Astrophotography – solar system

Lunar dome spotting from the window-sill. 26/05/2018

The moon phase, nearly full, wiped out any prospect of DSO observing tonight, but it seemed ideal to do a bit of dome spotting.

Domes tend to be small, and that stretches the poor little window-sill ST80 to the limit.

Anyway, for what its worth here is an image of 3 of the Gruithuisen domes. Mons Gruithuisen, Gruithuisen  gamma and Gruithuisen delta. You can tell that they are raised domes as their shadows are reversed to those of craters.

Observing and… ‘Observatories’…

Firstly, two moon shots (on successive), mornings no less…

Wed 9th May @ 4.46am, looking out of the bedroom window.

Nikon D3 and Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII

ISO200, 1/30sec, f/4. Processed in Adobe Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC 2017

…and again on Thu 10th May 4.55am, looking out of the bedroom window – caught a very lucky break in almost solid clouds!

Nikon D3 and Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII

ISO200, 1/50sec, f/4. Processed in Adobe Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC 2017

Photographing future auction ‘lots’ at work, I came across these Lilliput Lane ornaments…

This is a replica of The Great Equatorial, part of Flamsteed House. Originally commissioned in 1857 by the then Astronomer Royal, Sir George Biddell, it forms part of The Old Royal Observatory at Greenwich.

The Observatory dates from 1675 when it was commissioned by King Charles 2nd.

And… The Old Royal Observatory, Greenwich, London. Released to celebrate the Millennium.

So another of my ‘something a bit different’ threads!

Happy Observing!

Damian