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On November 11th 2019 there was a Transit of Mercury where Mercury crosses the face of the Sun. I downloaded data from NASAs SDO satellite (a solar observatory) for the duration of the transit. The first data point was taken … Continue reading
As we still do not have any hours of darkness this is another month where there are no images from the New Forest Observatory. I really wonder why I bother with this hobby sometimes.
As there are virtually no hours of darkness over the next couple of months – this is the time of year to clean up the observatory. Clean the fibreglass dome, repaint the decking, Hoover out the observatory, make sure the … Continue reading
As we are now in Galaxy season it is appropriate to choose a Galaxy image from the New Forest Observatory archives. So for the May 2019 Image of the Month I have chosen a Canon 200mm lens plus Trius M26C … Continue reading
Image of the Month for April is the recent very deep capture of Coddington’s Nebula (a galaxy) in Ursa Major. This image has the added bonus of a Carbon star in the bottom left hand corner.
This is a 2-framer using the Canon 15mm fisheye lens on the Canon 5D MkII from last night. I Rotated the camera when the ISS reached the Zenith (the gap) and then merged the two frames together.
Last night I got 5 hours of data on Coddington’s nebula and Carbon star SAO 51274 (bottom left hand corner). I added this to around 12 hours of data taken over 2 nights some time ago.
I recently took some data on Greg’s “3” asterism in Leo using the 200mm lenses on the MiniWASP array, around 4 hours of data in total. I have inserted some old Sky 90 data (again around 4 hours) so you … Continue reading
The mega-computing array found a new Prime Number last Sunday. The Prime Number is: 4324748322195*2^1290000-1
This is the recent M44 (Beehive Cluster) within the “Stargate”. The two bright red stars over to the far left are both Carbon stars. Image taken with the 200mm lenses and the Starlight Xpress Trius M26C OSC CCDs.