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  1. Peter Shah

    The Horse Head Nebula in LRGB and Ha

    LRGB and Ha The Horse Head Nebula In Orion. Imaged with the 12.5 RCOS @ f9 and FLI 16803 36x 600 in Luminance and 12x 900s in each RGB total 15hrs. High haze effected some of the data but the weather in Spain hasn't been at its best. Another one of my favourite scopes...This scope I did a complete strip down and refurbish including a nice shiny recoat of it's stunning Zerodur optics ...that was a very nerve racking day I can tell you. Thanks for looking… Peter Shah
    15 points
  2. Chris P.

    M51 in RGB with my Celestron C8

    Hi everyone - I've swapped my refractor over for the C8. This is my first image after the initial setup. Managed to sort out back-focus for the f6.3 focal reducer. 3hrs data (1 hr on each filter) Processed in Pixinsight and PSCC. Hope you like it
    12 points
  3. Ibbo

    NGC 2359 Thors Helmet in Ha

    Tak 102 and Sx 694 11x 1800 secs over 2 nights. Not processed in Pixinsight as it did not come out too well so back to APP and PS. Do thew clicky thing for full res.
    10 points
  4. Derbyshire Dave

    Rosette nebula in Ha, and RTFM

    Ever time I've been out over the last couple of months I've struggled with my guiding. I did a rather strange thing last night, I read the manual! Or at least I read the guiding instructions for the Losmandy mount and listened to what it said, including moving North in declination immediately before the calibration in PHD2 to take up dec backlash. Well, you know what, it calibrated beautifully. Note to self. RTFM. Anyway, by the time I'd done all that the rosette was approaching the meridian, and conditions weren't great either. Still nice to get
    10 points
  5. Chris P.

    M106 in RGB

    Hi everyone. Managed 6 hrs on this one with the C8 and ZWO ASÍ 183 MM. Processed in Pixinsight and Photoshop - cheers
    10 points
  6. RonC

    M82

    To add to Grahams M81! Just 10x 120s Gain 400 Binned 1x1! Usual kit.
    8 points
  7. philjay

    Lunar 220221

    Continuing my theme of imaging with a long fl achro and MFT camera combo. Here's my shot from last night. Stack of 100 subs through vintage Towa 339 F15 80mm with Olympus OM D EM1 mirrorless. Each sub ISO200 at 1/200s. PIPP and AS3 then sharpened in Photoshop and a little colour adjustment. Quite pleased with this. It's in colour, Chromatic Aberration quite lowbecause the F15 was collimated well and nicely cooled. Evidence of CA at the limb, being blown a bit but the bits that matter are quite good. I reckon there's still some wobbly frames in there, one day when I have
    7 points
  8. Graham

    M81 in LRGB

    First clear night in ages. Second time out with the RC. Things went a little better tonight. The guiding was behaving itself. First half a dozen subs in all sets came in and were looking promising then the high cloud arrived and things went downhill a bit. Still a vast improvement on my last attempt. 10 inch RC QSI 683 Lum -- 11 subs at 300 seconds. Red -- 11 subs at 200 seconds Green -- 11 subs at 200 seconds Blue -- 11 subs at 200 seconds Darks -- 11 subs at 300 Seconds Captured and stacked in Maxim
    7 points
  9. RonC

    M42 revisited

    Had a problem with the Wifi last night so went for an easy target while it's still visible for me! 31 x 45s +darks and Flats. Gain 400 Binned 1x1! (Not usual for me!) SW 150 PDS NEQ6 Guided and processed in APT DSS and PS6 I realised I've blown the Trapezium but I wanted as must nebulosity as possible!
    7 points
  10. Al Long

    New mount arrived!! 🎊

    New mount arrived over the weekend!! Cannot wait to get it up and running! I’ve fired it up, got the laptop talking to it, and the Raspberry Pi, I just need some tube rings and a decent dovetail as the ones they sent are slightly too small! so I am now the proud owner of an iOptron GEM45 😁
    6 points
  11. RonC

    Moon 210221

    Testing out my WiFi on the laptop instead of my phone. The Moon was handy if a bit hazy! Single shot 1/4 sec at Gain 400 Binned 2x2 Focus was set for DSO'S so not quite 100% focus.
    6 points
  12. Graham

    M81 My first Pixinsight image.

    It took a lot of time to get my head around this program. Thanks goes to Chris P for giving me some pointers. Ok first issue was my flats were total rubbish and did not work so I had to redo this with just darks hence the huge bunny on the bottom. I tried to save the finished image as a TIFF so I could put it back into PS 6 for some noise reduction and tweaking but PS 6 could not read the saved file, Well it did open it but I could not do anything with the image. I have no idea why so if you do please tell me. This is my original image I did in PS
    6 points
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  14. Graham

    Solar from today 21.02.2021

    Set the Double stacked 60mm Lunt up this morning, had it tracking the Sun just in case. Had to wait patiently for a couple of hours for the clouds to clear away to get these. It proved to be worth the wait with a superb prom firing off. Up close with a 2 X Barlow. Maybe pushing things a bit too far. Up real close with the 5 X Powermate.
    5 points
  15. Ibbo

    Shed alteration!

    I was going to ask for 2 teas and a bacon sarnie 🤣
    4 points
  16. Derbyshire Dave

    Did you see this... Perseverence Landing Video

    4 points
  17. alis80b

    My second moon photo

    The skies finally cleared tonight and I went outside for my second try at astrophotography with the hope of getting my mount polar aligned, but no luck! So here is 'another' photo of the moon! I feel like I'm becoming a one trick pony!! 😫😂 It doesn't look as good quality on here as the original, does anyone know why?! Here is the link on Flickr https://flic.kr/p/2kEaiYq Single shot ISO 100 1/250
    4 points
  18. Bottletopburly

    3D printed mount

    Picked up on this thread on Eqmod a 3D printed mount I’m impressed https://youtu.be/AOaic0Slfzg
    3 points
  19. RonC

    Shed alteration!

    Having given up on the WIFI I decided I needed to see the mount from inside the shed, so I've started today and cut the shape out (not to the old dimensions as there was a wooden pillar in the way!). Thinking of using a hatch so now to sort out hinges etc and keep it water tight!!
    3 points
  20. philjay

    Lunar 220221

    Hmm, it looks washed out on here for some reason, much more contrast on my PC. Ive turned the contrast up a bit so hopefully this wont be lost in translation onto the site
    3 points
  21. Bino-viewer

    My second moon photo

    Its a better image than i took with the same camera !! 😃 Compare it with mine and you'll see. I was using a 140mm scope as well. BUT......conditions were pretty dire last night. Lots of stuff up in the atmosphere. There was a moon halo when i packed up last night, and i grabbed a quick shot of it with my phone on the way in.
    3 points
  22. RonC

    Shed alteration!

    All finished ready for a clear night!
    2 points
  23. alis80b

    Help!!! Polar alignment!

    Ahh! That’s good to know. I also have back and knee issues so maybe it will benefit me in more ways than one. It’s arriving tomorrow!! Fingers crossed for some clear skies 😊
    2 points
  24. red dwalf

    Rosette nebula in Ha, and RTFM

    were men ! we don`t read manuals, all i read was the ( Push Here Dummy ) part. i`m just popping over to PHD guiding website for a minute
    2 points
  25. red dwalf

    NGC 2359 Thors Helmet in Ha

    always liked this target Steve, only managed to capture it once myself, note to self, must make more of an effort
    2 points
  26. Graham

    Rosette nebula in Ha, and RTFM

    You know what Dave life would be easier if we read the manuals but far less interesting 🤣 Nice image by the way.
    2 points
  27. BAZ

    Help!!! Polar alignment!

    If you set your gear up in the same spot, find Polaris naked eye and follow it down to the ground and make a mental note of something that you can relate to as a land mark for it. That way when you set up in daylight you can point the mount towards that and be in the ballpark to start setting up when it gets dark. Polaris isn't that bright, mag 2 IIRC, but it is about the brightest star in that patch of sky. Don't worry, it will just all click one day.
    2 points
  28. Daz Type-R

    Earth-alike planet

    That website seems a bit duff to me, primarily focuses on the supernatural and paranormal and monster's ?????? Personally I like to keep my feet planted in the here and now, based in fact, double blind, placebo controlled replicable testing. Science and skepticism are key. There are much better web sites out there to look for Earth like planet stories, personally I would go to (directly), either NASA, ESO (who originally ran the article) or one of the many other space agencies. I personally would not get my science / space news from a website that focuses
    2 points
  29. philjay

    Help!!! Polar alignment!

