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  1. 11 points
    Graham

    What a brilliant nights imaging.

    Had a great night tonight despite Mr Blobby being on high beam. First up was the Flying Bat Neb. This proved to be just a tad too close to Blobby as it got badly washed out. Did try HA and OIII but the OIII got washed out completely so no Squid this time. To give some idea of the coverage of the QSI this image would have been a 6 panel mosaic with the 414 EX with the QSI it is a single image. All the following were taken with the GT 81 and the QSI. All captured in Maxim Minimum of processing in PS 6. 12 subs at 600 seconds in HA. Next up was M45. This was done in HA, OIII and SII. 10 subs at 300 seconds for each channel. Next on the agenda was NGC 2238 or the Rosette Neb. Straight HA capture as it was very low down. 10 subs at 300 seconds in HA. Finally just to prove Autumn is really here the first M 42 of the season. 10 subs at 300 seconds in HA.
  2. 10 points
    Graham

    Talk about the circle of life.

    I have just taken charge of a new apprentice. When I asked him what had got him into engineering he told me it was his grandfather. He went on to explain how his grandfather had worked for a company from leaving school. He worked for them for 65years and only retired when the company closed down. This was the very same company where I did my apprenticeship way back in the 70's. It turns out that his grandfather was one of the guys who taught me. Now I am teaching his grandson. How is that for going full circle.
  3. 9 points
    Ron Clarke

    French holiday

    Just back from a week in Southern France, we were near the Alps and 3000' up. The scenery was stunning and we walked up a mountain track to 5000' and could not believe the number of butterflies around! Mostly Blues of different kinds and Apollo's plus White Admirals and small yellow's. Not that many birds about (which was my interest) but we got good views of a flock of Alpine Chuffs and one Alpine Accentor. After a visit to see Olly Penrice I went searching for Gryphon Vultures, what a drive!! 16 hairpin bends up and the same coming down, twice! Got to see 4 Gryphon Vultures while sitting near a cafe having an ice cream as it was 28'C even at 3500'! Anyway some photo's: 4 Gryphon Vultures, only a 70mm lens but no problem with bino's! (Note the twin TEC 140's) An Apollo butterfly A very large Black Bee! We will certainly try to go again!! Ron
  4. 8 points
    Ibbo

    An early nag in ha

    A couple of subs with the 71 and QSI before dawn
  5. 7 points
    Bottletopburly

    Double cluster

    Double cluster 1hr 54 min x 3min exposures Tecnosky 70 Q /246mm quadruplet processed in Startools
  6. 6 points
    Bino-viewer

    Quick session on spectacular Saturn

    Thursday 19 Sept. Quick report. I set the DM6 up + 140mm refractor primarily to test my Nexus computer. Basically, since i updated the firmware a few weeks ago, i've had some trouble with it. Long story short, i made a bit of a hash uploading the updated catologues (theres over 30 of them !) onto the external SD card. Thats now resolved thankfully, and hopefully things are back on track with it. We've had a great weeks weather and i'd already had 3 sessions in the previous 6 days which is quite a feat in itself. The sky was clear when i set up at 19:30 and i spent a good half hour trying to sort out alignment with no joy. I'd promised myself it would be a very quick session : i'd been up since 4 that morning and was up at 4 for work the next morning too, so was starting to flag a bit. At home, Saturn is currently too low for me to routinely observe, but theres a small gap between the trees to the south and next doors house that allows me about a 1 hour window to view it. And conveniently that window is roughly where Saturn crosses its highest point in the sky. As i'd given up on the Nexus for the night, i'd decided a quick hours tour of the evenings best objects was in order before i retired to bed. Saturn had just come into view so i swung the scope round to take a look. As the scope had had only 30 mins cool-down, and me expecting only the usual mediocre seeing i wasn't expecting too much, but i was in for a surprise.... Even at 50x magnification, the view of Saturn looked very sharp with no hint of seeing related wobbles. I changed the diagonal over for more power. (My 'high power diagonal' as i call it, has a 2.6x multiplier that permanently resides in it. Its solely used with the Mark 5 bino for high power observing, and also corrects for prism induced for sphero-chromatism) Power now 134x. Saturn is absolutely tack sharp and spectacular. The seeing seems very good. More power needed, so swapped eyepieces to 196x I'm now in uncharted territory. The best view of Saturn i've seen. It was like a 3D orb floating in space across the field of view. Cassini is visible about 80% of the way around the circumference of the rings. I'd never even seen Cassini before in any of my previous scopes. I do appreciate the rings are currently wide open, this helps Cassini spotting of course.... Theres was a clear band visible on the surface of the planet. I'd not seen it so easily or so well defined before. I can see the shadow of Saturn on its rings : a first for me. I could detect 3 moons, at times i could see 4, and occasionally 5. (i'm assuming they were moons : but i didn't have time to check) But Saturn is just a beautiful object, and just a treat to view in any sort of seeing. I have to remind myself that its still languishing in the southern constellations and the view will get even better in the coming years. I spent a good half hour viewing it, and even upped the magnification at one point to 283x. That was a bit too much juice for it : i found the best views were at 180 - 196x using my 13 Naglers and 14 Denkmeiers I don't normally advocate using really high powers, but this new scope is certainly better suited to it than previous scopes i've used. I'm looking forward to busting out the E and F stars in M42s trapezium and maybe even Sirius 'b' later in the year. They are on my bucket list. I think this scope will prove to be an excellent tool for double star work and plan to devote more of my observing time to them. I checked out a few other notables : the double cluster was just beautiful : coloured diamonds on black velvet !! M31 was just the usual fuzzy blob (my home site has terrible light pollution) I couldn't see M32, but spotted M110 nearby. M57 very high up and nearly ruptured my neck but looked very crisp and well defined. Alcor / Mizar was a beautiful sight as always ; one of my favourite doubles. Aptly, i finished the evening with Epsilon Lyrae : both doubles nicely split even with a lower magnification. Despite the alignment issues an enjoyable, if short session. Thanks for reading. The view of Saturn was one i'll remember for a while 😊
  7. 4 points
    Graham

