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Sunday 30th June.
NLCs started appearing as the skies cleared around 1.45am.
Grabbed gear and headed off around 2.15am to the same location as last two sessions. Another 90 shots taken!
Nikon D3 and Nikkor AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II, tripod mounted, cable release and mirror lock function.
Lightly processed in Adobe Lightroom and (where required), stitched shots together in Photoshop CC2017
Taken from north Lichfield (Staffordshire).
Clicking the pictures should open the hi-res images.
Panoramic 1 - 7 shots. ISO 200, 2.5 sec, f/2.8, 70mm, 2.56am. Note over in the far right the Pleiades.
Panoramic 2 (Detail) - 4 shots. ISO 200, 2.5 sec, f/2.8, 200mm, 3.01am
'The Saucepan and NLCs' - Single shot - (Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED). ISO 200, 2 sec, f/2.8, 24mm, 3.22am
Started to pack away just as 'Mr Blackbird' started to sing - the dawn chorus broke.... then noticed a beautiful sight over in the East, switched back to the Nikkor AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II and added the TC-14EII 1.4x
A 7% Crescent Moon.
Single shot - ISO 200, 0.8 sec, f/4, 280mm, 3.28am
yesterday evening, I started observing the moon and sketching crater Copernicus even 15min before sunset. The contrast on the moon wasn't perfect yet, but on the other hand the contrast on the sketching paper was better - no need for LED. Copernicus with its prominent ray system is wonderfully appearing on the full moon but this time I just concentrated on the 96km crater itself:
Telescope: Celestron NexStar 127SLT
Eyepiece: ExploreScientific 6.7mm/82°
Date & TIme: June 12th, 2019 / 2130-2230 CEST
Location: home terrace, Dusseldorf region, Germany
Technique: Koh-i-Noor chalk and charcoal pens on black sketching paper
Size: appr. 30x30cm
Looking in my filed skeches, I figured out that I have visited Copernicus five years ago. Here's a comparison of the two sketches showing some changes in technique:
c925 and 294mc pro bin 1 with ir/uv cut filter. 2 panel mosaic best 25% of 1,000 . Had to convert to jpeg as i keep getting an error 200 when trying to upload a larger file. ( 50+ mb ) clicky for full rez.
and a few with the 385c camera with neodymium filter and mostly barlowed.
By LR Watanabe
So I'm looking for the best grab and go planetary viewing (and maybe some DSOs) telescope that is relatively cheap (below 500$) that will also support some Astrophotography. I know the SkyMax 127 is a Maksutov and therefore has a high F number, but I'm okay with that because I'll just pop on a 0.5x focal reducer to bring it down to F/6 (still a bit high though.) With said Grab and Go I'm interested in viewing Saturn and Jupiter with high detail. What do you recommend?
Edit: I need one that'll fit into the Sky Watcher EQ5.