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  1. 13 points
    Ron Clarke

    My Kelling efforts!

    I managed just 2 subjects over the 4 days, both with the Canon 1000d, I then bought a small CCD camera and spent what clear sky time I had trying to get it focused!! First M42 at 4.30 am! Then a few subs of NGC 7380 (The Wizard nebula)
  2. 10 points

    The Flame and Horse Head from Kelling

    APM 152 refractor on an guided EQ6. Modified Canon 400D 6x 6 minute subs plus 3x 10 minute subs No darks nor flats (I was being a bit lazy) Stacked image used as luminance and 1x 6 minute sub used for colour
  3. 9 points

    IC 1848

    Swapped over the mounts in the obs after getting back from Kelling so needed to Polar align . After a successful alignment the skies were clear so I though why not. Fired up the obs slewed round to IC 1848, calibrated the guiding and away she went. Love these longer nights loads of data. GT81 Atik 414 EX 31 subs at 600 seconds captured and stacked in Maxim. Slightest polish up in PS 6.
  4. 9 points
    Ron Clarke

    A farmer, a cop and a cow!!

    A farmer named Clyde had a tractor accident. In court, the trucking company's fancy hot shot lawyer, was questioning Clyde. "Didn't you say, at the scene of the accident, 'I'm fine,'?" asked the lawyer. Clyde responded, "Well, I'll tell you what happened. I had just loaded my favorite cow, Bessie, into the..." "I didn't ask for any details", the lawyer interrupted. "Just answer the question, please. Did you, or did you not say, at the scene of the accident, 'I'm fine!'?" Clyde said, "Well, I had just got Bessie into the trailer behind the tractor and I was driving down the road...." The lawyer interrupted again and said, "Your Honor, I am trying to establish the fact that, at the scene of the accident, this man told the Highway Patrolman on the scene that he was just fine. Now several weeks after the accident he is trying to sue my client. I believe he is a fraud. Please tell him to simply answer the question." By this time, the Judge was fairly interested in Clyde's answer and said to the lawyer, "I'd like to hear what he has to say about his favorite cow, Bessie". Clyde thanked the Judge and proceeded. "Well, as I was saying, I had just loaded Bessie, my favorite cow, into the trailer and was driving her down the highway when this huge semi-truck and trailer ran the stop sign and smacked my John Deer Tractor right in the side. I was thrown into one ditch and Bessie was thrown into the other. I was hurting, real bad and didn't want to move. However, I could hear old Bessie moaning and groaning. I knew she was in terrible shape just by her groans. Shortly after the accident a Highway Patrolman came on the scene. He could hear Bessie moaning and groaning, so he went over to her. After he looked at her, and saw her fatal condition, he took out his gun and shot her between the eyes. Then the Patrolman came across the road, gun still in hand, looked at me, and said, "How are you feeling?" "Now tell me, what the hell would you say?"
  5. 8 points

    Out in the field at SGL

    Quick process of 4 hours Ha data from last night at SGL star party. Hope the wind does not get too bad here as my scope is still out there hoping for more clear skies tonight
  6. 8 points

    My first attempt at imaging - M31

    Bought my 200p Dob, diy equatorial platform, a newly aquired dslr (an unmodded Canon 450d) and various other gubbins along to the Belper meet on 21/09/17, to attempt some rough and ready imaging. I'm well aware these are far from the ideal tools for the job, but regardless, I had a major itch i needed to scratch! First things first was to take some "flats" near the horizon before the sun set. As a photographic luddite (photography is largely a mystery to me) I set iso to 1600 and exposure length to 6 seconds for the night (not sure my eq platform will permit subs >20 seconds). Next was to polar align and level my platform and Dob. Then connect the dslr and focus setup with my diy Bahtinov mask. Next came the "darks". All taken with the same settings as above, but with the scope cover on. My main subject of the night, was M31. So all in all I took 40 flats, 40 darks and 189(?) lights. All at 6s exp, Iso 1600. Thanks to the dew heater batteries in my telrad going flat, finding my subjects were trickier than they should have been. As a consequence, my other dso images (m51, m57 and m13) never materialized. Better learn to walk before I run, as they say. So after some post processing with deep sky stacker (again with my prior experience of this stuff being virtually non-existent) i came up with this ropey effort. Any opinions on how I can improve much appreciated!
  7. 8 points

