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  1. Ibbo

    Quick Mars process

    I spent a while capturing ser files and this is one with a grasshopper PT Grey cam on loan from Graham and could not resist the temptation to process a file from tonight.
    15 points
  2. RonC

    Pacman Nebula NGC 281

    After a very frustrating start (laptop woes!) I tried the Pacman Nebula, reasonably happy wit it as its only 15 x 180s + darks/Flats/Dark Flats. Usual kit, I did try the Triband filter but can't seem to get to grips with it using the Hypercam 183c, only with the DSLR?
    12 points
  3. Mostlycloudy

    California nebula

    NGC1499 from this morning, not sure if it’s wide field or DSO but it’s big either way. Canon 5dii @ 500 mm, 50 x 130 seconds at ISO 1600.
    12 points
  4. Derbyshire Dave

    M31

    After three months of not having a mount, I'm currently borrowing one, so it's lovely to actually get out and point at the heavens. Andromeda, in LRGB, 15x90 second exposures on each filter. Bring on some more clear skies..
    11 points
  5. Mostlycloudy

    M31 from last night

    M31 seems to have been a popular choice last night, Canon 5DII @ 500 mm, 40 x 1 min at ISO 1600.
    9 points
  6. Bottletopburly

    M31 Andromeda Galaxy

    M31 approx 12hrs after stacking 80% in Dss processed in Startools data from 2 nights 2min subs dithered , flats and bias , bias as darks .Nikon D5300
    8 points
  7. Doc

    Long Tailed Blue butterflies

    My family thinks I'm mad but today my mate and I drove to Brighton and back to see a butterfly, it's a 400 mile roud trip to see Long Tailed Blues. The Long-tailed Blue is an exotic migrant from the Mediterranean with a handful typically reaching UK shores each year. Whitehawk Hill is a hot spot for them. The butterflies very rarely opened their wings which was a shame as I really wanted a photo of them with the wings opened but it was very hot day so maybe they decided to keep them closed due to the heat. Anyway I managed 10 good photos and this little trip makes my to
    8 points
  8. Clive

    M31 13-09-20

    Result from last night. Canon 200D with 400mm lens at F5.6, ISO1600, 74 x 180s on SW EQM-35. An improvement over last years image (where the I had taken the lens out into the cold from the warm house and started imaging immediately only to find the focus lasted about 10 minutes!). Having spent an age messing about getting the mount star aligned using Liveview, the battery didn't last quite as long as normal so whilst I was watching the cricket highlights, I spent 30 min or so taking 'images' with the camera switched off.
    8 points
  9. RonC

    Cocoon Nebula

    A good clear night last nightbut alas work this morning! Cocoon Nebula 30 x 180s +Darks/Flats/dark Flats. NEQ6 SW150 PDS AA Hypercam 183c (fan) guided by PHD 2.6.9 and APT 3.86.
    8 points
  10. Sheila

    RST 135 inital set up and play inside

    Just a couple of pics, all seems to operate as it should, inside that is. Probably all will go wrong when i get it outside πŸ˜‚
    7 points
  11. Sunny Phil

    Cassiopeia

    This was a by-product of a meteor hunt. It was 20 frames stacked, each 18mm focal length, ISO 6400 and 6 seconds exposure. What I liked was that I caught M31, the double cluster and Melotte 20 as well.
    6 points
  12. Ibbo

    Longer Mars process

    Carrying on from the other post I said I was out for a "while" bear with me as I have been looking at these on and off for 24 hours and could not decide which to post so I combined 5 of the ser files with the grasshopper then did same with the chameleon and the IR 642 I still have the ZWO images to do
    6 points
  13. RonC

    Thought this was helpful?

    Messier list and how easy or hard to see each one is.
    6 points
  14. Graham

    My best Mars ever -- from last night 11.09.2020.

