Astrophotography – solar system

Saturn 28-29/06/2018

Here are the images of Saturn and its moons from 28-29/06 using the 8″SCT They aren’t that much better than the ones through the double glazing that I posted the other day, indicating that it is the seeing and the planet’s low elevation that is the controlling factor.

Just compare it with the last image that I took with the same scope and the Toucam in 2007 when Saturn was much higher!

Earth shadow

Click on the IMG_8691 link below to see a timelapse video I took in Mauritius recently. You can see the earth shadow creeping up the sky. The sky below the line actually went a beautiful deep blue, which doesn’t really come across in the video

Towards the end of the video, the sun obviously went behind an obstruction and you can see a big shadow being cast on the sky at the top left hand corner of the screen. It was amazing in real life

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The video is in .MOV (Quicktime). If you can’t view it and want it in a different format, let me know

 

Cheers

Total lunacy

HI Folks

I was setting up my (recently repaired and returned) ZWO 174 camera a couple of days ago and I thought I’d have a play at some lunar pictures. Here’s what came out:-

SW 102 + Celestron Neximage clone camera. NIce nearly-full moon

After this I switched over to the 8SE scope + ZWO174 camera and had a look at the crated towards the Southwest edge as they were so prominent. I got a nice one of Phocylides and the surrounding area

Moon, Jupiter and Venus over Lichfield, and unsuccessful attempts to observe noctilucent clouds 25-27/6/2018

Damian and I went out to see if we could observe some noctilucent cloud displays 25th and 26th and I went alone 27th June. In all cases no success but we did see Jupiter and Venus and a nearly full Moon.

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Planets from the window-sill

Got back from a RAG trustees meeting and Saturn was visible from the window-sill, as was Mars a couple of hours later. While in no way are these images the last word in planetary imaging (!),:

They WERE obtained with a lowly 80mm Startravel 80!

They WERE from indoors on the window-sill!

They WERE through the double glazing!

You can just make out the Cassini division in Saturn’s rings, and bands on the surface.

You can just make out the Martian polar caps and the planets gibbous phase. Mars currently has dust-storms obscuring its surface features.

 

Solar Observing and Evening Treats!

Sunday 24th June, a chance to get out and do some solar observing – can’t leave it all to Nick and Roger after all !

I double checked my usual sites to see what was happening on the sun, they suggested enough to warrant pulling all the gear out.

http://halpha.nso.edu (GONG)

http://www.spaceweather.com

https://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov

Credit: SOHO (NASA/ESA)

 

Credit: SDO/HMI

 

Invited the big ‘A’ to join me, he duly did after 2.15 as we set up the gear.

Forecast on ‘Clear Outside’ app was correct, indicating 90+% high cloud cover…

This did have a detrimental effect on the observing to some degree, especially in my longer focal length scope, but you have to take the opportunities when they present themselves!

We both took the chance to do some sketching and it was good to see that Andy’s Calcium Quark actually worked – an “enhance white light” view, being my description.

Copyright: GONG/NSO/AURA/NSF.

We were more than pleased with our day as Andy packed up after 5, me not long after…

But the day wasn’t finished…

Looked out my North facing front office window to be greeted with a Solar Pillar – about 9.30pm.

Took a quick snap with the iPhone, then rang Andy. He seemed a bit perplexed at first for my call and a ‘Light Pillar’, but I urged him to go outside, then put the phone down pretty abruptly and went to grab a ‘proper’ camera.

iPhone image 9.34pm:

And again at 10.07pm

Even later into the evening, I spotted roughly in the same position what I thought could be¬†noctilucent clouds… never seen them before.

Having left my tripod at work, I quickly grabbed the GorillaPod and took a 3 sec exposure – ‘NCL’ confirmed !

Texted Andy… no reply…

Those images will appear in a new thread!

 

Damian