    Kelling Bino report

    Equipment = 10x42 Nikon Monarch Binoculars and Garden Lounger 22nd September M31 was very prominent showing an extensive ellipse shape and dense core. M110 was quite easy, M32 was bright but because it is starlike at this mag was difficult to discern from foreground stars initially. M33 Double Cluster. Stock 2 Peseus Moving Cluster M13 Albireo M11 M57 (took some doing this one) M27 Bronchis cluster (Coathanger) Almaak M51 Just NGC6760 in Aquila, surprisingly big this one North American Nebula. This really was a first for me with bins. The Gulf of Mexico area just jumped out in the star field after a few minutes of looking. The sky was exceptionally clear and I was in the shadow of a caravan so my eyes had really dark adapted. I double checked with Baz and he turned his Dob onto it and confirmed my sighting. Apparently I shouldnt have been surprised as from a dark site the NA is easier to see in bins than some scopes, S&T reported using 8x42s on it. September 23rd. Cloud hopping tonight so targets restricted Cass and Pers region- NGC457, this was bigger than I expected to see, I have only ever viewed this in scopes. NGC 436 Stock 2 Double Cluster Tr2 NGC 1528 Usual suspects M13 M57, 1st time this time M31.
  8. 8 points

    Sol in WL 28/09/2017

    Had a quick go before going to work.
  9. 8 points

    Cederblad 214

    Ha data collected at home, sii and oii collected at Kelling 25 hours total data on this. Think process could be improved but this is first attempt
  10. 7 points

    Cheeky Narrow Band

    Thought I'd give this a go. Ha = red, O3 =Green, S1 = Blue ED80, Atik 314L+ Baader NB 7nm Filters.
  11. 7 points

    Not EMS!

    We would be shouting "Turn that light out"!
  12. 7 points

    A few from Kelling 2017

    All the following images are very rough. All captured and stacked in Maxim and quickly processed in PS6. Arrived and set up on the Thursday. Thursday night was unbelievable and only ended because it was starting to get light. First target was the Cocoon Neb. HA, OIII and SII Forget how many subs in each. Then in the small hours managed to grab a first of the season on M42 Again in HA, OIII and SII only a couple of subs in each. Friday saw the sunshine so I took this. Friday night was another good night with only a bit of sporadic cloud. Bubble Neb in HA, OIII and SII Saturday Night was not too clever with persistent cloud. After an early bed I got up at 3.30am to find the cloud had broken and managed to grab a very quick and dirty M1.
  13. 6 points

    Wip M27 05/10/2017

    So after a quick go at Kelling I have decided to start a M27 project. So far 1hr40 in Ha all 5 min subs. ED80, Atik 314/L+ withe Atik filter wheel and Baader 1.25" NB filters (7nm) Captured in Maxim, stacked in DSS and polished with PS5cs Bias frames x 5 No cropping.
  14. 6 points

    Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2017 - winners announced

    Near Earth Object 164121 (2003 YT1) I have just returned from two days in London at the Royal Greenwich Observatory awards ceremony. I’m pleased to tell you I won the Highly Commended award for my entry in the international astrophotography competition “Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2017” in the category of Planets, Comets and Asteroids. There were almost 4000 entries. It was a great event - meeting the winners and shortlisted entrants, RGO staff and judges including Chris Lintott, Pete Lawrence, Marek Kukula, Melanie Vandenbrouck, Chris Bramley and John Culshaw. I was with my mother, and Guy Wells and Janna Leuty of the Northolt Branch Observatory. Guy is a well-known Near Earth Object hunter who inspired me in asteroid imaging. At the brunch on the second day, there was a presentation of the winning and shortlisted images on the planetarium ceiling in more detail than was shown on the previous award night. I was presented with an award certificate, a pre-publication copy of the Yearbook which contains my image, a year’s subscription to The Sky at Night magazine, copy of Collin’s guide to the Night Sky and the monetary award. My image will be on display at the observatory’s Astronomy Centre exhibition till late July next year. I understand that RGO will be in touch with me shortly on their use of the image. http://www.rmg.co.uk/discover/astronomy-photographer-gallery/2017-winners/Planets-Comets-Asteroids This link to the photo is from the RGO’s Twitter feed. It may help publicity if you comment or like the RGO Tweet, and help promote the image. Because I was away, I didn’t get a chance to see any newspapers for 14th-16th September. May I ask, if you spot any articles about the IAPY 2017 in the newspapers (possibly 16th after the Cassini announcement), would you mind if you can save it for me - if you are finished with the newspaper; or alert me to which newspaper it was and I’ll try to get a back issue? I fly to Serbia later this week to attend the International Meteor Organisation’s Conference http://imc2017.imo.net/ at the Science Centre in Petnica, Valjevo. If I can’t get some pics sorted and uploaded before then, I will post some more pics on my return. Thank you for encouraging me when I won East Midlands Stargazers Photo of the Year 2016 for my video of the same asteroid. The photo of me next to the image in the RGO Astronomy Centre was taken in a dark room, so it was difficult to get exposure right for two subjects - me and the image. Photo credit Janna Leuty, enhanced by Stewart Wilson.
  15. 6 points

    A lucky snap at the country park!

