red lagoon

And now for something completely different. Down by the southern horizon, Sagittarius is revealing the centre of the galaxy. Here we follow two nebulae up to the meridian with the wide field reflector and 0.9x coma corrector giving 585mm focal length at f4.5. With turbulence over the southern horizon rife, the 700d sensor at 38º and the smoke from the San Juan fires, it was StarTools' superb deconvolution to the rescue. There's noise but it's bearable, as isn't the chromatic aberration from the cheepo cc making it look like it's been shot with an expensive refractor.
nebulous star forming regions (l to r) m8 lagoon and m20 trifid in sagitarrius
700d + 130p    21x180s @ ISO 800


101 on the shortest night

A lot of heat, and turbulence but I was determined to prove that you could take galaxies close up at f8. It was dropping behind the building at 01:00 so I had to stop, but I'm quite pleased with this. I wish I had a cooled camera though...
galaxy m101 pinwheel in ursa major
700d + nt150    17x240s @ ISO800

solstice 2017


The sun changed direction at 06:24 today and will reach it's highest elevation 70º, as it crosses the meridian as I write, around 14:00 with astronomical darkness between 23:26 and 04:38


pure apo

Getting a bit closer with the nt150

Beginning to see detail in the ring even. The light not having to fight it's way through glass on its way to the camera may well have contributed.

planetary nebula m57 in lyra
700d + nt150   18x90s @ ISO800


underrated globular

Globular clusters is Hercules. But what about this one? It's just as big. Here it is last night, as it was 24000 years ago. Poor visibility, camera sensor at 30ºC and loadsa turbulence up to the meridian. Later, things settled down, but the heat accumulated during the day dictated that Polop stayed up late leaving terrace lights to emphasise the Mediterranean haze.
Oh, and Runa fell off her bike. Get well soon.
globular cluster m5 in serpens
700d + pn208    27x120s @ ISO800



It's not summer yet but here is the shape and form of things to come.  Experiments with a pn208. Rushing to get something before moon rise. 

planetary 12 minutes
planetary nebula m57 in lyra
700d + pn208 10x90s   @ ISO800
globular 3 minutes
globular cluster m4 in scorpio
700d + pn208 3x90s   @ ISO800


all hung up

mum is delighted
she's one of them mps now you know

Well done Teresa. Good election call. Now please do the decent thing and get out of the way.

A late night for Ms. Duffield in Canterbury who took the seat for Labour. First time ever. An anti-Brexit vote if ever there was one Sir Julian...