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Getting somewhere with the Star Adventurer

I'm enjoying getting to grips with the Skywatcher Star Adventurer.
Most recently on Saturday when I managed to get a decent polar alignment, so was able to get something worth processing with my 200mm f/4 lens on the camera.
10x 60s images
Needs a lot more work, but the stars are round, and I'm getting there with it
Andromeda M32 Aug 12th rgb resize.jpg
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Perseid Meteors

I put out my home-made 'All Sky' camera last night (9th/10th) to see if I could bag any meteors. The cloud came and went throughout the night, but I managed to get one at about 0114 UT. The moon, as well a lightening the sky played havoc with the plastic dome protecting the camera, producing flares, shading and bright spots all over the image. The meteor trail is about 16 degrees long, and must have ...
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July Summay and Links

My July #astronomy summary with links to the full report and video: ... ctive.html
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Photobucket's Ransom demand.

I'm writing this once here so I don't have to repeat it on every thread I've contributed to.


Photobucket, having previously flagged up the use of its image hosting site for forums, (third party images) have now decided to demand $39/month to allow the images already posted on forums to be seen. Always supposing I had that kind of money to spare, there is a principle at stake here. Thousands of people all over ...
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M27 - the dumbbell nebula

The 'dumbbell' is a good 'August' object but I thought I would try a bit early this year. Messier 27 is actually quite bright and in a dark sky can be seen with the naked eye. However on this occasion the lighter sky made it harder to locate. I took 2 x 45sec exposures and combined them to give this image. ( I also experimented with some longer guided exposures - the least said about ...
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A couple more moon shots

Hi all I took these shots last night as it was a bit cloudy,hope you like.The fist time I used my focal reducer on my scope to reduce its size.The second image used a 3x ed barlow so is a bit distorted because of the atmospheric conditions last night as it was quite turbulent from the heat haze.
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Noctilucent Clouds

While taking a short break on Holy Island near the Scottish border I went out a little before local midnight to see the 'white night', when to my delight the faint tendrils of blue white clouds began to appear. Over the course of 20 minutes they intensified and soon I had the whole northern horizon glowing with noctilucent clouds.
This is a panorama of the event. Over time the normally horizonal clouds revealed vertical streaks ...
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June Summary and Links

Monthly summary for June: ... ctive.html Follow the links to the full June report and video of the photos with music from David Bowie.
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With Jupiter way over to the west, attention is now drawn to Saturn in the east. The problem is that Saturn is currently in the lower part of the ecliptic (Ophiuchus) and is very low down. Saturn isn't the brightest of planets at the best of times, and struggles in the murk when it is low down. On top of that it is skirting along the top of my hedge, so not every part of ...
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My first attempt at Saturn this year.

Hi all I managed to get an image last night for the first time this year.
Thanks for looking
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