    Have glimpsed Kingfishers darting along our local river but was lucky enough to see 2 fishing at the local country park. Beautiful little birds.
  16. 6 points

    A few from Norfolk

    Just a few from wanderings around during the Kelling week
  17. 6 points

    Cromer Crab

    The Crab nebula from Kelling.
  18. 5 points

    M76 in Tri band

    Taken last night through the murk and gloom. I hour each of HA , OIII and SII at 600 second subs. Captured and stacked in Maxim Combined in PS 6
  19. 5 points

    Moon Waning Gibbous 99.7%

    Quite happy with this through the little star travel 80 ebay special £20:)
  20. 5 points

    NGC 1491 WIP

    16 x 1200 s Ha under full moon skies. TS 71 Sx694 and 7nm ha filter
  21. 5 points

    Latest Purchases

    My old Sky and Telescope Pocket Star Atlas has been in service years and is looking a bit dog eared. Although I have other more detailed atlases, this is my go to one, I know the layout and for it's size it's got a lot of objects listed that other atlases miss out. I thought that I would treat myself to a new one, so the old one can stay with the scope gear and the new one can stay at home for browsing through. I went and bought the Jumbo Sky and Telescope Pocket Star Atlas, purchased brand new off a certain auction site for under twenty quid. The main difference of this one is that it is clearly larger, also they have added new detailed and expanded maps to cover, The Cone and Rosette nebula's, Galaxy groups in Ursa Major and Leo, The North American Nebula, and he star fields in Sagittarius and Scorpio. The increase in size means it's easier to see stuff in amoungst the crowded area's and for old duffers like me with aged eyes I can navigate the page easier. Very happy and can highly recommend.
  22. 5 points

    NGC 6992 in HA

    Three hours only on this tonight because this Muppet volunteered to work tomorrow GT 81 Atik 414 EX 18 subs at 600 seconds. Captured and stacked in Maxim Quick polish in PS 6
  23. 5 points

    Sol 5-10-2017 Ha

    60mm Lunt Double stacked with 60mm Coronardo and PGR Blackfly cam
  24. 5 points

    Latest Purchases

    Doh......... I guess you all know the state of my IT skills.....? Anyway......always wanted one of these, and it was an offer i couldn't refuse. I like FLOs sense of humour with the 'may contain clouds' sticker !! My dad passed away last month, and left me a bit of money, so i decided this could be a final Christmas present from him. Its the standard SCT, not the flatfield 'Edge' version. I can never understand why the Edge version is more than double the cost of the standard tube in 9.25 size ? I had a look at Daves at my last visit to Belper, and was very impressed with the views. Kim has one too, i think ? I have one or two mods to carry out with it as well. The scope is pretty bare bones, and the supplied eyepiece, diagonal and finder all leave a lot to be desired. The plan is to use it for visual on my DM6. I have an Binoviewer set-up ready to use in an optimum configuration which should provide nice views. I also plan to try a bit of imaging as well. Lunar firstly, then Jupiter & Mars next year. So, to do that, i obviously need to think about mounting options as well, ideally keeping to Alt-Az parameters. Couple more pics...
  25. 5 points

    Meteor displays - rubbish!

    I was very fortunate to see the 1998 Leonids - meteors every second or two, coloured, orange, green luminous trails that persisted and drifted for sometimes a minute. The sky lit up just like lightening flashes. I didn't want it to stop. The shower coincided with the return of the 33 year period comet Temple Tuttle. Must have dropped off a load of dust and particles. Sent from my GT-I9300 using Tapatalk
  26. 5 points

    Baz's 2017 Kelling Report.

