Thursday, 31 December 2015

Sorry folks!

None of the links on my blog to my "large" Moon images will work anymore - the site I have been using to hold my images has decided to start charging extortionate rates and I have closed my account with them.  I will try and find a suitable substitute asap.
Last Sun image of 2015!!






Tuesday, 29 December 2015

 Today's Sun - very low in the sky and poor seeing:  Stack of 69 from 150 frames.  120mm Achromat, Canon 1100D, Baader film





Friday, 25 December 2015

Some Christmas Eve Moon mosaics

First up a nine pane mosaic of the almost Full Moon.  ED120APO, ASI120mm mono camera, ir block filter, 320/2000 frames stacked in AS2 and L-R deconvolution using astra-Image.  Finished and stitched together in PS CS5.





Then (with the addition of a 2.5x Powermate) The Northern region showing good libration:





And a general view of the South - showing the ray systems of Copernicus and Tycho among others:




Wednesday, 23 December 2015

23 Dec 2015 nearly full Moon

Another lunar mosaic - 9 panes required to get the Fullish disc in completely:






And full size here:

23 December Sun

Better seeing today even though the Sun was still very low over the neighbours rooftops (altitude about 12°).  55/200 frames stacked. 120mm Achromatic refractor.  Canon 1100D.  ISO 100, 1/800 sec.  Baader solar film.




Monday, 21 December 2015

21 Dec 2015 - More Moon mosaics

All taken with an ED120APO and ASI120mm mono camera.

Firstly a six pane full disc mosaic:



Full size here:


Then the Northern part using a 2.5x Powermate - showing good libration:



Full size here:


And the Southern uplands:



Full size Here:

Big Moon mosaic - 20 Dec 2015

A 24 pane mosaic of the Moon from 20th Dec - Incomplete as the moon passed behind my neighbours trees before I could complete it.




And full size: (Click on the little cross top right for full size!)

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Moon 20 December 2015 - six pane mosaic

A six pane Moon mosaic taken in mono with my 120mm APO and ASi120mm camera.  200/2000 frames stacked per pane in AS2 and then L-R deconv using Astra Image.  Finished and stitched in PS.

Reduced size JPEG:



Full size mosaic:

The Sun 20 December 2015

14° or 15° C outside and observing/imaging in my shirtsleeves!  All the windows open at home and just two days before midwinter - Has the world gone crazy!!

My first Sun image since the 1st November - that's how bad (if mild) the weather has been this winter.

A stack of 40 from 72 frames taken with the Sun just 13° above the horizon.  120mm achromat and Canon 1100D ISO 100 and 1/1000 sec exposure.  Baader solar film 5.0.






Sunday, 1 November 2015

And another Mono-Moon from 31st October

31 October Moon Mosaic JPEG

Hazy Sun

Todays Sun - quite a steady sky but hazy due to overnight fog taking its time to fully clear:

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Saturday, 31 October 2015

At last a bit of clear sky! Saturday Sun:

At last a gap in the clouds!  Even so this is a stack of the best 36 from 250 taken:

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Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Moon 27 October 2015

Just time for a mono-Moon tonight as the clouds rolled in - shame as the seeing was quite good for once.

Moon 27 October 2015 Monochrome JPEG

And Full Size:

Full size here

Full Moon 26 October 2015

Managed to have a good session imaging the Moon last night.  First a 9 pane mosaic, then a nine pane RGB mosaic and finally just for fun a saturated version of the RGB image.  JPEG's Here and full size images if you follow the thumbnails.

ED120 APO, ZWO ASI120mm mono camera, RGB filters in a manual filter wheel, 100/1000 frames per pane stacked in AS2 and sharpened in Astra Image with L-R Deconvolution.  Finished in Photoshop and stitched in PS. The RGB panes were three lots of everything and took an age to process!!

Mono version:

Moon 26 October 2015 Monochrome Mosaic JPEG

Thumbnail to Full Size:

Full size mono click here

RGB Colour version:

Moon 26 October 2015 RGB Colour Mosaic JPEG

Thumbnail to Full Size:

Full size Colour click here

And just for fun a saturated version of the colour image:

Moon 26 October 2015 Saturated Colour Mosaic JPEG

Monday, 26 October 2015

Monday Sun

Steep learning curve today as this is my first view of the Sun for over a fortnight!  Additionally I now have to use the "secondary " mount (an EQ5 set up on the patio due to neighbours trees getting in the way) and the "ordinary" 120mm Achromatic refractor (with a slightly longer focal length than the APO).  On top of all that BST has reverted to GMT!  All too much for Bizibilders poor little brain!

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Sunday, 25 October 2015

As the cold winters nights draw in……..

Bizibilder needs something to occupy him – so clear nights for Astronomy - and cloudy nights will be filled with the construction of another model sailing ship:

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Captain Cooks ship on his first voyage to the Pacific- “His Majesteys Bark - Endeavour”.

Overall the model will be a couple of feet long when fully rigged.

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At the moment there is no glue to be seen – just the basic framework being cut and dry fitted.

Sunday, 11 October 2015

The Sun today–11 October 2015

Absolutely atrocious seeing today!  The first image is a crop (full size) of the best one of 150 frames taken!!

11 October 2015 poor seeing

In the end I scrapped almost all of them and stacked 14 of the best 20 - even that was a struggle!

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Friday, 9 October 2015

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Sun 8 October

Today's Sun as it sank slowly in the West:

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