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MiniWASP major upgrade 17/02/2022

I have just completed a major upgrade to the MiniWASP array, specifically the 2 Canon 200mm f#2.8 prime lenses. You can now see there are a pair of red cameras on the back instead of the usual black ones. These … Continue reading

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Space Station Lunar Transit!

I had absolutely no idea it was an ISS lunar transit last night, which is why the picture is so badly framed. But at least I captured it. And here is the single frame of the transit.

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Christmas has come a little early this year.

Yesterday I received a couple of deliveries to completely upgrade the MiniWASP array, both the 3 x Sky90s and the 2 x 200mm Canon lenses. I am glad the weather continues to be awful as it means I’ll be able … Continue reading

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5th Order Menger Sponge

Here is a 5th order Menger sponge I made up from 20 4th order Menger sponges printed out on a 3D printer. A 30cm ruler is included for scale.

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Another 7-minute ISS pass from earlier in the month.

Here’s another long 7-minute pass of the International Space Station from earlier this month (I’ve only just got around to processing the 17 frames of data). Annoyingly, as you can see, I didn’t continue long enough off the right hand … Continue reading

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Space station pass tonight 5 p.m.

A nice long 7-minute pass of the space station tonight. It has been good all week with long passes – but it has also been mostly clouded out.

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Another clear night last night.

Another clear (but not Moonless) night last night – so it was  perfect for setting up the array. Managed to get the 3 Sky90s aligned, focused, and sensors flattened – so the Sky90 array is now ready for some clear, … Continue reading

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The California nebula processed from DSS2 data.

Yet another boring grey day with absolutely no chance of imaging. So to keep my hand in with the image processing I decided to have a go at the California nebula region using DSS2 data. I tell you how to … Continue reading

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Of course.

As I have both rigs (Hyperstar and MiniWASP array) now beautifully polar aligned, we have had nothing but cloud ever since setting them up – including right the way through the no Moon period. I know this is to be … Continue reading

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Collimating the Hyperstar 4

In my opinion the Hyperstar 4 is a most amazing piece of kit, and it is beyond me why anyone entering astrophotography for the first time wouldn’t consider this as their route to entry. But there is a caveat. To … Continue reading

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