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  1. 13 points
    DaveJW

    Northern lights

    Deb & I recently went on a cruise up to northern Norway, hoping to see the aurora. We'd seen a couple of very weak ones & had almost given up on seeing anything better when sailing out of Alta our luck changed! The following photos were taken from the deck of a moving cruise liner on a calm sea with lots of people tramping about - gives you an idea anyway.
  2. 13 points
    Chris P.

    M106 (plus a few friends) in true RGB

    Hi everyone - here’s my take on M106 in RGB. I love the shape and colours of this galaxy. 150 x 1 min subs; C8+Hyperstar +178MC Cool. Baader moon and sky glow LP filter
  3. 10 points
    philjay

    M41

    A quick 5 minute shot of M41 in Canis Major with Itelescope Tak FSQ106, luminence only
  4. 7 points
    Ibbo

    M1 SHO

    Taken over several nights. 19x1200Ha 18x1200O3 16x1200S2 binned 2x2 200mm Meade SCT @f10 ith QSI cam. Click for full res might not be needed, but who can resist a click or two
  5. 7 points
    Chris P.

    Milky Way and Jupiter over Swansea Bay

    Hi everyone - this is a 30 sec exposure of the Milky Way and Jupiter over Swansea Bay - taken from out holiday let on The Gower Peninsula today (17th March)
  6. 7 points
    andyboy1970

    The Monkey head nebula.

    4 hours of 5 minute subs Hypercam 183c, Megrez 72FD
  7. 7 points
    red dwalf

    final rendition of the Flaming Star nebula in HA and Sii

    managed 7 hours of HA but only 2 hours 20 minutes of Sii, lights and bias frames only in the Sii channel, processed in Startools, and combinned in Photoshop CS3, William optics gt81 and Atik 460 mono camera, Astrodon 5nm filters.
  8. 5 points
    Doc

    Great Grey Shrikes are stunning.

    A few photos of the stunning Great Grey Shrike I saw today. This bird is known as the Butcher Bird as it impales it's food on spikes. Unfortunately I didn't catch that but waht a fantastic looking bird.
  9. 5 points
    Graham

    Last piece of the puzzle

    The new timing belts and pulleys arrived today. I had made the motor mounting brackets earlier on this week so it was a simple case of building them up ready for fitting tomorrow. I will now have a 1 to 1 ratio drive from the motors to the worms bringing the axis drives into the range of EQMOD so I can run the new mount from the motherboard of the HEQ 5.
  10. 4 points
    Ron Clarke

    Updating my obsy/shed

    I want to mount my MN190 permanently on my NEQ6 because it's too heavy to keep moving about! I need to widen the lift-up obsy/shed by some 20 cms and raise the roof 25 cms or so. Started tonight by removing the existing roof (felt) one end and one side, I have fitted one side but now need to get the plywood for the wider ends. I have decided instead of a door, too save weight and have a removable end making it lighter for me to lift. More photo's follow which will explain my plan. Roof felt removed. Roof removed End removed Side removed base widened ready for new plywood end. Cheers Ron
  11. 4 points
    Nightspore

    Evostar 72ED DS PRO

    This is a great little scope for rich field and occasional lunar viewing. It's just so cute. OK, it's not much bigger than a finder scope lol.
  12. 4 points
    Nightspore

