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  1. 9 points
    andyboy1970

    M33 Work in progress

    11 B&W subs + 18 Ha subs Hydrogen alpha converted to colour to help see what i've got so far. 29 x 5 minute subs.
  2. 7 points
    Sheila

    some data from tonight spider and fly

    tak 106 native, gm mount 3 hours data so far, just a quick play with image
  3. 4 points
    tuckstar

    Big big dob

    I can think off a couple of people on here who I could see with one of these!!
  4. 4 points
    Orion

    Capture-the-Asteroid Competition 2017 - Asteroid Florence 3 Sept 2017 -II

    Capture-the-Asteroid Competition 2017 Today, I received a delivery of a box with an unknown content. I didn’t think I had any outstanding orders to receive, so it was a puzzle. But when I saw it was from Airbus Defence and Space GmbH, I remembered what it was. It was a gift from Airbus Defence for my submission of an image of asteroid Florence for their competition “Capture-the-Asteroid 2017”. It was judged to be 5th place. My pictures submitted are linked below to my original post of titled "Asteroid Florence 3 Sept 2017". The gift is a nice mug with the NEOShield-2 logo and an asteroid approaching the Earth. It was all a pleasant surprise. I suppose I should get a pic taken of me with the cup. Pictures of their top three are shown in the second NEOShield link below http://www.neoshield.eu http://www.neoshield.eu/capture-asteroid-2017/ facebook.com/NEOshield @NEOShieldTeam My thanks go to Guy Wells of Northolt Branch Observatory and NEOShield-2 Team.
  5. 3 points
    dave.hardy2

    The East Veil and The Bubble Nebulas

    The East Veil Nebula 10 x 600 sec @ ISO800 with darks, flats and bias frames. Canon 1000D astro modified with a UHC clip filter guided with a finder guider and PHD2. Processed in Star Tools and finished in CS2 The Bubble Nebula NGC7635 13 x 600 sec @ ISO800 with darks, flats and bias frames. Canon 1000D astro modified with a UHC clip filter guided with a finder guider and PHD2. Processed in Star Tools and finished in CS2
  6. 3 points
    Doc

    My next new DIY ALT/AZ Mount build thread

    I have drawn up plans for my next Alt/Az mount. After the success of the DM6 clone I have decided on a Panther clone. You can see the mount in the link below. https://trackthestars.com/ It won't track the sky and be nowhere near as fancy as a proper one, but it will work on the same principle and hopefully will be beefy and smooth. It will sit on top of my planet tripod and will be the same height as the DocMount. I will update this thread as and when.
  7. 3 points
    Bassinghamobservatory

    NGC7635 Bubble nebula

    Here is my best effort at the bubble nebula in HaLRGB. SW ED80 on NEQ6 QHY IMG2PRO Guided PHD2, ASI120MM Capture SGP RGB 20 x 120s each L 20x 300s H 20 x 600s Processing has been using Pixinsight. I am new to narrow band processing so my simple method was to create the LRGB and then apply the Ha master to that using LRGB Combination in PI. Not sure if that is how it should be done. I have tried various routines to improve contrast and sharpen, but always seems to be at the expense of increasing noise. Also have star halos that are most obvious around red stars. If anyone has advice on how to deal with those it would be much appreciated. I am using the budget set of Baader LRGB filters - could they be the cause of the halos?
  8. 3 points
    Big Al

    Well That's Settled Then.

    Any of these do?
  9. 2 points
    Doc

    My next new DIY ALT/AZ Mount build thread

    The shaft through the centre is 25mm stainless steel. I've ordered some more bronze to make some bushes for the shaft to run in. The main housing is 5" in diameter and 60mm in length. I've had to stick to 5" as this is the biggest my chuck holds. The shafts that the arms will run on are 30mm diameter and only 32mm wide so at the moment are aluminium. At that length there will be no flex and I have no stainless at that size so will try aluminium first. The bearings are UHWMPE and will be secured in the arms once they are made. Below shows the shafts screwed into the main body they have M12 threads. After this was made I placed it on a engineers table and using a height gauge I measured the height of both shafts and they are within 0.001" of each other so I was pretty amazed at that. The arms of the mount will be pressed onto the plastic bushes and will run on the aluminium shafts. The main shaft will run in bronze bushes yet to be fitted.
  10. 2 points
    Tweedledee

    Moon close up

    That is so detailed and sharp with some lovely colour tones. Thanks for posting.
  11. 2 points
    philjay

