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Paul's Winter Challenges

Posted: 03 Dec 2014, 10:39
by stormin
My first chance to tackle Paul's recent challenges.

I went upto the Braefoot Terminal car park last night and between visits from a local running club and the police took the following of M31 and M110. 60 exposures of 30 secs each stacked using DeepSkyStacker. Pretty pleased with my first attempt at imaging these, particularly as it got very dewy later on (need to create a dew shield!) and the fact I wasn't using any sky glow filter. When I get those things sorted I think the next time I go out I'll use 60 second exposures and visit a darker site.

Anybody got any good suggestions for other local dark sites? I've heard mention of somewhere near Knock Hill or Saline Hill - does anyone have details on these locations?

Thanks,
Paul

Andromeda.PNG

Re: Paul's Winter Challenges

Posted: 03 Dec 2014, 22:30
by Alderney99
Pic doesn't seem to have embedded ??? :(

Hint for Braefoot site!
Anyone going on their own / very small numbers - good idea to take one's DB-Astro Membership Card (and one of the Club business cards) as extra
ID in case The Polis stop by! Braefoot Security have come over a couple of times in the past, and even had a view with the scopes, so they at least
"know" that the Club can sometimes be at the St Colmes car park. :)

Re: Paul's Winter Challenges

Posted: 04 Dec 2014, 11:40
by stormin
The police were very friendly and I explained who I was associated with! But point taken for future reference.

As for the picture I'm not sure what's happening there. I tried to upload the file as an attachment, which shows as "Andromeda.PNG", but it doesn't seem to have been uploaded. I've checked in my list of "attachments" but it's not there. I've also noted that I can't see anyone elses images either. I'm not sure if it's just me but does anyone else have this problem? I'll raise it with Paul.

Cheers,
Paul

How to post a pic

Posted: 07 Dec 2014, 15:31
by pbholmes
The trick is to upload to a picture-sharing site such as Flickr, Adobe Revel or some other.
You then click the "Img" button above and paste in the URL of your picture.

Example code:

Code: Select all

[img]https://www.adoberevel.com/v1.0/catalogs/df8cf0997cc84b4696c4d9196c1abe18/assets/5a80566bbc327aa220e3bfbd6b68a91a/revisions/1173f3cfb6d62649c73d0bf6212512f8/renditions/8e56d61892e84b3a94c2421a0e538fcc[/img]


Resulting picture:
Image

In case you're interested, the picture is Mirach's Ghost.
The bright star in the centre is red giant Mirach (Beta Andromedae). To the left of it is 8th Magnitude star HD 6892.
Above them both, at the apex of the triangle, is the dwarf galaxy NCG 404, aka Mirach's Ghost.

P.

PS - I'm hoping to get our own gallery set up on the site soon, but in the meantime post to Flickr, Adobe Revel, Ipernity, Instagram, Pinterest, Photobucket etc, then link from here.

Re: Paul's Winter Challenges

Posted: 08 Dec 2014, 23:31
by stormin
Thanks Paul.

Ok let's see if this works!

Image

Re: Paul's Winter Challenges

Posted: 09 Dec 2014, 09:39
by Alderney99
Excellent! :D
IJ

Re: Paul's Winter Challenges

Posted: 09 Dec 2014, 16:14
by Opel star
Nice pic! Nice wide field of view.Are you using a focal reducer?

Chris

Re: Paul's Winter Challenges

Posted: 09 Dec 2014, 22:04
by stormin
Thanks guys!

Chris, no I didn't use a focal reducer it was straight out of the box as it were. That's the nature of the scope I guess, wide field to fit in DSO's etc. but with lower mag but hopefully high quality images. That's why I'll need a good Barlow to get closer to planets and other objects.

I was pleased at how well the mount tracked without a guide scope and that I remembered how to do it!

Got myself an Astronomik CLS filter now so hopefully that will get rid of some sky glow and can't wait to get out again when the moon wanes a bit.

We'll have to head to a dark site some time!

Re: Paul's Winter Challenges

Posted: 11 Dec 2014, 00:05
by Opel star
Your scope will be very nice on the Orion nebula especially with the cls clip filter.After the Christmas madness we should all head up north when its a new moon and find some dark skies to photograph!

Chris