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Here's my last one from my summer crop - it actually turned into a year-long project, I took the Ha in August 2017, the OIII in July this year and the SII in August.
10 each x900s Ha, OIII and SII, darks flats and bias, equipment as per sig, taken in southern Spain, PI processing.
Just for fun, here's a side-by-side comparison of my Pillars of Creation vs Nasa's, can you guess which is which ?
Ok, not much of a contest really, but then their telescope is a bit more expensive than mine is ! Quite interesting to have a close look though, there are a number of features in common that I have managed to pick up that aren't apparent at first glance.
I'd be happy to receive feedback on what you think, feel free to be honest since I'm not quite sure how I feel about it, especially the colours. Comments and cc welcome.
Hope you enjoy,
[edited to fix Flickr link}
Bought to mount my Tak FC100DL using 2 clamshell rings.
Three knobs are definitely better than 2!
Primaluce red is mid-red, not pink. No photo shows the colour correctly because of its metallic anodised finish. Very pleasing.
Losmandy D bar is 495mm long. Holes are good for a Skytee 2 mount. Clamp knobs are aluminium. Heavy & sturdy enough for my SW 120 Equinox, C8 & an 8 inch Newtonian OTAs. Tempted to buy Primaluce rings now, as they do 95mm for FC Tak fracs.
Tak mounted photos to follow later.
I bought direct from Primaluce through their Web site & saved a little bit paying in €uros.
While researching who sold tube ring sizes I need, I came across Primaluce https://www.widescreen-centre.co.uk/primaluce-lab
Has anyone anything made by that company? The rings look strong, (but are red).
A great, if short night at Seething. Finally a dark Friday night with no moon.
Was about half ten when we started, a quick look at Jupiter, with Callisto very close to the 'top' almost grazing the upper edge. Main belts visible, but not the best of views. Moved onto Epsilon Lyra, the double double, easily split the lower pair, but not the upper.
Spent ages 'faffing' with the slow mo controls East of Izar until I found Comet C2015 Johnson, thrilled to do so in my 3"Tak, best view was with a 15mm Panoptic; was too dark in the 9mm.
It wasn't a night for Galaxies, I had planned (hoped) to spend time in Virgo looking at Markarian's chain, but struggled to see M65/M66 in Leo, even the view of M81/M82 wasn't great.
Newbie error was that I didn't put the dew heaters on until too late, despite all the sunshine and heat of the day, by 1am was so damp. The new DewZapper tape was put to use on the eyepieces for the first time and can confirm it's a super, well made product.
After a coffee moved onto M3, an easy find, about a third of the way along from Arcturus to Cor Caroli, and then to the globulars of Ophiuchus. I managed 10, 12 and 14 and even 107. It was then that I realised that twinkling low down star was Antares, so a quick look at Saturn; always a beautiful sight, but again not the clearest of views before finding the compact Globular Cluster M80, small but one I rarely get the opportunity to observe. By contrast M4 is mahoosive! Just West of Antares, low down, easier to find, it's I think one of the closest to us(?)
i moved up to Aquilla and followed a line of faint stars to Scutum for M11, the Wild Duck Cluster a favourite - it's an Open Cluster that looks like it could be a Globular, anyway a lovely view, I couldn't find M26, lost I think in the clouds of the Milky Way...but moved across to the Eagle, not the greatest of views, even with a UHC filter, but underneath, almost in the same field of view in the Panoptic, was the Swan and did it look like a swan, albeit upside down, but there it was! #Stoked. Having seen the Swan and Eagle and spent time just enjoying seeing them, I realised that there was a chance of the 'elusive' Lagoon. We rarely get the chance to see this from Seething, it's just too low, but found it and spent ages enjoying the view, with and without a filter. I'd been joined by another NAS member, who'd come let me know that he was leaving and that I'd be the last one on site, he'd stayed to 'just have a quick look' at the Wild Duck Cluster, but hadn't seen any of the objects we'd been looking at afterwards, so he was as delighted to see the Lagoon as I was. We then moved onto look for M22, the "Star Cloud" and saw M28 on the way, but couldn't find M22; it was only when I looked up to the Plough to get my bearings that I realised that the stars were fading, but not through cloud, by about 02:30 it was too light. Sunrise was coming.
So not the night that I'd planned and hoped for, no Galaxies in Virgo and too light to see any of the objects in Sagittarius as that rose, but I live for nights like this and the opportunity to see the more Southerly objects, all the better to share the views too, with an equally enthusiastic observer. Let's hope we get more of the same this Summer.