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  1. 13 points

    My best Saturn ever from this morning. 25.05.2020

    Even considering how low down it is this has to be the best mage of Saturn I have managed to get. After totally messing up Jupiter by having the Gamma too high I adjusted the settings in Fire Capture for this one. Sky max 150 ZWO 120 MC 5000 frames captured in Fire Capture. Best 2000 frames stacked in Registax. Slight tweak in PS 6.
  2. 13 points
    Derbyshire Dave

    Champagne! Supernova discovered in M61 on May 6th 2020

    I'm absolutely sure that I will never, ever, ever, get the chance to use an Oasis song track in the title of apost again! I found out that there a supernova had occurred in M61, and wanted to track it down. This was a clip from the web.. So had a go with the GT81, and luminance filter, 10 x 180s exposures, darks and flats. Field is obviously quite wide.. But zoomed it you could definitely identify the beast! This is the first supernova I have ever 'seen', so pleased to have nabbed it!
  3. 13 points
    Derbyshire Dave

    Swimming Grass Snake

    We were very lucky to see this grass snake on the Cromford Canal. We had just seen our first damsel flies of the year, and had stopped to have a good look. Old snake eyes swam out silently to within a few feet of us and paused, then swam away.. And here's a still photo
  4. 13 points
    Chris P.

    Deneb + N America & Pelican Nebulae in Ha

    Hi everyone - here's my 2nd image in the series I'm creating around Cygnus. 4 more panels and I'll be able to create a mosaic. 2.5 hrs integration with the 5D and Redcat combo
  5. 12 points

    A new galaxy for me +M3

    This was a new galaxy for me, NGC6946 The Fireworks galaxy and a quick M3. 14 x 240 s lights, 9 darks and 36 flats gain 800.. And a quick M3 8 x 180 s 11 darks and 36 Flats Gain 400 I'm finding it easier to image a globular Cluster and get the focus and alignment right first before I go to the nights target. Anybody else do that?? Cheers Ron
  6. 11 points

    The Dumbell Nebula

    3hrs of data on the Dumbell Nebula M27 no flats (still giving me grief ) came out better without so i need to bin that EL panel more grief than its worth ,anyway im happy with this enough data to make it look half decent,sw 200pds Nikon D5300
  7. 11 points
    Chris P.

    IC1396 - The Elephant Trunk nebula in Cepheus

    Just a quick grab of this one - no proper dark at this time of year so a duo narrowband filter on my Altair Astro 72ED and 178MC cool for 2 hrs of data
  8. 11 points
    Chris P.

    Sadr, the butterfly and crescent in Ha

    Hi everyone - just testing out my new 3.5nm Ha filter. Ok, my Canon 5d is not the best candidate for this test but you do get a lovely wide view with the full frame connected to a wide field scope so I couldn’t resist this opportunity. .2.5 hrs of integration at ISO 1600 on the Redcat. I’m currently pondering a Mono camera as I’m switching to a mono/ filter wheel setup this year. I’ll let you know when I’ve decided where my money is going.
  9. 11 points
    Derbyshire Dave

    The Beehive, M44

    Taken last week, Messier 44, The Beehive, which is also known as Praescape, which is the Latin for Manger. You can see why. Interesting to see the different star colours. 15 two minutes exposures with each of the red, green and blue filters, darks and flats applied
  10. 10 points

    Venus 21-5-20

    Quick grab with the ED80 through the clouds
  11. 10 points


    Last night was possibly the best imaging conditions I have seen here in about 5 years. Absolutely still. Whilst waiting for NGC6888 in Cygnus to get higher in the sky and there wasn't much else to capture in NB I settled on that old time waster M13. This is 1.5 hours of 5m Lum subs added to some old Lum and Colour data.
  12. 10 points

    Sh2-129 & Ou4

    21h total integration 200, 250mm vintage optics and a 61mm Apo + Star Adventurer Optolong L-eNhance 1100D & E-PL5 Stacked and preprocessed with APP Main processing in Startools Post processing with PS, Gimp and Topaz Denoise AI. Kev
  13. 10 points

    The first Jupiter of the season.

