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Being An Astronomer

The first edition has been reduced on Kindle, while I have started writing the second one:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07DMQVD15
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M76 - the 'Little Apple Core'

With a name like 'Little Dumbbell' or 'Little Apple Core', I expected M76 to be smaller, but just as bright as its big brother, the planetary nebula, M27. Actually, it is not a bright object at all, and very much smaller. It is only 10th magnitude, which makes it hard to spot in a telescope. With the ISO set to 6400, a 30sec exposure give a very faint green rectangle with a blob of red ...
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Surely the gravity of the moon is something impossible made

Surely the gravity of the moon is something impossible made possible...
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Celestron CGX First Light

Well the Celestron Evolution wireless system didn't work so I sent it back and swapped it for a CGX instead! Last night was first light after a few practice runs in the front room! I used a red light on a nearby chimney to set up the finder scope and get focus. There were some clouds about so I started a two star alignment on the hand controller using Vega and Altair. Even with just ...
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M2 Global cluster

Hi all I took images of m2 global cluster and I stacked in deepskystacker,processed in adobe photoshop cs2.Thanks for looking.
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Andy
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Advice Please

I know this is asked all the time, so apologies in advance

I was interested in astronomy from a young age, and around 10 years ago I bought a pair of 20x80 binos to wet my appetite. I got a good understanding of the night sky and could easily find specific galaxies and areas of interest

Fast forward to now, with a bit more cash in my back pocket I'm looking to get in to ...
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Mars with rings

Hey all, I have this handheld telescope (the one that pirates were depicted to have) and I decided to look at the orange light in the sky which turned out to be a planet!

The image was super blurry but I could see a beige circle with a ‘wide’ ring surrounding it tilted from North east to south west (top to bottom). I initially assumed that this was Saturn because of the ring but then ...
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Strange sight over Scotland

Hi folks, I'd be grateful for any suggestions about an occurence that I have pondered for decades.

Back in the mid 80s whilst camping at a place called King's Cross on the Isle of Arran, Scotland. Something caught my eye in the clear night sky: looking due west I saw what appeared to be a single star moving oddly, it darted very quickly from point-to-point in the pattern of a 'small' square, I called to ...
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September

I haven't written the summary yet and I'm not 100% sure where I will post it (website closing). Here's the finished report now I've done the processing and blogging:



http://sungazer127mak.blogspot.com/
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