Another very clear night and the stars were bright but so was what i believe was a Noctilucent Cloud display. Am i correct ?
The use of a telescope which used to be very common is getting less frequent. Saturday was the first time in a long time since i have had the Telescope out and an imaging setup running.
Although it is only the second time the new setup has been out and its still a few teething problems but slowly its getting there.
Out of the evening i really only managed 27 sub frames of M13 and the processed image is shown below
This image came out much better than i expected the Skywatcher SkyGuider Pro is so much better than people let on. The above image is the combination of 65 x 2 min exposures at ISO 3200 with Canon 6D and Sigma 150-600mm. The image contains a lot of information in the dust and it was interesting to see some other reflection nebulae being visible in the region around M42
The Pleiades is one of the most famous asterisms in the sky with the stars closely grouped and naked eye visible emission nebulae. Known by many names its a beautiful target for the telescope. However, the images through telescopes miss one of the most important parts of the nebulae — The Flux…
The image above starts to show the Flux network which covers most of the sky but is very very faint. The intergalactic dust which is very faint in the image does cover most fo the sky but is very difficult to image in other regions. The image itself is a short run 7 images at iso 1600 with Sigma 150-600 at f5.6
Sunday the 20th saw what was termed the super wolf blood moon …. or just another larger (not noticeable) moon and a lunar eclipse. The wolf moon name comes from native north Americans who called the moon a wolf moon as you could hear the wolves howling at this time of year.
After a period of cloud — lasting about 3 months ! we had a clear day and night but Ontario was gripped into a polar vortex with real temperature at -22C and the “its cold feel like temp” at -40C it was going to be a challenge to capture on film….
Well after a significant cold time — multiple hours the final blood red was not that red ! the image below is a HDR composite of a series of bracketed exposures
The comet 46P flyby which was to be the closest comet approach for years. This was occurring on the evening of the 16th of Dec and for the first time on about 2 months it was clear. The moon was fairly large on this day and the sky was a little washed out.
Initially the sky was clear and we setup cameras etc but soon after it started to cloud. after waiting for the cloud to clear it did indeed become very clear and the sky was very clear.
the below is a composite of 10 x 60s at ISO 1600 and 180mm using a Canon 6D and a Sigma 150-600mm lens. the images are dark, bias and flat corrected.