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  1. 14 points

    17-08-18 Cygnus Region

    I've imaged the part of the Veil, North America and Sadr regions previously, but this time I'd wanted to catch them widefield, all in the same frame. Modded Canon 1100D, 50mm STM @ F/4 Unguided SWSA 40x 300s Lights 34 Darks 60 Flats 60 Bias Regards, Kev
  2. 10 points
    Derbyshire Dave

    The Milky Way from Holloway

    This the Milky Way, taken from my drive in Holloway, above a sodium street light, with no filters. How lucky are we that there are that many stars for us to be amazed by????? Cygnus region in the centre, North America showing red just above. Elephants trunk and the Garnet Star above that, Coathanger towards bottom right. 2 minutes at ISO 800 on my tracking mount.
  3. 9 points

    NGC 7822

    Bit of an odd ball this one. Came across this whilst searching for a target to do at Kelling. I decided to do it due to the interesting star formations around it. GT 81 Atik 414 EX 21 x 600 second subs in HA Captured and stacked in Maxim Slight polish in PS 6. Click on image a couple of times for full res.
  4. 8 points

    Eastern Veil Bi Colour

    First DSO for a long time now and it is great to be back. GT 81 Atik 414 EX 28 x 300 second subs in HA 21 x 300 second subs in O111 Captured and stacked in Maxim. Put together in PS 6.
  5. 8 points

    Rosette Hubble

    I was bored this evening so went over some old data from 2017 on the Rosette and realised I hadnt done hubble pallette on it so had a tweak Scope T12 (Tak FSQ106) Sidings springs taken last november. 1/2 hour each channel S2, Ha and O111 I think
  6. 8 points
    Chris P.

    Milky Way in Cornish skies

    Couldn't resist the opportunity to grab some snaps from my holiday let in Cornwall - fantastic clear skies last night - think I'll be moving the shed doen here
  7. 8 points
    Chris P.

    Pacman Nebula (NGC281) - Work in progress

    My next project - NGC281 - 3hrs of Ha processed in Pixinsight and PS CC. Next stop, some RGB
  8. 7 points
    Peter Shah

    IC1396 The Elephant Trunk

    Great night last night Managed to get just enough for this one. I let it pass the meridian with less than an inch to spare before fouling the mount. I was going to do a meridian flip and carry on but the haze came in so I parked the scope and called it a night. I think the noise levels are acceptable and will probably shelve this data and move onto something else. I used very loose G2V exposure weights for the RGB, Exposure times were 5x600in Red 5x420 in Green 5x560 in Blue and 2x1800 in Ha Thanks for looking 👍
  9. 7 points
    Chris P.

    Crescent Nebula (NGC6888)and surrounding nebulosity

    Originally shot in May 2018 - re-processed in Pixinsight and PS CC for a more natural look. Would be good to add some Ha to this at some point but not bad for a modified DSLR
  10. 6 points


    102 7D DSLR
  11. 6 points
    Derbyshire Dave

    North American and pelican Nebulae

    This is my first widefield attempt at the North American and Pelican Nebulae in Cygnus. 300mm lens on Canon 1300d, CLS filter Only managed to get half an hour on this. Hoping to repeat the shot at Kelling, and get some serious time on it to get more detail..
  12. 5 points

    New Season, Newish Set Up

    Hi All, Not posted anything for some time. Light nights, holidays, QHY8L broken, pondering what changes need to be made for the new season of astrophotography......etc. So my QHY8L died and although I stripped it down, there was nothing obviously wrong - I suspected the dodgey DIN connector, but it wasn't that. So off it went, via Bern at Modern Astronomy to China to be repaired. It's been fixed I understand and should be back soon. I was hoping to have more time/success with my twin scope set up, so I've been making some improvements. I've added a 4 port USB 3 hub and cable to replace 4 separate USB 2 cables. The theory being USB 3 cables should be better quality. First impressions look good, but time will tell. Also purchased a new camera, a second hand Atik 383L+ as this will match the sensor in the Moravian G2-8200, which the QHY8L didn't when I used that. That should simplify the processing of the images and hopefully give a better result. To this I've added a ZWO mini EFW. The set up will be: Moravian - LRGB filters Atik - L, Ha, Hb Oiii, Sii filters This should allow me to maximise my imaging time. Might swap the filters around a bit, might make sense to split up the RGB to allow LRGB imaging only to be set up. Here's the new set up: Looking forward to some clear skies. Dave
  13. 5 points
    Chris P.

    Finished my Pacman Nebula - HaRGB

    Managed to get 2 hrs of RGB last night (31st August) to go with the Ha data I shot earlier in the month. Pacman done!
  14. 5 points

    Solar from today 02.09.2018

    Things are beginning to liven up a bit. Mono False colour added in PS 6 Just for fun. Got this yesterday but forgot to post it up. Could this be a Phoenix ???
  15. 5 points

    Perseid shower over 11-16 Aug 2018

    A composite of images of meteors over 11-16 August 2018, time of the Perseid meteor shower. The video camera faces SW from Loughborough, UK. There were a few more meteors than those shown but I removed them to avoid showing coincident recording of aircraft trails, which distracted from the meteor paths being taken.
  16. 5 points

    8K Pluto in colourised infra-red

    I found this on Reddit recently, thought I would share. I'm using it as my desktop wallpaper. Click it for the full version. 🙂
  17. 4 points

