Saturday, January 31, 2009


Getting more crescent shape.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Thursday, January 29, 2009

The Moon & Venus.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

OT: Funny picture.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Friday, January 23, 2009

OT:Frosty car

Bit cold the other morning.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Orion Nebula

C9.25, f6.5 FR, Canon 400D EOS, 45 x 30sec, darks, flats, bias.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Venus RGB 18th Jan 2009

Venus in RGB, very poor seeing.
2x barlow lens screwed onto the end of the DMK, so it's about 1.5x mag.

... and with a green filter and 3x barlow.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Venus 17th Jan 2009

A quick Venus from early this evening.
There's gonna be a storm tonight, so I've battened down the hatches on the observatory, i.e. screwed the roof down ;-)

Tuesday, January 13, 2009


Good seeing tonight; C9.25, 3 x TV barlow, DMK21AF04AS, red & blue filter.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Tuesday, January 06, 2009


There isn't much banding on this image, because to be honest there wasn't much seeing :-(
It's supposed to be -10°C in some parts tonight.


Using 4x Imagmate.
The seeing was really bad after this, I think the jetstream is right overhead.
I went out about an hour later and it was worse.

Celestron Telescope Catalog.

There's a picture of my scope in the new Celestron Telescope Catalog. Left centre.

Saturn 6th Jan 2009

Red filter, 3x TV barlow. Work in progress.

Monday, January 05, 2009

Pitatus and Copernicus.

I knew there was some good seeing amongst all the rubbish!

The Moon 5th Jan 2008

Odd seeing tonight, the image was bouncing around all over the place, and the focus was very strange at times.
This is a two image mosaic, shot with my Canon 400D at prime focus.

Saturday, January 03, 2009

The Moon.

Couldn't resist a quick shot of the Moon, while I was getting frozen. Wow! everything metal stings to touch.

I forgot to set the ISO to a low value, so this picture was shot at 1600 ISO. It's a bit grainy, but moody.

Venus 3rd Jan 2009

Two images of Venus taken with different camera's, but the same setup.


Bodes galaxy from early this morning session. 34 x 2 min exposures. C9.25 prime focus.
It was really cold last night -3°C.

Friday, January 02, 2009

Venus 2nd Jan 2009

It's incredible how bright Venus is in the daytime, even with a 32mm EP, easy. Just about see it through the finderscope though, my finderscope is fixed focus and it's out of focus, well to my eyes at least.
Funny to see it with a blue background, looks just like a tiny last quarter Moon.
Here's a rough simulation that I made in CS3:-

I had to align my GOTO on the Moon and then use it to 'GOTO' Venus, it was almost spot on. I must align my scope one of these days ;-)
Below; C9.25, 2.5x TV Powermate, Astronomic blue filter.