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  1. All Just had an hour with the 12x50 bins following AN magazines November binocular sky feature. Basicly a hunt for M's 36, 37 and 38. Found them fairly quickly Starting from Alnath to HIP25291. Just on the edge of the fov was M36 a sharpish fuzzie. Once located both M37 and M38 could both be located on the edge of fov above and below M36, both appearing as less distinct faint fuzzies. For all 3 M's i had to use averted vision Pleased as punch with that hour and 3 more M's chalked off and my first chance to scan Auriga. I also passed many rich star fields that i havent identified due to the initial hunt for M's
  2. This is my first image of 2017. 2 hours each of R, G and B captured on the nights of 1 and 2 January 2017:
  3. From the album: Wide-field (not barn-door)

    TODO apparent objects Capture: 24 lights x 60s x 2500iso, 8 darks, Olympus E-PM1 with Pentacon 135mm/2.8 (short variant) @4 on Omegon EQ-300 tracking RA, neodymium filter Processing: Regim 3.3, Fotoxx 12.01, Gimp 2.8 Date: 2016-09-08 Place: Deep country 26km from Limoges, France

    © Fabien COUTANT

  4. I debated posting this in the deep sky section but figured I'd go for widefield as it is indeed rather widefield... Only a limited number of subs captured during a clear spell at the recent Kielder Star Party - here's a chunk of Auriga with the Flame Nebula at the top and M38 at the bottom left with a variety of other objects in between. It's a work in progress in that as soon as I can get a lot more subs I'll do so to really try and pull out the nebulosity in it...it'll take a while for me to identify all the objects (there's something at the top left that I'm curious about). Captured using a modified Canon 650D through a Borg 55 f/3.6 scope (focal length 200mm). I used one of their new QRO filters, the HEUIBII version, an upgrade to the 'standard' IDAS which has a filter cell designed to minimise reflections which I'd had on some of my earlier images - I think it's worked well!! I'm desperate to capture more subs for this one as I think there's promise in there, there's a considerable amount of nebulosity across a big part of the field of view but there's only seven subs in there, 5 from Kielder and 2 from home, 200 seconds each. I've used Pixinsight to process and have very slightly clipped the black end during processing to try and control the noise that more subs will deal with... James
  5. This image is a stack of the best of 180 30-second subs of Auriga, taken using a Helios 44 58 (58mm) prime lens. I stopped the lens down but stars at the corners are still slightly elongated. I used one of Steve's Astro Actions to correct the three brightest, the smaller ones don't spoil the overall effect. I used a moon and skyglow filter as I suffer moderate LP. The camera was a cooled Canon 450D. A handwarmer sachet was used to keep the lens clear, although it seems humidity was very low on what was a VERY cold night. While the wonderful clusters of young, blue stars showed up really well, the flaming star nebula was more difficult to capture on such short subs. One of the frames included a sole Geminid meteor. This frame was processed separately aiming for a good colour balance, aligned carefully and the meteor trail layered in. The trail starts yellowish, turns blue and fades back to yellow. On seeing just how crowded the stars are in this part of the sky, I was reminded of Isaac Asimov's novel, The Stars, Like Dust, although it's set near the Horsehead Nebula where there is more dust than stars!
  6. From the album: Wide-field (not barn-door)

    Capture: 16 lights x 40s x 2500iso, 4 darks, Olympus E-PM1 with Pentacon 29mm/2.8 @4 on Omegon EQ-300 tracking RA, neodymium filter Processing: Regim 3.3, Fotoxx 12.01, Gimp 2.8 Date: 2016-09-02 Place: Deep country 26km from Limoges, France

    © Fabien COUTANT

  7. Taking full advantage of a series of clear nights, I couldn't resist some wide-field shots of the sky. Seeing was reasonably good, if not perfect, a few nights after full moon. The temperature was a little cool but pleasant. Here are the fruits of my labor: Orion, 1 second exposure, f/5.6, ISO 1600: Auriga, 2 second exposure, f/5.6, ISO 1600: Canis Major, 2 second exposure, f/5.6, ISO 1600: Leo, 5 second exposure, f/5.6, ISO 1600: The Great Bear, 5 second exposure, f/5.6, ISO 800: Cheers, Reggie
  8. I did a quick (7 subs) image of the region around the Flaming Star Nebula and posted it... ... but I knew a few more subs would really help. I managed to get some over the last couple of nights. Both nights were a little murky but they were largely clear so I shouldn't complain.. This is a great region of the sky with loads of Ha objects, clusters, odd bits of nebulosity and so on and doing a slightly more widefield image allows me to capture more than one type of image at a time (value for money and all that!). Using a modified Canon 650D through a Borg 55FL f/3.6 scope and an IDAS HEUIBB filter, 30x 200 secs (guided) here's a reworked version as there's so many objects in there I thought I'd put an annotated copy in there two (manually - can't figure out the Pixinsight way to do it...). It's not perfect... there's artefacts in there caused by me stacking (and keeping) some subs that were taken at an angle to the rest..a practiced eye should be able to see that Actually, an unpractised eye probably can too I really must learn how to put pictures up here that don't get brutally jpeggerised... Oops - nearly forgot - does anyone know what the object at the top left is..? (The little red smudge...)
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