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This is why I love this hobby.

Going out meeting others, gazing at the stars & doing a spot of imaging-----bliss!!!

I had a good couple of sessions last Friday & Saturday night I imaged the Leo triplet, NGC3184, Jupiter & M51. I even had the other DSLR firing off some shots so I could make up a timelapse in Lightroom3.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxXMeKzwKcM

I was also out again on Tuesday imaging Jupiter but that didn't go to well with terrible conditions but I ...
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A busy evening at the dark site 2/2/14

I had a busy night at the dark site last Sunday so made up a video of what I managed to capture. The seeing was pretty poor & the breeze didn't help matters so the resulting images aren't great I'm afraid especially the crab nebula.

Hope you like it :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awcrDxucmNk
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M82 Supernova, M81 & NGC3077 23/1-25/1/14

I managed a couple of sessions last week & captured the Supernova on both occasions so pretty pleased to have done so.

Firstly here's Thursday nights attempt, it was quite calm so I dusted off the cobwebs from the 10" Newtonian & managed to fire off some shots. Just a pity that the polar alignment was off slightly

63 1 minute unguided Subs & 22 darks taken using a 250P & modified Canon 1000D taken ...
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New Words for the English language

Last night I did some constellation shots and my first few frames were done with a high ISO setting, when I really wanted to do 800: http://sungazer127mak.blogspot.fr/2014/ ... -2014.html

As a result I have invented 2 new verbs:

1. To over-ISO: to use an ISO setting that is higher than one intended

2. To under-ISO: to use an ISO setting that is lower than one intended
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Some images I managed over the holidays.

I think I managed to get out 3 times over the Christmas holiday but only managed to get a couple of imaging attempts in, one of them was on a really windy night so I were surprised to have got anything.

Firstly the international space station taken on Christmas eve, there was a gap in the clouds at just the right time so into the field I went with my Canon 1000D & tripod. It ...
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Christmas Morning Moon.

Merry Christmas everyone!!

Taken using a 6"SCT manually tracked on an EQ5 & taken using a 1000D 100 subs processed in PIPP then stacked in Registax.

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Driver(s) for SPC880 on Windows 7

My laptop has just been up(down??)graded to Windows 7 and I need to reinstall some drivers.

For Windows XP the driver was called something containing "VK" but I didn't check before the upgrade and silly me is "clouded out" on my webcam.

Can anyone advise, please?

Thanks.
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My first comet image - ISON

Imaged on the morning of Tuesday 19th Nov 2013 from mid New Forest, during the small window of opportunity between ISON rising above the ESE horizon & the pre-dawn light, oh, & to make matters worse in was only a few days away from a full moon, but cloud had scuppered prior opportunities. It was probably one of the hardest targets & conditions I've faced since starting astro in 2011. I even had to turn ...
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Just a little moonie 14-11-13

I haven't posted in a while so thought I'd post my recent image of the moon. I don't often do much in the way of lunar imaging as I tend to do more planetary or DSO imaging. I had a look outside so I quickly mounted the scope a Celestron C80ED on an old manual EQ5 mount & connected up the Canon 1000D. I fired off 50 images, stacked & processed them in Photoshop. I ...
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