Category Archives: Observatory
I was sitting at the computer yesterday (Saturday) typing out some rubbish or the other when for some unknown reason I suddenly twigged how those “Little Planet” images are taken. So I grabbed the Canon 5D MkII and a fish … Continue reading
This was the “Close Encounters” scene over the New Forest Observatories at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday 12th April 2012. By 10:00 p.m. it had cleared to a perfect dark sky with no interfering Moon!
Michael Hattey of Starlight Xpress brings the tested M26C down to the NFO – with Maglev fans for both cameras
Well – here’s that Starlight Xpress super customer service for you! Michael Hattey of Starlight Xpress drove my tested M26C camera down to the New Forest Observatory today – thank you Michael. Both M26C cameras are now back on the … Continue reading
Just a single 2,000 second sub from one M26C camera – no processing other than brightening up so here’s the hot pixels, the polar rotation – the lot – in all its glory. But it’s my First Light 🙂
We unexpectedly got a clear patch of sky last night – and no Moon – but of course such luck has to be tempered 🙂 Started up the mini-WASP array around 10:30 p.m. and decided to start with some Polar … Continue reading
Today Tom How fitted and ran a fully automated dome rotation system to the Pulsar Observatories mini-WASP dome. You can see a video of the system in operation HERE. You will see the telescope array deliberately slewed using the joystick … Continue reading
This is the view from my study on this blistering hot Wednesday – it’s now coming up to 5:00 p.m. and it’s still too hot to do anything sensible indoors or outdoors. Managed to fit a solid-state magnetic compass in … Continue reading
Tom How just pointed something out to me that came as a bit of a shock. The mini-WASP project has been over 4 years in the making – to be precise, my first NFO post on the mini-WASP array was … Continue reading
On this grey, murky, rainy day I thought I’d take a picture of something bright in the garden – a pair of Keck domes now reside at the New Forest Observatory 🙂
This is how the twin observatories are positioned in the garden at the New Forest Observatory.