Archive for September, 2015

Beautiful clear evening last night and I put the Sky 90 array onto the Kemble’s Cascade region.  For around 8 years I have wanted to get a 4-framer of this one but didn’t have the time to allocate to it.  Now with the array I can do it in a single evening 🙂  So here I present a Kemble’s Cascade 4-frame mosaic taken using the Sky 90 array in just over 3 hours actual imaging time.

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Further to my earlier post below, I have upgraded the spec as I will be using a different capacitor for these custom units.

The spec now reads:

  1.  Light output power 100 Joules.
  2. Light pulse duration 25-microseconds (1/40,000th of a second).
  3. Recharge time less than 5-seconds.

The units are powered by a 12 Volt battery pack which is supplied with a charger and the flash unit.  Estimated cost of flash unit, battery pack and charger is £2,000 plus VAT at 20% plus p&p.

Let me know if you have any interest in this type of equipment.

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This was a test shot having removed camera 2 for re-flattening on the laser pen rig.  Short gap in the clouds gave me half an hour’s imaging time on the M57 region in Lyra.  But only half an hour means a respectable hour and a half with 3 x Sky 90s 🙂  So the image below is 9 x 10-minute subs taken using the 3 x Sky 90s and 3 x M26C OSC CCDs.  This test shot led me to realise something else.  As I can get a reasonable frame in just 30-minutes, I can put a Sky 90 4-framer together in just over 2-hours.  So a project that would have been a multi-night effort can now be done in a single evening – now can’t wait to get the first Mega-WASP 4-framer 🙂

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You will see from the new Title on the Main Page that the New Forest Observatory is now a Registered Trademark 🙂

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I just found a folder full of Carbon stars that I had not loaded up to Flickr or the NFO site.  Liked this one the best, and decided to make it the Image of the Month for September 2015 🙂

A beautiful pair of Carbon stars in the constellation Sagitta.

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Only 9 x 10-minute subs from the Sky 90s and M26Cs went into this one – but as that is clearly enough – it has got me re-thinking how best to use the Mega-WASP array for my work.

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Used the 3 x Sky 90s and M26Cs on the Mega-WASP array to image the Epsilon Cassiopeiae region together with Greg’s Lambda.  Clear Moonless evening 🙂

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A beautiful clear, Moonless night last night – and I think it lasted ALL night.  However, as I had just a 5-hour return trip to Herstmonceaux to give a talk, I couldn’t manage imaging beyond midnight.  Decided on Tarazed and Barnard’s “E” region with the 2 200mm Canon lenses and 2 x M26C OSC CCD cameras.  Result of 22 x 10-minute subs is below 🙂

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Two very nice people turned up completely unannounced to see the New Forest Observatory.  As they had come all the way from the States it would have been churlish to say no 🙂  You can read their story here under the heading Godcidentals.

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The New Forest Observatory is able to supply your project with stunning images of deep-space.

Check out the New Forest Observatory Image Agency here.

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