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Re: Observing - what did you see tonight?

#141  Postby Macdoc » Nov 01, 2018 5:39 pm

Cool scope ...anyone got any clear skies :(
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Re: Observing - what did you see tonight?

#142  Postby felltoearth » Nov 01, 2018 7:39 pm

Macdoc wrote:Cool scope ...anyone got any clear skies :(

Omg yes. Soooo gloomy.
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#143  Postby newolder » Nov 01, 2018 7:47 pm

If it's too gloomy out, try these superb images...
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Re: Observing - what did you see tonight?

#144  Postby theropod » Nov 25, 2018 5:13 am

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Orion Nebula
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The nebula in the belt of Orion.

This was produced using a DIY refractor from a salvaged 50 mm binocular objective lens, PVC plumbing parts and a 12.5 mm eyepiece. The prisms were removed for clarity. I used my old iPhone 6 to capture the image employing the app Nightcap Camera. The wind was howling and a near full moon hindered things. This is the best shot of hundreds at 5 seconds each, and there is still wind wobble in this frame. Tracked. ISO 200. Exposure f2.2 (1/2). White Balance 3,000.

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#145  Postby felltoearth » Nov 25, 2018 3:37 pm

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The nebula in the belt of Orion.

This was produced using a DIY refractor from a salvaged 50 mm binocular objective lens, PVC plumbing parts and a 12.5 mm eyepiece. The prisms were removed for clarity. I used my old iPhone 6 to capture the image employing the app Nightcap Camera. The wind was howling and a near full moon hindered things. This is the best shot of hundreds at 5 seconds each, and there is still wind wobble in this frame. Tracked. ISO 200. Exposure f2.2 (1/2). White Balance 3,000.

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#146  Postby theropod » Nov 25, 2018 7:55 pm

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The tracking is provided via the red iOptron Skytracker Pro, which is sitting on a Bosch contractors tripod. I made a little leveling wedge out of 1” 90° aluminum to get the ball head on level (which allows more freedom of pointing). Sitting on the ball head is my home made telescope. The objective lens, and housing, is salvaged directly from a failed set of binoculars. The prisms were taken out of the light path and clarity went WAY up. The eyepiece is the 1.25” dia 12.5 mm provided with my Celestron C-90 Mak. Simple PVC plumbing parts make up the body and eyepiece holder, and all that is zip tied to the aluminum base of a full format hard drive. The phone adapter clamps to the PVC section holding the eyepiece. This allows me to slide the eyepiece inside the fitting for focus adjusting without moving the phone. The inside of the PVC is still white, and will be flocked. I also want to refine the focus system to threaded control.

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Re: Observing - what did you see tonight?

#147  Postby felltoearth » Nov 25, 2018 10:47 pm

Cool!

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Re: Observing - what did you see tonight?

#148  Postby newolder » Dec 12, 2018 9:21 pm

Link to finder chart for comet Wirtanen from spaceweather:
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Just been looking for it with my brother and his camera and think I see a faint smudge in the correct location - photo to follow if he got it...
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#149  Postby theropod » Dec 17, 2018 2:24 am

Just went out and had a look with my little 5x monocular, and found Wirtanen easily. Damn shame I can’t carry out my gear and get a pict. The comet is a fuzzy little ball of cuteness. Maybe the sawbones will clear me to lift more than a few pounds before it heads back out into the darkness.

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#150  Postby theropod » Aug 14, 2019 8:57 pm

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August 13, 2019 Perseid, Southern Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA
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I am learning to deal with light pollution for the first time. The Willamette valley is not the ideal location for sky watching. Combine a near full moon into the equation and I suppose I’m lucky to have caught this little cutie. Looking almost due east approximately 25° above horizon.

I set up my phone on my tracker and got it aligned after the shock of how much elevation change there is between here and northern Arkansas. I set my white balance way low, and this seemed to help limit the frames all turning to grey noise. I also set the ISO FAR lower than normal (640). This is a 5 minute exposure late in my session that ended a little after midnight, and I hadn’t checked my polar alignment since initial setup so there is a little smearing in what few stars that can be seen.

Between 10:45 and 11:15 there was an outburst of about 20 very nice Perseids, and one terminated in a sparkling breakup. Of course all those fell off frame. I did manage to photograph 4 other meteors last night, but they are either small or partially obstructed by trees. My views are very limited in the small city park across from where we are staying.

When the moon begins to wane we are planning a trip to the high desert before cool weather sets it. Life got in the way of going for the Perseids, but it will be a non factor looking through a telescope. I can’t wait.

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#151  Postby felltoearth » Aug 14, 2019 9:27 pm

Very cool! I have been working as crew on a bike rally and have been collapsing around 10pm and thus missing the show. Too bad as the skies have been pretty clear with minimal light pollution.
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#152  Postby Alan B » Aug 14, 2019 9:32 pm

Tried to have a look - bleeding clouds. :(
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#153  Postby theropod » Aug 14, 2019 9:56 pm

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Perseid #2 from August 12, 2019
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Here’s the only other Perseid I managed to capture last night worth sharing. Just over the tree and to the right of the plane trail. This is looking almost straight north, maybe 10° to the east. Those are the top three stars of Cassiopeia rising just above tree.

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Re: Observing - what did you see tonight?

#154  Postby felltoearth » Aug 20, 2019 10:45 am

Was that fairly early in the night?
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#155  Postby theropod » Aug 20, 2019 4:23 pm

Yes, Felltoearth, that was abut 10:30ish.

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Re: Observing - what did you see tonight?

#156  Postby felltoearth » Aug 20, 2019 5:58 pm

Same night I was at the edge of the Bay of Quinte in Adolphustown. (44.0637300, -77.0065599)

Not bad viewing but didn’t see anything. Maybe it wasn’t dark enough.
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#157  Postby theropod » Aug 20, 2019 6:29 pm

felltoearth wrote:Same night I was at the edge of the Bay of Quinte in Adolphustown. (44.0637300, -77.0065599)

Not bad viewing but didn’t see anything. Maybe it wasn’t dark enough.


The Perseids seemed to come in waves this year. I saw one stretch of about a half hour when at least 20 nice long train color shifters fell. Between those spurts I saw hardly any falls. Perhaps I missed most of the smaller ones because of the absolutely horrid light pollution here. Maybe next year the moon won’t be a royal bitch, and I can get myself over in the high desert. I really want to get a nice DSLR before then.

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#158  Postby felltoearth » Aug 20, 2019 10:19 pm

Yeah the moon was a particular problem.
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#159  Postby felltoearth » Aug 20, 2019 10:20 pm

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#160  Postby theropod » Aug 21, 2019 12:04 am

While I didn’t have my phone attached to my scope last night I saw what will probably be a once in a lifetime event. I was experimenting with my eyepieces, Barlow and diagonals and using Saturn as a target. I was attempting to resolve the Cassini division with my 32mm and Barlow without my diagonal, which I managed, when a tiny little meteor crossed a part of the FOV! The little streak was just a few degrees long, and could have been no more than a small grain of sand. That made me sit back and stare at the night sky slack jawed. Seeing as Jupiter was about to go behind some trees I set up on the monster. I had no more than got Jupiter centered, and was looking at its moons, when a satellite streaked across the FOV. Again, I was floored. I gotta get a reliable method to easily attach, and remove, my phone to/from my scope without it being like knitting spider silk. The newish Celestron neXYZ looks really nice.
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