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  1. Back in March I was granted an observatory code ( Q69 ) by the Minor Planet Center ( MPC ) and since then I have been spending all my available telescope time ( which due the weather has admittedly not been very much ) to capturing images of asteroids, that the MPC is interested in recieving data for, and sending in the positions that I have determined. Mostly I have been focused on asteroids that have not been observed/reported on during their current return to visibility. 2014 LA21 was my first after getting my code ... Here I was the first to report astrometry for 2014 LA21 since 2016 - not like discovering a new comet I imagine but still, a small achievement and a nice feeling You may have noticed that I don't as yet supply any brightness data; this is because I have not figured out how I can do this reliably ( most of the asteroids I am chasing are very dim and so my 4 minute exposures tend to spread them a little making them hard to compare to nearby stars ). I have been getting reasonably good position data though, with a "variation to average path" across the samples of sub 1 arcsec ( typically less than 0.5 and sometimes down as low 0.15 ) .... Anyway, I was just thought I would let people know what I have been up to and why you have not seem me latley over on deep sky imaging forum and also, I was wondering if there is anyone else here on Stargazerslounge doing the same thing ...
  2. Here is my attempt on July 18, 2015 to image Pluto as it moves through the northeastern part of Sagittarius. If you zoom in really, really, REALLY tight you may see the dim blip of light (depending on the compression of the photo in this post). LOOK DEEPLY INTO THE RED CIRCLE, haha. I took this shot (a composite of 5-30s exposures) at f4.2 using a zoom lens at 300mm on my Nikon. Sorry the image of Pluto isn't bigger but it's a scant 3 BILLION MILES AWAY, lol. Go, New Horizons, go! Cheers and clear skies! Reggie
  3. Hi all. Sharing my capture of Jupiter from 19 April 2017. The video comprises frames from 1622UT to 1718UT and shows the GRS traversing the planet. Video can be viewed at either the youtube or attachment link below. https://youtu.be/8M7d3m34c5I 2017-04-19-1622_1-RGB_pipp_x264.mp4 Equipment used: Celestron C8, QHY5L-II-C, GSOx2.5barlow
  4. Last year I didn't have a barlow yet, I kept taking photos of Jupiter with great quality mostly. This year I finally got my barlow and was severely disappointed with my first Jupiter shot. Blurry, dark, and bad. Then my 2nd shot was a bit better, then the 3rd better still. I've somehow managed to keep getting better shots this year, this being my 5th. This is now easily my best shot of Jupiter ever, or of anything really in terms of quality. I'm really quite pleased with it. 6 Inch Mak 1800mm Skywatcher + EQ5 Explore Scientific 2x Focal Extender (Barlow basically) ZWO ASI 120 MC 2 minutes of footage FireCapture + Astrostackert + Registax + GIMP + Lightroom 2017-04-09 - 0:46 local time Taken from Amsterdam, Netherlands
  5. Found an old (apparently USA model) celestron C8 SCT a while back, its a bit hit n miss with collimation and the optics - (some very strange star test shapes :P) but when it works it works well Here is a couple images from a couple months back. Thanks for looking. This particular night seeing was reasonably good, and collimation wasn't too bad either. Celestron C8 / ASI120MC / 2X barlow - captured in sharpcap2, stacked in autostakkert!2, wavelets in registax6
  6. My 1st image of Jupiter from 3-07-16 T510NG Levenhuk color digital and 3x barlow 8 in. newt. held by "Hercules". AS2 Reg6 { rgb , align balance}. I'm getting the color right this go around.
  7. Thinks its about my 53rd actually but 'My 53rd Jupiter' doesn't quite have the same ring as 'my first Jupiter' This is from stupid o clock this morning (7th October). Taken through the setup in my signature using an IR block filter. Seeing was absolutely horrible when I first got going but very suddenly went steady as a rock. Which was nice. This is the best of the bunch.
  8. This planetary conjunction forms a triangle with Jupiter(left), Mercury(top) & Venus(right) Pentax 645D Pentax 500mm lens @ f8 Exp. 1/4 sec. ISO 200 26th May 2013 Pentax Digital Camera Utility 4 Conjunction of Jupiter Mercury & Venus 26th May 2013 from Kelso by mikeyscope, on Flickr
  9. It was more than a year since I last saw Mercury. The clouds are relentless and there's no chance of a proper observing session with a telescope but I woke up earlier today (well, 4 pm!) hoping to finally see this, one of my favourite planets. Four thirty and yours trully Venus was very bright as well as Jupiter. I could also see the Orion Nebula, Pleiades, Hyades with the naked but looking directly overhead I couldn't see any Perseids although I was hoping there was a small chance of catching one of these. The first moment I saw Mercury was 04:46 and I could still see it without binoculars at 05:35 so I had almost an hour to see it rise and faint into the morning light. The air was warm, 14°C but it was a bit windy and the clouds were rolling on and off the northeastern view covering Mercury now and again. I made a few pictures but there's nothing spectacular to share as one would expect, the planet is just a faint blob. Still it was really nice to see Mercury again. I hope I have a chance to observe it with a telescope some time soon!
  10. Saturn from the porch at 2:45am GMT. I had just completed my first shift closing down the bar I work at, headed home and noticed how clear the sky was, so just couldn't resist finishing my night staring at this! Probably spent over an hour just looking through a 14mm eyepiece at this jewel before deciding to photograph it. Gear used: Meade LX90 8" SCT (fl of 2032mm) Meade 2x Shorty Barlow (2x 2032mm) Orion StarShoot Colour Solar Imager IV PIPP, Registax and then Photoshop for sharpen and slight brightness tweak. No guiding was used, I managed to fluke a drift align that kept it centered for 20 minutes before any significant drift. This is a 100% view, wasn't expecting such a strong purple hue near the ring, and this is the first time I've seen the Cassini division (sort of). Below is the RAW footage used to produce the image.
  11. Dan Watts


