Well we have managed to survive 2020 and now await the developments of 2021.
As per usual, this imaging season has been complete rubbish so far with only a couple of good nights since the beginning of October 2020 – but that’s the way the weather seems to go nowadays.
In a vain effort to try and cheer myself up – here is my 7-minutes of fame from 10 years ago when Chris Packham came round to the New Forest Observatory to make a short programme for “Inside Out”. Enjoy!!
(10) New Forest Observatory on the box – YouTube
September 24th, 2020 – Got today’s EPOD with the single framer of M31 using the Sky90 array. My aim this season is to get a DEEEEEEP 2-framer of this one with the Sky90s so that I get the tips of both ends of the galaxy in the field of view. I must say the season so far has not been too bad at all, certainly better than the last 3 or 4 years that’s for sure.
Got today’s (20th Anniversary) EPOD with “First High-Quality Real Stereo Image of Pluto” with Brian May (who did all the work on this one).
Got yesterday’s EPOD with my recent Hyperstar III image of the M51 region.
Last night’s effort with the Hyperstar. Only 13 x 5-minute subs so still pretty noisy unfortunately. This is the NGC3631 region with a huge pile of faint fuzzies at the top (North).
Only 13 x 5-minute subs on the Hyperstar III on the C11 with the Trius 814C OSC CCD, so quite noisy. Arp214 and friends in Ursa Major.
Managed to get out last night with a clear, Moonless night, but lots of water vapour.
Grabbed 20 x 5-minute subs with the Hyperstar III on a C11 with the Trius 814C OSC CCD. Also added a similar amount of original Hyperstar data to this plus some star spikes.
Getting a bit faint now, supernova SN 2020 fqv in the Siamese Twins (a galaxy pair in Virgo), imaged last night using the HyperstarIII on the C11 using the Trius 814C OSC CCD and 19 x 300-second subs. At least I got it before it disappeared.
Got today’s EPOD with “Superluminous Quasar” a very bright quasar in the constellation Lynx. Thank you Jim Foster at EPOD for continuing to publish my work.
Last night’s effort. 20 x 10-minute subs using the Hyperstar III on a C11 with a Trius 814C and Lodestar guider. Galaxy M101. Bit disappointed as I thought it might turn out a lot deeper than this. Now realising my skies have deteriorated a LOT since I first started imaging in Autumn 2004.