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  1. Here's my quicky at M82 SN2014J, two nights ago and the only clear night for ages but quite gusty so the 200p what an excellent sail. 16 x 180s Lights10 x 180s Darks800iso200p HEQ5 Guided in phdProcessed in Nebulosity & CS6
  2. Here's my second attempt withe the ASI120mm with RGB filter from Baader, I tried using the RRGB as suggested by THEO here on SGL for the extra luminance and I do think it's brought out a bit more detail. I know this has been contended before but what's the opinion on the Televue 2.5 powermate as opposed to the Revelation one I using?. Thanks Campbell
  3. COMET C/2014 E2 JACQUES Meets the OPEN CLUSTER NGC 609 23 / 08 / 2014This is my first attempt at a Comet. After having various issues with stacking and a rogue stretched star as a result of a stacking error. I can finally feel proud after relentless hours spent at stacking and re-stacking this image. I feel proud I managed to process this Comet as well as it looks. I think there is a hint of a tail at the 3 O'clock position but who knows... The bonus is the comet is above an Open Cluster NGC 609 which adds more interest. Conditions were good and if I had set-up the Mount better I may have managed longer subs. There is a hint of star trails due to wind and tracking issues.16 x 30 secs Light Frames30 x 30 secs Dark FramesISO 800Skywatcher 200P 8" 1000mm ReflectorEQ5Canon 1100D ModdedBaader MKIII MPCC + Hutech IDAS LPS-D1 FilterHI-RES IMAGE:
  4. When using my telescope, a Celestron power seeker 127 Eq, one of my slow motion handles keeps getting stuck and won't move the telescope, does anyone know what the issue could be?
  5. I was thinking about this a few moments ago in reference to the hologram theory, and I just wonder if anyone thought this idea is actually feasible: presume the universe is a continuous hologram/program, set up and coded to form in a grid format. That grid would be what we call the "Fabric" of space. A black hole is a tear in that space (a temporary error in the scripting for that area of space.), caused by the over abundance of information (gravity) applied to the fabric. The script (being a continuously active script) later has to rewrite itself to fix the error (hawking radiation), causing the black hole to evaporate. If there happens to be more information applied to the area of the error (such as a star or gas), the error increases due to the excessive amount of information being applied to the script as it is attempting to rewrite itself to fix said error, thus increasing the size and mass of the black hole. The idea that there was too much information applied to the script and an error formed would imply that the universe is not perfect but is programmed to and capable of fixing itself (Or the creator is fixing it). It could also imply that the universe is actually infinite as well as there being similar versions of the universe (parallels). I was wondering if you think this idea could be possible... obviously I think too much... I'm just a regular guy that loves this stuff and reads articles.
  6. This always seems to be my "go-to" nebula when I am trying to knock the rust off the gear and get back into imaging and processing mode. This is my first time combining Ha and OIII data using the QSI wsg-8 and first time using OAG. It only took troubleshooting the Gemini-2 (new FW) and getting the Gemini.net ASCOM driver to behave with the SkyX but here it is for this year... NGC 7293 the Helix nebula Constellation Aquarius ~700 light years distant Ha 20min subs totaling 1 hour and 20 minutes. OIII 20 min subs totaling 2 hours. QSI 683 wsg-8 Losmandy g11 Gemini II AT8RC Taken September 26 and October 5, 2013 Please visit my webpage for a higher resolution image.
  7. Hi, i was just wondering about something. When i try to use 2x or 3x drizzle in DSS i am always confronted with a message about how much memory will be needed to preform it. I have never been able to continue because by laptops memory is always on the red line, i am constantly getting pop ups saying i must make space as i have ran out of memory and i can never seem to find what is taking up soooooo much space. Now, i have an external hard drive with plenty of GBs or space. Does anybody know if there is an option to plug in my hard drive and use that space while DSS does its thing? I know its a long shot but thought i would ask. Would be an awesome option. Cheers.
  8. Aenima

    WIZARD NEBULA ha NGC7380

    From the album: CCD venture

    A h-alpha shot of the Wizard nebula in Cepheus. ED80 - ATK16HR - Ha clip filter - EQ6 - finderguider 9x50mm PhD2 - photoshop - DSS.
  9. Aenima

    double cluster 2

    From the album: The next step.

    One of my first targets but still trying to get a decent image - clusters are harder than they look to capture due to them being all stars so tracking errors and uncorrected optical problems are very quick to show up in the end result.

