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Saturn 1 day after opposition – infrared

By | 2018-06-29T09:28:37+00:00 29 June 2018|Categories: News, Saturn|

Very low and in the trees but just managed to image it – just…

Object ID Saturn
Details 2018-06-28 23:31 UT and 23:45 UT
Seeing III / V but very low altitude
Telescope 200mm Newtonian @f5 and @f10
Camera ZWO ASI290MC Infrared pass filter
Exposure(s) 60s 30fps AVI and 90s 30fps AVI
Capture FireCapture
Processing AutoStakkert3 (beta), Registax 6, Photoshop
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Lunar Mosaic in infrared 11.06 days

By | 2018-06-25T09:16:29+00:00 25 June 2018|Categories: Moon, News|

That annoying moment when you realise you’ve missed a tiny bit from the mosaic. Always better to overlap the frames more for safety. I though I was!

Object ID Lunar mosaic 7 frames
Details 2018-06-24 21:07 – 21:16 UT
Low down and seeing II (I-V)
Telescope 200mm f5 Newtonian
Camera ZWO ASI290MC
ZWO Infrared pass filter
Exposure(s) 7 x 60s AVIs, 20% stack
Capture FireCapture
Processing AutoStakkert, Photoshop
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6 pane lunar mosaic

By | 2018-06-21T13:05:49+00:00 21 June 2018|Categories: Moon, News|

Mosaics are simple using the new camera.

Object ID Lunar mosiac, 6 panes
Details 2018-06-20 22:14 – 22:22 UT
7.15 days 55.9% illumination
Seeing: II (I-V)
Telescope 200mm f5 Newtonian
Camera ZWO ASI290MC unfiltered
Exposure(s) 6 x 60s AVIs at 20fps
Capture FireCapture
Processing AutoStakkert and Photoshop
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Infrared Lunar mosaic

By | 2018-06-19T12:00:11+00:00 19 June 2018|Categories: Moon, News|

Put the 200P back on the mount to use with ZWO camera. Seems like a good combination – I’d forgotten what a nice telescope it is. I didn’t plan to do a full mosaic but didn’t realise just how close I was.

Object ID 7 frame incomplete lunar mosaic
5.12 days 33.6% illumination
Details 2018-06-18 20:24 – 20:41 UT
Poor seeing (over neighbour’s chimney smoke) and gusty conditions which shook the telescope occasionally.
Telescope 200mm f5 Newtonian
Camera ZWO ASI 290MC
ZWO infrared pass filter
Exposure(s) 7 x 60s AVI @ 20fps
Capture FireCapture
Processing AutoStakkert, Photoshop
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Sunspots 2018-06-13

By | 2018-06-13T12:11:56+00:00 13 June 2018|Categories: News, Sun|

The Sun has been very featurless for a while now but this just beginning to appear round the limb.

Poor seeing but testing out the new ZWO ASI 290MC. Getting a frame rate of almost 100 fps. Heavy processing required to get anything out of the turbulence. No matter how fast the frame rate, or how sensitive the camera, if the seeing is bad you still won’t get much.

Object ID Sunspots
Details 2018-06-13 09:58:05 UT
Poor seeing: I-II (I-V)
Telescope 180mm Mak-Cass at f15
Baader solar film – gives blue colour
Camera ZWO ASI 290MC
Exposure(s) 60s video at 97 fps ROI 800×500
Capture FireCapture
Processing Photoshop CC
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Noctilucent Clouds

By | 2018-06-19T11:51:33+00:00 2 June 2018|Categories: News, NLC, Other|

First sighting this year and one of the very earliest to appear on Twitter.

Venus at the bottom with Castor and Pollux above. ß Aurigae (Menkalinan) to the upper right.

Object ID Noctilucent Clouds
Details 2018-06-01
22:52 UT, 22:53 UT
Telescope Kit lens 27mm at f4
Fixed tripod
Camera Canon 600D
Exposure(s) ISO 400 1.6s
Capture In Camera
Processing Lightroom
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Lunar First Light for new observatory

By | 2018-05-23T19:10:32+00:00 23 May 2018|Categories: Moon, News|

A quick First Light in broad daylight of the Moon through the Mak.

Object ID Moon
Details 2018-05-23 18:52UT 8.34 days 68.3%
Telescope 180mm Maksutov at f15
Camera Canon EOS 600D
Exposure(s) ISO 100, 1/100s
Capture In camera
Processing Processed in Lightroom
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3 Crescent Moons in a row

By | 2018-05-20T21:06:03+00:00 20 May 2018|Categories: Moon, News|

3 days from New Moon in a row.

Object ID New Moon
Details 2018-05-16 20:39UT 1.41 days 2.8%
2018-05-17 20:53UT 2.42 days 8.1%
2018-05-18 21.13UT 3.43 days 15.9%
Telescope C80ED at f7.5
Camera Canon EOS 600D
Exposure(s) 1/60s, 1/100s, 1/50s
Capture In camera
Processing Processed in Lightroom
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