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  1. beka

    DSLR M22

    Hi Again, Continuing my foray into astrophotography and processing - m22 with my CPC 1100 at f10, Canon 700D, 9 flats and 11 x 30'' lights, stacked in Siril. Curve adjusted, cropped (heavily because image de-rotation effects on the edges) sharpened and scaled in Gimp. Hope you like :-) All the best
  2. I get up a couple of hours before dawn this morning and am greeted with a beautiful pairing of Saturn and Mars. Saturn looks beautiful, tilted perfectly in our direction, a bright peach orb sporting good detail including the Cassini division. Mars is definitely getting bigger and brighter, and is decidedly more reddish than Saturn. I can see a little detail now. I excitedly try out my Mars filter but don't see significantly much more detail (in fact, the overall tint is actually a bit distracting); maybe, it will work better as Mars gets closer). Jupiter, a little farther west, is an awesome, large, bright orb with striking belts, and the moons have a curious question mark-like configuration this morning. The regal Blue Moon is on its way to set, but I don't risk my "dawn" vision looking at it through the eyepiece. The air is pleasantly cool, nowhere near as chilly as some previous mornings (the weather here can't make up its mind if it's winter or spring). A little humid, so I pull out the dew shield. Well, what do you know, there's a developing high cloud to the west, threatening to interfere, lol (fortunately, it doesn't). I really want to see Mars and M22 together, less than a half degree apart, so that means I can see them in a telescopic view! Time to image! I set up the camera on the 127mm Mak and take several shots, this one being my favorite: And here is another pic taken several minutes earlier: Reggie
  3. I have just got back from a week away in Cornwall, close to Crackington Haven on the Northeast coast. I only had a couple of clear nights, the first of which was affected by a Moon just past full. The second clear night (Thursday) was Moon free until about 01:30 hrs on Friday morning and so I crammed as much as I could into two hours under a very dark sky with quite low Southern horizons. Admittedly the sky doesn’t quite reach astronomical darkness at this time of year but despite that, it was at least 0.7 of a magnitude better than the very best night at my home observing site: the Milky Way was visible all the way down to Sagittarius. I started with M9 in Ophiuchus, which was easily found and appeared quite bright and condensed. M107 was larger and more diffuse in comparison but none the less much more prominent than I have ever observed before. Slightly further West, close to the bright red Antares was M4, a very large diffuse fuzz which seemed to be quite irregular in shape and consistency for a globular cluster: it seemed to have a line through the centre. M80 took a little more patience to find but came through as a small and condensed ball. I then spent a little time looking at some more obvious targets in favourable conditions. M13 could be resolved a little further than usual but both this and M11 (the Wild Duck cluster) were only marginally better. What was noticeably better was M27 (the Dumbbell nebula). The characteristic shape was very prominent and the nebula was very bright. M51 and companion NGC 5195 were probably the biggest improvement on previous sightings. Both cores were very bright and the surrounding nebulosity was easy to see directly and appeared larger. Additionally, I could pick up the subtle hint structure in the Messier, not obvious spirals but definitely a hint. Stunning! After a quick peek at M10 and M12 in Ophiuchus, I moved further South and found M62, which was brighter than I anticipated. Just to the North was M19, another new globular find, only slightly inferior. Finally, with Sagittarius more prominent, I viewed two more globular clusters. The very impressive M22 was easier to partially resolve than from home. The cluster is normally slightly washed out from light pollution. M28 was another new one for me. By this time, the 55% Moon had risen and so I called it a night. Six new objects ticked off the Messier list (now at 97) and some improved observations of old friends made me one happy bunny. Pity I didn’t get one more clear night to bag some of the really low Messiers, like M54 and M70. ____________________________________________________________ Observing Session: Thursday / Friday 30th / 31st May 2013, 23:30 hrs to 01:30 hrs BST VLM at Zenith: 6.1 (at least) New - Revisited - Failed
  4. rory

    pencil sketches.

  5. Clear skies at last! It's been a while since my last report but hopefully weather armageddon has now past us by and we can get out there doing what we do best. Due to early morning commitments, this was only a short binocular session but still satisfying none the less. I started with a quick check on Ursa Minor and yes, all stars were present and correct. The sky had moved substantially since my last session so I took a little time to familiarise myself with some old friends. M27 (the Dumbbell nebula) stood out quite well in Vulpecula, as did M29 and M39 in Cygnus. Overhead, the Milky Way appeared reasonably clear and it was very enjoyable just sweeping through the rich star fields. To the North-East, Casseopeia was beginning to rise. NGC 663 and M52 were both very obvious in the 15x70s. I couldn't see M32, once I had moved round to Andromeda but M31 filled a substantial part of my field of view. I have only ever seen the Andromeda companions in a scope. I wonder if anyone has managed them with a pair of binoculars. I then moved round to the Southern skies to test the sky out for future reference. In Scutum, M11 (the Wild Duck cluster) looked very nice but I couldn't find M26. To be fair, I didn't spend long looking.... there was Sagittarius (or at least the Northern half of it) just popping his head over the low-ish tree line. M22 was impressive, despite it being so low in the sky. Sadly, I wasn't sure if I could make out M28. Anything further South is impossible due to viewing restriction. M24 was not as clear as I had previously seen it but it is a fine starfield and tolerant of a bit of light thrown up by Medway, which is three miles to the South of me. North in a line from M24, I could find three fuzzies. First was the open cluster M18. I believe this has 20 - 25 members but the binoculars revealed just a very small fuzzy circle. Just North from there was a larger and easier fuzzy area to view. I look forward to getting M17 (the Omega nebula) in my scope sight. Further North again is M16 (the Eagle nebula) though obviously it was just the associated cluster that I could see. Nice to start the season with three new finds. I look forward to spending a little more time with Sagittarius. It is my favourite constellation. __________________________________________________ ______ Observing Session: Sunday 22nd July 2012, 23:30 hrs to 00:05 hrs BST VLM at Zenith: 5.4 New - Revisited - Failed
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