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  1. Hi I apologise in advance if this has been answered elsewhere previously. Monday night I was having horrendous issues with my first real attempt at using Sequence Generator Pro, most of this seems to be entered around the ASCOM driver of my Sesto Senso 2 focuser. In the end I gave up and did things manually using Cartes du Ciel to align the telescope to M31, however this is not where I found myself pointing. This was the first time I'd used the software to guide the mount, I used to use the mounts GOTO system. After carrying out a quick imaging run because I had lost the will to live, and by plate solving I found I was actually on *68 Cas (HD4142). I had polar aligned using QHY Polemaster, this must have been ok because guiding wasn't an issue 360s+ imaging. I'm not a fan of Cartes du Ciel at the moment because it seems to be clunky and very slow graphically, this may be because I communicate via wifi. I am curious what people that use SGP do with regards to getting going for a nightly run, would SGP be able to plate solve and realign the mount to a target when it is this far out, or have I made an error in how my park is setup on the mount, tube up-weights down not accurate enough? Any advice would be greatly appreciated because there seems to be a lot of cloud around at the moment . Kind regards, Matt Skywatcher 120ED (Moonlite focuser) on HEQ5-Pro, Atik 314L+, EFW2, Eagle2 onboard computer.
  2. Update 16th June: I could not wait to tell people that I was just notified that my image of Omega Centauri will be published as a future NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day ( APOD ) - my first ever I will update the thread when they publish. ................................. A deep look at Omega Centauri ( NGC 5139 ) This image is an attempt to look deeply into the the Omega Centauri globular cluster by using HDR techniques to record as many faint stars as I can whilst retaining colour and detail in the bright stars, including at the core ... ............. Reprocessed to bring out more faint stars and to produce a smother transition between brightness levels. New version ( 12 June 2017 ): Omega Centauri ( NGC 5129 ) ( please click / tap on image to see lager and sharper ) .......... Old version: Omega Centauri ( NGC 5129 ) ( please click / tap on image to see full size and sharper ) Image details: from www.nova.astrometry.net: Size: 58.6 x 39 arcmins, Centre: 13h 26 min 50.4 sec, -47deg 28' 39.1''. Orientation: up is -89.9 East of North ( ie. E^ N> ). Telescope: Orion Optics CT12 Newtonian ( mirror 300mm, fl 1200mm, f4 ). Corrector: ASA 2" Coma Corrector Quattro 1.175x. Effective Focal Length / Aperture : 1410mm f4.7. Mount: Skywatcher AZ Eq6 GT. Guiding: TSOAG9 Off-Axis-Guider, Starlight Xpress Lodestar X2, PHD2 . Camera: Nikon D5300 (unmodified) (sensor 23.5 x 15.6mm, 6016x4016 3.9um pixels). No filter Long Exposure noise reduction off Location:. Blue Mountains, Australia. Moderate light pollution ( pale green zone on darksitefinder.com map ). Capture: 9 sets of sub-images with exposure duration for each set doubling ( 1s to 240s ) all at ISO800. Processing:. Calibration: master bias, master flat and no darks. Integration in 9 sets. HDR combination. Pixinsight May 2017
  3. I've created a small compilation of videos of the Night Sky from my small back garden, Living in a small town with light pollution it's quite surprising on what you can see and even more surprising on how much the GoPro will pick up. I hope you like the video. https://youtu.be/X8putZYMnU8
  4. Went to bed with cloud coming in fast from the west and feeling miserable! Woke up at 1:45ish, gazed out of the window at the moon getting lower in the sky, nice and bright. Wait a minute, a bright clear moon (thought I). Leapt out of bed and leaned out the window not a cloud to be seen, street lighting off. Fastest setup I've ever done and got some great views. The new scope worked a treat! Bodes Nebula Eta Cassiopeiae Gamma Ceti Zeta Piscium M77 M34 NGC891 Lambda Arietis 19 Lyncis Venus (viewable until I stopped at 05:30) Last but far from least, Jupiter (just about viewable until I stopped at 05:30 along with Vega) Coffee, toast then bed.
  5. Tom Johnson aka Scopedog is organising a start party on Peebles on the evening of 8th March 2014 at Kingsland Primary school from 18:30 - 22:30. PLease feel free to copy print and repost the flyer. Astrostuart
  6. My image of Omega Centauri ( NGC 5139 ) has been published as the NASA APOD for the 11th of July 2017 https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap170711.html Link to full size image on NASA site ( warning quite large - 4620 x 3720 ) Link to discussion of image on asterisk.apod.com ( credit apod.nasa.gov ) ( full size image - 4620 x 3720 ) Link to original post for this image back on the 10th of June
  7. Hello, This is my first Milky Way timelapse Canon eos 1200d with kit lens 18-55mm. Made 212 shots at 25s exporsure iso 3200.
  8. Whilst out earlier i had my camera with me and took a shot of the Moon at around 26% crescent, but forgot my tripod.....D'oh But considering its handheld, i'm more than pleased with the sharpness, most were blurred though lol I've had worse shots with the tripod
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