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    • 19-07-18 - Smartphone Canary Island Milky Way
      Just got back from our family break in Lanzarote a couple of days ago, and I'd wanted to image the Galactic core while we were there, if at all possible.
       
      As I was precluded from taking my regular imaging setup, my smartphone, a bluetooth remote shutter and mini tripod were all I packed. So limited to 10 second static tripod subs, i still wanted to see what was doable. The resort was Bortle scale 5 thanks to the local lighting, so no better than my backyard, but with the upside of the core being just about visible as a vague smudge to the naked eye at a good height.
       
      The phone's lens I believe is an effective 26mm, taking into account the crop factor (Samsung S7, for what it's worth).
       
      341 10s Lights
      61 Darks
      53 Flats
      50 Bias
       
      Stacked in DSS
      PP in Startools and Gimp.
       
       

       
      Regards
       
      Kev
       
       
       
       
       
      • 3 replies
    • Saturn 26-6-2018
      C11 x 2.5 pm rgb ir filters binned 2 x2
       

       
      • 4 replies
    • Lost Bakewell pudding found
      It's not a headline I expected to see on the BBC, but here it is:
       
      https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-44858410
       
      • 4 replies
    • M31 - The Andromeda Galaxy
      From the Astroshed@Sawley - nice to see this one clearing my neighbours roof. Plenty of tie to get more data on this one. 84 x 120 sec exposures ISO 800 with My Altair 72 ED-R and Canon 450d combo
      • 5 replies
    • Sol 10-7-2018 ha
      I was going to throw this data away but I have manged to squeeze and image out of it despite the poor seeing.
      • 2 replies
    • Wymeswold saturday the 14th
      Myself and rob are planning to go to Wymeswold on Saturday night about 21:00 ish. Wondered if anyone else fancied it?
      • 29 replies
    • slightly different look to NGC 281
      This is another version of NGC281 the Pacman Nebula in Cassiopeia. Going over all my old data to produce a combination of narrow band and RGB. Exposure time was 3 hours in each RGB and 7 and a half hours in H-alpha 1 hour 20mins in both OIII and SII. Total exposure time was 19 hours 10 mins. Imaged with my AG12 Newtonian and H35 camera by Starlight Xpress and My AG8 and H16 for the narrow band data.
      Quite a complex process in Photoshop first combining the RGB as doing the normal curve stretches. Adding a separate layer in the Ha to get a real nice deep emission across the field. Then processing the S2, Ha and O3 and giving a soft layered blend to accentuate the core detail. Image data acquired with Maxim dl and CCD Autopilot.  
      Thanks for looking
      • 4 replies
    • Don't miss Thursday's transit
      Get your scopes ready. Last chance to see it for 161 years! The transit will be visible for nearly 10 hours though!
       
      On Thursday 12th July 2018 the earth and moon transit the sun - as seen from Pluto. 😉
       
      With Pluto's orbital period and inclination, I thought this would be a much rarer event than it actually is.
       
      Some interesting info in this article...
      http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/earth-transit-from-pluto-july-12-2018?utm_source=EarthSky+News&utm_campaign=a0dfa33463-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_02_02_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c643945d79-a0dfa33463-395104529
       
      • 6 replies
    • Back in the loop. Solar from today 07.07.2018
      After seeing Steve's brilliant images I just could not let another day go by without doing some Solar.
      I spent the morning fitting the antiquated motor drive back onto the new scope and trying to get my head around the wiring.
      Eventually got it sorted with the only casualty being my power supply which decided it could not handle the load and went pop.
      Back up twin power supplies installed and I was off.
      I must say for a DC motor drive it is really pretty good.
      Having said that I still cannot wait to get the stepper motor drive up and running.
      It took a while adjusting the motor speed to get it tracking correctly but I got there in the end.
       
      I was fighting a fair amount of haze and high cloud but for a first light with the new scope I am very pleased with the result.
       
      Doubled stacked 60mm Lunt
      Black fly camera.
      Captured in Firecap
      Stacked in Registax
      Tweaked in PS 6
       
      Monochrome
       

       
      False colour added in PS 6
       
      • 0 replies
    • Sol 30-6-2018 Ha
      60mm Lunt Double stacked with 60mm Coronado and PGR Chameleon cam

      Arrrrgggghhh the NR's are back
       

       

       

       

       
      and an over cooked stretch to show the faint prom
       
      • 1 reply

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