    KELLING HEATH. 19/9/17. 20.30-00.30 High milky cloud that dropped out as it cooled. I am afraid that the lure of a clear sky at Kelling on the first night does mean you have to do the “chocolate box” objects and why not. My first object was M13, the Great Globular Cluster in Hercules, dead easy to find about a third of the way down from the upper right keystone star, Eta Hercules. This is visible as a fuzzy blob in the finder scope and even in twilight it stood out. Starting with a 26mm eyepiece (57X) it was a mass of bright stars, a central mass surrounded by a fading close halo of outer stars. Increasing the magnification with an 8mm (187X) showed the cluster resolved into individual stars right into the core of the cluster. The hotter blue stars are at the centre with cooler yellow stars migrating to the outer fringes of the cluster. This does take increased magnification well, so don't worry about abusing it optically, at higher magnifications it looks like a firework going off and is just stunning. The “propeller” is either residual dust or just gaps in the stars in the group that causes a “Mercedes” badge dark shape either at 2 o'clock or 8 o'clock dependant on what scope you are using. Once seen you won't not see it again. It is faint and takes a while to see it and needs a larger scope and higher magnifications. This is one of my favourite objects and always gets a look. I tried Saturn next, but that was busy hedge hopping, (around 6°) when it did come out of the shrubs, it was very low and to be honest, even this was a disappointment. It was dark, and seemed to be shot in Scooby Doo vision, just dancing all over the place. I couldn't even make out Titan, which normally is very bright. The Double Cluster was by now a naked eye object and stood out between Perseus and Cassiopeia. The 38mm wide field eyepiece did this justice and showed a splattering of stars in two distinct groups amid a backdrop of fainter background stars. These are NGC 884 and 869. Although they appear as a pair, the group nearer the arm of Perseus is 300 light years further away from us, but clearly part of the same structure. You need a low power to bring out the best of these objects, if I try any larger focal length eyepiece in my scope, the secondary and spider become apparent and ruin the view. Binoculars probably show this better than a scope and you get the whole field of view in one go. While in the area, another of the must see objects was also naked eye, the mighty Andromeda Galaxy, M31. This also needs low power viewing, binoculars show it in it's entirety, but closer examination needs a scope. With the 38mm I can get in the same view M31, 32 and 110. By looking at it for a while, the dust lanes begin to become apparent, these are best seen on the M110 side. M110 rather than M32 is the larger of the two satellite galaxies, M32 has probably had a close interaction with M31 and it is thought that most of it's mass has been stripped by it's larger cousin. M110 is also having a rough time and although it has faired better, high resolution images show a trail of metal rich stars extending towards M31. In time both will likely amalgamate with M31. As our nearest neighbour, M31 just wants to be friends with us and is one of the few objects coming towards us and is blue shifted at around 70 miles a second. In 4 billion years it will be close enough to interact with our own Milky Way, that would both be something to see, but would probably make imaging difficult. Not far away from this is Mirach, this is a handy sign post star to three galaxies. M31, M33 and sitting right next to it is NGC404. It's called the Ghost of Mirach and can be mistaken for a lenses flare of the bright star. It's actually a dwarf lenticular galaxy, much brighter than a normal one by the concentration of stars within it. It also appears to have an abundance of Hydrogen, letting it have rapid star formation. In higher resolution images there are two clear halo's around it, showing two distinct star forming events. At 57X it stands out very well from Mirach. Higher magnification just makes it bigger and I am not able to resolve any more detail from it, other than small and round with a fuzzy halo. A change in direction allowed a look at M11, the Wild Duck Cluster in Scutum. This is both easy and difficult to find. Strange I know, but it sits in a very rich star field that can become very confusing. It is however easy to see with binoculars and finder scopes (10X50). It is right at the limit of naked eye viewing at Mag 6.3, I can't make it out but it is a bright and packed group. With around 3000 stars in it, it is one of the more compact open clusters, higher magnifications show it to resolve in to a stunning sight with masses of bright stars. I have no idea how it got it's name as I cannot make out any resemblance to ducks, dead or alive. By now, after midnight the sky was closing in with milky high cloud approaching from the west. A final object was M76 in Perseus, the Little Dumb Bell. This Planetary Nebula is one of the more difficult to find as it doesn't have any prominent stars nearby. Once found, it is fairly bright at mag 10 and stands out well against the darker background. It has more of a rectangular shape than it's big brother M27 and in high resolution images has a fainter duel lobes that extend away from the longer of the sides. Rated as one of the most difficult of the Messier's to find, but well worth finding. Cloud concluded the night for us. KELLING HEATH. 