Jump to content

Stargazers Lounge Uses Cookies

Like most websites, SGL uses cookies in order to deliver a secure, personalised service, to provide social media functions and to analyse our traffic. Continued use of SGL indicates your acceptance of our cookie policy.

sgl_2019_sp_banner.thumb.jpg.a0ff260c05b90dead5c594e9b4ee9fd0.jpg

JemC

I had a WOW! night

Recommended Posts

Hi all

So after about an hour messing around last night with the Mak 127 and Jupiter(starting to get frustrated) :sad: i decided to change scopes/camera so got the 130P-DS and 450d out, Now one of the problems i have is alignment?
I can see the stars I want to align with visually but when it comes to looking through the finder/eyepiece this is where i fall apart because somebody just stuck a whole load more stars in there and now i don't know what star I'm looking at :dontknow: and i know my
alignment is not correct :hmh: but i press on regardless and align to what i think is the correct star :iamwithstupid:...so having done all that it's time to explore :happy7:

settings for all the following images if i remember correct are
iso 800 - 120sec x5 -  darks x 5 -  bias x 10
no other processing has been done other than run through DSS and saved as jpeg mainly because i don't know what i'm doing :icon_biggrin:

this to me is where the WOW! happened, I know these images are not going to win any awards but i am chuffed to bits at having captured my 1st Galaxies,
I select M81 Bode's Galaxy, let the mount do it's thing then fire up the camera and this is the image that appears on the screen
M82 Cigar Galaxy(i think), now i don't care at this point that my alignment is out (i know i should) but I just got my first DSO image,

Galax.thumb.jpg.896a6e2f2daef16fcfcb4ae7

so after this image i thought i'll send it to M82 and see where it goes, well it's BIG GRIN :D time for me as i got both M81 and M82 (i think) in the same image :-)

2Galax.thumb.jpg.d3300a2bbc2b0fa258c04aa

Well im drunk with excitement now and to be honest i cannot remember what target i entered in the handset for the next image but in the next image i got not 1 not 2 but 3 DSO in the frame, can someone please identify what these are, they where towards the south and not to far from Jupiter?

3Galax.thumb.jpg.036eaf2025ef82ad92e702f

What a night :-) 1 poor Jupiter and 5 galaxies,

Like i said, i have a long way to go and a lot to learn, nothing like a challenge :icon_biggrin:

i really need to sort my shed out and get it converted then i dont have to cart all the electricals and other bits in and out the house to set up
any comments/critique/adjustments welcome.
 

Regards
James

 

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Nice captures: The second has a third DSO on the right: NGC 3077, my first non Messier NGC object, 36 years ago :D. The lower image shows M65, M66 and NGC 3628

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
4 minutes ago, michael.h.f.wilkinson said:

Nice captures: The second has a third DSO on the right: NGC 3077, my first non Messier NGC object, 36 years ago :D. The lower image shows M65, M66 and NGC 3628

Thanks Michael :happy7:

just googled those in the last pic and that says they are what is known as the Leo triplet, I'm even more chuffed now  :D and a 3rd one in the 2nd so that makes 6 in total, fantastic

Regards
James

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Congrats, I remember the 1st time I captured a galaxy, I had to let everyone know and I was bouncing around the garden like a lunatic :)

Now the slippery slope of wallet emptying begins, hope your are prepared :hello2:

Edited by Catanonia
  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 minute ago, Catanonia said:

Now the slippery slope of wallet emptying begins, hope your are prepared :D:D:D

I'm prepared, not sure the boss is :icon_biggrin:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Well done on your galaxies capture. :) 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

,Well done James. I would not  know, were to

start with DSO imaging. Darks ,flats , bios.:happy9:

No idea.  Very good pictures.:thumbsup:

 

Steve.

Edited by Grotemobile
  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Congratulation, James, you made a good start indeed.

Clear skies and happy imaging!

 

 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Very nice indeed. 

As for your alignment, a while back someone suggested using astrotorilla. With my setup it works a charm. A bit trying to get it setup but worth it.

Astrotortilla plays very nicely with eqmod and BYEOS.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
45 minutes ago, kendg said:

As for your alignment, a while back someone suggested using astrotorilla. With my setup it works a charm. A bit trying to get it setup but worth it.

Astrotortilla plays very nicely with eqmod and BYEOS.

Thanks Ken

This is something i will need to look into, currently only use the handset, so will need to look at upgrading pc and installing ascom  :happy7: 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, Catanonia said:

 

Now the slippery slope of wallet emptying begins, hope your are prepared :hello2:

Yep, next stage a cooled mono CCD and filters :icon_biggrin:.

You could also get a LP filter, and if you don't already have one, a coma-corrector for the 130 PDS

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
6 minutes ago, DaveS said:

You could also get a LP filter, and if you don't already have one, a coma-corrector for the 130 PDS

i have a LP filter but forgot to use it last night :dontknow: a coma corrector is something i will be looking at getting as well as a bahtinov mask

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.