Sunday, 30 December 2012

Just about sums it up–Another cloudy night in 2012!


A couple of days after full Moon.

Well……….It is Christmas!!

Xmas lights

Jupiter last night

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I managed these last night before the clouds returned.

Another Murky Sun

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All a bit mucky really - the Sun was really low 12° above the horizon - although the sky was clear the image was boiling all over the place!!  42/120 frames, 24 flats. Evostar 120 Achromat.  Canon 1100D, 1/1000 sec, ISO 100, Baader film.

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Boxing Day Sun

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Bizibilder has almost forgotten what the Sun looked like!  First image since the 16th due to the weather!

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Murky Sun

The Sun through the murk and clouds today - 73 of 120 frames stacked.  Altitude of the Sun 13° (that's my excuse, anyway!)
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Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Even more Jupiter images!

3 December 2012 Jupiter

Full size is here: Jupiter

And an animation of the above:


Jupiter on 2nd December:

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And an animation made from the frames above:


Sunday, 2 December 2012

Two big balls of gas!!

From last night – Jupiter, this time through a larger scope but with poor seeing - Click for bigger:

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And the biggest gas ball of all – this morning:

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Wednesday, 28 November 2012

A swifter than usual Jupiter:

Just time for one Jupiter tonight before the clouds rolled in - not the best of images as I barely had time to find and focus!

28 November 2012 Jupiter

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Bizibilder has been playing!

He has had a bit of a play with the Blog settings – He hopes his reader approves!

Saturday, 24 November 2012

23 Nov 2012 Jupiter

23 November 2012 Jupiter


From last night – quite clear and good seeing. Bizibilder had a few interruptions so the movie is a bit jumpy!

Thursday, 22 November 2012

The Moon 21 November 2012

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Last night’s Moon taken with my canon 1100D and 120mm refractor.  Big version here : Moon

Jupiter last night

21 November 2012 Jupiter

Click to see full size: Jupiter

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Beautiful clear blue skies!

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A beautiful clear blue sky all day today - so time to take a few Sun pictures:  Main image is a stack of 79/100 using the Canon 1100D and the AR close ups are with a 2.5x Powermate and QHY IMG132E at around 45 fps - all done through my 120mm Evostar achromat on a motorised EQ5.  Processing in Reg5 and Autostakkert2 for the AR's.  Colour and tweaking in PS CS5.

Sunday, 11 November 2012

The Sun today and some pictures of Jupiter from last night…

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Jupiter from last night, Bizibilder is still experimenting with the set-up of his new camera but things seem to be getting sorted slowly.  Two sets of images below using slightly different exposure times.  The Moon of Jupiter that you can see is Io.

10 November 2012 Jupiter

10 November 2012 Jupiter 2

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

5 November–Jupiter

5 November 2012 Jupiter


Last nights efforts were to try and get used to my QHY IMG132E camera when imaging Jupiter.  For once the seeing was quite good and, after a few tries, I managed to get this sequence.  Initially I had had trouble with over-exposure but I think I now have that under control.  One advantage of the shorter exposures is that it allows the camera to operate at slightly higher frame rates.  The short “movie” is made from the four frames above and shows just how far Jupiter rotates in around 20 minutes!! – One full revolution in around 10 hours.

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Friday, 2 November 2012

The Sun Today

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Today’s Sun through the murk and very low in the sky – hence the poor images!

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Hazy Half-term Sun

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Very hazy today and the Sun is quite low now even around midday.

Monday, 29 October 2012

First Sun for a while!!

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Nice to have a sunny gap in the clouds!

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Jupiter and our own Moon–Last night

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Both clickable to make them bigger.  The seeing was awful!  AND two whole weeks since the last clear night!!!