22.9.17 00.00-0630 Clear after cloud had cleared from the previous night. I had set my alarm for 11.30 the previous evening, but I must have cocked that up, as voices outside gave the game away that the sky had cleared. Chucking my cold weather clothing on and uncovering the scope showed a crystal clear sky. Settling down I tried for a lovely edge on galaxy NGC891 in Andromeda. This took a bit of finding, it's not only faint at mag 10, but is a very thin sliver of light. Sitting at 32 million light years away, (Mly) it is five times longer that it's thickness of 10' by 2'. To help confuse matters it sits in a nice rich area of the sky. Using the 26mm (57X) eyepiece, I find this one of the most useful for fuzzy hunting, it's a decent magnification with a bright view, anything reasonably faint seems to stand out well in this and movement of the object through the field is better than my other eyepieces. This is of course subjective and you might favour another focal length. Having found it I increased the magnification, unfortunately of faint stuff, although it makes it larger, it also makes it dimmer, so a compromise needs to be found where you have enough light to work with and a large enough view to be able to discern more detail. Using the Baader Zoom, I found around 100X was the best for me. The whole length of the galaxy stood out well with a brighter central bulge, this is mostly hidden by a prominent dust lane running the entire length of the disc edge. There is a faint star from our galaxy sitting at one end of it and in front of the dust lane. It turns out this one eluded Messier and his chums. Not far from this is M34 in Perseus, an open cluster containing an estimated 400 stars, it does seem a pretty sparse cluster and is spread over a fairly wide area, (35') larger than the full moon. Although a bit sparse, it is visible in binoculars and allegedly naked eye in a pristine dark site. Not with my clapped out mk1's though. A trip over to Pegasus next for a squint at M15, a lovely globular cluster off the nose of the nocturnal dobbin. Found by extending a line from Baham (Theta Pegasi) through Enif (Epsilon Pegasi) by about half the distance will bring you to M15. Possibly a naked eye object at mag 6.2, it is probably too small and although visible as a fuzzy star in a finder scope it does need a higher power eyepiece to do it justice. It is one of the densest globular cluster known and increasing to 187X resolved the core, but it is compact and there are not many stars escaping to form much more than a slight halo around it. Still a really nice sight and worth digging out for a look everytime it's about. My next target was NGC7331, a signpost galaxy for my target of my visit at Kelling, Stephen's Quintet. Finding NGC7331 wasn't too difficult, it's a fairly bright galaxy at mag 9.3. This is tilted towards us, so seen nearly edge on, the central bulge is quite bright and seems larger in comparison to NGC891's core. With averted vision I could just about make out a dust lane down one edge. This is a bright galaxy considering it is 49Mly away. Then I tried for Stephan's Quintet. I looked for around half an hour, not a smidge. So I grumpily gave up on that. Needing a bit of eye candy, I went and found M35 in Gemini, a lovely open cluster and large at 40' across. At mag 5.3 it's just about visual naked eye and I have seen it when directly overhead It's dead easy to find in Bino's or a finder scope, sitting off the foot of the top twin. It sits in a rich star field, so finding the edge is probably impossible, there are around 120 stars down to mag 13 and estimated to be around 500 in total. There are two bright red/orange stars towards the centre of the cluster that stand right out. With the 26mm in, another cluster, NGC2158 sits off to the west of the group. This is another open cluster at mag 8.6, although this is total surface brightness, so as with magnitude rated galaxies, it doesn't appear that bright. That said it does stand out well next to M35, but is not associated with it and is between 9,000 and 11,000 light years further away. It has around 100 odd stars that are apparent, but all are mag 12 and fainter. Daz was then after M74, a face on spiral galaxy in Pisces. Posted at mag 10, this is spread out across a 10' X 9' area of sky, so is much fainter than you would expect and it did take a bit of finding. Daz also bagged it. It sits at around 30Mly distant. All I could see was an indistinct core with hint's of a couple of spiral arms with averted vision. This would probably be stunning in a larger scope. (Yeah, just wondering!) Over then to a target off my list, M77. This is another face on spiral galaxy in Cetus rated at around mag 9. This is a little further back than M74, at 47Mly, but for me stands out better with a brighter and more compact core and having gazed at it for a while, two distinct spiral arms are evident. Not the hardest to locate, but still a challenge. After this a swing round to the opposite end of the sky found me looking for M109. This is a massive spiral barred galaxy in Ursa Minor, situated not far from Gamma Ursa