Amateur Astronomy from Edinburgh2023-09-11T14:28:21+00:00

Forthimage – Amateur Astronomy from Edinburgh

This website is an observing log and a place where I can post my images and observations. You can find more information about the equipment I use on the About/Equipment page as well as papers I am co-author of.

Having imaged many of the obvious objects I find it more satisfying now to contribute data to various projects.

I stand with UkraineI am currently President and Webmaster of the Astronomical Society of Edinburgh and some of my pictures are displayed on their Flickr page.

I contribute data to the HOYS citizen science project, ExoClock, BAA Mars, Solar and VSS sections, AAVSO, GOSA, GMN, UKMON, as well as others. You can now see my meteor camera data on the Meteor Camera page.
Mark

Recent posts

ER UMa ASERO Dwarf Nova

18 February 2024|ASERO, Dwarf Nova, News, Variable Star|

Dwarf Nova using the ASE’s ASERO telescopes. Red dots are a polynomial fit in VStar.

Object IDER UMa
Details2024-02-16 20:09 – 22:14 UT
Telescope300mm f4 ONTC Murrell ASERO
CameraTouptek IMX571 mono
FiltersV
Exposure(s)55 x 120s
CaptureNINA
ProcessingASTAP, VStar
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LZ UMi

15 February 2024|ASERO, Eclipsing Binary, News, Variable Star|

Data captured in Spain with ASERO-Murrell and here with my scope for this eclipsing binary.

Object IDLZ UMi
DetailsMurrell: 2024-02-05 01:06:09 ->
Forthimage: 2024-02-11 21:40:33 – >
TelescopeM: 300mm f4 ONTC Newtonian
F: 350mm f4.8 Newtonian
CameraM: Touptek IMX571 mono
F: AltairAstro IMX571 mono
FiltersV
Exposure(s)M: 54 x 120s
F: 58 x 120s
50% subframes
CaptureNINA
ProcessingASTAP, AstroImageJ
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EdinburghW Station report 2023

15 February 2024|Meteorcam, News|

During this period, 9319 single station detections were collected by cameras in EdinburghW. including 7439 sporadics. 2800 of the detections matched with other stations. Orbit and trajectory solutions were calculated for these matches. The brighest up to ten confirmed matches are shown below.

DateTimeMagnitudeShower
20230205_022512.269_UK-4.88spo
20230814_213840.440_UK-4.32PER
20230813_010651.890_UK-3.83PER
20231113_004559.435_UK-3.54FTR
20231022_021829.021_UK-3.45LMI
20230831_025406.161_UK-3.35AUR
20231023_045420.366_UK-3.29ORI
20231215_002731.296_UK-3.27GEM
20231014_192954.177_UK-3.05spo
20231113_004559.950_UK-3.0STS

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IC 434 ASERO

4 February 2024|ASERO, Dark nebula, Narrowband, Nebula, News, NGC Winter|

Taken with the new larger scope in Spain with ASERO. Coma corrector spacing still not right so some star elongation, partially sorted in PS

Object IDIC 434 Horsehead Nebula
Details2024-02-03 20:08 –
Telescope300mm f4 ONTC Newtonian
Murrell telescope
CameraTouptek IMX571 mono
FiltersBaader Ha
Exposure(s)10x300s
CaptureNINA
ProcessingAPP, PS
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12P/Pons-Brooks 2023-12-02 ASERO

3 December 2023|ASERO, Comet, News|

Interesting structure and outbursts. Imaged from the Astronomical Society of Edinburgh’s remote telescope in Trevinca, Spain.