    Sorry to run this post again but. This has to be the best Mars image I have produced to date. This is the second attempt as I selected the wrong thing when 2 hours into processing this and had to start again 😭 😭 😭 This is 3 X 10,000 frame SER's joined together, centralized and sorted in PIPP. The best 5000 frames were saved as an AVI. Ran this AVI through Registax and polished up the resulting image in PS 6. Shame about the artifact along the lower edge. What did surprise me was the detail that has shown up in the atmosphere. Clouds
    6 points
  15. Graham

    M31 in LRGB

    The rig took this whilst I was tucked up asleep in bed last night. πŸ˜€ Programmed Maxim to gather 8 hours of subs in all LRGB channels at 180 seconds a sub. Set it going just before 9pm last night so it was finishing at around 5am this morning just as I was getting up for work. Which gave me enough time to pack away whilst the kettle was boiling. Luckily it only had a slight issue 10 mins before the end, this was due entirely down to the fact the mount was albeit running upside down πŸ˜… ( not for the first time or the last ) Did a quick processing on it when
    6 points
  16. RonC

    NGC 7023 The Iris Nebula

    Taken before the clouds rolled in! It's over the town centre at the moment so LP is a small problem! 30 x 180s + darks/Flats/Dark Flats Unity Gain (400) NEQ6 SW 150PDS Hypercam 183c Pro (fan) Guided by PHD 2.6.9 and APT Finished in DSS and PS6.
    5 points
  17. Graham

    Nice 'Hit' from last night.

    This little beauty showed up last night at 11 o'clock. Shame it was miserable weather should have been able to see this one.
    5 points
  18. Streetbob

    Wymeswold Sunday 13th September 2020

    A completely clear evening and surprisingly warm I wasn’t going to give up the chance of some (relatively) dark sky observing. I hadn’t used my iOptron zeq25gt mount for a while as I’d fallen out with it. But after a bit of adjusting and fine tuning over the last weeks I decided to give it another try. I arrived at about 8pm and set up. First using a compass and then Vegas & Arcturus for polar alignment. I then used Alioth as a single star alignment to double check and it was nearly centred. Jupiter was the first target and seeing was good with very l
    5 points
  19. Graham

    M27 in L,R,G,B

    Decided to try something completely different tonight and what a mare it turned out to be. I wanted to try out the Meade with the QSI on some Galaxy stuff but the weight with all that gear was pushing things a bit too far for the AZEQ6. Change of plan. πŸ˜• I stripped the mount down and loaded up the 150 Mac and the QSI instead. Now I found that I could not get the OAG to focus on a guide star as there was not quite enough travel on the focal adjuster to get a guide star. Change of plan again. 😒 I Stripped the mount down again and l
    5 points
  20. Sunny Phil

    Moon 15th and 16th Sept

    I caught some very thin lunar crescents on successive mornings with my DSLR at 300mm focal length.
    4 points
  21. Derbyshire Dave

    The Elephant Trunk Nebula in Ha

    The elephant trunk nebula, 17x 300 secs, calibrated with darks, flats and darkflats. Taken on the ASI 183MM Pro cooold camera at -10 degrees. Gonna try and get some more subs to cut down the noise, then move on to Oiii and Sii
    3 points
  22. Graham

    A very quiet Sun from this morning 19.09.2020

    After the rain finished early this morning the skies cleared with just a touch of high stuff making things a tad hazy. Started imaging around half Eleven. Have to report that things are very quiet on the solar front this morning. False colour added in PS 6.
    3 points
  23. Graham

    Solar from today 13.09.2020

    The seeing has not improved still very hazy. Imaging through high cloud does not make for the best of images. Usual kit and method.
    3 points
  24. Graham

    Led panel for flats

    We live and learn David πŸ˜‚ Sounds interesting though I need a new light in my kitchen.
    3 points
  25. Clive

    Volt/Amp meter fitted.

    Looping the wire will only have an effect with a current clamp meter if you loop the supply wire though the clamp a few times. With a standard in-line current meter, there's nothing to loop around.
    2 points
  26. Hi there , just a quick question. I am thinking of getting these (after several weeks of research) Explore Scientific MN-152/750 6" Maksutov-Newtonain OTA Skywatcher AZ-EQ5GT Alt Az / Equatorial GOTO Mount & Tripod. I plan initially to keep my 11inch SCT , problem is we have steep steps, and coz i'm getting older, and my back ain't what it was πŸ™‚ , it's kinda tricky to deadlift a bulky 30 kilo ota/mount and put it into the car. (Then carry it to location). Any experience using this mount? I've read up on it, seems great. As for the scope, it's a bit niche, but yield
    2 points
  27. Graham

    Help needed please?

    Yes you are right it was Tom my eyes are still burning from the memory of it πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…
    2 points
  28. Bottletopburly

    Cassiopeia

    Well done Phil nice wide field
    2 points
  29. RonC

    Help needed please?

