Monthly Archives: November 2007

EPOD: Comet Holmes

Wow! We have had our image of the Holmes Comet selected for the Earth Science Picture of the Day (EPOD)!  Here is what they say about the image: The photo above shows an emerald glow surrounding the nucleus of Comet Homes, … Continue reading

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More M31 Andromeda Galaxy Pictures

These are not new pictures, but the first two somehow escaped being added to the gallery! 🙂 The first of the escaped images is a side-by-side comparison of the Andromeda Galaxy with and without the Milky Way stars.  The second … Continue reading

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How does a mirror work?

Attempting to explain the operation of the simplest optical device known to man, was the practical demonstration in my Inaugural Lecture at the University of Southampton, which took place on May 18th 2005.  The “Eureka” moment as the mirror’s ability … Continue reading

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Observing Handbook and Catalogue of Deep-Sky Objects (Luginbuhl & Skiff)

 This was one of the very first “serious” astronomy books I bought when I first got the Celestron Nexstar 11 GPS.  Initially, as I only used the Nexstar  for observing, the title of this book seemed relevant to my needs – yes … Continue reading

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Comet Holmes Image

So hot off the press this one’s burning 🙂 The data was captured on the 30th October 2007 and Noel managed to squeeze in the processing between a pile of other work he has at the moment, and produced this image.  Awesome! Comet … Continue reading

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IOM November 2007: M45 The Pleiades

Once again, I am about a month early with this object according to Walter Scott Houston’s “Deep-Sky Wonders”, but this is to make sure we get a nice long imaging time on this cluster in an evening. Everyone knows the … Continue reading

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