Majoris. This star is either named Phecdar, Phekdar or Phad, coming from the Arabic word for thigh, or latterly confusion, make your own mind up on this one. M109 must be a truly enormous beast, spanning 8' by 5.5' it sits at 84 Mly away and is still rated at mag 9.6. The light left there when Dinosaurs were trampling about the place on Earth, this fact alone I find staggering. They didn't know what we now know though and they wouldn't have been so smug then would they! Increasing the magnification to around 100X, I could make out the central brighter core and an elongation that could be the bar, but no real detail in any arm structure, more a misty halo. Still damned impressive though. It's rated as the brightest of the Ursa Major group of galaxies, which contains at least 79 members. At this point the mighty constellation of Orion was dragging it's behind out of the treeline, and it was a real pleasure to see it again. Yup, M42/43 had to be seen and they as always are just amazing. The Trapezium, a core of six bright brand new stars at the centre of the nebula, was on show, but I can only manage five out of the six. The “Fish's Mouth” was prominent and the large “eagle wing” structures arched round either side. This has to be one of the best objects in the northern skies to view. The sky was beginning to brighten by now, so a quick grab at M78, a diffuse reflection nebula situated above Alnitak in a Betelguese direction. This is lit by two 10th magnitude stars and would probably be amazing if it were not situated next door to M42. Worth digging out and isn't difficult to find, being a fuzzy blob in the finder scope. The sky was getting proper bright now, so the scope got covered and on a trek to answer the call of nature Venus sat in the eastern sky just before the Sun poked it's head up. A brilliant nights star bothering. Kelling Heath. 24.9.17 22.15 – 00.30 Waited for the sky to clear, a predicted hole appeared for a couple of hours. Now, having read my previous report, my top target for this year was Stephan's Quintet. So here's a little tangent. On the Saturday when the traders stalls were down the bottom, I had a wander down to see what was available, not really needing any astro clobber, I just had a plod round. I did come across the Webb Deep Sky Society, and asked them about finding Stephan's Quintet. Not as easy as I had thought. It turns out I was speaking to Owen Brazell and his clearly knowledgeable mates. It transpires I was in the right area, it's just that it's much fainter than I first thought. The sign post galaxy, NGC7331 apparently has four attendant galaxies, nicknamed the “Flea's”. These are really faint. The collective wisdom was if I couldn't see these, then I had no chance of the Quintet. The help and enthusiasm I received from these guys was very welcome, so I joined their group on the spot. I have now been initiated into the “Brotherhood of Faint Fuzzies.” (Quite likely a good few sisters in there as well for PC balance!) So on the Sunday night I awaited the clear patch and decided to go fuzzy bothering. As soon as it cleared, I swung straight round to NGC7331 and looked for the four remote galaxies above the main galaxy. 100X, 150X and finally 214X. Not a thing. To be fair the sky wasn't as good as it had been and after about twenty minutes I gave up, the Quintet will have to wait for another night of better seeing and being higher up in the sky. Never mind. I went looking for and found NGC1023, a faint galaxy in Perseus. Rated at mag 9.5, it really isn't much more than a faint smudge and probably isn't that large being 31Mly away. Another look at M34 while in the neighbourhood and then after another one I haven't bagged yet. NGC752, an open cluster in Andromeda. This is large, better probably in bino's as it's 60' across. The 38mm showed the brighter members of the group, but the scope didn't suit it. I'll look for this again as I didn't want to hang about with such a short window of sky. Next on the list was NGC925, a barred spiral galaxy in Triangulum. This took some finding, it's pretty much face on and despite being mag 10 or so, it's faint. All that is apparent is the barred core and this is only discernible by gently moving the scope to catch it. Confirmed by Daz. Again at 30Mly I would have expected a better show, but I suspect it's a bit like M33, which is like a lace curtain and easy to look straight through it. Still a nice first catch. Straight up near enough then for a glimpse of M39, an open cluster in Cygnus. A very large loose cluster, but nice as most of the group are bright stars. Better suited to binoculars this one. The cloud was closing in by this time so a final squint at M15 rounded off a cracking Kelling. I did have a look round other objects previously bagged, in no particular order: M81 M82 M101 M97 M108 NGC 7000, “Baja Peninsula” area. East and West Veil Nebula, the Western bit is my favourite part. M45, the Pleiades, just gorgeous! M51 a number of times, spanning bridge clear on the good night. Also included this year was a binocular tour organised by PhilJ which was memorable for the number of objects viewed for the first time. See Phil's report. Many thanks to all who made this a memorable one. Including Oleg and Tony, the security guards suitably equipped with red torches!
  27. 5 points