    Stayed up until daybreak to grab this. Not the best of quality but not surprising with how low she is. Taken through the murk and at daybreak. F15 scope. ZWO 120 MC 5000 frames captured in Fire Capture. Stacked in Registax. Polished in PS 6.
  14. 10 points

    Luna 5-5-2020

    So this is what was messing up my imaging last night. Eddie the 80 &ZWO178C again 3 panes this time as Mr B was just a tad too big to fit in. reduced to 75% Do the clicky thing for full res
  15. 10 points

    A quick M3

    Messier 3 approx 36 min data before clouds rolled in 200pds nikon D5300 (Flats testing issues )
  16. 9 points

    Mercury and Venus conjunction 22-05-20

    Second attempt at this, this time with both planets at the same altitude. Captured at 20:21, 200mm lens, hand held and blowing a gale.
  17. 9 points

    Two Clusters

    Two clusters from me last night. I used M13 to check focus etc but stayed on and did 50 x 90s at Unity Gain. Then IC1311 in Cygnus, a new one for me (I wanted to do the Eastern Veil but it was behind a tree!) Just 6 x 120s at 600 Gain.
  18. 9 points
    Derbyshire Dave

    The Jellyfish Nebula

    This is IC443 the Jellyfish Nebula in the constellation of Gemini. The Jellyfish Nebula is 5000 light years away, and has an angular diameter of 50 arcmin, which compares to the full moon which is 30 arcmin across. The Jellyfish may be the remains of a supernva that happened in the last 30,000 years. This was taken over three nights in March, finally got around to processing it. A total of 80 Ten minute subs, i.e. over 13 hours of data. This is by far the longest set of data I have taken. The subs were split between Ha, Oiii and Sii stacked in DSS and processed in PixInsight and Photoshop. Worth a full zoom in on the attached jpg file.
  19. 9 points

    M104 - The Sombrero Galaxy

    2h 10m total integration APP, Startools & PS Kev
  20. 9 points
    Chris P.

    'tis finished! Cygnus Mosaic in Ha

    OK - the final image is now over 350mb as a TIFF so this version on Flickr is a reduced PNG in terms of resolution. Still retained some lovey detail and its begging to be printed large scale. Hope you like it - I'm planning my next target 😉
  21. 9 points

    2 from last night 11/05/20

    First time that I've used this 183c on the 150PDS and I'm very happy! First: M5 10 x 180s Dks x 17 Flats x 35 Binned 2x2 Gain 400 Then NGC 7023 The Iris Nebula 11 x 180s Dks x 17 Flats x 35 Binned 2x2 Gain 400 Both taken with a Baader Moon and Skyglow filter, Stacked in DSS and finished in PS6 Very pleased with these, comments please.. Ron
  22. 9 points

    Comet Atlas

    captured a few weeks ago forgot i had stacked image sitting on desktop not too sure on colours but you can tell where the comet is .
  23. 9 points

    Solar from this morning 10.05.2020 with massive flare.

    Managed to grab this lot before the bad weather arrived this morning. Although the seeing was rubbish that flare is something else. False colour added in PS 6. Close up using the 5 X Barlow. Wide field
  24. 9 points

    First Saturn of the season.

    Stayed up until daybreak to grab this. Not the best of quality but not surprising with how low she is. Taken through the murk and at daybreak. F15 scope. ZWO 120 MC 5000 frames captured in Fire Capture. Stacked in Registax. Polished in PS 6.
  25. 9 points

    Meteor going past the Bubble

    Found this little beauty whilst going through my pile of subs from the Lobster claw run. Confirmed by the detector.
  26. 9 points

    NGC 7822

    Cannot remember ever doing this target before. I will be going back to this area again as there is loads more stuff to get. Blobby was just too bright for anything but HA tonight so that is what I stuck with. GT 81 QSI 630 This is 34 subs at 600 seconds. Captured and stacked in Maxim. Stacked image was so clean it needed very little polishing in PS 6.
  27. 9 points

    Lobster Claw and Friends in Hubble (ish) pallet.

