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Projects undertaken at New Forest Observatory

As well as capturing asteroid JO25 2014 on the single Sky 90/M26C – I also managed to grab 16 subs on the two 200mm lenses with the Trius M26Cs.

Sub number 12 (counting down from the top) is missing as I had cloud over the region during that 5-minutes.

As I couldn’t properly process this data myself, I sent it over to Noel Carboni in Florida USA who did the most superb job as you can see below.  Thank you Noel!!

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I think somebody up there knew it was my Birthday today and kept a clear pocket of sky over the New Forest Observatory last night when the rest of the UK was under cloud cover.

Here are 9 x 5-minute subs taken on a single Sky 90 with a 1-minute gap between subs.  The asteroid was moving in the constellation Canes Venatici and the bright star in the centre is SAO 63515 for reference.

I have a whole bunch of subs taken on the two 200mm lenses from last night and haven’t even had a chance to look at them yet.  More goodies to come.

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I saw on the Sky 6 that there were 3 bright asteroids in Leo, namely 16 Psyche, 29 Amphitrite and 62 Erato.  So when I processed the data this morning and only saw 2 I wondered what was wrong.  Checked on Guide 9 and there was no sign of Erato in the FOV, so the Sky 6 got it wrong for me.  Thanks a lot.

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Processed to show the dark tendrils that permeate all dense star regions:

 

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A 200mm lens 2-framer taken over 2 nights this week – Procyon & Gomeisa in Canis Minor.

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Found I had this one on the hard drive while processing last night’s Procyon data.

This is the bright star just above Procyon – Gomeisa.

15 subs of 15-minutes taken with the Sky 90 array and M26C OSC CCDs.

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No Moon and some clear sky between 8:15 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.

Set up the 2 x 200mm lenses on the Procyon region for the first of 2 frames containing Procyon and Gomeisa.  Got the Procyon frame and cropped it down to fit with some earlier Procyon data taken with the Sky 90.  Here is the Registar bolt-together of the 2 datasets.

11 x 9-minute subs with the 200mm lenses and M26C cameras from last night.

Around 3-hours of 10-minutes subs from the Sky 90 and M25C from earlier.

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A 22-degree lunar halo taken last night (09/03/2017) at 8:20 p.m.

Lovely view of Orion too.

Red flashing light photobombing the image was a military helicopter which was tailing another military helicopter that had NO LIGHTS showing!!

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As a month has now gone past, I have just this minute ordered another 4 x Xeon 2.93GHz hex-core CPUs for the DELL PowerEdge C6100 quad node server.  So when they arrive and are put in I will have 4 dual processor nodes number crunching the primes.

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