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Another reprocess – note the two Carbon stars to the left hand edge.

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Noel Carboni’s new AstroFlat tool makes it very easy to bring lots of different datasets together (something that was a huge pain before the tool).

So this is the first image showing all 11.5 hours of 20-minute subs for IC2087 taken with the Canon 200mm lenses and Trius M26C OSC CCDs.

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Aldebaran, the Hyades and NGC1647 (200mm lens 2-framer)

Tarazed and Barnard’s “E” (200mm lens single-framer)


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And the last one for today is the 4-framer taken using the Canon 200mm lenses and Trius M26C OSC CCDs.

This is the whole of central Lyra.


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Now going back looking at old data where I have put mosaics together (not very well).  Noel’s AstroFlat tool allows you to flatten each frame of the mosaic so that they are dead easy to stitch together seamlessly.

Below there is a 4-frame mosaic of the Kemmble’s Cascade region taken with the Sky 90 array.  Each frame is 2-hours of 10-minute subs.  I have applied the Akira Fujii effect to make the Cascade stand out.

Also below is a 3-frame Canon 200mm/M26C image on the North America/Pelican region.  I overlaid some higher resolution Sky 90 data for the NA/Pelican as the 200mm data on its own at 6 arc seconds per pixel is a little soft.


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There are no hours of darkness in the southern UK right now – but going out to a beautiful clear sky last night – I just had to take a piccie.

This is a 6-second exposure at ISO800 with the Canon 5D MkII and a Canon 15mm fisheye lens.

Pointing high up towards the south-west.

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Check out the You Tube video of last night’s 10 p.m. ISS pass here.

Mute the audio when playing.

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This is part of last night’s 5-minute ISS pass that started around 11:33 p.m.

Earlier in the day I had seen a load of cloud coming in from the West that I thought would give me complete cloud cover by 11:00 p.m.

As you can see – I just got away with it.

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Last night – 31/05/2017, 10:49 p.m. – from the New Forest Observatory.

Another long 6-minute pass of the International Space Station.

I think this is the longest pass I have managed to image with the 15mm fisheye lens so far.

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OK – so things are now getting very interesting indeed here in the UK. Just a few weeks before a rather important General Election, Theresa May announces that she wants to bring back Fox hunting. No, this is not fake news, this is the real deal!! And here’s a prediction for you – she will drop a few more of these bombshells in the next few weeks. Why?
Well, I’ve had my suspicions about this election from day one. This business about a mandate just doesn’t hold water. She will still get untold flack from her opposition even if voted in, and if she does get voted in, it won’t give her any more leverage in the Brexit negotiations, she still has a very hard and very difficult job to do – a job that I think is well beyond her capabilities, as it was well beyond Cameron’s capabilities, which is why he quit (after clearly stating that he wouldn’t).
Theresa May was a staunch remainer and now, finding herself in the impossible position of heading the Brexit negotiations – she is doing a Cameron – she desperately wants to lose this next election. The trouble is, the so-called opposition is so flaky she might win even though she doesn’t want to. You just couldn’t make it up.

This country is currently in the shittiest state I have seen in 63 years on this planet – and it looks like it is going to get a helluva lot worse before it gets any better.

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