The Sun is getting almost too low for "after work" these days - maybe only another week an I will be limited to weekends for a few months
Sunday, 28 September 2014
Managed 3h 10mins on this one last night before the clouds rolled in and put an end to proceedings.
ED120APO with reducer/flattener, ST80 guidescope/QHY5/PHD guiding, EQ6/EQMOD, Modded Canon 1000D at ISO 800.
38 x 5min lights, 24 each flats and bias. No darks. Processed in DSS and Photoshop.
His “mouth” is pointing up to the right as he nibbles his way through the stars! (Click image to enlarge). The nebula is a cloud of gas and a star formation region of the Milky Way and is about 9500 light years away.
Saturday, 27 September 2014
Wednesday, 24 September 2014
Tuesday, 23 September 2014
Clear last night so I tried the "Heffalump". The whole surrounding nebulosity would need at least a 4 pane mosaic. 2h 10mins (clouds stole another 10mins!) of 5min subs. ED120APO, reducer, Canon 1000D modded, ISO 100, EQ6, Guided with QHY5/ST80/PHD. Flats and bias to calibrate.
I must admit somewhat fainter than anticipated and in dire need of more data! But I'm happy to be able to tick another target off the list.
(Click image to enlarge)
Monday, 22 September 2014
Sunday, 21 September 2014
Tuesday, 16 September 2014
Sunday, 14 September 2014
Yesterday afternoon the neighbours were good to their word and cut down their Buddlea bush!! This means that I can now see the Sun (or anything else astronomical) from just after 2 o'clock to around 5.00pm!! Result!!! Unfortunately the clouds were not so cooperative!! I found a gap and ran off 180 frames - this is a stack of 53 of them:
Saturday, 13 September 2014
Friday, 12 September 2014
Sunday, 7 September 2014
Tuesday, 2 September 2014
Monday, 1 September 2014
Or C/2014 E2 Jacques to be precise! The trouble with comets is that they move so fast!! That is why the stars are trailed in the first image where I have stacked my “sub frames” on the Comet:
Then the same frames as a GIF movie to show the movement:
If you look for the right angled triangle of slightly brighter stars to the lower right of the comet the distance between the top star and lower left star (ie the hypotenuse of the triangle!) is about one Moon diameter. The movement shown is 30 minutes long.