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  1. RJ901

    NGC 1528

    NGC 1528 at 150x Spent just under 45 minutes at the eyepiece, so ran up against the issue of field rotation (really for first time in my limited sketching experience) and realized the importance of not only anchoring features to certain areas within the eyepiece, but also (and probably more importantly) using the relative locations between 3 and 4 stars at a time to make as accurate a sketch as possible.
  2. Partied out from Saturday (my belated 40th), I decided to have a binocular tour in what were truly clear skies. Ursa Minor could be seen in its entirity, the Milky way was visible from the North of Aquila all the way to Perseus (and this is with one or two neighbour's lights still on!). It would have been nice to have a big scope session but work tomorrow and fatigue have conspired against me. Hercules: Both M13 and M92 stood out nicely. So I said goodbye to them for the year. Pegasus: Globular cluster M15 was barely inferior to M13. Aquarius: M2 was less clear but still easy enough to pick up. Vulpecula: Brocci's cluster (a.k.a. the Coathanger) lokked resplendent and M27, the Dumbbell nebula was very clear and bright. Sagitta: M71 came through nicely like a cross between a globular and an open cluster. Cygnus: M39 was lovely, M29 came through nicely, NGC 7000 (Caldwell 20) - almost certain. There seemed to be a paler patch of sky rather than any haze and I think I could detect a dark knot roughly where the gulf of Mexico should be. The sky was nowhere near good enough to see anything close to the distinctive shape but I am pretty sure I have cracked it. I also could see the Cygnus rift reasonably clearly. I can't remember noticing that from home before. Casseopeia: Fast becoming a favourite constellation. I managed to identify, M52, NGC 7789 (easiest of the new finds and quite large), NGC 129, NGC 225, NGC 457, M103 and NGC 663 (all open clusters). There were many other named parts of the constellation I absorbed but did not note. Andromeda: M31, the Andromeda galaxy was as big and bright as I have seen it. Definitely managed M32 in binoculars for the first time, possibly M110 but am far less sure: I have only managed with my scope a couple of times. Triangulum: It was not that high in the sky but M33 was no problem at all. And to think I once had problems with this one, I could look directly at it in binoculars. Perseus: NGC 869 and NGC 884, the Double cluster looked beautiful given it is nowhere its zenith yet. M34 very good too. The best bincular session for a very long time indeed. Great stuff! __________________________________________________ ______ Observing Session: Sunday 16th September 2012, 21:10 hrs to 21:55 hrs BST VLM at Zenith: 5.4 - 5.5 New - Revisited - Failed
  3. orion25

    NGC 884 Perseus Cluster

    A perennial favorite, one of the two magical open clusters in Perseus known as the "double cluster". I took 10x30 second subs, no darks or flats, with my Nikon piggybacking my Orion 127 Mak-Cass, drive on. Considering getting a focal reducer for my cam so I can get both clusters in one shot. Clear skies, Reggie
  4. I forgot to share this one last month. Between travel for business and brutally cold weather closing down my nearby imaging location in the mountains I have not had time to image this year. This was taken at the beginning of December and contains a very busy wide field splitting the constellations Taurus and Perseus. The better known DSO's are M45 the Pleiades reflection nebula and NGC 1499 the California emission nebula. The center of the image contains a dark nebula which I am not familiar with and the rest of the region is quite heavily laden in ISM interstellar medium dust. This image was taken with my unmodded T3i Information about this image camera: unmodded T3i ISO:1600 Exposures: 102 x 100s Darks: 5 ugh, mishap Bias:450 frame master Flats:35 Lens:SMC Pentax M* 50mm F1.7 stopped to F4 SQM: 21.1 Seeing: 3/5 Transparency:3/5 Calibrated and partially processed in Pixinsight and finished off in Photoshop CC 2017. M45 and California by Wes Schwarz, on Flickr
  5. wimvb

    NGC 1499

    During the few clear nights we've had lately, I've managed to get some time on the California Nebula. I thought I couldn't catch this target with my unmodded DSLR, but last fall, when I was doing some wide field, I found out that my camera picked it up. So, here's somewhat of a close up. NGC 1499 down to Atik. Imaged over 2 nights in January, a mixture of 3 & 4 minutes subs. Mount: SW EQ3-2 Goto Camera: Pentax K20D unmodded, with 135 mm f/3.5 lens @ ISO 1600, f/4 30 * 3 and 4 minutes exposures (unguided and dithered) Processed in PI. This is still a WIP, as I want to do star reduction and try to enhance the faint nebulosity that may just be visible in this image.
  6. Maxrayne

    Alpha Persei

    Alpha Persei Cluster in Perseus Nikon D5300 60 x 4 seconds 70mm @ f / 4.8 ISO 3200 20 darks, 20 offsets. One day I'll learn how to do flats. Seriously challenging conditions last night with high winds and a great deal of intermittent cloud, despite the forecast of clear skies. Nevertheless I'm quite happy with this
  7. From the album: Starchasing

    Beautiful area of sky!

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