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  1. 6 points
    Doc

    Mallard duckling

    How cute are these. I noticed they rolled their eyes back when they tilted their head.
  2. 6 points
    Ibbo

    Early morning planets 15-5-2019

    tak 102 x2.5 pm ZWO178 cam
  3. 5 points
    Bino-viewer

    NEO Asteroid close pass this Saturday.

    Interesting read here below. Its a pity is not visible for us Northern Hemisphere folk, and i believe its a faint Magnitude 12. https://earthsky.org/space/double-asteroid-1999-kw4-closest-may-25-2019
  4. 5 points
    Derbyshire Dave

    The Badger Family

    Re-discovered this Badger set about three miles from home. Right on a main footpath, but there is seclusion for the badgers across a wall in the field. Such a pleasure to watch these lovely animals in daylight. TWO videos here .. One a bot wobbly ๐Ÿ˜‰ Second Video
  5. 5 points
    Derbyshire Dave

    A trip to Attenborough

    Taken last week at Attenborough Nature Reserve, Nottingham. Beautiful day, took the tripod and 2x converter for the 300mm lens Red Crested Pochard -with an itchy nose??????????????? Whitethroat (or is that a Lesser Whitethroat Mick?) Sedge Warbler Singing his or her little heart out,
  6. 5 points
    Nightspore

    Big Mak

    127mm Sky-Watcher Mak/AZ5 mount and tripod.
  7. 4 points
    Chris P.

    N America and Pelican Nebula in Ha+OIII bi-colour

    Just a quick grab with the Recat\Star Adventurer, STC Duo-Narrowband filter and Canon 450d. 54x2min subs processed in Pixinsight and PSCC. Still too low in the East for best seeing so I'll come back to this target later in the year when it's overhead
  8. 3 points
    Bottletopburly

    OSC

    This popped up on flickr not bad for a OSC camera a asi1294mc pro certainly getting better these osc cameras
  9. 2 points
    red dwalf

    Startools Tutorials

    i use startools and like many software applications it can be involving, although i follow a set routine with tweaks here and there and one thing startools is great for is noise reduction and control, for the money and simplicity you can`t go wrong in my humble opinion. i do sometimes tweak results in photoshop CS3 too.
  10. 2 points
    Nightspore

    Inexpensive But Decent EP's?

    Here are some of my contenders: A 28mm Sky-Watcher (possibly Synta) LET that may or may not be a reversed Kellner. It has a 56ยฐ FOV with a 31mm field stop. These EP's are often included with some Evostars and the larger Sky-Watcher Mak's. LET (Long Eye relief Twist up eyeguard) eyepieces are about 30 quid to buy separately. That's basically giving them away lol. I've got better 2" 28mm eyepieces but they are also heavy. I've seen three comets with my 2" LET. It gives a bright image and is fairly sharp up to the edge of field with an f/7.5 refractor. A bit of edge of field astigmatism with faster scopes but nothing drastic in my experience. The rubber 'mock Pentax' twist up eyeguard is quite comfortable. Honestly, these are better than they look. Sky-Watcher UWA Planetary Eyepieces. I'm pretty convinced these are Barsta/BST. Sky-Watcher often refer to them as Plossls but they're more like TMB lookalikes and the TS Optics/BST Planetary eyepieces. They have twist up eyeguards, a 58ยฐ FOV and feature Smyth-type drawtubes. I find these very much like orthoscopics with bright, sharp, and highly contrasted views. They can sometimes suffer from odd reflections at the edge of field on a bright Moon but are also superb as deep sky EP's. I believe these were often included with some Sky-Watcher refractors. Sometimes marketed under different names, principally Olivon in the US I think. Pretty good for between 30 and 40 quid though. Not sure who makes this 4.5mm 'SW' Planetary II as I got it from the pic'n'mix basket from 365Astronomy. It is very similar to the Sky-Watcher UWA Planetary Eyepieces. It was about the same price as the UWA's but just as sharp and contrasted as the much more expensive TS Optics Planetary HR's in use. If anyone knows any more about who manufacture these I'd be grateful for the information. Has anybody else got any inexpensive but decent EP's?
  11. 2 points
    Mike Terry

    Hello fellow clouds spotters....I'm in East Markam

    Nice to find a like minded local group. Visual astronomy is my direction with just the odd attempt at photography with my old Canon 1000d. Currently viewing with a SkyMax 127 and 8" Newt. EQ5 pro and AZGti mounts. Been at it for 15 years but night work and clouds make experience a lot shorter than it sounds. Looking at a frac but don't want to produce 8/8th cloud cover over North Notts. Clear Skies Mike
  12. 2 points
    Ron Clarke

