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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)
Hi I'm new here.
Briefly looking through this site, it would seem this site is geared towards discussion regarding instruments. So in advance, I apologize if this is not the appropriate forum/website for my question. And. If at all possible, might anyone link me to a website that might be better suited for me. I looked on youtube, and a few other websites and nothing concrete came up as to where the appropriate place to post might be or what it was I was observing regarding moon activity on this early morning of 11/28/2017. So here I am and once again I apologize if this is the wrong forum for my question.
I'll be brief. My knowledge of astronomy is very limited. Though I've always had a passion for astronomy.
My question. What exactly was I observing in regard to the moon's orbit/position/speed in which it changed?
Now, allow me to set the stage. It was roughly 12:30AM here in North East Texas on this day of 11/28/2017. On my way to the store I stopped to take a look at the night sky as I always do. The moon was roughly at a 50 degree angle above the southern tree line. Forgive my ignorance but this is the best way I can describe what I was observing. In less than one hour the moon had radically relocated to just above the western treeline. Once I got home the moon was obviously no longer visible from this viewing point.
I am very curious as to why the moons position changed so quickly. I've never seen this before.
Is this a common occurrence within the moon's cycles and or time of year?
I look forward to hearing your responses. To hopefully shed light on what is seemingly a strange phenomenon to me.
Thank you in advance!
I was wondering what people's experiences are with using the wider angle eyepieces with a fairly fast Newtonian and what they'd recommend?
Currently looking to upgrade to a couple of very wide angle eyepieces to help with viewing DSOs and to make manually following objects like the smaller planets with our 10" dob a bit smoother compared to the current 7mm plossl we're using.
As I understand it, the more budget 82 degree eyepieces will struggle vs a higher quality, lower FOV eyepiece due to the faster scope, but I was curious as to what the "minimum" (for lack of a better word) I should be looking at for an 82/100 degree eyepiece should be? I'm in the UK so any eyepieces available in the UK/Europe should be fine.
Some of the series I was looking at would be SW Myriad, the ES 82/100 degree series, Meade series 5000 UWA and there also seems to be a series of 100-degree eyepieces that get sold under a few different brands, one of which is the TS XWA series. Looking at both a ~20-28mm and ~5-9mm EP to pair with a 2x barlow for a good range of magnification, and will probably be purchasing a coma corrector at some point.
Are there any of these I should be looking at avoiding in particular? A small amount of aberration at the edges isn't really a huge issue as I'm not expecting perfectly sharp images across the whole field, just wanted to avoid the worst offenders on fast scopes so I know what to avoid and what to keep an eye out for second hand as well.
Hey all, I was hanging with the in-laws out on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state last night and managed to stumble onto this cluster. I was just using a $100 4" reflector, no tracking, no guiding, no eq mount, just a camera tripod (quite the challenge!), which is the reason I'm not sure what I captured here. Definitely in the Sagittarius region though, which is another reason I'm not sure (so many DSOs there!). My best guess is that it's M71. Can anyone confirm or tell me what it is? Thanks!
P.S. It's just a single 5 second exposure with a Nikon D3100.
How good is this telescope for an amateur astronomer ( https://www.firstlightoptics.com/az-goto/skywatcher-explorer-130p-synscan-az-goto.html )? I've started taken Astronomy up as a hobby due to health reasons. I have a telescope already but it's like a kids toy which I got many years ago. I know I will not be seeing Hubble style images no matter what telescope I purchase but I want to be able to see all the planets, craters on the moon and some deep sky stuff like Andromeda.
I was going to do an online course on Astronomy but I think I might be better training myself up with a few books and apps. I took a mock exam online and scored not bad so I think it might be a waste of money that I could put to better use via a decent telescope.
Will this telescope run via an iPad and the Sky Safari 5 software app....I purchased the Plus version over Basic and Pro due to the stuff included in each. Basic is well....basic and Pro is in my opinion for real professional Astronomers which has a lot more of deep sky objects etc in the 1.5gb data catalogue.
Any help or information about what telescope to purchase for a budget of about £300 - £350. I'd like the telescope to be easily transportable on foot ( I don't drive ). I live in a slightly populated area but surrounded by countryside and fields which are easily accessible on foot and light conditions are great to view the free show which is the beautiful starry night sky.