June 2019 Image of the Month

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.

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Today’s EPOD – Coddington’s Nebula in Ursa Major – number 106

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.

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May 2019 Image of the Month

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.

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Course prices from April 2019

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.

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EPOD – Encore – Black Spleenwort Fern and Fractals

Got today’s EPOD Encore with an image of an uncurled fern and a fractal which bears it a striking resemblance.

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April 2019 Image of the Month

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.

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6-minute ISS pass from 27/03/2019 at 19:15

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.

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Coddington’s nebula

Last night I got 5 hours of data on Coddington’s nebula and Carbon star SAO 51274 (bottom left hand corner). I added this to around 12 hours of data taken over 2 nights some time ago.

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Greg’s “3” asterism in Leo

I recently took some data on Greg’s “3” asterism in Leo using the 200mm lenses on the MiniWASP array, around 4 hours of data in total. I have inserted some old Sky 90 data (again around 4 hours) so you can see the narrow-field incorporated into the wide field data.

One of the bright stars in the “3” is SAO 98676 so you can find this region on your planetarium program.

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Another New Prime Number

The mega-computing array found a new Prime Number last Sunday.

The Prime Number is:

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