Monthly Archives: April 2008

Astronomy Now Picture of the Month May 2008

Well our definitive version of M31 with all the added H-alpha made Picture of the Month in the May 2008 issue of Astronomy Now.  Thank you Nik Szymanek for the very nice accompanying write-up 🙂

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La Superba

A couple of weeks ago I imaged La Superba – a carbon star in Canes Venatici.  This is only 11 subs at 6-minutes per sub, but you can just make out a few interesting faint fuzzies in the background.  I … Continue reading

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Scientific Computing World

The New Forest Observatory makes an appearance in Scientific Computing World this month.  Thank you Felix Grant for producing a very informative article.

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More photographic lessons from deep-sky imaging

In an earlier post I showed how I take large terrestrial mosaics (panoramas) using the Canon 40D in a manner similar to taking deep-sky mosaics.  Not only does this give you a bigger field of view, it also gives you (ultimately) … Continue reading

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Rainbow over NFO

So yesterday it was snow.  Today it is hail, rain and sunshine in equal measure.  This afternoon this rainbow appeared over the New Forest Observatory.  A good omen for 2008??

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Global warming

So after an unbelievably mild winter we get snow on April 6th!  Here’s a view of my garden this morning at 7.30 a.m.  Now [3.00 p.m.] it is sunny, warm, and the snow has almost completely disappeared.

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Markarian’s Chain

Further to the Image of the Month below, I did in fact manage to get nearly 5 hours of 750-second subs on that third frame (to the left) for the Markarian Chain mosaic, just a couple of nights ago.  The … Continue reading

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The Ra Code

  You will probably know that Leibniz and Newton, working independently, came up with that torment for schoolchildren and an invaluable aid for engineers, the infinitesimal Calculus.  However, did you realise that the formulation of the Calculus, at least that … Continue reading

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IOM April 2008: Markarian’s Chain

Spring is galaxy season in the imager’s diary, and for my April imaging object of the month I am choosing not a single galaxy, but a whole chain of galaxies, Markarian’s Chain at the border of the constellations Virgo and … Continue reading

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