    H Alison, Firstly, Rob raises a good point, make sure the dec shaft is in the right orientation so the hole in it allows you to see through the polar scope. If its wrong you wont see anything. I also find the red LED in the polar scope too bright it swamps polaris if on full, I turn the LED off. Secondly, Alignment routines, I second the above suggestions. Third, if you still cant get polaris in the polar scope, Find polaris with your eye, then sight along the top of the RA axis and adjust it roughly to point at polaris using the alt and az adjusters, then look thr
    2 points
  30. Bino-viewer

    My second moon photo

    I reckon this could be a contender for "EMS dodgy picture of the month' !! 😁 And the stars of Gemini and Auriga are clearly resolved ! I'm halfway to becoming an imager........😉
    2 points
  31. Al Long

    New mount arrived!! 🎊

    2 points
  32. Peter Shah

    The Horse Head Nebula in LRGB and Ha

    I just found these pics from when I stripped down the scope and took off the coatings.... in pieces The backlit showing the coatings nearly dissolved Shiny new coatings All back together
    2 points
  33. Al Long

    New mount arrived!! 🎊

    Here's a photo of the mount Link And here's the outstanding problem :( Link
    2 points
  34. Graham

    M81 My first Pixinsight image.

    Managed to convert to 16 bit and get it into PS 6. Got rid of most of the noise and pull out a bit more colour.
    2 points
  35. Derbyshire Dave

    M81 My first Pixinsight image.

    Well done Graham. It takes perseverence (pardon the Mars pun) to get anywhere at all with PixInsight, you've done really well. Stick with it's a hard road, but definitely worthwhile
    2 points
  36. Ibbo

    M81 My first Pixinsight image.

    Chris beat me to it. Looks a great start to me.
    2 points
  37. Glafnazur

    Help!!! Polar alignment!

    I bought a polemaster last year and it has made polar aligning so much easier and much more accurate. I bought it as my back has been playing up over the last few years and bending to look through the polarscope was getting to be agony. I rate it as one of me best buys.
    1 point
  38. alis80b

    Help!!! Polar alignment!

    Ok... I’ve gone to the dark side and ordered a Pole master!! 🤦🏼‍♀️ It’s my birthday at the weekend so thought I’d treat myself. I seem to have been doing that a lot lately since starting this hobby! 😂 I was watching lots of reviews and videos on it last night and it just seems sooooo much easier!! I know it’s a one trick pony and it’s probably cheating a bit but as you can tell i’m all for an easy life!! Thank you so much for all the comments and help. I think I will still learn how to polar align manually anyway as I don’t like things to beat me. Maybe in the summer though w
    1 point
  39. red dwalf

    Help!!! Polar alignment!

    Also don`t trust the altitude marker on the side of the mount, they are way off usually and just there for show from my experience, regarding the pole master, they are good idea but if you were thinking of getting a guide scope and a guide camera i`d certainly go down that route, a cheap second hand guide scope and camera will be a lot less money, one less cable, and of course also be useful for imaging, also when used with sharpcap 2.9 the results are just as good when polar aligning. sorry if i`ve upset anyone that has a Pole master L.O.L. someone on this site might even have
    1 point
  40. 8472

    Newbie from Chesterfield

    Hi Neil and welcome!
    1 point
  41. Nightspore

    Help!!! Polar alignment!

    You're welcome. It also has zoom settings which can be useful. The main advantage is that I don't have to lie on the floor to sight Polaris.
    1 point
  42. alis80b

    Help!!! Polar alignment!

    Thank you for your replies. I feel a bit better now. I just couldn't understand why I couldn't see it in the polar scope and it was annoying me. I think the Sharpcap suggestion is a good one. I was planning on getting a guide scope and camera at some point. Anything to make life easier. I definitely want to see if I can arrange someone to come and help me when lockdown allows. I am more than happy to pay for their time. I had a Zoom session with an astrophotographer (which was great) to get me started but it's much easier to learn when someone shows you. Maybe the lockdown ru
    1 point
  43. Graham

    Lunar 220221

    I do like these long FL shots. Nicely done with very subtle colours.
    1 point
  44. philjay

    My second moon photo

    Nowt wrong with that Alison, another sharp and well exposed image.
    1 point
  45. RonC

    Newbie from Chesterfield

    Hi neil, it means have you looked through the scope at some stars etc!!
    1 point
  46. Graham

    Moon 210221

    Well that seems to have worked rather well Ron
    1 point
  47. Ibbo

    The Horse Head Nebula in LRGB and Ha

    Very nice.
    1 point
  48. Graham

    The Horse Head Nebula in LRGB and Ha

    Very nice too Peter
    1 point
  49. Graham

    Lets get ready for galaxy season! My latest Youtube video

    Nice vid Chris I am looking forward to the season as well
    1 point
  50. Nightspore

    Latest Purchases

    XRINGS!
    1 point
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