    Sunday 17th Session

    The BBC Weather app reckoned it would be crystal clear from around 21:00 to 03:00 GMT. I was highly apprehensive of this claim, but the radar map seemed to substantiate that there would be no cloud even after 20:00. I had the ED80 set up on the AZ5 mount well before 9pm but there was hardly anything to see because of a thick blanket of cloud. However, there was a bit of wind coming from the south west and seemed to be breaking up the cloud layer. So I waited. Nearly an hour later and the bright Moon made an appearance. I could see it fleetingly earlier but now there was more of a chance. With a modified William Optics Amici prism diagonal, a Baader Single Polarising filter, and a 7.5mm Plossl I got an 80x magnification. To my surprise the image was pretty sharp and clear. I think the seeing was near a good Antoniadi ‘I’ but the transparency was below average. The occasional breeze did slightly move the OTA but this and the transparency didn’t affect lunar viewing that much though. Eventually I was able to raise the magnifications to 100x, 120x and even 160x for a while. About the same time exactly a month ago (on my birthday) I went out with the ED72 to have a look at the Moon (I knew the terminator was nicely placed near Schroter’s Valley) as it was unseasonably warm. I can’t remember going outside with a telescope on my birthday before as it’s usually too cold or snowing or something. Oddly, it was cooler yesterday than in February! This time the terminator was virtually running right through Schroter’s Valley and the bottom of Aristarchus was too dark to really see anything. The Montes Harbinger were quite dramatically realised by their shadows and the ghost crater of Prinz was easily seen. Herschel and the Bay of Rainbows were very nicely illuminated. Other highlights were Gassendi and the Sea of Moisture. At about 23:00 the clouds had abated enough to try some rich field observing. I could see Cassiopeia and Ursa Major fairly clearly, but Virgo, Leo, Cancer and Gemini were hazy, the Moon being in Cancer didn’t exactly help. After observing Taurus and the Pleiades I moved to Cassiopeia. Carolines’s Rose, the Owl Cluster, NGC 663, M103, and other clusters were good at about 19x with a Baader 31mm Hyperion Aspheric in a 2” Sky-Watcher dielectric diagonal. Mel 20, St 2 and the Perseus Double Cluster were also very nice. I decided to test my 32mm GSO Kellner for a while. These Kellners are not particularly expensive and don’t have a very good reputation in fast scopes. The eyepiece itself is quite light though and I wanted to see how it fared in an f/7.5 refractor. It produces a fair amount of off-axis astigmatism in my ED72 and is virtually unusable. The GSO (possibly a modified or reversed Kellner) has an FOV of 56º and I make the field stop to be 35mm. I’ve also swapped the drawtube, which originally featured an undercut, with a smooth tube from a GSO Barlow. The first thing I noticed viewing the Perseus Double Cluster sequentially with both eyepieces was how much brighter the Baader was. This surprised me to be honest as I believe both eyepieces only have three lenses in two groups. The larger FOV of the Baader was also apparent of course. I didn’t have enough time to really put the GSO through its paces but from what I can see at least 45º of the FOV is relatively undistorted. I’ll have to experiment more at a later date. I doubt it will replace the Aspheric any time soon! As the clouds were starting to reappear I switched back to the 1.25” diagonal and a 15mm Celestron Luminos for 40x and a 2mm exit pupil. Finally, spending the last quarter of an hour on the Moon with a 10mm Vixen NPL and a 2x Barlow for 120x.
  13. 4 points
    Ibbo

    M53 RGB

    4 x 30 secs each RGB 200mm Meade SCT and QSI cam
  14. 4 points
    Ibbo

    A bit of Luna 17-3-2019

    Still not doing the moon. Tycho I believe. 1500 frames from C11 and ZWO 178. Do the clicky thing for full res.
  15. 4 points
    philjay

    QHY IMGOH Condensation

    Sorted I reckon. I added more sealant around the nosepiece optical window because it looked a littke susoect. I then left the opened camera in a tupperware box with a big dessicant box for a week or so. I then applied silicon sealant to the face plate and quickly assembled the camera and sealed tge faceplate screws. Just tested the camera and even after 30 minutes, no fogging or icing detected.
  16. 4 points
    Chris P.

    Pinwheel Galaxy (M101)

    Hi everyone - just a couple of hours worth on this one. It's a beautiful target - one of my favourites. C8+Hyperstar_178MC Cool+ STC duo narrowband for the Ha detail
  17. 3 points
    Nightspore

    503 Notice?

    OK Craig.
  18. 3 points
    Graham

    Last piece of the puzzle

    I am now the owner of an Argo Navis hand held Astronomy computer and a Generation 3 ServoCAT motor driver. More to follow as it happens
  19. 2 points
    Ibbo

    Sol 20-3-2019 Ha

    201 frames 60mm lunt coronado d/s chameleon cam Do the clicky thing for full res
  20. 2 points
    Nightspore

    Bino Stuff

    127mm Sky-Watcher Mak with William Optics bino, WO diagonal and 20mm WO SWAN's. 20mm SWAN's Elephant case with bino stuff.
  21. 2 points
    Nightspore

    503 Notice?

    11:39
  22. 2 points
    Derbyshire Dave

    Andromeda Re_Processed

    This weather is driving me crazy, so have spent tonight going back to an image and re-processing. I wasn't happy with my last efforts, I'd used a lot of curve stretching which brought out a lot of noise and some unwanted colour. I've been much more careful this time and used some of the noise reduction in Noel Carboni's astronomy tools. Much happier with the result.
  23. 2 points
    Doc

    Great Grey Shrikes are stunning.

    It was on South Lawns, Clumber Park, opposite the chapel on the other side of the lake.
  24. 2 points
    Graham

    Sorry I am a bit on the drag this week.

