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Cotswolds Dark Skies - a sheaf of fine DSOs


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That was a very productive session, I can see you were geared up for every opportunity. I particularly like your fine M33, bubble shots and the tree of course - atmospheric👍

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1 hour ago, Stub Mandrel said:

Cripes you are right, I'd totally missed that!

 

Yes, lots of accidental captures of the nova this year, including my own! I use that line of four stars (like a mini coat-hanger) as the locator, but it's so bright that it's easy to spot.

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Blimey Neil, you were there for only half the days that most of us were but you were there on the best two nights, but I only managed 2 images.  

 

I particularly love the Elephant's trunk Nebula. 

 

Not properly processed my images yet as been too busy catching up on other things since I got back. 

 

Carole 

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For various reasons, I only took my Nikon Z6 and a 24-70mm lens (we won't go into the FTZ adaptor I left at home and why I couldn't use my 200mm f/2.8 lens....) plus the iOptron Skyguider. After a year of truly awful weather in north Shropshire, this was my first imaging for 12 months...

 

Managed this wide-angle stack of Milky Way

MWay_3_sml.jpg

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I'm still working on my M31 image, trying to tame the Blue Bloat that I got with my camera lens.

Was partly my fault as I didn't want to refocus as that would mean moving to a brightish star and coming back, and wasn't sure if I could reframe exactly with my SA. So fudged the focus a little.

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19 hours ago, Carastro said:

Blimey Neil, you were there for only half the days that most of us were but you were there on the best two nights, but I only managed 2 images. 

 

I seem to have managed 3 hours per channel for two targets each evening.

 

To be fair, you had a difficult start on Monday, I think I had the Trunk done before your gear started behaving.

 

I just wish I had planned a bit better. Next time I will have a list of targets ready.

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12 hours ago, RPK_Astro said:

For various reasons, I only took my Nikon Z6 and a 24-70mm lens (we won't go into the FTZ adaptor I left at home and why I couldn't use my 200mm f/2.8 lens....) plus the iOptron Skyguider. After a year of truly awful weather in north Shropshire, this was my first imaging for 12 months...

 

Managed this wide-angle stack of Milky Way

MWay_3_sml.jpg

I love the way Andromeda floats in this image.  So glad you got this very nice image of the Milky way Ron after your dreadful year.

 

Carole 

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1 hour ago, Carastro said:

Well I spent all day processing this image from the Cotswolds, it was quite difficult as I don't get a lot of practice doing LRGB due to living in Bortle 8, plus I forgot to switch the cooling on (Gun to head).  It's a target I have been wanting to do for ages, and because of the size of the FOV I needed to get it in one go (not a Mosaic) due to my lack of dark sky opportunities, so i used my Samyang lens.  

 

Atik460EX and Samyang lens 135mm @ F2.8

Lum 23 x 600 (3hours 50mins)
RGB 14 x 150secs binned each filter (35m each) total 1 hour 45 mins
Total imaging time 5 hours 35mins

 

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Excellent image. So much nebulosity surrounding the Iris, it's nice to see it in a wide FOV.

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