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 Post subject: NGC869 & NGC884
PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2009 4:23 pm 
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The famous Double Cluster in Perseus. Photographed from the New Forest Observatory by Greg Parker and digitally processed by Noel Carboni in Florida USA. 2 hours worth of 2-minute subs at f#2 on the 11" Celestron.

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http://www.newforestobservatory.com/
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Ohh, nice!

f/2.... Curious, Fastar or HyperStar?


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Hyperstar III

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Nice work Greg!


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Cheers Gordon :D

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Yes very cool. You have a great website too. I read on it you went to Greece (Athens, that has 2 observatories despite the light pollution) and that you state there is a lot of light pollution on the Greek islands (I could not read anywhere that you have visited them). Have you been to Rhodes and if so, do you know if it is the case there?

The only problem with you posting beautiful pictures like the one above is that whatever I manage to take will be disappointing to say the least:) I am sure I will have fun trying though.

I plan to use my f1.2 50mm on a fixed tripod. What is the longest exposure I can use before I have issues with rotation?


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The amount of time you'll get at 50mm depends on where in the sky you are imaging. However it will only be a few seconds before you see trailing.

Anywhere around the tourist bits on the Greek islands are impossible - Rhodes town is like a Christmas tree with the fort all nicely lit up at night. You might find a reasonable spot on the other side of the island. Go to Delos for dark skies - nobody lives on that one.

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I was just looking at that last night. Great capture

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some nice moonshots on your site Symtex


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Thank you Symtex :D It is amazing how this object actually looks better through a low power scope, or better still binoculars.
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agreed. I had to use a focal reducer and a 24mm and it barely fit in the eyepiece. I will need an 40mm panoptic soon

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Or better still get a binoviewer for the scope and 2 x 40mm Panoptics :D

I used to use a binoviewer with the Celestron C11 before I started imaging, it really boosts the viewing experience.

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You were right about the noise, lots of it here. Only thing that is easy to take is a moon shot, which is still great as I have not had the chance to take one before. I am going to try to find a dark spot on the island tomorrow night to see if I can capture some stars..


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