Astrophotography – solar system

Comet C/2018 Y1 Iwamoto and M104

Unable to sleep again, but a nice view from the window.

Here is M104 in Virgo:

Not a patch on this one from outside a couple of years ago, of course!:

Then went comet hunting in the good old tradition of George Alcock from indoors! (

Here is Comet C/2018 Y1 Iwamoto

And here is an animation over the period 02:22 to 02:50 UT

Lunar Eclipse January 21st 2019

Hi Folks

Well, after seeing all of the photos from the other members, it looks like was incredibly lucky to have a 40minute gap in the clouds to get a few semi-decent photos. I had been getting set up for the mini event at RFC, so I had everything prepared and I just left the scopes ticking away in the background while I re-processed some images in my cabin.

I had two scopes set up, both Skywatcher 102 Startravel refractors. One had a Canon EOS750D hanging off the back, with a 30mm T2 extension. The other was connected to my ZWO ASI174MC camera. The first was on a Synscan mount and the second on an NEQ6 Pro and both setups were taking ont frame per minute

Anyway, here’s what I managed to get over the course of the evening, bearing in mind I went outside about 2.30am (Silly me):-

3.10am – Absolutely Zip, nada, nothing but clouds

3.11am  – a glinner of hope

Back to 100% cloud until 4.19. I was on the verge of giving up then I noticed that the All sky camera picture had changed and the clouds were breaking a bit

Back to wating patiently …….. Until 4.54 and the first glimpse of the Blood Moon


And ONE MINUTE LATER ….. All the clouds disappeared as if by magic. It completely overexposed the first  couple of pictures

Here were my best three pics of the night (still to be improved on)


Roll on 16th July for the partial eclipse