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    Default Great night of viewing Saturn, Jupiter, Mars & Messiers!



    Well, my neighbor Steve & I set up our telescopes at the Marine City baseball field by the water tower last night.
    The area was much darker but I had some minor issues with my laptop so I made a few videos then stacked each into the images shown.
    But the best part of the evening was when I put the camera away.
    Steve & I were able to really explore the constellation Sagittarius while gazing at the Milky Way high above stretching South.
    We went on a major Messier object hunt & saw quite a few.
    Messier objects were cataloged & named by Charles Messier & his in the late 1700's.
    Messier objects consists of galaxies, globular & open star clusters & planetary nebula.
    I saw the following: M5, M11,M17 (Swan Nebula), M4, M53, M14, M10, M12 & M80.
    Iwas using my Celestron Nexstar 127 SLT with the Neximage 5 camera.
    The only EP I used was the Omni 32mm & Steve's Erfle 16.7 wide field.
    The best part is I started a Messier 30 award for Astronomy Forum last October & only needed to find four more, which I easily accomplished last night!
    I'll finally be preparing the proper list for that award & submitting it soon.
    I'll be taking a break this week as I need to research more settings in the camera & stacking software, plus Regina will have my head if I pop outside another all nighter! The images are getting better but need to crunch more numbers.
    Many thanks & appreciation to everyone for their kind comments.
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    Default Re: Great night of viewing Saturn, Jupiter, Mars & Messiers!

    Congratulations on getting the last four Messiers needed toward your award.
    And you managed a few decent images too.

    Thanks for sharing the experience.

    Cheers
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    Default Re: Great night of viewing Saturn, Jupiter, Mars & Messiers!

    Hear,all images are best.i like this.
    thanks for sharing...
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    Default Re: Great night of viewing Saturn, Jupiter, Mars & Messiers!

    Nice images.
    Thanks for sharing.
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    Default Re: Great night of viewing Saturn, Jupiter, Mars & Messiers!

    hello
    very nice pics
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    Default Re: Great night of viewing Saturn, Jupiter, Mars & Messiers!

    Hi Carl. A very good set of planetary images from you. You did a great job with your 127 SLT telescope and NI5 camera on these. And, it looks like you and Steve had a wonderful night of it too. Congratulations on grabbing some more Messier objects to complete your M30 award requirements. Thanks for your well written report and also the fine captures Carl, and now onward toward the M70 award.
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    Awesome shots. I'm so envious. Jupiter looks amazing!

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    Default Re: Great night of viewing Saturn, Jupiter, Mars & Messiers!

    Excellent planetary pictures. In my opinion, Jupiter and Saturn are the most beautiful things to view/image and the pictures you have taken just prove my point. Keep it up!

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    Default Re: Great night of viewing Saturn, Jupiter, Mars & Messiers!

    Sounds like that was a fantastic night! Imaging is quite fun, but looking at the wonders with our own eyes is an amazing feeling.

    You're starting to get the hang of it! These images are quite good considering none are easy at this time.

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