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Last night, I tested the newly purchased ZWO ASI183MC astro camera through the sky. As the object of testing, I chose the region of the nebulae M 8 and M 20. The sky was clear, but strong winds and abnormally low temperatures limited the duration of the trip out of town. Nevertheless, in 41 minutes of shooting, I managed to collect enough material to obtain a completely adequate result. As an light pollution filter, I used Baader Neodymium IR-cut. The camera is very sensitive, the signal is perfectly pulled. Shooting was performed in Firecapture, calibration in PIPP, stacking in DeepSkyStacker. The impressions of the camera are purely positive, but the Samyang 135\2.0 ED lens did not expect to draw such a small pixel. You must either aperture the lens to f\2.8, or use a sharper lens. Autoguiding with a QHY5III178m camera worked well – out of 41 frames per minute, only a few turned out to be a bit with a shift.

M 8 “Lagoon” and M 20 “Trifid” nebulae, August 1, 2019

M 8 “Lagoon” and M 20 “Trifid” nebulae, August 1, 2019

Equipment:
-Samyang 135\2.0 ED lens
-Baader Neodymium IR-cut 1.25″ filter
-ZWO ASI183MC camera
-guider Deepsky 50 мм + QHY5III178m
-mount Sky-Watcher Adventurer.
41 frames per 60s. Calibration with PIPP, stacking with DeepSkyStacker.
Scale 25%. At 50% scale – link.
Location: Russia, villageSupseh.

On the night of July 16-17, 2019, I was able to observe and photograph an interesting lunar eclipse. As in the past year, for this we had to get to the outskirts of the city, as trees and houses interfere with the observations from the yard. The weather was unstable, about 50% of the clouds, so I had to catch the moon between the clouds. Also lightings flickered in the distance. The participants in the photo school “Foton” also participated in the observations. I took two telescopes with me – Celestron NexStar 8 SE and Celestron Omni XLT 127 on the mount Levenhuk ATZ, also 8×26 binoculars. There were other astronomy fans — Nikolai from Syktyvkar with the Sky-Watcher BK 102 Mak telescope and Alexander with a home-made 200-mm dobsian. Managed to see Jupiter, Saturn, and, well, actually, a lunar eclipse from start. In the full phase, the moon was not completely closed by the earth’s shadow; The atmosphere was very stable.

The lunar eclipse, 17/07/2019, 00:05 (UTC +3).

The lunar eclipse, 17/07/2019, 00:05 (UTC +3).

Equipment:
-telescope Celestron Omni XLT 127
-mount Celestron NexStar SE
-camera Canon 5D mk II.
Single shot, 1s, ISO 1600.
Location: Russia, Anapa.

Lunar eclipse and Earth's total shadow. 16/07/2019.

Lunar eclipse and Earth’s total shadow. 16/07/2019.

Animation at link.

Some photos from observations:
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The Sun in H-alpha line. July 14, 2019, 12:08.

The Sun is calm enough – no spots, flashes. Small prominences are visible on the edge of the solar disk.
The Sun in H-alpha line. July 14, 2019, 12:08.

The Sun in H-alpha line. July 14, 2019, 12:08.

Equipment:
-telescope Coronado PST H-alpha 40 mm
-filter Deepsky IR-cut
-camera QHY5III178m (30fps)
-mount Celestron Nexstar SE.

Processing: PIPP, Autostakkert (stacking and deconvolution of 250 frames from 1800). Scale 50%.
Scale 100% – at link.
Location: Russia, Anapa, backyard.