Did manage to find and image Comet 46P/Wirtanen this time, despite the sky clarity being poor!
Again, nice prominences today. And a couple of spots in Ha.
Last night, from the window-sill, I went comet hunting (ultimately unsuccessfully!)
I set up the PD camera with the (£25) 50mm f/1.4 lens (no telescope) on the window-sill, and since I haven’t used that for a while, went looking for a target in order to set it all up. Spotted the Pleiades, not ideally located in the window (right in the corner), but given Ken’s recent splendid image, thought I would give the box Brownie (!) version a go.
Here is the result, after a total exposure of around 200 seconds and a bit of GIMP-ery.
Again, nice prominences today. And a new spot!
Managed (very fuzzy) images of Mercury and Venus this morning from the window-sill. You can just about make out Mercury’s phase.
Main picture with Canon SX610HS hand-held.
Planet insets with 80mm f/5 refractor +_ 2X X2 barlows + PD camera.
Quite nice prominences today. Especially the one at 10 o’clock.
I was surprised how quickly Mars was moving through the sky. In fact I had repeated the previous image capture 43 minutes later, and here are the 2 images as an animated gif.
Who says things don’t change in the sky?!
Mars and Neptune had a very close visual encounter today. Here is a window-sill image of the event.
Mars is now showing a distinct gibbous phase, which is about the only feature discernible from the window-sill.
The Sun re-appeared today!
AR 2729 is a small sunspot about to disappear.