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KevS

Anybody Playing Tonight?

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I'm not planning anything, especially based on CO.

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Tipping down here again, too.  At the moment it looks as though the Mercury transit tomorrow will be a complete wash-out :(

Beyond that, I really wouldn't want to guess.

James

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Still showing 3 hours clear sky tomorrow night on CO.  I'll see what tomorrow brings.  A 3nm Ha filter cuts out lots of moonlight.  Another DSO I would like to have another go at is Simeis 147  (Spaghetti Nebula) which rises much earlier than Orion.  This is about 3° and my current imaging rig covers 7.5° x 5.7° so should be suitable.  Previous image only barely covered it.  This was taken in October 2014 probably with Atik 460EX camera.  Present camera, ASI1600MM-Cool, has higher resolution.

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Found a more recent version taken with the same rig as I'm using now.

On 04/12/2016 at 19:05, Gina said:

Processed Simeis 147 Ha in BPP then auto-stretched and cleaned up the background with DBE.  Screenshot of PixInsight edited in GIMP with levels.

Simeis 147 Ha 132 120s g600 stretched.png

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The three hours of green have now turned into three hours orange. There's also three hors orange tonight, but with high wind and rain also on the forecast I won't be playing.

There's clear sky forecast after midnight on Friday, but 1) it's too far ahead, and 2) I want an early night as I'm off  to the IAS on Saturday and need to be away early.

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Still showing 3 hours green tomorrow night here but all could change.

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I enjoyed that very long night last week and after recovering, felt a lot better for it.  I've certainly still got the bug!!  Thought I was losing it but a good night reset my brain back to astro 🤣

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I think the last few months have just been a case of gritting one's teeth and getting through it.  The weather has been astonishingly poor :(

James

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It's been diabolical. We expect a bit of rain in Autumn but this has been just ridiculous.

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All I can think is that we in the south have missed the worst of it!!

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I'm actually managing to see the Sun\Mercury through the cloud-cover, but the air turbulence makes focusing a tad trying, but at least I'm getting something.....

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Well for tonight, CO says cloudy, Met office says cloudy, Sat24 shows a break in the cloud and looking at the sky I think I know which one is right.

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Lots of clear sky here just at the moment but also some cloud.  CO and BBC say cloud and rain for tonight but I wonder.  fair amount of rain lately though and the mud is pretty bad :eek:  I can see stars/planets ATM.

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Managed to get a few minutes work done on my observatory between showers this afternoon though nothing like as much as I would have liked!

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Well I'm PA'd and just need to mount the camera and connect it to my laptop and I'll be good to go, early for a change too!

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Now my normal weather app is forecasting rain in 88 minutes, hopefully it's wrong as it sometimes is and doesn't show up!

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No.1 eyeball is showing rain right now here!!!  Or more precisely CCTV.  Windy too!

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There's a few patchy clouds around, I was frantically trying to figure out why my camera wasn't connecting to APT, turns out if you switch it on, that helps, doh!

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Here In "Le Cotentin" , Manche France. Rain, Hailstone, drizzle clouds weather horrible been the same every evening.. No go SNAFU🤬

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The skies here in Camberley are crystal clear tonight.  This is excellent news for anyone in the area who has a working mount (this doesn't include me).

A new control board should be here on Wednesday.

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The sky is "clear" here, but there's a very bright full moon and that's about all I can see, not much visible below 1st mag. Can see the Summer Triangle but that's about it. I think even 3nm will struggle, especially with the moon so close to my target, Melotte 15.

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Clouds visible to the west and north, time to finish this run and tear it all down, don't fancy risking getting it wet. Seems the forecast was correct after all...

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