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    Default 3 hours under a billion Suns.



    I had the best sky I have had all year.
    I got out.
    I got set up.

    My wife came out for a bit after she put my mom to bed.

    At one point she was making an attempt at seeing one of the galaxies I was trying to show her. It was very dark. She kept asking what the little lines were in the image. She was looking through the finder scope. :-)

    We were accompanied by a family of walking sticks. They were all over me and the scope. It was kinda fun. I like walking sticks. At one point when I was defocused for some reason I could see one on my objective. One thing...there were NO mosquitoes out there.

    And I took some pictures, and I am excited.
    It don't take much to get this hick excited.

    Eventually, after my lovely wife went back to the house, I took a picture of the Sculptor Galaxy.

    The image is full of garbage and noise, but it is still pretty cool to me, and I wanted to share it. I took a lot more data but I have not put any of it from tonight through Star Tools as it will not work on my home computer. But I did grind some of the data through PS5 on my Mac here at home after I got back in.

    Anyway this was a GOOD night for me. I had a really nice time.

    Maybe I should be embarrased at the image I am posting, but I am not. It is what it is, and I am having fun. I hope the real AP folks will humor me.
    Thanks for being here AF. :-)
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    Default Re: 3 hours under a billion Suns.

    I like the walking sticks...
    And the Sculptor galaxy, even though I can't see it properly from here. (far too low)
    Very nice story, thanks!
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    Default Re: 3 hours under a billion Suns.

    Nice story Mark. Sounds like a fun evening.

    A nice image too boot.

    Don't worry about posting images here. I have posted some really bad images but with encouragement and some direction from AF have learned how to improve and produced some pretty decent images. I still produce c%$p pictures and post them here now and then...but my images are getting better
    And I don't worry. Its just a picture
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    Default Re: 3 hours under a billion Suns.

    Any time under the stars is a great night!
    I like the image, but where is the little lines?
    I want the little lines! Oh... the walking sticks took them.
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    Default Re: 3 hours under a billion Suns.

    Sounds like a fun night, Mark! Always a treat when the spouse joins us!

    I had a night a couple of years ago where I went out to the scope and found walking sticks all over the scope, table, atlas, chair. I was sufficiently creeped out so I went back inside.

    I like your NGC 253 image!
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    Default Re: 3 hours under a billion Suns.

    Thanks for the encouraging report. It makes me want to get out this weekend.
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    Default Re: 3 hours under a billion Suns.

    Nice report and I haven't seen any walking sticks in the yard yet and I've lived at my present house since 2011 - generally the only insects at night are moths and the occasional mosquito. Nice photo of the sculptor galaxy, as well.
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    Default Re: 3 hours under a billion Suns.

    Thank you all for reading my bit of fun, and your encouragements.

    The walking sticks were really a hoot.
    It was like having a bunch of cats rubbing up against your legs.
    It made me laugh when I saw the little one in the eyepiece on my objective.
    This all happened before I started trying to image. And fortunately they had had their fill of me by then and interfered no more. :-)
    And Bonnie enjoyed the outing very much. I think she realized how much I enjoy it when she comes out to share my interest. I like being able to show her the objects that are hidden from our daily, or nightly vision, and our general consciousness. Its nice to share this with her.
    Peace to you all.
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    Default Re: 3 hours under a billion Suns.

    Nice shot Mark! In particular considering how low it has been.
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    Default Re: 3 hours under a billion Suns.

    It is pretty low. But it was also in the darkest part of my southern front so that helped. When I went for the shot I could see nothing on my camera live view. I prefocused on a bright star and locked the focus. But I have a batinov coming to help with this. I was not sure I was on target, but my goto was faithful and lined up just as it is in this image.

    I also imaged M33 but I have not crunched that data.
    This one was really a 'down and dirty' because I was so excited...had to tell somebody ! :-)

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    That is futile of course, but it is my nature so to do. And in the process it possesses ne! :-)
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