    From the album: My Astro Pics

    Taken with my Panasonic Lumix through a Baader Zoom Eyepiece with Moon Filter using my Orion XT8.

    © ©DanielJamesWatts

  12. From the album: My Astro Pics

    Taken with my Panasonic Lumix through a Baader Zoom Eyepiece with Moon Filter using my Orion XT8.

    © ©DanielJamesWatts

  13. From the album: My Astro Pics

    Taken with my Panasonic Lumix through a Baader Zoom Eyepiece + Baader Neodymium Filter using my Orion XT8.

    © ©DanielJamesWatts

  14. I tried to get Jupiter with the 5x but , atmosphere wouldn't allow it . 3X this time in May on the 18th and I processed as tiff thru reg6 wavelets, it really wasn't a good night but, I got my transit.
  15. Ok guys, So I was reading an article in Astronomy magazine about finding and viewing Pluto. According to them, Pluto can be viewed with an 8" scope and great conditions coming up next week to mid July....supposedly. It will be transiting nearly in front of a star (I'll have to find the SAO #, don't have the magazine with me at the moment) making it a little easier to find I'm guessing? I haven't seen any posts about the little fella (didn't look very hard). So who has seen it? I'm imagining a dark shadow about the size of a grain of sand. I have an 8se and I plan driving a little ways to get to high ground and better my chances if future skies cooperate. But not gonna try if it wouldn't be worth it.
  16. Excellent seeing on the 16/17th which allowed the use of a 5xbarlow on my 200p Got the best jupiter image so far, pleased with the result
  17. Finally had some clear still night air after 2 weeks of rain and was able to test out my new eyepiece projection rig with the Newt for the first time ever. Pretty awesome to see the transit of Ganymede come out as well! Let me know what you think. Can anybody recommend a 3mm eyepiece in the 150 dollar range? Of course i need to get closer! haha 750mm Newt- 5mm BST eyepiece-Televue 3x barlow- 1300 frames PIPP - ASi! - Registax6 - PS - LR
  18. Finally had some clear still night air after 2 weeks of rain and was able to test out my new eyepiece projection rig with the Newt for the first time ever. Pretty awesome to see the transit of Ganymede come out as well! Let me know what you think. 750mm Newt- 5mm BST eyepiece-Televue 3x barlow- 1300 frames PIPP - ASi! - Registax6 - PS - LR
  19. After a long time I've been able to capture Jupiter in colour and it looks like I caught the GRS! There were some odd settings in the "filter" of my Philips SPC900 that were causing the loss of detail and colour. It's a small picture and lacking of detail, this certainly doesn't make it a jaw-dropping picture but I'm quite happy with it and wanted to share Location: Cork, Ireland Seeing: Fair Skywatcher Explorer 200P / EQ5 TAL 2X Barlow (need to try the 3X next time!) Philips SPC900 Stacked with Registax 5 70 % of 3000 frames Minor edit with Adobe Lightroom Thanks for watching
  20. The Night Mars opposition is pretty much upon us, with April 8th being 'the' day, However as is typical of British weather and possibly spring in general - rain, clouds and fog are forecast for my area and tonight there was a brief window of opportunity before the night sky would be blotted out. I started setting up around 23:30 GMT (April 4th) and noted how bright Mars looked to my housemate (new housemate, so only just getting accustomed to my astronomy endeavors). As set up proceeded with no technical hitches and I managed to get drift aligned within ten minutes (a rarity for me), I invited my housemate to look at a few objects whilst the scope cooled. Quick views of Jupiter, Mars, M13 and the double cluster ensued, it was her first time seeing anything through a scope, so I went for the easy and ones I could find quickly. Always makes me smile to see the reaction of surprise! I noted the distinct sound of a mounts motors whirring away in the distance, a rare happy moment, realising that someone else on my street is also as crazy as me! Clouds and a thin haze started approaching and after about 10 minutes, and three videos in to the session, my view was pretty much obliterated. I stuck it out, if only for a few windows of opportunity, knowing all to well