Sunday, April 29, 2007

Good seeing... but.. ummm... no mount for the scope!

I can't believe some of the seeing that we've had here recently. And my mount is still bust. :-(

Sunday, April 22, 2007

New website.

I've quit NTLworld and gone with AOL, therefore I've created a new website on Google web.
Astromick, the website.

It's not finished yet, but is a work in progress.

Cassini images of Saturn

Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech
From kokogiak Flickr collection.

This is big... in fact, it doesn't get any bigger!

Universe Scale.

We're at the bottom, here is the original graph... beware, it's big!

Here's a nice interactive version on the Nikon?? site.

This is smart... solar system bodies larger than 200 miles


Friday, April 20, 2007

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Venus and Moon tonight - 19th April 2007

My scope mount is still in the DHinds workshop undergoing repairs :-(, I've never seen so many clear nights since it's been in dry dock... still my point and shoot is still working... so here's the Moon & Venus.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Uranus rings 'were seen in 1700s'

From BBC website. What a great story.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

This would be a good idea.

Tycho: from the big pan of 28th March 2007

Here is Tycho with an extra section on the right that wasn't used in the big pan.
3 image mosaic, using 2.5x TV Powermate. Slightly increased in size.
I love that stream of ejector that comes out from Tycho at the 4 O'Clock position.

I want this guys observatory!

From the Cloudy Nights Forum:-

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Hadley Rille from March 2007

4x Imagemate image. Nearly the same sun angle when the crew from Apollo 15 landed.
Hadley mountain is top of image, half in shadow with rille below. They landed in the middle, between the rille and the mountain.
You can also make out St. George crater, just on the corner of the rille as it takes a right turn going South.

Apollo 15 image of the top part of the rille taken from lunar orbit.

Pan taken from red arrow indicator position above, showing the view looking down the rille with Hadley mountain to the right.

Friday, April 06, 2007

Mount problem.

Hmmm... this is annoying, I found out last night that my Celestron mount has a problem (good seeing as well).
It has what is known in the trade as a 'run away slew' fault.

I've done some extensive work trying to sort out the problem, with the help of Cloudy Nights Forums, but I think I'm going to have to send it off for repair.

So it could be a little while until I'm back in action.

Looks like I'll have to go through all my old backups and do some processing.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Look at the state of this! Contrail city.

I went into my garden this morning and snapped this. I didn't realise that Swindon was under so many flight paths.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007