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Jupiter 2023-10-21

2023-10-22T08:53:49+00:0022 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

Saturn and Uranus 2023-10-16

2023-10-17T11:01:20+00:0017 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

Jupiter & Io shadow transit 2023-10-14

2023-10-21T21:15:38+00:0016 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

Jupiter 2023-09-27

2023-09-27T12:20:25+00:0027 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.

M101 and SN 2023ivx

2023-06-06T22:12:54+00:0029 May 2023|Galaxy, M91+, News, Supernova|

Closest and brightest supernova for over a decade. Using a Triband filter to reduce twilight glare. ASTAP measurement gives me a supernova mag. of 11.3.

Object IDM101
Supernova 2023ivx
Details2023-05-24 32:15 UT (mid)
Telescope250mm f4.8 Newtonian
MPCC
CameraQHY168C @-10°C
FiltersAltair triband
Exposure(s)10 x 300s
CaptureNINA
ProcessingAPP, Photoshop

C/2023 A3 (Tsuchinshan-ATLAS) 2023-05-14

2023-05-20T10:28:49+00:0020 May 2023|Comet, News|

Stacked on the comet so the stars trail and the comet remains still. Very faint at a mag of 16.9 CV and coma size < 0.4′

Object IDC/2023 A3 (Tsuchinshan-ATLAS)
Details2023-05-14 23:24 UT
Telescope250mm f4.8 Newtonian
MPCC
CameraQHY168C @-10°C
FiltersIDAS D3
Exposure(s)7x180s
CaptureNINA
ProcessingAPP, ASTAP, Photoshop

Sun May 2023

2023-05-22T14:32:29+00:0016 May 2023|News, Sun|

Video using the QHY168C.

Object IDSun
Details2023-05-13 11:08 UT (banner)
Telescope250mm f4.8 Newtonian
MPCC
CameraQHY168C
FiltersBlack polymer
UVIR
Exposure(s).ser videos
CaptureFireCapture
ProcessingAS3!, Registax, Photoshop

Sun 2023-05-11

2023-05-11T15:29:08+00:0011 May 2023|News, Sun|

Video using the QHY168C. Only 40fps but still better than single shots

Object IDSun
Details2023-05-11 13:48 UT / 14:41 UT
Telescope250mm f4.8 Newtonian
MPCC
CameraQHY168C
FiltersBlack polymer
UVIR
Exposure(s)120s .ser
40fps
CaptureFireCapture
ProcessingAS3!, Registax, Photoshop

Markarian 421 Blazar

2023-04-28T15:31:32+00:0028 April 2023|Blazar, News, Variable Star|

Markarian 421 – which is actually a Blazar, at an easier than most mag. of 13.4, right next to a really faint galaxy (LEDA 33453) at mag 19.6. This one is only 411 million light years away.

Object IDMarkarian 421
Details2023-04-13 21:36 UT
Telescope250mm f4.8 Newtonian
MPCC
CameraATIK 460EX @-10°C
FiltersV
Exposure(s)5x180s
CaptureNINA
ProcessingAPP, ASTAP, Photoshop