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  1. Hi, I am going to buy my first telescope and I can't make up my mind with the focal ratio. I have seen this two option within my budget Skywatcher 130/1000 eq2 with a f/7.7 ratio Meade 130 Polaris EQ with 650 mm focal length and f/5 ratio. I read that a f/7.7 would be better to watch planets while f/5 would be better to watch galaxies and nebulae and will also give a brighter image. As I am new and never looked through a telescope like those I don't know which to choose. The idea of looking at galaxies really excited me but I also wanted to see planets such as Jupiter or Saturn and it's moons, and at the moment I am not considering photography as I still need to get familiar with the telescope but in the future I would love to take some photos so brightness could be important. My question is how much difference would I noticed between these two focal ratio when I looked at planets and galaxies. Would I get a much better view of Saturn with a f/7.7 or not really? Thanks in advance for your advices
  2. Hi Has anyone ever tried to view any planet with an UHC filter? What were the results? Clear skies
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. Greetings, I thought I'd share with you all this little arty farty collage I made of the moon and some of the planets: Jupiter, Mars and Saturn. All the photos were taken by holding my iPad to my 8inch dob. They were then processed on my iPad and put together on Instagram. Not amazing I know but I was quite chuffed considering my technical limitations. clear skies, Thomas
  6. I've had my telescope (the Galileo G-872 refractor) for several years now and have been able to view planets in quite a bit of detail such as the rings on Saturn and the red spot on Jupiter. But recently every time I have tried to focus in on any planets (I've tried Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn) all I get are big grey dots. I am still able to focus on the moon with great detail but the planets still remain to be big grey dots. I have tried several times over the past few weeks in all different conditions and locations, I've cleaned the lenses, I've tried all of my different lenses and attachments and nothing works! I would really appreciate some help from someone who is maybe a bit more experienced in these matters than I.
  7. Moon,Saturn,Mars,Jupiter,Antares,spica - their all coming and Clear outside says clear skies till at least 0430. ISS due overhead at 0301. So Im ready. Is anyone else ? PS Two scopes for my split personality!
  8. Venus is about 45% illuminated at the moment and is very bright in the evening sky. Over the next few weeks and months Venus will get closer to us and appear as more of a crescent. As usual I took far more shots than I needed so this is just a quick processing of the last one before a tree got in the way and I got too cold to stay out. Made from 1,000 frame video captured with FireCapture and processed in PIPP, Registax, and Photoshop. Equipment: Celestron NexStar 127 SLT Alt-Az Mount ZWO ASI120 MC imaging camera x3 Barlow lens
  9. Hi. I am new to astrophotography and want to start using an eyepiece camera with my Celestron eq130. Can anyone recommend a decent camera for a small budget, say £50. Also, do these type of cameras just fit into the telescope, or do they fit into a Barlow lens ??
  10. Hi guys, I am after a camera for high-resolution imaging of our Moon. I would like to try planetary imaging as well but Moon is a priority. Looking at the prices it's pretty much between ZWO and Imaging Source brands. The telescope that will be used with the camera is a C9.25 f10. Any advice is appreciated. Cheers.
  11. Finally, Jupiter is back in the night sky! Oh, how I have missed this beautiful gas giant of a planet. As much as I enjoy imaging deep sky objects, my first love will always be planetary imaging. There is just something about imaging our local neighbors that puts me in a wonderful mood. Watching Jupiter rotate throughout the night is a sight to behold, and for such a large planet it does so about every 10 hours as opposed to our 24 hour Earth rotation. This means I can watch the great red spot on Jupiter slide across the surface in a matter of hours, and I can even see the movement of its 4 brighter moons. The black dot you see in the image is a shadow transit of Europa, one of Jupiter's larger moons. P.S. This is my best image of Jupiter...so far Technical details: 9,000 frames de-rotated in Winjupos Stacked in Autostakkert2 Sharpened in Avistack2 and PS Celestron Nexstar 6se telescope + 2x Barlow + 24mm eyepiece and extension tube Celestron AVX Mount Asi120mc-s camera http://coachella-astronomy-astrophotography.blogspot.com/2017/02/jupiter-2-1-17.html
  12. These evenings don't come round very often. Just put my head out the back. Clear Skies minus 2 and dropping. 15 minutes quick set up with the Mak 150. So far Venus, Moon, Mars. To follow in the next couple of hours Neptune and Uranus.. Don't you just love it, it's what it's all about! Bring it on.
  13. Hi, I was asked on a Swedish forum to put an "Astronomical Dictionary" on my homepage. I have made a test page in an easy form. Astronomical related words linked to wikipedia. It aims to the beginners in astronomy so it should not be too complicated words. http://astrofriend.eu/astronomy/astronomical-dictionary/astronomical-dictionary.html Let me know if it's useful and and I shall add more words. /Lars
  14. Some reasonable seeing from my location in Selsey, West Sussex over the last couple of nights. Here are three results for Mars, Jupiter and Saturn from 26 June. Pete
  15. After months of missed opportunities, I finally managed to spot (and capture) the elusive Mercury! I was observing from the middle of a city, and due to high level of air pollution anything bellow 10 degrees near the horizon is very, very tough to see. finding Venus itself took me 10 minutes with binoculars, It was right among some clouds. mercury should have been to the bottom right of it but it wasn't visible. I took some photos of venus and just as I was about to give up on mercury and go inside, I looked one more time and there it was, so faint it was barely noticeable. I was elated and managed to get some shots of it, finally completing my solar system planets bucket list these have been taken over 4 years from 2014-18. the sun, earth (:p) and mercury shots are using a canon 600d, and all others are with the canon 600d + nextar 8SE.
