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  1. 10 points
    Derbyshire Dave

    The Rosette Nebula in Ha

    I've been out of the game for a couple of months due to mount problems, so it was lovely to see a clear night on Monday. Taken with the GT81 and field flattener, this was 17 five minute exposures, with darks and flats applied. Stacked in DSS, then processed in Photoshop.
  2. 10 points
    Clive

    C/2017 T2 (PANSTARRS) approaching the double cluster

    First of the targets imaged last night, comet C/2017 T2 (PANSTARRS) lying just below NGC 957 and approaching the double cluster (NGC 884/869). The objects would have fit perfectly within a single frame but having forgot to rotate the camera to the 'landscape' orientation, this is a cropped mosaic of two images taken in the 'portrait' orientation. Both images 20 x 180s at F5.6 ISO1600 using Cannon 200D and 400mm lens.
  3. 9 points
    Clive

    Horse Head and Flame nebulae

    Ever since I first took up astrophotography (a very long time ago - CCDs hadn't been invented and film was the only option) I've always wanted to image the Horse Head nebula. Despite many attempts with seriously long exposures using an off-axis guider through my late 254mm F6 Newtonian, I got absolutely nothing. Having returned to astrophotography just a year ago using an unmodified DSLR, reading the literature, I had been convinced that the Horse Head was still out of my reach, especially from a light polluted sky. At the end of last nights session, I though I would just point the camera towards Alnitak and took just 4 exposures. Tonight, even though having looked at the JPEGS out of the camera to see only few stars poking out above the white background, I thought I would run them through DSS and IRIS. Now I can't wait to get another clear night to get a decent quantity of subs!
  4. 8 points
    Ibbo

    Venus 21-1-2020 IR807

    C11 IR807 filter 10% of 20000 frames
  5. 8 points
    Sheila

    NGC2264

    Finally got a small amount of data after months of nothing!!! Not my best effort, nothing special about 2 hours 10 min unguided subs with the 106 and GM1000
  6. 6 points
    Clive

    M45, Pleiades

    Between it getting dark and the clouds covering the target I only managed a total 9 minutes worth of images (6 x 90s). At ISO 3200 and with so few subs, the final image is very noisy. Still, better than any other image of the Pleiades I've taken (since this is my first attempt).
  7. 5 points
    Graham

    NGC 7380 in Hubble ( ish )

    Had a decent night tonight. Managed to grab 21 600 second subs. 7 subs each in HA, OIII and SII Usual kit and method. Really quick and rough processing as I have to be up for work at silly O'clock.
  8. 5 points
    Graham

    You wait days and days for a Meteor shot and then !!!!

    You get 2 within a couple of minuets.
  9. 5 points
    Graham

    A Different take on M 42

    I have been playing again. πŸ˜‰ Decided to do a different take on M 42 tonight. GT 81 QSI 683 After removing the cloud affected subs I ended up with. HA 6 subs at 600 seconds. OIII 5 subs at 600 seconds. SII 4 subs at 600 seconds. Captured and stacked in Maxim Compiled in PS 6. Played with the colours until I came up with something I liked.
  10. 5 points
    Chris P.

    NGC7635 - On the Bubble!

    Hi everyone - time for some bubble action. 3hrs integration with the C8+Hyperstar and 178MC Cool camera. Cheers πŸ™‚
  11. 4 points
    Bino-viewer

