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Moose, my brand new TV-60, in action for the first time.

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My humble but never failing SW 200 PDS, mounted on an even humbler but equally faithful EQ5, here shown while cooling at dusk. Image taken last time out in a dark forest, one week ago. Upon close inspection noticed that Cassiopeia made its way into the photo, behind the finderscope :happy11:

 

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This is the 12" LX200 I have used a lot in Namibia.

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A sort of Astro-selfie using the Vixen SG 2.1x42 Bins.

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My APM LZOS 105 in the desert in Oman just before dawn after an incredible night of stargazing.

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My Takahashi FS-60 just before sunset on a beach on Benguerra island off the coast of Mozambique.

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My Takahashi FS-60Q set up ready for s night of stargazing in Sossusvlei in Namibia.

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I suppose one's eyes could be considered an equipment set up as well? After everyone else at the lodge in Namibia went to sleep I just sat on a sun lounger by the plunge pool and just took in the view. Had my camera with me and took a few shots.

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11 minutes ago, DirkSteele said:

 After everyone else at the lodge in Namibia went to sleep I just sat on a sun lounger by the plunge pool and just took in the view. Had my camera with me and took a few shots.

That's simply stunning. I am left speechless.

I suddenly feel an urge to visit Namibia :happy10:!

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The old and the new, just for a bit of a comparison tonight.  My old 3" Prinz optics refractor and my new (1year old) 6" reflector. The moon looks surprisingly similar. 

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Here is my little TAL Alkor 65mm on the Vixen GP, giving me lovely views of the lunar X tonight. :)

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32 minutes ago, andrew63 said:

Another from the Lunar X event.

I had to squint to see it in that one.

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2nd set up for me now I have my new bins, cloud has rolled in though!  

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Here's another of mine tonight, trying for the Veil Nebula, but this moon is just a bit too bright, will see after stacking. 

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Finally got around taking a picture ... not "at night" really but almost ;)

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Saturn looked spectacular this night!

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29 minutes ago, Sunshine said:

Saturn looked spectacular this night!

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Wow 

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Imaging Sadr this evening. Probably a visual astronomer's biggest nightmare... lit up like a Christmas tree. Believe it or not the computer is displaying a mostly black PHD2 screen at minimum brightness. main light source is my workshop window.

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My current solar eclipse gear (and me) in action on Monday near Moose in Wyoming - well it was night-time for just over 2 minutes lol

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On 08/24/2017 at 01:25, Stub Mandrel said:

Imaging Sadr this evening. Probably a visual astronomer's biggest nightmare... lit up like a Christmas tree. Believe it or not the computer is displaying a mostly black PHD2 screen at minimum brightness. main light source is my workshop window.

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Indeed, it is often a bit of a challenge to share site between visual observers and astrophotographers, one that requires observance of some etiquette.

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It's surprising, that screen really isn't as bright as it looks, here's a screen shot;

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The other evening, I stuck a red A3 plastic wallet over the screen though and it seemed to make quite a difference, although using it knocked out my dark adaptation for about five minutes. I also made sure it was pointing in a sensible direction.

The various red LEDs and small green display don't seem to cause any problems.

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Can't recall if I've posted these :icon_scratch:

My TMB / LZOS 130mm F/9.2 triplet refractor on the HEQ5 mount / Berlebach Uni 28 tripod. I used this setup last night and may well do the same tonight :icon_biggrin:

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This was my scope last night, imaging the Witch's Broom

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And this is what was lighting it

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Laptop and 24" TV. Laptop with mount software and Maxim camera control, TV with CduC and Maxim capture window. Red filters on both screens, also over the laptop indicator LEDs.

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Orkney in April

equinox ed80 on AVX and C8 with ST80 on CGEM-DX

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