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#1 CJK

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 05:35 PM

After the cloud-afflicted winter we've been having so far, this weekend has been awesome for this new hobby of mine! I'm all set up outside again, just waiting for sunset. Anyone else doing the same?

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#2 newtoskies

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 05:52 PM

Actually my scope is packed away in the car for hopefully some viewing at a dark site in a few hours. I was just outside and the clouds have cleared. Grabbed the binos from the car for some quick views. Spotted NGC 884/869, M45 and M31.
Have fun tonight and hoping for clear skies for you all night. Great set up btw.

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 05:52 PM

Absolutely! The kids are pretty much over their viruses, so I'm looking forward to showing them the double cluster and Andromeda tonight!

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 05:52 PM

John have fun with the kids and the scope.

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 05:55 PM

Rob & John -- great!!! Hope the skies stay clear for you guys too!

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 05:56 PM

Weather prediction is strong winds tonight, and single digit temps for the next several nights. I'll be reading about astronomy, but I doubt I'll get much observing in.

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 06:39 PM

Lake effect snow here Chris, have a great time. (insert sincere sarcasm here)But really enjoy that great setup! :)

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 07:49 PM

Sorry to hear that the weather isn't good all over. I'm trying to make up for the last few weeks of rain, rain, clouds, and rain, I guess!

-- Chris

P.S. So far so good -- small hiccup in the electronic end of things: the autoguider camera does not like my USB hub and took down the whole bus briefly. :/ Back online now, hoping to get some more time on tonight's target before it goes behind a tree!

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 09:38 PM

I got about 3 hours in.. It was freezing with biting winds... Brrrr.. Inbetween clouds it was like hunting.. Still fun, until the numbness ;)

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 09:46 PM

Yep, I've been out the last 3 nights. :grin:

Tonight was pretty much a moon and Jupiter night since the moon is washing out all of the DSOs. I hadn't originally planned on going out tonight, but clear skies have become somewhat of a rarity around here.

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 09:51 PM

Yep.. I missed last night though as it clouded over around 10 when I was able to get out.. Tonight was some doubles.. Not seeing the dsos I was looking for either . A least my neighbor didn't put on their stadium lights.. Not that it would have mattered with that moon. Surely I'm not the only amateur astronomer completely uninterested in the moon? Sure it makes a nice picture.. But after that.. It's all the same.

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 10:02 PM

I'm not all that interested in the moon either, but I will give it a quick look as long as it's not past 3/4 full.

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 10:08 PM

Sure.. I guess I shouldn't say that's entirely always true.. I do grab a scan now and again.., it is something we can really zoom in on.. Across hundreds of thousands of miles in space.. (300k i think?) That's something.. Even if it is all the same.

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 10:41 PM

Yep, I've been out the last 3 nights.

Tonight was pretty much a moon and Jupiter night since the moon is washing out all of the DSOs. I hadn't originally planned on going out tonight, but clear skies have become somewhat of a rarity around here.


Glad you got out too -- clear skies have been a real rarity lately in Tennessee!

Yep.. I missed last night though as it clouded over around 10 when I was able to get out.. Tonight was some doubles.. Not seeing the dsos I was looking for either . A least my neighbor didn't put on their stadium lights.. Not that it would have mattered with that moon. Surely I'm not the only amateur astronomer completely uninterested in the moon? Sure it makes a nice picture.. But after that.. It's all the same.


:funny:

After my little fight with my USB bus, things have been pretty smooth tonight. I'm getting the hang of this imaging thing, and I have to say, it's a lot of fun. It's pretty amazing to look at a completely bare patch of sky, open the shutter for 5 minutes, and then see some faint DSO appear on the laptop. :thewave:(Processing the data, however, is another story -- yikes, talk about complicated.) :confused:

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 07:13 AM

CJK: Here are some YouTube tut. videos I saw in the 'Amateur Astronomers' G+ community.
This guy takes some really nice pics and did some tutorials
that might help out.

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 08:13 AM

Thank you -- I will definitely check those out. I need all the help with processing I can get!

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 10:35 AM

Yeah, last night was a moon and Jupiter night. Between the moon and the neighbor's porch lights, that was about all I could see. I directed the kids to star-hop to Andromeda, so they saw that through binoculars for the first time. Even though it was just a faint blur, they were excited to see another galaxy. They found the Pleiades and the Orion Nebula on their own through the binoculars, and the older one put the scope on the Orion Nebula.

But the moon was the star of the night. With the ES 11 82° it was just massive, and the detail along the terminator was endlessly fascinating. Plus, it was warm enough to be out with just a light jacket.

I went back out after the kids went to bed and did a little more looking around, trying to find that object below Sirius with no luck. I think it was just too close to the city lights to make out, plus my night vision was pretty blown out by then.

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 10:55 AM

Yep, last couple of nights have been nice, but cold after a week od clouds and rain. Jupiter is really looking nice now, high in the sky. Terminator on the Moon was really full of nice features early on. Used the binoviewer on them.

Looking forward to the Moon-Jupiter conjuntion tonight. Should be able to fit both of them in the eyepiece!

Clear skies to all:)

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 01:44 PM

So here's what I ended up with after about 6 hours of effort last night and a couple hours today processing the data. I've always loved images of the Horsehead, and it's nothing short of amazing to me that it's possible for a beginner like me to get something like this with a very modest telescope.

In case it's not obvious, I've officially fallen down the AP rabbit hole ... :looney:

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 01:53 PM

thats *BLEEP* awesome!

i thought thats what i saw on your screen of the laptop. it amazes me to no end not only can this be done with (relatively) modest equip, but also that these hidden mysteries are visible with just a few minutes of exposure. oh so tempting ;) i have scanned that area so so carefully but its just not visible to me with naked eye.

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 01:55 PM

Chris how big is the final image in terms of pixels?

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 02:02 PM

That's awesome, Chris! Thank you for sharing - I may never clap my own eyes on the Horsehead, but it's truly inspiring to see what modest gear - and patience and skill - can tease out of the skies!

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 02:03 PM

Thanks, Matt and John!! :bigblush:

The full size image is 3352x2532; it's here on Astrobin if you're interested.

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 05:02 PM

That is just an amazing image, Chris, wow!

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 05:14 PM

Awesome photo!

Too cold for me to bring my scope out...going to be in the teens this week...when is Spring :)






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