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Imaging in Summer???

PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2019 12:39 pm
by Demon
Please forgive what may be a daft question;
For years I've considered astronomy a winter hobby, however while I have been getting the gear ready and enjoying winter, now that I've got a better set up I really want to get out there. What can you actually do in summer?
I assume its still a question of good nights and bad nights and will have to stay up later, but are there better target than others, are you restricted to filters and narrower band targets...
Any advice would be greatly appreciated thanks very much?

Re: Imaging in Summer???

PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2019 5:11 pm
by dave_galera
I find there is no difference between summer or winter, other than you can't start imaging before 11pm in summer and there are a lot of targets in the Cygnus area. In summer, as in winter, I do both LRGB and narrow band with no problem.

One very very strange thing I find here in Spain is that the skies are much more transparent in summer than in winter which is totally opposite to how it should be considering the heat we get during the day, but maybe its because I am at 3000ft where the air is very dry, but it seems very odd to me.

Dave

Re: Imaging in Summer???

PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2019 7:00 pm
by carastro
It does really depend on where you live. If you live in Spain the nights are longer.
If you live in Northern Scotland or Scandinavia summer astronomy is pretty much non existent.

I live in the South of England, and image all the year round albeit the night is much shorter in the summer months. But there are some really great targets in the Summer. M104, Sunflower Galaxy M63, M106 Galaxy, All the targets in Cygnus: NA Nebula, Pelican, Veil Nebulae, The Crescent, Cocoon Nebula, Butterfly Nebula, Pickerings Triangle, Dumbbell Nebula, Ring Nebula. Plus M16 Eagle Nebula, Trifid Nebula (depending on where you live, I got it from the UK), M33, plus you still have all the circumpolar stuff, like Iris Nebula, Ghost Nebula, Cave Nebula, Elephant's Trunk Nebula, M81/M82, Wizard Nebula, Pacman Nebula, Heart and Soul nebula.

No need to stick to narrowband.

Carole

Re: Imaging in Summer???

PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2019 7:16 pm
by dave_galera
Sorry Carole, living in Spain you tend to forget about the summer nights, or lack of them, in Scotland.

Dave

Re: Imaging in Summer???

PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2019 7:41 am
by Demon
Thanks Dave and Carole,
That's really good to know, my wife especially likes the idea of moving to spain :))
However it's great to know there is a chance in the UK also.
I am at the top of Yorkshire but I'll try and pick some nights and give those targets a go :)
Thanks very much.