Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Exploring the Apollo 17 Site.

This is great, some really hi-res images of the Apollo 17 landing site from the LROC, which is now at its correct 50-kilometer mapping orbit.
Click on the link below.
LROC News System.

Above; view from the LRV TV camera after lift off.

A Moonwalker Views His Old Stomping Grounds

Clavius, Scheiner & Copernicus 28th Oct 2009

Just a very quick imaging session tonight. The seeing wasn't up to much... and I'm recovering from a bad cold, so I didn't want to be sitting in the cold for too long :-)

SKYnyx 2-0M with IR filter, 3 x TV barlow. Processed in Registax and CS4.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Rant: People with lights on all night...

... in their back gardens, don't you just luv'em. What's that all about?
Sending my skyglow up another notch!

Another work in progress.

Here's a sneak preview of something that I've been working on the last few weeks.
I just need to re-stack some frames to get them to match.

NB; Blogspot has reduced the image size.

M31 - 3 Hour 40 Minutes of subs.

A bit more data from the other night :-)

Full size version here.
Only about 20 hours to go!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

LPOD 12th Oct 2009.

These are always really nice to get; Lunar picture of the day.
Makes it all worth while :-)

Stay tuned for Chuck Wood’s “Exploring the Moon” column in the January 2010 issue of Sky and Telescope

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

M31 with more data.

I was out again last night to capture some more data for M31. This image a 2hour 34min in total, taken from 30sec subs. Darks, flats and bias applied.
Still not sure about the colour, looks a bit monochromatic green to me.

Since my scope was reaching the edge of the shed imaging M31... and everything comes to an abrupt end. I thought I'd finish off the night with an easy target.
The double cluster in Perseus, NGC 869 and NGC 884.

There's so many stars in this region :-o

Monday, October 12, 2009

M31 12th Oct 2009

Still plugging away at M31, trying different techniques. Here's 1hr 27mins from last night.

Aw gawd! I'm off again, re-processing already... I find M31 so tricky to process. My sky pollution is quite high and it obscures the nebulosity of the galaxy, so you have to make nasty compromises with the levels etc. in PS.

Friday, October 09, 2009

LCROSS Crater Cabeus taken with the Palomar Observatory's 200-inch (5-meter) Hale Telescope 10 secs after impact.

Well, if this telescope didn't catch anything, what hope did we have? ;-)
Nice image though.

Credit Caltech
Here's my image taken last month.

... and others from last year.

Sunday, October 04, 2009

LCROSS impact point.

The LCROSS spacecraft is going to impact at crater Cabeus on the 8th/9th of this month.
Here are some images of the area that I've taken over the years, and a map to find it... it's tricky.
Although we won't see it from the UK, well, maybe a dust cloud later ;-)

Friday, October 02, 2009

Enhanced colour Moon - 1st Oct 2009

Below; 12 image mosaic taken with SKYnyx, IR filter and C9.25 prime focus.

Someone's trying to copy me...

Mercury and Venus from the Messenger probe.