Friday, August 31, 2007

Moretus & Cauchy 31st Aug.

2000 frame avi, 6 point MAP, 250 stack.
2000 frame avi, 3 point MAP, 300 stack.

Apollo 17 site.

300/2000 frame, 3x TV Barlow.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Petavius 30th Aug.

Messier & Messier A

The Imagingsource blog

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

The Moon 29th Aug.

Monday, August 27, 2007

The Moon & Clouds 27th Aug.

New website - Astro shorts

This is funny, an ad for an insurance company.


The Moon 26th Aug. 2007

Shot with Canon 400D and f/6.3 reducer. A stack of 6 images, processed in Registax.
Larger version here.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Top of the lawn blog

Here's an interesting update on Peter Tagatac's excellent blog.

The Sun 25th Aug 2007

This image of the Sun taken with Canon EOS 400D and f/6.3 focal reducer on C9.25 with Baader film. 6 images stacked in Registax and slightly tinted and sharpened using Paintshop pro.
For full size image click here.

Below is an image of the sunspot (0969) taken at prime focus with the DMK camera.

Lower than below are some pictures of my homemade solar filter.
I tried to get the Baader film as flat as possible, but it has wrinkled over time. Doesn't seem to affect the imaging though... I think.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Gaping hole found in universe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A giant hole in the Universe is devoid of galaxies, stars and even lacks dark matter, astronomers said on Thursday.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Google Sky

Here's something quite good, a new extension to Google Earth... Google Sky. I had a quick go this morning, works OK.
Click on the image left for a link to the Google Blog.

BBC News story.

Make sure that you download Google Earth and not Google Earth Plus, because the 'Sky' icon is not on the latter.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Monday, August 20, 2007

Montes Recti, Maginus & Archimedes from the 5th Aug.

LivingSpace Online

Just found this site. LivingSpace Online, astronomy from Harriet Scott and Chris Lintott.
It's got some good Podcasts.

LPOD - 20th August

Sunday, August 19, 2007


This is a re-process of my earlier Milkyway image this month.

There's a lot of stars up there.

Moon earlier this month.

Here's the Moon from earlier this month, shot with my Canon EOS 400D and Meade f/6.3 focal reducer.

Hurricane Dean from STS-118

A close-up of the eye of Category 4 Hurricane Dean from STS-118.

I watched this yesterday on NASA TV, amazing view.

Credit NASA

Thursday, August 16, 2007

M31... getting there bit by bit.

This is the small inner part of the galaxy. Top left M32.

Below is a Hubble view of approx. the same area..

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Monday, August 13, 2007

M57 re-processed using Deepsky Stacker.

What a program... and it's free!

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Perseid meteor shower 2007

Captured a couple.

Insert shows an enlarged view.
Here's a view from the camera piggybacked to the scope, pointing at Cassiopeia (top left). The streaks are clouds. 3 minute exposure at ISO 800. M31 is just about in the centre.
There is a full size version here.

Tycho 5th Aug re-processed using MAP.

M31 processed in Deepsky Stacker.

Re-process of M13 taken with Canon 400D, using Deepsky Stacker.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Tycho 5th Aug... re-processed yet again.

Milky Way

3 Minute exposure, ISO 800, lens 17mm.
The camera was wedged onto my scope.

Nice sky last night.

Friday, August 10, 2007

M13 using DMK

Created in Deepsky Stacker, brilliant Freeware app. for stacking DSO's.

Jupiter 10th Aug 2007

Albategnius 5th Aug.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Southern Highlands.

Click here for a full size version.

Plato and Tenerife mountains.