Venus this morning from the window-sill.
Main picture with Canon SX610HS hand-held.
Inset with 80mm f/5 refractor + 2X X2 barlows + PD camera.
I’ve been quiet for a while, largely due to car problems, hopefully behind me for now!
I’ve managed to image all the planets (except Earth and poor Pluto!) this year, although Uranus and Neptune were fuzzed up by poor seeing and Mercury is fairly random – I got a shot of it in the sunset above Barton under Needwood from the flyover on the A38! After darkening the background and resampling to three time bigger I was left with a red dot that is Mercury but I won’t pretend it’s ‘proper’ image.
Oh for dark skies!!
If anyone is interested, it looks like the Martian dust storm has subsided.
Flew back from Sorrento today – from pristine blue skies to a cloud layer over the West Midlands! No chance of observing tonight in Lichfield, even if I owned a Takahashi!
To remember my trip, here are my photos of the Moon and planets (Venus, Jupiter, Mars) over Sorrento and of a couple of constellations during my trip – they show increasing separation between the Moon and Jupiter and an increasing phase of the Moon.
I don’t claim they are good – but they were taken hand held with my Samsung S7 phone and are a reminder of our wonderful trip.
First an apology – for some reason the system wouldn’t let me upload any pictures, I thought I just gave up, but it’s published the post anyway!
My weekend went a bit pear-shaped so I ended up trying to get some Perseid images last night. I only saw one, and my very last shot of the night picked up a very faint one heading straight from the radiant near the double cluster, please excuse the awful coma, on 10th.
This appears to be an ion trail from a meteor that sneaked through between shorter exposures on the 14th
Having much more luck with the Graves Radar setup, thanks to Peter hill for his inspirational talk which encouraged me to take the plunge!
I ahven’t been as sophisticated in my counting of events – my brain isn’t up to checking several thousand screen gabs, so yes there are multiple counts in there as well missed counts from meteors arriving before the previous one finished, space debris and the ISS on multiple occasions. My assumption is that all these errors are effectively random and don’t affect the overall profile significantly.
These are my hourly counts, all peaking about 6:00am – UTC/GMT.
And all the data in a row, to show how the peaks rise and fall:
And an example of some detections: