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  1. 6 points
    Chris P.

    NGC4565 - The Needle Galaxy

    Taken with my 150 Mak \ DSLR combo. Total of 4 hrs exposure and proved a tricky one to process.
  2. 6 points
    Doc

    *Meet Belper this Friday 20th April*

    Three of us turned up myself, Kev, and Bryan. We decided to park right down the bottom along side the far wall. If you park up the top you are blinded by the cars going up and down the road but down the bottom you are sheltered from the lights. Lovely campsite, with a clean toilet block and what looks like a room with lots of chairs in which could be used for a meet. Sky conditions were good but there was quite a lot of murky stuff up high which spoilt it a little, and it was a tad windy earlier on. This blew all my notes around so in the end I didn't keep any notes but I observed a few more double stars and quite a few globulars clusters and a few of the brighter galaxies. Jupiter was also very pleasent and the first time this year I have observed it. Two obswerving nights in a row is rare so I was pleased I made the effort to come up here.
  3. 6 points
    Ron Clarke

    My M101 entry!

    Only an hours data so far plus some dark's. Will re-visit this and add to it! MN190 HEQ5 (Wifi) canon 1000d modded QHY5 guiding 12x5min + 10 dark's. DSS and PS3
  4. 6 points
    Doc

    Observing report 19.04.2018

    19.4.18 Patio (home) Skywatcher Esprit 120ED Selection of Clave' eyepieces Warm 21.00 - 01.00 Cannot remember the last time I done any observing while wearing shorts and a T shirt. In fact it's been such a long time since I've been out. Decided to work through Sissy Haas book on double stars, and by doing so used my newly aquired 4mm Clave' plossl. Leo Alpha Leo - 1.4/8.2 - 176" - Very easy split - 12mm Clave - x70 mag - White/Grey 14 Leo - 3.5/10.8 - 96" - Hard split as the B component is very dim, only glimpsed occasionally - 12mm Clave' - x70 mag - White/Grey Iota leo - 4.1/11 - 1.7" - Sissy Haas book says B is 6.7mag, while CduC says it is 11 mag. I tend to believe CduC as this was pretty hard and only glimpsed - 4mm Clave - x210 mag - Yellow/Grey 90 Leo - 6.3/7.3/9.8 - 34"/67" - Medium difficulty, all three appeared in a line, very pretty - 4mm Clave - x210 mag - Yellow/white/grey 88 Leo - 6.3/9.1 - 15.4" - Medium difficulty - 12mm Clave - x70 mag - White/grey 81 Leo - 5.6/10.8 - 55" Medium difficulty due to B star being dim - 4mm Clave - x210 mag - White 6 Leo - 5.0/9.3 - 37.1" - Easy split - 12mm Clave - x70 mag - Orange/white Delta Leo - 2.6/8.6 - 203.9" - Very wide and easy split - 12mm Clave - x70 mag - yellow/white 54 Leo - 4.5/6.3 - 6.3" - Medium difficulty - 12mm Clave - x70 mag - Yellow/white Bootes Epsilon Bootes - 2.6/4.8 - 2.9" - Pretty hard split as glare was a problem - 4mm Clave - x210 mag - Yellow/white Rho Bootes - 3.5/11.5 - 34.7" - Did not split as I couldn't find the 11.5 mag star - 4mm Clave - x210 mag Delta Bootes - 3.6/7.9 - 103.8" - Very wide and easy split - 12mm Clave - x70 mag - Yellow/white Mu Bootes - 4.3/7.1/7.6 - 107"/2.2" - Excellent triple star system, clear gap between AB and BC - 4mm Clave - x210 mag - Yellow/white/Grey Ursa Major Xi Ursa Major - 3.7/4.8 - 2.0" - Clean split medium difficulty - 4mm clave - x210 mag Hercules Zeta Hercules - 2.8/5.4 - 1.3" - Only a peanut split managed - 4mm Clave - x210 mag - White
  5. 5 points
    Tweedledee

    Bit of glass

    Someone once suggested that a barlow lens would be a very effective way to increase my range of eyepieces 🤩...
  6. 5 points
    Orion

    *Meet Belper this Friday 20th April*

    Glad you enjoyed the evening. I'm sorry I didn't make it that time. I hope you saw some decent Lyrids. I think the peak is tonight - early tomorrow morning. My newly installed video camera running automatically, caught a few in the last couple of nights.
  7. 5 points
    Joe

    Neq6 mount :D

    Recently picked up a Skywatcher NEQ6 with Rowan belt mod and it far surpasses my expectations! I'm getting Total RMS errors of about 0.6 in PHD2 after polar alignment with sharpcap.
  8. 4 points
    Ibbo

    ISS Sol Transit 20-4-2018

    This one might work
  9. 4 points
    Ron Clarke

    One or two nights M101

    I have spent the last two clear nights concentrating on M101, night one did not have enough data I think? Night two, I took twice as much data plus Bias frames but had a problem with local light pollution and high drifting clouds!! Anyway, image 1 is the second night and image 2 is a combined two nights.(on next page) Combined image. Cheers Ron
  10. 4 points
    Chris P.