    Picture of the Month November 2017

    By heck its cold out there at the moment it must be the end of November and time for another POTM round up. Staying with the same format of picking out certain images as per previous months. Comets, Asteroids etc Only one submission this month in this category . Sunny Phil caught a meteor https://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/13659-meteor-november-12th/ I quite like this image, its not deep or long exposure but it's got the essence of spontaneity which meteor bagging is all about. Deep Sky Corr blimey there's been a few submissions this month, we must have had a few clear nights J I like andyboy1970s first RGB image with Ha, for a starter this is good, also I like the FOV. Yes its always nice to see nebula in their entirety but detail can be just as interesting. No I didnt laugh Andy. https://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/13642-first-ever-rgbha-image/ Sheila was at Kelling and gave us 2 processings of the Pacman. https://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/13683-ngc281-2-ways-quick-process-from-kelling/ a nice comparison. plus a bright DSO from Sheila as she says not one of her normal targets https://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/13687-first-lrgb-image-of-not-my-normal-fuzzies/ I like the colour Grahams image of the Thors Helmet Nebula https://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/13676-thors-helmet/ Ibbos mosaic Sh205 with NGC1491 is nicely composed https://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/13679-sh2-205-with-ngc1491/ Hats off to Joe for making a step into the dark art of astro imaging, his M45 shows far more than my early attempts https://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/13704-the-pleiades-re-edited/ Allan the Plumbers Jelly fish is full of detail and nicely processed https://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/13591-ic443-jellyfish-nebula-in-ha/ plus his Elephants Trunk in Hubble shows lots of depth https://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/13705-elephants-trunk-nebula-ic1396-narrowband/ Lunar Perkil8r has been busy this month with his new 120 refractor giving us shots of different phases here's one from the 1st https://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/13612-luna-928-waxing-gibous-01112017/ and another from later in the month https://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/13729-luna-610-waxing-gibbous-27112017/ Brady gave us a gibbous moon showing loads of detail https://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/13743-last-nights-moon/ Planetary Never seen Uranus imaged in Ha before but Graham bagged the planet with 4 moons here https://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/13675-uranus-and-four-of-her-moons/ Solar This month its been all down to Ibbo and Graham for solar I like the prom detail on this one of Ibbos https://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/13647-sol-10-11-2017/ also Graham got some nice prom detail here https://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/13681-solar-from-this-morning-18112017/ Widefield I like the colours in Bino Viewers Venus and Jupiter conjunction https://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/13655-venus-jupiter-conjunction-131117/ Rob has also got the famous stationary wind turbines in there J OK then, not an easy one at all this month because there are some stunners of images in there so apologies if yours hasnt been mentioned it's just that I would be here for a week doing the round up and you would be there for a week reading it if I included everyone. So down to the pick, credit to Sheila, Ibbo and Allan the Plumber for some excellent accomplished DSO images again. But POTM November 2017 I reckon goes to Joe for his image of the Pleiades https://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.org.uk/topic/13704-the-pleiades-re-edited/ Why, because Joe is just starting out and learning the ropes and this is a good image, far better than I ever did when starting out. Well done and keep em coming folks
  12. 2 points
    Doc

    My next new DIY ALT/AZ Mount build thread

    To tell you the truth I'm not bothered about motorising my mounts. You need to drag out leads, batteries etc, It's easier to just nudge it along, that's the beauty of alt/az. It's the same with goto computers, I don't really like them and won't pay the cost of them. A simple wixey and my phone is much cheaper and just as accurate. To be honest most nights I just star hop to where I want to be.
  13. 2 points
    tuckstar

    Geminids 13th of Dec.

    So I booked a couple of days off next week, didn't realise that it coincides with the Geminids. So if conditions allow I will be off up to Belper darksite on the 13th. Also happens to coincide with star wars realise on the 14th👍.
  14. 2 points
    Sheila

    Close in on Wizard NGC7380

    A try with the 130 on this target. Had trouble with processing, no idea why 15 hours Ha, Sii, Oii at 10 min subs unguided on Myt with 130 extended and QSI 690
  15. 2 points
    seven_legs

    Geminids 13th of Dec.

    Would to go but we in lanzarote that week and hoping to watch the geminids on the beach. lets hope for clear skies where ever you are
  16. 2 points
    BAZ

    Picture of the Month November 2017

    Massive congratulations Joe, keep up the good work and thanks for sharing your hard earned efforts on here.
  17. 1 point
    BAZ

    Happy Birthday Brantuk

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRANTUK (KIM) HAVE A GREAT DAY KIM.
  18. 1 point
    8472

    M45 07/12/17

    To be honest Phil, my polar alignment that night was rushed to say the least. Maybe with fewer distractions at a darksite, 2 mins is doable. Others online with similar setups claim to achieve it, so I'll no doubt try again.
  19. 1 point
    Tweedledee

    Bah Humbug!

