Sunday, 31 August 2014

Sunday’s hazy Sun

Not such good seeing this morning but at least I can map the spots!

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Friday, 29 August 2014

The Eastern Veil

Another section of this huge area of nebulosity – part of the same object as the “Witches Broom” below – this is the “eastern part”.  Similar exposure and processing:

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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

The Witches Broom

Another clear night last night – Bizibilder managed 2h 20mins on the witches broom.  My first go at this subject and it seems to have come out OK.  I did lose a couple of subs to a small cloud that floated past which was rather annoying!

This nebula is just one part of a huge area of nebulosity in the constellation Cygnus (The Swan) – it is actually the remains of a supernova that exploded around 7000 years ago and is about 1500 light years away.  The bright star is 52 Cygni and is much closer – only about 200 ly away – is has nothing to do with the nebula itself.  All the background stars are part of the Milky Way.

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Wednesday Sun

Another nice clear and sharp image!  I'm pretty sure there is something trying to creep round the limb at about the 8 o'clock position?

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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Tuesday Afternoon Sun

A nice clear image for once - It took until 4 o'clock to get a clear spell but at least the atmosphere was playing along nicely when it did finally appear!

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Sunday, 24 August 2014

North American Nebula

One tiny part of a massive nebula – known as the North American nebula, Mexico region (due to its shape) or sometimes called “The Wall”. It is in the constellation Cygnus (The Swan) and is more or less overhead from the UK during the late evening at this time of year – unfortunately it is too faint to be seen with the naked eye.  It would take about 6-8 images of this sized view to cover the whole thing:

2h 15 mins in 5 min subs, 36 flats, 25 darks and 32 bias.  ED120 APO with reducer, modded 1000D, ISO 800, guided.

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Saturday, 23 August 2014

Saturday Sun

Lots going on today - two AR's have developed many tiny spotlets or pores - 2146 and 2148.  There also seems to be some new activity coming into view round the limb.

Time for a Kit description:  SW Evostar ED120mm Achromat, Baader Solar film,  Canon 1100D, ISO 100, 1/3200 sec.  EQ6 mount in my observatory.  Stack of 58 from 150 frames taken.  Sorted and cropped in PIPP, stacked in Registax5 and finished (with false colour) in Photoshop, Long and Lat grid courtesy of "Tilting Sun" software.

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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Wednesday Sun

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The Dumbbell nebula (Messier 27 or M27)

First night time image of the season – just a two hour ten minute exposure of this little planetary nebula:

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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Thursday Sun

Managed to find a few gaps today!

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Sunday, 17 August 2014

Sunday Sun

Had to wait for a wee gap in the cloudy stuff on a very blustery day!  Worth it though:

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Friday, 15 August 2014

Friday Sun

Nice and clear and sharp today!!

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Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Wednesday Sun

Out early today - but very late processing them!!

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Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Tuesday Sun

Todays rather hazy Sun just before the clouds rolled in!

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Monday, 11 August 2014

Sunny Monday

Clear this morning so out early and very glad I did as the clouds soon rolled in!!

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