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I've completely revamped my website and wondered if I could have some feedback? Here's some points I'm particularly interested in
- Any functionality issues (desktop and mobile devices)
- Broken URL's
- Typo's / grammatical errors (I'm not the greatest )
- General look and feel
- Any other suggestions / critisizms welcome
I'm in a quandary about the menu on mobile devices. Should I have it so it is visible when you first visit? Or do people nowadays generally know about the menu button on responsive design websites?
So guys, I would like to know what objects you guys think, are a good place to start when getting into astrophotography, others than the obvious ones of course. By those I mean the Planets, Orion Nebula, Pleidies, The Andromeda Galaxy. Not that they are necessarily easy, as you could keep improving on them and pull out more data. Just that they are the well know obvious go-to ones.
I've just acquired my first equatorial mount, a Celestron AVX mount, and I will be doing a lot of practice, getting used to the mount, the sky, and my limitations in terms of visibility, before I go deeper into actually doing guided shots.
I am not necessarily looking for objects that will look great at short exposures, but probably more in the vain of being able to distinguish them. Star trails to some extend doesn't bother me.
So instead of me just trying a lot of different objects that might actually be "out of my league", and not knowing if I have them actually centered in the image, or simple not long enough exposed.
Sure I could keep shooting at the ones that I KNOW I can at least catch to some extend, and improve on those, but I fell that I would rather experience more parts of the sky
Right now the OTA I am using is the Celestron 130SLT OTA, with the 1.3x barlow element from a Baader to achieve focus (Waiting on some screws and bolts, to make a modification that allows for proper prime focus). So anything that will fit in a focal length around 850. Any globular clusters you guys are fond of, or some high surface brightness galaxies? So far I've managed to get the "Black Eye Galaxy" on the sensor (Which was with my SLT mount), so ones with characteristics like that would be of interest too
I am having a little trouble and I was hoping someone here could help me out a bit. Last July I went to the southern hemisphere and took some pictures of the night sky and things in it. I'd like to know what Im looking at though, but Im not at all familiar with the southern hemisphere night sky. If you could please look at these pictures and let me know what they are of, I'd appreciate it. I think one might be the Large Magellanic Cloud, but Im not sure and even if it is, I dont know which one. I took the pictures on the night of July 3 at around 9PM; at the time, I was on the island of Moorea. Thanks!
By Coachella Valley Astronomy
The Rosette Nebula taken in Cathedral City, CA
I've wanted to image the Rosette nebula for some time now, but with my Celestron 6se telescope it was not really feasible due to the large focal length of the scope. The Rosette nebula is huge! I decided to give it a try with my new Orion ST80, and I could not be happier with how it turned out. It is certainly not a Hubble image, but I did the best I could under light polluted skies, and man does it look beautiful.
5 hours total exposure time
Orion Skyglow filter
Celestron AVX mount
Stacked in DSS
Edited it CS6 and LR
By Coachella Valley Astronomy
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
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