Another advantage of the window-sill method is that if you are a bit crocked up, as I am at the moment with an ankle injury, you can still observe!
Sun remains pretty quiet. I just got chance to image this modest prominence before the clouds rolled in. Some quite nice disc detail though.
Given the prominence was pretty faint, this might be another case where the black and white image is better.
all happening in the Wild West. Some very obvious filaments on the surface with super granulation . Thin cloud makes a good filter , Nick.
It cleared and got reasonably dark. Tonight’s accompanying bystander being a neighbouring dog left alone to whine away the night. Kicked off with a lovely view of the Garnet star (Mu Cephei) at the base of Cepheus. A huge amount of colour there, defocus and it’s a stunning brilliant blood orange.
Put in the Oiii filter to see what was possible.
Pleased to get the Swan, triffid and Lagoon nebulae down in Sagittarius. Got into the star fields of M18 , lovely cluster and a glide around M24. Even got the most gorgeous M22, but town lights bleached out resolution low in the south.
Good to get the Eastern Veil NGC 6995 .Then a slight sight of the western (bridal) NGC 6992 set around the elegant double 52 Cygni.
Lovely pass of the ISS, one of four tonight and early hours. Had some targets in Cassiopeia, checked out iota and before packing in ,saw how high Pegasus had risen.
I left the grunting hedgehogs and the whining hound to enjoy the rest of the night.
useably dark at 1am, time to dust off the cobwebs, old Nick.
For these nights that are too light and/or too cloudy, just watched a really good documentary (if slightly old) on statistics which has a really good section from about 46 mins in on sky surveys and using statistics in digital astronomy to enhance our understanding:
I’m seriously considering going to Herstmonceux and/or Astrocamp in September. Does anyone fancy both/ either of them?
http://the-observatory.org/astronomy_festival_2017 – Herstmonceux
http://astrocamp.awesomeastronomy.com/- 23rd – 26th September 2017 Brecon Beacons
Sharing transport is an option
After a quiet morning, things really started to kick off. Some very interesting proms with an arc on the other side ,
Here is a challenge for the all-sky camera group!