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  1. Another clear evening on Saturday near Preston, Lancashire. Although, it was pretty cold. 7 shots into this one (plus one dark), stacked within Photoshop and some level adjustments to brighten it up a little. Camera: Canon 600D Scope: Skywatcher 127 w/AZ-GTI mount ISO: 800 Shutter speed: 1/400s
  2. Whilst I was at work today, Parcelforce delivered 2 large boxes and a little jiffy bag. The two boxes contained my first scope- Sky watcher explorer 150P complete with 10mm and 25mm eyepieces, a X2 Barlow and my EQ3-2 mount. The jiffy bag was my planetary and moon filter set. I unpacked the gear and spent some time setting the equipment up then had dinner. As soon as I had eaten, the excitement got the better of me and I was outside where the cloud had cleared and the Moon was high and bright. I aligned the mount with Polaris and used the moon to centre my finder scope with the main scope. I then set to having a look at our nearest neighbour. Wow! I am hooked. I spent a good 40 minutes swapping between eyepieces and the Barlow, getting a feel for how they perform and the relative merits of each combination. Having fallen back in love with the moon, I decided to try for a DSO and, utilising Starlight for guidance along with some remembered tips from on here over the last few days, I located the rough vicinity of Andromeda. I aligned the scope using the finder and then started to do a bit of 'fishing'. After a few minutes of using the slow motion controls on the mount, a hazy blob came into view. I centred it and, again falling back on advice from here, relaxed into looking through the eyepiece and averting my gaze slightly. Before I knew it, the hazy blob had resolved into a milky cloud with a brighter heart. I was looking at my first ever galaxy! Another 40 minutes exploring the effects of the optics on my view of M31 and I then had to call it a night. I dedicate this report to all who have advised and guided me since my arrival in the lounge. Thank you all! P.S. Is there another smaller fuzzy feature in close proximity to M31 (i think right and slightly up as my view moved so slightly left and down in real orientation)? If so, I may have seen this also but it could well have been tired eyes playing tricks.
  3. Hi all after fixing the issue of not get focus with this test webcam ( rather try in to prove i could use any webcam to a friend) i did not have enough inwards travel with the low profile 10/1 focuser so my fix was to cut the threaded part on the web cam adapter lightly sanded it smoothed clean and hot glued in to place fingers crossed and all the rest . you can see the video i took these from in the video astronomy section here on sgl its not pretty as the photo shows but it works and it records well mainly for moon drift videos for my self ,now i can grab stills from these videos gave it ago and got these lightly edited as they are j pegs and full of noise as you would expect but i like them and i wonder if you do the web cam will be rehoused in a little box i have just for the job will update that next time clear skies Pat
  4. Hi All I have recently bought a QHY163C and sold my original square QHY8 which I had had for a few years Nothing wrong with the QHY8 and I was reasonably pleased with the stuff I did with it...but itchy fingers/wanting to try something new/set cooling point/ heated window etc tempted me and I have just sold the QHY8 Most of the Photography I do is deep sky but I have had a dabble at Luna and Jupiter with various webcam type cameras and currently have an Imaging Source DBK21 AU04 (colour) What I want to know is how will the QHY163 compare to the DBK21 on planetary and moon pics? I have read that the 163 is suitable as a planetary cam as it is capable of high frame rates and 2x2 binning and wondered if anyone had used both types...ie a Largish Chip DSO cam that can also do planetary against a dedicated small chip Planetary cam. If I can expect as good or better pics with the 163 then I might as well sell the DBK21 Unfortunately due to weather etc other than bench testing the QHY163 I havnt used it all on anything yet. Thanks Tom Start new topic
  5. This image was captured on the evening of 08 April 2017 Scope: Celestron C9.25 Mount: Celestron CGEM Camera: QHY5LIIc Capture Software: EZPlanetary Filter: None Stacking Software: Registax6 Extra Processing: Photoshop CS4 Extended
  6. I can't believe how long it is since I have been out with my 'scope! This is a quick process of 1000 frames using the best 5% processed in AS2! and then tweaked in PS CS4. Scope: Celestron C9.25 Mount: Celestron CGEM Camera: QHY5LII colour
  7. CKemu

    Half Moon

    From the album: Astro Collection

    This photo was taken briefly before the clouds rolled in and the heavens opened - frantically making me gather all my gear and run indoors (not the easiest of things to do with a Meade LX90 8" SCT)!
  8. a few single frames from last nights effort logitech web-cam it had a mode called 720p large wide-screen was all so selected auto it was strange as it would only record at a lower fps in this mode doing this type of video heres a link to the video as well
  9. CKemu

    Full Moon

    From the album: Astro Collection

    My first ever photo of our Moon.
  10. Stargazer33

    Gutenburg Crater

    From the album: Stargazer33's Album

    Gutenburg crater with Goclenius to the West showing an internal groove that runs through the central mountain spike. C8 XTL, CGEM, Revelation Superfocus 2" R&P focuser, Revelation 2.5x Barlow, QHY5L II Processed in PIPP & RS6

    © Bryan Harrison 2014

  11. mark117h

    Moon_Image-001

    From the album: Moon Images Album 12/01/2017

    Another batch of images shot on the 12/01/2017 , Due to the weather being very cold outside i had to take these trough the bedroom window, missus was not to pleased at the idea of letting in the freezing cold for half an hours work, so i shot them through the window, not too bad considering, Equipment Used : MEADE POLARIS 130 MD Celestron x2 Barlow Lens With Screw Attachment NIKON D5300 Cheers Mark

    © © Mark Harrison 2010-2100

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