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Observing Report 5th July 2013 (A big group of sunspots)

Posted by on July 6th 2013 in Astrostuff, Observing Reports, Pics
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Yesterday saw an improvement in the weather. I managed to get out for an hour to nab this sunspot group:

Active Regions 1785 and 1787 (05/07/2013).
DMK mono camera on C80ED-R, Baader Solar Film filter.

What SOHO (the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory) saw.

Close-up of Active Regions 1785 and 1787 (05/07/2013).
DMK mono camera with 2.25x Barlow on C80ED-R, Baader Solar Film filter.

Observing Report 26th-27th May 2013 (The Great Eye)

Posted by on June 4th 2013 in Astrostuff, Observing Reports, Pics

It had been a while since I'd pointed the scope at the Moon.

These pics show my favourite phase - 2-3 days past full - when the terminator runs down the eastern limb and highlights a string of craters and maria.

Here's Mare Crisium - the Sea of Crises - looking like a huge lidless eye staring into the void:

Mare Crisium (27/05/2013).
DMK mono camera @ prime-focus on the 6" R-C.

And here's a poor effort at a mosaic of the whole shebang:

Moon (27/05/2013).
28 panes stitched with iMerge. Each pane is 500/2000 stacked frames.
DMK mono CCD camera @ prime-focus on the GSRC6M.
The seeing was bad so the detail isn't as good as usual.

Observing Report 19th May 2013 (Sunday Sun)

Posted by on May 20th 2013 in Astrostuff, Observing Reports, Pics
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The old spots have moved around a bit, there's not much new stuff following on behind.

No close-ups this time  🙁

Sun (19/05/2013).
Six stitched images from the DMK mono camera on the C80ED-R, Baader Solar Film filter.

What SOHO (the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory) saw.

 

Observing Reports various – April/May 2013 (A bunch of DSOs)

Posted by on May 18th 2013 in Astrostuff, Observing Reports, Pics

A few images of things that I've been looking at over the last few weeks:

 

13th-14th May 2013:
M16 - The Eagle Nebula (aka NGC 6611 and the Star Queen Nebula), a young open cluster of stars in the constellation Serpens.

 

29th-30th April 2013:
The Crescent Nebula (aka NGC 6888, Caldwell 27, Sharpless 105), an emission nebula in the constellation Cygnus.

 

4th-5th May 2013:
M11 - The Wild Duck Cluster (aka NGC 6705), an open cluster in the constellation Scutum.

 

29th-30th April 2013:
M107 (aka NGC 6171), a very loose globular cluster in the constellation Ophiuchus.

 

4th-5th May 2013:
M4 - The Cat's Eye Cluster (aka NGC 6121), a globular cluster in the constellation Scorpius.

 

4th-5th May 2013:
M108 - The Surfboard Galaxy (aka NGC 3556), an edge-on barred spiral galaxy in the constellation Ursa Major.

 

Observing Report 16th May 2013 (More spots than a greasy teenager)

Posted by on May 17th 2013 in Astrostuff, Observing Reports, Pics
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In contrast to today, yesterday morning was clear, warm and calm. The Sun was putting on a fine display of spots:

Sun (16/05/2013).
Six stitched images from the DMK mono camera on C80ED-R, Baader Solar Film filter.

What SOHO (the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory) saw.

Active Region 1748 (16/05/2013).
DMK mono camera with 2.25x Barlow on C80ED-R, Baader Solar Film filter.

Active Region 1745 (16/05/2013).
DMK mono camera with 2.25x Barlow on C80ED-R, Baader Solar Film filter.

Active Regions 1742, 1743 and 1752 (16/05/2013).
DMK mono camera with 2.25x Barlow on C80ED-R, Baader Solar Film filter.

Active Region 1744 (16/05/2013).
DMK mono camera with 2.25x Barlow on C80ED-R, Baader Solar Film filter.

Active Regions 1746, 1747, 1750 and 1751 (16/05/2013).
DMK mono camera with 2.25x Barlow on C80ED-R, Baader Solar Film filter.

Active Regions 1741 and 1749 (16/05/2013).
DMK mono camera with 2.25x Barlow on C80ED-R, Baader Solar Film filter.

 

Observing Report 1st May 2013 (Mayday sunspots)

Posted by on May 4th 2013 in Astrostuff, Observing Reports, Pics
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Better late than never...

Plenty of significant active regions on display.

Things have moved on (around) a bit since then but they're still worth a photo just before sunset.

There'll be no pics taken here today - we're under typical Bank Holiday Weekend rainclouds  🙁

Sun (01/05/2013).
Six stitched images from the DMK mono camera on C80ED-R, Baader Solar Film filter.

Active Regions 1732, 1734 and 1736 (01/05/2013).
DMK mono camera with 2.25x Barlow on C80ED-R, Baader Solar Film filter.

Active Region 1731 (01/05/2013).
DMK mono camera with 2.25x Barlow on C80ED-R, Baader Solar Film filter.

Active Regions 1730 and 1735 (01/05/2013).
DMK mono camera with 2.25x Barlow on C80ED-R, Baader Solar Film filter.

Observing Report 23rd April 2013 (Another huge sunspot group)

Posted by on April 24th 2013 in Astrostuff, Observing Reports, Pics
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AR1726 is another biggie - more than 150,000 km from end to end.

It's "going around the corner" due to the Sun's rotation, so current views of it are foreshortened.

It makes an interesting target just before sunset, if you do pop out for a peek at it please mind yer eyes!

Active Region 1726 (23/04/2013).
DMK mono camera with 2.25x Barlow on C80ED-R, Baader Solar Film filter.

Observing Report 2nd April 2013 Part 2 (Bigger Sunspots)

Posted by on April 5th 2013 in Astrostuff, Observing Reports, Pics
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As promised, sunspots with added bigness.

AR1711 is huge (run your mouse over the pic to see a pasted-in Earth for comparison), in the full-size version you can even see some vague detail down inside the dark region (the umbra):

Active Region 1714 (02/04/2013).
DMK mono camera with 2.25x Barlow on C80ED-R, Baader Solar Film filter.

Active Region 1704 (02/04/2013).
DMK mono camera with 2.25x Barlow on C80ED-R, Baader Solar Film filter.

Active Region 1711 (02/04/2013).
DMK mono camera with 2.25x Barlow on C80ED-R, Baader Solar Film filter.

Observing Report 1st-2nd April 2013 (Another pop at Pan-STARRS)

Posted by on April 4th 2013 in Astrostuff, My vids, Observing Reports, Pics

Same Comet, same conditions, same tree, same faff, different night:

Comet Pan-STARRS (C/2011 L4).
Subs: 25 light @ 30s, darks, bias frames, ISO1600.
1000D on the 6" R-C, unguided
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The main difference is that this time there's a time-lapse movie. I created it from 100 frames, each representing 30 seconds of exposure and 5 seconds of "gap", so that's nigh on an hour crammed into this 10-second clip:

Observing Report 2nd April 2013 Part 1 (Sunspots)

Posted by on April 3rd 2013 in Astrostuff, Observing Reports, Pics
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See? This is what happens when you decide to keep your winter beard - three consecutive days of almost uninterrupted dawn-to-dusk sunshine.

🙄

Here's a stitched pic from yesterday morning, feel free to click it to get to the bigger version:

Active Regions 1704, 1707, 1708, 1710, 1711, 1713 & 1714 (02/04/2013).
DMK mono camera @ prime focus on C80ED-R, Baader Solar Film filter.

I grabbed some more shots of the main sunspot groups at a higher magnification, it'll take me a while to process the stuff so I'll put the results in a "Part 2" post as and when.

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