    AnyDesk

    Has anybody else tried this software? I found it by accident on SGL during a thread about what's happening with Teamviewer. Seems a lot of folks are having problems with it and they are being charged for the software. I downloaded Anydesk and within 20 mins had 2 laptops and my PC linked and working well! I'm certainly no computer 'geek' but it was very easy and I shall use it for sure and it's free!! Any comments would be welcome.. Ron
  13. 2 points
    Bino-viewer

    Max bright opinions

    Clave...? Be careful....Mick will be jealous if its one of the ones he's after !! If you want to try out and of my eyepiece pairs anytime, just shout up. I'm currently trialing a pair of 15 Delites myself.
  14. 2 points
    tuckstar

    Max bright opinions

    I'm hoping I have. RVO have said they can get one but will be a few weeks. I'm ordering the 1.7gpc with it. Got a pair of 18.3mm delites on there way as well. Cried it card is taking a battering, especially as I may of brought a little something from clavรจ as well.
  15. 2 points
    Chris P.

    Redcat 51 arrives at the [email protected]

    itโ€™s here!
  16. 2 points
    Derbyshire Dave

    A trip to Attenborough

    OK.. I Think I have a fix. I now ask to check for profile mismatches, and when it finds the embedded ProColour one, I choose 'Convert to working RGB. THESE SHOULD NOW LOOK OK! (Thanks guys!) Pochard Whitethroat Sedge Warbler..
  17. 2 points
    Graham

    Been at the large ERF holders again.

    Don't know if you remember a while back I made a very large ERF holder for a Solar scope. Well it would seem the word has spread across the grapevine and for that matter the globe. I have just completed a request to make another one to fit a Celestron C 11. This one is for a gentleman who is ' an elected fellow of the Institute of Physics Singapore '. This one is now all parceled up and will be winging its way around the world on Friday to his University where it will be fitted to the Astrophysics Solar scope. Funny old hobby this Astronomy ๐Ÿ˜‚
  18. 1 point
    Bottletopburly

    Startools Tutorials

    @Graham here is a page on startools with a list of PI commands and what the startools equivalents are http://forum.startools.org/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=447
  19. 1 point
    Nightspore

    Death Star Moon

    Tuesday night I used my 90mm Mak to have a quick butcher's at the Moon between the clouds. I thought I may get lucky and catch the rille of Petavius near the terminator. It was too far away though. However the terminator had caught the Humboldt crater very dramatically making the Moon slightly resemble the Death Star from Star Wars. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humboldt_(crater) Humboldt at about 00:30 British Summer Time 20/5/2019 These Moon Atlas images don't really do it justice. The terminator had basically bisected the crater. I believe the Moon has a 178 year nutation and libration cycle. So it's impossible to see it exactly the same twice.
  20. 1 point
    Sunny Phil

    White Light

    I'm still struggling with hydrogen alpha at the moment. It doesn't help that my webcam crashes Windows quite regularly. On the other hand, I have been having some results with white light, with some images of the recent sunspot with my DSLR and filters. This photo shows it most clearly out of the ones I have taken recently.
  21. 1 point
    Bottletopburly

    Startools Tutorials

    The video is just to give you an idea of roughly how it works for someone using it for the first time graham , like any software it takes time and years to master, for me I can get something Iโ€™m happy with at the end fairly quickly , photoshop for me was way over my head and too time consuming and costly , but itโ€™s just finding something that works for you and your needs . Thereโ€™s another video ivo did a few years ago with data supplied by josh lake m42 on hydrogen Alpha I thought with my untrained eye was quite good
  22. 1 point
    Streetbob

    The Badger Family

    What is it about watching these simple things that makes it seem all's well with the world?
  23. 1 point
    Streetbob

    Mallard duckling

    Great pictures. I saw along line of mallard ducklings following their Mum at Attenborough on Thursday morning.
  24. 1 point
    Graham

    Mallard duckling

    Aw sweet ๐Ÿ˜Š
  25. 1 point
    red dwalf

    Gradient removal

    looks a good find David, i`ll give it a whirl
  26. 1 point
    Ron Clarke

    Startech Hub fitted to NEQ6

    Just fitted this to the mount using a mount screw, I've checked all the wiring by moving the mount every which way and all seems secure. Do you think this is OK instead of using Velcro??
  27. 1 point
    Graham

    Startech Hub fitted to NEQ6

    No worries Ron. Dont want you knocking the hub and breaking the board.
  28. 1 point
    Graham

