Sun this evening 25/07/2017

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.

Photos, video & further data analysis from balloon from Queen Mary’s Grammar School for Boys Walsall Horizon team near-space balloon launch 1/7/2017

The photos and video and further data analysis from the balloon launch are now available & you can see these below – see other posts regarding this near-space balloon launch mission – the closest an amateur astronomer can get to doing what NASA and ESA do with their space missions. The photos in the previous posts were taken off LED screen on the back of the camera – losts of dust bunnies! These better quality images give a far better sense of the incredible experience of launching one of these balloons – RAG definitely must do this!

Andy & Rhys

Video from the launch can be seen here:

Further analyses can be seen in the two documents below, with graphs – the two files show different information:

Celsius Data (PDF file)

UV AND CH4 DATA (Excel .xlsx file)

You can look at previous posts on this mission with further details via these links:

Launching near space balloon Queen Marys Grammar School Walsall 1/7/2017

Initial analysis of science data from Horizon Project near-space high altitude balloon launch Queen Marys Grammar School for boys, Walsall

Photos taken from the balloon:

Nebula fest , getting darker out there.

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.