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Projects undertaken at New Forest Observatory

A clear Moonless night last night so I put the mini-WASP array on Polaris.

A total of 36 x 5-minute subs gave the result below which I’m pretty pleased with.

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Last night I got the left hand frame in this Canon 200mm/M26C Trius 2-framer.  Bagged 13 Messier objects in one image with this one :)  The Virgo/Coma cluster of galaxies.  If the weather allows – I will go back and take a couple more frames of this one just to get the noise down a little more.

 

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The first of 2-frames taken with the Canon 200mm lens and Starlight Xpress M26C Trius OSC CCD.

Bit of a story to this one.  Had some strange streaks across the image which I thought had wrecked the whole imaging session.  Bit of a shame really as this had 12 x 15-minute (3-hours worth) of subs in it.  Noel Carboni came to the rescue and processed this one, successfully removing the streaks as he did so :)  Also, Terry Platt very quickly sorted out the camera problem for me via Skype – all that was required was a firmware reload – problem gone!!

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Has anybody imaged the Polaris region recently?  Seems to have been a bit of mega-engineering going on out there courtesy of some highly advanced alien civilisation!

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Here’s another very deep image that will make a stunning desktop/screensaver.

This time it’s the Rosette nebula in Monoceros.  An RGB Hyperstar image with added H-alpha and OIII data :)

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Blazing Moon last night so I spent a little time getting a good focus on the 200mm lens and then imaged both the Zosma region (with the Leo II dwarf galaxy) and the Virgo/Coma galaxy cluster region.  This was done with a 62mm UV/IR cut filter on the front of the 72mm diameter lens and the lens wide open at f#1.8.  The front aperture did not stop the lens down far enough to get good quality stars right into the corners – but the result isn’t bad at all.  Next outing I will check out the star quality using a 52mm diameter UV/IR cut filter.

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Well – you can tell from the lack of pictures that I didn’t get any solar eclipse images as we were totally clouded out here in the New Forest.  I guess if I’d taken this job half seriously I would have driven down to Plymouth the night before – but I was too lazy.

So after being clouded out all morning on the 20th it was then crystal clear from around 1:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. – it then clouded over again to make sure I couldn’t image that evening.

Next morning (21st) crystal clear ALL morning.

It really does feel like a conspiracy :(

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Earlier in the evening, before imaging La Superba, I saw a stunning crescent Moon/Venus photo-opportunity in the West.

Grabbed the Canon 5D MkII and a 50mm lens and started snapping away.

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I managed to get 4-hours worth of 10-minute subs on La Superba last night using the mini-WASP array.  I composited this with around another 4-hours of data from a Sky 90/M25C combo – so around 8-hours in total using 10-minutes subs on La Superba and friends.  I consider this one now done :)

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Can actually see the Sun today – first time in 3 days!  So I got the Solar imaging rig out – TS80 refractor, Canon 5D MkII, Baader Solar film, and a 5x Powermate – and took a few shots.  The 3 faint dots middle-right are actually for real and not dust on the sensor as confirmed by an SDO image downloaded at the same time :)  Whoopee – I’m ready to go – now all we need are some clear skies on Friday morning.  What are the chances of that do you reckon?

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