Well, Bizibilder finally had a clear sky (for an hour!) last night so he could start on a project to get a good image of M27 or the Dumbbell Nebula. The attached is 50mins exposure managed before the clouds rolled in. (It still does not get properly dark in Bizibilder’s neck of the woods until around 23.30 BST!). This project will continue as and when there are clear skies.
Thursday, 28 July 2011
The Sun is finally showing its spots! We are should be seeing quite a bit of activity on the Sun but it has been very quiet recently. However a couple of new, large Sunspot groups have appeared around the Sun’s limb (edge) and are now clearly on view. They should track across the disc over the next few days.
This is a stack of 200/600 frames taken to show the groups in close-up.
Sunday, 24 July 2011
Bizibilder has reverted to colour pictures of the Sun! This image (as the only difference between the two are the labels) was taken this afternoon and processed carefully to try and show a little of the surface granulation of the Sun. After a LOT of playtime in Photoshop Bizibilder reckons that he has gotten just about all he can from a single DLSR image! There are only two active areas, 1259 which is a group of tiny sunspots and 1254 which is now just bright faculae. The colour filter used seems to enhance the contrast on the surface hence the reversion! He has also submitted larger images – 1024x1024 so you can see more details. The telescope and camera details are the same as for previous images.
Sunday, 17 July 2011
Wednesday, 13 July 2011
Bizibilder has spent the day at the IWM Duxford (– on a school trip). Second day tomorrow! The above shots show a new (to Bizibilder) Hawker Fury biplane fighter from between the World Wars and a P51 Mustang being dismantled and crated presumably for transport somewhere?