Archive for August, 2008

Noel has just processed the latest data taken using the Hyperstar III.  This time we have just under 3-hours total exposure time on the Cocoon nebula. Read the rest of this entry »

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Well I managed to get out and try the kit even though earlier in the day I had a 4 and a half hour traffic nightmare coming back from the West Country – managed to hit the Bank Holiday traffic.  Never mind, got out with the AstroTrac TT320X, the Canon 40D and a 28-200 mm zoom lens. Read the rest of this entry »

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Coming back from a short break in Devon I was pleased to find the tripod and accessories for the Astrotrac had arrived.  It was also good to find that all the threads were compatible with fixing the Astrotrac to the tripod and the Canon 40D to the ball-head fitting. Read the rest of this entry »

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Noel has just processed this one taken a while ago at the NFO.  This is the open cluster M52 and lying nearby is the well-known emission nebula – the Bubble nebula.  You can see that the Bubble nebula sits within a vast region of emission nebulosity. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Parker/Carboni deep-sky imaging machine has just produced another starry work of art for your enjoyment.  This time it is the famous Kemble’s Cascade asterism in that well-known constellation Camelopardalis. Read the rest of this entry »

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The name says it all!  Noel has just processed this Sky 90/M25C image of the bright red carbon star “La Superba” which can be found in Canes Venatici at a distance of 711 light-years: Read the rest of this entry »

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Panic over.  It is not an alien race trying to get our attention (shame) – but an extremely variable, variable star!  This little beauty is WY Cas lying just below the open cluster NGC7789 in Cassiopeia, and Noel created the animation from two separate images taken over a year apart.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Noel has just processed a Sky 90/M25C image of an open cluster.  We had already imaged the same cluster a couple of years earlier with the Hyperstar 1 and SXV-H9C.  One very faint very red star of around magnitude 13 shows up as a bright orange magnitude 7 star in the latest data.  We have identified the star as a variable which may undergo mag 2 variations – but a 6 mag change is a bit steep by anyone’s standards!  We are looking into this a bit deeper and have sent the data to an expert at the BAA.  Watch this space.  New discovery?  Quite possibly 🙂

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You can see the Coathanger Cluster image, along with several other Parker/Carboni deep-sky creations on the Bang! website.  Enjoy 🙂

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Well it has rained and/or been cloudy every day since the Coathanger image was taken.  You can almost believe there is a higher order deliberately out to frustrate the fun I can have with the new Hyperstar III.  Never mind, if I can’t work extra-terrestrially, it will be panoramas and macros with the Canon 40D. Read the rest of this entry »

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