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Early Draconid

Just been out to have a look at what I could have had a look at if my new telescope had come today. (It's coming tomorrow now!) And saw a meteor heading West to East below Vega from the head of Draco the dragon. If it was a Draconid meteor it was a bit early!
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GOTO 10" Dobsonian Upgrade Kit for Skywatcher

Hi everyone,
I'm looking to upgrade my 'new" second hand 10 inch dobso with a goto system kind two axes but I cannot find anything online, any advise where to find something?
MANY thanks
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Finished my Moon shoot

Full disc with my DSLR, close-ups with my Bresser Electronic Eyepiece: ... ed-public/
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Celestron CGX

My new Nexstar Evolution wireless function didn't function too well so I sent it back. Rother Valley Optics have kindly let me take the opportunity to swap to a more traditional mount so I'm going to replace my original choice with a Celestron CGX 9.25.

Anyone on here with experience of the CGX mount?

I best go and edit my signature!
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Hello to everyone, a New member from Thetford, Norfolk uk
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Ring Nebula

Another planetary nebula, but a lot smaller looking than the Dumbbell. The 'Ring Nebula' (M57) is located in Lyra.
Through a telescope it is a little grey ring, but even the humblest camera will bring out some colour.
This is just a single 30sec exposure with the Canon.
That star in the middle of the ring is the origin of the nebula.
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#497 Autostar firmware upgrade


I have an 8-inch LX90 from 2003 which has a #497 Autostar handbox (I can't see that it says #497 anywhere but assume that's what it is). There's a sticker on the back of the handbox which says 'VER:26Ec' and when you power-up the display reads '(c)02 Meade Autostar'.

It's now 2018, and I want to upgrade the Autostar firmware. Which is the best version to upgrade to (least buggy), and what is the ...
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Neptune and Triton

Neptune is an 8th magnitude object, and Triton is 13th magnitude. Neptune, although large, because of its distance is only about 1/10th the diameter of Mars at its best. Neptune is fun to observe, as it is clearly a disk, and has a distinctive blue colour. Triton is never very far from Neptune, and can be seen with a 6 inch telescope in good conditions. A larger telescope is better.
This photo is a bit ...
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M13 with a trail

Hi all I took M13 the hercules cluster last week and managed to pick up a satelite trail in the first image.Then I stacked 30 images using deepskystacker at 10 seconds each,I used my skywatcher 80ed refractor with a 0.8 reducer.I used a gpcam290c camera for the images.Thanks for looking.

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m31 Andromeda galaxy

Hi all I had a first attempt with my 290c camera using my skywatcher ed80 refractor and managed to get 11 seconds on each image of 41.This is what I finished after 3 hours of editing using cs2 photoshop,I thought I would share,thanks for looking.

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