Author Archives: Greg Parker

Little Planet Shot of the New Forest Observatory

Took this “Little Planet” shot of the observatories today as a record. Brilliant sunshine made the PTGUI blender panic, but I’ll just leave as is for now.

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Picture of the Week

Picture of the Week is gorgeous M13 – the Great Globular Cluster in Hercules. Again, many hours have gone into this one using several different cameras, several different versions of the Hyperstar, and also the Sky90 refractor at f#4.5. Another … Continue reading

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Last Night’s ISS pass

Last night’s ISS pass kicked off around 10:23 p.m. and was a nice 6-minutes long. Ursa Major again centre of image (right way up this time) with Arcturus at the bottom of the shot.

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ISS Pass Last Night

Last night was a 6-minute pass of the ISS starting at 10:26 p.m. As the sky was still fairly light I took (roughly) 20-second exposures. In the middle, upside down, you can see Ursa Major. Follow the handle of the … Continue reading

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Picture of the Week

Picture of the Week is my many total imaging hours M31 – the Andromeda galaxy. Lost count on the total number of Sky90/M26C OSC CCD hours that have gone into this one. Probably 15 or more and certainly well within … Continue reading

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ISS Pass Last Night

Unbelievably it was clear enough last night to have a go at capturing the 9:41 p.m. 7-minute space station pass. I used the Canon 15mm fisheye lens on the Canon 5D MkII ISO 100, f#2.8, bulb setting, and took ~10-second … Continue reading

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Picture of the Week

Picture of the Week is the Flaming Star and Tadpoles nebulae (IC405/IC410) region of Auriga. The Flaming Star nebula has that very nice patch of reflection nebulosity (blue) at the top. This is the accumulation of many hours (certainly more … Continue reading

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Sunspots This Morning 09:50

Best group of Sunspots I’ve seen in years. Projection method. No wonder the aurora is so good right now 🙂  I have no idea why the preview looks like that – click on the image to see what it should … Continue reading

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Spica Deep Down in the Murk

Unbelievably it was actually clear last night AND there was no Moon. Choice was between Arcturus and Spica, and as I’d only done Spica once before with the Sky90 array, Spica won. Just as with the Sky90 array image, Spica … Continue reading

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Picture of the Week

Picture of the Week this time is a Sky90 MiniWASP array composite of the Cygnus Wall, Weasel, and Pelican’s Head region. I seem to get drawn to this area every year as the new imaging season starts. Well over 8-hours … Continue reading

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