I have recently finished the Second Edition of the Springer publication “Making Beautiful Deep-Sky Images” and it has been sent off to them to make bookworthy.  Springer then sends me back the draft (with all the page numbers) and I then have the final (mind-destroying) job of putting the Index together.  You will see the new 2nd Edition in the shops next year (I’ll let you know when) and if you have the 1st Edition, there’s enough new stuff in the 2nd Edition (including completely new chapters, and completely re-written old chapters) to warrant raiding your wallets for a second time.  The biggest change you will see on the front cover is the removal of the sub-title “Astrophotography with Affordable Equipment and Software” – with a chapter dedicated to the New Forest Observatory mini-WASP Array – some of the equipment is now anything but affordable.

 

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Noel Carboni recently processed the 22-hours of data from the Sky 90 mini-WASP array.  This data comprised 15 and 20-minute sub-exposures.

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It the recent Winter Solstice 2015 to Summer Solstice 2016 Solargraph.  I think I had the tilt angle towards the Zenith a little too large for this one 🙁  Never mind, you still get the general overall picture 🙂

Thank you Jim at EPOD for continuing to publish my work.

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Today’s Earth Science Picture of the Day is a pinhole camera Solargraph of the Sun’s path across my southern horizon from Summer Solstice (June 21st) until Winter Solstice (December 21st) 2010.  An EPOD Encore is showing an earlier EPOD that was a Viewers’ Choice Winner from the past.

Thank you Jim at EPOD for continuing to publish my work 🙂

 

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I have only just stacked ALL the data on this one from late 2014.  This is 69 subs using 15.20-minute exposures for a total of 22-hours on this one.

The Sky 90 array on the mini-WASP. f#4.5 3 x Sky 90s and 3 x M26C OSC CCDs.

 

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Got today’s Earth Science Picture of Today with that recent wide field of M44, the Beehive Cluster, taken with the Canon 200mm lenses on the mini-WASP rig.

I am particularly fond of this image as it is something I have had in my mind’s eye for something like 4 or 5 years before I got the kit together and the weather finally played ball.

Thank you Jim at EPOD for continuing to show my work 🙂

 

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Also available on YouTube

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I spent 7 hours behind a monitor yesterday downloading SDO data of the Mercury transit every 15-minutes.

I put all the SDO data together to give this very short animation.

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O.K. it looks like there is enough interest out there to make a start on this one 🙂

Please send your best image through to greg@newforestobservatory.com in jpeg format.  Please DO NOT send through a full resolution image, although it is fine if you supply the link to a full resolution image, I will post that up together with your low resolution image.  The maximum number of pixels along the longest side of your image should be less than or equal to 1500.

I won’t kick off the Astronomy Picture of the Day until there are enough images in the hard store to guarantee the thing won’t disappear for months on end just days after starting – so if you send an image in shortly – please be patient, it may be a while until it appears.

Get sending 🙂

 

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