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Wide angle Milky Way shots from the Languedoc

By |2019-08-07T20:42:30+00:004 August 2019|Categories: Milky Way, News, Other, Wide Angle|

So – because there’s no night in Scotland from May to August, I went south to the Languedoc hills. Sainte-Polycarpe in the Aude region to be precise. First real use of my Skywatcher Star Adventurer mount. Great fun, still a lot to learn, but got some decent images. Also made a fun little video story of my holiday in a beautiful region of France.

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Cygnus Wall – red channel only

By |2019-08-29T12:07:54+00:0023 July 2019|Categories: Caldwell, Nebula, News, NGC Summer|

After gathering HOYS-CAPS data thought I’d give this a quick go in red channel only.

Object ID Cygnus Wall
Details “Mexico and Central American” part of North America Nebula
Telescope 250mm f4.8 Newtonian
Camera Atik 460EX
IDAS P2 LP filter
8x180s 2×2, darks, bias, flats
-11C
Capture APT
Processing Nebulosity, Photoshop
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2MASS J21383981+5708470 in IC1396A

By |2019-07-23T22:03:40+00:0028 June 2019|Categories: HOYS-CAPS, News|

Been gathering HOYS-CAPS data on 2MASS J21383981+5708470 in IC1396A recently because of a possible increase in brightness. This has been stretched and processed to show details. Normal submitted data wouldn’t be.

Object ID 2MASS J21383981+5708470
Details In IC1396A
21 38 39.8 +57 08 47.1
Telescope 250mm f4.8 Newtonian
Camera Atik 460EX
IDAS P2 LP filter
Baader tri-colour red filter
Exposure(s) 3x180s, darks, bias, flats
-16C
Capture APT
Processing Nebulosity, Photoshop
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Jupiter colour / infrared

By |2019-06-26T09:01:41+00:0025 June 2019|Categories: Jupiter, News|

Jupiter is so low that only half of the telescope could see over the lip of the dome, so effectively only a 125mm telescope – not 250mm! Surprised I got anything at all at this altitude.

Not much detail visible but the infrared version is much sharper, cutting through the atmospheric turbulence better, and shows the Great Red Spot as white. The SEB is clearly changing and shows white in the colour image. Is this part of the unravelling of the GRS that is reportedly happening?

Diameter=45.89″
Magnitude=-2.61

Object ID Jupiter
Details Diameter=45.89″
Magnitude=-2.61
Telescope 250mm f4.8 Newtonian
Camera ZWO ASI290MC
Exposure(s) 120s videos each
Capture FireCapture
Processing PIPP, Autostakkert, Registax 6
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Sunspot groups 2019-05 14/15/16/17

By |2019-06-26T09:25:17+00:0015 May 2019|Categories: News, Sun|

Sunspot groups over 4 days

Object ID SunspotĀ  2741
Details 2019-05-14/15/16/17
Telescope 80mm f7.5 refractor, Meade glass solar filter
Camera ZWO ASI290MC
Exposure(s) 120s AVIs @60-80 fps, 10% frames
Capture Firecapture
Processing PIPP, AutoStakkert, Registax, Photoshop
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Sunspot groups 2019-05-06

By |2019-05-06T16:54:29+00:006 May 2019|Categories: News, Sun|

Done as live stream on the Astronomical Society of Edinburgh Facebook page

Object ID Sunspot AR2740
Details 2019-05-06
Telescope 80mm f7.5 refractor, Meade glass solar filter
Camera ZWO ASI290MC
Exposure(s) 120s AVIs @45 fps, 10% frames
Capture Firecapture
Processing AutoStakkert, Photoshop
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Sunspot group

By |2019-05-06T16:51:12+00:006 May 2019|Categories: News, Sun|

Sunspot developing over several days

Object ID Sunspot AR2738
Details 2019-04-13, 2019-04-18, 2019-04-20
Telescope 203mm RC8@f8, Baader solar film filter
Camera ZWO ASI290MC
Exposure(s) 120s AVIs, 20% frames
Capture Firecapture
Processing AutoStakkert, Photoshop
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NGC4565 / Caldwell 38 Spindle Galaxy

By |2019-04-01T16:19:57+00:001 April 2019|Categories: Caldwell, Galaxy, News|

Processed 3 different ways – give different results, not sure which I like best. Still too noisy – need many more exposures.
Interesting edge-on spiral galaxy in Coma Berenices, surprisingly large (14.9′ x 2′) but faint (9.60 but surface brightness 13.3). It is actually intrinsically more luminous than the Andromeda Galaxy. First seen by William Herschel in 1785. Also visible lower right is NGC 4562.

Object ID NGC 4565, Caldwell 38 Spindle Galaxy
Details 2019-03-31
Telescope 203mm RC8 f8
Camera Atik 460Ex @-20C
Badder RGB filters
IDAS P2 LP filter
Exposure(s) 10x240s 2×2 RGB
Darks
Capture APT
Processing Nebulosity, Photoshop
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