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hi all.

 

I am out in the garden adding some more subs to my M 31 . So far I managed to get 103 exposures at 330 sec each..

 

Tonight i am using the new clip filter and i see an huge improvement.

 

AR is still not brilliant in my guiding scope despite calibration guide assistant but i can't really complain.

 

 

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I was out in Bortle 2/3 (dependant upon which app you believe - all I know is I can’t see my hand in front of my face) in Dorset last night without any imaging gear. I’ve only brought my big binoculars and heavy duty tripod. Managed to see the core of M31 with the naked eye and of course zoomed in with the Binos. Then as Jupiter came up we looked at it and the moons. The Milky Way was a prominent feature once our eyes adjusted to the darkness. 

I noticed sky glow coming from the direction of Weymouth but nothing at all to worry about considering I live in Bortle 7.

The clouds came at around midnight and then it has rained endlessly ever since.

My friends have just arrived with a Celestron Maksutov so we shall be having a play with that in the next few days weather permitting. 

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9 minutes ago, TerryMcK said:

I was out in Bortle 2/3 (dependant upon which app you believe - all I know is I can’t see my hand in front of my face) in Dorset last night without any imaging gear. I’ve only brought my big binoculars and heavy duty tripod. Managed to see the core of M31 with the naked eye and of course zoomed in with the Binos. Then as Jupiter came up we looked at it and the moons. The Milky Way was a prominent feature once our eyes adjusted to the darkness. 

I noticed sky glow coming from the direction of Weymouth but nothing at all to worry about considering I live in Bortle 7.

The clouds came at around midnight and then it has rained endlessly ever since.

My friends have just arrived with a Celestron Maksutov so we shall be having a play with that in the next few days weather permitting. 

I should imagine the skyglow from Weymouth is nothing, compared to the skyglow from Manchester. 😂

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I'm still without power to the obsy.  Downstairs still running on Camping hook up, but the good news is after getting a couple of quotes (all the electricians are busy), I have one booked for Wednesday, the work will take around 3 days, but overlaps with my trip to Kelling Heath, and not sure if I should leave it all to hubby to supervise including a re-wire of my obsy (long story) hopefully I will be able to give the electrician instructions of where to place the socket in the obsy.  

 

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16 hours ago, TerryMcK said:

 

I was out in Bortle 2/3 (dependant upon which app you believe - all I know is I can’t see my hand in front of my face) in Dorset last night without any imaging gear.

 

Terry, I was out under the same skies in Dorset on Friday night. We are on a week holiday down here - the view with binoculars was spectacular - the milky way was so clear as it arched across the sky from Cassiopeia to the sea. Hopefully get some more clear weather in the week to enjoy the view again.

Bryan

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*sigh* I live in Dorset, SQI 21.66 (Supposedly) but all I can see lately are the clouds. Imaging has been a real frustration with odd clear patches. 

Yep, it's dark here and yes the Milky Way glitters (Right down to the southern horizon) when it's clear.

I think the nearest big town to my south is in France, 300km away, but I too see the glow from Weymouth. And Bridport.

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I’m probably in the same area as you at the moment Dave. Had a walk onto Chesil Beach but too difficult underfoot to walk further than a few yards and the wind almost blew us over. Then a walk over to the sub tropical gardens. Really sheltered spot from the wind and then the inevitable rain.

It’s just a joy to experience not too much light pollution apart from internal house lights. Nowadays it is difficult to come across such relatively dark skies.

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4 hours ago, Astrobdlbug said:

Terry, I was out under the same skies in Dorset on Friday night. We are on a week holiday down here - the view with binoculars was spectacular - the milky way was so clear as it arched across the sky from Cassiopeia to the sea. Hopefully get some more clear weather in the week to enjoy the view again.

Bryan

Tuesday looks ok Bryan according to Scope Nights.

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For some reason the wifi seems to think I am at the youth hostel in Litton Cheney haha. Probably that’s where the broadband emerges into an exchange.

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5 minutes ago, TerryMcK said:

I’m probably in the same area as you at the moment Dave. Had a walk onto Chesil Beach but too difficult underfoot to walk further than a few yards and the wind almost blew us over. Then a walk over to the sub tropical gardens. Really sheltered spot from the wind and then the inevitable rain.

It’s just a joy to experience not too much light pollution apart from internal house lights. Nowadays it is difficult to come across such relatively dark skies.

Sounds about right, and yes walking on Chesil Beach is a thankless penance unless you manage to get there at low spring tide when some coarse sand becomes visible.

I moved here from West London where my SQI was about 18.25. The night sky was a revelation!

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I've also dusted off my DSLR tonight for M31, it will give me a wider fov on the 70mm. The ASI1600 fov was a bit clipped for my liking. It is supposed to stay clear until 3am. Trouble is rain is forecast at 5, so I need to get up at 4 to shut things up. 🤞

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While I'm here I may as well post up about last nights escapades with Bino's.

Had an unexpected clear spell before bedtime so had a scan around. 

Had a poke around the Pleiades, Andromeda, the Hyades, Jupiter and then got a real surprise when I accidentally found the Double Cluster in Perseus. Had some fun with them, making one disappear then the other as I switched averted vision between them.

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