Object ID12P/Pons-Brooks
Details2023-12-02 18:56 – 19:02 UT
mag. 8.85, coma 7.3′
tail 10′, PA 34°
TelescopeAskar 94 mm f/4.4 Triplet Apo
JTW Trident P75 mount
CameraToupTek Colour IMX571
FiltersOptolong L
Exposure(s)11 x 30s exposures
CaptureNINA
ProcessingProcessed in APP and PS
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M45 ASERO

21 November 2023|ASERO, M31-60, News, Open Cluster|

More nebulosity and dust than I can ever get from Edinburgh. It was also chosen as the BAA’s Deep Sky Picture of the Month

Object IDM45 Pleiades
Details19/20 November 2023
TelescopeSharpstar 94 mm f/4.4 Triplet Apo
JTW Trident P75 mount
CameraToupTek Colour IMX571
FiltersOptolong L
Exposure(s)509 x 60s exposures
CaptureNINA
ProcessingProcessed in Siril and PS
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12P/Pons-Brooks 2023-11-19 ASERO

21 November 2023|ASERO, Comet, News|

Interesting structure and outbursts. Imaged from the Astronomical Society of Edinburgh’s remote telescope in Trevinca, Spain. Extreme stretch to show the kink in the developing tail.

Object ID12P/Pons-Brooks
Details2023-11-19 18:46 – 19:10 UT
mag. 9.0, coma 4.7′
tail 18′, PA 44°
TelescopeSharpstar 94 mm f/4.4 Triplet Apo
JTW Trident P75 mount
CameraToupTek Colour IMX571
FiltersOptolong L
Exposure(s)9 x 180s exposures
CaptureNINA
ProcessingProcessed in APP and PS
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Jupiter 2023-10-21

22 October 2023|Jupiter, News|

Not great seeing after all the storms and high wind but something. Io to the left, about to do a shadow transit later.

Object IDJupiter
Details2023-10-21 21:49 UT
Telescope250mm f4.8 Newtonian
2x 2″ ES Barlow
CameraZWO ASI290MC
FiltersUV/IR
Exposure(s)90s 100 fps .ser 30% frames
CaptureFireCapture
ProcessingAS3!, Registax, Photoshop, 1.5x drizzle
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Saturn and Uranus 2023-10-16

17 October 2023|News, Other, Planet, Saturn, Uranus|

Saturn is still too low to be sharp and Uranus is little more than a coloured blob.

Object IDSaturn
Uranus
Details2023-10-16 19:48 UT
2023-10-16 21:18 UT
Telescope250mm f4.8 Newtonian
2x 2″ ES Barlow
CameraZWO ASI290MC
FiltersUV/IR
Exposure(s)180s 83 fps .ser 20% frames
300s 27 fps .ser 30% frames
CaptureFireCapture
ProcessingAS3!, Registax, Photoshop, 1.5x drizzle
AS3!, Registax, Photoshop, 3.0x drizzle
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Jupiter 2023-10-15

16 October 2023|Jupiter, News|

Io reappearing from behind Jupiter. Probably the most detailed image I’ve ever made of Jupiter?

Object IDJupiter
Details2023-10-15 22:26 UT
Telescope250mm f4.8 Newtonian
2x 2″ ES Barlow
CameraZWO ASI290MC
FiltersUV/IR
Exposure(s)120s 105 fps .ser 45% frames
CaptureFireCapture
ProcessingAS3!, Registax, Photoshop, 1.5x drizzle
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Jupiter & Io shadow transit 2023-10-14

16 October 2023|Jupiter, News|

14 videos processed to make this. Image below is de-rotated by Winjupos.

Object IDJupiter
Details2023-10-14 22:13 – 23:05 UT
Telescope250mm f4.8 Newtonian
2x 2″ ES Barlow
CameraZWO ASI290MC
FiltersUV/IR
Exposure(s)14x 90s 105 fps .ser 30% frames
CaptureFireCapture
ProcessingAS3!, Registax, Photoshop 1.5x drizzle
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Jupiter 2023-09-27

27 September 2023|Jupiter, News|

Higher altitude middle of the night makes a difference

Object IDJupiter
Details2023-09-27 01:19 UT
Telescope250mm f4.8 Newtonian
2x 2″ ES Barlow
CameraZWO ASI290MC
FiltersUV/IR
Exposure(s)90s 118fps .ser
CaptureFireCapture
ProcessingAS3!, Registax, Photoshop / AS3!, AStroSurface

Inage below is using the usual Registax / PS method. Banner image is using AstroSurface only for the first time, including 1.25x resize.

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