Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Low in the sky Sun

The Sun is getting almost too low for "after work" these days - maybe only another week an I will be limited to weekends for a few months Sad smile

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Sunday, 28 September 2014

The PacMan Nebula in Cassiopeia (NGC281)

Managed 3h 10mins on this one last night before the clouds rolled in and put an end to proceedings.

ED120APO with reducer/flattener, ST80 guidescope/QHY5/PHD guiding, EQ6/EQMOD, Modded Canon 1000D at ISO 800.

38 x 5min lights, 24 each flats and bias.  No darks.  Processed in DSS and Photoshop.

27 Sept PacMan NGC 281

His “mouth” is pointing up to the right as he nibbles his way through the stars! (Click image to enlarge). The nebula is a cloud of gas and a star formation region of the Milky Way and is about 9500 light years away.

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Weekend Sun with lots of Spots!

It eventually cleared this afternoon to reveal a rather busy Sun!  Plenty going on plus a few new areas and spots appearing to keep the interest going:

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Wednesday, 24 September 2014


The Sun very late in the day - my laptop decided that "Windows had not closed down properly" and it needed to fix itself!  A swift "Off and On" soon taught it some manners!!!

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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

The Elephant’s trunk Nebula

Clear last night so I tried the "Heffalump".  The whole surrounding nebulosity would need at least a 4 pane mosaic.  2h 10mins (clouds stole another 10mins!) of 5min subs.  ED120APO, reducer, Canon 1000D modded, ISO 100, EQ6, Guided with QHY5/ST80/PHD.  Flats and bias to calibrate.

I must admit somewhat fainter than anticipated and in dire need of more data!  But I'm happy to be able to tick another target off the list.

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Monday, 22 September 2014

Monday Sun

Quite a bit going on again - today's effort:

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Sunday, 21 September 2014

September Sunday Sun

Finally a gap and some clear and steady atmosphere!!  Today's effort:

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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Tuesday Sun

A somewhat dodgy effort today as the sky was rather hazy and the Sun is getting quite low this late in the afternoon:

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Sunday, 14 September 2014

Sunday Sun and a result!!

Yesterday afternoon the neighbours were good to their word and cut down their Buddlea bush!!  This means that I can now see the Sun (or anything else astronomical) from just after 2 o'clock to around 5.00pm!!  Result!!!  Unfortunately the clouds were not so cooperative!!  I found a gap and ran off 180 frames - this is a stack of 53 of them:

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Saturday, 13 September 2014

The Sun on a cloudy day!

Pretty much wall to wall cloud today but a few tiny gaps over an hour or so allowed 45 frames to be taken in small batches.  25 of them stacked to produce this:

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Friday, 12 September 2014

A late afternoon Sun

I now have permission to lasso the neighbours Buddlea bush and pull it out of my line of sight so I can get a shot of the Sun when I get home from work!  (They also promised to prune it in the Autumn!):

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Sunday, 7 September 2014

Sunday Sun with some close-ups

Today's Sun after the clouds cleared - quite good seeing and some new active areas coming into view to make things interesting.

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Tuesday, 2 September 2014

A Solar circle!

Clear this morning and AR 2152 seems to have formed quite a little "daisy chain":

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Monday, 1 September 2014

Something a little different–A Comet.

Or C/2014 E2 Jacques to be precise!  The trouble with comets is that they move so fast!!  That is why the stars are trailed in the first image where I have stacked my “sub frames” on the Comet:

31 Aug 2014 Jaques stacked on Comet 2 min

Then the same frames as a GIF movie to show the movement:


If you look for the right angled triangle of slightly brighter stars to the lower right of the comet the distance between the top star and lower left star (ie the hypotenuse of the triangle!) is about one Moon diameter.  The movement shown is 30 minutes long.