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    • By PeterW
      @Stu, @GavStar and myself met up for a bit of club observing Thursday night… cloudy so good that we met down the pub. Someone (not sure who) pointed out it was clear, so we headed out to stand and chat under clouds with a chill breeze for more than 2hours waiting for the skies to comply with Sat24. Finally we spotted what looked like the edge of the clouds… the others got ready to polar align. OK observing under a near full moon is not ideal.. but it does help with setup and checking your charts! 
      So what to look for… using Gavins new  “magic eyepiece” we headed straight for the Horsehead, just visible, the flame slightly more so above. We were using a TEC160 on a goto panther mount, with 55mm plossl and the TNVC adapter to the intensifier, using  a 6nm hydrogen alpha filter to “help”. The gain control worked really well to tune the balance of brightness (and noise) vs detail. The “white phosphor” giving a very neutral and “natural” view.
      Right, where next? Up to the jellyfish ic443, nice gentle curve easily visible, checked on the monkeyhead nearby. We then cruised down to the seagull which filled the view and then tried to ferret out the medusa Nebula… it evaded us this time. Swept over the the pacman, the heart and then the California nebula. The latter as two broad nebulous bands crossing the field of view. We need to try a smaller scope to give a bigger field of view for these really big nebulae.
      Swapped in a longpass filter and checked on M35 which looked great, M3? and then M81/82, very clear dark lane in the latter.. Clouds finally made a return and we packed up the wrong side of 1am, feet nearly frozen solid. Seemed like many of the streetlights had turned off as well, which is interesting to note. Going to be fun to poke this setup at nebulae when the skies are a little bit more conducive to observing.
      PeterW
       
    • By markarian
      A moody supermoon emerges through the clouds.
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    • By The-MathMog
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    • By The-MathMog
      Weather, work and other factors has made it very hard for me to get as much out imaging, as I would've liked. Like 3 times since August. Weather has just been unforgiving, and quite a few times now, the clear windless nights have pretty much always hit on night where the moon has a huge influence. 80%+ illumination. One of these nights I tried imaging bodes nebula, and the moon set like an hour before sunrise. And you can see a huge difference between the images just before, and just after the moon-set. The ones before barely showing any detail.
      So, to cut to the chase, do you guys have any advice on what/how to image during these periods? The moon is an obvious choice, but that is not really something that feels rewarding for me currently.
      Do you guys not image at all during these nights, or can some open/globular cluster be of rewarding value? I could just go out and test for a few nights, but even that is hard with the weather..
      I also use a Baader Neodymium filter, which seems to help a bit, just not quite enough

       


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