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Star Trails 20-04-2020

Set the camera up last night for widefield shots. I had the plan of producing a star trail image, but wondered if maybe I might capture a meteor or two.

This image was made up of around 75 x 5 minutes exposures, each with 5 seconds between. Canon 450D ISO 100, 27mm lense. Produced into the final image in Star Trails DE, and then some slight tweaks in PS CS5.

No meteors 🙁


I must get back into this hobby.

To many years have passed…

I must get back into the hobby that I love.

Just found some images from 2016 that I’ve never really done anything with, the Mercury Transit.

More to come 🙂

Some Issues

Its been a long time since I added anything to the site.

I’ve also not maintained it in any way for about 4 years!

Some technical issues with the site has meant that I’ve had to restore from a back up! I doubt anyone will notice lol

The Sun in three lights.

Had a good day today. Haven’t been out with the scope since March (and I still haven’t processed all the images from then…).

But today I setup a little Acer netbook to control the mount via Ascom / EQdir for guiding with the Lodestar. So might get some guided piggy back images over the winter 🙂

Then the Sun came out – so I took the opportunity.

This image is in CaK (top left), Ha (top right) and White light (bottom). All captured using the Skyris 274, Ha via the PST the Cak via a Skywatcher ST102 / Lunt Cak module and White Light via the ST102 and Lunt Herschel Wedge.


2 Day crescent with the C11

First result with the C11 that I’m happy with. A 2 day old crescent moon sitting in the west just below Venus – a very nice sight indeed.

I even looked through the eyepiece!

This is a 15 pane mosaic with the DMK21 and C11.


Sunrise 24/01

Russ made me do it 🙂

I got up and out in time to see and capture the sunrise…. Did get some funny looks from people.

Took 179 images these are the first 20 something of them, all cropped (100%) to match.

Hope you like.


The Sun came out – honest… I have pictures to prove it :)

Managed to get out yesterday with the PST and also used red insulation tape (rather a lot) to make the White light filter I have, that fits the ED80, fit the ST102.

I have never really been that happy with my white light imaging attempts in the past, and because of that I haven’t tried for years. Must be at least 5 years since I last tried.

Quite pleased with these though…

The Sun 27/09 White Light

The Sun 27/09 White Light

Then it clouded over! Well it is the UK. But 30 minutes later the clouds had gone and I managed to get out some more with the PST 🙂

The Sun 27/09 Ha

The Sun 27/09 Ha

The Sun 27/09 Ha

The Sun 27/09 Ha

M52 and The Bubble Nebula

The Bubble Nebula and Scorpion cluster.

10 x 10 minutes
9 x 20 minutes

Framed to make sure that I get both in, the H9 is fairly small shipped, but you have to work with what you have!!!

Quite like the framing of this show.

Usual setup ST102/H9. SX FW/OAG/Lodestar. Maxim, PHD, DSS, PSCS5…


The Veil Nebula 12/08/2014

The Veil Nebula.

25 x 10 minutes in Ha
10 x 10 minutes in OIII
2 x 15 minutes in SII

There was pretty much nothing there in a 15 minute sub of SII. I don’t have the SII filter anymore. But I suspect you’d need a hell of a lot more than 15 minutes to get anything workable.

Not sure about the colour mapping on this though!

The Veil Nebula

The Veil Nebula

SH2-101 The Tulip Nebula

Fairly obvious why it has its name.

8 x 5 minutes
10 x 10 minutes
10 x 20 minutes

Same as usual setup (ST102, Heq5, SX FW/OAG, Lodestar/PHD for guiding and SXH9/Maxin for capture).

Stacked in DSS, post processing in PSCS5

SH2-101 Tulip Nebula