  16. I just ordered the SkyWatcher 200P Dobsonian from FLO this afternoon and after reading a lot of reviews on this model definitely believe I made the right choice ... Does anyone have any suggestions on the maximum ( or maybe " reasonable " would be a better word ) magnification for the planets , specifically Jupiter and Saturn ? So far with my Meade Infinity 600/90/f6.7 refractor and the 6.3mm kit lens I see both planets at around X95 magnification which shows the bands on Jupiter and that fainter , thinner band 2/3 up on Saturn ( anyone know what that one is called ? ) and also the moons too ... What has proved to be elusive so far is the famous red spot on Jupiter and also the Cassini division on Saturn's ring system ... Has anyone ever even tried the maximum magnification of X406 on the planets or would that be only really usable on the Moon . Any advice would be very appreciated .
  17. I'm really surpised at how few Jupiters there are here... we definitely need one more Here's mine from 3am on the morning of 6th September. Not much to write home about yet but its still low and early days. Quite looking forward to the evening sessions when its up high later this year. To be honest Jupiter was an afterthought for me that morning. My main reason for being up was to do this: http://stargazerslou...us-waning-moon/
  18. Hello all, Feels like years since I last posted here. To be more precise its 3 months to the day since my last image. Got this one of Saturn last night. Pretty pleased with it given how low the planet is. The moons captured are, left to right, Tethys, Dione and Rhea. Anyone know much about the dark marking in the A ring on the right tip? (sorry if its already been mentioned in other threads) I thought it was an artifact at first but have noticed it in other images. Taken through my 8 inch SCT with a 2x barlow lens and DBK imaging source camera.
  19. Hi all Well my scope has been sitting in my front room since last winter , i have moved to a new area and 2 weeks after moving in they put new street lighting in the street and they are like flood lights so thats the the easy stargazing gone, i went camping on the last bank holiday to selsey with the scope to see why patrick moore loves it down there so much and it was a total wash out and never got to use the scope at all. So im looking forward to winter and the cold nights and getting to see orion, also i miss looking at the planets , is there any good planets this year?. i have also noticed on my skywatcher dob that one of the white rollers that the scope moves up and down on is missing and i need to replace it even though the scope is still useable, has anyone lost one of these before?. looking forward to spending more time on the site again and its changed a whole heap since i was last on it. cheers...rich
  20. Yesterday i viewed jupiter with my celestron astromaster 130eq telescope with 10mm eyepiece..the planet looked very small but could could see clearly but i want to see enlarged ...what eyepiece can i use.. or my telescope capacity is only this much?
  21. As its supposed to be clear for much of the UK tonight and tomorrow morning I've been trying to plan my nights observing. Top of my list so far are some of the messier objects I've not caught before like M83 which I should just be able to get among the trees on the local horizon. I've also noticed that there is a grazing transit of Ganymede at about 2ish and Mars is pretty close to M75 and in my scopes at least should appear in the same field of view at around 100x. So plenty of choice. Anyone got any others they'll be going for?
  22. Now this has probally bin done and if not i already know why but its just a brainwave Basically you know how the hubble telescope looked at a single patch of sky for 11 days straight and brung back a spectacular image well i was thinking could we do that from earth could we setup a global observation of people all around the globe starring at the same patch of sky and gather all that information together and see what image we could create i mean this is just a idea if anyone could help speculate on this and if its even possible to do somethimg this big again im new to all of this and this idea migh not even be possible but if it is and any1 out there could give insight on just how possible it is then please say or if its a bad idea then just say i wont be disshearted but there you go 8 mean i dont even onow how the information would be put together or gatherd but surely theres a way and if not then ao be it would be amazing if this was possible though
  23. I hope computer program grabs are appropriate for this forum. It seemed like the place best suited to these but I wanted to share them. In retrospect there're a couple of layout improvements I could have done with the first two but I'm quite happy with the Sun one. I couldn't make that image any smaller because Ceres already appears only 1px. Links: http://img27.imageshack.us/img27/2227/solarsystemcelestia.jpg http://img838.imageshack.us/img838/9906/solarsystemrocks.jpg http://img69.imageshack.us/img69/7035/solarsystemsun.jpg As the title states, the planetary graphics are taken from the free (and cool) download, Celestia. The Sun image (which is yesterday's Sun actually) was taken from "Helioviewer" which is a very handy website resource.
  24. Photos taken via my Samsung Galaxy J7 through my Orion f4 scope. The images of Jupiter and its' moons 1,3,and 5 were captured through a 20mm lens. Images 2 and 4 were captured with an Orion Shorty 2x Barlow Lens through a 20mm lens.
  25. Gibbous Venus over London. Venus is looking particularly bright at the moment as it is out of the glare of the Sun at this point in its cycle and, unusually for Venus, over the next few months will be visible in the late night sky. This is my second attempt at capturing Venus as usually it isn't visible when I'm out with my scope. The first attempt I made, last year, was completely over exposed and looked terrible so I'm quite pleased with this.
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