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Hello all,as a totak noobie and not just green behind thr ears but all over 🤣.
Ive had my first scope for 7 days now a 2nd hand skywatcher 200p dob, i only have the 2 eye pieces that came with it.
I decided to go out in the communal garden again tonight asbthe sky looked good,i got out at 8.30 to give the scope time to cool down and get muself comfy.
It was a lovely fairly clear night.And for the first time i managed to get Saturn in my finder scope after finally sorting out its alignment on friday, i started off with tue 25mm eyepiece saturn was tiny but i could cleary make out the rings i was gob smacked so happy and excited i quickly fumbled for the 10mm eye piece and slipped that in a slight adjustment of the scope and saturn was slightly larger and the rings alot more visible wow wow wow i am still on cloud nine it was amazing,i looked at it and followed it for what felt like half an hour.my wife bought me a cup of tea and she had a look to and a couple of my neighbours were very impressed.
I then waited for mars to move round and quickly focused on it and i started with the 25mm and then moved on to the 10mm.
Before tonight i wasnt very impressed with the 10mm but it did a good job tonight.
Im still buzzing and im off to bed now.
Just thought i would share with all you wonderful people.
Many thanks and best wishes From me
Imaged through my 12" newtonian and using a JAI machine-vision industrial camera I borrowed from work. After processing I noticed hints of altogether four Saturnian moons. Seeing was rather poor though.
By Cosmic Geoff
For once I set up my two catadroptic imaging scopes together to see how they compared, and how well the smaller one cut through the crud.
C8 SCT on SE mount, ASI 120MC, ADC, processed in Registax6, 3000 frame video.
Celestron 127mm Mak on Nexstar SLT mount, wood tripod, ASI120MC , ADC, processed in Registax6, 3000 frame video.
The 127mm images are slightly smaller, placed second. The bigger scope seems to do better. I thought that Saturn did not change much and was just a seeing test target, but the shadow of the planet on the rings is now distinctly asymmetrical. The dark smudges in the C8 Mars images correlate well with real features. Mars altitude about 11 deg. The dust storm seems to be over.
The seeing was better than it's been for a while.
After a lot of work and help from the great Damian Peach I managed to get some really good images of Jupiter Mars and Saturn despite a total spend of just £100... and I made another bonkers Astrobiscuit video about it which I hope you enjoy. Mr Peach really helped me pick my nights to image and the other big surprise was how good the canon 600D is at planetary. All comments/ advice/ criticisms most welcome...