that the weather was not going to give me many more chances in the coming week. The image here is a quick process of my first video from the night, and already is by far the best image I have produced of Mars. It's not much compared to many I have seen others produce, but I am rather pleased with it. Technical Object: Mars | Diameter=14.92" | Magnitude=-1.42 Date, Time and Location: 05 | 04 | 14 @ 00:17:13 GMT | Mansfield, England Conditions: Seeing: Starting 4/5, dropping rapidly to 2/5 | Clouds | High Haze | Temperature 6-7c | Occasional Mild Gusts | Suburban Light Pollution Equipment: Meade LX90 8" SCT | Meade 2x Shorty Barlow | ASI120mc [5.200ms | 50 Gain | 50 Gamma | 60s Duration] Software: PIPP [Planetary Mode | Quality Estimation: 2000 Frames] | Registax [best 60% | RGB Align | RGB Balance] | Photoshop [smart Sharpen | High Pass | Curves | Vibrance | Contrast]
  21. Hi all, Thought we would share our image of Jupiter from the 6/4/15 ... this is the first time we have seen the Red Spot. We had spent ages trying to get pics with a Canon and tried the QHY5 camera we purchased as a guide scope to video it instead and then stacked the frames. It worked a treat ... still can't believe we got a pic of it after all this time!
  22. I first observed Saturn back in January 2011, I had owned my telescope for about a month and barely used it due to weather and an initially broken DEC drive. Of course, eager and somewhat inexperienced I plugged my Nikon D300 and snapped some photos, only to be sorely disappointed: Two years later, it's the same telescope, I've got more equipment, ranging from an Eq wedge, to barlows and filters and am generally starting to get to grips with more. Last night I set my alarm for 4:00am, awoke only to see a thin cloud layer and laid in bed for 30 minutes fighting the urge to sleep watching to see if the sky would clear. They did. I dragged myself out and set my scope up, observing Saturn for about 30 minutes, I plugged in my Orion StarShoot Solar Colour Imager IV (SSSCIV) and got my first ever view of Saturn on my laptop. Recording 3000 frames, I then attached a 2x barlow and carefully centered Saturn, attached the camera,...nothing! I carefully went through the full focal range of my telescope, nothing, I set exposure and gamma to the extreme, re-centered, nothing! Frustrated I went back to prime and it was there, this went on for about an hour, with the 2x, 3x barlows and every time I had a barlow in play, Saturn wouldn't show. I did at one point get it to show at 2x, even seemed reasonably bright (f/20) and noticed that the image would flicker in and out, like every few frames it simply couldn't detect Saturn. Seeing was bad, Vega and the eventually rising moon rippled madly and Saturns rings danced constantly. So the below image is from the single 3000 frame capture I took, focused by eye and stacked using Registax with a Smart sharpen filter applied in photoshop. Optical Chain: SSSCIV > Meade LX90 8" SCT > British Winter Atmosphere > Space > Saturn.
  23. Finished my shift behind the bar at got home at 1:30am - the sky was clear and the air rather fresh. So gulped down my Maccies and set the scope up. Could not for the life of me get PHD to co-operate so went for some manual guiding. The sequence was shot between 3:30am to 4:30am and used PIPP and Registax to make a raw TIF and then used Photoshop's "Smart Sharpen" to produce the images. Why no wavelets? Well if I could ever get wavelets to produce a nice image, or any advantage over PS, it will be a blue moon...oh wait, erm it is, but still I can't get that wretched program to do anything nice to my images. Anyhow, second attempt and really excited to see a planet "rotate" for the first time
  24. Here is a short clip from the live feed I was doing from my backyard telescope is the San Mateo. I had the live feed on UStream and started it at 3pm and ended around 7:20pm PST. It was windy so thats one of the reasons it was jumpy. [media=]
  25. Dan Watts

    Crater on Moon

    From the album: My Astro Pics

    Taken with my iPhone 3GS through a Baader Zoom Eyepiece with Moon Filter using my Orion XT8.

    © ©DanielJamesWatts

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