    IC 1805. The Heart Neb

    Took advantage of the last night of good weather before Kelling. I did shoot this in OIII and SII as well but Mr Blobby took care of those subs. 😴 This left me with only the HA which was worth processing. 13 subs in HA at 600 seconds. Captured and stacked in Maxim Polished up in PS 6
  8. 3 points
    Ron Clarke

    iPolar polar scope

    My iPolar polar scope has just arrived from Altair Astro. I have downloaded the software and manual and fitted it to my NEQ6 with the provided adaptor. Just waiting for it to get dark to test it out, I will report later...
  9. 3 points
    Ibbo

    Sol 19-9-2019 ha

  10. 3 points
    Sunny Phil

    Nothing remarkable about this ...

    ... but I took it in daylight. I have found that ISO400 works better in daylight and then I have a bit more processing to do.
  11. 3 points
    Graham

    The riddle over the tree in a forest is solved.

    You all know the riddle of the tree in a forest falling over , if no one is there to see it does it make a sound. Well I can officially declare it does. One of the many very large Oaks we have at work decided it just could no longer bear the weight of one of it's many very large branches. Below is the result. No one saw it go but just about everyone on the site heard it. It sounded like a fairly substantial explosion going off. πŸŽ‡ πŸŽ‡ πŸŽ‡ The fortunate thing is it missed that very large tank you can see. It is one of the fire mains water reserve tanks and it holds some 600,000 gallons of water.
  12. 3 points
    Chris P.

    Single-sub challenge - NGC7000 & FL on the Canon 5D

    OK - so I had an absolute nightmare last night. Couldn't get SG Pro to plate solve with the Canon 5D despite triple-checking camera sensor config and arc secs per pixel values. I wasted a lot of time. Desperate to get something for my first-light efforts, I pointed the scope roughly in the direction of Cygnus and grabbed a single 2-min sub before high level clouds and haze called a halt to proceedings. I retired to the house and immediately realised what I'd not done - which was to switch off all the in-camera noise reduction settings! I'll check it again if I get chance tonight but I think this cannot have helped the plate solving routine. It normally works a treat with my other cameras inc my 450d. Anyway, after checking the single RAW image I did get, I thought it was worth processing as a single sub because despite the 100% moon, there was some pretty strong signal in this single frame. So here it is........ Canon 5dMII (modded by Andy Ellis); Redcat 51; Altair Astro Quadband filter; ISO 1600; 2 mins exposure
  13. 2 points
    8472

    IC1805 - Heart Nebula

    134 600s Lights 40 Darks 316 Flats 62 Bias Imaged over 5 nights TEC Cooled E-PL5 130P-DS AVX PP - DSS, Startools & GIMP Regards, Kev
  14. 2 points
    Ron Clarke

    iPolar polar scope

    Well I am very pleased with the iPolar, easy to use as it plate solves even if you cannot see Polaris! It has also helped with my guiding as I regularly get a graph like this now!!
  15. 2 points
    Bottletopburly

    Talk about the circle of life.

    I work with a young lad or not so young now 32 for ten years or more before the penny dropped that I knew his dad and was an apprentice in a small joinery shop , small world his dad still calls me young Dave I call him big Dave
  16. 2 points
    newtyng5

    N America and Pelican Nebula with the Canon 5D

    Wow that's nice. So pin sharp!
  17. 2 points
    Ron Clarke

    iPolar polar scope

    Well pleased with the test. I must remember to switch on the mount to track Polaris first next time! Calibrated it with 9 stars (it wasn't far out!) which was fairly easy. I added my guide scope and used PHD 1.4 and was amazed at the tracking, best yet! Only did a bit of visual and finished early but it looks like Friday and Saturday nights may be clear to really test it with some AP. Ron
  18. 1 point
    BAZ

    NGC 7000 and friend.