    My Alt/Az Mount build diary

    A little more work done today. Bored out the hole for the bush. I got the diameter to 10 thou undersize but the bush was still very hard to push in. It began OK but I struggled once it was half way in, lets just say it won't fall out The shaft at the moment is just aluminium but once it's OK I'll remake in Stainless steel. Only really needs one thick washer, also a nyloc nut instead of a normal nut is needed. The knurled thumb screws have undercuts on them so cannot be removed from the back panel, this way they cannot be lost in the dark.
  28. 5 points

    First Light DSO :o M27

    Bought the camera and filters etc 3 and a half years ago, this is my very first NB DSO! Ergo, my first attempt at HST Palette. Taken at Kelling over Friday and Saturday night. Ha = 16 x 5mins, OIII = 3 x 5mins, SI = 2 x 5mins. Atik 314l+ mono, Baader 7nm Filters, ED80. Processed in DSS and Photoshop 5. No calibration and very little idea Needs a lot more work before I get it to it's best but it also needs about 100 x more data!
  29. 5 points

    another M45

  30. 5 points

    Sol 19-9-2017

    60mm Lunt Double stacked with 60mm Coronardo and PGR Blackfly cam
  31. 4 points

    Solar from today 15.10.2017

    Had a great day's sun bothering today. The seeing was bloody awful as the old girl was boiling away like a demented saucepan. This was the best I could manage out of the dozens of AVI's I took. Usual set up of double stacked Lunt and the Point Grey. Stacked in Registax 5 False colour and touch up in PS 6. Click on image a few times to get to full res.
  32. 4 points

    steel tube

    Pier back looking sweeeet
  33. 4 points

    Picture of the Month September 2017

    Sorry for the delay folks but have been a bit pre occupied and only just got round to this. So forgive if I dont do a full round up of everyone's images this month, I will pick a few out of each category and then do the final image. Back to normal service next month hopefully. Comets, Asteroids etc Some good asteroid work from Orion at the start of the month https://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/13357-asteroid-florence-3-sept-2017/ and https://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/13378-rare-occultation-of-a-5th-magnitude-star-by-an-asteroid-visible-from-uk-on-sept-910-early-sunday-morn/ Deep sky There were some stunners this month. Some corkers from Kelling as well so well done folks. 2 I liked were Allan the plumbers Bubble in Narrowband https://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/13466-bubble-from-kelling-narrowband/ and Grahams NGC6820 and 6823 with new set up https://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/13352-ngc-6820-and-6823-in-ha-with-new-set-up/ Lunar Perkil8r was back in the saddle with a nice shot https://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/13384-luna-838-waining-gibous-10092017/ Solar Quite a few images again this month all of them good Perkil8r s whte light full discs from the 4th was nice https://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/13356-sol-in-wl-04092017/ and Ibbos Ha from the 6th showed spectacular detail around the ARr https://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/13370-sol-6-9-2017-ha/ An interesting comparison between white light of Mikes and Ha of Steves. there The inverted image on Ibbos Ha from the 29th just fascinates me with different types of activity, https://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/13467-sol-28-9-2017/ So on to the POTM, hmm as usual a really difficult one to decide on because of the exceptional images. When I first started doing this I was advised to look at the images that make you go wow and the ones listed above have all done that but the one that made me go WOW is the inverted solar full disc of ibbos from the 28th. Why? Because of the contrast and detail pulled out by subtle processing plus Steve has selected and mastered his kit to be able to get a stunner of an image like this. Well done
  34. 4 points

    Sunspots close-up 03/10/2017

    Just a quick go again this morning at approx. 09:40 UTC. ED80, Herschel wedge, green filter, Point Grey Blackfly camera.
  35. 4 points

    Latest Purchases

    Just fetched a second hand 7 yrs old Meade Lightbridge 16" from the Lake District it needs a bit of tender love and care - possibly a new rocker box etc. So will be studying Kim's posts on rocker box build again! . This will be a nice little project for me - got it for a song though, with a shroud, Orion optics 90 deg correct image spotter etc, so I am very excited about this! Making lists now... already sorted out my lenses spreadsheet giving me magnification and TFOV etc
  36. 4 points
    Dave's sister

    Kelling 2017 the aftermath.

    Lovely pics - looks like I missed a good one. I was hiking in France in the Cantal region where there were some glorious dark skies but too exhausted to stay up long enough to take a proper look. Bro has given me the date for next year's, so hopefully, I won't miss it.
  37. 4 points
    red dwalf

    LRGB from Kelling

    a quick LRGB image of M31 while we were waiting for clearer skies on Thursday night, about 10 x 2 minutes subs in each channel so not much time at all. https://stargazerslounge.com/topic/300856-m31-for-kelling-heath-star-party/?tab=comments#comment-3291796
  38. 4 points

    Mr Perkins, published author.

