Archive for April, 2011

Here are the two sets of narrowband filters from Ian King Imaging.  The filters in separate boxes are the H-Beta filters – those in the set of 3 are the (Hubble) H-Alpha, OIII, SII narrowband filters.  All sitting on top of an image which could do with some additional narrowband data 🙂

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Ian King has very kindly sponsored the mini-WASP project by providing me with two sets of Baader 2″ narrowband filters at an extremely good price – thank you very much Ian!  I now have the 2″ Baader narrowband H-alpha, H-beta, SII and OIII filters for the 5-position filter wheels that will be fitted to the two Sky 90 refractors.  It’s very early days but the immensity of this project is already beginning to hit home 🙂  And this is still only half the array being put together at this stage – two more Sky 90 systems are to be added at a later date – not sure if I can cope with all this (well my wallet anyway).  Getting back to the subject in question – check out the mini-WASP sponsors page where you will now find Ian King Imaging as the latest supporter of this unique deep-sky imaging project.

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A ring at the doorbell two days ago and a pair of American visitors together with a local lady are standing on the doorstep (??)  Apparently the visitors were walking over Brockenhurst Common having just left the train station and they had asked the local lady if she knew where the New Forest Observatory was.  Fortunately she did – but it was not an easy route to describe, so she brought them right to the front door 🙂  The visitors had arrived at Brockenhurst purely on the off-chance of finding the Observatory and had only landed at Heathrow at 5:30 a.m. that same morning.  So even though there had been no prior warning or communication of any sort, we gave them a tour of the observatory and showed them the control room and framed images – and they left very happy.

On reflection I now think that this couple from Dayton Ohio thought that the New Forest Observatory was some sort of big public Astronomical Observatory suitable for International visitors.  To prevent further confusion to any potential visitors – it isn’t.  The observatory is in Greg Parker’s garden 🙂

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Gold is formed in Supernova explosions!

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Noel recently processed this Chara data taken at the New Forest Observatory.  Chara, or Beta Canum Venaticorum goes with Cor Coroli or Alpha Canum Venaticorum as the pair of stars that make the constellation Canes Venatici – the hunting dogs.  As per usual, in this image North is to the right.  Don’t see that many images of Cor Caroli or Chara about 🙂

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Last one of the ISS for now – a bright arc across the sky with Ursa Major in the middle of the frame can only be taken so many times 🙂  But do look out for the ISS over the next few nights – it will certainly be impressive up to at least May 5th 2011.

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We’re getting some good sitings of the Space Station even though we are plagued with this high faint cloud.  I missed Progress 41P this time, only got the Space Station 🙁  Noel Carboni made the image a little less “orange” for me (that’s due to all the surrounding street lights).

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Last night (22nd April 2011) Progress 41P (a Russian automated cargo vehicle) and the International Space Station passed over almost directly overhead.  Progress 41P was just one minute in front of the ISS, so you could see both in the same orbit as they came from the West, passed through Ursa Major (clearly seen in the middle of the image) and then left 25 degrees above the ENE.

Image taken using the Canon 5D MkII, fisheye lens, ISO100 and f#100 from the New Forest Observatory site by Greg Parker.

For the next couple of days you will continue to get good sightings of Progress 41P – the Space Station is good at least until May 3rd.

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How many stars can you see when you look in the region under the handle of The Plough/Big Dipper?  Chances are only one shows up – this one – Cor Caroli in the constellation Canes Venatici.  In this image North is to the right.  Image processed by Noel Carboni who expertly removed a rather nasty lens flare caused by Cor Caroli – and photons grabbed by Greg Parker at the New Forest Observatory.

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Today’s EPOD is my Mercury and Jupiter twilight shot taken on 17th April 2011.  Thank you Jim for publishing this one 🙂

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