Tuesday, 29 April 2014


Today's effort - the clouds blew away as I was driving home from work!

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Monday, 28 April 2014


Not very good seeing and this was the only run out of half a dozen that produces a reasonable image - high cloud was moving in slowly.  ED 120mm APO with 2.5x Powermate:  This shows a different view of the planet from the other night.  Mars’ North Polar cap is at 10 o’clock.


27 April 2014 Mars

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Today’s Sun

Taken through the light gray bits that were between the dark gray bits!! (and then it got worse - so I was happy to get these!!)

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Sunday, 20 April 2014

More Mars images

Bizibilder has processed the rest of last nights Mars images: (Click to get full size)

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A bit more tidying and turf laying

Bizibilder spent the afternoon turfing the area behind his new observatory – looks a bit of a mess but the joins will “grow out” soon enough.


Sun Sun–just to confuse you!

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Just a swift Sun today through the only hazy bit among all the gray!!  71/200 very hazy frames taken to get these.

A much better Mars

I’m finally getting to grips with the processing needed for Mars imaging – quite a bit  different from that used for Jupiter!  This is last night’s effort, doubled in size for the blog.  Mars’ North polar ice cap is the white object at 10 o’clock.

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Saturday, 19 April 2014

Sat Sun (if you see what I mean!)

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About 95% cloud today so these were taken in two's and three's during the short "blue bits" - it took over an hour to take 100 frames that turned out to be only 99 when I checked later!!

Friday, 18 April 2014

Sunny Sun?

Had a struggle with the clouds today as they simply would not play ball!!  Anyway - 120 originals were collected over about an hour and 57 made the stack.

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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Mum and 16 little ‘uns


Afternoon Sun–Wednesday

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A bit delayed in processing these from last night - the seeing was quite good for a change and these are by far the best Mars images I have ever managed:

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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

The Sun

Today's Sun - a bit hazy again but it may clear this afternoon so I might give it another go.  60/200 stacked:

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Monday, 14 April 2014

Solar Close-ups from this afternoon

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Click pictures to enlarge.

First Mars of the year–and a swift Jupiter

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The left hand “Winjupos” image is a synthetic image to show Mars’ features at the same time as my own image.  Seeing was very “wobbly” last night!!  This is a stack of the best 500 from 10000 frames taken.

13 April 2014 Jupiter

Monday Sun

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Saturday, 12 April 2014

37 years old and still going strong–my Casio FX-29 calculator


It copes with both logarithms and fractions – both in common usage back in 1977!  It cost £19.95  It is my “workshop” calculator.  My present “best” squillion function calculator was about £3.50

A very late Sun!

The skies suddenly cleared at 17.00 today and I managed to get Mrs Bizibilder (armed with her long stick!) to gently push next doors Buddleia bush out of the way so that I could get these:

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Friday, 11 April 2014

A few flowers from the garden to brighten things up a bit!!


Another hazy Sun–Friday

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Another day with some haziness around but enough breaks in the cloud to get these:  54/200 frames.  ED120 APO, Canon 1100D, ISO 100, 1/2000sec, Baader film.