Sunday, 31 March 2013

A Supernova!!

A bit of cloud dodging at the start of this session but in the end I managed to get my first supernova - Well pleased with the result (especially as it was -2°C outside!).  Main picture is the “Leo Triplet” – three galaxies that really are close together.

(SW ED120APO with reducer/flattener, Canon 1000D (modded), SW LP filter, HEQ5 EQMOD, guiding with ST80/QHY5/PHD.  23 x 5min subs at ISO 800, 24 Flats, 72 bias, 36 Darks.  Stacked in DSS and processed in PS CS5).

The main image is a slight crop and the other is a full scale of the galaxy M65 to show the supernova (discovered on 21 March by Japanese astronomers):  M65 is top right, M66 bottom right and NGC3628 is on the left.  They are about 35 million light years away in the constellation Leo.  All three are spiral galaxies – we just see them from different perspectives. Click the main image to enlarge.

30 March 2013 Leo Triplet with SN2013am

30 March 2013 M65 with SN2013am

Saturday, 30 March 2013

Another gap in the clouds:

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With one humungous new spot coming into view!!

Friday, 29 March 2013

The Sun came out again! (but only for a few minutes)

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Only time for 30 frames to make this picture but at least Sol is showing a bit more activity.

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

The Sun at last!!

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Bizibilder finally managed to get a picture of the Sun today!  Only one spot active at the moment.

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Jupiter last night

I managed to get out last night - even though there was snow on the ground and it was freezing!  Yet another Io shadow transit: (click to enlarge)

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And an animation of the above frames:

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Wednesday, 6 March 2013

The Needle Galaxy (NGC 4565 or Caldwell 38)

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(Click to enlarge)

Last night was Bizibilders first clear night suitable for long exposure imaging for nearly three months!  The result above is of a spiral galaxy (NGC4565) seen “edge-on”.  The image has a total of 3h 10min of exposure.  There are a couple of other galaxies in the picture– if you can find them.

Saturday, 2 March 2013

A few things starting to show in the garden:

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And a couple of folk had taken to the skies!

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Saturday Sun

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The Sun just managed to shine for long enough today!!