    Belper Tannenbaum Mon 20 Jan

    Having missed Saturdays session, an ad hoc session was rescheduled for Monday with the weather still looking promising. I Arrived on site at 18:45 with the thermometer showing +3ΒΊC An enjoyable 3 hour session ensued with many of winters treats putting on a good show in the eyepieces. Joining me were @bryand with his C9.25 / iOptron AZ Pro combo, and @DaveJW with his Skywatcher 12" Flextube Dobsonian. I was armed with my 5.5" TEC refractor on a maunal alt-az. A good mix of scopes. Seeing conditions were so-so with only mediocre levels of transparancy. A very average night. During the session i observed the following Venus, Uranus. Venus was way too low for meaningful observation. Uranus, finally for the first time in my observing life has reached a decent altitude presenting a very small greenish disc. M1 M31 M35 M36 M37 M38 M41 M42 M44 M45 M81 M82 M101 Garnet star, Aldeboran and Betelgeuse comparison......yes Betelgeuse has dimmed notably. Castor, Rigel, Sirius,(no chance) Polaris, Zeta Cancri doubles NGC 869, 884 Double cluster, NGC2264 (Christmas tree cluster) NGC2392 (Eskimo) NGC 7662 (Blue Snowball) NGC 6543 (Cat's eye) and to finish off the evening a new object in Leo : NGC2903 a fairly bright Mag 8.9 galaxy. Plenty of time was spent trying to split Sirius and to tease the E, F components out of the M42 trapezium, but i failed once again. Sky conditions were just not up to it. Both Rigel and Sirius looked like disco glitterballs for a good while and although things improved later allowing me a fairly easy split of Rigel, the 'Pup' remains elusive as do Trap E & F. I sometimes worry i've got a dud scope, but i think its all down to poor conditions and my 52yr old eyes alot of the time. Towards the end of the session the wind picked up noticably forcing an end of play, certainly for the big Dob, which was being buffeted about. It kept the frost and dew away though, and with a refractor the wind is more manageable. We packed up and left at 22:00hrs with a steady temperature of +4ΒΊC which certainly felt alot nicer than -4ΒΊC !!! Thanks to BryanD for arranging the meet and it was good to see you and Dave for an enjoyable observing session. Till the next time.....πŸ˜€
  12. 4 points
    Ron Clarke

    Two from last night!

    NGC 1499 The California Nebula. 22x189s @ ISO 800 + Darks and NGC 2238 The Rosette Nebula. 20x240secs @ ISO 800 + darks Both taken with ED80 NEQ6 Canon 1000dm Guided and Dithered in PHD2 ans APT. Ron
  13. 3 points
    dave.hardy2

    The Pacman Nebula

    I haven't posted for while but managed this one. 13 x 300sec and 4 x600 @ ISO800 with calibration frames Processed in Startools and CS6
  14. 2 points
    Ibbo

    IC443 (Jellyfish) SHO rgb

    Tak 102 QSI cam 17xHa 1800s 10x O3 x1800s S2x10 x 1800s 20 each rgb x 60 s give it a click or 3 and you might get full res
  15. 2 points
    Graham

    Horse Head and Flame nebulae

    For just four subs that is pretty impressive. Waiting to see what you get with one hundred plus subs.
  16. 2 points
    8472

    Jellyfish in HOORGB and DuoBand

    Two alternative processes of IC 443 imaged a couple of days or so ago. Image 1 = 5h integration Duoband, Set-point cooled 1100D Image 2 = 5h integration Duoband, Set-point cooled 1100D + 2h RGB E-PL5. Stacked and preprocessed in APP Main processing Startools Post process Gimp & PS HLVG plugin Not sure which version I prefer, tbh. Regards
  17. 2 points
    Ibbo

    Sol 19-1-2020

    Lunt 60mm & Coronado DS with PGR Chameleon cam 500ish frames stacked in AS3 prodded and poked with IMPPG and PS clicking might get the full res mage
  18. 2 points
    Chris P.

    M42 - close up and personal!

    Hi everyone - 77mins with the Hyperstar. Never get board of this one. Processed in Pixinsight and PSCC πŸ™‚
  19. 2 points
    Bino-viewer

    Committed Mortal Sin

    If its any consolation, i was too intoxicated to go out.....! πŸ™„
  20. 2 points
    Sunny Phil

    A Different take on M 42

    I'm the same. I like to try different things out. It is nice to get a different perspective on the well-known objects.
  21. 2 points
    Graham

    A Different take on M 42

    Thanks Ron. It is a bit different but then I like pushing the boundaries of what is considered " normal " πŸ˜‰
  22. 2 points
    Graham

    Solar from today 18.01.2020.

    Quiet or not the only encouragement I need is a clear sky πŸ˜‰
  23. 2 points
    Ron Clarke

    M97 The Owl nebula

    Last nights effort, M97 The Owl nebula. 23 x 360s 20 x darks SW 150 PDS NEQ6 CCD Still getting to grips with the focusing!
  24. 1 point
    Ron Clarke

    Sol 21-1-2020 Ha

    Good prom at 2 o'clock! πŸ‘
  25. 1 point
    Ibbo

    Quiet week again this week

    Some nice traces though.
  26. 1 point
    Graham

    The Rosette Nebula in Ha

    That's a cracking image. I do like this target.
  27. 1 point
    Graham

    Venus 21-1-2020 IR807

    Awesome stuff Steve. You managed to get the beast on to the mount in the end.
  28. 1 point
    Sunny Phil

    Horse Head and Flame nebulae

    Nice shot. It's way beyond what my kit can do.
  29. 1 point
    Sunny Phil

    M41

    Usual stuff 300mm focal length ISO 6400 and 2 seconds exposure.
  30. 1 point
    Bottletopburly

    Two Auriga Nebula's.

