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  1. From the album: Stargazer33's Album

    C9.25; CGEM; ES 3× tele extender; Zwo ADC; QHY5LIIc Captured in EZP, sorted & centred in PIPP, stacked in Autostakkert2, wavelets in RS6, final processing in PS CS4 extended.

    © Bryan Harrison

  2. Hello stargazers, welcome. I had posted a picture yesterday of Uranus that had appeared to show its rings. I am using a Nexstar 4se, a 2x Barlow, and my Neximage Burst Color and capturing hundreds of photos and stacking them for my results. But still had me and others curious to if I were actually seeing the rings of Uranus or maybe just a glare of some sort. So I got back out there this morning, might I note I live in FL where the weather tends to stay hot so clear imaging during this time of year can be difficult, but not impossible as this image that I stacked 150 out of 300 images taken may show that statement holds true..............or I could just be mistaken the object in the image, but all in all I am feeling pretty confident that I have a decently clear image(stacked 150 images) of Uranus, its rings, and one of it's distant moons. It may be necessary to zoom in on my photo in order to see the moon it should be down and to the right of the planet a good distance in relation to the size of planet, I noticed that looking at Uranus in the photo helped bring the moon out just like stargazing in real-time. If anyone can better distinguish what I might have done right or wrong here any help would be appreciated (also forgot to change format save for my images so I am stuck with .bmp and setting it as a download, sorry for any inconvenience.) - - - J47(JAY) uranusringmoon.bmp
  3. *** ITEM NOW SOLD *** I find, carefully wrapped in my box of bits, these two very nice CNC tube rings with 116mm inner diameter. I bought these new for my SW 120ED and they fit perfectly. SkyWatcher must use the same tube diameter for different scopes, as my SW 102 Mak fit the same rings. Not used intensively, still in very good nick. I no longer own any scopes that fit, so time to pass them on. So have a measure and if you fancy a pair of posh, hardly used rings, get in touch. CNC aluminium 116mm inner diameter 5x M6 threaded holes on both sides £45 posted to UK. PayPal friends accepted. Please PM with any queries. Thanks for looking.
  4. 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.
  5. 2 sets of Losmandy dovetail rings for sale. As per the link here - http://www.losmandy.com/index.html These are the D series ring systems, closest I can find are these references below, mine were bought approx 8 - 9 years ago - DVR 108 DVR 160 Both in excellent condition with only minor scratches and wear marks visible. These are truly great quality pieces of equipment, ideal for mounting small defectors on top of your SCT. £65 ono for the pair of small rings, postage and packing included £75 ono for the pair of larger rings, postage and packing included I also have a losmandy plate for the Celestron C8, fits all Celestron 8 inch OTA's including CPC and HD scopes, unfortunately no riser blocks with the plate. £30 ono for the plate, postage and packing included Paypal and bank transfer welcome. Thanks for looking, Neil.
  6. Hello! I tried imaging saturn last night along with jupiter (already posted jupiter results). It was the first time i could use my new 8 incher and my DSLR for planetary imaging. Info was captured at f/10, probably a little low for saturn but for jupiter it was alright, atmospheric conditions didn't allow for more than that really. I was pleased with the results. Please give me your feedback, Clear skies!
  7. Simple Vixen dovetail and ring pair to attach in a piggyback style a 80mm refractor telescope to your main scope using a ghetto style solution. Download the models from Thing 2378540.
  8. Hi guys Well I finally managed to get some sky exposed and had a look at Saturn with the kit I bought off bigal1 A little rough but the seeing wasn't great and clouds were coming and going at a fair pace Stacked it through registax and cleaned it up boosted color etc like I say a bit rough but as a first attempt I'm happy with it Any thoughts and advice feedback would be welcome good or bad Best regards Baz
  9. From the album: My Astro Pics