    Looks good though Ron. πŸ‘
  19. 1 point
    Ibbo

    This weeks captures.

    good uns at 2-30 4-25 6-00& 9-00 ish
  20. 1 point
    Bottletopburly

    Broomstick and friends.

    Nice πŸ‘ graham
  21. 1 point
    BAZ

    Quick session on spectacular Saturn

    Sounds like you are getting on well with the new scope Rob. A great report there mate.
  22. 1 point
    Graham

    Quick session on spectacular Saturn

    Sounds like you had a great albeit brief time there. Looking forward to seeing this scope at Kelling.
  23. 1 point
    Allan the Plumber

    Elephant Trunk Narrowband

    Lovely Dave it’s a hard one to frame as there is so much nebulously around the trunk and your spoilt when framing up
  24. 1 point
    BAZ

    Elephant Trunk Narrowband

    Oo, that's a corker Dave.
  25. 1 point
    Ron Clarke

    Elephant Trunk Narrowband

    Great image Dave, well done πŸ‘
  26. 1 point
    Graham

    Elephant Trunk Narrowband

    Very nice too Dave. I like that a lot. What kit were you using.
  27. 1 point
    Derbyshire Dave

    Nothing remarkable about this ...

    Well well done you for giving it a try!
  28. 1 point
    BAZ

    laptop box for Kelling.

    I have a red screen filter you can have Ron.
  29. 1 point
    BAZ

    Talk about the circle of life.

    That's just amazing. It sounds like the lad knows what is expected of him too, I hope he does well.
  30. 1 point
    Bottletopburly

    Messier 103 -widefield

    Toned down the blue green cast possible cause may be the Idas D2 filter, using colour module in startools and using legacy mode the overly blue stars not so vivid now .
  31. 1 point
    Graham

    An early nag in ha

    Nice one Steve. Good to see her back
  32. 1 point
    BAZ

    French holiday

    That is some gorgeous scenery Ron, I am pleased you had glorious weather and enjoyed your stay.
  33. 1 point
    Bottletopburly

    French holiday

    Sounds like you had a good time ron
  34. 1 point
    BAZ

    Happy Birthday Graham.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRAHAM HAVE A GREAT DAY.
  35. 1 point
    Chris P.

    Happy Birthday Graham.

    🍺 happy birthday @Graham
  36. 1 point
    Ron Clarke

    Happy Birthday Graham.

    Happy Birthday Graham, hope you had a great day mate.. See you at kelling..πŸŽ‚
  37. 1 point
    Brady

    Happy Birthday Graham.

    All the best mate
  38. 1 point
    TasKiNG

    Happy Birthday Graham.

    Happy Birthday Graham
  39. 1 point
    Bino-viewer

    Happy Birthday Graham.

    Many Happy Returns Graham πŸ˜€πŸŽ‰πŸΊπŸŽ‚πŸΎπŸŒ™πŸ”­
  40. 1 point
    Brantuk

    Happy Birthday Graham.

    Hope you have a smashing birthday Graham πŸ™‚
  41. 1 point
    Streetbob

    Happy Birthday Graham.

    Best wishes of the day. Enjoy it.
  42. 1 point
    seven_legs

    Messier 103 -widefield

    Nice shot. Keep um coming😊
  43. 1 point
    Graham

    Double cluster

    Love the colours David. πŸ‘
  44. 1 point
    Smithysteve

    What a brilliant nights imaging.

    Great results Graham, dark skies are returning, along with the great Orion in the early morning... let’s hope we get some clear nights! πŸ‘
  45. 1 point
    Bottletopburly

    What a brilliant nights imaging.

    Very good results graham wait till blobby is out the way think the result is going to be spectacular
  46. 1 point
    BAZ

    Single-sub challenge - NGC7000 & FL on the Canon 5D

    That's a massive area of sky and it looks good for one sub and the moon giving it large.
  47. 1 point
    BAZ

    What a brilliant nights imaging.

    That was a productive night and shows the capability of the new camera. Nice one!
  48. 1 point
    bryand

    Meet-up this weekend.

    Yes, the new kit did everything asked of it, in style. A result! A nice meet, where nobody had any agendas and we just pottered.
  49. 1 point
    Ibbo

    Sol 13-9-2019 Ha

    Thanks. You ought to have seen the ser file - I had to chop it up to remove the clouds.
  50. 1 point
    Graham

    Sol 13-9-2019 Ha

    Awesome You really nailed that today.
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