    © Aenima

  10. Hi There, I hope I have found the right place to post but I am 23 years old (living in Manchester, UK) and have a mission to try and get more of my generation to take the time to look up. I want more people to share my passion and get as excited about the universe as I do. For the last 2 years, I have been working to create a watch which is made with meteoite, to serve as a daily reminder, so people take the time to look up and put all their worries and concerns into perspective. I am reaching out to this staregazing community for help and advice, how I might do this better, also I am hoping to learn and get some feedback - I would love hear what you think of it. In other news I am looking to buy my first telescope and I would be open to as much help on that too! Either way thank you for taking the time to read this, and I hope to hear from some of you soon James
  11. Hello, Here is a link to a video I made with most of the photo I took in the past 3 years since I started doing Astrophotography. Hope you like it and thanks for watching. Haim P.S: You can also see my photos in my Flickr site: https://www.flickr.com/photos/101543943@N04/
  12. 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=]
  13. Hello guys as you see i am new in the forums and im starting my stargazing adventure.I want to use my telescope as an astronomical and a terrestrial telescope so preferably a mak or a refractor.My budget is 450 dollars for both telescope and tripod. I already found one good telescope http://skywatcher.com/product/bk-1206az3/ Its the skywatcher 120/600. Let me know if you have any other telescopes.Thank you
  14. Hi. I've nearly finished watching 'Cosmonauts: How Russia won the space race' on the iPlayer and I think it's a great story and very worth a watch. It says you can watch it for another 27days, but it's only an hour long
  15. One of my favorite planetary nebulae is rising in the northeastern sky (above that big oak tree)! The ghostly M57, the Ring Nebula, approx. 2300 light-years away and between 6,000 and 8,000 years old (when the outer layers of the parent star exploded), shot on the Orion Starshoot Deep Space Camera II (at maximum sensitivity setting in color) through the Orion StarMax 127. Original music: "Apochromatic (dub version)". Enjoy! Reggie
  16. Here's an image that i just finished processing after finding the lights that were taken months ago on a memory stick that i was emptying and had forgotten about, only had the lights so took some darks this morning by using the chip temp shown in images taken via Backyard Eos. I reckon there's 19˚c between ambient and full speed on my 550d so put it in the workshop with the heating off and seemed to match them well. Needs some more data and my processing is all that but I'm quite happy with it for a surprise find. This image was taken with a Skywatcher 200p, Heq5 Guided via PHD Canon 55D unmodded, Backyard Eos 24 x 180s Lights @ 1600iso 19 x 180s Darks only (taken months later by matching chip temp) Processed in Nebulosity, CS6
  17. Decided to brave the warm weather in the San Francisco Bay Area to grab a photo of AR1504 and its friends. I was going to grab video using the Canon 1D MarkIII and the 3x Barlow but the laptop got too hot and turned off. So I decided to take several photos praying I would get a clear picture out of the set.
  18. To my understanding, matter is just crystallized energy. So is dark matter the crystallized form of dark energy? Sorry if this is a bit of a stupid question, just couldn't get it off my mind. Any answers would be much appreciated - thanks.
  19. I would like to know what type of telescope should I buy to begin with. I'm not a professional astronomer, but i'd like to get into the subject further. Even started to get involved in chemistry and physics. lol.. please help. thanks
  20. August 30th, 2013 Location: Mansfield, England Time: 04:00 - 05:30 Conditions: Light Pollution, Light Cloud, Dew, Wind, Forgot to charge Power Pack, Forgot to turn on Dew Heaters, Seeing: Possibly a 1/5, improving to 2/5 as the GRS came in to view. Equipment: Meade LX90 8" SCT | 2x Meade Shorty Barlow | ASI120mc | Coffee It takes a special kind of nutter to get up at 3:30, set the telescope up and patiently wait for clouds to give you a few seconds worth of window to photograph things so very far away! It was of course worth it, it always is - I could stare at the planets almost endlessly. This is the first time my ASI120mc has been turned towards the Moon and Jupiter and conditions where far from favorable - indeed, after viewing the Moon through what can be best described as a rapidly flowing waterfall that dimmed, bobbed, weaved, and dived; I nearly packed up. Worse still, I'd forgotten to charge my telescope's battery pack since last usage, so slewing was fading rapidly. Still I feel with more favorable conditions, I will be able to get better shots than I've ever had before, indeed these shots beat the old 15 FPS Orion Starshoot IV by leaps and bounds! Saving grace here was ROI, and high frame rates of 50-80 FPS. Though in order to get the exposure through the dew on my scopes surface and try to beat that awful seeing, my gain was maxed out at 100% Jupiter of course takes pride of place here, but I've thrown in two photos of the Moon I took whilst waiting for Jupiter to clear the roof tops.
  21. From the album: Moon Images Album 12/01/2017

    Another batch of images shot on the 12/01/2017 , Due to the weather being very cold outside i had to take these trough the bedroom window, missus was not to pleased at the idea of letting in the freezing cold for half an hours work, so i shot them through the window, not too bad considering, Equipment Used : MEADE POLARIS 130 MD Celestron x2 Barlow Lens With Screw Attachment NIKON D5300 Cheers Mark

    © © Mark Harrison 2010-2100

  22. The definition of a moon is a natural object (or satellite) that orbits a planet. To my understanding Saturn's rings are made up of space debris, and they must orbit around the planet. Does that mean that each individual piece of debris and dust in Saturn's rings, and other planet's rings, count as moons?
  23. Hello everyone! Been a while since I've visited the forum, but just recently taken my first images of Mars, and wanted to share them. It was quite a battle to get these images - I've battled my scope being moved upstairs (construction work at our house), preventing any astronomy, my motor drive running out of battery, my RA axis coming loose, and my parents' laptop crashing, but I have finally got the data! Taken with DMK 21AU618.AS at focal length of 4,000mm, through my Explorer 200P. IrRGB, with about 10,000 subs of which 3,000 stacked, before being edited in PS. There are still some obvious colour errors, which I will try to fix, but for now, I'm quite happy with the result! As usual, any constructive criticism is always welcome! David
  24. Hi folks, Here's my 2nd attempt at the red one, the 24th looked to be a great evening at the start but high cloud moved in and caused quite poor seeing, this was also my first try of my new Astronomik IR pro 742 filter which really makes a difference. The IR channel is layered at 36% opacity but it really does bring out detail especially in slightly poor visibility. Thanks for looking Taken With SW200p, HEQ5, ASI120MM IR-RGB filter wheel stacked in AS2, Wavlet adjustment in Registax and finished if Photoshop.
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