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  1. 3 points
    Been a while since I posted a photo, but having some spare time has allowed me to process some data I have. This was processed mostly in PI and some minor adjustments in PS. Shot at 4000mm, Focal Ratio F11, and probably spent about 50 hours acquiring the correct subs. The total imaging time used is more like 10 hours, but this object sits over the city lights from my observatory and many subs were unusable. C/C's welcome. Ray
  2. 3 points
    Walked outside last night about 11pm, and noticed this action going on. It was cloudy earlier, so I didn't bother trying to do any imaging. But anyway just a quick snapshot a Mars and the Moon hangin together. Tim.
  3. 2 points
    Playing about on Photoshop 2020 I put together everything I had on the Pelican nebula and then also added DSS data from the same region. Everything stitched together using REGISTAR. Greg
  4. 2 points
    I combined all my Sky90 data of this object together with the DSS data from the same region. Barnard's "E" is a dark nebula lying close to the star Tarazed. How many stars do you think are in this image?? Registar says there are 165,000 Greg
  5. 2 points
    Mizar & Alcor in Ursa Major taken with the Sky90 array. Greg
  6. 2 points
    And here's a Noel Carboni process of JUST the Sky90 data. Greg
  7. 2 points
    I hope it sells quick mate. Need to get some cash back in the bank after paying for the van. Lol. Shane
  8. 2 points
    Tim I know you’re right it needs a fridge and bar but it already has a man cave sign. Shane
  9. 2 points
    Haven't seen one of these little fellas in a while. Hung out a bit then went his own way. Tim.
  10. 2 points
    I took this a few months ago, but I need to add luminance to it. The weather hasn't been cooperating on my nights off. First image in a while, but figured I should post it to prove I am still alive. The image is grainy and needs star reduction and a few other things done to it, but it is headed in the right direction. Ray
  11. 2 points
    Found an SD card with a few shots from the 10" / EOS 500D. And went thru them in PS. I think this one is worthy of pasting here. A rare occasion where the focus is reasonable and terminator clean. Currently its very hit and miss to find a break in the perishing cloud over W.A. Plus the temperature is not conducive to elevating myself off the electric blanket ! Cheers Dave.
  12. 2 points
    Orchid over the New Forest this morning. Greg
  13. 2 points
    Hi For those that have been interested in my astroimages and time lapse videos, I had a website called "Imaging the heavens" Unfortunately the hosting site has announced that they are "pulling the plug" on June 30th and will no longer be hosting any websites so I've been having a go over the last 4 days at building a new website using Wordpress and Elementor and have managed to get something up and running, it will have a new name but the theme is largely the same ie night and astrophotography. It is called "In the still of the night". It is largely finished now apart from a few tweaks or possibility of extra pages in the future. If you'd like to have a look at how far I've got so far it can be found at the link below. There was no ".com" available but I did get a ".space" which I thought was very apt https://www.inthestillofthenight.space Best wishes Gordon
  14. 2 points
    As I had the macro out for the Bee - I also took some flower pics. Greg
  15. 2 points
    Great work guys! An inspiration to those of us in the city to aspire towards!
  16. 2 points
    lol, I know, I'm just looking for the easy way out, but its time to clean them anyway. I have had a long hiatus from AP (work, study, family, broken observatory computer). So I am looking forward to getting some photos right after this full moon goes away. I am thinking Sombrero is well positioned at the moment. Ray
  17. 1 point
    Time has come to upgrade from the camper trailer to a caravan. Got the new (to us) caravan last Friday, now to sell the camper. Shane
  18. 1 point
    Cut out the ciggies & you'll save even faster Shane! From vowing never to own a van for many years (childhood experience of stuck in one with a tyro Dad!) we've owned a couple over the last dozen years...the 2nd has been with us for most of that period & atm we're really hoping to get away soon after not using it for about 5 months now - we had it fully-serviced just a few weeks back in readiness!
  19. 1 point
    Well, hi all the old crew here - it has been a funny old year that's been & gone for sure...finishing up for us with Pat being told in November that she urgently required a quadruple by-pass which she had on 21st December & has recovered well from - hopefully quite a few more miles in her tank now! On a somewhat similar subject Mark the mobile caravan service man visited today & got our van ship-shape & we hope to head off for a few days of fishing soon just to break the cycle of late: apart from not travelling nearly as much last year mainly due to either covid or the constantly cloudy weather, we have not used the van since early October. I thought I'd touch base & post some of our mars images from the 2020 apparition...as said the weather was very poor but we set ourselves the task of creating a set of Mars images to cover the entire vista of Mars' globe & were successful, creating annotated disk maps where quite a lot of Martian features are listed. (can't remember the name for Martian geography is atm ) I'll make a normal map sometime also, probably before the start of Jovian & Saturn imaging commences but we'll be scaling back quite a bit as age & infirmity tax us nowadays! For 2020 Mars rose to 50° at the most with most imaging done at about 48° - next time around we'll be older & slower & Mars will be much lower again so this might represent our last real chance at decent images.....as it was the ADC was an essential piece of equipment for the elevations we had to work with..! Greetings to everyone who comes here & I hope all the old crew are still upright & mobile..!!!