    Well done ron super πŸ‘
  31. 1 point
    Clive

    Filter for an unmodified DSLR

    Well the filter turned up this afternoon - expect to be clouded out for months now.
  32. 1 point
    Bottletopburly

    You wait days and days for a Meteor shot and then !!!!

    Great captures graham, you can just see Pleiades at bottom of first picture πŸ‘
  33. 1 point
    Graham

    Sol 19-1-2020

    Nice prom at 4 O'clock πŸ‘
  34. 1 point
    Clive

    Filter for an unmodified DSLR

    Glad to see that you ended up getting one and you haven't slammed it since I bit the bullet and ordered the APS-C version from RVO yesterday. I'll keep the site updated after I get to use it.
  35. 1 point
    Clive

    Jellyfish in HOORGB and DuoBand

    My vote goes to # 1
  36. 1 point
    Ron Clarke

    Two from last night!

    Such is life David!! I only imaged it to test my new shedatory roof mod!! Cheers Ron
  37. 1 point
    philjay

    Roof Change!

    Nice day for it Ron. My obsy initially had hinged roof, I altered it after 2 years to roll off. The reason was tge roof panels were a bit of a liability in high winds, this was a bit limiting. My roof panels were counterweighted so easy to open on a calm day/night but were a problem in winds over about 10mph. Also, winds affected them when they were fully open so they had to be firmly latched down. There werent many nights where it was bad but the few I experienced made me rethink to something safer.
  38. 1 point
    Sunny Phil

    Solar from today 18.01.2020.

    Not only do I like this but I'd like to compliment all solar snappers in EMS. I check Big Bear and/or Learmonth daily and the Sun is really quiet at the moment. I haven't seen anything that encourages me to have a go with my PST.
  39. 1 point
    Ron Clarke

    Roof Change!

    I suppose it is Clive, I've added a wedge to keep it open.. I've thought of a way to remove the bar across the front for imaging and locked in the rest of the time. Another job for tomorrow! Ron
  40. 1 point
    Clive

    Roof Change!

    Is that bar some form of locking clamp to keep the roof open? When I first build my observatory I didn't have one and one night when I went to close up the wind beat me to it and I remember waking up on the floor (never been the same since 😁)
  41. 1 point
    JPB

    M42 Orion Nebula

    From the album: JPB - Images

    17/01/2020. William Optics Zenithstar 73. Modified Canon 600D Baader IR Cut off filter Optolong L-eNhance Dual Narrowband Deep Sky Imaging Filter
  42. 1 point
    philjay

    Tannenbaum Saturday 18th Jan? Postponed.

    Just watched the morning weather forecast, consulted clear outside and meteoblue, 2 out of 3 say clear so I hooe to get up there as well.
  43. 1 point
    Rusty Strings

    Tannenbaum Saturday 18th Jan? Postponed.

    I'm hoping to make up there too
  44. 1 point
    AstroTim

    Tannenbaum Saturday 18th Jan? Postponed.

    Thanks for the warning. It was also mentioned in the instructions sent through, so there’s no excuses now if I do hit it !!! Tim.
  45. 1 point
    Nightspore

    Roof Change!

    Good luck. I doubt it will snow yet lol.
  46. 1 point
    Graham

    IC 443 Ha

    I see a big jellyfish. Nice one Steve
  47. 1 point
    Stephen

    IC 443 Ha

    Nice image Steve a lot of detail
  48. 1 point
    Bottletopburly

    New Weather Station has arrived.

    Nice funnily enough I just seen a weather forecaster Graham looks quite accurate and need little maintenance
  49. 1 point
    Ibbo

    Sol 30-12-2019 Ha

    New ITF and I think the image looks a bit smoother. Might need a click or 3 for full res
  50. 1 point
    Ibbo

    Sol 9-12-2019 Ha

    Not done one of these for a while. Lunt 60mm & Coronado DS with PGR Chaleon cam 500ish frames of 2200 stacked in AS3 prodded and poked with IMPPG and PS clicking might get the full res mage
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