Monday, 30 July 2012

The gaps between the clouds are getting smaller!

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Bizibilder only managed 25 frames to make this picture today – The gaps between the clouds are getting smaller!

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Quite a sunset tonight!

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Weekend Sun

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All getting a bit spotty!

Saturday, 28 July 2012

More waiting around for breaks in the clouds!

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At least it was quite good seeing when there were some gaps!

Friday, 27 July 2012

Had to wait until 6 o’clock for a break in the clouds!

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A very murky view of the Sun today, through high thin cloud.

The Dumbbell Nebula M27 (also NGC6853)

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A total exposure of 2h 50minutes taken as 85 x 2min “subs” to get this image of the Dumbbell in Vulpecula.  (Techie: 120mm APO refractor, Modded Canon 1000D, HEQ5 guided with PHD).

Larger version here:  M27 LARGE

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

This little fellow was sitting on the lawn this morning…


Mr Frog, I believe.

Bizibilder has been playing with his new astro-camera again!

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Usual stuff above but a little added detail with the new camera posted below.  All Bizibilder has to do now is learn how to process the darn things!

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Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Bizibilder has a new camera

Just tried the new camera out today, it’s a proper astro-camera for Sun, Moon and Planetary work – high speed video capture is its speciality.  Should give far better images than Bizibilder could ever get with a webcam.  This is the best of today’s images taken with it – the seeing was awful but, in Bizibilder’s opinion, this is already far better than anything he has taken with the webcam.

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A bit of fun with the stars last night

Bizibilder decided to have a play with some simple star trails last night.  An old 50mm f2.8 lens from his old film camera was put onto the Canon 1100D (with an adapter!) and carefully focussed.  The whole lot was held on a conventional tripod.  About 30 x 10 second exposures were made of an area in the constellation Cygnus.

One process was to assemble all the pictures as “star trails” – just look at all the different coloured stars!


Then the same pictures were stacked on top of each other to give this:


And finally a piece cut from a star atlas to show what’s what:


Murky Sun

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Today’s Sun – through the murk.  It really was awful seeing even though the sky seemed clear and blue!

Monday, 23 July 2012

Clear blue skies!

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Todays Sun - starting to see some active regions coming into view and a new area 1526 has appeared.  Seeing clear and fair for once!  Rumour has it that the two spots marked “unclassified” may be “returners” that have rotated back into view after being on the “far side” for around a fortnight.  You can (possibly) see them (1513 and 1514) on the disc for 28th June etc.

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Sunny day Sun

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Today’s effort with blue skies but dreadful seeing (as astronomers call it. i.e. the image was wobbling all over the place due to the atmosphere!  Will Bizibilder ever stop complaining?)

A trip to the coast

At last a sunny day (UK weather has been awful for the last few months – even by our standards!) so Mr and Mrs Bizibilder took a short trip to the North Norfolk coast:

Just to see the sea, you see!

Sea Fishing

And the saltmarshes:

Salt Marsh

and the big blue Norfolk sky,

Big Norfolk skies

and the church at Salthouse, near Wells.

Salthouse Church

Saturday, 21 July 2012

A leisurely Sun

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Finally some clear skies and time to do what a Bizibilder has to do!

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Weekend Sun–through the clouds

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This took nearly two hours to get!  Bizibilder set up as Sat24 (Satellite weather website) seemed to show the cloud breaking up - everything was aligned after about 40mins waiting then had to wait another half an hour for a second gap in the clouds to image through.  At least Bizibilder got some gardening done while he waited.....

Techie bit:  The "close up" is actually a crop of the full size image taken and all images are from a stack of 41 out of 130 DSLR images taken.  SW ED120 APO stopped to 100mm. Canon 1100D ISO 100 1/3200 sec.  Baader Solar Film.

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Today’s hazy Sun

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Quite hazy today but Bizibilder managed these.