar brightness at mag 7.1 and 8.3 BL Orionis and V613 Monocerotis were the other two I got, fairly unremarkable I found but still rewarding identifying them in the star fields. Sigma Cass and Iota Cass were the last two doubles that I picked. Sigma was, I think, a new one for me. Nice tight (3.1") uneven double, mags 4.88 and 7.24. To my eye they looked similar in colour, white. Iota is a lovely one as we all know. Not something I view very often, must try harder, but at x123 with the Nag Zoom the three components were beautifully resolved. I'm sure I could have used lower mag but didn't bother changing eye pieces. Higher mag increased the split obviously, but somehow I preferred the tight star shapes and split at the 6mm setting. So, nice little session with the Tak/AZGTi setup which is my usual these days. Lightweight so easy to setup and alignment quick and easy. Grubby little iPhone shot attached, plus some detail of the SS lists I have loaded.
  19. Hello The only picture I have saved of the evening, the crater Boussingault taken with 625 mm Barlow 3 IR685 and QHYIII5-178M. Sky still blue gives a low contrast film. So many hours of processing on this image. I hope you'll like. You can move back the screen if necessary. First a version at 80% and link for 100%. Clear skies. Luc Link for full resolution : http://www.webastro.net/upload/images/2382-1468240597.jpg
  20. Hi, i just arrived at brasov valley, romania and i tried looking at the moon after setting up and cooling down. After that i was too tired for planetary and the conditions weren't the best. My point is that i would like your feedback on my pictures. Btw the sky here is amazing and i did no kind of processing to the image, higher mag images coming soon. Clear skies!
  21. The visibility tonight was dreadful: hazy moon, and the only star I could see (barely) was Sirius. However, I had my 9.25" Evolution (with x0.67 reducer) out to play to try out controlling over ASCOM and also fixed up a ZWO ASI120MM with an infra-red filter (Christmas present from my daughter.) Focusing was next-to impossible and single lights looked appalling. But 500 of them later, and after stacking in Nebulosity, I got this... the first Moon image I have ever processed and posted. I was amazed how good this ended up given the poor conditions (which must improve some day?) Thanks for looking, AK
  22. Here is a real-time video of the Moon/Aldebaran occultation last night (March 4). Aldebaran disappears around the 38s mark. Shot on my Sony Handycam. Soundtrack is an original composition called "dark energy" from my upcoming space music album, THE FALSE DAWN, due out on the vernal equinox! Enjoy! Reggie
  23. so i just went out today and i took some photos of the moon through my telescope. Here are the results! http://imgur.com/dh8P5jL
  24. Getting clear skies on the day your Mak 150 arrives is very very rare. That happened to me yesterday. No dew shield it hasn't arrived yet. The 150 sits nicely on the AZ4 with steel legs. I used a combination of the 28mm EP supplied and my 15,12,8,6. EP's. All performed well apart from the 8mm which I had been warned about (thanks Jules). This wil be replaced by a 10mm Vixen SLV. spent a lot of time getting to know the Mak and spent time swopping between the EP's. I am delighted with the scope crisp clear views of the moon,even though the seeing was not good. During dusk with that light blue haze I waited to see Jupiter. Even with the sun going down and the only two objects to be seem with the naked eye Moon and Jupiter I was more than surprised to get a very good view of her.mThree moons in a line to the right. The Mak magnify the rotation speed of earth and targets move very quickly across the field of view. Jupiter looked like a shepherd last night with three little lambs all following in a line. conclusion. A great scope you can get up close and personal with your targets. Easy to handle and light to move around. If you want duration in observing a tracking mount is a must. ( on my hit list) thanks for reading and here's a couple of shots just with the I Pod on the EP. Garry
  25. Hi. I am new to astrophotography and want to start using an eyepiece camera with my Celestron eq130. Can anyone recommend a decent camera for a small budget, say £50. Also, do these type of cameras just fit into the telescope, or do they fit into a Barlow lens ??
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