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10 minutes ago, mapstar said:

Well done Vic with that and great to bring another pair of eye's to the hobby. 

Thanks D. It was a bit disappointing that it was so hazy with lots of high cloud, but she was fascinated with the Orion Nebula. For a 76mm scope it gave pretty good views :)

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I would like to wish everyone a happy and healthy 2019 and hoping for many a clear night for all :)

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25 minutes ago, Vicky050373 said:

I would like to wish everyone a happy and healthy 2019 and hoping for many a clear night for all :)

Same to you Vic and all the members of WADAS 

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Happy new year to you too Vicky and Damian and all other members 

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Happy 2019 all, lets hope we can get to a darkish sky site as and when the Clouds and the Moon do one !!!

eric

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January not looking good so far !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Having a bit of fun in the back yard with the vintage Prinz 660 refractor and William Optics binoviewers. The lunar views were incredible. Almost 3D. I felt as though I could reach out and touch it. I've also done a few DSLR shots which look really nice, and I'll post them tomorrow when I've had chance to put them on the laptop. Vintage long focal length refractors (and this thing is long) really put the fun back into astronomy :)

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I was out in the back yard last night having a bit of fun lunar viewing with the vintage Prinz 660 refractor I have been "fettling".
I took a few quick DSLR shots of the Moon and I'm really happy with the results. The images don't really do the view through the eyepiece justice, as this scope gives pin sharp detail along the terminator, even at this lunar phase!
Below is a single image from last night.
The Moon
Canon 100D DSLR and vintage Prinz 660 refractor
Single 1/400 second exposure at ISO 400

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Nice one Vic of the dlb. I've thought about getting out but my shifts are not conducive to astro at present. Nearly on the verge of calling it a day for this winter as I've not been out for 3 months!!! 

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1 hour ago, mapstar said:

Nice one Vic of the dlb. I've thought about getting out but my shifts are not conducive to astro at present. Nearly on the verge of calling it a day for this winter as I've not been out for 3 months!!! 

It's not been the best of seasons again. You have been very busy with work. I've had health issues over Christmas, which have sapped my energy and taken my Astro-mojo. Plus the clouds seem to be a permanent fixture apart from when there's the DLB in full force! Know what you mean - it just feels as though the season is slipping by again. Hopefully see you at an upcoming meeting.

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Grabbed the opportunity to get the gear out last night and captured some data before the clouds came in. Had issues with PHD, so had to stick to shorter unguided exposures. Still, it was nice to get the gear dusted off and aired out :)
 
M97 The Owl Nebula & M108 The Surfboard Galaxy in Ursa Major 28.01.2019
Skywatcher Equinox 80 ED & Altair Hypercam 183C
125 x 60 second exposures

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I have found the perfect dew-shield for the Prinz 660 refractor. It is, in fact, a cut-down 2L Sprite bottle, but it's contoured shape has made it an absolutely snug fit, and it will look amazing once finished. Personally, I also think the other patterning on the plastic will just finish the look once painted etc. Looking for tips on how best to finish it off. Was thinking of filing off the edges as they are a little sharp, and then using matt black paint on the inside with white paint on the outside. Hoping my acrylic paint will work, and then maybe protecting the outside with some kind of varnish? Ideally, it'd look better to flock the inside but I don't have any suitable material for this. And help/tips appreciated please :)

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Results of a quick 15 minute back yard session last night with the Canon 100D DSLR with 50mm F1.4 lens on my Star Adventurer mount.

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Excellent Vic.

I screwed up as I'd  arranged to go out for a meal but should've gone out with the scope and done the meal tonight!

Hey ho another missed opportunity.

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25 minutes ago, mapstar said:

Excellent Vic.

I screwed up as I'd  arranged to go out for a meal but should've gone out with the scope and done the meal tonight!

Hey ho another missed opportunity.

It's all going against you this season :(

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2 hours ago, Vicky050373 said:

It's all going against you this season :(

Seems that way. Galloway at the end of this month although I've not even booked it yet! 

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Popped up to Towton Moor on Monday eve with the gear... managed to get a shot of the obligatory nebula-du-jour. Nowhere near the clarity, sharpness & composition of Ryan’s previous masterpiece... but good enough for me!

 

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Monday night effort M97 the Olw Nebula.

Hypercam 183c 16 240sec lights 6 darks 

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20 minutes ago, Vicky050373 said:

Nice results @Mark62 and @Marci. Looks like I missed a decent night of Astro.

You did. You should come out more

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1 hour ago, Mark62 said:

You did. You should come out more

Hopefully next time. Weekday nights are almost impossible for me now I'm working full-time hours. This middle aged woman can't hack the lack of sleep like I could, even 3 or 4 years ago. Plus, I had to pick Luke up from cadets on Monday night as Terry was unable to go for him. I've got too much on sometimes. I'm itching to get out for an Astro-gang night with the scopes :)

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Damian, I know you don't do Facebook but we have opened a closed group there for also arranging trips out, I will try and ensure that you are kept up to speed with any excursions by letting you know on here.

Eric

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It did turn out clear last night after all, so was worth setting up even if the Moon was quite bright and the seeing wasn't really 100%.

Managed 3 hours on M97 Owl Nebula

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M51 The Whirlpool Galaxy in Canes Venatici imaged 17.03.2019
Skywatcher Equinox 80 ED & Altair Hypercam 183C
28 x 120 second exposures

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