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  1. Finally a clear night and no moon! I was beginning to despair. And, for once, I got all the kit assembled in reasonable time and got a result. No darks or flats, but I will develop the necessary patience, given time. Anyway, something to share at last.
  2. CKemu

    Dumbbell Nebula

    From the album: Astro Collection

    Love this little nebula, always a joy to look at and always a frustration to photograph as it never seems to go well, with either gear failure or weather getting in the way every time I try!
  3. Hey! I took this last night, as it was pretty clear for a change! Equipment used: 130pds, Star Discovery Mount (alt-az), 1300d, DSS, Lightroom, Photoshop. Total of 33 x 30 second subs. 20 x Darks, no Bias. 20 x Flats. Processed in light-room and photoshop. Thanks!
  4. Hi everyone! I was lucky enough to get a clear night last night, and have the first chance to test out my new Explorer 200p. Some of you may remember me posting a topic about how people lift such heavy things, and I got a huge amount of replies. In the end, I decided to split the scope into four parts: 1. Tube 2. Counterweights - to lighten the load as I move the mount 3, Accessory tray - So I could fold the tripod legs in 4. Mount + Tripod In the end, it took me about 15-20 minutes to set everything up, then I had to wait about 20 minutes for the sky to darken. In that time, I looked for an iridium flare, which the iflares app predicted. In the end, it never happened (Though I saw one at Magnitude 0 later on). Because it was nowhere near dark, I just pointed the scope at Vega. After that, I took a look at Albireo, looking as colourful as ever. I then looked for the double-double, but I struggled to split it - possibly because of seeing. After that, it became sufficiently dark to start DSO hunting. My first target was the Ring Nebula. I'd seen it with my old 150, but it was quite hard to spot. With the 200p, it jumped out at me! I added more zoom, and the nebula filter, and the ring shape was clear as day! My next target was M13, an old favourite. It was easy to see, with a somewhat mottled surface at low zoom, but when I cranked up the power, the stars were easy to see - much more so than in my old 150. After that, I looked at the Andromeda galaxy. It was a lot lower down, in hazy sky, so it looked little more than a hazy blob. Hopefully, it should be better when it's better placed in the autumn. Finally, I found the dumbbell. It was easy to see at low power, without the filter, but when I zoomed in, and added in the filter, it showed some good detail. However, even with all this, the dumbbell shape was still quite subtle. Still, even in photos, it's not as contrasty as the Ring. After that, it was getting on for eleven, and if I was up any later, my parents would kill me (not literally of course), so I came in. It took me about half an hour to bring my scope back in, and in that time, I let a couple of large moths in. Overall, it was certainly a good first observing session with my new scope! Thanks everyone for the advice you've given me with carrying my scope, as well as other things! David
  5. Photographed this gorgeous object again, after weeks of rain, clouds and epic British summer weather. It's a popular target as it's bright and requires relatively little exposure time. This is one of the first DSO's I saw through my scope, still in love with it to this day. This image represents the best I've taken of this object and I aim to add more data to it and add longer exposures to expose the faint outer detail of this object. Technical info: Telescope: Meade LX90 8" SCT Additional Optics: Meade f/6.3 focal reducer. Camera: ATIK 414ex mono Filters: Baader H-alpha, OIII Processing: Stacked in DSS, 33x180s Ha, 16xOIIIx180s, processed in Photoshop CC, false green channel technique to produce bi-colour mix, then stretched with per channel levels.
  6. While i was indeed satisfied with my HaRGB picture of M27, i couldn't resist giving a bicolor a go as i only needed some OIII data. Taken with the QHY5L-II-M and the Explorer 200. Camera cooled, i can't remember exact temp, but i believe around -10c. 7nm Ha: 47x 60 sec, gain = 1000 in firecapture 8.5nm OIII: 60x 60 sec, gain = 1000 in firecapture
  7. Jonk

    M27 Dumbbell nebula

    From the album: Jon's images

    First guided image taken with 250PDS / AZ-EQ6 GT setup. Canon 1100D Baader modified, PHD2, Astronomik CLS clip filter, 1 hour 6 minutes, just as a test.
  8. Hi everyone. Not often I post in this section, but last night I finally had some working equipment and clear skies (with some moon...) So had a go at M27- The Dumbbell. I'm still learning how to process, and trying to figure out flats still. But I'll get there. 14 Lights - 800iso x 300 Seconds 20 Bias 19 Flats No Darks (Wanted to go to bed... it was getting late...)
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