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#276 jlandy

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Posted 09 October 2014 - 09:56 AM

 


FWIW I'm much more impressed with your photo taken through a $200 telescope then I am with those taken through multi-thousand dollar telescopes.

 

 

 

YES, exactly right!!! 

 

 

Good job, jlandy!!!  :waytogo: :waytogo:

 

Please continue to post some of your photos here.  I very much enjoy viewing them and reading your posts. :)  Thanks.

 

Sincerely,

-Bob F. :) :bow:

 

 

Thanks Bob! This is pretty much the only place I post them (I started a gallery on the AstronomersWithoutBorders website too).

 

Now that I can catch pictures without the 2x barlow in the way, I should be able to take full advantage of the fast optics. M31 is going to be my first go, followed by M45, and maybe the Helix Nebula as a stretch goal. It feels like I have a completely new but totally familiar telescope on my hands!



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Posted 09 October 2014 - 01:19 PM

You guys are great!

 

At AWB we're going to start a forum for newbies considering buying the OneSky as a present for Christmas or for themselves to help them learn how to use their first telescope. As you all know, there are too many people that get a new telescope but never really learn how to use it effectively and end up setting it aside. This is a huge lost opportunity.

 

This forum will be only about the OneSky, with topics ranging from the very most basic how-to questions to whatever users ask about. This isn't meant to replace this great thread in any way. We're doing it so we can have a whole section with different threads that newbies can use to find answers or ask their own questions, and where we can make stickies and an FAQ from different threads.

 

If you would be interested in volunteering to help these budding amateur astronomers with their new OneSky telescopes please contact me by PM here or write to me at mikes@astronomerswithoutborders.org.

 

Thanks all!

 

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#278 jlandy

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Posted 11 October 2014 - 09:19 PM

First light without the barlow... only got ~45 minutes before the moon came up... managed to catch M110 though! Looking forward to the next moonless/dry night

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Posted 12 October 2014 - 05:38 AM

Great shot. How many minute exposure that was?



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Posted 12 October 2014 - 02:08 PM

Okay so i just bought a Panasonic Lumix Gx7... wondering if i cans start doing astrophotography since its an interchangeable lens camera. Anyone have any idea what adapters i might need and would the standard table top mount be stable enough do do some simple astrophotography? I just want to perhaps shoot stars and the moon, i think DSOs would be much too difficult. 



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Posted 12 October 2014 - 03:57 PM

The moon yes, stars at 650mm without a tracking motor are probably out of the question. You could probably catch the iss though!



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Posted 13 October 2014 - 11:30 AM

Sorry to flood this with Andromeda pictures (this is probably the best I'll do!). I wanted to try a 10 minute exposure last night, and included some flat frames and bias frames (didnt really understand them before). Here's the result! (40 minutes, ISO800)

 

 

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Posted 13 October 2014 - 01:52 PM

The eastern veil this time, 1 hour 25 minutes of exposure @ ISO 800... much easier to catch without the barlow!

 

 

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Posted 13 October 2014 - 01:57 PM

These are amazing! Congratulations on the lovely results! It is such a large improvement on the Andromeda shot!


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Posted 13 October 2014 - 02:38 PM

Thanks FireWire! If the next weekend is clear I'm considering going to my coastal dark site to catch the helix nebula. M45 during the new moon should be exciting too



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Posted 13 October 2014 - 09:30 PM

Sorry to flood this with Andromeda pictures...

 

No worries and no apology necessary, IMHO!  I very much enjoy viewing your photos!  :waytogo: Clap.gif

 

Quite frankly, I find it amazing what the "little" OneSky can actually do and achieve. Who'd uh thunk it? :)

 

Keep up the good work and please keep sharing your photos with us!  :waytogo: :bow:

 

Sincerely,

 

-Bob F.  beer2.gif


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Posted 14 October 2014 - 12:15 AM

Stock, the OneSky makes you star hop so I has happy tonight when I got an hour or so between cloud banks and searched up M2, M15, M52, M57, NGC869/884, M34, and enjoyed a couple of views like Alberio and the Coathanger Cluster. The white zone skies and a building high cloud layer didn't allow M31, NGC404 or M27 but it was a fun, if short session. Tomorrow or Wednesday: to the dark!!


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Posted 14 October 2014 - 06:46 AM

Stock, the OneSky makes you star hop so I has happy tonight when I got an hour or so between cloud banks and searched up M2, M15, M52, M57, NGC869/884, M34, and enjoyed a couple of views like Alberio and the Coathanger Cluster. The white zone skies and a building high cloud layer didn't allow M31, NGC404 or M27 but it was a fun, if short session. Tomorrow or Wednesday: to the dark!!

