Tuesday, 29 November 2011

M42 (A work in progress)

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This is Bizibilder’s first night’s images of the “Great Nebula in Orion” or M42.  This image is one and a half hours exposure (in 5minute “subs”)  with a second set of 10 mins (in 30 second “subs”) to capture the detail in the bright “core” of the object.  The two images were combined in Photoshop.  At the top you can see the “Running Man” as a shadow in the upper gas cloud.  Bizibilder intends to continue to image this object over the next few weeks (weather permitting) and add some depth and detail.  He has one slight problem in that a neighbours tree gets in the way and only allows around two hours of data collection at a time.

Monday, 28 November 2011

M33 - Finished

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Last night Bizibilder managed to add (see – Last night before fog, below) a further 4hours 5mins (to make a total of 6hourd 15mins!!) on this galaxy.  It is in the constellation Triangulum and is about 2500 Light Years away.

Bizibilder thinks that this target is now “done” and he will move on to something else…….

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Sunday Sol:

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One heck of a struggle today with galeforce winds! I took 150 DSLR shots (ISO 100 and 1/800 sec) and only stacked 57 of them after I (and the stacking software between us) had rejected the rest for various degrees of "wobblyness"!  No chance of a webcam close-up in these conditions - just too much movement (I was using my tripod mounted EQ5 and Evostar 120 as I can only see the Sun from a part of my garden away from the observatory at this time of year). After all that struggle we have a nice line-up of spots right across the disc and a new AR just creeping round the limb.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

A taster of M42


This object – The Great Orion Nebula or M42 - is coming within range of Bizibilder’s telescope again (see post in March for an earlier view).  This is a single 5 minute exposure of this object, hopefully Bizibilder can get some decent clear skies to finally get an image that does it justice!

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Last night before the FOG!

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The galaxy M33 was the target last night and Bizibilder manages to collect 2h 30mins of data before the fog came down (boy was it quick!  One “sub” was clear as a bell, the next fully “fogged out” – all in five minutes!).  I had intended to try and get around 6hours – so the image will have to be finished on another night as what you see here is a little “noisy”.

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Its the weekend–So it must be Sun time!

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Todays Sun – a bit quieter than recently – but quite a few spots on view.

The Pleiades (again)

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Bizibilder has imaged this star cluster again (see Dec 2010).  This time 2h 30min exposure to show the gas that is being illuminated by the young blue stars of the cluster passing through it.  These were taken on the evening of 17th Nov.  Bizibilder took a second nights images and then had to scrap the lot as dew had ruined them!

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

“Moons” by different techniques:

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Left is a picture made from a stack of 64 DSLR images.  Right a picture made from a mosaic of twelve small frames each made using a 1200 frame webcam movie.  Processing was as near to “the same” as Bizibilder could manage.  Both images were taken within half an hour of each other on 13 Nov 2011.

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Jupiter and the four Galilean Moons

13 November 2011 Jupiter and Moons

Taken with his DSLR camera, Bizibilder has managed to capture Jupiter and the four Galilean Moons.  120mm Refractor, Canon 1000D ISO400, 1/125sec.

The Sun 13 November 2011

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Finally a picture of the Sun again!  Bizibilder has either been at work or clouded out for quite a while.  The Spot group 1339 is by far the largest seen during this Solar cycle so far and Bizibilder nearly missed it!!  Another day and it would have disappeared around the edge of the visible disc.  Apologies for the dodgy spot close-ups but the Sun is now very low and the sky was quite hazy when these images were taken.  These are from the image shown in “Big Sun” in the post below, cropped for the Blog.

A Big Sun–to go with the Big Moon a couple of days ago!

Big Sun

Click on the above to see the “full sized” image that Bizibilder gets through the telescope.  Like the Moon picture below this is a stack of single DSLR images – the only filter is Baader Solar Film.  Canon 1000D ISO100 1.320sec.  You get quite a good impression of the Sun’s overall surface granulation in this picture.

Saturday, 12 November 2011

A truly Full Moon

10 Nov 2011 Full Moon

This was taken at 20.15 GMT on 10th November 2011 – which is at exactly Full Moon  ie 100% of the visible disc is illuminated by the Sun – and the whole of the other side of the Moon’s globe is in darkness – truly “The dark side of the Moon!”.

Too much of this recently!

Cloudy Moon 2

Friday, 11 November 2011

A Large Moon

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Will take you to a rather large image of the Moon!  Taken on the 9th November just before Full Moon on the 10th.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

A bit more Lunar Geology

Bizibilder made a serious attempt to improve on his last trial attempt at Lunar Geology last night and the results are below.  The “grey” image is a normally processed stack of 75 “stills” with the Canon 1000D through his 120mm refractor.  This was then given additional processing in Photoshop to saturate the colours and produce the second image.  This shows the enhanced different colours on the Moon’s surface.

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Wednesday, 9 November 2011

The Moon (well a bit of it anyway!)

9 November 2011 Moon Mosaic

This is a two pane mosaic taken through Bizibilder’s new telescope with a webcam.  For once the “seeing” was pretty good and there is quite a bit of detail – unfortunately the clouds rolled in after the two panes so Bizibilder had to pack up for the night.  The crater in the centre is Tycho (South at the bottom)

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Making things again!

Bizibilder has been clouded out for the last few days (weeks!) and so has turned his hand to making things again.  His observatory is very useful but has to suffer from a couple of trees blocking his view to the South.  This is especially annoying in the winter months when the Sun is blocked during the few hours that Bizibilder is at home to photograph it!  Bizibilder can’t complain too much as he knew the trees were there when he sited the observatory!

So he has decided to make a second “semi portable” telescope mount to enable him to see objects obscured from his usual “fixed” position.


He has now cut and “dry” assembled all the bits ready to take them to his tame “Steel Fabricator” to get them welded together.