Astrophotography And CaravansPhotography night sky astronomy
Posted 12 April 2012 - 08:12 AM
Although I have a fully equipped observatory at home , I travelled really light to this party, using just a tracking mount, a DSLR camera and a telephoto lens but was delighted to capture this image of the famous 'Seven Sisters' star cluster, more officially known as The Pleiades or M45. This beautiful cluster of stars can be seen from Autumn to Spring and is a wonderful sight in just binoculars.
Posted 12 April 2012 - 03:19 PM
Superb Photographs. Very interesting website for study.
The adaptors section is very informative. I am sure you may inspire others to follow your hobby.
Posted 12 April 2012 - 03:30 PM
Posted 12 April 2012 - 03:35 PM
I think the people who buy/install/design/authorize them should be taken to task.
Posted 12 April 2012 - 05:20 PM
Now all we need to do is get all the street lighting sorted properly.
Please don't get me started on that one!!! Local councils are slowly getting the message though.
Posted 13 April 2012 - 07:11 AM
Posted 13 April 2012 - 06:28 PM
Posted 17 April 2012 - 08:30 PM
Posted 18 April 2012 - 09:52 AM
Ironically though, many satellite passes are a real pain as they leave a streak across my image frame! I would expect at least two such strikes over a 15 frame session of 5 minutes per frame and I usually discard them although the software that I use for stacking the individual images into a single image does remove 'outlier pixels' and satellite trails do fit into that category to some extent. Here's a typical example on one of my subframes with a satellite hit right through the middle of it. The slight smudge on the trail to the left is another galaxy too:-
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Posted 06 May 2012 - 12:09 AM
i was thinking of getting one of those table top 150mm flexi tube scope's as it would be a lot easier to use than my spotting scope
Posted 06 May 2012 - 02:15 PM
The Sky-Watcher Flextube telescopes are excllent for portability but the largest aperture for tabletop use is the Heritage 130P (130mm aperture with a parabolic mirror) - the 150 is a standard 'Dobsonian' design and intended for floor mounting and to the best of my knowledge it is not available as a 'Flextube' but rather, it has a solid rolled tube. The next size up in Flextube would appear to be the 200.
Both 130 and 150 would give excellent views of deep sky objects.
With regard to finding objects, there is a great book called 'Turn Left at Orion' which has excellent 'star-hopping' instructions to many objects but either a good star atlas ( like this one ) or free planetarium software for your PC ( like Cartes du Ciel ) would be a good start too.
Posted 06 May 2012 - 11:18 PM
I've just downloaded Cartes du ciel and i've just got to find my long and lat and i'll give that a try, I've already got Stellarium on my laptop but not been out and tried it
Posted 07 May 2012 - 08:46 AM
Edited by Shirl250, 07 May 2012 - 08:58 AM.
Posted 07 May 2012 - 03:26 PM
I'm delighted that you enjoyed my photographs
Posted 17 May 2012 - 08:35 AM
Posted 08 June 2012 - 11:01 AM
Not tried it yet because of the lovely rain we've been having
Sky-Watcher EXPLORER 130P SynScan AZ GOTO Telescope
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Edited by johnno, 08 June 2012 - 11:02 AM.
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