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So I originally planned to go to a good vantage point from the top of Pendle hill, watch out for witches whilst there. It is a local and well known Lancastrian landmark. However my wife is recovering from hospital treatment and so I didn't want to leave her so made do much closer to home.
A short drive (2 minutes) took me to a place aside the motorway slip road but with a clear-ish view of the setting planets. I was only use 10x30 bins so the view was not particularly well defined but still impressive when considering distances and such.
Anyway it is in the bag but would like to do better if at all possible.
If the skies are more obliging tomorrow I may venture out with the EEVA set up and grab some data, however the forecast is not so good.
The Great Conjunction
who else waiting for the Great Conjunction between Saturn and Jupiter in 21 December 2020
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Hi. Complete newbie to the hobby here. Just purchased a Meade Lightbridge 130 for my daughter as an upgrade to her Skywatcher Infinity 76. I'd like for her to see the rings of Saturn sometime with her new scope. Would getting a better lens improve her chances of a good view of the rings of Saturn? And if so, what lens would you recommend. Thank you
Finally got to image Mars this year after some appauling weather in the UK.
This was my first time out using the ZWO ASI 224MC on a very cold eve. I think i've probably the maxed out my equipment (Skywatcher 200p) and the location (back garden in the middle of an estate) for this image, so pretty pleased with the results. Its 15% of 11000 frames stacked using Autostakkert, and Registax used to bring out some detail.
Skywatcher 200p with dual speed focuser, EQ5 mount with dual axis motors Tal x3 Barlow ZWO ASI224mc with IR Filter Lenovo x270 laptop running SharpCap Image Processed in Autostakkert, Registax and photoshop