    Had a good run tonight until the clouds rolled in. I still have an image train alignment issue as you can see with the oval stars on the left hand side. I have made another adjustment so hopefully this will be cured for the next outing. Blobby was a real PITA tonight so I made up an extension for the dew shield to try and counteract his effects. I also forgot to take it off 2 x 2 binning hence the blown out Bubble and other bits. WO GT 81 QSI 630 14 subs in HA, OIII ans SII all at 300 seconds Captured and stacked in Maxim Image compiled in PS 6.
  28. 8 points

    The versatile ED80

    Well I think I can say I have finished my project for ED80 binos that can be broken down to an imaging rig in 10 minutes and visa versa. Here's a link to the first light of the ED80s in binoscope guise https://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/15373-ed80-binoscope-first-light/ and recently in between rebuilding houses 😀 I have managed to get things sorted for imaging. So if I were wanting to use a tube for imaging, 10 minutes is all thats required to remove an OTA, fit extension tube, clamp on imaging dovetail, fit motor focuser and screw on reducer/camera. Going the opposite way from imaging to binos is takes about 8 minutes. So here it is all sorted and I am well pleased. I have just put it back in binoscope guise for some summer southern horizon targets which I couldnt get to in my old gaff. Binos at Kelling Imaging with 1 OTA on imaging dovetail and tube extension fitted Kit of bits 😀 Well pleased with this project, I have an imaging rig plus big bins and they only take up half the storage of separates 😀 The last pic shows the tube extension fitted to the imaging tube. The tube can be fitted to either tube, the left tube is easier to remove, the right one has springs and things that make it a little more complicated to remove from the bino saddle.
  29. 8 points

    M51 LRGB

    Using the dual rig of the Tak FS102 and the QSI doing LRGB and the WO132 and the SX694 doing L. A series of 300sec subs over 3 nights(well 5 actually but 2 nights data was dumped) Total Tak & QSI 5700secs L (19 subs) 8100secs Red (27 subs) 7800secs Green (26 subs) 7500secs Blue (25 subs) WO132 & SX694 23700secs L (79 subs) Do the clicky thing for full res.
  30. 8 points

    Dumbell Nebula

    Dumbell nebula 3x3min subs 21 flats 21 dark flats Dithered 200pds Nikon D5300 ,Dss processed in Startools
  31. 8 points

    The case they should have supplied

    The MaxBright II comes in a tiny armoured case for the binoviewer and a diagonal which is very nice, but is only a partial solution since there is nowhere to put the eyepieces you'll need. In an attempt to rationalise the number of boxes I need to load into the car I got a Hurricane case and some bolt cases. The size of the original MaxBright box is indicated by the foam insert, which I transferred to its new home. The whole lot weighs just over 6 Kg and is supposed to float and survive being driven over. I'll not be verifying either of those claims.
  32. 8 points

    Lunar 99.4% waxing

    Lunar 99.4% 200pds nikon d5300
  33. 8 points

    Venus from tonight 07.05.2020

    Had another go at Venus tonight with the F15 scope and the ZWO 120 MC. This time I put the 2 X Barlow into the mix. The resulting enlargement of the image on the chip had a remarkable effect on the cameras performance. As well as producing a much more detailed image it also came out the correct colour loosing the Blue colour from last nights attempt. Best 30% of a 10,000 frame SER Stacked in Registax Subtle polish in PS 6
  34. 8 points
    Derbyshire Dave

    A feast of blue!

    We are so luck that we can walk from home and find views llike this. These woods near Lea in Derbyshire were just gorgeous this morning..
  35. 8 points

    My Second Attempt at Imaging - M51

    Here's my second image - M51. 26 minutes ISO 1000. I finally managed to set up and use the Polemaster and it made such a difference - no bad back from trying to peer through the polarscope for a start! I managed to get 30 second subs and would have got longer if my intervalometer had been working 😒
  36. 8 points

    NGC 5907

    Taken over several nights with the QSI and the reduced Toscano RC running at about 1400 f/l 29 x 600 s L 16 ea 300 s RGB give it a click or 3 for full res.
  37. 7 points
    Derbyshire Dave

    Amazing Badger Experience

    Cath and I had gone out to try and watch a badger set near our home. It's a great set and you can watch from a few hundred yards away, from behind a wall, without disturbing these lovely creatures. We were disappointed to see that cows had been let into the field, and so we thought we had little chance of catching a glimpse. So we waited a while and then set off back home on the bridleway. We had Bertie, our border terrier with us, on a lead obvioulsly. This is what happened next .. these were taken on my mobile.. and then Mr B came closer And he didn't seem to be stopping...
  38. 7 points


    M57 lost in the stars, may need some bigger targets. Canon 5D II @ 500 mm.
  39. 7 points
    Chris P.

