Regulation pics above and close ups of the main active regions below. (click to see larger).
Wednesday, 29 August 2012
Tuesday, 28 August 2012
Monday, 27 August 2012
Sunday, 26 August 2012
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
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
Thursday, 23 August 2012
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
Tuesday, 21 August 2012
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!
Monday, 20 August 2012
Sunday, 19 August 2012
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.
Saturday, 18 August 2012
Friday, 17 August 2012
Thursday, 16 August 2012
Back to Park Farm: (Click for bigger picture on this one only)
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.
Norfolk suicidal Peacock – He tried to jump in front of the car at least three times!
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
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.