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by Vega
Fri Sep 12, 2014 8:20 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Super Harvest Moon
Replies: 5
Views: 1709

Re: Super Harvest Moon

There have been some beautiful moonrise evenings this week. Most of the time I'm not a fan of the full moon but this month I've enjoyed it :-)
by Vega
Tue Sep 09, 2014 7:20 am
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Summer Triangle and Cygnus
Replies: 5
Views: 2035

Re: Summer Triangle and Cygnus

Had another crack at processing it again from my RAW file in PS. The histogram looked better on the end product so the clipping must have been something to do with ImagesPlus' Digital Development tool.

Image

Do you think its better? :?:
by Vega
Tue Sep 09, 2014 7:17 am
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Comet Jacques & The Double Cluster
Replies: 1
Views: 1157

Comet Jacques & The Double Cluster

Taken last month, only just got round to uploading it. It took a while to get the camera orientation right to capture both in the frame but I got there in the end!

Image

Modded Canon 1000D
Sigma 70-300 Lens @ 135mm
3x 120sec exposures @ ISO 800
by Vega
Tue Aug 05, 2014 5:48 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Summer Triangle and Cygnus
Replies: 5
Views: 2035

Summer Triangle and Cygnus

Managed to get out of the light pollution and take this at a dark site. Really pleased with it considering the short exposure time taken. Modded Canon 1000d, 18-55 mm stock lens @ 18mm 3x 3min exposures, ISO 800, f/4.5 Custom white balance The histogram is quite far to the left on the raw files (alt...
by Vega
Thu Jul 10, 2014 1:08 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: M13 1 July 2014
Replies: 4
Views: 1216

Re: M13 1 July 2014

Brilliant effort. I love the fact it's just 3 sec subs. Proves what can be done.
by Vega
Thu Jul 10, 2014 1:05 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Sunspots galore
Replies: 1
Views: 970

Re: Sunspots galore

It's impressive stuff, I've been checking spaceweather.com every day for he next x-class solar flare from these goliaths but nothing to really write home about so far.
by Vega
Thu Jul 10, 2014 1:01 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Return of the Pleiades!
Replies: 6
Views: 1753

Re: Return of the Pleiades!

Hi Mike: I'm pretty sure that the 'Larks' amongst us are treated to better views. It seems lots more goes on in the early hours. Especially when it comes to interesting comets, meteor showers or great conjunctions. But I'm not bitter.. No bit bitter at all :roll: :lol:
by Vega
Wed Jul 02, 2014 5:00 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: My first M27&M13 C8 F/6.3 IMG0H ROME!
Replies: 2
Views: 1058

Re: My first M27&M13 C8 F/6.3 IMG0H ROME!

Nice images. You'll not regret getting the DSLR. All of my non planetary images were taken with a DSLR and it's very rewarding! Those two targets being good candidates.

And thanks for the reminder that summer is here :D
by Vega
Wed Jul 02, 2014 4:52 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Return of the Pleiades!
Replies: 6
Views: 1753

Re: Return of the Pleiades!

Hi Mike

Wow, I salute your keen enthusiasm. My mind and body struggle to function during the hours required to see them in the summer months :lol:

I'm looking forward to M13, M27 and friends in the evenings (I'm a lightweight :D )

Regards
by Vega
Thu May 22, 2014 10:55 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: Upcoming Meteor Storm
Replies: 1
Views: 1042

Upcoming Meteor Storm

Anyone plannning on getting out to view what's left of the Meteor Storm on 25th May?

I know the UK is not well placed based on predictions, but there could be more 'stuff' up there by the time the sun eventually sets here?

Regards
by Vega
Tue May 20, 2014 12:41 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Your favorite 3 astronomical experiences?
Replies: 6
Views: 1521

Re: Your favorite 3 astronomical experiences?

1 - Total Solar Eclipse in Cornwall 11-Aug-1999 (despite the clouds) An awesome experience and it went so dark. I can mirror Mark's comment, just like somebody turning down the 'dimmer switch' light for the world. The re-appearance was even more dramatic. 2. - Comet Hale-Bopp 1997 - Seemed to last f...
by Vega
Tue May 20, 2014 12:32 pm
Forum: Imaging techniques
Topic: How to guide with a toucam ???
Replies: 3
Views: 4696

Re: How to guide with a toucam ???

I guide with my ToUcam and PHD. I use it in ASCOM mode using EQASCOM software. This can be done with either an EQ Direct cable (USB to guide port), or like me with a USB to Synscan controller cable (all the commands go through the controller). I like to use EQASCOM to use stellarium connected to my ...
by Vega
Tue May 20, 2014 12:19 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Markarian Chain + Neighbours
Replies: 4
Views: 1346

Re: Markarian Chain + Neighbours

That's a beauty! I can never get enough data to have a nice smooth image and like that. Tough targets to get any detail. Great work.

Regards
by Vega
Tue May 20, 2014 12:16 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Venus- Lost & Found
Replies: 2
Views: 1049

Re: Venus- Lost & Found

I'm too lazy to see Venus in 'morning star mode' I always wait until its visible in the evenings.... tut tut. Hats off to you for hunting her down away from the comfort of your home. I believe there will be a nice conjunction with the moon later in the month.

Regards
by Vega
Sun Nov 17, 2013 6:05 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Comet madness? Nevski joins the party...
Replies: 4
Views: 1091

Comet madness? Nevski joins the party...

Is it just me or are Comet's trying to steal the limelight this year? Just found out about Comet Nevski going in to outburst (discovered by one of the same co-discoverers of Comet ISON). That makes a total of 5 Comets under magnitude 9 in the sky at the moment. (Annoyingly almost all of them in the ...