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Imaging / Astrophotography / Re: Request for astro images from Prof. John Brown
« Last post by stev74 on April 23, 2018, 12:49:51 PM »
Hi Craig,

Great, I'll send you a PM.

Imaging / Astrophotography / Re: Request for astro images from Prof. John Brown
« Last post by blinky on April 21, 2018, 01:56:39 PM »
Go on then Steve - pass his details over, would be great to have some of my images used.
Imaging / Astrophotography / Request for astro images from Prof. John Brown
« Last post by stev74 on April 17, 2018, 02:46:48 PM »
Hello all,

Professor John Brown (Astronomer Royal for Scotland) has asked if I would put out a request for some astro images taken in Scotland to be included in a new Scottish astronomy and poetry book.

I know there are plenty on here that take amazing images!

Here's the request in full.

Dear Steve
The text of book I am writing with Rab Wilson (Lallans poet) combining intro astronomy topics, images and new poems, is coming along well and we are now starting to look for sources of images to use in it. While some will need to be pro shots, we are keen to include some high quality amateur material, especially by Scots. The list below is of some of the items we are seeking and I would like to take you up on your offer to send this out to astrophotography individuals and groups who may be able and willing to offer images for us to consider. We cannot offer a fee but will of course fully credit the source and give their URL so that readers can access their other material. IF the book gets published and IF we are offered authors' discount price copies we can likely offer a copy of the book at that price to those who have contributed images.
Am bccing this to a few personal contacts I know to be into astrophotography or who may know folk I don't but no harm if they get the info twice
I look forward to hearing from prospective contributors.  Obviously material has to be good enough in the sense of high enough (dpi) for the eventual size of the image in the book, colour rendition to our liking and showing the feature we refer to on a suitable scale - close up or wide field etc

Many thanks for this

Here's a list of what he's looking for:

A good circumpolar star trail shot, maybe with a meteor
Starbirth Nebula - Orion M42, Eagle/Pillars of Creation, Horsehead - possibly as an array in one image
PNs Ė Eskimo, Catís Eye, Ring, Blue Snowball, Helix, Butterfly  - see attachment
Thorís Helmet Nebula (to go with a painting of mine),  Eta Carina
SNRs - Crab, Tycho, Cyg Loop, ? Cass A possibly as an array in one image

Galaxies M31, M51, The Mice and maybe a cluster
Perseus Double Cluster, Pleiades, Centaurs or other Globular
Outstanding images of aurorae, solar , meteor showers, fireballs
Comets - esp Hale Bopp and MacNaught
Maybe some planet shots - possibly a collage of a few images

It would be amazing to see some CSOG images in the book!

If you are interested in sending John some of your images please let me know in the thread or via PM and I'll pass on your contact details.

Imaging / Astrophotography / Re: M44 Beehive
« Last post by blinky on February 16, 2018, 01:07:29 PM »
Cheers John,

There are loads of little PGC galaxies in the image, would love to know some distances but cant find out anything about most of them!
Imaging / Astrophotography / Re: M44 Beehive
« Last post by Longjohn54 on February 16, 2018, 12:38:23 PM »
Looks sharp to me.   :)

Nice image with great colours.  There's even a few mag15+ galaxies lurking in there.
Imaging / Astrophotography / M44 Beehive
« Last post by blinky on February 10, 2018, 12:50:30 PM »

I was having a nightmare with my DIY focuser and wanted to see if it was fixed - thought an open cluster would be a good test.....
General Astronomy Discussion / 20/01/18 Castlepark
« Last post by Astrostuart on January 20, 2018, 05:01:38 PM »
Looking good for some seeing tonight. im heading up to Castlepark shortly to set up and I think a couple of others are too, feel free to join us.
Equipment / Re: Star Discovery Mount
« Last post by Astrostuart on January 11, 2018, 08:06:48 PM »
I think its just press start from park then go for menu button to start viewing objects   .if in doubt set it up inside,... do a dummy run for alignment  ( just say yes to each of the alignments,.. and after it says alignment successful park up as before . Then try it from park position again. easier experimenting inside than when its dark  :D
Equipment / Star Discovery Mount
« Last post by gary1968 on January 08, 2018, 01:01:13 PM »
Well finally manaaged tog et my new star discovery mount out during the holiday period and after a few niggles to do with power I am versy pleased with it.
Untill I build another power tank for it I am reduced to using AA batteries, which is obviously not ideal. So, when out last night I decided to save the batteries, and me having to realign the scope, I thought great just use the park fuction and switch it off.
I did that, the scope parked successfully and instructed me to power it down, which I did and went inside for and hour or so.
I came back out switched the mount on and it asked if I wanted to realign or start from the park position and I opted for the park position start.
I pressed that and it went to the intro screen but I couldn't figure out how to actually start using it again without it asking me to realign.....
Am I missing something? Should it not be able to just start up and run without realignment if it is parked?
Any help on this owould be great as it seems like a good fuction if I can get it to do what I think it should do....

Imaging / Astrophotography / Re: A couple of nebula
« Last post by iam4208 on January 07, 2018, 11:11:01 PM »
Yeah, Iíve missed a few chances, including this weekend.  Might try and go straight from work some time this week.

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