first stack with the Sky Watcher 150 (24/05/2012 midnight)

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mhall

Re: first stack with the Sky Watcher 150 (24/05/2012 midnigh

#11 Post by mhall » Wed May 30, 2012 9:38 am

I had another go last night, Stacked in registax and processed in iris. Thanks for the tips.

This time i spent more time locating the galaxy. When I saw it through the scope, it was amazing. It was the first time i'd actually seen a galaxy with my own eyes. I really had to take some shots...

I can't find the window5 function yet though.

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dean_kos

Re: first stack with the Sky Watcher 150 (24/05/2012 midnigh

#12 Post by dean_kos » Wed May 30, 2012 1:19 pm

Great image but it's actually a globular cluster not a galaxy .... Is it m13 in Hercules ?

mhall

Re: first stack with the Sky Watcher 150 (24/05/2012 midnigh

#13 Post by mhall » Wed May 30, 2012 4:11 pm

So I still haven't seen a galaxy :lol: yes, it is M13.

I'm still happy to have found something. I don't get much sky to choose from in the back yard. so it's pretty much whatever is directly above.

I bought a collimator today and had a look, the secondary mirror was off. i've sorted it now and i'll have another go, probably at M92 next.

dean_kos

Re: first stack with the Sky Watcher 150 (24/05/2012 midnigh

#14 Post by dean_kos » Wed May 30, 2012 4:22 pm

Your in the same boat as me !! You will struggle to see a galaxy through the eyepiece with all the light pollution around but your camera should after a reasonably long exposure, this is where you have to be confident in star hopping so you know that what you can't quite see with your eye is in the view of your camera .....
M13 is a popular target for me also as its bright enough to jump out in the eyepiece, very nice image though you captured, well done

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Re: first stack with the Sky Watcher 150 (24/05/2012 midnigh

#15 Post by bbones » Wed May 30, 2012 9:17 pm

Two other good ones are M3 and M5 I can make them out in the eyepiece and have captured them but need to het my exposure sorted / tracking sorted as I'm getting trails. I could not see M57 (The Ring Nebular) but managed to get the scope pointing in the right direction and captured it, all be it small.

All I can say if it was easy it would not be so much fun ;)
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