    Or a Tom!! 2 years ago remember the blue flash!! πŸ˜„
    2 points
  30. As an ex 190MN owner I can only say what a great scopeit is! The reason for my sale was age!! It was a bit heavy for me to lift and change scopes on the mount. One thing I would get is a dew band to fit around the glass!! and a dew shield. Mine stayed in collimation for months even with moving it around. You will enjoy it, although getting an extra pair of tube rings for rotation is also a good idea! Ron
    2 points
  31. Craig

    EMS Upgrade Complete

    It was - some people were not getting emails at all, and others, like yourself, were getting duplicates.
    2 points
  32. Bottletopburly

    METEOR ?

    possible meteor on one of M31 images
    2 points
  33. RonC

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRAHAM

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRAHAM, hope you have a great day (when you've finished work!) πŸŽ‚
    2 points
  34. Sunny Phil

    Moon and Venus September 14th

    DSLR at 300mm focal length, ISO 100 and 1/200 second exposure: https://www.flickr.com/photos/philippughastronomer/50341940383/in/dateposted-public/ Zoom in for detail
    2 points
  35. Bottletopburly

    RST 135 inital set up and play inside

    Yea only at the bank πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
    2 points
  36. RonC

    Eastern horizon improvement!

    I'm getting an Eastern horizon improvement on Tuesday! My ENE - E horizon is blocked by a 60' huge conifer as per the photo. Due to the very windy conditions we've had over the Summer it was decided to remove it before it caused any damage, result!!! I'll do an 'after' photo Tuesday evening! Eastern view from the obsy!
    2 points
  37. Clive

    Try again. --- Wizard Neb in Hubble

    Having never processed a SHO image before I thought I would have a dabble this morning. Processed using Starnet and IRIS. Thanks for sharing the data, but I think I'll stop with my OSC.
    2 points
  38. seven_legs

    NGC 7023 The Iris Nebula

    Nice shot. I really like that.
    1 point
  39. Bottletopburly

    NGC 7023 The Iris Nebula

    Nice target ron πŸ‘ well done went cloudy here
    1 point
  40. Thanks Ron. Looks good!. Also after reading up more, i decided against the NEQ6 Pro, and went for the newer belt driven 6R Pro. Unfortunately it's out of stock. So i decided to dish out the extra money for the AZ/EQ6 (1 left in stock). It's all ordered ,look forward to it. Probably need to sell my C11 cpc now 😞 , hate to see that go , as it's amazing.... but very heavy. On the flipside i still will get to look through Tony's (seven_legs) 16inch dob. So the aperture loss will be a bit less sad.
    1 point
  41. RonC

    Thought this was helpful?

    As if I would Andy!! πŸ₯Ί
    1 point
  42. A great mount by all accounts, but you then sacrifice the alt-az option. But is the EQ6 Pro in stock ?? I've heard they are backordered..... Remember i said using a Newtonian on an equatorial mount one can end up with some pretty uncomfortable viewing positions ? Theres ways round this of course (ie tube rotators) but this will add more cost which you may not want.
    1 point
  43. Derbyshire Dave

    M31

    Hi Clive, ZWO ASI 183 Pro cooled camera at -10 degrees. Zwo filter wheel and filters. Just so nice to be actually imaging again
    1 point
  44. Glafnazur

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRAHAM

    Happy Birthday Graham.
    1 point
  45. TasKiNG

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRAHAM

    Happy Birthday
    1 point
  46. newtyng5

    Pacman Nebula NGC 281

    That's a great image!
    1 point
  47. Clive

    Eastern horizon improvement!

    At least you've got a bit of a gap now ☺
    1 point
  48. Glafnazur

    Moon and Venus September 14th

    They looked absolutely beautiful when I opened the curtains this morning.
    1 point
  49. Sheila

    Kelling 2020 12th - 19th October

    Just to let you know as far as I am aware the new restrictions do not affect businesses and are for personal restrictions. As yet Kelling is still taking place and I have had no notification that this has changed. Although no one will be able to camp with more than 6 people unless all from the same household. Social distancing from all other people at kellling must be 2m so no sharing scopes etc as you would expect. This could change over the next few weeks but we will have to wait and see. But we have been told there will be no total lockdown again unless things go really
    1 point
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