Friday, 31 August 2012

Friday Sun with close-ups

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Regulation pics above and close ups of the main active regions below. (click to see larger).

31 August 2012 Active Regions

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Wednesday Sun–before the clouds!

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Managed these around breakfast time today – Lucky as it rained for the rest of the day!

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Tuesday Sun

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Todays “Gap in the clouds” picture!

Monday, 27 August 2012

Bank Holiday Sun

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Todays Sun from early (9.00 bst) this morning before the clouds rolled in for the day.

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Sunday (or Cloudy day!!) Sun

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Typical! You set up all the gear, wait a couple of hours, spot a tiny gap in the clouds, focus, wait for another gap, align and, after waiting a while longer, manage to take a series of pictures.  Then you pack away.  Ten minutes later the skies clear completely!!

“Oh Bother!” says Bizibilder.

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Sun in a thunderstorm?

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A very clear blue sky today but only in the tiniest gaps in the clouds!  That was before the thunderstorms and torrential rain all afternoon.  Stack of 64/100 frames with flats.  SW120 APO and Canon 1100D Baader film ISO 100 1/4000sec.

Friday, 24 August 2012

Friday Sun

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Todays Sun through a decent break in the clouds – not much going on at the moment!

Thursday, 23 August 2012

An improved M13

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A couple of days ago Bizibilder posted an image of M13 with only 45 minutes of exposure.  This resulted in the image being a bit “noisy” so last night he managed to take some more “subs” and add them all together to get a total exposure time of 2h 25mins.  This has got the noise under control and presents a much better final image. The little spiral galaxy (bluish smudge!) to the top right is NGC6207.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Wednesday’s Sun

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Taken through high thin cloud this morning - I did wait but there didn't seem to be any really clear patches at all!  Glad I didn't wait too long either, as it has now completely clouded over.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

NGC7000 The North American Nebula (Mexico Region)

Three hours exposure on this one last night and about the same processing it!  A small part of a huge nebulosity in the constellation Cygnus.  These gas clouds are part of the Milky Way.  Click for bigger (but not too big as the original is noisy and needs more data!

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Monday, 20 August 2012

Monday Sun

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The clouds finally broke this afternoon and I managed this.  However assigning AR numbers is tricky as all the "professional" websites seem to have taken the day off!!  I hope I can catch up tomorrow.

M13 or the great Cluster in Hercules

I managed this last night - only 45 mins of data due to loss of focus (not sure how??) and haze coming in.  Click to enlarge.

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Sunday, 19 August 2012

Sunday morning Sun

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Not much activity today but a couple of new active areas seem to be forming.

The Crescent Nebula or NGC 6888

Last night was Bizibilder’s first time out imaging for over a month! He managed three hours on the Crescent Nebula.  (Techie bit:  SW ED 120 APO. Canon 1000D modded, ISO 800 5min subs x 36 = 3 hours total exposure. 24 flats and 30 darks. HEQ5 with EQMOD, guided by SW ST80 and QHY5 with PHD. Processed in DSS and PS CS5).

The Nebula is in the constellation Cygnus and has an apparent size about half that of the Moon.  It is about 5000 Light Years away and is the result of a star becoming a Red Giant – the wind from the star is energising the gas around it and making it glow red.  There is a lot of general nebulosity (gas clouds) in this area of the sky.

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Saturday, 18 August 2012

Saturday Sun–and clear blue skies!!

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For the first time in a very long while Bizibilder awoke to clear blue skies today!!

Friday, 17 August 2012

Friday Sun

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Usual gap-in-the-clouds stuff!!

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Another day fishing:

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Fishing

Another day by the water for Bizibilder – not so many fish today, Just loads of small stuff and a 6 pounder to cap it all off.

So Bizibilder busied himself with a few snaps of the local critters:

A dragonfly – Common Darter, he thinks.

Dragon Fly

Norfolk suicidal Peacock – He tried to jump in front of the car at least three times!

Peacock

Water Lilies:

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Thursday’s Sun (with more improved technology–this time a t-shirt!!)

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OK – Why the t-shirt????  Well the t-shirt draped over the telescope lens means that these so called flat frames are actually out of focus pictures of a plain, white object i.e. a t-shirt!!  Simples!!  They do the job quite spiffingly!

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Wednesday’s Sun with a technical breakthrough!!

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What is Bizibilder on about??  Well, these images were taken with some “extra” pictures added (actually subtracted by the computer processing!) during processing that should get rid of any spots and smudges caused by dirt and dust on Bizibilder’s camera sensor – no more using the “spot healing brush” in Photoshop i.e. cheating!  The technique should also mean an end to the “darker top” that seems to appear on some images of the Sun.  All a bit technical really.