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Pretty much a full Moon last night and I had a grand selection of technical errors and goofs on my part, some cables certainly got stretched...oops!

So did a fast object, the gorgeous Albireo in Cygnus, this is made from LRGB images, all 1 second long, just shot 80 in each channel and stacked, rather simple, but I still love this object through an eyepiece.

The blue was getting washed out in the companion, so I did stretch it out further - if only to bring it back in to balance with what you get through an eyepiece, tempted to do a series on just interesting stars, perhaps longer L channel shots to bring the background stars out might have been an option - but I like the "depth" this offers currently.
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Guiding tonight is pretty good, despite a very fast set up.
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i can't even think of the last time it was clear enough for deep sky... sigh! go get 'em Chris!
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Messier 27 - The Dumbbell Nebula in the constellation of Vulpecular, some 1350ly from Earth, give or take a cm.

Photographed this gorgeous object again, after weeks of rain, clouds and epic British summer weather. It's a popular target as it's bright and requires relatively little exposure time.

This is one of the first DSO's I saw through my scope, still in love with it to this day. This image represents the best I've taken of this object and I aim to add more data to it and add longer exposures to expose the faint outer detail of this object.

Technical info:

Telescope: Meade LX90 8" SCT
Additional Optics: Meade f/6.3 focal reducer.
Camera: ATIK 414ex mono
Filters: Baader H-alpha, OIII

Processing:
Stacked in DSS, 33x180s Ha, 16xOIIIx180s, processed in Photoshop CC.
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You sur gazzzzed in one of the most beautiful part of the sky that's incredible shot
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Sat on my laptop looking at my Ha data for various projects, and you know what, I generally prefer the black and white data to the final colour composite..
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Stellarium isn't really helping right now - WHY YOU NO HAVE ABELL CATALOGUE!! Trying to pinpoint the Medusa Nebula, and having to enter the co-ords manually.
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Cartes du Ciel is what I use to do star alignment and target locating when I am driving the scope, I normally use Stellarium to work out if a roof is going to be blocking a low target or to get a grasp on my field of view.

Abell 31, 33 fascinate me, and seem just about in the realms of my tracking, imaging capability - if you will, a test for my scope/setup.

So not quite outgrown Stellarium, afterall I have more NGC/Messier objects I've never seen or touched yet.
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So Celestron make good scopes, and I desire an 11" beast to up my planetary imaging resolution and light gathering power.

The regular SCT is £1550, the Edge HD version is £4295...baring in mind that I use a small sensor camera anyhow...thinking the regular choice is a fiscally sound choice between those specific to.
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12" LX200-ACF f/10 , cheaper than the HD with a bonus 1" of aperture :)
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Nearly knackered something, darn cables getting twisted up, you immediately know when you here the pitch of the motor change....urghh!
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someone needs a cable management plan
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Love imaging in narrow band, not just because it cuts out light pollution, but also how it shows different details, structure and how the object is "put together".
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Currently going through the process of transferring old HDD data to my new computer and installing software, which means nice fresh updated tools for astronomy etc

One thing I note, is Registax 6.x is from 2011, yet is still a go to tool for many people.....
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Yeah, not going to try mono until Jupiter swings back around! 😀
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New PC, should make stacking a smidge 'snappy'. Needs to get here soon, getting withdrawel!

MB: Asus X99-A/USB3.1 Intel X99 (Socket 2011) DDR4 ATX Motherboard

CPU: Intel i7-5820K 3.30GHz (Haswell-E) Socket LGA2011-V3 Processor

Mem: Team Group Elite 16GB (4x4GB) DDR4 PC4-19200C16 2400MHz Quad Channel Kit

GPU: Asus GeForce GTX 970 TURBO OC 4096MB GDDR5 PCI-e

SSD: M.2 Solid State Drive: Samsung SM951 128GB M.2 PCI-e Gen3 8Gbps x 4 AHCI
For OS / Core Programs

HDD: 2x Seagate 2TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache HDD
Data Storage, low priority programs
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+Paul Stewart Just because it's VR reqdy, suggests nothing at all! 😜
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Well there goes my plans for telescope hardware, PC died after 7 years of long service.
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I recently switched from my aging laptop to an iMac in the observatory and my stacks are FLYING. They used to take 4 minutes, now they take 4 seconds to burn through 9,000 frames. Would've made that recent jupiter animation ordeal a bit easier I can tell you.
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Shot with my Coronado Solarmax II 60 telescope, 2x barlow and ASI120mm camera.

AR2546 is the only visible sunspot on the sun currently, and is a beast at some 25,000km + in size.
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I am passionate about astronomy and travel, love to photograph the universe around me, from people close to home, right up to galaxies far, far away.

Life is to be explored, enjoyed and horizons broadened, which means I am probably going to need a bigger telescope some day.
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