    I don't read my astro mags until I arrive at Kelling, so it was something of a shock to see our illustrious Mike has made it to print in S@N mag. He's in the twitter feed section of the letters page. So in honour of this, I devised a Mars appropriate breakfast item. I give you the cheese and bacon breakfast toastie. I would have posted an image, but I can't get the hang of dropbox and the lappy has nearly ended up in the neighbours garden, so I'll leave that for another time. No, I lie, I tried again and lets see if this works.
  39. 4 points

    Kelling 2017 the aftermath.

    Here's some more highlights.
  40. 4 points

    Sol - 26.09.17 full disc WL

    First real effort at imaging the Sun in white light from our observatory. (Wasn't sure who I should post this as!) ED80, Lunt 2" Herschel Wedge, Green 58 filter, Blackfly camera. Stacked in Registax and processed in Photoshop. Conditions were really poor with a lot of cloud about so not much time to focus. Had to resize for upload limit.
  41. 4 points

    Solar from today 25.09.2017

    Managed to grab a short Solar run this morning all be it through a good layer of high cloud. Usual kit.
  42. 4 points

    Latest Purchases

    Fantastic new door mat for the star party tent. Will post a review when I've got over the excitement of it all.
  43. 4 points

    Latest Purchases

    Carl sagans cosmos 5 disc set came today Hurrah
  44. 3 points

    Sol 12-10-2017 Ha

  45. 3 points

    Autumn leaves

    Can't wait for a slice of my wife's home made cake.
  46. 3 points
    Sunny Phil


    Nikon D3200 300mm focal length ISO 6400 3 seconds exposure. Stacked more frames than I can remember.
  47. 3 points

    Asteroid at 27000 miles!

    Most asteroids have a fairly low albedo, and even though it is coming pretty close, it is only 30 to 100 feet across, so is unlikely to reflect much light our way. If it is mag 20, then you might just see it with the 200" at Mount Palomar. I don't know, but would have thought that although a lot of data from a small scope may show a 20th magnitude star, it won't be possible to get much data on a moving object such as this. I'm sure Spaceweather will use a magnitude of +28 to mean that it is beyond the visibility of just about any optics/imagers on the planet, and/or something that they don't know the brightness of. The 8 metre Subaru telescope can reach mag +28 with a 10 hour image! Hubble can reach +31.5 and the JWT +34.
  48. 3 points

    2017 Nobel prize for Physics goes to -

    A well deserved reward for the group, who in reality you would have thought of not having a cats chance in hell for securing the funding for this project. They not only persevered, but managed to produce LIGO, which is incredibly sensitive and has now proved gravitational waves do exist, now possibly for the forth time. (Awaiting final confirmation of two black holes merging 2 billion light years away). Here's the best write up I could find. https://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/the-winners-of-the-2017-nobel-prize-in-physics-helped-us-see-the-universe-anew And coincidentally a good read about LIGO. https://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/gravitational-waves-exist-heres-how-scientists-finally-found-them
  49. 3 points

    "Society" Name Change

    Good Evening, I hope you have all had a good Summer. The Long Eaton Astronomical Society is going to change a little. The name was inherited from when the public events were first conceived and has been carried on. It is a society in name only and has never had any form of committee. In order to try and appeal to a wider audience it has been decided to drop this title. Instead the meetings will now be known as "MPOLE Community Open Dome" meetings. Those people that have paid the yearly subscription will still be entitled to attend for free until January 2018 as normal so there is no change there. Moving forwards from 2018 there will be no yearly membership, instead it will be by suggested donation of £2 per person per meeting. We hope this meets with your satisfaction. Should you have any questions or concerns about this please feel free to contact me directly at observatory@longeaton.derbyshire.sch.uk or in person at the next meeting. The next meeting is on September 28th, I will be sending out an email in the next couple of days with more information on that once I have more details off our speaker. Next month on Wednesday the 18th October we are very excited to have Ryan MacDonald of Cambridge University speaking on the very recent announcement of the discovery of a planet with a titanium atmosphere. Ryan was part of the team who made the discovery and will be talking to us about this fascinating planet.
  50. 3 points

    Lego Apollo Saturn 5 Rocket.

    Woohooo! John Lewis just sent me an email saying they have the rockets back in stock. So I've ordered click 'n' collect for Saturday at 2pm. If you're after one do it now before they run out again folks.
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