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

    © ©DanielJamesWatts

  10. From the album: My Astro Pics

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

    © ©DanielJamesWatts

  11. As part of the clear out I'm selling my OPticstar AR80s guidescope, it comes with rings and dovetail mounting. Owned from new (3 years) and has been well looked after, however there are the inevitable marks on the tube from the securing screws, purely cosmetic and don't affect performance. I've got this up on AstroBS for the same price £100, will post for small fee Thanks for looking Lee
  12. Friday the 7th was my last chance to photograph Saturn, as light conditions and position become increasingly less favourable for imaging. Indeed, it's pretty bad already, as the following images from that session where shot directly through the strong halo of a "beautiful" and "oh so useful" street lamp. I went for full on luxury that evening, with a deck chair and a table for the laptop, might as well treat myself as I gaze at a planet a billion and a bit kilometers away! The evening was even more delightful as I set the scope up to have the neighbours kids curiously ask me what I was doing and thus I took the time to show them the view of Saturn, much to their delight - and mine, I love sharing this stuff with interested minds. Saturn has not been well positioned for us here in the UK, with it peaking at just over 25 degrees in the sky, but at this peak, around 22:25 UTC, it's pretty light outside. I have only just started imaging using the ASI120mc, but finding it a joy to use with FireCapture 2.3b. Indeed I can't wait for a little bit of Moon or for Jupiter season to start! Overview of Imaging Seeing: http://youtu.be/UUbr1KKhsTc (Video is RAW Footage, but Debayered GRGB for colour) Hardware: Meade LX90 8" SCT | Drift Aligned with no computer guiding Meade 2x Shorty Barlow ASI120mc @ 30ms | Gamma 50 | Gain 62 | ROI 496x320 Software: FireCapture 2.3b PIPP: Colour Debayer GRGB | Crop | Center Registax: Align | Stack best 30% | RGB Align | R/B Correct Photoshop: Levels | Saturation | Smart Sharpen | Soft De-Noise I have also included an RGB split of the RAW TIF file (with a basic smart sharpen applied) - I note that R,G are sharp (R being the sharpest), yet the B channel is particulary fuzzy. I assume seeing, it's low position and possibly the street lamp have caused this?
  13. I have recently taken delivery of the ZWO ASI120mc 1/3 cmos colour camera. First thing I will say about this camera,it's significantly better than the Orion Imager IV, very easy to use and works a charm with FireCapture 2.3b. Last night I had clear skies and a low wind, so I set about capturing Saturn as it drifted past my local street lamp collection. Was an absolute pleasure to sit in 12c weather and just watch as Saturn bobbed around in my view. After eventually packing up and transferring the files to my primary computer, I hit the hay and processed the images today. The result is much better than I ever achieved with the Orion Imager IV, however - my collimation is WAAAAAAAAAAAYYY out (well it's not good), the Red channel of my image is sharp, the Green, blurry and the blue is displaying ghosting and super fuzzyness. So, whilst it's not a complete stunner, and tonight is going to be spent trying to figure out this collimation lark - I present my first Saturn with the ASI120mc, first is the full colour and then just to show you how sharp the image could have been, the red channel.
  14. Hi everyone I managed to wake up early this morning and get a great image processed using Registax6.1 of Uranus. I am new to astrophotography but enjoying every second of it. I have a Nexstar 4se that I used to capture these images with also increased my zoom by using a 2x Barlow. Only through my Neximage Burst Color (in which was used to take the images) was I able to make out to hazy blue planet best. Using iCap2.4 software for capturing the images heres what I did..... - Images taken and processed September 4, 2019 around 5:00 A.M.- 5:30 A.M. - decreased the gain to around 330-380 while exposure was set to 27 fps - adjusted my focus - took 200 frames at 25 fps Continuing to Registax I processed the images only using the best frames out of 100, I added a few prefilters: BLUR was adjusted slightly to around 10-15, SMOOTH was decreased by around 5, and contrast prefilter, forget what it was called, was reduced to .90. I tuned the wavelets until the hazy spot between the rings and planet were no longer visible and the difference with the rings and planet begin to appear. Here's the results hope they are as cool to everyone else, as I find it amazing my 4se can see that much into detail. uranus-rings.bmp
  15. I currently have a Skytee 2 mount, with which I put on to it both my Skywatcher Startravel 120mm f5 frac, and also my Altair Astro Starwave 102mm f11 frac. I want to align both scopes together accurately on the mount so that the ST120 is a wide field finderscope in a sense to home in on so that the Starwave can observe the object in view too. I am looking at some ADM Vixen style dovetail bar with guidscope rings fitted from FLO https://www.firstlightoptics.com/adm-vixen-type-v-series/adm-vixen-style-dovetail-bar-with-guidescope-rings.html to potentially do this. As the tube of my ST120 is 116mm across, will the 125mm rings suffice for what I need here, or will the 150mm rings be better for this? I'm thinking the former rather than the latter, but just want a little more advise here before I go for one or the other and buy some. Thanks, Gus
  16. Hi there, I am contemplating getting an 80mm scope to replace my existing 9x50mm RACI finderscope. However this got me thinking about how to mount the 80mm scope onto the Edge. Dual dovetail plates are out, because I use a Kendrick ZapCap and I don't fancy cutting a section out to accommodate another dovetail bar. I really like the look of the Altair Astro ultralight guidescope rings. Has anybody ever mounted these to an SCT using the existing attachment points on the rear mirror cell?
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