Flaming Star nebula IC405 + IC410 – narrowband

One of the objects I imaged a while back was the Flaming Star nebula, also known as IC405. I also managed to capture its neighbour IC410, all in narrowband (H-alpha, O-III and S-II). This image was processed with StarTools. Recently, my wife bought me Pixinsight for processing my astrophotos, and hence I will be reprocessing all my images with this, as soon as I relearn the workflow once more; it has been a while since I used Pixinsight with its free trial offer. Continue reading Flaming Star nebula IC405 + IC410 – narrowband

ZWO 60mm Guide scope

Recently I wanted to get a second guide scope to allow for dual imaging with my 2 setups (Celestron CGEM with either my 8″ Ritchey Chretien or 12″ Orion Newtonian telescopes in my obsy, and a wide-field setup on my iOptron ZEQ25). With clear skies being so rare in England, it was worth considering doing imaging with 2 systems to get as much data to work with on those nights when imaging is not possible. Hence I had to look for another smallish scope. I settled on the ZWO 60mm F4.6 scope which has a 280mm focal length. This should allow me to guide my longer focal length setup. Continue reading ZWO 60mm Guide scope

Veggetti from JML

A few months ago, I had noted a device called Veggetti from JML which is essentially a spiralizer which is able to slice certain vegetables into long thin strips to look almost like spaghetti. It is said to work well with cucumbers, courgette and carrots, and replaces the pasta in the spaghetti with vegetables – healthier and lower-caloried option. I mentioned this to my wife who immediately dismissed it. But as it happens, a few weeks later due to her becoming more health-conscious and for reasons mentioned before in a previous post, she decided that this was now a good idea. And of course the next time I came across this, I bought one for her. Continue reading Veggetti from JML

EcoAir DD122FW-MK5 Desiccant Dehumidifier

With the decision to build an observatory to house my telescope and aid my astroimaging aspirations, I decided that I did need a dehumidifier to help protect my equipment from excess humidity. Having searched the internet, I finally decided to buy the EcoAir DD122FW-MK5, as it is a highly rated dehumidifier which is also happens to be a top seller on Amazon. Continue reading EcoAir DD122FW-MK5 Desiccant Dehumidifier