Here’s the reason I’ m always banging on the drum when I talk to the group about safety when viewing the sun.
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.
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:
Due to the lovely weather recently, I gave m51 a go. This is a stack of 80x4min frames processed in photoshop, pixinsight and topaz labs denoise ai.