As we still do not have any hours of darkness this is another month where there are no images from the New Forest Observatory. I really wonder why I bother with this hobby sometimes.
Today I gave the last photography course from the New Forest Observatory. I have decided to “properly” retire this year. May I take this opportunity to thank all of you that have attended the photography courses at the New Forest Observatory and I hope they have helped you to excel in your hobby.
It appears that people do not go to the Image Agency/Gallery page before requesting images (usually free of charge). Please note – no images are available “free of charge” irrespective of the use to be made of them, so please do not ask me for any freebies. I am not flattered to be noted as the imager in any book or publication you are writing as I am already noted as the imager on this website, on APOD or EPOD, and in my own book/magazine publications, I hope you understand.
As there are virtually no hours of darkness over the next couple of months – this is the time of year to clean up the observatory. Clean the fibreglass dome, repaint the decking, Hoover out the observatory, make sure the computers are all up to date with updates, check the mount is well-greased and generally give all the kit a once-over.
Got today’s EPOD with a Sky 90 array image of Coddington’s nebula (actually a faint diffuse galaxy) in Ursa Major. Over 17-hours of Sky 90 data went into creating this image.
As we are now in Galaxy season it is appropriate to choose a Galaxy image from the New Forest Observatory archives. So for the May 2019 Image of the Month I have chosen a Canon 200mm lens plus Trius M26C 2-framer of the whole of the Virgo/Coma cluster.
Please note that there will be no VAT on courses from April 2019 – so the price you see is the price you pay – no VAT added.
Got today’s EPOD Encore with an image of an uncurled fern and a fractal which bears it a striking resemblance.
Image of the Month for April is the recent very deep capture of Coddington’s Nebula (a galaxy) in Ursa Major. This image has the added bonus of a Carbon star in the bottom left hand corner.
This is a 2-framer using the Canon 15mm fisheye lens on the Canon 5D MkII from last night. I Rotated the camera when the ISS reached the Zenith (the gap) and then merged the two frames together.