M13 Cluster in Hercules

Posted by XTSee on 23rd October , 2012

A few nights ago I was experimenting with polar alignment with my newly purchased copy of Alignmaster after I made some adjustments to my C6 SGT scope to minimize poor backlash. Alignmaster is best used in conjunction with a webcam for accurate alignment, although it can be done visually if no webcam is available. Anyway, [...] Read more »

M27 Dumbell Nebula with EOS600D despite Backlash

Posted by XTSee on 15th October , 2012

A couple of nights ago I had another go at learning to use my un-modified Canon EOS 600D DSLR to hone my techniques in astrophotography with my C6-SGT scope. Now I’m starting to feel like I’m actually getting somewhere!
Even so there were a few things wrong with trying to get this image…..

For instance both the [...] Read more »

Kelling Heath Star Party - Autumn 2012

Posted by XTSee on 18th September , 2012

So we’re back from our short caravan break to Kelling Heath in North Norfolk this weekend just gone, where the 2012 Autumn Star Party took place. I enjoyed 3 good nights of clear skies and stargazing, using a combination of my EQ mounted Celestron C6-SGT scope, my Orion XT10i and my 20×80 big binos, while [...] Read more »

M42 Orion Nebula taken with SPC900NC

Posted by XTSee on 5th November , 2011

The Great Orion Nebula (M42) is probably the most popular and brightest target nebula in the Northern hemisphere for astrophotographers.
Click the picture for a larger version, then hit Back when done.
This image taken with my LX-modded SPC900NC on my C6-SGT XLT scope on EQ5 mount is far superior than I have taken of M42 in [...] Read more »

M31 Andromeda taken with SPC900NC

Posted by XTSee on 29th October , 2011

Here is my first attempt at imaging M31 The Andromeda Galaxy. At first glimpse you might think its a good picture, but I’m not actually that happy with it.
Click the picture for a larger version, then hit Back when done.
Being a first try, I suppose it’s not too bad, but there are a couple of [...] Read more »

NGC2024 The Flame Nebula taken with SPC900NC

Posted by XTSee on 16th October , 2011

Many times I have tried to view the Flame Nebula by eye with my Orion XT10i Dobsonian, but without success (I keep thinking “It must be there, surely I should be able to see it!?”).
In professional photographs The Flame looks reasonably bright when compared to very faint nebula like the Horsehead, and it doesn’t look [...] Read more »

M1 Crab Nebula taken with SPC900NC

Posted by XTSee on 15th October , 2011

The Crab Nebula (M1/NGC1952) is found in the constellation Taurus. It is a supernova remnant and pulsar wind nebula observed by John Bevis in 1731 which corresponds to a bright supernova recorded by Chinese and Arab astronomers in 1054. The Crab is located at a distance of about 6,500 light-years from Earth, and the nebula [...] Read more »

NGC-869 Double Cluster taken with SPC900NC

Posted by XTSee on 13th October , 2011

Here is an image of NGC-869 that I took using my SC1 modded SPC900NC webcam using LX-mode.
The Double Cluster is comprised of a pair of open or galactic star clusters, a lovely starfield in the northern constellation of Perseus. They are an easy binocular target, and once you know their position they are also readily [...] Read more »