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by suburbanskies
Tue Apr 06, 2010 7:05 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: M38 & NGC 1907
Replies: 1
Views: 601

M38 & NGC 1907

I don't have an educational astronomical story to tell, nor can I offer images of deep space exotica. However, I can offer you a quite reasonable (I think) shot of a pleasant and well-known open cluster, M38, and its often overlooked companion, NGC 1907. http://suburban-skies.blogspot.com/2010/04/m3...
by suburbanskies
Tue Mar 16, 2010 5:58 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: 2010 March 15-16 -- Leo Triplet (quadruplet!)
Replies: 2
Views: 648

I have never been able to directly see NGC 3628 from my location, although the aperture you have used might help there. Don't know what you mean by a "PDA skecth combination" - could you explain for us non-computer literate-types? I like the immediacy of your sketches and am intrigued as t...
by suburbanskies
Thu Mar 11, 2010 6:53 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Abell 1367 - Leo Galaxy Cluster.
Replies: 15
Views: 3701

Ah, the curse of the cranky Skysensor - I know exactly what you mean. I have also been plagued by equipment woes, hence my lack of activity recently. I think I have solved exactly the same problem you have, by fixing an aluminium plate to the back of the handset and securely fixing the cable to it. ...
by suburbanskies
Wed Mar 10, 2010 7:08 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Abell 1367 - Leo Galaxy Cluster.
Replies: 15
Views: 3701

It's remarkable how you've managed to capture quasars of 20th magnitude with just 2 minute subs. Did you selectively stretch the image around the central galaxy or is that just how it "came out in the wash"? However you did it, it's a great image and a really informative commentary. I will...
by suburbanskies
Mon Jan 11, 2010 7:22 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Thank youuu Siberia!
Replies: 4
Views: 1098

Fantastic Crab: well done!
by suburbanskies
Mon Jul 13, 2009 7:59 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: NLCs over Thames Valley...
Replies: 1
Views: 601

NLCs over Thames Valley...

A good display last night at around 10.30pm onwards... http://suburban-skies.blogspot.com/2009/07/nlcs-over-thames-valley.html This year has given me my first sight of these beautiful phenomena, and I was surprised not to see more shots on today's gallery. Seems there was a bit of a NLC storm last n...
by suburbanskies
Tue Jun 16, 2009 10:41 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: NLCs over Thames Valley, 16th June 2009?
Replies: 1
Views: 608

NLCs over Thames Valley, 16th June 2009?

Something I've never seen before. Are these the noctilucent clouds I've heard rumour of? http://suburban-skies.blogspot.com/2009/06/nlcs.html I happened to look out of my bedroom window just now (11.15 pm) and hastily grabbed a camera. By the time I rushed downstairs to get a tripod and some better ...
by suburbanskies
Wed May 27, 2009 4:55 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Messier 3...
Replies: 1
Views: 671

Messier 3...

An effort from last night's reasonably clear skies over the Thames estuary...

http://suburban-skies.blogspot.com/2009 ... ier-3.html
by suburbanskies
Mon Mar 30, 2009 5:21 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: The Owl Nebula (M97)...
Replies: 8
Views: 1981

First of all, thanks for the comments. Cliff & "Bissgets": I thought I'd check out my "mystery nebula" on the SLOAN digital sky survey. Entering the SkyMAP J2000 co-ordinates for PGC 34279 (RA 11h14m53s, dec 54deg57'38'') into the SDSS search engine (at http://cas.sdss.org/as...
by suburbanskies
Sun Mar 29, 2009 1:00 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: The Owl Nebula (M97)...
Replies: 8
Views: 1981

The Owl Nebula (M97)...

Here's my effort at imaging one of the fainter objects in the Messier catalogue. It's a tribute to Pierre Mechain's eyesight that he saw it all, given that he was using a much less sophisticated 'scope than the ones most of us enjoy using today, (although I guess skies were darker back in 1781)... h...
by suburbanskies
Thu Jan 29, 2009 7:32 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: IC 410 and IC 405 complex...
Replies: 0
Views: 679

IC 410 and IC 405 complex...

Snatched from the jaws of yet another hazed-out evening last Friday.

http://suburban-skies.blogspot.com/2009 ... ebula.html

Certainly this winter so far has had the the least number of observing and imaging opportunities that I can remember...
by suburbanskies
Sun Jan 25, 2009 8:12 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Another Pleiades...
Replies: 1
Views: 788

Another Pleiades...

From the evening of January 18th, using a 135mm telephoto lens, SXV-H9 monochrome CCD and an ATIK filter wheel with Astronomix LRGB filters...

http://suburban-skies.blogspot.com/2009 ... iades.html
by suburbanskies
Tue Dec 23, 2008 3:28 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: M35...
Replies: 8
Views: 2433

Cliff: Yes, AIP4Win V1 was a clunker for colour processing - I did exactly the same as you for an image of M52 (it's on my blog somewhere). I gather the new version is a lot slicker, but rather like you, I think "colour" for DS is subjective, so v1 works for me. I like to see star colour i...
by suburbanskies
Mon Dec 22, 2008 1:51 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: M35...
Replies: 8
Views: 2433

Thanks to everyone for comments. Cliff: I basically did four lots of processing for each L, R, G and B channel, and then combined them for the colour output. That's four lots of images, flats and dark flats, with a set of darks at the end for both full frame and 2x2 binned hot pixel bashing (even th...
by suburbanskies
Sat Dec 20, 2008 7:53 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: M35...
Replies: 8
Views: 2433

M35...

I finally got around to putting together an LRGB image of M35, that fabulous open cluster in Gemini. http://suburban-skies.blogspot.com/2008/12/messier-35.html The subframes were taken back in January but I've only recently been able to put them together. This was my first attempt at LRGB imaging an...