    ISS 22nd May 2020 at 22:05

    ISS pass 22/05/2020 at 22:05 - Not the best photo I'll take this year but a bucket list item ticked and a keeper. C8 @f10 and Altair Astro GPCAM 290C running at a ridiculous frame rate. 7,000 frames in total - one single usable frame.
  40. 7 points
    Sunny Phil

    Venus and Mercury

    I did not manage to catch them at the same time. I was quite pleased with my Venus shot with my Mak and DSLR: My Mercury shot was not the best I've ever seen or even done but getting anything on the elusive planet is worth a bit of trumpet-blowing. I hadn't managed it for years apart from an ever worse one two days ago: https://www.flickr.com/photos/philippughastronomer/49923759098/in/dateposted-public/
  41. 7 points

    The Draco Trio

    Desperate to image something whilst waiting for Cygnus etc to get above the murk I have been concentrating on this little trio of galaxies that I hadn't heard of before searching the area for something to image. I managed to get 14 x 15m subs in Lum over a couple of nights and last night 6x5 mins of RG and B. Apart from the grunt work of calibration which was done in PI the finishing up was done in my new best image processing s/w Affinity in which I have achieved better noise reduction than I ever did in PI! Admittedly this is more data than I normally average on one object.
  42. 7 points

    Saturn from this morning 20.05.2020

    Remembering to add the IR filter I set about imaging the grand old lady. F15 scope with the ZWO 120 MC This is the best 2000 frames from the combination of 5 ser's at 1000 frames. Considering it was actually daylight when I took this I am really happy with it.
  43. 7 points

    NGC6888 Ha and OIII

    Over the last few nights I've been collecting Ha and OIII on the Cresent Nebula NGC6888 once it appears over the garden fence at about midnight. This is something like 12 x 15m subs in both Ha and OIII. The final result doesn't seem to do justice to the SNR in the individual Ha and OIII integrated frames but I'm still learning NB processing so maybe I can make this a bit more punchy in time. Will try and get some RGB for the stars next time I change the filter wheel over. Final touch up was in Affinity which Bryan posted on the other day, grab image processing s/w IMHO as good as PS and only 23 squids at the moment. Snapped it up.
  44. 7 points

    A little stroll at Padley Gorge

    Now lockdown is finished I ventured out to Padley Gorge, it was pretty busy but it's a big place so managed to find some quieter spots. Saw 6 Pied Flycatchers, 4 Spotted Flycatchers, 3 wonderful singing Wood Warblers, 2 Redstarts. The light was terrible it kept fleeting from full sun to shade, it drove me mad in the end. Afterwards went to Cut throat bridge by Ladybower and managed Ring Ouzels and Red Grouse. All in all a great day with 7 new birds for the year, puts me on 146 not bad considering lockdown. Wood Warbler Pied Flycatcher Redstart Spotted Flycatcher Red Grouse
  45. 7 points

    Scope change

    SW 150PDS back on the mount now with a new dew shield to cut down on reflections..
  46. 7 points

    Jupiter from this morning 09.05.2020

    Been chasing the planets again. This was taken in the early morning daylight as the sun was coming up. F 15 scope 2 X Barlow ZWO 120 MC 1000 frames captured in Fire Capture. Stacked in Registax Polished in PS 6. Focus is a little soft to say the least.
  47. 7 points

    Crescent Neb from last night 08.05.2020

    After a few attempts to find a target I decided to go and do a staple narrow band target. WO GT 81 QSI 630 18 subs at 600 seconds Captured and stacked in Maxim. Quick polish in PS 6.
  48. 7 points
    Chris P.

    M57 and IC1296

    Hi everyone- here’s M57 and face-on spiral galaxy IC1296. Shot in RGB with my C8 - approx 3 hrs data - can just make out the faint Ha outer halo.
  49. 7 points

    The Cave Nebular

    This is a favorite of mine. 31 subs at 600 seconds in HA. Its a bit washed out but that is not too surprising with the huge Blobby floodlight glaring out all night.
  50. 7 points

    Sol prom vid

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