Wednesday, April 28
Following some space news updates, Robin gave us a fascinating description of the work he is doing on Epsilon Aurigae. Truly ground-breaking on an international level.
The main feature for the evening was our guest speaker Stuart Atkinson from the Eddington (Kendal) Astronomy Society. Everyone gave rapt attention to Stuart's presentation entitled "A Tourist's Guide To The Universe" as he presented a plethora of images and illustrations of the wonders in our solar system and the wider universe. Truly excellent and one that I'm sure will stick in the minds of our young visitors for some time.
Next month we have a talk by Chris Darwin on the topic of Stellar Evolution.
Don't forget some of the links mentioned yesterday:
- NASA's Solar Dynamic Observatory (sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov)
- Hubble Space Telescope (hubblesite.org)
- Mars (marsrover.nasa.gov)
- Robin's astronomy site (threehillsobservatory.co.uk)
Wednesday, April 21
7 x 5 min exposures @ISO800
Canon 300D modded
EQ6 autoguided with Toucam Pro and EQMOD
The raw images were calibrated with flats (10), darks (10) and bias (10) frames, before aligning and stacking with a Sigma-clipped Average. The final image was then adjusted for levels and colour balance in Photoshop before a final noise reduction with NeatImage.
Tuesday, April 20
Sunday, April 18
MN190 with 2x barlow
Toucam Pro II
11 x 5 mins @ ISO800
1000mm f/5.3 on EQ6
Canon 300D Modified
Tuesday, April 13
first light with the new Mak-Newt 190mm...absolutely gorgeous. Of course I was in such a rush to get using it I didn't wait for it to cool down at all, taking it straight out of its box and mounting it in the observatory.
Still, beautiful views of Saturn. Simple pic to follow when I get a chance to process the webcam footage.
The light grasp is appreciably different to the William Optics 80mm (as it should be at twice the diameter!) Stunning views of M35, M36, M37 & M13.
Got a few snaps of different objects but didn't spend any time photographing really. Just messing about. But will post a few shots of M13 and M101 later in the week.
Wednesday, April 7
Tuesday, April 6
I had a go at doubling up the focal length of my William Optics via a 2x barlow a couple of nights ago. Unfortunately this does increase the exposure time by a factor of 4 but it givesme a better view of the cluster due to its relatively small size on the Canon.
Canon 300D on autoguided EQ6
William Optics with 2x barlow (EFL 1090mm f/14)
4 x 5mins @ ISO1600
managed to persevere with the Webcam and Robin's Coronado PST solar scope on Sunday and got the following image of a very large prominence on the side of the sun.
Not the best picture of the sun ever taken, but it was really exciting to see this thing with the naked eye. What a shame I'm going to have to return Robin's telescope!
Stuart Atkinson and his enthusiastic cohorts from the Eddington Astronomical Society in Kendal are staging a "Live" Scale Model of the Solar System on August 14th 2010.
Take a sneak peak at their blog here: http://ksssm2.wordpress.com/
All are invited to attend and/or participate and help bring the wonders of the solar system a little closer to home.