Solar Observing Safety!!!

Here’s the reason I’ m always banging on the drum when I talk to the group about safety when viewing the sun.

Just to show you how quickly and easily things can go very badly wrong with solar observing, I set my scope up the other day to look at the sun and couldn’t understand why I was seeing nothing at first, then I started getting some images
When I removed my Hydrogen Alpha filter later , I realised that I had actually left the dust cap on, hence why I was not seeing anything. As you can see, the sun sorted that out for me very quickly!
 
And I’m supposed to know what I’m doing !!!!

Venus in the Pleiades

The clouds cleared just long enough to get a nice view of Venus passing through the Pleiades this evening. I took a couple with 300mm lens and then attached the camera to the 8 inch Dob- I’ve attached 2 here, one to show the half-disk and then another exposed to reveal the stars. The view in the eyepiece was a wonder, with Venus sat just on the end of a tail of fanter stars drifting to the side of cluster. I told the family I’d just pop out for five minutes and was still there gazing at the moon an hour later- terrific views of Copernicus tonight with good seeing between the clouds.

 

 

My recent images

After the recent floods, which luckily only affected our garage, it took a while before I unpacked all my astro kit as I’d packed up lots of other stuff, just in case.

I finally got back into gear a couple of weeks ago, and we had a run of good evenings. Here are the results. I’ve discovered I need to make the images smaller to upload. Some of these need more data:

M51 with Ha
M51 with Ha

 

Leo Triplet small
Leo Triplet small

 

Bodes small
Bodes small

 

Fox Fur Nebula
Fox Fur Nebula

 

M106 small
M106 small

 

Owl Nebula
Owl Nebula

 

M3 cropped
M3 cropped

 

NGC2903 small
NGC2903 small