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.
Last night I got 18 x 15-minute subs on the M44 region with the 200mm lenses and I combined it with some earlier 200mm data.
Aldebaran and the Hyades has been looking splendid on any clear Moonless night this Winter. This is a 2.5 frame mosaic taken with the 200mm lenses and Trius M26C OSC CCDs. You don’t often see images containing the nice little open cluster in the top left hand corner.
I have been extremely lazy in trying to maintain an Image of the Month, so with a New Year just starting, let’s see if I can do better.
Up there, right now, are the Pleaides (in Taurus) and this is a total of fifteen hours exposure time using 40-minute sub exposures, taken over two years using the 3 x Sky90s with 3 x M26C OSC CCDs on the MiniWASP array.
Taken just last night, here is my first look at comet Wirtanen 46P grabbed quickly with the Canon 5D MkII and a 15mm fisheye lens. Moon up so no point in bringing out the big guns really. May try with a 50mm lens on the 5D MkII if I get some more clear sky.
I took 6 hours of 40-minute subs with the Sky 90 array on 9th December 2018 and added this to 9 hours of 40-minute subs taken last year to get this result.
Alpha and Beta Canis Minoris taken with the 200mm lenses and a 2-frame (horizontal) mosaic.
A composite view of M31 using a very wide field background taken with the Canon 5D MkII and a Canon 200mm prime lens.
9 hours of data using 20-minute subs (so 3 hours of actual imaging time) using the Sky90 array on 1st November 2018. 6:52 p.m. start and no Moonrise until midnight.
The Hyperstar III/Trius 814C combination was used to grab this central view of M31.
The red circle shows the size of the full Moon for comparison.