 

I think this is what has been most rewarding for me - learning the sky. Since owning this telescope, and without goto ability, I have been forced to learn all of the visible constellations, where to find objects, and how to starhop. It's a lot of fun being able to point to asterisms or certain locations with my friends and teach them what's up there


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Posted 15 October 2014 - 11:44 PM

jlandy,

 

Do you have any plans to try to capture an image of the Comet Siding Spring and its close approach to Mars that will be occurring in a few days from now (on Oct. 19)? 

 

http://www.space.com...kywatching.html

 

In my white zone, I have very little chance of seeing it with my OneSky (I think). 

 

Thanks!

 

-Bob F. :)



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Posted 16 October 2014 - 06:21 AM

Thanks for the heads up! I didn't know this comet would be a viable target. The estimated magnitude right now is a bit low I think to get a good picture, but I'll keep an eye on it as we approach sunday to see what it is doing. I would love to snag a picture of a comet!


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Posted 16 October 2014 - 10:35 AM

jlandy, you can get some information and see some amateur images at the Facebook page of the pro-am comet project at https://www.facebook.../ThePACAProject. They'll be posting more images soon, I believe. This is about all the comet stuff going on lately so there's some about Rosetta and others but the Mars encounter will be taking over, I'm sure, as closest encounter looms.



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Posted 16 October 2014 - 08:02 PM

Thanks for the heads up! I didn't know this comet would be a viable target. The estimated magnitude right now is a bit low I think to get a good picture, but I'll keep an eye on it as we approach sunday to see what it is doing. I would love to snag a picture of a comet!

 

 

You're welcome!  :waytogo:  Yeah, the predicted mag of 10 may be a little too dim but I hope you get a chance to give it a try.  And, if possible, having Mars and a comet in the same photo would be very cool!  (I don't know if the OneSky's FOV will do that.)

 

Cheers!

-Bob F. :)



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Posted 19 October 2014 - 10:28 PM

Unfortunately the comet passed behind my neighbors house before I got a good look at it... I did manage to snag this one though - M45, the Pleiades! 

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Posted 20 October 2014 - 06:22 PM

Yeah, too bad about the comet.  WOW, that's a great photo of the Pleiades!  I love how the Pleiades looks in photos.  It just seems to sparkle like diamonds.

 

-Bob F.  :waytogo: :)


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Posted 21 October 2014 - 01:08 PM

That photo is a gem, very nice indeed, well done that sir, :bow:  DA.


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Posted 21 October 2014 - 09:05 PM

Unfortunately the comet passed behind my neighbors house before I got a good look at it... I did manage to snag this one though - M45, the Pleiades! 

Amazing.

 

jlandy, I've been off the forums for a few months dealing with day-job drama. I got back on over the weekend and found this thread. Since I was binge-reading about 5 months' worth of posts in one shot, I got to see your astrophotography blossom from, erm, dim-but-recognizable, to frankly astonishing. This is very, very inspiring stuff. Thanks for sharing your journey and your results with us. I can't wait to see what you do next....although I do worry that if you get any better, the mods will toss you out of the Beginners' Forum.  :waytogo:


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Posted 22 October 2014 - 06:19 AM

Thanks mwedel! This forum topic has turned into somewhat of a photo journal for me. I started it hoping I could document my mistakes for beginners like me to learn from, it's fun to see the pictures evolve. I was excited just to catch any light at all 4 months ago! The OneSky telescope, though not intended for astrophotography, I think has the unique ability to shoot at 2 different focal lengths. Comparing the pictures to the views in Stellarium, with a 2x barlow I get a 1 degree field of view, without I get a 2.5 degree field of view.

 

I appreciate all the encouraging comments from everyone! As always, I'm open to any critique/suggestions/testing new ideas - Steve's shroud, greased threads, and changing the focus by sliding the secondary closure to the mirror along the rails have all came from this forum topic.


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Posted 28 October 2014 - 05:28 PM

You guys, this thread, and a few other recommendations have pushed me over the edge. I bought one today!  :waytogo:


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Posted 28 October 2014 - 07:32 PM

Analog,

 

Good deal! Congrats.  :waytogo:  I think you're really going to enjoy it.  I've only been able to have mine out four times (since I acquired it last July) but I really like using mine.

 

-Bob F.  :)


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Posted 30 October 2014 - 02:36 PM

My home for over 30 years is in a white zone but we're not moving any time soon. (code for it ain't going to happen)  So, thanks to the AWB being so sweet and portable I've sold the wife on a vacation spot we can visit more then once yearly. The night skies are VERY dark there. I will enjoy those vacations. :grin:


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