    Can I have some help with my winter fuel bills please? After the installation earlier this year of a superb new gas fired log burner look alike and thermonuclear device (4 oven AGA) running 24/7, our gas/electric bill went from £154 to £449/month!! Got the AGA on a timer now which is keeping it (and me) from going into meltdown. We're planning on a warm Christmas with plenty of cake and hot food.
  20. 1 point
    Bottletopburly

    Moon close up

    Came across this on flickr probably best close up I have seen really clear and great colours worth a share
  21. 1 point
    Sunny Phil

    Moon close up

    I do not regard a 180mm Mak as modest equipment, nor an ASI. <excpletive> good photo, though!
  22. 1 point
    Graham

    some data from tonight spider and fly

    Thats a neat target. Is it a part of a larger neb.
  23. 1 point
    Streetbob

    Happy Birthday Brantuk

    Hope you've had a great day and the evening too.
  24. 1 point
    Tweedledee

    some data from tonight spider and fly

    That looks superb.
  25. 1 point
    Tweedledee

    Happy Birthday Brantuk

    Have brilliant birthday Kim.
  26. 1 point
    Graham

    Happy Birthday Brantuk

    Heres hoping you have a great day.
  27. 1 point
    philjay

    Happy Birthday Brantuk

    Happy birthday Kim
  28. 1 point
    Bino-viewer

    Happy Birthday Brantuk

    Many Happy Returns Kim Hope you have a great day.
  29. 1 point
    Ron Clarke

    Happy Birthday Brantuk

    Happy Birthday Kim, hope you have a great day
  30. 1 point
    Perkil8r

    Happy Birthday Brantuk

    many happy returns Kim!
  31. 1 point
    Tweedledee

    Latest Purchases

    Absolute bargains. You just need to complete the set with Hidden Treasures and The Herschel 400 Observing Guide. All brilliant with so much extra information that you don't easily find elsewhere.
  32. 1 point
    Bottletopburly

    Latest Purchases

    Arrived today im impressed ,for a used book with damaged printed on the inside i cant see damamage or any use for £12 BARGAIN ,quick gander before my loveley wife wraps it up
  33. 1 point
    Smithysteve

    Super Moon - 03/12/2017

    Very nice! It’s good to see a full moon too, in an image anyway, can’t say it’s too good to have a big Mr. B drowning out the fuzzies! 👍
  34. 1 point
    Bino-viewer

    Super Moon - 03/12/2017

    Registax is out of my comfort zone i'm afraid. Re the file size, i'm not sure of the limit, but i'm guessing its higher than 512kb ? Your image is listed as 1200 x 1200 pixels on my screen.
  35. 1 point
    Sheila

    Important Warning!!

    I have 5 huskies and very often get yellow snow on the garden in winter def dont eat it
  36. 1 point
    Perkil8r

    Well That's Settled Then.

    They walk among us....... And yet we still allow these folk to procreate! It beggars belief.
  37. 1 point
    Tweedledee

    Capture-the-Asteroid Competition 2017 - Asteroid Florence 3 Sept 2017 -II

    Well done Derek.
  38. 1 point
    Thank you Martyn. It's a nice feeling. I never got any nice recognition in my last years of working hard in my job, so this is a lovely thing to happen and encourages me to experiment more.
  39. 1 point
    Perkil8r

    Luna 88.6% Waxing Gibbous 30.11.2017 (That Snow Moon)

    Yes, yet another I know...... Caught in between snow showers literally! Best 58 of 154 subs, 350D on Helios 120. Stacked in Registax 5.1 and polish in Photoshop 5
  40. 1 point
    Stephen

    Close in on Wizard NGC7380

    A very nice image and detail Sheila love the colour
  41. 1 point
    We will have to start calling you professor Derek.
  42. 1 point
    andyboy1970

    Close in on Wizard NGC7380

    Nice detail.
  43. 1 point
    Orion

    Picture of the Month November 2017

    Joe - Congratulations on a big achievement.
  44. 1 point
    philjay

    Astro shop visit

    It's all down to expectations and promises with these scopes. Promises in that the advertising promises what we know as ridiculous magnifications and impressive images on the packaging. Expectation because Muggles expect to see hubble like images when looking through a telescope because they have been conditioned that way. My first scope over 50 years ago was a 50mm Tasco with cemented doublet lens, fixed mag on wobbly tabletop tripod. But my expectations were lower because I had not been conditioned with hubble and space probe images. This scope was awful quality wise but I didn't care, it showed me blurred craters on the moon, jovian moons and Saturn's rings and it fired my imagination and enthusiasm. Times and expectations have changed, the instant gratification culture rules nowadays. Is it good, is it bad, dunno
  45. 1 point
    Brantuk

    Picture of the Month November 2017

    Congrats Joe!
  46. 1 point
    Tweedledee

    Picture of the Month November 2017

    Nice image Joe, congratulations.
  47. 1 point
    Graham

    Picture of the Month November 2017

    Well done Joe
  48. 1 point
    Perkil8r

    Picture of the Month November 2017

    Fair play, that's a very good image for a relative newcomer to the dark art. A very worthy winner. Congrats Joe, and all other notable mentions. Big thanks yet again Phil for another good roundup, there were a lot of images this month that's for sure. I would not have liked to try and judge it!
  49. 1 point
    BAZ

    Latest Purchases

    My Dobbin Filter has arrived, just need to feel better and get out and give it a whirl.
  50. 1 point
    Graham

    Masuyama eyepiece review

    Yup you could get a half decent camera for that
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