  20. 1 point
    And people think space is empty...
  21. 1 point
    There's more...I counted.
  22. 1 point
    A composite of the M52 & Bubble nebula region using around 4-hours of Hyperstar III data and DSS2 data of the region downloaded over the Internet. Greg
  23. 1 point
    Lovely work Prof. Ray
  24. 1 point
    Managed to get Photoshop and all the associated bits onto a more up to date machine (HP Z600 workstation) as my main computer is slowly losing the plot. Did a test process on some Taurus molecular cloud data - 42 x 20-minute subs. Greg
  25. 1 point
    And, my best effort at the 'Great Conjunction of the Century'. It will still be a good view tomorrow night if one has the opportunity, (and the weather) to have a look. This one is from the 20th. And this is from the 21st. I used the C9.25 with my now old 450da and a 2x barlow lens I fabricated some time back. FOV was about right for this event. Cheers, Tim.
  26. 1 point
    Very cool mate. We love camping. Great time to be selling with no international travel, it will sell extremely quickly. Ray
  27. 1 point
    Had everything setup tonight to finally shoot some Jupiter, Saturn and Mars. Once I started my first sequence on Jupiter, the frame capture would freeze. After wrangling for half an hour (uninstalling, reinstalling capture programs and drivers, I decided to use my OSC camera instead of the mono and filter wheel, but even that had major issues. I couldn't seem to get colour from this camera either. I won't bore you with the other problems that hit me, but here is my effort from equipment that obviously doesn't like me. Mars0002.tif Saturn0001.tif Jupiter0001.tif
  28. 1 point
    Welcome to the club guru. Ray
  29. 1 point
    Wow. Nice combination. Shane
  30. 1 point
    Nothing short of spectacular! Tim.
  31. 1 point
    Now that’s a ball tearer Shane
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  33. 1 point
    I'll just say, "Holy Crap!" That's sweet! Tim
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  35. 1 point
    I'd love to put my C14 @ prime on those nebs Greg. Love your work buddy. Ray
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  37. 1 point
    The ZWO120mm monochrome cam. Baader fitlters. Tim.
  38. 1 point
    It was one of those moments when almost anything that could go wrong did. New laptop wouldn't recognize camera, had to grab old laptop which hadn't been fired up in months, battery dead in camera, grab more batteries, the old GC-5 mount wouldn't come on, flick switch 57 times, yep that got it! And the result for all that fun filled enjoyment... Ahhh, there it is! Tim.
  39. 1 point
    Received my new filter today. First NB filter for me. Got the Baader 1.25” 7Nm Ha. Should add some good stuff to galaxy shots. Hindsight is a wonderful thing. I should have gotten the 7 position external filter wheel instead of the 5 pos internal when I got my camera. Shane
  40. 1 point
    I think you will love NB mate. Its quite a craft. Over the last new moon, I managed to get a few hours on The Swan in Ha. Bad weather since, but the first clear night I get I'll get the SII and OIII data. However the monochrome Ha data is great to look already. I really enjoy NB. Ray
  41. 1 point
    Looks like what we call a Christmas beetle.
  42. 1 point
    Great timing mate. Ray
  43. 1 point
    Spotted this one bringing her prize back to the flowerpot this morning. Greg
  44. 1 point
    Hi, Thanks for comment. The recent moon shots are without filters WYSIWYG. Yeah Ray and I have spoken about filters I have a full set of 1.25" and 2" coloured filters plus moonglow. I have modified my eyepiece adapters and fitted with 1.25 and 2" threaded barrels as all my AP is in prime focus. I have yet to try the filters. Mainly due very poor skies. Had an occasional break where I was able to try out the 2 new scopes. I certainly agree about the Synscan WiFi dongle. Esp after tearing my hair out with Serial/RJ45 cables etc. I am motorising an EQ3 Mount/tripod I picked up ex Shop Demo so there will be more posts coming up shortly. Dave.
  45. 1 point
    Ray was asking what gear I am currently using and I couldn't find a 'Members Equipment" section. so I stuck it in here Here ya go: NOTE: ignore where I labelled the large scope as an 8 inch. It is a 6 inch OOPS!
  46. 1 point
    And NGC3631 came out a lot better in PhotoShop CC - so it looks like I've got a lot of reprocessing to do. Greg
  47. 1 point
    Great central dust lane Greg. Ray
  48. 1 point
    Well done Greg. I don't find the noise a problem (I can barely see it anyway). Those 3 very distant galaxies directly under Arp214 are interesting, 2 of them look like they might be colliding or gravitationally affecting each other.
  49. 1 point
    All is good in the world once more, after a trim all looks good with round stars. I tried slightly different temperature settings as well and all still looks good, now I have to wait for our Lunar friend to bugger off so I can get back to imaging. Shane
  50. 1 point
    When you start adding support technicians let me know. Quite a handful of equipment to be monitoring. j\k, you're there, I'm here, etc. But still quite a handful/ Cheers, Tim.