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Colin Osborne24/04/2017 20:20:20
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Neil, Those are brilliant photo'sface 21! From what you write I am guessing that you have an EQ5 or 6 as your mount. I know that the set-up for polar alignment can be a pain! I have a TAL 125 on an EQ5 which, as yet, I've not used in anger, i.e. no astro-photography on it yet. But the Celestron in the photo below has been used, I was lucky in that my son worked for an architectural fabricating firm as a designer and was able to design and manufacture a 'wedge' for the CPC, which is permanently mounted outside. Which makes life a bit easierteeth 2

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Neil Wyatt24/04/2017 20:33:45
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Thanks Colin,

I have a humble EQ3, but on an EQ5 tripod which makes it a lot steadier.

You have a nice setup and a nice location there!

Neil

Colin Osborne24/04/2017 21:06:55
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Yes, and that thorny shrub has now gone so that I have an almost 360 degree view all around. Plus there are reasonable 'dark skies here too. I once had my brother and his daughter here for a few days. They wanted to try the 'scopes out, so I left them to it after setting it all up and went in to make some coffee. Suddenly my brother came rushing in after about twenty minutes saying; 'Come and look at this!' Thinking that perhaps he had seen aliens landing, such was his excitement, I followed him out. 'Look at that!' he said, pointing upwards. There in all its glory was the milky way. 'Nice init', says I. 'I've never seen that before!' says he.

He lives in Maidstone. Nuff' said!crying

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MW24/04/2017 21:25:46
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Posted by Colin Osborne on 24/04/2017 21:06:55:

Yes, and that thorny shrub has now gone so that I have an almost 360 degree view all around.

Colin.

But what about all the wonderful screening the shrub provided?

Neil Wyatt24/04/2017 21:32:35
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Posted by Colin Osborne on 24/04/2017 21:06:55:

Yes, and that thorny shrub has now gone so that I have an almost 360 degree view all around. Plus there are reasonable 'dark skies here too. I once had my brother and his daughter here for a few days. They wanted to try the 'scopes out, so I left them to it after setting it all up and went in to make some coffee. Suddenly my brother came rushing in after about twenty minutes saying; 'Come and look at this!' Thinking that perhaps he had seen aliens landing, such was his excitement, I followed him out. 'Look at that!' he said, pointing upwards. There in all its glory was the milky way. 'Nice init', says I. 'I've never seen that before!' says he.

He lives in Maidstone. Nuff' said!crying

Colin.

We camped on Exmoor several years ago when my Daughter was about 11 or 12. It was a crystal clear night and it was just incredible to see.

Colin Osborne24/04/2017 21:47:34
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By the way, Neil, have you done any Solar imaging?

I have a Solar filter that fits on the end of the CPC but the last time I was down at the NLO in Sidmouth I bought a filter for the TAL that fits on the eye-piece. Yet to try it, although there has been massive CME's over the last three days (see: Solarham.com) so if the skies remain clear over the next couple of days I will try and get some images. If I'm successful (Ha!) I'll let you know how they come out.

Colin.

Neil Wyatt29/05/2017 21:41:14
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Another pot-shot at Jupiter, this with my new camera, 15 1-minute runs of video, then stacked and the resulting 15 images 'de-rotated' and stacked by a clever program called WinJuPos:

Neil Wyatt29/05/2017 22:33:59
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Posted by Colin Osborne on 24/04/2017 21:47:34:

By the way, Neil, have you done any Solar imaging?

I have a Solar filter that fits on the end of the CPC but the last time I was down at the NLO in Sidmouth I bought a filter for the TAL that fits on the eye-piece. Yet to try it, although there has been massive CME's over the last three days (see: Solarham.com) so if the skies remain clear over the next couple of days I will try and get some images. If I'm successful (Ha!) I'll let you know how they come out.

Colin.

Just seen this message - just a basic white-light filter that shows granularity and sunspots.

Neil

Neil Wyatt19/06/2017 00:32:19
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Saturn was at opposition on 14 June, it's very low down for the next few years, although it's well placed for the Aussies. With Jupiter getting lower it will be the 2020s before we start getting reasonable opportunities for planetary shorts again. Saturn will be at it's best for us in about 16 years!

That said, at least Saturn's rings are 'open' and I managed to get some decent video last night, and stacked several thousand frames.

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Colin Osborne19/06/2017 11:46:11
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Well done, Neil! Nice one. What time of night were you capturing those images?

Colin.

Neil Wyatt26/06/2017 20:44:12
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For Saturn 1:00am is best as it is very low and that's when its at its highest. Jupiter was around 11:00pm, I started as soon as was able to align the scope as it's well past opposition.

At the moment three is no true 'astronomical darkness' until late August here, so for DSOs you can only really get images between about 11:30pm and 2:30am.

By September you can start early and go to bed at a civilised time!

Neil

Neil Wyatt22/09/2017 21:52:35
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A rare cloudless night last night, but very humid so I just did a few hours using a 300mm camera lens and not setting up the computer for guiding.

One target - Andromeda Galaxy

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Raymond Anderson23/09/2017 08:51:25
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Super images, The Universe is a subject that fascinates me like no other. Mind boggling stuff out there. For the last few nights I've been watching videos of Magnetars and Gamma ray bursts, the figures are mind numbing, and the sheer power, well.... Keep posting those imagesthumbs up

Neil Wyatt23/09/2017 13:46:09
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Thanks Ray,

Neil

Geoff Theasby13/10/2017 18:50:37
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During our recent stay on the Isle of Bute, I caught this image ofmoonrise over largs.jpgMoonrise over the Clyde Estuary.

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Edited By Neil Wyatt on 13/10/2017 19:59:30

Jeff Dayman13/10/2017 19:13:13
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Wir ye goin up a steep hill then Geoff when tha shot that oot the car winda?

Neil Wyatt13/10/2017 19:59:56
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Hurricane Ophelia

Geoff Theasby13/10/2017 20:43:45
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It's high tide, and the water is flowing back upstream, to the left.

Geoff

Neil Wyatt13/10/2017 22:45:22
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Posted by Geoff Theasby on 13/10/2017 20:43:45:

It's high tide, and the water is flowing back upstream, to the left.

Geoff

Hence the expression 'Left turn, Clyde'.

Neil

Jeff Dayman13/10/2017 23:22:49
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Or "scrap the Caddy, Clyde" .

(shameful that I remember that movie)

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