    Picture of the Month August 2018

    A good month this month with plenty of images to go through, keep em coming. Deep Sky The Veil was the subject for several members, why not, its high in the sky and a wonderful target to image. Chris P https://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/14804-final-veil-nebula-in-hargb/ 8472 https://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/14820-070818-ngc6960-western-veil/ Bassingham Observatory https://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/14838-veil-nebula-witchs-broom-bicolour/ sdavsky https://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/14850-ngc6992-easten-veil-nebula/ Peter Shah https://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/14828-short-exposure-of-the-eastern-veil-in-rgb/ Graham https://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/14912-eastern-veil-bi-colour/ Joe gave us a nice image of M31 https://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/14862-improved-andromeda-galaxy/ A couple of Crescents as well Sheila https://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/14891-ngc6888-here-is-how-not-to-start-a-project/ ChrisP https://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/14898-crescent-nebula-ngc6888and-surrounding-nebulosity/ Ibbo continued with his project on the Squid https://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/14877-squid-in-o111/ Lunar Ibbo was out with his C11 again https://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/14789-luna-1-8-2018/ https://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/14799-more-random-luna-3-8-2018/ and ChrisP gave us a daytime shot https://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/14858-36-illuminated-moon/ Planetary Graham gave us a peek through his scope on newtonian mode https://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/14796-saturn-and-mars-from-tonight-02082018/ ibbo gave us a Mars https://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/14814-mars-6-8-2018-ir-rgb/ and a Saturn https://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/14813-a-bit-better-saturn-5-8-2018/ Solar Ibbo and Graham kept an eye on the sun for us this month, heres a few Ibbo https://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/14787-sol-1-8-2018-ha/ https://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/14821-sol-7-8-2018-ha/ https://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/14890-sol-25-8-2018-ha/ Graham https://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/14908-solar-from-today-31082018/ Widefield With the Milky way so prominent this time of the year its nice to see a few folks going for the wider shots Ron Clarke https://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/14835-the-milky-way-over-our-house/ Peter Shah https://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/14817-the-boy-and-the-milky-way/ 8472 https://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/14855-10-08-18-belper-dark-site/ Derbyshire Dave https://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/14901-the-milky-way-from-holloway/ A nice atmospheric star trail shot from Alec https://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/14847-star-trail/ As usual not an easy one this month but I reckon the one that does it for me is Peter Shahs The Boy and the Milky Way, a really nice atmospheric shot. Well done https://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/14817-the-boy-and-the-milky-way/
  18. 4 points

    Belper Wednesday night 12.9.18.

    I enjoyed last night, it was good to get out and spend some time looking for stuff and just sitting in a chair with binoculars staring at stuff. Of course I knew that there would be something I would forget and it turned out to be the balance weights. Adapt and overcome though. Taped a cordless drill to the tube, it worked sort of. Thanks to Bryan, Mick, Ibbo, Rusty Strings and Derbyshire Dave for your company.
  19. 4 points

    Winterized Obs Shed

    As the weather has not been that good recently, I've taken the time to add a few bits of hardware and insulate the obs shed to keep me warm in winter. Added 40mm thick insulating foam to the walls and finished off with insulating bubble wrap film. Added a small oil filled radiator on a thermostat and just need to finish a little trunking for cables. For a internet connection added a wifi dongle to the hub on the scope mount and have a 100% strong connection. I've also taken the plunge and added a auto focus unit and integrates perfectly through either Maxlm DL6, Backyard EOS or Sequence Generator Pro.
  20. 4 points

    Ssd drives about to drop in price

    Just been reading ssd drives are going to get cheaper in the next few weeks months as a new technology hits the shops so there may be a few shops off loading old stock in anticipation apparently these new gen are easier and cheaper to produce , win win for the consumer.
  21. 4 points

    Garden Gatekeeper

    Certainly not my wheelhouse, but I thought of snapping the local fauna among my garden Hydrangea and Rudbeckia. Regards, Kev
  22. 3 points

    Belper Wednesday night 12.9.18.

    A list of what I saw at Belper last night. All of these were found by star hopping. Theta Aquila - 4.6/4.9 - 22.5" sep 23 Aquila - 5.0/8.3 - 3.2" sep - Yellow/Blue 11 Aquila - 5.2/9.3 - 21" 31 Aquila - 5.1/8.6 - Saw ABCD. Ngc752 IC4756 Ngc6633 Ngc6934 GC in Delphinus M2 M15 M75 M76 M101 M51 M27 M71 Neptune Mars Uranus M57 M56 Ngc6543 Cats Eye Neb M13 M92 Ngc6826 Blinking Eye Neb M35 M37 Comet 21P
  23. 3 points

    Belper Wednesday night 12.9.18.

    One of the best nights I've had for a long time. We had very good skies and observed until 2 in the morning. Saw loads of objects I'll make a list later but the highlight was at 1.30 all searching beneath Auriga for comet 21P, we found it in binoculars as a tiny smudge between two stars and Baz comfirmed it in his dob. Nice to see Dave and Rusty as they turned up for chat, and great to see Baz, Ibbo and Bryan again.
  24. 3 points

    Correspondence or lack of

    Camera checked everything seems ok picture seem nice and pink 🤗
  25. 3 points

    Latest Purchases

    Well, 6 weeks waiting for this from a local supplier to then be told another 3 weeks!!!! Order cancelled and ordered from Germany instead, arrived in a few days, of course while I was at kelling, but finally here.
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