    The Badger Family

    Great to see these magnificent creatures.
  29. 1 point
    Bottletopburly

    OSC

    A TS APO 130/910mm
  30. 1 point
    Ron Clarke

    The Badger Family

    Good vids Dave, a pleasure to watch them!
  31. 1 point
    Smithysteve

    OSC

    The image is a stunner!
  32. 1 point
    Nightspore

    Big Mak

    The meniscus lens must act like a refractor objective. A Newtonian only has two mirrors but the image is inverted and non reversed. My brain hurts now lol.
  33. 1 point
    Smithysteve

    Early morning planets 15-5-2019

    Very nice too Steve ๐Ÿ‘ You managed to get some fine detail too, despite the low altitudes. ๐Ÿ‘Œ
  34. 1 point
    tuckstar

    Max bright opinions

    So I can't find a maxbright for sale anywhere. I know there is one on abs but no response from the seller. So, I'm looking at the wo bino viewer set which comes with eyepieces and barlow. But, I don't think I'll get focus with the barlow as it may be too long, I don't know if it can be attached directly to my t2 prism. If I need to buy a gpc rather than the barlow then the cost starts mounting. So then I'm thinking Baader mkv. Any opinions on the wo? Edit, found some Maxbrights ๐Ÿ˜‰
  35. 1 point
    Graham

    Early morning planets 15-5-2019

    You did well to grab those. They must be well down in the murk.
  36. 1 point
    Ibbo

    Sol 15-5-2019 Ha

    Catch up day today
  37. 1 point
    Graham

    Current Progress on M82

    Missed this one. Cracking image Joe. See what you mean about the artifact , very interesting.
  38. 1 point
    Werisit

    M13 mono & question

    I think it's a mirror image as well. Can just make out the propeller but it's on the right hand side. Nice though, I've never got that sort of detail.
  39. 1 point
    Ibbo

    Sol 13-5-2019

    Lunt 60mm D/S chameleon cam 151 frames stacked in AS3 prodded with imppg and poked with PS do the clicky thing for full res
  40. 1 point
    Smithysteve

    AWOL

    Good to hear from you Pete! Your good humour, encouraging remarks and depth of knowledge is already being missed on EMS! Your garden and new hobby looks interesting, Keep in touch matey! ๐Ÿ‘
  41. 1 point
    Sheila

    AWOL

    Good to see you are sorting stuff out. We were getting a bit concerned about you โ˜บ๏ธ
  42. 1 point
    Brantuk

    AWOL

    Same here Pete - good to see you're ok ๐Ÿ™‚
  43. 1 point
    Graham

    AWOL

    Great to see you back. Was getting a little worried about you. Best of luck with the eyes, Keep in touch ๐Ÿ‘
  44. 1 point
    Ibbo

    Sol 12-5-2019

    Lunt 60mm D/S chameleon cam 151 frames stacked in AS3 prodded with imppg and poked with PS Do the clicky thing for full res
  45. 1 point
    Ibbo

    AWOL

    Good to hear from you. Enjoy your garden project. We are still here -pop in when you feel like it.
  46. 1 point
    Doc

    AWOL

    So nice to hear from you again Pete, we were all worried something might have happened to you. Sorry to hear about your depression and cataracts, as you say something an astronomer can do without, but I'm sure once they are operated on, you will feel much better. As for bee keeping talk to Rusty Strings he keeps bees. As I said nice to hear from you and don't be a stranger, you have loads of friends here.
  47. 1 point
    Derbyshire Dave

    M101 LRGB

    Finally managed to get a bit of clear sky last night, after weeks it would seem. All the kit seemed to have a mind of it's own, and my guiding is just bonkers, so limited my exposures to 1 minute. So this is M101, 5 x 1 minute exposures in L,R,G,and B. Crikey that's not much eh, so noisier than I'd like, hopefully tonight will be a bit clearer ...
  48. 1 point
    Ron Clarke

    Apt Update

    I've no idea what that was all about David, but it sounds good!! ๐Ÿ™„
  49. 1 point
    Ibbo

    The Lunar Cycle.

    I don't think so Ron as the moon is always about either day or night.
  50. 1 point
    Allan the Plumber

    M101 LRGB Spring Kelling

    Here's my offering from this years "Kelling Spring Star party" not as many clear nights as hoped \Sunday promised clear all night (FOG) ๐Ÿ˜  Nevermind got a half night and full night Wednesday / Thursday plus made up for cloudy nights in the bar M101 LRGB M101_LRGB_Kelling2019 by Allan Young-Hares, on Flickr 28 x 180s LUM 44 x 180s Red 46 x180s Green 41 x 180s Blue Darks total 20 per filter Flats and Bias Processed with Pixinsight and finished in PS6 Thanks for looking
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