    Last weeks hits. Look out for the good one about two thirds through.
  25. 2 points
    red dwalf

    Polar alignment with sharpcap 2.9

    Last night I used the polar alignment tool in sharpcap 2.9 which is free, Took two minutes to do and happy with the results would highly recommend, and a lot cheaper than pole master. Got it down to 00.00.05
  26. 2 points
    Bottletopburly

    modified flats panel

    i wasn't happy with the fixing on the flats panel so picked up a scope cover on astrobuy and took out the middle and siliconed onto perspex ,need to black the outer part but will be a snug fit now
  27. 2 points
    Ron Clarke

    Losmondy conversion.

    And finally the MN190 is atop the NEQ6 (it's bl**dy heavy, check the counter weights!)
  28. 2 points
    Bino-viewer

    Startools website

  29. 2 points
    Ron Clarke

    Targets for 2019 (and on!)

    Decided having got a book from the Astro show last week to try and image as many Messier objects as I can. The book gives the co-ordinates and best months/times to image them all although some aren't possible from the UK! Some of them are a bit boring and just open clusters etc. and some are quite difficult and low in the sky but it will bring a bit more purpose to the year. I will still drift off and grab some NGC's and IC's I'm sure!! Cheers Ron
  30. 2 points
    Bottletopburly

    M81

    Very much work in progress 25x 300 sec dithered ,flats and bias as darks ,processed in startools ,im very happy the way this is going few issues to iron out ,
  31. 1 point
    Bottletopburly

    M1 SHO

    Stunning work Steve 🥇
  32. 1 point
    Bino-viewer

    503 Notice?

    * STOP PRESS * What was i saying.....? I had the same '503' notice late last night, around 23:00 time and now first thing this morning at 08:10 It was ok the second time i loaded it on both occasions.
  33. 1 point
    Nightspore

    Bino Stuff

    Thanks, I've collected a few over time. I don't have that many 2" eyepieces. I have a lot of Barlows (including 2" GSO & Luminos). These are only a few of what I've got. Some are in pieces lol.
  34. 1 point
    Ron Clarke

    Great Grey Shrikes are stunning.

    Cracking photo's Mick, great looking bird as well!!
  35. 1 point
    BAZ

    Great Grey Shrikes are stunning.

    That's a rare one, where was it Mick? Excellent shots.
  36. 1 point
    Ron Clarke

    Polar alignment with sharpcap 2.9

    There's a good walk-through of the system on Sharpcap 3.1..
  37. 1 point
    Smithysteve

    Last piece of the puzzle

    Not as quick as you Graham 😀 Excellent stuff! 👍
  38. 1 point
    Bottletopburly

    Last piece of the puzzle

    That postman was quick Graham 😂
  39. 1 point
    Ibbo

    Sorry I am a bit on the drag this week.

    Nice one Graham. Must get mine set up agian.
  40. 1 point
    Graham

    Losmondy conversion.

    Looking good Ron. Nice to see it back in its rightful place
  41. 1 point
    Graham

    Milky Way and Jupiter over Swansea Bay

    Very atmospheric Looks lovely.
  42. 1 point
    BAZ

    M106 (plus a few friends) in true RGB

    Well you bagged a shed load of Galaxies in that shot, lovely image.
  43. 1 point
    Ibbo

    Startools website

    Loaded on my win 10 PC this afters - I have not used it before.
  44. 1 point
    Smithysteve

    Last piece of the puzzle

    It is all coming together very quickly, do you ever find time for eating, or sleeping? 😊 I hope you can show us a video of it in action at some point... when you stop for breath 🙂👍🔭
  45. 1 point
    Derbyshire Dave

    Targets for 2019 (and on!)

    Thanks Ron. Good luck with your quest!
  46. 1 point
    Bottletopburly

    Losmondy conversion.

    I put two threaded studs on the underside of mine so they would catch the ring should I slip fastening scope to mount rather a chipped ring than a broken scope ,
  47. 1 point
    Doc

    Targets for 2019 (and on!)

    Something to aim for Ron.
  48. 1 point
    philjay

    final rendition of the Flaming Star nebula in HA and Sii

    Thats nice Rob, subtle processing, good one
  49. 1 point
    Bino-viewer

    final rendition of the Flaming Star nebula in HA and Sii

    Impressive. Does this object have a catalogue number....?? I've not heard of the 'Flaming Star' ? It looks more like a dragon to me.....🙂
  50. 1 point
    Bassinghamobservatory

    final rendition of the Flaming Star nebula in HA and Sii

    There's s smoke around the snout too. Superb detail and colour.
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