    M101 - The Pinwheel Galaxy

    Hi everyone - hope you're all enjoying the spell of clear nights. Here's my take on M101 - The pinwheel galaxy. 2hrs total exposure using my small refractor and DSLR set up
  11. 4 points
    Graham

    A bit of Solar at last

    It made for an extremely pleasant day today. Sitting in the garden with the sun blazing down, Solar scope imaging away. 😊 Took over 10 gigs worth of AVI's of our star. Usual kit. Click on image a few times to get to full res.
  12. 4 points
    Graham

    M 101 LRGB

    First attempt at an LRGB image using the new set of Astronomik filters. GT81 Atik 414 EX 15 X 300 second subs in all channels. Captured and stacked in Maxim Assembled in Photoshop. Bit on the noisy side due mainly to some high thin cloud but i am quite pleased for a first attempt.
  13. 4 points
    Doc

    Butterfly season has begun.

    Went to Warren Hills in Leicestershire today for my first trip of the season. These Green hairstreaks were newly emerged as they looked pristine. I would say there were 20 plus flying around but they hardly ever landed as they are sorting out territories at the moment. Photo's are Ok but I did miss focus on quite a few, I know I'm rusty as I haven't took photo's since August last year.
  14. 3 points
    bryand

    *Meet Belper this Friday 20th April*

    A good night's viewing, though a little windy at times. It calmed down and conditions improved later on, so next time there is a weather window I'll probably camp to extend the session longer into the night. Spent most of the time chasing doubles and latterly watching Jupiter.
  15. 3 points
    Ibbo

    Jupiter 19-4-2018 teaser

    First off the rank from last night
  16. 2 points
    BAZ

    Flickr takeover

    The problem with technology now is that it moves faster than me. I like stuff you can physically see and abuse, if you can't hit it, you can't fix it.
  17. 2 points
    Tweedledee

    Bit of glass

    I have 8 main eyepieces as follows... ES 100 degree series 30mm 25mm ES 92 degree series 12mm ES 120 degree series 9mm TV Ethos 100 degree 17mm Speers WALER Zoom 85 degree 8.5 - 12mm Myriad 110 degree 5mm Rodenstock Giant 70 degree 40mm I really like them all because they always provide the wow factor and show some extreme field of view with great clarity. If you read about Al Naglers Majesty Factor here... http://www.televue.com/engine/TV3b_page.asp?return=Advice&id=114 you will understand what I'm trying to achieve with these types of eyepieces. Basically I'm after that Imax cinema view instead of the iPhone view. My favourites to use by a small margin are probably the ES 25mm and Ethos 17mm because they give the best wow factor with a nice easy view. The ES 30mm is just too much of a monster and needs a big scope. Though it is nice to have what is just about the most extreme eyepiece ever made. The 9mm 120 has a stupendously wide apparent FOV. Partly due to this extreme field, the optical physics means it must have shorter eye relief than the others and is therefore not the most relaxing eyepiece to look through. Though with more practice I'm now able to use it better and get the most out of it. I suspect that when I finally get round to trying it, the ES 92 degree 12mm will impress due to its long eye relief and easy view. All these eyepieces pose their own problems in that they are big and heavy and I'm always worried about the greater chance of dropping them in the dark with expensive consequences. Those eight eyepieces contain no less than 70, usually large, elements of glass! They involve more effort to carry around and some won't even fit in your pocket, so I'm investing in a big case with custom cnc cut foam from this place... https://www.trifibre.co.uk Why couldn't I just be satisfied with a nice little set of plossls? 😀
  18. 2 points
    Ibbo

    Sol 20-4-2018 Ha

  19. 2 points
    Ibbo

    Sol 19-4-2018 ha 9 pane mosaic

    Added the x2.5 powermate to the mix today Click trhrough for full res
  20. 2 points
    Ron Clarke

    M13 tester

    Took a few images of M13 before moving on to my main subject for the night. MN190 8x3 mins + 5x darks Canon 1000d modded + guiding.
  21. 1 point
    BAZ

    Flickr takeover

    That's why I have moved to dropbox now, for good or worse.
  22. 1 point
    Doc

    *Meet Belper this Friday 20th April*

    Great capture Derek 👍 I did keep an eye out but never saw any.
  23. 1 point
    Graham

    M13 tester

    Very nice Ron. I would give that a thumbs up but the emos have gone on holiday.
  24. 1 point
    philjay

    Latest Purchases

    Just found reference to some more titles in SPMs in the book, its not a trilogy apparently. Theres Raiders of Mars and Mission to Mars as well
  25. 1 point
    Sunny Phil

    Pleiades Widefield

    Pleaides widefield with 70mm focal length.
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