Ahmed, that’s a member’s gallery that Andy presents on a big screen before the monthly lecture starts…hint,hint Astounding first astro image. You’ve made a bloody giant first step as a beginner! Anyone looking at that image would think you are an experienced astrophotographer. Although you got some great equipment, it takes a lot of patience and dedication to learn using what you’ve got. I’m in awe. Well done and especially given the year long woes you’ve had on waiting for a replacement mount.
Well i am one, sorta, aren’t i? We’ve been through a lot, through thick an thin 😉
You’re very humble my friend, of course i am no experienced astroimager but i had some good teachers a long the way, you being the first one. The day has come when the student becomes the master 😉 well not there yet but am getting there 🙂 This is of course first of many to come, i guess this is just a push in the right direction for me.
Yes, given the year long woes, i guess it’s only fitting i did something about it with the given clear night we had yesterday. Two things which i do take away from this image, i need more exposures and i certainly need my flats. Unfortunately had to wake up for work otherwise would’ve happily given them a go too.
Will be making a good dark library tonight so that i don’t waste any more time in doing them.
Oh no 🙁 Bummer!!! was really looking forward seeing your work.
I had a very eventful evening yesterday. Making the most of clear skies since i’ve got my mount back so had to test a lot of things. First up, get back in the habit of setting the kit up. Took me an hour, quite literally because i kept on making rookie mistakes. Once everything was setup, i fired up Polemaster, as always was a breeze to set up, then started MaximDL for the first time (have been practicing using simulator so was very familiar with the interface). Powered the cooling down on my ASI1600MM-C, and within 10 minutes i was on my target and guiding.
I was planning on doing only the tests with software but then i had 2hrs to spare so went for NGC 7635 (Bubble Nebula), 300s for the first image was a bit ambitious but i was feeling lucky so why not, guiding looked fantastic so away i went. First exposure, great success! second exposure, image started to blow out, third image, same. I realised i was binning 2×2 so stopped my capture and moved back to 1×1 binning. Exposures started to look better. So altogether took 10 x 300s exposures using Astronomik 6nm Ha filter coupled with 10 darks. No lights or bias frame. Quick and dirty processing and here is the result. Remember, this is my first ever image so please be gentle 🙂 Quality looks stupid because it’s a facebook compressed version of course.
hahahaha it was pleasure to swing by my friend. Always is pleasure seeing you and enjoying this hobby. Yes it was super cold last night but it was crystal clear which was very important. The mother and daughter duo were a wonderful surprise and yes becoming a teacher for that one night was fun.
Travelling to Blackheath turned out to be a nightmare not just for Tej but for me as well. Buses were 30 minutes late and then half way through got chucked off the bus because the driver decided to re-route it somewhere else. Tej had nightmares with his trains and then took a cab.
Tej was going to test his ADC which was very unfortunate that he couldn’t but then i bought myself some new astro boots that i wanted to test in that cold weather. Turns out, snow boots are just the thing for this hobby when it gets freezing 🙂
All in all, great night, good fun, thanks for the biscuits Tej 🙂
<p>Nice one Mike and no worries about the late response, it’s all good mate. </p><p>See you guys on the 9th 🙂 </p>
Hope is the name of the game. See you there Tej
I’m up for it and will most definitely bring in my beast as well
Tej, there were the lovely Julia’s … I’m pretty sure that was their names 🙂
Sorry for the late response, it was an amazing night full of astronomy, banter and claims being made on the new feature of Jupiter.
On you go to your naughty corners… I’ve heard about you canon vultures but seen you lot for the first time blasting us Nikon owners to smithereens 😛
I agree … there isn’t much real difference nowadays between the two. Like Tej & your good self mentioned last night, keep hold of that DSLR, master that and make it a challenge. Cloudy nights like last night will give you plenty of data to play around with
hahahaha the look on your faces when you saw the star blink out of existence was priceless … Though you both were glued to your scopes and I seeing it with my eagle eyes, watching the clock tick away it’s minutes and then down to seconds and then wishing the break in the clouds … moments like these I’m so glad I am in this hobby. Yes though the cloud cover pretty much meant we couldn’t do actual stargazing but had a good laugh & good chat. My only regret, I had to leave too soon but then I nearly froze to death too lol
digicamcontrol is another one
Yeah, Nick had me down for it! Awesome…sorry, I didnt had it marked in my diary, terrible. See you at the Great Equatorial
Oh well, I was about to say if you’re going to Blackheath, I might join you but I guess you’ll be having much more fun with the great eq 🙂
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Tej, wish I could join mate but I never knew you lads meet up apart from the scheduled events. If only I had known. The reason why I can’t join is because I’ve been keeping a close eye on the weather and today looked fantastic so I promised my little one (since it’s half term and she can stay up late) that we will do some stargazing from our back garden and that we can also see Jupiter. She’ll well excited about it. Tej, check your facebook mate if you can. I’ve sent you a message on the messenger side of it
Oh no, no, no…this is my own personal spur of the moment endeavour due to a clear sky forecast (since, as you know, I am limited with astronomy in my home and normally take trips out of london), its not associated with Flamsteed official events and its never a planned thing! Always a spontaneous thing. I just thought to inviting anyone to accompany me, unofficially, tonight. Tonight will certainly be a great opportunity to show your little one, craters on the moon and Jupiter with your 8″ scope!
Mate I know it’s not the official thing but I’m always on a lookout for any chance I can find to get my scope out or view the night skies 🙂
The next time you have these spontaneous moments, just drop me a line and I’d sure be looking to join you for the session 🙂
Ping me over your number on facebook (private) and I’ll message you from my whatsapp so that we can stay in touch via that
Moon is definitely on the menu but my powermate will most certainly become effective on the gas giant tonight.
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