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  1. Pluto (134340 Pluto) 04/09/2017 22:36 (4.9 billion km) GSO 0.20 m Sky-Watcher NEQ-5 Pro SynScan mount QHY5L-IIC + IR cut filter GSO focal reducer 0.5x f: 500 mm f/2.5 300x2" + 150 dark Total exp: 10 min Matteo Vacca Milis, Italy http://vaccamatteo.weebly.com/ https://www.astrobin.com/users/matteovacca/
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    Hi All, With some difficulty using Stellarium to compare star fields, I believe that Pluto is the spot marked in my image below. It is a single 20'' exposure taken using a Canon 700D DSLR at ISO 800 and my CPC 1100. I stretched, tweaked the curve and used the noise reduction feature in GIMP. I am hoping to take another image today to see if that spot has moved in relation to the other stars. My problem was that I had difficulty comparing the star fields in my image and that from Stellarium (screen shot below). The ocular view and the sensor frame view of Stellarium were useful but I discovered that my difficulty in matching the stars arose because the bright star next to HIP 94372 does not exist in my image. I thought of digging into star catalogues before posting but thought I may get an answer from the forum more quickly. My bet is that it may be an error in the catalogue Stellarium uses. Look forward to hearing all your thoughts.
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. An amazing video about the New Horizon spacecraft and its flypast of Pluto and Ultima Thule. It contains loads of information I didn't know. Pluto & Ultima Thule Documentary
  6. On 31 Aug I took some images of the Pluto region with 102mm achro f5 refractor, ASI224MC. With the SLT mount synced to Saturn, the mount placed Jupiter and several Messier objects well in the camera field of view, so I was confident it should be capturing the region of Pluto. Next day I plate-solved one of the Pluto images successfully and identified the brightest star near the position. Pluto does not show up though - too faint. The 15 sec exposure shows the sky background.
  7. I dont know how to upload images. I prepared one but...... Take this image: Zoom in at the exact 3 o clock position. There is a bunch of green stuff (very faint colored stuff, Im color blind but it looks green to me). Assuming the top of the pic is north and the bottom of the pic is south. What I have noticed is a consistent pattern that appears to point south. This implies (to me) a long term southward force, non seasonal too. Even at Pluto I would imagine its useless atmosphere wouldnt be enough to produce produce patterns in less than 250 years but im daft. Im assuming this has been spotted already, so I would like to know the possible explanations for this phenomenon. EDIT: Didnt realize a link would embed. For a zoomable Pluto I just typed "pluto" into google image search. Thats where I got that one from.
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