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Last nights Bortle 1 experience in the Isles Of Scilly was astonishing. When the external lights in the hotel were switched off it was like the sky turned on. Only spoilt by the moon which was casting light and producing shadows. But if you turned in the opposite direction the milky way was visible. When the moon finally set it was truly dark but then dawn arrived scuppering any further viewing.

Back to bed and this morning the sun is up the sky is blue and the birds are tweeting.

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I have had this kit here with me now for the best part of six months coming up and still not been able to find a suitable night, well one that offered reasonable skies and the other part was work getting in the way when they did arrive. Other than the trial runs, I have yet to get the new kit set up and imaging. Hope you are all doing well, and I look forward to a few summer nights where I can get a few hours in.

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This winter season has been mostly dreadful. I’ve had one session since Feb 6th! It seems any clear night coincides with massive wind and massive moon - ok for small scopes and moon observers though!

hope your luck improves and you get a chance. 

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4 hours ago, RaDec said:

Nice job - how'd it turn out?

Haven’t had chance to do any processing - will have a look at data this evening and also take some flats 

I only got 1 1/2hrs as clouds rolled in about 1:30am - so hope to get more clear skies on Friday to finish off 

Bryan 

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Trying out NINA on an easy target in S2. I used Sharpcap to polar align and that was a breeze. Just had to wait until it got dark enough. I used the Polemaster camera (focal length is 25mm) and it got PA pretty good.

Now just calibrated PHD2. I forgot how labour intensive Windows capturing is. Hopefully when this is done I might get some narrowband images over the next 3 or 4 hours.

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Spent the day converting my EQM35 Pro into my dedicated mount for solar. Using the NINA PC in conjunction with Sharpcap the setup comprises:

  • EQM35Pro Mount
  • Daystar Solar Scout SS60-DS Ha telescope
  • ZWO ASI 174MM
  • Deep Sky Dad Focuser
  • Running down a cable harness into below

All connected to my Observatory In A Box

  • Alinco DM-330FX 30 Amp Switch Mode Power Supply with USB Ports
  • 8 Port 1GiB Ethernet Switch
  • MeLE Quieter 3Q Fanless Mini PC- this works really well on high speed captures

I can also mount the white light telescope either on its own or with the Ha scope using the Primaluce Lab Side by Side Losmandy Plates.

This white light scope is:

  • WO ZS73 telescope
  • Lakeside Focus Controller
  • Altair Astro Herschel Wedge
  • ZWO ASI 183MC Pro
  • Baader Solar Continuum Filter 1.1/4"
  • Baader UV/IR Cut Filter

The combined mass of the two scopes and the side by side plate is at the upper limit of this mount but works fine for solar work.

 

Roll on more clear days!

 

 

 

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Good luck with Nina Terry, I am liking it although it has a few quirks, it kept switching off my guiding yesterday - likely a setting I havent got quite correct yet.

Anyway this has been a while coming taken last night after modifying my mirror cell, adding light shroud, briefly changing secondary, getting more to grips with autofocusing, etc...

This is M64 The Black Eye Galaxy only a single 2 minute exposure with no calibration frames and a >70% moon. Still lots to do but I'm becoming much happier with the optics and guiding etc. Plate solving through Nina gets me on target quickly and starting to do sequences. Still not happy with my collimation and got to go back to larger secondary and blacken everything... This is without my coma corrector or any filters. Still think I should have stuck to smaller but maybe one day I'll get this performing - I enjoy the challenge...

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It's all a learning curve - that's a pretty good image under the circumstances.

Especially for only 2 minutes. Thgink what a few hours will yield.

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Thanks I'm hoping so, the glare was the moon shining down half the tube and unblackened focuser so yep a few hours and no moon could finally start getting where I'm hoping to get to. Great learning about all nuances and still enjoying it - not traded the beast in yet😉

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I had a change last night, was lovely and clear except for the b full moon. I've been testing out societies heq5pro and stuck my 80ed, qhy9c, asi120mm into 9x50finder and connected to my obsy pc. I had it all talking and able to move mount, focused the finder manually then the other with my diy autofocuser via nina. But when it came to guiding it would not (phd2 as usual and detected camera and mount fine - but when pulseguide no movement when calbrating). I don't think I've understood it there is a way of changing between st4 and serial or got right connections... I wasn't using st4 and only had pc serial into hand controller and the rj45 between hc and mount - thought this should work but nothing even though I can move mount with motors manually from ascom... Confused and just ordered a pc usb to mount cable to bypass hc. Feeling slightly guilty I wasn't playing with big rig - but will be nice to see how the other half live...

Note: on a previous night using my underpowered atom pc it was guiding well so can't have got all settings right somewhere when moved to obsy pc.

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Still experimenting with NINA despite no real astro time but very clear nights. Failure last night due to dreaded ASCOM dropping connection to ASI294MM for no apparent reason. Tonight is direct connection with NINA to the ZWO ASI driver.

 

Got to love clear nights and experimentation to prepare for imaging later in the year.

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I haven’t imaged since l was at Astro camp Bortle 4 six weeks ago.  
 

Back home Bortle 8 all possible NB targets have been behind the house.  But l checked last night and Cygnus has finally emerged over the roof tops at 11.30pm.  So might get set up to do some imaging again.  Hate galaxy season as it is a NO GO period for me.
 

Carole 

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My motivation disappears between the middle of May and August. No obsey, so sitting up all night till it’s sort of dark just doesn’t appeal I’m afraid.

Not taken an image for months!

Lets all hope the autumn ushers in a period of better nights. 🙏🤞

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I've been imaging IC5068 in Cygnus Carole @Carastro. I've managed to get nearly 9 hours of Ha, S2 and O3 despite fullish moon in the last few days. I managed 4 hours a night from 02/06/2023 to this morning 05/06/2023 with a few failures with the software (the horrible ASCOM related which I have now fixed). The moon was below the horizon for me.

As posted above I have been experimenting with, new to me, N.I.N.A. image acquisition and observatory control software.

 

I control everything from indoors by remote control and am normally tucked up asleep when imaging but always make sure there isn't any rain on the way as I too don't have an observatory (apart from the manual roll off gazebo tent LOL).

 

 

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Cygnus is only just appearing over the house tops at 11.30 last night.  I didn't have anything set up but have done that today.  

 

The prospect of not being able to even start imaging until after midnight has put me off bothering until now.   I do have a target planned so might get started now.  
 

Carole

 

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I can get nautical dusk on IC5068 and other Cygnus targets tonight at 23:48 and can theoretically image until nautical dawn which is 02:26 at my latitude. I have been starting a little earlier and ending a little later but finding that I had to scrap a few subs due to my eagerness to get going. As we get closer to the solstice imaging time gets shorter and shorter but then we go back into longer nights again - hurrah! Hopefully without cloud - boo.

Obviously yours would be different and dependent upon local conditions as you have said with house roofs.

 

Conditions are not looking good here tonight so I'm having a night off.

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