• In the early morning of October 10th I finally observed and photographed M1 the Crab Nebula with my 80mm refractor. The photo below was taken with the ASI 183MC camera; 137, 5 second frames were stacked.

  • There are still a of artifacts in my pictures. I wonder if Mike C might comment on processing a FITS image file. When I try to do deep sky stacking of Light and Dark files I get an error message in ASI studio that it can only process one channel when I input the FITS color image file taken with the ASI color camera?! Also I couldn’t get DSS…[Read more]

  • The November Sky and Telescope issue features M33 a galaxy in Triangulum. Presently it is high in the eastern sky around midnight and its large size and galactic detail provides a good target for small telescopic astrophotography. Below is an image I obtained on 9-13 with AT 80ED mm refractor and ZWO 183M camera. 400 5sec frames were live…[Read more]

  • The night of 8-15 was pretty good for observing and with the moon absent good for some astrophotography. I obtained a fairly good image of M17 the Omega Nebula in Sagittarius. I rotated the image below to approximate the orientation of many images online. At the eyepiece M17 was fairly easy to see at low power as a tilted, whitish rectangular…[Read more]

  • The bright core of the Andromeda galaxy (M31) with hints of its spiral disc appears in this live stacked image below. The dwarf satellite galaxy M32 is at the upper right. All foreground stars are from our galaxy, the Milky Way. Photo taken with an 80mm refractor on July 21, 151/5 sec. stacked frames using the ASI 183MC camera.

  • Summer is here and so is the summer triangle and one of our favorite Messier objects, M 27 The Dumbbell Nebula. In photo below I used a 3.1 in refractor, the ASI 183MC camera with Orion skyglow filter and 64 5sec live stacked images. I was happy to see good color and the central white dwarf star.

  • Thanks Josef. Seems like it may be at magnitude 11 based on your links above for May 29. I also wanted to be sure I was pointing to the supernova in my picture so I did a blink comparison with an online photo from Sky and Telescope and show that below.

  • The supernova (arrow) in the Pinwheel galaxy (M 101) is amazingly bright compared to the rest of the galaxy. I finally got a good look and fair image early this am (5-28).

  • Some sun pictures from last two days. Starblast 4.5 with Orion filter.

  • fealeybob14 posted an update 11 months ago

    @josef Any dark sky, Space Station moon transit etc. plans for tonight?

    • Well, there will be tonight 5/20 visible 22 Starlinks G6-30 from 22:34 for about 4 minutes at SouthWest entering Earth shadow inside constellation Leo. Magnitudes only 2.8 and I guess they will be spread 5 times more than yesterday.

      ISS is passing above Cassiopeia at ~22:02 and again at ~23:39 ending in shadow in Cepheus.

      I will fiddle with my…[Read more]

  • The Pleiades (M 45) have just come into view on the SOHO C3 camera.

  • fealeybob14 replied to the topic Observing tonight? in the forum General Discussion 1 year ago

    Thanks Josef. I had quite a bit of edge of fov brightness in the above and I did get separate images of each galaxy. I combined the latter two images in the picture of M81 and M82 below.

  • fealeybob14 replied to the topic Observing tonight? in the forum General Discussion 1 year ago

    An April 12 image of M81 and M82 taken with the AT80ED and ASI 183MC camera. (Minor touch ups of the FITS file, saved as a PNG file and converted to a JPEG in Photoshop Elements). No darkfield taken. About 200 5 second images stacked.

  • fealeybob14 replied to the topic Observing tonight? in the forum General Discussion 1 year ago

    An early morning (April 2nd) photo of globular cluster M3. Scope AT80ED camera ASI 183 MC. Fits file edited with ASI Fits Viewer.

  • fealeybob14 replied to the topic Observing tonight? in the forum General Discussion 1 year ago

    I’m working with the Orion StarSeekerIV mount (Randy provided) and it’s built in WiFi and the Windows version of the SynScan Pro app. Using the Stellarium telescope plug in module it is possible to aim (slew) the AT80ED scope by clicking on the interactive sky map. One has to first define the ‘telescope’ configuration. I did this using the ASC…[Read more]

  • fealeybob14 replied to the topic Observing tonight? in the forum General Discussion 1 year ago

    Luka B. and Mike C. have provided me with great ways to use the AT80ED refractor with my Canon Rebel T5 camera. I had been unable to reach the focal point except with an eyepiece projection technique. This worked but there was a lot of distortion (curving peripheral field) in the images. Luka suggested using a Barlow lens to diverge the light…[Read more]

  • fealeybob14 replied to the topic Observing tonight? in the forum General Discussion 1 year ago

    Whoops had a double negative in above post (two ‘nots’ in third line above).  Erase the second ‘not’.  BTW, is there a way to edit our posts (as we had in the legacy forum)?

  • fealeybob14 replied to the topic Observing tonight? in the forum General Discussion 1 year ago

    Was out at 11 pm and the northern skies were bright with what I could not really distinguish between northern lights and thin clouds with falling precip illuminated by Rochester city lights.  Colors were subdued and some areas seem to obscure background stars and so I was not leaning towards the phenomon not being northern lights.  Today my n…[Read more]

  • Thank you Jim! Must admit I am taken with the quality of this refractor. I’ve also “revived my old Canon T5 Rebel camera and the eyepiece projection components that had been gathering dust. The spring (looking ahead of course) night sky is great for seeing the most first magnitude stars. Wanting to test that AT80ED telescope further I have…[Read more]

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